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The Defeat of Satan
Revelation 20:7-11
Satan marshals his forces for an attack against the saints and the holy city. Take heart, Christian. It will be his last.
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Published April 30th, 2020; Updated April 30th, 2020
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Devotional Introduction:
Matthew 6:9-13
Devotional Introduction:
When you are tempted toward sin, and can feel you are being attacked by the devil, do you ever consider that your adversary's days are numbered? Though you are subject to his arrows now, know that you will win the final battle and emerge victorious.
Revelation 20:7-10
Καὶ ὅταν τελεσθῇ τὰ χίλια ἔτη,
And when the thousand years are ended,
λυθήσεται ὁ σατανᾶς ἐκ τῆς φυλακῆς αὐτοῦ
d Satan will be released from his prison
καὶ ἐξελεύσεται πλανῆσαι τὰ ἔθνη τὰ ἐν ταῖς τέσσαρσιν γωνίαις τῆς γῆς,
and will come out e to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth,
τὸν Γὼγ καὶ Μαγώγ,
f Gog and Magog,
συναγαγεῖν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν πόλεμον,
g to gather them for battle;
ὧν ὁ ἀριθμὸς αὐτῶν ὡς ἡ ἄμμος τῆς θαλάσσης.
their number is like the sand of the sea.
καὶ ἀνέβησαν ἐπὶ τὸ πλάτος τῆς γῆς
And h they marched up over the broad plain of the earth
καὶ ἐκύκλευσαν τὴν παρεμβολὴν τῶν ἁγίων
and surrounded i the camp of the saints
καὶ τὴν πόλιν τὴν ἠγαπημένην ,
and j the beloved city,
καὶ κατέβη πῦρ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ
but k fire came down from heaven 1
καὶ κατέφαγεν αὐτούς.
and consumed them,
καὶ ὁ διάβολος ὁ πλανῶν αὐτοὺς ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν λίμνην τοῦ πυρὸς καὶ θείου
and the devil l who had deceived them was m thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur
ὅπου καὶ τὸ θηρίον καὶ ὁ ψευδοπροφήτης,
where n the beast and the false prophet were,
καὶ βασανισθήσονται ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων.
and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
This passage fits into the larger context of Rev 19-20, which develops Ezekiel 38-39
many nations come up against Israel (Ezek 38:15-16)
innumerable army like a cloud (Ezek 38:6, 16) --Brian J. Tabb. All Things New: Revelation as Canonical Capstone , New Studies in Biblical Theology 48 (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2019), 133.
God and his troops 'will go up' ( αναβησεται, Ezek 38:9, 16, 18) --Ibid., 133.
"I will rain upon" (Ezek 38:22)
This battle is most likely the same battle depicted in Rev 19:11-21
Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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