Today’s Scripture: And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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. Revelation 20:7‑8

A young man once asked me why would God make a 1,000-year Millennium? That is a good question. Why wouldn’t God just send Satan to the Lake of Fire for eternity and set up His eternal kingdom that would have no rebellion? Why would God have a 1,000-year reign with mortals of which some will eventually rebel against Him? Why would God let Satan free for a “little season”? I believe that God planned this environmentally perfect kingdom for a very specific reason.

Today, it is a common belief that man is inherently good. It is thought that man generally will make good decisions, but a bad environment causes a man to make bad decisions. If there was no war, no poverty, an excellent judicial system, a perfect king, no natural disasters, and positive peer pressure, man would naturally do good.

During this Millennium, man will have everything listed above. It will be an incredible time to be on earth. However, man will show that no matter how perfect the environment is, even if God is on earth ruling as the King, man will rebel.

When Satan is released from the bottomless pit, he will deceive the nations. While at the beginning of the Millennium all are redeemed and have no old nature, the saved who lived through the Tribulation will bear children. Some of these people will quickly side with Satan to rebel against their King, even though there has been nothing but peace and economic prosperity. The Millennium proves once and for all that man is not inherently good.

Praise be to God that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) The Millennium expands our knowledge of the amazing grace of God.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.