Revelation, Chapter 20

This is part of a study on the Book of Revelation

We are in Revelation 20 now. The plagues have gone by, the Beast system brought down, and Jesus returned to earth to reign an rule. The Millenial kingdom is here.

Note! Once upon a time, Israel was on the verge of going into the promised land, but failed. God stayed faithful, and after 40 years of wandering and waiting, He brought them into the promised land. By the same token, Israel failed to recognise the Messiah at His first coming. But God is faithful, He will come back.


MILLENNIUM


OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS


There are in total more than 400 verses in the Bible about the Millenial Kingdom. I am quoting here the words of the prophet, Isaiah, describing the Millennium in a prophecy:


ISAIAH 11:3b He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 6The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.


WHAT THE MILLENIUM WILL LOOK LIKE

  • Jesus Christ will rule righteous as the Kings of kings. See Revelation 2 and 19.
  • Israel will be safe and blessed. See Amos 9.
  • Jerusalem will be the capital of the nations. See Isaiah 2.
  • The Temple will stand in Jerusalem. See Isaiah 2.
  • The Temple service restored as a memorial of the cross. See Ezekiel 40-48.
  • Saints in their glorified bodies, the bride of Christ, will reign with Him. See 1 Corintians 6:2-3, Revelation 2 and Revelation 20.

WHO IS IN THE MILLENNIUM?

THE CHURCHThe Church, caught up at the Rapture, and in there glorified bodies.
ISRAELJews who came to repentance during Tribulation.
“MULTITUDE”Gentiles, minority, who came to repentance during Tribulation.
“MILLENNIALS”Those born during the Millennium.


VERSE BY VERSE

SATAN CHAINED


Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 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.


John saw in a vision an angel putting Satan in chains. Contrary to popular believe, Satan is not God’s equal, it took one angel to put him in his place.


The “1000 years” refers to the promised Millennium. See End Times, Israel. The “old serpent” refers to the same entity that was in the Garden of Eden, Satan. He, and his demonic armies, were being restrained for the duration of the Millennium.


Note! Jesus knows Satan’s “modus operandi.He often said: “Watch out that you are not deceived.” See Matthew 24 and Luke 21.


Satan must be “loosed a little season.” Why this?

  • Many believe that man is intrinsic innocent, and the victim of the environment. The truth will be revealed.
  • Satan is depraved, and even after 1000 years in chains, he doesn’t change. He comes out to do more evil.
  • Man inherently rebellious, and after a long hiatus from Satan, man’s nature won’t change. Only the grace of God can save us, we cannot save ourselves.

REIGN WITH CHRIST

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.


“They that sat upon the thrones” reference to the Church, now in Heaven. They never bowed to the Beast System, the One World Order. They waited for the blessed hope in Christ, and were caught up to heaven at the Rapture. See The Rapture. They came with Jesus to reign and rule on earth, for a thousand years.


Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished, this is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.


The first resurrection refers to believers, dead or alive, who received new glorified bodies, at the Rapture. See 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. They were reigning with Christ, and were not affected by the second death, the eternal separation from God. This happened at the end of the Millennium.

SATAN UNCHAINED


Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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.

At the end of the Millennium, the villain, Satan, came out for a last gasp.


Mankind will live for a thousand years in and Edenic environment, on earth. There is no crime, no violence, no evil or devil, and yet at the end man will rebel again. Under the leadership of the “unchained” Satan, a rebellion is organised and millions of willing rebels to follow suit.

Ezekiel wrote about a “Gog and Magog war” of very specific nations. John is using the same description a “Gog and Magog war” to describe an all-out war of all nations, against God and His people.

Note! Bible scholars differ whether it is two separate events, or phase A and B of the same event.


Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from god out of heaven, and devoured them.


Satan and these rebels went up to destroy God’s people and Jerusalem, but God dealt with them instantly.

LAKE OF FIRE


Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


The lake of fire and brimstone is eternal punishment for the evil trio of Satan, Antichrist, and false prophet.

THE WHITE THRONE


Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.


John saw a throne. It was great in power and authority, and white in purity and holiness. He look and saw Jesus Christ sit upon it, the Judge.

The trial is for “the dead” who never accepted Jesus Christ. They were never “born again,” they are the walking dead, the spiritually dead. Small evil or great evil is not the issue. What matters is that they rejected God’s way to salvation, the cross.

Their names were never written in “the book of life.” This trial is not to determine whether they are guilty, or not, for that has been established. They had “works” to offer, and it burned up in the fire of God’s judgement.


Note! No one can escape the judgment of God. If you trust in the Gospel, your judgment came down on Jesus at the cross. If you reject the Gospel, you will stand exposed at this moment. This is the moment between you and your Maker.


Revelation 20:15 and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Jesus Himself spoke about the “lake of fire,” primarily a place prepared for Satan and the fallen angels. However, those who reject the Gospel, will end up in it too.


Note! Love is to be free to choose to be with God, it cannot be forced. If you resist Jesus Christ to the end, He will let you go. You will get your wish to be separated from Him for eternity.

ADDENDUM

Charles Swindoll describes those who will join the evil insurrection, at the end of the Millennium, like this:

“So, those enlisting in Satan’s army will likely be geographically remote, from among those cities and regions farthest from the centre of Messiah’s kingdom in Jerusalem. They also will be generationally removed from their original ancestors who had survived the onslaught of the Beast, the memory of which will sound to those distant descendants like mere fables. Finally, the rebels will be spiritually distant, perhaps conforming to the outward expectations of worship and civil duty, but inwardly harbouring decades of cynicism, selfishness, and rebellion.”

The End.

THIS IS PART OF A SERIES:

SOURCES FOR REVELATION, CHAPTER 20:

  • The Seven Letters to the Seven Churches by Dr. Chuck Missler
  • Revelation by Dr. Baruch Korman
  • The Unveiled Christ of Revelation by Dr. John Barnett
  • A Light in the Darkness by Rick Renner
  • 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation by Dr. Mark Hitchcock
  • Revelation: A Chronology by Dr. Jimmy De Young

OTHER SOURCES FOR REVELATION, CHAPTER 20:

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