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LUCAS - I read that after Satan is bound he will be
'loosed for 1,000 years'. I thought he would be loosed for a little time.
JOEL - Here are scriptures related to the subject:
29 For in mine own due time will I come upon the earth in judgment, and my people shall be redeemed and shall reign with me on earth.
30 For the great Millennium, of which I have spoken by the mouth of my servants, shall come.
31 For Satan shall be bound, and when he is loosed again he shall only reign for a little season, and then cometh the end of the earth.
32 And he that liveth in righteousness shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and the earth shall pass away so as by fire.
33 And the wicked shall go away into unquenchable fire, and their end no man knoweth on earth, nor ever shall know, until they come before me in judgment. (D&C 43:29-33)
110 And so on, until the seventh angel shall sound his trump; and he shall stand forth upon the land and upon the sea, and swear in the name of him who sitteth upon the throne, that there shall be time no longer; and Satan shall be bound, that old serpent, who is called the devil, and shall not be loosed for the space of a thousand years.
111 And then he shall be loosed for a little season, that he may gather together his armies.
112 And Michael, the seventh angel, even the archangel, shall gather together his armies, even the hosts of heaven.
113 And the devil shall gather together his armies; even the hosts of hell, and shall come up to battle against Michael and his armies.
114 And then cometh the battle of the great God; and the devil and his armies shall be cast away into their own place, that they shall not have power over the saints any more at all. (D&C 88:110-114)
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. (Rev.20:1-3)
The only place that I can find where someone suggests that Satan might be loosed for a thousand years is in Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith where he said:
"Our Lord came about 4,000 years from the time of the fall. The millennium is to come some time following the 2,000 years after his coming. Then there is to be the millennium for 1,000 years, and following that a 'little season,' the length of which is not revealed, but which may bring 'time' to its end about 8,000 years from the beginning." (DS, 1:81.)
Do the math. If the little season brings time to an end at 8000 years, then according to his calculations, there needs to be about another thousand years added on after the end of the Millennium, which may be the time during which Satan is loosed. Of course this depends on when the millennium starts. But in my opinion a thousand years is too long to be called a "little season".
Joseph Fielding Smith also said something else interesting related to the end times:
"Will the earth go back to the telestial order after the millennium? No, but the people on the face of the earth, many of them, will be like the Nephites who lived 200 years after the coming of Christ. They will rebel against the Lord knowingly, and the great last struggle will come, and the devil and his forces will be defeated; then the earth will die and receive its resurrection and become a celestial body. The resurrection of the wicked will take place as one of the last events before the earth dies.
We have seen that the Lord had not given to this earth its present time until after the fall. Before that time it was subject to Kolob's time, which is eternal time.
After the temporal existence of the earth is finished, it will again go back on celestial time, and there shall be "time no longer. This does not mean that the inhabitants of the earth, who will be celestial beings, will not reckon by time, but by a different time-Kolob's time which the Lord says is his time.(DS, 1:87.)