The dragon released to gather the nations for battle
Art used by permission by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992.
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7: And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8: And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
[20:7,8. Many of the believers who enter the Millenium in unresurrected, natural bodies as survivors of the Tribulation (cf. Matt. 25:34) will have children, who will also reproduce throughout the thousand years. Many of the descendants will remain unsaved and unregenerate, and will therefore be able to sin. At the end of the Millenium, Satan will be released from prison to make one last attempt to defeat Christ. He will deceive the nations into rebellion against God. The reference to Gog and Magog shows that this final battle will be similar to the invasion described in Ezekiel 38.]