Devils and Demons | Lake of Fire
Noble Baird | Community Center Director
On December 17, 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released in theaters all over the nation. Now, although it was almost three and a half hours long, it is in the top twenty all time grossing movies bringing in over 1.1 billion dollars. The story that J.R.R. Tolkien writes and Peter Jackson then took us on cinematically is, in my opinion, one of the greatest trilogies of all time. For those of you unfamiliar with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is a tale of a young hobbit and his friends who are taken on a journey to return a ring to the place it was created to be destroyed. The reason being is because this ring was made to rule the world, which then begins the battle between man and the one who created this ring, Sauron. Now, Sauron has one mission, to rule all of Middle Earth. His way of going about this was through the One Ring, which would be used to control the leaders across Middle Earth who wore the Rings of Power.
Over the last five weeks, we have talked about Satan, beginning with his fall and mission, all the way to now with his end. In Revelation 20:7-10, John writes, “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” In this passage, John writes us the vision which he is given by God of Satan’s end. Although his mission was to deceive the world and conquer over Christ, he loses. He is defeated and will ultimately be thrown into the lake of fire, where he will be in torment and suffer forever.
Sauron wages a great war on man. He deceives many, gains thousands to his cause. There is a great final battle which ensues at Minas Tirith and the Black Gate in Mordor. As the battle rages in Minas Tirith and the battle is about to begin at the Black Gate, Frodo destroys the One Ring. As the One Ring was destroyed, Sauron is crushed and defeated. In an instant, all of Sauron’s followers and his army are defeated. They are swallowed up by the earth and fall just as he does. I love this imagery because it reminds me of what I imagine of Satan’s defeat. In an instant, fire will rain down on Satan’s followers and his “great” army, and they will be consumed. Then, Satan himself will be cast into the lake of fire; eternally separated from God and us, only to endure pain and suffering forever.
So as we wrap up this series on Satan, have hope. Remember that we have already won the great and final battle. When Jesus died, that veil was torn, and we are no longer separated from our Father. Yes, it is going to be tough, there will be trials, we will suffer, some have even given their lives fighting Satan’s mission; however, have hope just as John tells us, we win!