The teaching opens as the Pastor takes us into the Book of Revelation at “the Great White Throne Judgement.” There, we see the end of time, and Almighty God’s dealing with Satan. You can see his utter impotence when facing the “sovereign God” over all. We see all the power, all of the authority, resting eternally in God’s hands. He does as He wills, and there is no power than can stand against Him:
Revelation 20:1-3 AMP “THEN I saw an angel descending from heaven; he was holding the key of the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand. (2) And he gripped and overpowered the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and [securely] bound him for a thousand years. (3) Then he hurled him into the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and closed it and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer lead astray and deceive and seduce the nations until the thousand years were at an end. After that he must be liberated for a short time.”
Following a period in which God orchestrates what must happen in order for His justice to be served where Satan and the wicked of the earth are concerned, then we have this scriptural picture:
Revelation 20:4-5 AMP “Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to act as judges and to pass sentence was entrusted. Also I saw the souls of those who had been slain with axes [beheaded] for their witnessing to Jesus and [for preaching and testifying] for the Word of God, and who had refused to pay homage to the beast or his statue and had not accepted his mark or permitted it to be stamped on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived again and ruled with Christ (the Messiah) a thousand years. [Dan. 7:9, 22, 27.] (5) The remainder of the dead were not restored to life again until the thousand years were completed. This is [concludes] the first resurrection.”
God, who is a God of wisdom (which includes everything done in its appropriate order, brings the first resurrection to its completion. What is termed, “the first resurrection” (of the just and righteous) consists of (1) the Rapture of the Church, as we (whether dead in Christ, or alive and remaining) are caught up into Heaven to forever be with the Lord, and (2) the raising from the dead those who missed the rapture, but going through the tribulation refused the “Mark of the Beast,” suffered death, and through this act of faithfulness, “made their garments white and pure,” and are joined together with us to enjoy the beginning of the Millennial reign of Christ in the earth. This concludes the “first resurrection.”
At the end of “the thousand years” a period during which we reign with Christ over the remaining “wicked” of the earth (a period of which there will be no sickness, death, sin, disease, etc. even among the wicked – because Satan who is the tempter to sin will be bound with “chains”) and life will continue for the “mortal” population of the earth as it experiences a millennium of life with its perfection of this period, and as we the “immortal” population living with them in the earth enjoy our “eternal life” with Christ’s rule, and as that period comes to a close, then Satan is loosed from his chains for one final opportunity on his part to repent (which of course he will never do).
At the moment of his release he wages one final battle by summoning all of the mortal kings over the nations of the wicked (who at this point will be tempted again by him, and succumb to his satanic pressures). With them, Satan will wage a war against Christ and make their way towards the Holy City, Jerusalem, where Christ has ruled from his earthly throne (of David). Here is the final chapter of life on Earth:
Revelation 20:7-15 AMP “And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his place of confinement, (8) And he will go forth to deceive and seduce and lead astray the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth--Gog and Magog--to muster them for war; their number is like the sand of the sea. [Ezek. 38:2, 9, 15, 22.] (9) And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and encircled the fortress (camp) of God's people (the saints) and the beloved city; but fire descended from heaven and consumed them. [II Kings 1:10-12; Ezek. 38:2, 22.] (10) Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages). (11) Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who was seated upon it, from Whose presence and from the sight of Whose face earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. (12) I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done.