Could someone please show me which group the word "them" at the end of Revelation 20:9 points towards.
Is this referent indirect or does it grammatically point to a specific group, either those who "surround" or those who are being "surrounded"?
This would help my study, as I see parallels in Ezekiel 15:6-8 and Rev 20:8-9.
These parallels could suggest that the word "them" refers to the Camp of the Saints.
Eze 15:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: As the vine-tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go forth from the fire, but the fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am Jehovah, when I set my face against them. 8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord Jehovah.
Re 20:8 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. 9 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
If the word "them" refers to the Camp of the saints then I wonder if this fire could represent a purifying fire, used in smelting and removing dross. Which could suggest that being surrounded by the "nations" refines the saints as is alluded to in 1 Cor 11:32.
The same Greek word used for "devour" (2719-katesthio), is used of Jesus zeal in John 2:17.
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up (2719-katesthio).
1 Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.