The 7-year tribulation is divided into 42 months of false peace, 42 months of tribulation. There are 21 judgments altogether.
We are now at the 1,000-year reign of Christ.
The devil has many disguises throughout the Bible. Here, he is known as the dragon (that old serpent). In the Old Testament, we are told that Eve was deceived but Adam willfully sinned. Since that time, Satan has sought to distort the word of God.
James refers to Scripture as a mirror. We can either change the person looking into the mirror, or change the mirror. Modern Christianity has sought to change the mirror, which is what Satan wants us to do.
We are told in 20:2 that the dragon is bound for 1,000 years, which means there will be no devilish influence for 1,000 years. He will not be able to deceived the nations during this time. This will be a time of great peace and harmony, much like the time of the Garden of Eden.
We will come back to rule and to reign with Christ. Our service now will determine our service during the 1,000-year reign. This occurs before eternity.
The rest of the dead will be resurrected physically after the 1,000 years. At this time, Satan shall be turned loose. He will go out to deceive the nations. Many who are alive during the 1,000 years will be born during this time. Some of them will be deceived, in spite of having lived under Christ’s reign. Such is the depravity of man’s heart.
Many will turn against Christ even after 1,000 years of perfection. They will be devoured by fire from heaven. In other words, the battle will be short-lived. The devil will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.
The devil knows he is going to hell, which is why he’s so angry. He has but a little while to roam the earth. Hell and the lake of fire are two different places. The lake of fire is for eternity. Hell will be cast into the lake of fire. That the devil will be tormented forever is God’s vindication.
Those who do not believe in Christ will have no place at the great white throne. When the unsaved face the great white throne judgment, books will be opened, along with the book of life, and they will be judged according to their works.
Death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire. This is also called the second death. The second death has no power over the saved. If you are not saved, you are condemned right now, and not just after 1,000 years. Only Christ can save you from your condemnation.
Whoever is not found in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire.