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Antichrist and the end times

Antichrist and the End Times

AET-073 and 74:

Rev. 19 and 20

The Wedding Supper of the Lamb and the Millennium


Revelation 19

Revelation 19

  • REVELATION 19

  • 1After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants." 3And again they shouted: "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever. "

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Revelation 191

Revelation 19

  • 4The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!"

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Revelation 192

Revelation 19

  • 19:1–4 John hears the sound of a heavenly multitude offering praise to the divine King, who is seated on his throne.

  • The chorus includes "Twenty-four elders," who symbolize [?], and "Four living creatures," which symbolize the whole of creation.1 Together they shout "Hallelujah," the Hebrew term for "Praise the Lord!"

  • Once again, the text highlights the justness of God’s sentence against [Babylon].

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Revelation 193

Revelation 19

  • "Babylon" falls not due to some irrational divine whim, but because she has "Corrupted the earth" with the "Adultery" of idolatry.

  • Furthermore, she has murdered the saints of God.2 At the final judgment, God has rightly and justly "Avenged on her the blood of his servants."3

  • The smoke of Babylon’s destruction "Goes up for ever and ever," signifying that [Her] final condemnation is unending and irreversible.4

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Revelation 194

Revelation 19

  • The [24 Elders?] and the whole of creation voice their approval of what God has done by shouting "Amen," a Hebrew term meaning "So be it!" or "Truly!”

  • WHO ARE THE 24 ELDERS?

  • Many theories have been put forth:

  • The Church

  • Ruling Angels

  • Jews

  • A Whole Bunch of Weirdness Theories

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Revelation 195

Revelation 19

  • From bnaiavraham.net   

  •  Who are the “twenty-four elders” in Revelation 4 [and 19]?

  • Revelation is written in a style that is both vague, yet evocative. This is typical of the language of apocalyptic prophecy, where the use of allusions, motifs, symbols, and metaphors is extensive. I believe Rev. 4:4 is a sampling of this.

  • Since there is nothing in the book of Revelation itself that defines the 24 Elders for us, we need to look elsewhere in the Scriptures for a definition.

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Revelation 196

Revelation 19

  • In the Tanakh [Old Testament], the book of Exodus (19:5,6) we are told that Yahweh’s fundamental design for Israel itself was to be “a kingdom of priest” and “a holy nation.”

  • A priest (Hebrew: “Cohen”) is one who stands up for another and mediates in his cause.

  • Additionally, Israel was to be a “holy nation”…a nation reconciled through, brought near to, and kept in fellowship with G-d through the sprinkling of blood.

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Revelation 197

Revelation 19

  • While it is true that Yahweh established a separate priesthood in Israel, the nation itself was to be a priestly kingdom.

  • This then, would make the priesthood only representative of the people.

  • Yahweh’s underlying ideals for Israel itself were reconciliation and mediation through blood.

  • The priests were the representatives of these ideals.

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Revelation 198

Revelation 19

  • Everything connected with the priesthood was intended to be symbolic and typical: the office, its functions, the attire, the outward support, etc.(Hebrews 8:3-5).

  • The superintendent over the priests was the High Priest.

  • He was the chief official in charge of mediation and reconciliation. 

  • The officiating attire of the High Priest is quite interesting:

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Revelation 199

Revelation 19

  • His coat was woven of one piece (like that of Yahshua’s cf. John 19:23), he wore a golden girdle around his chest (cf. Rev. 1:13), the garment was white and made of linen (made from byssus a white shining cotton from Egypt) and reached to his feet, he wore a breastplate which was four-square and contained 12 jewels bearing the names of the 12 tribes of Israel (suggestive of Rev.21:16,12-14), and much more.

  • The common priest also wore a shining white garment (byssus).

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Revelation 1910

Revelation 19

  • In order to become a priest one had to pass several tests. The two most important tests were: genealogy, and freedom from physical defects. If all the tests were passed, the candidates would then be given white garments and their names would be inscribed in the archives (cf. Rev. 3:5).

  • Under David and Solomon, the priesthood was arranged into twenty-four divisions and continued as such right up until the Babylonian Captivity (1 Chron. 24).

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Revelation 1911

Revelation 19

  • When the capitivity was over, only four of the original twenty-four divisions returned to Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel): the divisions of Jedaiah, Immer, Pashur, and Harim (Ezra 2:36-39).

  • That of Jedaiah is mentioned first because it was the High Priest’s family - of the house of Jeshua (“Yeshua”): cf Ezra 3:2. (Interesting. No?)

  • To restore the original arrangement each of these four families were directed to cast lots for those who had not returned with them - so as to form, once again, 24 divisions.

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Revelation 1912

Revelation 19

  • These newly formed divisions would then bear the ancient names.

  • This is witnessed to in the New Covenant: Zechariah, the father of John the Baptizer, did not actually belong to the family of Abijah (which did not return from Babylon) but to the division of Abijah: which had been formed out of another family and ministered in the ancient name of Abijah (1 Chron. 24:10; Luke 1:5,8).

  • Each division would come on duty for a week at a time (from Sabbath to Sabbath).

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Revelation 1913

Revelation 19

  • On Feast Days any priest could come up and join in on the ministry of the Sanctuary.

  • However, at the Feast of Tabernacles, all twenty-four divisions had to be present and officiate (Selah).

  • What a sight that must have been!

  • Oh, I almost forgot something.

  • Each of these 24 divisions had a division head to represent them…an elder.

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Revelation 1914

Revelation 19

  • Lets put it together:

  • The Priesthood was arranged into 24 Divisions

  • Each Division had a Division Head: an Elder

  • The Elder represented the Division

  • The Division was a part of the total Priesthood

  • The Priesthood was representative of the Nation

  • The Nation was to be “a kingdom of priests” and a “holy nation”

  • A Nation redeemed by, brought near to, and kept in fellowship with G-d through the “sprinkling of blood”

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Revelation 1915

Revelation 19

  • The priests wore shining white garments when officiating

  • In Revelation 4 [and 19] we see 24 elders, with 24 crowns, on 24 thrones, dressed in white

  • They worship and give praise to G-d: priestly functions

  • They are representative of the priestly kingdom of Israel in Heaven.

  • This is the BEST explanation I have heard.

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Revelation 1916

Revelation 19

  • Verses 1 and 2 find a close connection between God’s "Salvation" and his "Judgments."

  • Salvation "belongs" to God only because he carries out the final judgment.

  • We have seen that, in reality, redemption and condemnation are two sides of the same event.

  • The kingdom of God cannot come until the Lord first destroys the kingdom of Satan.

  • The Lord cannot consummate his own beneficent kingship without eliminating all opposing kingships. He cannot establish the good without destroying evil.

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Revelation 1917

Revelation 19

  • Announcement of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb (19:5–10)

  • In Revelation 14:1–22:6, John offers a kaleidoscope of images depicting the final judgment and the consummation of God’s kingdom—two facets of a single event.

  • The early images (14:1–19:4) focus primarily on the condemnation of God’s enemies with an occasional look forward to the salvation of his servants.

  • However, beginning in 19:5, the prophet shifts his emphasis.

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Revelation 1918

Revelation 19

  • From this point forward, the majority of images will concern the salvation of God’s servants with only an occasional look back at the destruction of his enemies.

  • Chapter 19, verses 5–10, includes an announcement of the wedding supper of the Lamb.

  • Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!"

  • 6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

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Revelation 1919

Revelation 19

  • "Hallelujah!

  • For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) 9Then the angel said to me, "Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ " And he added, "These are the true words of God."

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Revelation 1920

Revelation 19

  • 19:5–9 (1) The Wedding of the Lamb. With one voice all God’s servants shout: "Hallelujah! (a Hebrew term meaning ‘Praise the Lord!’) For our Lord God Almighty reigns!"

  • They thus announce the consummation of God’s kingdom rule—the extension of his sovereign reign over the whole universe.6

  • In verses 7–9 the Lord’s servants use a different image to proclaim the same truth: "The wedding of the Lamb has come! " Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!"

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Revelation 1921

Revelation 19

  • The "Lamb" refers to Jesus Christ, whose sacrificial death on the cross destroys the kingdom of Satan and establishes the kingdom of God.

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Revelation 1922

Revelation 19

  • Victory celebrations are usually held after a battle, but so sure is God of His control over His creation, that He invites all the redeemed (His slaves; i.e., those who have subjected themselves to His authority) to attend a celebration before His final battle with the forces of evil.

  • Heaven’s joyous response makes it clear that they have no doubt about the outcome as they know God is all powerful—the only question is the timing; and excitement erupts as they learn that the time has now come.

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Revelation 1923

Revelation 19

  • The addressees of this summons to praise and adoration are all who reverence God (v.5), an emphasis which includes not only Old Testament saints but also angels (for whom Christ did not die—see v.10 which makes a distinction between the angel speaking and the saints).

  • God’s triumph over evil is absolutely certain. He does not question it, and neither do those who have placed their faith in Him, yet the unregenerate will hold to their futile hope of victory over God until the very end, as we shall see.

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Revelation 1924

Revelation 19

  • The fact that there will be ‘small and great’ in Heaven (v.5) indicates that status will already have been awarded by this stage; so the ‘bema’ (Judgment Seat of Christ) of II Corinthians 5 occurs after the rapture, and is complete by the end of the tribulation (i.e., it takes place during the tribulation).

  • Moreover, the awarding of the fine linen garments confirms this, as they represent the righteous deeds of the saints (v.8).

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Revelation 1925

Revelation 19

  • The sound of many waters combined with thunder (v.6) echoes 14:2, where it, too, has a heavenly context, and where it, too, indicates a swelling, deafening, accolade of praise for the persons of God and His Lamb.

  • This is the moment for which all creation has been waiting (see Rom 8:18–25 for a biblical explanation of this waiting); at last the long wait is over, Christ will be revealed in all His divine glory, and all creation will be restored to its perfect primordial state.

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Revelation 1926

Revelation 19

  • No wonder there is this swelling, deafening roar of praise!

  • As the singers of this song do not include those redeemed by Christ, for the Church (the wife) is addressed by the song (v.7), they must be the angelic host.

  • This growing cacophony of sound by the heavenly throng of angels addresses God as ‘our God’ and they will thus state their allegiance to God and denounce Satan.

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Revelation 1927

Revelation 19

  • The marriage of the Lamb (v.7) is the union between Christ and His bride (the Church), but in order to understand this event we need first to consider the Jewish marriage custom.

  • Jewish marriage started with betrothal, as, even though the couple were not living together, a betrothal could only be terminated by formal divorce (Matt 1:18–19).

  • Normally a betrothal lasted about a year, then the marriage was taken to its next and final stage.

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Revelation 1928

Revelation 19

  • This stage commenced when ‘the friend of the bridegroom’ was sent to the bride’s home to escort her from her parents to the bridegroom.

  • He then presented her to the groom at the wedding feast, a celebration that frequently lasted for several days.

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Revelation 1929

Revelation 19

  • II Corinthians 11:2 uses this simile of a wedding and talks of believers being betrothed to Christ; Eph 5:25–33 promises a great mystery, the permanent union between Christ and the Church; and Revelation 19–20 present the final stage of this wedding, the wedding feast of the Lamb which starts in Heaven and continues on earth, enduring for the period of the millennium.

  • It is fitting that the marriage should first be celebrated in Heaven; but it is also appropriate that earth be included in the festivities, as God is God of the universe, not only the God of Heaven.

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Revelation 1930

Revelation 19

  • This earthly celebration will demonstrate that God has forced Satan to release his grip on earth; God will clearly be the victor and Satan, the vanquished.

  • The heavenly start to these festivities follows the same pattern as the various revelations concerning the judgments, for each new section of Revelation always opens with a clear reminder that anything which happens on earth (the material realm) is but the working out of a heavenly (the spiritual realm) decision.

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Revelation 1931

Revelation 19

  • In this way, God repeatedly reminds us that spiritual values are more important than material values, and, indeed, that material values are only intended to serve spiritual values.

  • The bride will be clothed in bright, clean, white garments, which contrast with the purple and scarlet garments of the harlot of chapters 17–18.

  • This clothing represents the saints’ righteous deeds (v.8).

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Revelation 1932

Revelation 19

  • Verse 9 speaks of invited guests at this wedding besides the Father, the Groom, and His bride.

  • Verse 10 provides a clue as to who at least some of these invited guests are: they will be angels who have not rebelled against God (still servants, v.10), who recognize Jesus Christ and worship God.

  • Some commentators reason that Old Testament saints cannot correctly be classified as the Church, so suggest that they are another group of guests at this wedding of the Church to Christ.

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Revelation 1933

Revelation 19

  • However, [others believe] that the bride of Christ will be all those He redeemed, and that includes Old Testament saints whose sins are forgiven through His shed blood.

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Revelation 1934

Revelation 19

  • The significance of this wedding is that the bride and Bridegroom will have become one flesh, never to be separated in all the eons of eternity.

  • What a glorious promise—we believers will have the incomprehensible privilege of being eternally united to Christ; what pure joy that will be, what a perfect peace and relationship await us.

  • In that relationship we will be forever righteous, for being one flesh with Him, the source of all righteousness, will absolutely assure this.

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Revelation 1935

Revelation 19

  • The angel in v.10 was careful to ascribe the glory of prophecy to Jesus; he, too, was quick to assume the stance of a fellow-slave.

  • Thus the angel made it crystal clear to John that the prophecy he was revealing was not his own act, but was made in the power of Jesus’ spirit.

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Revelation 1936

Revelation 19

  • The Returning Christ and His Host (19:11–16)

  • This paragraph describes the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to the earth accompanied by His armies (v.14), but all the attention is focused on His magnificence, for only one verse describes His armies.

  • So let us first dispense with this last point and then turn our concentration, with John, to our Lord.

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Revelation 1937

Revelation 19

  • The armies (v.14) are described in the same terms as the bride of the Lamb (v.7), so clearly are the same; this episode thus marks the moving of the marriage feast from Heaven to earth.

  • We believers, then, will accompany Jesus Christ when He returns to set up His Millennial Kingdom; this verse promises us we will be there, with Him.

  • We will follow behind His charger on chargers of our own, and will witness His victory over evil.

  • This is the pageant to end all earthly pageants, and we will be participants!

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Revelation 1938

Revelation 19

  • Matthew 24:30 also describes Christ’s return and tells us that He will appear in the sky and all the people on earth will see Him.

  • This could suggest that His coming will be relatively gradual in order to allow all the people on earth to see Him.

  • So His arriving could take over twenty-four hours, and the earth’s rotation would be the mechanics for granting all the earth’s inhabitants a glimpse of their Judge.

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Revelation 1939

Revelation 19

  • Maybe a scene from Star Wars could illustrate the event which, with His armies following, would look like an extra-terrestrial invasion.

  • The war against mankind will be righteous (v.11) because for seven years the human race will have persisted in its rebellion against God despite the plethora of divine signs and judgments.

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Revelation 1940

Revelation 19

  • Jesus will do two distinct things to the nations of the world: He will judge them with God’s wrath, and those who survive will be shepherded by the strong laws of God.

  • Notice how Jesus will be proudly arrayed in His garment which is covered in blood; this will be the basis of divine judgment—that the world has spurned His blood.

  • Jesus wears it proudly; we will be dressed in our white garments—He will be arrayed in His bloody one.

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Revelation 1941

Revelation 19

  • The host that will accompany Jesus is proof positive of the effectiveness of His blood.

  • There is profound logic in the bride accompanying Christ, for the execution of humanity is punishment of the persecutors (or their descendants) for their persecution of the bride.

  • This, too, explains why the Church is not involved in the battle of Armageddon, for we are being vindicated by our Lord, the Bridegroom, and are merely present to witness that vindication.

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Revelation 1942

Revelation 19

  • Now, let us turn our attention to the revelation of our Lord.

  • Consider the descriptions given of Christ; they tabulate thus:

    • i)He is riding a white horse.

    • ii)He is called, ‘Faithful and True.’

    • iii)He is righteous in judgment and war.

    • iv)He has eyes like flaming fire.

    • v)He has many royal crowns on His head.

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Revelation 1943

Revelation 19

  • vi)He has a unique name known only to Himself.

  • vii)His clothes are dipped in blood (epitomizing His death and the salvation He procured).

  • Viii) His name is, ‘The Word of God.’

  • ix)He is accompanied by a vast army (which follows Him in love, thus attesting to His sterling qualities).

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Revelation 1944

Revelation 19

  • x)He has a sharp sword flicking from His mouth.

  • xi)He will conquer all the nations of the world.

  • xii)He will execute the wrath of God.

  • Xiii) He is proclaimed, ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords.’

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Revelation 1945

Revelation 19

  • Let us consider some of these details.

  • A white horse was the traditional victor’s mount; so Jesus leaves Heaven for battle already proclaimed the victor!

  • His confidence is not premature because He is the ‘logos’ the unique name which only Jesus Christ fully understands, for His name is ‘The Word of God.’

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Revelation 1946

Revelation 19

  • ‘Word’ in Greek is ‘logos’ and means the essence of the word, not just its utterance; now, the essence of the Word of God, which has such power that all creation exists purely because of its mystique, is unknowable by man, and, as v.12 explains, is only fully known by Jesus Christ Himself.

  • The mystique of this Word is again demonstrated in point x), for by an action of Jesus’ mouth the armies of the world will be slain.

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Revelation 1947

Revelation 19

  • They exist only because He spoke the word that brought them into existence; consequently, He can make them cease to exist by speaking another word.

  • In the face of such power it is the ultimate futility to resist Him, yet Satan and the Beast will urge humanity on to mass suicide (16:14).

  • The name Jesus has, ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords,’ is powerful enough to replace the sword a king normally wears on his thigh.

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Revelation 1948

Revelation 19

  • The titles by which Jesus is described in this passage present Him as:

  • (i) Savior,

  • (ii) Warrior,

  • (iii) Judge, and

  • (iv) Divine King.

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Revelation 1949

Revelation 19

  • Christ Destroys the Armies of the World (19:17–21)

  • This is the Bible’s last description of the Battle of Armageddon, and it is remarkably anticlimactic.

  • There is no great pitched battle, no struggle against insurmountable odds, no feats of heroism until mortals have lost all hope.

  • This is man fighting God, and God wins with consummate ease. It has to be so.

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Revelation 1950

Revelation 19

  • The carnage is total, but only on one side—the other side is unsoiled by the battle, its white garments as sterile as when the army set out from Heaven, following Jesus Christ on their white chargers!

  • Again we find a heavenly pronouncement (vv.17–18) preceding the earthly events (vv.19–21).

  • The invitation extended to birds of carrion is not to the wedding feast of the Lamb, but to clean up the mess on earth after Christ has slain all unregenerate men.

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Revelation 1951

Revelation 19

  • The sense of a glut of human flesh everywhere pervades this paragraph.

  • Notice, the outcome is so certain that the birds are summoned before the massacre.

  • This judgment will fall without respect on the high and the lowly, on the strong and the weak, indeed, on all men as well as animals in their service.

  • The Greek text of v.18 does not confine this carnage to adult males, but encompasses the entire human race.

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Revelation 1952

Revelation 19

  • Horses are included in the carnage, so all military equipment (which seems to me to be what the horses symbolize) will be destroyed; it will not be needed in the millennium (‘they shall beat their swords into plowshares’ [Isa 2:4; Mic 4:3]; the United Nations, with brazen effrontery, has claimed this text for themselves, but this blissful scenario will only materialize when Jesus Christ returns to reign!).

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Revelation 1953

Revelation 19

  • Only the Beast and his false prophet will not die this death (vv.20–21), but only so that they can be cast, living, into the second death, Hell.

  • Note the sequence of events in the Beast’s defeat: first, in full sight of his assembled armies, he and his lieutenant, the false prophet, will be seized; he will be humiliated in front of the entire assembled human race and then thrown, not into the abyss from whence he came (17:8), but directly into Hell (v.20).

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Revelation 1954

Revelation 19

  • These two will have the deserved notoriety of being the first souls to reach Hell, for Satan and the rest of the doomed will arrive one thousand years later (20:14–15).

  • Jesus Christ will thus demonstrate His complete superiority over the Beast by arresting him in the presence of his armies, armies which, in the presence of Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will be helpless to aid him.

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Revelation 1955

Revelation 19

  • The war against the Lamb will be singularly one-sided, for Jesus Christ will not even put His army into battle, but will single-handedly, with the sword which flicks out of His mount, slay the combined military might of the entire human race.

  • Again, all glory must go to Him!

  • Revelation gives us no more detail, but Zech 14:12 describes what the sword in Jesus Christ’s mouth will do to rebellious mankind: their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, their tongues will rot in their mouths.

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Revelation 1956

Revelation 19

  • The sword flicking from Jesus’ mouth is none other than the divine power He exercised in creation (when He said, “Let there be!”and there was) in reverse.

  • He will merely speak all unregenerate human beings out of existence.

  • In horror they will watch their own flesh begin to rot on their very bones and fall to earth; then their eyes will rot in their sockets; and finally their tongues will rot in their mouths and they will fall silent, until they admit Jesus as Lord in the final judgment—but that confession will come too late to do them any good.

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Revelation 1957

Revelation 19

  • That is the one-sided battle of Armageddon; it will not, as is popularly held, be a pitched battle to end all battles.

  • It will be the most one-sided affair ever, and yet the carnage will be incomprehensible-multiple billions of rotting corpses strewn on the very earth from which Jesus Christ spoke them into existence (Col 1:16).

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Revelation 1958

Revelation 19

  • CONCLUSION

  • This one-sided battle, with all the casualties on the one side and none on the other, is called the Battle of Armageddon (16:16).

  • This record describes the event from the perspective of unregenerate mankind, but another, Zech 12:10–14, describes the impact on regenerate mankind on earth, particularly Jews, for only then will they understand the full horror of the rejection of Jesus Christ at His first advent;

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Revelation 1959

Revelation 19

  • This will be a time of deep bitterness over the failure to recognize Him when His only mission was to offer salvation, a time of recognition belatedly bestowed in the face of irrebuttable evidence of His irresistible power.

  • Believers before the tribulation accepted Christ on the basis of His offer of salvation without a display of His strength, so their position is different; nevertheless, we do well to remind ourselves of an affront so deep that only the efficacious death of Jesus Christ could provide the basis for a relationship with God.

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Revelation 1960

Revelation 19

  • The earth will now have been purged of sin; only regenerate (saved) humans will be alive; and it will be ready to embark, for the third time, on the course which God had intended for it.

  • The period commencing with Adam ended in the disaster of the flood because of almost universal sinfulness in the human race; the period which Noah commenced after the flood has been in steady decline since Babel, and this Battle of Armageddon marks God’s judgment on that sin.

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Revelation 1961

Revelation 19

  • After Armageddon the earth will be purged again and it will be time for the third era, an era which will have the purpose of proving that this world can be a perfect place, provided it accepts God’s rule.

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Revelation 20

Revelation 20

  • THE AGE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

  • Revelation 20:1–15

  • The Age of Righteousness (millennium) is a period of one thousand years during which Jesus Christ will personally rule the earth, fulfilling all the as yet unfulfilled prophecies about the Messiah.

  • But what is the purpose of this coming age?

  • Let us review, in broad outline, some of the divine acts that bear on this material (physical) creation of which we humans are part.

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Revelation 201

Revelation 20

  • When God created the earth and man, He created them perfect, but shortly thereafter Satan introduced sin by inducing Eve to sin.

  • Consequently, the world has never run in accord with God’s plan.

  • Satan has thus successfully posed the question of whether or not God erred in His material creation.

  • This is a serious question, for, if God erred, He is fallible, and if He is fallible, He clearly is not an infallible God.

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Revelation 202

Revelation 20

  • The millennium is a period without Satan (20:3), and by simply removing Satan from the scene, God will demonstrate that the earth He created was indeed perfect, was capable of running as He planned, and that any blame for imperfection lies squarely at Satan’s door.

  • This is why the Restrainer will be removed for the tribulation period (II Thess 2:7); Satan will have had unfettered control of the earth for seven years, and his administration will of itself have brought the world to the brink of ruin.

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Revelation 203

Revelation 20

  • There is yet another aspect to the millennium; it will be a period of imposed righteousness, the Age of Righteousness, for Christ will rule with a rod of iron (19:15).

  • This means the world will be run completely in accord with God’s will, which is why Satan will be removed from the scene for a thousand years (20:2–3).

  • The millennium will be a period in which God will prove to humanity (and to spiritual creation) that all souls are utterly dependent on Him, and must rely on His grace for salvation and a stable living environment.

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Revelation 204

Revelation 20

  • He will demonstrate convincingly that man cannot make his own future independently of God, and in the process eternally lay to rest the oft used excuse, “The devil made me do it,” for in this period man will prove that he is capable of sinning without the devil’s presence.

  • This, it seems, is why it is necessary for God to release Satan at the end of the millennium (20:3), for the human race will then demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that even one thousand years of divinely supervised training in righteousness is not adequate protection from man’s own sin nature.

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Revelation 205

Revelation 20

  • Revelation makes the sad disclosure that a large number will immediately resort to Satan on his release from the abyss (20:7–9).

  • When God created Adam and Eve, He blessed them saying, Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth (Gen 1:28).

  • Now, a statement like this carries with it the unavoidable inference that when the task of filling the earth is complete God will intervene in history.

  • It can be argued arithmetically that the earth was full when God brought the flood.

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Revelation 206

Revelation 20

  • This same blessing was conferred on Noah and his sons (Gen 9:1,7), and now scientists tell us that this earth will soon be unable to support its ever burgeoning human population.

  • The Bible tells us this time God will intervene with the tribulation, will decimate humanity, and then leave the purged human race to propagate and, presumably, once again fill the earth.

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Revelation 207

Revelation 20

  • But this time it will be done under Christ’s rule, and will thus demonstrate the perfection which God originally ordered.

  • Incidentally, the ‘seed’ population necessary to fill the earth in one thousand years is very small indeed.

  • If the population were to double every forty years (a population increase of 1.75% p.a.52), then only 175 couples at the beginning of the millennium would multiply to twelve billion by its end.

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Revelation 208

Revelation 20

  • However, Zech 13:8 establishes that one-third of the Israeli population will survive the tribulation and thus indicates that the Israeli remnant will be five million (based on today’s population figures).

  • To this ‘seed’ must be added the Gentile remnant, and if we assume that there will be three Gentiles to every Jew, then the minimal human remnant seems to be 20 million.

  • (This assumes that the Beast’s purge of Gentile believers will be much more effective than his purge of Jewish believers—12:14 confirms that Jewish believers will have special divine protection.)

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Revelation 209

Revelation 20

  • Twenty million will grow to 12 billion in one thousand years at a population growth rate of 64% (at which rate the population will double every 108 years).

  • However, as the earth will be climatically different and restored to its primordial perfection, it may well be that it will comfortably support more than 12 billion people in millennial conditions, thus allowing a higher growth factor than 64%.

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Revelation 2010

Revelation 20

  • The millennium will thus demonstrate several truths which will all contribute unarguable proof of God’s perfection and unquestionable superiority over Satan and the human race, as well as the need for all creation to be completely subjected to Him for its own eternal good.

  • The millennium will demonstrate that God is the sole source of permanent good.

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Revelation 2011

Revelation 20

  • Satan Imprisoned for the Millennium (20:1–3)

  • The first glorious news which God gives us about the millennium is that Satan will be removed from the earthly scene!

  • Marvelously, the world will at last be able to run without the chaos that Satan sows.

  • This section is the converse of 9:1–3, for in that section a fallen angel released demons from the abyss, but here an angel from Heaven confines Satan (presumably with the host he uses to deceive the world) in the abyss and locks it.

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Revelation 2012

Revelation 20

  • We can assume that all demons will be confined with Satan because the purpose for his imprisonment is stated as being to ensure that the world is not deceived further; consequently, it seems logical to reason that the demons who work his mischief will also be removed from circulation.

  • So ‘Satan’ here indicates ‘Satan and his host.’

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Revelation 2013

Revelation 20

  • There is a distinction between the key used previously and the one described in this paragraph, for the former is the key to the ‘shaft’ of the abyss, whereas this is the key to the abyss itself.

  • So Satan will only be given the key to a ‘side door,’ whereas God controls the key to the ‘main door.’

  • Satan, then, will be responsible for unleashing demonic forces on the earth, so must bear the blame for the rampage of evil on the earth, while God gets the praise for the triumph of good on the earth.

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Revelation 2014

Revelation 20

  • Satan will use the side door, the shaft, to extract the spirit of the Beast (17:8), and will thus promote the false idea that he has power over the abyss; but in this act of sending an angel to confine Satan to the abyss, God will demonstrate that He, not Satan, is really in control and still has the key to the abyss.

  • The Greek text describes the chain as draped over the angel’s hand (it is too big to be contained in his hand!); so this imprisonment will be thorough and secure—there will be no possibility of escape!

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Revelation 2015

Revelation 20

  • Notice how carefully Satan is defined in v.2—his name, his symbol in Revelation, his spiritual description, and his entrance onto the stage of human history are all given as a positive and exclusive definition—there can be no doubt about whom God is speaking.

  • The description ‘serpent of old’ takes us back to Genesis 3, probably with the purpose of reminding us of the bondage in which sin has always held the human race from before there were three human beings on the earth, for there is a strong motif of bondage in this passage.

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Revelation 2016

Revelation 20

  • ‘Satan’ means ‘adversary’ in Hebrew, so the deceiver and adversary of mankind will be clearly and positively removed from the earthly scene for the millennium, thus leaving the earth to run without his interference for the entire millennium.

  • God specifically states the purpose of this future removal of Satan, ‘so that he should not deceive the nations any longer.’

  • So the nations of the earth will have nobody but themselves to blame if they are deceived about the sovereignty of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Revelation 2017

Revelation 20

  • Note, too, that God explains, thousands of years in advance, that Satan will be released at the close of the millennium for a short period; so Satan is forever robbed of any valid claim that his escape from the abyss demonstrates a strength comparable to that of God.

  • The clear inference of v.3 is that it is necessary for Satan to be released after the millennium to again try to deceive the nations.

  • Verses 8–9 indicate he will be partially successful, so there must be a purpose in this.

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Revelation 2018

Revelation 20

  • It seems to me that the purpose is to demonstrate that man will again want to assert his independence as soon as he is tempted to do so.

  • Apparently man needs to be taught, by practical demonstration, that he is utterly unable to rely on his own strength to avoid rebelling against God.

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Revelation 2019

Revelation 20

  • The Millennial Reign (20:4–6)

  • John describes three groups of resurrected believers (the ‘came to life’) in v.4.

  • First, the thrones represent believers of the pre-tribulation era (as the twenty-four elders sat on their thrones before the tribulation began—4:4); second, the souls of those who will be martyred in the first half of the tribulation; and third, those who will refuse to worship the Beast in the second half of the tribulation.

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Revelation 2020

Revelation 20

  • This is in harmony with the fact that the antecedent for ‘they’ in v.4 can only be found in 19:14; these redeemed people therefore are the saints who will return with Jesus.

  • So all the [Jewish] saints will come to life and rule with Jesus Christ for the millennium; they will be immortal (v.6), and will function as Christ’s priests during the millennium.

  • The judging of v.4 is a similar function to that of a ‘judge’ in Israelite history before her kings were instituted; i.e., a judge like Samuel.

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Revelation 2021

Revelation 20

  • This office is that of a ruler, not simply a magistrate; so the priest and ruler of v.6 are quite compatible with v.4.

  • Priests in Israel were more than just temple officials, for they were responsible for the cities of refuge, health regulation, involved in the trials of civil cases, etc.

  • So we know that Old Testament priests were not only religious leaders, but also civil servants.

  • This seems to be the case here too.

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Revelation 2022

Revelation 20

  • This paragraph makes it plain that Jesus Christ will have an immortal and sanctified civil service on earth.

  • Now, that will be a perfect administration, for there will be corruption, and no propensity for error!

  • Office in this civil service will be a wonderful privilege, for it is better equated with the courtiers of a magnificent monarchy than with the humble estate of many a modern government’s civil service.

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Revelation 2023

Revelation 20

  • Now, that will be a perfect administration, for there will be corruption, and no propensity for error!

  • Office in this civil service will be a wonderful privilege, for it is better equated with the courtiers of a magnificent monarchy than with the humble estate of many a modern government’s civil service.

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Revelation 2024

Revelation 20

  • Verse 5 makes it plain that only the righteous can look forward to this privileged state.

  • We saw this administration return with Jesus Christ in 19:14; so Revelation presents the reader with a picture of the King and His court, together, reigning over the earth.

  • The nature of Christ’s rule will be religious, for we resurrected or raptured saints are spoken of as priests, not as soldiers or civil officers.

  • The marvelous aspect of this rule is that Christ will impose righteousness through religious means, not through force.

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Revelation 2025

Revelation 20

  • So the schooling in righteousness which will take place will be the sweet exercise of worship and spiritual instruction.

  • Verse 8 makes it plain that there will be ordinary human beings on the earth at the same time, and they will obviously be the King’s subjects over whom the resurrected saints will rule.

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Revelation 2026

Revelation 20

  • Conditions on earth will have been restored to something similar to their primordial perfection, for passages like Isa 11:5–10, 35:1–10, 65:17–25 describe the wonder of that coming period of millennial peace.

  • Read these passages, for they portray an age in which sickness and death will be unusual, an age in which now carnivorous animals will eat vegetation, a period in which all creation will live in harmony, praising and glorifying God.

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Revelation 2027

Revelation 20

  • Revelation emphasizes the role of the [Tribulation] believer in the millennium—it is one of the highest privilege.

  • As the ones who did not receive the mark (of the Beast) will be resurrected, they will be those who died because they refused the mark (13:16–17).

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Revelation 2028

Revelation 20

  • The Final Human Rebellion (20:7–10)

  • This section’s purpose is to reveal man’s final rebellion after his millennial schooling in righteousness—that is, to expose man’s inherent sin nature.

  • After the millennium God will release Satan from the abyss and a large part of the human race, who will have been protected from the influence of evil for one thousand years, will be deceived by him and set out to conquer Jesus Christ and His earthly capital.

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Revelation 2029

Revelation 20

  • It seems that, once again, humanity will try to set up its own independent government (independent of God’s control, that is), just as they attempted at Babel.

  • This rebellion will expose the unrighteous members of humanity; they will be judged with fire and destroyed.

  • The peoples of the earth are described as being as numerous as the sand of the sea; so we learn that the earth will again be fully populated by the end of the millennium.

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Revelation 2030

Revelation 20

  • The purpose of this amazing development is to demonstrate to every soul that an individual can only find perfect peace and security in God.

  • God must have one hundred percent of His creation’s trust; otherwise, creation will fracture and self-destruct.

  • Creation, like the Church, must have perfect unity with the Godhead to endure.

  • Man, in this rebellion, will again demonstrate his insatiable fascination with independence (and independence was the initial sin), for even a one-thousand-year-enforced immunization from sin will not cure him from his love of sin.

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Revelation 2031

Revelation 20

  • As soon as Satan is released, man will sin again; he will prove that the saw, ‘the devil made me do it’ is just an excuse.

  • Man sins simply because he wants to sin.

  • Ezekiel 38–39 also discuss Gog and Magog (v.8); Ezek 38:15 identifies Gog as the man who leads Magog, a nation descended from Japeth (Gen 10:2), located in the extreme north (from Palestine)...

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Revelation 2032

Revelation 20

  • Ezekiel 38:16, 23 explain that the purpose of this rebellion will be to sanctify God before the nations of the world; yet, whereas Rev 20:8 dates its rebellion at the end of the millennium, Ezekiel 38–39 prophesies a similar one at the beginning of the tribulation.

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Revelation 2033

Revelation 20

  • So history will already have established the validity of biblical prophecy about Magog when Magog will repeat its earlier error under Satan’s delusion.

  • The first invasion is in a time of peace ‘after’ Israel has been regathered (38:8), so cannot be pre-tribulational, but must be tribulational; however, v.7,ff. speak of a destruction similar to that which presages Christ’s return.

  • Satan will not be judged before this time, for he will be thrown directly into Hell at this stage where he and the Beast and false prophet are tortured eternally.

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Revelation 2034

Revelation 20

  • Note well that the death of the unregenerate is not extinction; it is separation from God.

  • (The verb ‘tormented’ is third person plural, so is not confined to Satan alone but includes the Beast and the pseudo-prophet as well.)

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Revelation 2035

Revelation 20

  • The Great White Throne Judgment (20:11–15)

  • This section confirms the fact that all men have to face God as Judge.

  • This section opens by depicting the end of everything temporal, which obviously marks the end of the temporal era, for, as God comes on the scene, everything temporal vanishes, both earth and heaven.

  • This is meant literally, for 21:1 reasserts this prophecy, which is also found in Isa 65:17; 66:22, and repeated elsewhere in the New Testament (e.g., II Pet 3:7,10).

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Revelation 2036

Revelation 20

  • This presents the stark reality of man’s existence, because in the end he will find there is only God and himself and nothing else—there will be no distractions; in the final scene there is nothing besides man and God.

  • It seems to me that another truth is also depicted, which is that things temporal are not worthy of God the Father, for the temporal creation vanishes the instant it comes into His presence in readiness for His coming new eternal creation.

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Revelation 2037

Revelation 20

  • This may be a further reason why God the Son was the one who created the present (temporal) universe and heavens, so that the eternal primacy of God the Father can be demonstrated.

  • Scripture only reveals one spiritual judgment of the unjust; it will take place after the millennium, after this final rebellion is physically judged from Heaven (v.9).

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Revelation 2038

Revelation 20

  • Then God’s throne will be set up and all unrighteous people, their souls reunited with their newly resurrected bodies (v.5), will stand before God and be judged (Jesus Christ will conduct the actual judgment [John 5:27–30], but in the Father’s presence).

  • There will be two bases for the judgment of the unrighteous.

  • The primary basis of their judgment will be whether or not their name is in the book of life (v.12), the book that determines eternal destiny; i.e., the unjust are doomed because they have not believed in Christ as Savior and God.

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Revelation 2039

Revelation 20

  • Their primary fate will be decided on one simple question: whether they have believed in God (in our present age, this means placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior).

  • Their secondary fate, their degree of eternal punishment, will then be determined on the nature of their [works](v.12), a judgment based on the degree of their spiritual enlightenment (Luke 10:12–14 with Luke 11:29–32).

  • Their deeds will determine the degree of punishment to which they will be eternally subjected.

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Revelation 2040

Revelation 20

  • So if someone were able to live a life of pure good works, it seems that person would be on the fringe of the fire, though doomed to eternal separation from God and the bliss of His presence.

  • Every man will thus see God at least once in his life, for every human being will either see his Creator and Savior in Heaven eternally, or see his Creator and Judge once, prior to being cast into Hell.

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Revelation 2041

Revelation 20

  • The only two exceptions are the Beast and his false prophet (Rev 19:20; 20:10).

  • It seems to me that the worst eternal punishment will be to see the glory, beauty, love, and holiness of the Father, and them be eternally banished from His magnificent presence.

  • Note v.14, for it says death and Hades will be cast into the lake of fire (Hell).

  • Hades, described in Luke 16:23–31, is a fearsome place.

  • Hell, however, must be worse, for it will swallow up Hades.

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Revelation 2042

Revelation 20

  • The fact that death will be thrown into Hell means that death will be abolished—this impacts with equal force on the saved and the unsaved, though the latter will be in the place of eternal dying.

  • The souls of unregenerate men are presently confined in Hades and will be until the final resurrection, which will take place after the millennium.

  • Then their souls and resurrected bodies will be reunited and judged, and the physical and spiritual union of soul and body in which their sins were committed will be consigned to Hell.

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Revelation 2043

Revelation 20

  • Hell will be bleakly lonely, for II Pet 2:4 talks of ‘pits’ of darkness for angels awaiting judgment; the plural suggests an individual pit for each angel, and thus the ultimate, eternal loneliness.

  • It seems this loneliness will be part of the torment of Hell. Fellow-believer, this is the assured destiny of all those you know who have not placed their faith in Christ as Savior.

  • He does not want any to go there (II Pet 3:9); He died to save them—you have the responsibility of seeing that they hear this message.

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Revelation 2044

Revelation 20

  • The earth fleeing away from the presence of God (v.11) is the destruction of the material universe described in 21:1 and II Pet 3:10–13.

  • This is God’s wrath at this final display of sin, the rebellion of Gog and Magog (v.10).

  • God thus removes every remembrance of sin to justify His holiness; there is no place for anything tainted by sin, for every place is in God’s presence.

  • Thus the destruction.

  • That the present earth and universe have to be destroyed is indicated by the entropy everywhere evident; a fact which cannot exist eternally.

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Revelation 2045

Revelation 20

  • CONCLUSION

  • The passages we have covered in this study reveal how God will bring evil to an end, how He will banish it from His Kingdom and eternally confine it in a prison which Revelation calls the Lake of Fire and which we call Hell in English.

  • This is not new revelation, for Isa 66:22–24 recorded the place that Hell will play in eternity some eight centuries before Revelation was written.

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Revelation 2046

Revelation 20

  • These passages record the clear and permanent triumph which God will have over evil and Satan.

  • God is claiming, and promising, that He will, in His own perfect timing, demonstrate His unquestionable superiority over Satan, and also demonstrate the utter impossibility of anything that is in any way opposed to Him to be eternal.

  • Everything that is not of God is temporal; everything that is of God is eternal. That is the message of Revelation 20.

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Revelation 2047

Revelation 20

  • Revelation 21 goes on to explain that God will create new heavens and a new earth after this judgment; so we are given a clue as to the purpose of this present creation, for the fact that new heavens and a new earth are needed suggests that the old order will have served its purpose and will thus have become redundant.

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Revelation 2048

Revelation 20

  • Now, that circumstance will only come to pass when evil has been finally judged and God’s sovereignty is unquestioned.

  • This observation supports the reasoning that earth was created in order to demonstrate who is the final authority.

  • Man, consequently, is left to determine under whose authority he will place himself—God’s or Satan’s.

  • The deception which Satan peddles is that man does not need to make such a decision but can remain independent.

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Revelation 2049

Revelation 20

  • Revelation has claimed time and time again that this is a deception and that there are only two choices: God or Satan.

  • Do not be deluded, my dear reader, for independence was the very beginning of Satan’s fall.

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Revelation 2050

Revelation 20

  • MILLENNIAL CONDITIONS

  • The following summary of some of the startling transformations which Scripture reveals will take place in the millennium may prove useful to you:

  • 1. Jerusalem will be the chief of mountains Isa 2:2

  • 2. All nations will worship in Jerusalem Isa 2:2; 11:10; 35:10

  • 3. Jerusalem will rule the world Isa 2:3–4

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Revelation 2051

Revelation 20

  • 4. There will be no war Isa 2:4

  • 5. Only righteousness will prevail on earth Isa 11:4

  • 6. Carnivores will be herbivorous Isa 11:6–7; 65:25

  • 7. Man will be in authority over animals Isa 11:6, 8

  • 8. Snakes will be non-venomous Isa 11:8

  • 9. The earth will be verdant Isa 35:1–2, 6

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Revelation 2052

Revelation 20

  • 10. Sickness will be healed Isa 35:5–6

  • 11. There will be exceptional longevity Isa 65:20–23

  • 12. Ezekiel 40-48 describes the land of Israel in the millennium with a beautiful and magnificent temple.

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Revelation 2053

Revelation 20

  • Some details of the mechanics for the millennium generate some confusion, so it may be of some help to summarize…:

  • 1.Regarding the series of coming resurrections revealed in Scripture:

  • a)The first resurrection is that of Jesus Christ (I Cor 15:23).

  • b)The next resurrection is that of the saints at Jesus’ coming (I Cor 15:23; I Thess 4:16).

  • c)Next, the resurrection of the two witnesses and their subsequent rapture to Heaven (apparently halfway through the tribulation—Rev 11:11).

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Revelation 2054

Revelation 20

  • d)Immediately after Armageddon, the resurrection of all tribulation saints (Rev 6:11; 20:5–6).

  • e)Simultaneously (though this could coincide with b) the resurrection of Old Testament saints (Dan 2:3,13).

  • f)The above resurrections all form part of the ‘first (or primary) resurrection’ which is of the pre-millennial righteous.

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Revelation 2055

Revelation 20

  • g)At the end of the temporal era, the resurrection of all the remainder, i.e., the millennial righteous, and the unrighteous from all dispensations.

  • 2.Regarding the people of the earth during the millennium:

  • a)All people who enter the millennium will be saved, and will be the source of the millennial human population (Church Age believers will be on earth with Christ, but will not beget children [Luke 20:34–36]).

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Revelation 2056

Revelation 20

  • b)All infants born during the millennium will be born in sin, as is true now. So all the ‘new’ population will have to accept Jesus Christ as Savior in an act of faith.

  • c)Revelation 20:8 makes it plain that a vast host will not accept Jesus Christ as Savior, for it is they who will form the rebellious element and will align themselves with Satan when he is released from Abyss.

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Revelation 2057

Revelation 20

  • 3.Regarding judgment: please note that the same author who wrote Revelation was also inspired to pen John 3:18 which states plainly and categorically that those who believe in Jesus Christ are not judged.

  • In God’s grace and love, we who love His Son will never stand before Him as judge. True, He will assess our works for Him and reward us accordingly—but this is positive judgment only—there is no negative aspect to it at all!

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Revelation 2058

Revelation 20

  • Nor can there be, for all our sins are forgiven in Christ; hallelujah!!

  • For unregenerate man, however, things will be different, for each one will be judged for all the events, in every detail, of the lives they have led.

  • This judgment does not determine entry into Hell or Heaven, but only the degree of eternal punishment in Hell.

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Revelation 2059

Revelation 20

  • 4.Regarding the saints from the Church Age (i.e., we believers):

  • a)We will return with Jesus Christ when He sets up the millennium (Rev 19:8,14) and will reign with Him (Rev 20:4).

  • This means that we will be His administration for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, so you can think of us as elevated, glorious, immortal courtiers (not civil servants) whose function is to serve the King (not the people).

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Revelation 2060

Revelation 20

  • b)We will be in our new eternal, glorified, immortal bodies (I Cor 15:38–44), a new order of God’s creation, this time higher than the angelic order (I Cor 6:3), an order of which Jesus is presently the sole example.

  • This order will be a new spiritual/physical order of beings ready to enter God’s coming eternal Kingdom, the New Earth and the new heavens, and will be the mystery form spoken of in Rom 8:19–23, the highest order of God’s new creation, as befits those He calls His sons.

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Revelation 2061

Revelation 20

  • c)Our millennial function will be to ensure that His regal wishes are fulfilled on earth, which will be that all people live righteously. Scripture says the Messiah will rule with a rod of iron (Rev 19:15; Ps 2:9); so the millennium will be an age of enforced righteousness, and our Lord’s administration (we saints who return with Him) will presumably be His instrument for ensuring righteous living by the human race.

    • Mills, M. (1997, c1987). Revelations : An exegetical study of the Revelation to John (Re 17:1). Dallas: 3E Ministries.

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