At the End of the Feast of Tabernacles.
is an event that happens towards the end of the 1000 year Kingdom of God, that is worthy
of it own article. This event has a lesson we all
need to be aware of.
But first some background.
Prior to the kingdom being set up, Satan is restrained. We have looked at this in more detail on the Day of Atonement.
20:1-2 NET. Then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding
in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. (2) He
seized the dragon — the ancient serpent, who is the devil and
Satan — and tied him up for a thousand years.
key and chain are symbolic of the actual spiritual forces required to
restrain Satan, but the fact that Satan is restrained is yet another
proof that God is in charge. Satan can only do what God allows him to
Satan restrained and no longer able to influence people for 1000 years,
God and His Christ go about the job of making the Kingdom of God
reality. God takes up where He left off in setting up Israel as the
model nation for other nations to follow, and Christ - with the help of
the 144,000 in the First resurrection - sets up the "Church". The
Kingdom of God combines church and state, so the laws of the land are
the same laws that people follow in the church.
Everyone is taught the truth.
Isa 11:9 NKJV They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.
With the correct knowledge of God, will come the proper respect and a right fear of God.
Hos 3:5 NKJV Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.
Not possible today (2013).
would like to point out that today, almost no one fully knows the truth about
God and His plan for mankind. The English Bibles of today have been
"doctored" (Satan has inspired men to add lies) and then men go on to
claim that "every word" written in those Bibles carries the full weight
of God. In other words, they have made the lies of Satan, plus the
words of men, plus the copying errors, plus the translation errors -
all equal to the words actually spoken by God and also recorded in the Bible.
This is mass confusion and error.
Thus, no "Christian" organization/church/group that I know of (in 2013), has the complete "truth".
have unwittingly taken the words of "men" (no doubt inspired/lead by Satan) along with the instructions from God, to come up
with their own form of idol worship. [An idol is anything that comes
between us and God. Calling Jesus a "God" or claiming that God is a
Trinity, are just two of the ways Satan has lead men to create idols for the people to follow].
The Apostle Paul tells us that men have created different "Christs".2Co 11:3-4 NET. But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (4) For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed,
or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, or a
different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it well
people see Jesus as an ordinary man, other see him as the "God" who
created Adam and Eve, and others see him as just a part of a Trinity.
in 2013, no one group (that I know of) has the complete truth, and leaders of many groups
deliberately teach their own man-made doctrines - to maintain the group
and therefore provide income, or just to have something that men can
The Feast of Tabernacles (FoT).
The part of the plan of God (His logos) pictured by the FoT is the setting up and running the Kingdom of God.
situation then will be the opposite of what we have today - the
truth will be known and taught. On top of that, many, if not all the
men who originally wrote the books that make up our Bible of today, will have been
resurrected and therefore available for us to talk to. We can find out
exactly what they had in mind when they wrote the original words of our
Bible. With their input we should have a Bible that truly reflects the original writings.
The one complete week of seven days, points to the 1000
years of God's Kingdom on earth being completed. At the end of the 1000
years, a significant event takes place.Rev 20:7 NET. Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison
The Seventh Day of the Feast.
doubt there will be people who disagree with me about including the
story of the release of Satan as part of the FoT. If you want to
include it as part of the Last Great Day, then that is another option.
The important thing is that we understand the significance of what this
event means. To me, it fits in with people living in the Kingdom of God,
and that is the main thrust of the the Feast of Tabernacles.
Satan is released, he immediately has an impact, as indeed he has had
on today's world. This should help us to better understand the
importance of Jesus rejecting Satan's temptations (Mat 4:1-11). A lot
of men and women can not reject Satan's temptations, so Jesus set a
high standard in being able to do it. If we can't reject temptation
outright, then it is highly likely that we will fall victim to it.
What is the situation?
the 1000 years, God's law will be taught, enforced, and obeyed. This
means that people's lives will be successful. There will be no poverty,
no people living in want. People will be enjoying the "good life". This
is a condition that Satan can exploit.
If people are not truly
appreciative of the benefits of living God's way, Satan can start
suggesting that there even more benefits available. Remember how
he tricked Eve into wanting the things of God. She had a great life,
all her needs supplied, and a great future to look forward to as mother
of all mankind. But no - she wanted more, and Satan tricked her (by
lying) into taking the forbidden fruit.
This parallels what he will do when he is released.
Under these conditions, it will be easy for people to take things for granted.Rev 20:7-8 NET. Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison (8) and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea.
A number of points are raised here.
Once Satan is released, he uses lies to deceive
nations are involved, but the gentile nations Gog (to the East*) and
Magog (to the West*) have the largest numbers. * Companion Bible.
A huge number of people are involved.
are prepared to break God's law by being willing to take what they want
by force (and how many times has that been done in the last 6000
God the Father, who created human nature, knows human nature.
He can predict what will happen when people forget the history of how
they came to be born into a world of abundance. God has recorded
for us the end result of people living the "good life" for 1000 years.
We will look at some of those prophecies in a moment.
Why is living the "good life" for 1000 years a problem?
This is what I think.
every night on the TV news, we see bad things happening to "good" people. At
the same time, occasionally bad things might be happening to us as
well. Usually the bad things are a result of God's law of love being
broken. A car crash after speeding or drink-driving, assault on the street, theft,
deception, and so on. Sometimes it is just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time (Ecc 9:11).
Seeing and feeling these bad things, makes us appreciate the good things all the more.
in the World Tomorrow - the 1000 year rule by God and Christ - the bad
things are all in the past. Sure, there will be history lessons about
the past, and how rejection of God's laws brought about the tribulation
and the destruction of man's corrupt systems, but over time these
memories will fade. Today, we might read about life in the 19th century
- so very different from our lifestyle today - but we have no real
feeling of how bad it was. When things are going well, it is easy (and
part of human nature) to forget the bad.
In simple terms - people will become complacent.
will take too much for granted. Their appreciation for what it took for
Jesus to offer his body as a sacrifice - for no other reason than that
is what His Father wanted Him to do - will lose its full impact.
Greed, lust and pride.
the attributes of human nature will be suppressed by people being
required to live by God's law, they will still be there under the surface - and
this is what Satan will target. If you won't steal (take what you lust
for) because "someone might be watching" then you are controlling your
wrong emotions for the wrong reasons. Given the right circumstances (no
one watching or able to find out) you may well go ahead and
steal. If you won't steal because it is against God's law, and you want
to do the Father's will, then no circumstance will make you steal.
But to be sure of what is going on in your mind, God will allow you to be tested.
is exactly the situation when Satan is released. At the end of the 1000
years, people are obedient because everyone around them is obedient,
but in some cases it is the peer pressure that keeps them in line, not
a deep love for God and His laws.
God has to know what is in their heart.
Are they committed enough to Him to resist Satan as Jesus did?
Unfortunately, too many are not, and end up in the Lake of Fire.
It is time to look at what God has prophesied about the end-time temptation by Satan.
First up, Revelation has a quick summary of what happens.Rev 20:7-9 NET. Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison
has been used by God to test people down through the 6000 years of
man's rebellion against God. He was especially used to test the man
Jesus (Mat 4:1-11).
(8) and will go out to deceive
the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring
them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of
sand in the sea.
has been suggested by some, that God and Magog are just being used as a
type for people living a long way away from Jerusalem. It does not say
for sure, but it is possible that towards the end of the Millennium,
some people will feel uncomfortable if they are too close to the
righteous people living at Jerusalem, and will find excuses to move as
far away from the city as they can get. If true, this trend is followed
by a large number of people, and that would help "justify" their moving
(9) They went up on the broad plain of the
earth and encircled the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but
fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely.
would appear that having moved away from Jerusalem, and allowing their
standards to drop a bit, they now look back at Jerusalem - the capital
of the world - and want the rewards it brings without putting out the
effort to live righteous lives.
In short, they are going to try to take what they are not worthy to be given.
God sees their lack of character - steps in to protect Jerusalem and His saints - and destroys them.
God knows the end from the beginning, and could foresee all this happening a long time before.Eze 38:1-2 NET. The word of the LORD came to me: (2) "Son of man, turn toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him
May I suggest that you read Ezekiel 38:1 - 39:20.
Because the passage is so long I am just going to highlight a few verses.
In Ezekiel 38:1-7, God mentions a number of nations and people.
Gog, Magog, Rosh, Meshech,Tubal, Persia,Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer and Togarmah.Eze 38:8 NET. After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come to a land restored from the ravages of war, with many peoples gathered on the mountains of Israel that had long been in ruins. Its people were brought out from the peoples, and all of them will be living securely.
V8 gives a good insight into the time setting..
world, and in particular Jerusalem, is destroyed by war during the
Great Tribulation. When God and His Christ set up the Kingdom of God,
Jerusalem is restored and the people are brought back.
Notice the motive for the attack against Jerusalem.Eze
38:11-12 NET. You will say, "I will invade a land of unwalled
towns; I will advance against those living quietly in security —
all of them living without walls and barred gates — (12) to loot and plunder, to attack the inhabited ruins and the people gathered from the nations, who are acquiring cattle and goods, who live at the center of the earth."
God will use this attack against Jerusalem to display His great glory.Eze
38:19-20 NET. In my zeal, in the fire of my fury, I declare that
on that day there will be a great earthquake in the land of
Israel. (20) The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the
wild beasts, all the things that creep on the ground, and all people
who live on the face of the earth will shake at my presence. The mountains will topple, the cliffs will fall, and every wall will fall to the ground.
The next verse ties in with Rev 20:9.Eze 38:22-23 NET. I will judge him with plague and bloodshed. I will rain down on him, his troops and the many peoples who are with him a torrential downpour, hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Satan's temptation, there may be some who are "half-hearted" about not
joining in. When they see the power of God displayed, they will be
convinced that it is better to obey God.
(23) I will exalt and magnify myself; I will reveal myself before many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'Eze
39:6-7 NET. I will send fire on Magog and those who live securely
in the coastlands; then they will know that I am the LORD.
(7) " 'I will make my holy name known in the midst of my people
Israel; I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.Once
those who can not resist the lies of Satan, are destroyed, then God has
the support of all the people left, at the end of the Millennium.
An interesting point.
Notice the type of weapons they bring with them.Eze 39:9-10 NET. " 'Then those who live in the cities of Israel will go out and use the weapons for kindling — the shields, bows and arrows, war clubs and spears —
they will burn them for seven years. (10) They will not
need to take wood from the field or cut down trees from the forests,
because they will make fires with the weapons. They will take the loot
from those who looted them and seize the plunder of those who plundered
them, declares the sovereign LORD.
In the Kingdom, people will not learn warfare or have a need to make war machines.Isa 2:4 NET. He will judge disputes between nations; he will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.
Bows and arrows, war clubs and spears, are things that can be made out of wood relatively quickly.
Very basic fighting instruments.
However, notice the quantity involved.Eze 39:9 NET. " 'Then those who live in the cities of Israel will go out and use the weapons for kindling — the shields, bows and arrows, war clubs and spears — they will burn them for seven years.
each man carried just two or three weapons, then we can see that
possibly millions of people are caught up with Satan's deceptions.
Notice how long it takes to bury them.Eze 39:12 NET. For seven months Israel will bury them, in order to cleanse the land.
have to assume that these will be mass graves - opened up by bulldozers
or back hoes. Of course over and above those buried will be those who
are complete consumed by the brimstone (sulfur).
The reason God takes such drastic action.Eze 39:21-22 NET. "I will display my majesty among the nations. All the nations will witness the judgment I have executed, and the power I have exhibited among them.
doubt, the people will be taught about the power of God displayed at
Mount Sinai, when He gave the Ten Commandments to Israel, but at this
time it will be very ancient history. They will have the head knowledge
that God is great, but after witnessing this display of God's power,
they will fully understand just how powerful God is.(22) Then the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God, from that day forward.
Satan's rebellion against God has been put to good use (at the expense of those who do not wish to resist Satan's temptations).
Satan's role is now finished.Rev
20:10 NET. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the
lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too [were thrown], and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.
There are some problems with this verse.
As the Companion Bible brings out, the beast and false prophet being thrown into the Lake of Fire is in the past tense.
Personally, I feel that the words "and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever" have been added or changed.
have been attracted to the concept of an "ever burning hell", but that
is not God's nature as I understand it. Sure, He does allow men to be
tormented for 5 months (Rev 9:5) but the reason is to get them to
repent, not to take vengeance.
Satan is one of God's creations, so God takes full
responsibility for the evil done by him. Tormenting him "forever and
ever" makes no sense.
My best guess is that Satan is thrown into
the Lake of Fire, God removes His Spirit component (his soul) and Satan
no longer exists - just like the beast and false prophet.
There is more evidence for this.
28 starts out talking about the prince of Tyre (a man v1), but then
lifts (changes) to talking about Satan (the king v12).
thing they have in common is that their vanity got the better of them.
The man, prince of Tyre, elevated himself to the position of "god".Eze 28:9 NLT Will you then boast, 'I am a god!' to those who kill you? To them you will be no god but merely a man!
The created angel that became Satan, started out in a high position.Eze 28:13-14 NLT You were in Eden, the garden of God.
Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone—red
carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx,
green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald—all
beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given
to you on the day you were created.
I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had
access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire.
Most translations have v14 wrong - Satan was not ordained. Notice:
28:14 NKJV "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I
established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back
and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
The point is, the cherub that became the adversary, started out as one of God's top creations.
But then something went wrong.Eze 28:15-17 NET. You were blameless in your behavior from the day you were created, until sin was discovered in you.
(16) In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I defiled you and banished you from the mountain of God — the guardian cherub expelled you from the midst of the stones of fire.
(17) Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom on account of your splendor. I threw you down to the ground; I placed you before kings, that they might see you.
important point here, is that there comes a time when kings can see
Satan. He is a spirit being and we can't see him today, but God is
capable of changing that. Eze 28:18 NET. By the multitude of your iniquities, through the sinfulness of your trade, you desecrated your sanctuaries. So I drew fire out from within you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth before the eyes of all who saw you.
Ezek 28 is talking about both the prince of Tyre and Satan. I feel the reference
to "trade" is a flash-back to the prince of Tyre, but the end result of
both is the same. If Satan is turned to ashes, then he is not tormented for ever and ever.
Eze 28:19 NET. All who know you among the peoples are shocked at you; you have become terrified and will be no more.' "
Satan can be destroyed.
It is my belief (2013) that Satan can be destroyed when he is no longer needed to test people.
The end of the Feast of Tabernacles.
There are some very important events connected with the end of the 1000 years of the Millennium.
the conditions for the final rebellion are set up during the 1000 years, I think they are part
of the Feast, and something we should especially look at towards the end of the Feast (or during the seventh day).
The lessons of the story.
I see two main ones.
First, we must resist the temptations of Satan - which we can now do with Christ's help.
we should obey God's laws because we love God and want to do His will,
not because of peer pressure or the fear of being caught out.
It can happen to us.
Colossians 4:14 and Philemon 1:24 Demas is mentioned in Paul's letters
as a coworker. However, for reasons we are not told, the pull of the
world got the better of him.2Ti 4:10 NET. For Demas deserted me, since he loved the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia.
was a man working with one of the top Apostles of the time, yet he
allowed something to cause him to turn his back on God's rewards and a
place in the Kingdom of God.
We must continually remind
ourselves of what God has done, is currently doing, and will do for us
in the future. Don't ever take God's blessing for granted. Don't ever
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