The thousand years.
The yielded believers are gone to heaven to be with Jesus for one thousand years. However, the troubles will continue for those who live on earth. They will continue their self-centered ways and self-confident efforts to secure a long-range survival for themselves. But they will not have the usual help in their evil ways. Why? “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.” Revelation 20:1 – 3. That Satan will not tempt the nations indicates that people will populate the earth during the thousand years.
Those who did not go to heaven will continue to live on earth. The beast whose deadly wound has been healed must have sufficient time to accomplish its self-confident plans. Its ten kings must prepare this world for Satan, whom they will install as the prince again. The earth’s inhabitants must hand it to Satan by humankind’s initiative because Satan does not have the right to take it. Revelation 17:17. What would be the purpose for taking Satan out of the way?
When people do something wrong, they tend to rationalize it by saying, “The devil made me do it.” However, if Satan is no longer present, would those who live on earth do evil, or would they choose what is right? God told us that they could not do good. Jeremiah 13:23. People, during the thousand years of Satan’s imprisonment, will demonstrate their natural inclination to evil. He will not influence the people to do evil. The people will do it on their initiative and by their nature. Humans are not sinners because they sin, but rather, they sin because they are sinners by nature. During the thousand years, humanity will demonstrate the severity and irreversibility of Adam’s decision in the garden of Eden. Those who live on earth will show that sinners cannot change their nature.
Because of deliberate decision and choice, in the garden of Eden, humans must do evil even in the absence of the author of evil. A sinner by nature sins even when he is not tempted. We have a choice, either God’s ways or the ways of Satan. If we chose the ways of Satan, the ways of God no longer exist for the sinners. The sinner, by nature, cannot reverse his deliberate decision and choice. That is why God destroyed our spirit, life, which sinned in the garden of Eden and replaced it with the perfect and eternal life of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21. Now we have the choice again; life or death. What will it be?
The end of thousand years; read the next blog.