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Satan's Final Opposition

When this age ends Satan will make a final effort in opposing God. He
will be permitted to succeed for a brief time and do what is in his
heart to do. This takes place after the true church has left the
earth. Satan will then be cast out of heaven and coming down to this
earth once more in person, he manifests great wrath, knowing that he
hath but a short time (Rev. xii:12).[5] The mystery of lawlessness,
which has been at work from the beginning will break out fully and find
a consummation through the power of Satan. The thirteenth chapter of
Revelation gives the future history of Satan's seeming success and
triumph. He will succeed in forming a great empire, which is the old
Roman empire in a revived form. This empire, which is called a beast,
will receive Satan's power, and will have over it a wicked leader, whom
Daniel saw as the little horn on the ten-horned beast.[6] The dragon's
plan to control the earth has seemingly been realized. He then
institutes the great tribulation. But there is a second beast
mentioned in Revelation xiii. He has two horns like a lamb but speaks
as a dragon. This is the Antichrist, the man of sin, the son of
perdition. Like the little horn, the political leader, this second
beast is Satan's man. He leads the religious apostasy and tries to
stamp out what is left of the truth of God on the earth. He himself
claims to be God and takes the place in the temple of God (in
Jerusalem), and by lying signs and wonders backs up his claims. His
work is described in Rev. xiii:11-18 and 2 Thess. ii:3-12. Fearful
will be those days when the true church is gone and when God, as a
judgment, lets Satan rule over those who rejected the offers of His
love in His blessed Son. Another work of his is seen in the final
Babylon and the scarlet clad woman, who rides the beast (the revived
Roman empire). And finally when the hour approaches of Christ's
visible and glorious return, Satan summons "the kings of the earth and
their armies, gathering them together to make war against Him that sat
on the horse and against his army" (Rev. xix:19). But then his defeat
has come. The King of kings and Lord of lords appears in glory. The
glory-flash, the brightness of His Coming strikes down the beast and
the false prophet (Antichrist). The battle of Armageddon of short
duration is over. Satan and all his hosts are utterly defeated. In
Revelation xx we have the record of what will happen to the dragon,
that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan. He will be chained and
cast into the pit of the abyss for a thousand years so that he can
seduce the nations no more. He is dethroned and Christ is enthroned.
Christ and His Saints reign over the earth. During this millennium
righteousness and peace will reign. Wars will be no more, for the
supreme war-lord is chained in prison. Armies will be unknown, for he
who is behind it all has no more power. Idolatries and its degrading
immoralities are no longer known, for he who deceived the nations has
been arrested. Nor will there be any more cults which deny the Lord,
His virgin birth, His resurrection, for the liar can lie no more and
the visible presence of Christ stops every mouth.

After this millennium of indescribable blessing and glory, Satan will
be permitted to get out of the prison for a little season.[7] His
first work is to begin another war encompassing the camp of the Saints.
A swift judgment follows. "And the devil that deceived them was cast
into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false
prophets are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever"
(Rev. xx:10). His eternal dwelling place will be the lake of fire, not
to be destroyed, but to live on forever and ever. There too will be
the beast and the false prophet and all who are not found written in
the book of life. (Rev. xx:15).

And then what? "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
heaven and the first earth were passed away and there was no more sea.
And John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of
heaven, prepared as a bride for her husband. And I heard a great voice
out of heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He
will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself
shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the
former things are passed away" (Rev. xxi:1-4).

Such is the history of Satan. It is the history of the earth, and a
marvellous history it is.

The original earth, once Satan's domain, then judged and covered by
water and darkness on account of his revolt. The earth as it is now is
given to man and Satan through the fall of man laying hold of it again.
Then the long history of the conflict for well nigh 6,000 years. The
Son of God, the Creator of all things, appearing on earth to procure
the needed redemption; Satan defeated every step of the way. And after
Satan's power manifested to the full, Christ appears and rids this
earth, for whose redemption He paid by His blood, of the dark shadow.
And finally this earth becomes in its eternal state, as a new earth,
surrounded by a new heaven, the eternal dwelling place of God in the
midst of His redeemed people.

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