At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will be released from where he will be held captive.
And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, 8 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…
Now because we may find it amazing that Satan will dare to go to war against God, I would like to consider the following questions to help us understand why Satan does what he does.
1. As Satan goes out to deceive and to gather the nations for war what will his mental state be, that is, will he be so deceived and mixed up in his mind that he will think that he can actually defeat God?
2. Will God blind Satan from what will happen to him—from the fact that he will make no progress in his effort to defeat God, but will instead be immediately defeated and then thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (vv. 9-10)?
But there is also a third question to consider, which we will take more time with.
3. Will Satan be aware of what will happen to him, and if he is aware of it, why will he still go out to deceive the nations and gather them for war against God? Here are a few possible answers:
a. Yes, he will be aware of everything; but he won’t be able to stop himself, because it is his nature to deceive, kill, and destroy (1 Pt. 5:8). Moreover, from the beginning of his fall, he has desired to be like God; that is, to have the same power as He, without limits (Isa. 14:13). And he also wants our worship—but not for any good purpose; for he wants to exercise power over us, to control us and oppress us.
b. He won’t be able to stop himself because God won’t allow him to go against his nature, and also because it is in His will that He be the primary instrument in the test. Thus, because Satan has committed himself to evil, God likewise has committed Himself to use him to test man; and Satan will not be able to get out of it.
c. It may be that because Satan knows all too well of his soon punishment, he, in his fierce anger, will want to drag as many souls with him as possible to their doom.