Biblical Evidence that We Are In Satan’s “Little Season”

Biblical Evidence that We are In Satans Little Season, PDF format

Revelation 20:

  1. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
  2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
  3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

 

  1. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
  2. 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.
  3. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
  4. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone…

The purpose of this pamphlet is to show, from prophetic Scripture, that there are very good reasons for believing we are now living through Satan’s “little season”.

However, as this is only a pamphlet and not a full-length book, it will cover certain aspects of this subject rather briefly, which ideally require a more in-depth examination.  It will not be possible to examine the entire context to the Scripture portions quoted above, i.e. all the biblical evidence from the book of Revelation which enables one to conclude that the “little season” is indeed the period in Bible prophecy which we are now living through.  For a detailed examination of this evidence, I refer the reader to my recorded sermon series entitled The Book of Revelation: Chapter 20.[1]

Indeed, it would be ideal if the reader built up to the series of messages on Rev. 20 by listening to the entire series on the book of Revelation; for these are matters which, for the most part, are not being dealt with by Gospel ministers today.  This is because this series is an exposition of Revelation according to what is known as the Historicist method of prophetic interpretation.  This wonderful book of the Bible provides a chronological unfolding, in symbolic language, of the history of the Gospel age.  At one time this was the almost-universally accepted method of understanding Revelation among biblical Protestants.  Today, however, the most popular method of prophetic interpretation is what is known as Futurism, which – unknown even to the vast majority of Futurist expositors – was originally a Jesuit creation for the deliberate purpose of misleading Protestants.[2]  It has been eminently successful in this regard, for it has been swallowed by multitudes of Protestants as being “biblical” truth, to the great detriment of the Church of God.

The Binding of Satan

v.1: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven”.

This “angel” is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  He is not a created angel of course, but in Scripture He is sometimes referred to as an angel; for the word signifies “messenger”, and Christ is the Messenger of God, having been sent on His great mission by the Father (Jn. 20:21).

His coming “down from heaven” refers to His first coming.  The eternal Son of God took to Himself a human nature in the womb of the virgin, becoming man and thus “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16), to accomplish this binding of Satan.

v.1: “having the key of the bottomless pit”.

The Lord Christ has the key of the bottomless pit; and the work of binding Satan is a work which He alone can accomplish – and has (Gen. 3:15; 1 Jn. 3:8).

The bottomless pit is hell.  The “key” symbolises Christ’s power and authority over hell (Rev.1:18).  He has the key to “unlock” hell, so as to cast the damned into it (Lk. 12:5); and He has the key to “lock” it, so that none who are cast in are ever able to get out.  He also has the power to cast Satan and all the fallen angels into hell (Rev. 20:10).

v.1: “and a great chain in his hand”.

This “chain” is not physical, for Satan is a spirit, and no spirit can be held by a physical chain.  It symbolises the restraining power of the Lord Jesus Christ over Satan in a very specific way, as shown in the next verse.

v.2: “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years”.

Futurist expositors claim that this is a literal thousand-year reign of Christ on earth, which they believe will occur after His second coming.  But it is not to be taken literally.  It is a symbolic number, just as the key and the chain are symbolical, and the devil himself is symbolised by a dragon and a serpent.  It symbolises a very long, but indefinite period of time: that is, indefinite to us, but not to God, who knows the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10).  A definite number is put for an indefinite number, as in other places in God’s Word (see Psa.105:8; Psa.50:10).

This number speaks of the perfect and complete victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over Satan.  The period of time symbolised by the number commenced at His first coming into the world, and His death, which is when Satan was “bound”; and it ends  when Satan is “loosed [for] a little season” at the very end of the world (v.3).

That this “binding” of Satan occurred at the Lord’s first coming is seen from Matt. 12:28,29 and Lk. 11:20-22.  But in what sense has he been “bound” during this time?  After all, he has in fact been extremely active throughout the Gospel age, and we see evidence all around us of his malignant influence every single day.

Ah, but this “binding” is not to be understood in a literal sense, of the devil being locked up in hell so that he is unable to do anything on earth.  Nor is it to be taken in an absolute sense, but in a limited one.  Other places in Scripture shed light on this.  For example, in Col. 2:15 we are told that Christ has “spoiled” demonic forces – but this does not mean they are completely annihilated.  They still exist, and work mischief.  Heb. 2:14 says that through His death He has “destroyed” the devil – but this does not mean the devil has ceased to exist.  And although 2 Pet. 2:4 shows us that the devil has been cast down, and in some sense he and his demons are chained, yet 1 Pet. 5:8 shows us that he is also actively at work on earth.  Christ has conquered him, but he is still permitted to carry out certain activities.

It has been said, “Satan is bound, but he has been given a long chain.”  He is able to act as far as the chain of God’s sovereign decree permits him, and within the limitations which this chain places upon him there is much mischief which he can, and does, do.  But like a dog bound by a chain he cannot act beyond its restraints.

Satan is the Dragon, but Christ is the Lamb who conquers him!  Satan is that old Serpent (Rev. 20:2), but Christ, being God, is the glorious Ancient of days (Dan. 7:22), and the Seed of the woman who came to bruise the Serpent’s head (Gen. 3:15)!  In the unfolding drama of history the all-conquering Son of God works out His purposes on this earth, making use of devils and men by His omnipotence (but without causing them to sin; the sin is their own, overruled for God’s purpose), directing them, moving them with almighty power; overcoming their schemes and guiding His true Church like a ship through all the winds and waves which threaten to overwhelm it.

The manner in which he is bound is explained in v.3.

What Satan’s Binding Entails

v.3: “And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him”.

This shows us that Satan’s power is in some sense limited during the Gospel period.  This is the meaning of his being shut up and sealed in the pit.

v.3: “that he should deceive the nations no more”.

During this symbolical thousand-year period he is unable to deceive the nations.  But again – considering how active he is and always has been in the world – this must mean in a particular, and limited, sense.  How, then, are we to understand it?

Throughout this Gospel age the devil has been “bound”, or restrained, as regards the extent to which he has been able to hinder the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.  Jesus said that in order for someone to enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his goods, he first has to bind the strong man (Matt.12:28,29; Lk. 11:20-22).  The word “bind” in Matt.12:29 is the same as “bound” in Rev.20:2.  Both texts are referring to the same binding.  The “strong man” refers to Satan – but Christ Jesus is the One who bound him!  At the cross Satan was vanquished by Christ.  This is when he was “cast out” and “bound” (Jn.12:31,32).  Space does not permit an examination of them all, but these Scriptures should be carefully studied: Acts 26:16-18; Col.1:13; Col.2:13-15; Heb. 2:14.

Christ Jesus has all power and authority to save whom He will, and to pass by whom He will: to open the kingdom of heaven to His elect and to shut it to the reprobate.  He opens the Scriptures to His people, but shuts them to the reprobate (Lk. 24:32); He opens up the Gospel to His people, but shuts up its true meaning to the reprobate (Acts 16:14);  He opens the door of the Church to His people, for He Himself is the door, and shuts it to the reprobate; and He opens the door of heaven by His blood and righteousness for the elect to enter in, while the reprobate are shut out; for He is the door to both His Church and to heaven itself (Jn. 10:7,9).

Rev. 20:1 says that Satan was locked up with a symbolic “key”, so that he could not deceive the nations.  In Matt.16:18,19 Jesus gave the “keys” of the kingdom of heaven to Peter.  The Papists believe that in doing this He made Peter the first pope and gave him special powers of binding and loosing; but this is false.  Jesus gave Peter the authority to open the kingdom of heaven by declaring the Gospel, which he did for three groups of people: Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles (Acts 2, 8, 10).  He “opened the door of faith” to all three groups (Acts 14:27).  The Lord gave Peter the authority to preach the Gospel to the lost, and by his preaching he opened (as with a key) the door of faith to the elect.

However, this authority and power in preaching was not only given to Peter; it was given to the other apostles as well, according to Matt.18:18.  So much for the special primacy of Peter which the Papacy claims!  As they went out preaching the Gospel, the apostles “opened the door of faith” to the elect, and closed and locked it to the reprobate.  It was simply a declarative power.  They declared what Christ had already done.

And this same power of binding and loosing is given to all who preach the Gospel, down through the ages.  Mk.16:20 says of the apostles, “they went forth and preached every where”.  The book of Acts records the early years of the fulfilment of the great commission, and Church history contains the records of what followed the book of Acts.  Christian missionaries invaded the devil’s territories – the Gentile nations – with the Gospel, and Satan could not prevent it.  Christ had defeated the devil on the cross, “binding” him and casting him symbolically into the bottomless pit, so that he could not deceive the nations any more – meaning he could not prevent the relentless march of the Gospel through the world.    These words in v.3 do not mean he is not active in the world.  He certainly is!  He has fought with all his might against the Church of God, going about as a roaring lion, seeking to devour God’s elect (1 Pet. 5:8).  However, for the true Christian Satan is an enemy who has received a death-blow!  His head has, as it were, been crushed (Gen. 3:15) – and believers are merely fighting against the thrashings of the Serpent in his death-throes (1 Jn. 3:8; Heb. 2:14).

This “binding” of Satan in Rev. 20, then, has been accomplished by the preaching of the Gospel.  He could not prevent the glad tidings of the Lord and Saviour from spreading throughout the world.

And vv. 7-9 are given in explanation: at the end of time and for a (comparatively) brief period, Satan is permitted to deceive the nations so as to “gather them together to battle.”  But this is not about any military conflict on earth.  The meaning is that throughout the symbolical “thousand years” Satan is unable to gather all the nations together against the true Church.  Yes, there have been terrible persecutions throughout the entire Gospel age; but there has never been any truly worldwide, co-ordinated assault on the true Church of Christ.  Satan was prevented from doing this.  He was “bound”!  But at the very end of the world he is permitted to do so, for a brief period (brief, that is, in prophetic terms).  More on this a little further on.

v.3: “till the thousand years should be fulfilled”.

Satan was “bound” for the symbolical “thousand years” so that “he should deceive the nations no more [i.e. for this period of time], till the thousand years should be fulfilled.”  This is reinforced by vv.7,8: after the “thousand year” period Satan will be “loosed”, and will again “go out to deceive the nations” – that is, in the way in which he was unable to do during the symbolic “thousand years”.

The Loosing of Satan

v.3: “and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

He will be “loosed” in the limited sense in which he was “bound” for the “thousand years”.  Once loosed in this sense, he will be able to do what he was restrained from doing throughout the Gospel age.

During the symbolic “thousand years”, the devil was unable to prevent the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world in general; and related to this is that he was also unable to gather the nations together against the Church of God on a worldwide scale.  However, near the very end of time “he shall be loosed for a little season.”  And although the “little season” is very short prophetically, it doubtless spans many actual years in its fulfilment.  Prophecies in Revelation often cover long periods of actual time.  And considering that the “thousand years” are symbolical of the entire Gospel age, Satan’s “little season” must cover years of real time at the end of the world.

v.7: “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison”.

Essentially this is a repetition of v.3: after the symbolic thousand-year period Satan will be “loosed” in the specific sense in which he was “bound” for this period.  Then he will do what he was restrained from doing for so long.

The “Little Season”: The Devil Deceives the Nations

v.8: “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.”

Let us see how Satan works during his “little season”: his final assault on the true Church before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He deceives the nations for the purpose of gathering them together to battle, with a vast army described as being like the sand of the sea for multitude.  What is this deception?  And what is this battle?  And when is the beginning of this little season?

Think back to Satan being “bound”, and unable to “deceive the nations” during the symbolic thousand years.  As explained above, this means that during the Gospel period he is unable to prevent the spread of the Gospel into the nations, and unable to gather the nations all at once to unitedly and simultaneously wage war against the Church of Jesus Christ.  Therefore during his little season when he is “loosed”, it must mean he is loosed to accomplish what he was prevented from accomplishing before.  The “loosing” is the opposite, or the reversal, of his “binding”.  He goes out, and for a short time (prophetically) he deceives the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.  He gathers virtually all the nations of the earth to launch an assault upon the true Church of Christ.

Usually in the book of Revelation “the earth” refers not to the whole world, but to the territory of what was called the “Roman earth”: i.e. Roman Catholic Europe, inherited from the old Roman Empire.  But v.8 must be understood in a far more extensive sense, as meaning virtually the entire world.  We may be certain of this, firstly, because Satan deceives the nations “which are in the four quarters of the earth”, which means that virtually all nations of the world are meant.  And secondly, their number is “as the sand of the sea.”  Clearly this is not a localised persecution against the saints.  It is global.  The language used will not admit of any other interpretation.

The names, “Gog and Magog,” are mentioned in a prophecy given through Ezekiel (Ezek. 38 and 39).  Futurist prophetic expositors have assumed that v.8 is about the battle of Armageddon, which they believe will be the final climactic battle at the end of the world between Israel and its enemies, because of what is prophesied in Ezekiel.  But in this they greatly err.

Firstly, Ezekiel did not prophesy about the end of the world.  Secondly, there is no special place for the modern nation of Israel in God’s prophetic calendar.  The Christian Church is the “holy nation” of the Lord in this Gospel age (1 Pet. 2:9) – not Israel.  Those who see a special place for the modern state of Israel in Bible prophecy are reading into it what is simply not there, and confusing the New Testament truth of the spiritual “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16) with Old Testament national Israel.  This has led to great error in our day.

And thirdly, when we compare Ezekiel’s prophecy with Rev. 20 it is plain that they are not about the same events at all:

  1. a) Ezekiel was prophesying about some enemies of the Jews in the Old Testament period (Ezek. 38:1-6), whereas John was prophesying about the Church’s enemies. We know this because Rev. 20:9 speaks of the symbolic “camp of the saints”: the Lord’s saints are His chosen people from all nations, who together constitute the true Church.  b) The Gog of Ezekiel comes from “the north” (Ezek.39:2), whereas the Gog of Revelation comes from “the four quarters of the earth.”  A very significant difference!  c) One-sixth of the army of Gog in Ezekiel survives (Ezek.39:2), whereas in Rev.20 Gog is entirely “devoured” (v.9).  d) Ezek.39 states that after the battle with Gog the Jews did various things which took a long time, whereas in Rev.20 it is quite clear that after this battle there is no further time left: the Judgment Day occurs, and the world ends.

The reason John uses the names of Gog and Magog is because many of the symbols in Revelation are drawn from the Old Testament; and sometimes the language of Revelation is almost identical with something an Old Testament prophet of God said – as in this case.  This is because the battles which Ezekiel prophesied about certainly typified what is being described in Rev.20.  But the two passages are not describing the same events or the same period of time.

What is being described in Rev. 20 is the final assault of the nations on the true Church of Jesus Christ, as instigated by Satan.    He succeeds in deceiving the nations so that almost no one pays any attention to the Gospel of Christ, and he succeeds in deceiving them into assaulting the true Church so as to attempt to destroy it from off the face of the earth.  He deceives the nations for the purpose of using them against the Church, to “battle” against the Church and annihilate it.

We are manifestly living in Satan’s “little season” right now.  For on a truly global scale, as never before, we are living through a time of satanic deception.  The devil is able to do what he could not do, on a worldwide scale, during the entire Gospel age before this, which is to succeed (by divine permission) in preventing the spread of the Gospel throughout the world to a large extent.  Not that he totally succeeds, because Christ’s blessed Gospel continues to do its wonderful work in the hearts of His elect throughout the world.

When does Satan’s “little season” commence?  We are not told.  But we are able to figure it out, at least approximately, by seeing when it ends, and what it entails.  This “little season” terminates with the second coming of Christ.  Therefore, as it is a little season, it must commence not too long before Christ returns (in prophetical terms).  And the way to work out approximately when it begins is by understanding what will happen during this period, as well as by comparing it with other portions of Scripture.  We cannot pinpoint a precise date; but comparing all the prophecies together, we are very clearly near the end of the world and the return of the Lord Christ.  Therefore there is very good reason to believe that the “little season” has already begun.

Now although neither I nor anyone else is able to pinpoint a precise date for when it began, it would appear that it began some decades ago, and has continued ever since.  One just has to consider the past few decades:

Despite all our modern means of communication; the tools at our disposal; the technology, ease of travel, internet, email, etc., we live in a time when true conversions are rare, and true churches have small memberships, are few in number, and are scattered and despised.  Church buildings, where in past generations the true Gospel was proclaimed, are now so often given over to some other use. The Lord’s remnant of faithful believers often now meet as small congregations in homes (as the early churches did), holding on to the true faith.

We live in a day of small things.  We are not seeing vast numbers coming to Christ today.  It is not a time of spiritual awakening, but of slumber and complete lack of interest in spiritual things among the vast majority.  We still preach; we still pass out Gospel literature; but is there great interest in the Gospel?  No.  Evangelistic outreaches draw hardly any interest; tracts are thrown down on the streets; almost no one cares.  For the most part there is apathy – and increasingly, outright hostility.  It is a time of global satanic deception.

Oh, there are plenty of “churches”!  And they are packed to capacity!  But the vast majority of them are false churches preaching a false gospel.  Truly the multitudes have itching ears (2 Tim. 4:3), and rush to hear false gospels.  The great entertainment venues are also packed to capacity: people bow down before the idols of sport, movies and music, by the multiplied millions. But how many today hunger for the truth?  Do multitudes come under conviction of their sins, and cry out to the Lord for salvation?  No.  There is almost no interest in spiritual matters.  The devil has deceived the nations!

We know of course that salvation is only of the Lord, and that all whom He draws to Himself come to Him; but we also know that Satan is at times permitted to hinder the preachers of the Gospel (1 Thess. 2:18), and to prevent the Gospel from taking root in the hearts of men (Matt. 13:20,21).  Today we are seeing this on a truly global scale.  Satan has succeeded in deceiving the nations to such an extent that there is a massive hardening to the Gospel of Christ.  The evidence is all around us, in all those countries which once fell within what was called the Western orbit, or the Protestant West: Britain and Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc.  Look at them today!  They now oppose biblical Christianity openly, legally, and increasingly even violently.  The devil is now able to do what he could not do during the entire Gospel age before this, which is to succeed in stirring up the nations of the entire world to actively oppose the spread of the true Gospel, and to persecute the true Church.

Satan has always stirred up persecution wherever he could, but never before on such a global scale as today!  And especially never before like this in what were once the Protestant countries of the world.  The Islamic world has always persecuted – there is nothing new in this.  The Roman Catholic nations have always persecuted – nothing new in this either.  But today we are seeing persecution occurring in the Western, once-Protestant countries, which were so mightily affected by the Gospel in the past, and which were once safe havens for Christians.

The “Little Season”: Surrounding the Camp of the Saints

v.9:  “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city”.

This is about the remnant of faithful believers worldwide, the true Church of the living God at the end of time.  Other Scriptures make this plain.  Gal.4:25,26 speaks of  “Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children”, which refers to the literal city of Jerusalem; and “Jerusalem which is above, the mother of us all,” which refers to the spiritual Jerusalem; also called in Scripture the new Jerusalem and the holy Jerusalem.  And Rev.21:2,10 refers to the true Church symbolically represented as this great city, the holy Jerusalem, the bride of Christ.  See also Eph.5:25-27; Heb.12:22,23; Rev.3:12.

“The “camp of the saints” and the “beloved city”, then, are one and the same: the true Christian Church.  It is called the beloved city because the Lord loves the citizens of it with an everlasting love: all the Lord’s chosen people are the beloved of God, who together constitute the spiritual city of God.  The Church is the habitation of God’s people (Eph.2:19).  As for the Church being called “the camp of the saints”, one just has to think of the children of Israel in the wilderness before they entered the promised land.  They were called a “camp” (Exod.14:19), and they typified the Church of Christ in this world.  The Lord’s elect on earth have been delivered from the world, but are not yet in the promised land of heaven.  During this earthly sojourn they truly may be described as the “camp of the saints”.  The true Church is indeed like a camp, surrounded on all sides by enemies.  Believers do not belong in this world.  The world hates them and seeks to destroy them.

The battle the nations are gathered together for is to war against the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  But it should be obvious that it does not mean a physical battle is fought, with the Church lined up on one side of the field and the nations of the world on the other.  All true Christians, scattered throughout the nations of the earth, are not going to gather together in one geographical locality, with weapons of war in  their hands, to defend themselves against an attack by the people of the world!  That is absurd.

During this “little season” when the devil is loosed, the nations of the world surround the Church of the living God, in order to annihilate it if possible.  Like an army that surrounds a city, besieges it and attacks it, so the nations of the earth close in on the saints of God.  These words describe the immense hatred of the world for the Lord’s people.  And in addition they describe a worldwide assault upon them as never before.  In all the nations of the earth, wherever true Christians are found, they will be persecuted during this little season of Satan’s wrath.

There is the worldwide power of the Papacy, with all its ancient hatred for true Christians: the religio-political system of Antichrist, the Great Whore, drunk on the blood of the saints, wielding vast power across much of the earth.  There is the United Nations organisation, rapidly moving towards world government, utterly anti-Christian.  There are its regional branches, such as the European Union, African Union, etc., aiming for a single court, a single parliament, etc.  There is the worldwide power of Communism, far from being dead, but today embraced by the world’s most powerful countries under other names (e.g. “democracy,” etc.).   There are the Islamic nations, with all their hatred for Christianity.

And also, in countries where believers of earlier generations would never have imagined it possible: the once-Protestant nations that were such safe havens for believers have become increasingly dangerous places for them!   This is something new upon the earth: persecution to varying degrees is now occurring in the UK, Australia, Canada, the USA, and other once-Protestant western nations.  This has never been experienced before.  In these countries it is a more subtle form of persecution through legislation: making various Christian activities and teachings illegal, then prosecuting believers under this legislation.  Governments which once allowed complete freedom of religion, freedom of speech, etc., are now removing these freedoms.  Christians are being taken to court and punished as criminals for no other reason than that of sharing their faith in Christ.  Laws are being enacted in one country after another, their purpose being to stifle Christianity; to prevent the free preaching of the Gospel; to outlaw church services or to control them.

In these once-Protestant countries Satan is using “human rights” legislation, especially the following: so-called “hate speech” legislation; anti-discrimination legislation; pro-sodomy legislation; anti-homeschooling legislation; etc., etc.  The net is being drawn tighter and tighter around true believers in Christ.  In western nations Christians are now considered to be the “lunatic fringe” of society.  And this has all happened in the last few decades.  The change has been astoundingly rapid.

Furthermore, in the midst of all this many in these same countries are embracing false versions of “Christianity,” even while becoming increasingly hostile to true Christianity.

Truly, the nations are being “gathered together” against the true Church.  In a thousand ways, secretive and furtive, intrigues behind the scenes are bringing all this about.  Everywhere there is talk of the “New World Order”, “globalism”, etc.  And this New World Order is very, very hostile to the Church of Christ.  Persecution against Christians is now global, and increasing every year.  Christianity is the most persecuted faith in the world, a fact now recognised even by many who are not Christians.

Futurist expositors of prophecy, pre-trib rapturists, believe in a seven-year period at the end of the world which they call the “Great Tribulation”, in which they believe there will be great persecution.  However, they believe that the Church will be raptured beforehand, so Christians will escape this terrible time.  The truth is very different!  It is tragic that Futurists have misunderstood what actually happens at the end of the world. Yes, Satan will have his little season of persecution.  It is not, however, for seven years (this theory is based on a faulty interpretation of Daniel 9[3]), but rather for an unspecified period of time; and during it the true Church is here on earth, surrounded by its enemies and persecuted.

This worldwide assault on true Christian believers was unthinkable even for most of the twentieth century!  It is unparalleled in the history of the world.  The nations of the earth are increasingly acting in unison, copying one another and even seeking to outdo one another in their legislation against Christianity and Christians.  This is the devil’s “little season”!  He has been loosed from the restraint he was under for so many centuries.  He has been granted a short time, and he is making the most of it in his wrath and hatred.

How Will It End?

  How long will this “little season” last?  The Bible does not say, other than to call it a “little season.”  It could be a long time as we count time, although in prophetic terms it is a short period.  But the good news is that this is Satan’s final assault!

And how will it end?  Verse 9 tells us:
v.9: “and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

This will be the fire of the wrath of the Lord against His enemies, those who hate and persecute His people, when He returns to earth at His second coming.  2 Thess.1:7,8 speaks of the same fire: when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, He will take vengeance on all the reprobate in flaming fire.  2 Thess.2:8 says that when the Lord Jesus returns He will destroy the Papal Antichrist with the brightness of His coming.  And 2 Pet.3:10,12 declares that at His second coming He will burn up the universe!  It will come to an end.

Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, lift up your heads!  The glorious return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is drawing ever closer!  May “the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5).

Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher.  He runs Bible Based Ministries.  This pamphlet was published in 2022.  For other pamphlets (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, articles, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below.  If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, please send your details.

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ENDNOTES:

[1]. The Book of Revelation: Chapter 20 (a set of eight sermons), by Shaun Willcock.  Available from Bible Based Ministries: https://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk/tapes/bible-prophecy/

[2]. For further information about this, see Trappings of Popery, by Shaun Willcock, chapter 14.  Bible Based Ministries, 2007. Available from Bible Based Ministries: https://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk/books/

[3]. See The Prophecies of Daniel, by Shaun Willcock, chapter 4.  Bible Based Ministries, 2016.  Available from Bible Based Ministries: https://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk/books/