Does anyone know how long the “little while” is that satan will be released at the end of the thousand years? Will this be the amount of time left from the shortened Trib? How long would it take him to go to the four corners and deceive the nations? Would they be deceived in a day, week, month or year?
It just seems to me that it would take a fair amount of time to accomplish this task. The reason I am wondering about this is that he does have a certain number of days given to him, and if they split up between the great trib and the end of the thousand years it could throw off the date counts! So if God shortened the trib by a year and tacked that on at the end of the thousand year reign, how would we count that? I am not saying that this is so, but just asking what if! I think this is a great forum to pose questions like this. I am sure that the rapture is very soon, and look forward to seeing all of you in heaven! Thanks John for this great place.
20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while….
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[b] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.