Just been pondering over this verse recently
7 And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Satan's tricks are always the same it seems. The only thing he knows how to do is lie and deceive. As he started
4 -And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.-
so shall he finish. The first thing he does when he is released is deceive.......
The Greek word in this verse is planaō
1) to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
a) to go astray, wander, roam about
a) to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive
b) to be led into error
c) to be led aside from the path of virtue, to go astray, sin
d) to sever or fall away from the truth
1) of heretics
e) to be led away into error and sin
The word is used 51 times in 37 verses, makes me think this is a very important point Some other verses include
29 But Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray.
11 And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.
9 Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
13 But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
19 My brethren, if any among you err from the truth, and one convert him;
7 My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:
Now for those who hold to the Amil/ParPret view
9 And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.
14 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by reason of the signs which it was given him to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who hath the stroke of the sword and lived.
23 and the light of a lamp shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the princes of the earth; for with thy sorcery were all the nations deceived.
3 and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time.
Now my question to those who hold this latter view, from these scriptures and from what you see going on in the world and in the world of believers, do you think that satan is released for the above little season? Do you believe it's about to happen, has been going on for a while now but still has a while to go, or is he almost at the end of this short season?
blessings to you