Loosed from His Prison
the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and
shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth. Rev. 20:7, 8.
At the close of the thousand years the second resurrection will take place.
Then the wicked will be raised from the dead and appear before God for the
execution of "the judgment written." Thus the revelator, after describing
the resurrection of the righteous, says: "The rest of the dead lived
not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20:5. And
Isaiah declares, concerning the wicked: "They shall be gathered together,
as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison,
and after many days shall they be visited." Isaiah 24:22.
prepares for a last mighty struggle for the supremacy. While deprived of his
power and cut off from his work of deception, the prince of evil was miserable
and dejected; but as the wicked dead are raised and he sees the vast multitudes
upon his side, his hopes revive, and he determines not to yield the great
controversy. He will marshal all the armies of the lost under his banner and
through them endeavor to execute his plans. The wicked are Satan's captives.
In rejecting Christ they have accepted the rule of the rebel leader. They
are ready to receive his suggestions and to do his bidding. Yet, true to his
early cunning, he does not acknowledge himself to be Satan. He claims to be
the prince who is the rightful owner of the world and whose inheritance has
been unlawfully wrested from him. He represents himself to his deluded subjects
as a redeemer, assuring them that his power has brought them forth from their
graves and that he is about to rescue them from the most cruel tyranny. The
presence of Christ having been removed, Satan works wonders to support his
claims. He makes the weak strong and inspires all with his own spirit and
energy. He proposes to lead them against the camp of the saints and to take
possession of the City of God. With fiendish exultation he points to the unnumbered
millions who have been raised from the dead and declares that as their leader
he is well able to overthrow the city and regain his throne and his kingdom.
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