A Little While?

Q. Rev. 20:3 states that Satan will be released for “a little while” after a Christ has reigned for a thousand years. Although we will have glorified bodies by that time, are there any corroborating scriptures that may indicate how long that will be? If not, would you have an educated guess to offer?

A. The phrase translated “a little while” in Rev. 20:3 is indeterminate in length but implies a relatively short period of time. In Rev. 20:7-10 we learn that it will be long enough for Satan to muster up an army too large to count from all over the world to mount one final attack against the Lord. What’s clearer is the fact that their defeat will be swift and sure. Rev. 20:9 says fire will come down from heaven and devour them.

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