Bible Question:

I lean very much toward being premillennial. However, 2 Thessalonians 2 makes it clear that the lawless one will be revealed and destroyed at Christ's coming. One might say that the lawless one is a man or a prophet (being in the flesh) but it is also Satan. If Satan is bound for 1,000 years and then released after the 1,000 years for a short moment, does this mean that the battle with Gog and Magog will not take place before the coming of the Lord? Compare Revelation 20:7-10.

Bible Answer:

Yes, the battle of Gog and Magog occurs after Jesus’ Second Coming.

Timeline of the Future

Revelation 20:7-10 describes what happens after Jesus’ kingdom has lasted for 1,000 years.

And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (NASB) Revelation 20:7-10

After the kingdom has lasted for 1,000 years, after the world has been able to experience peace on earth, after the world has been able to live with God for a while, the human race will finally prove they really do not want God and they do not want peace. When Satan is released, they will join him and attempt to unseat Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. We are told that Gog and Magog represent the nations of the world rather than one or more specific nations. All of the nations of the world will attempt to defeat God. But they will fail.


The book of Revelation is a prophecy that all should read. It is the word of the Lord.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. (NASB) Revelation 1:3

It describes the Second Coming of Jesus, the judgments of every man and woman, and where each of us will spend eternity. Come quickly Jesus! Come!