revelation 20 - what happens in the millennium



Revelation 20  The Lord's Day, Thousand Years With Christ, The Millennium
 
Revelation Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
 
2 Peter 3:8-10 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
 
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
 
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements (the elements are the evil things of this world) shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (Evil things burned up)
 
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.
  • This angel is Michael, the Archangel.
  • Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
  • 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
    9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
  • The chain and pit, whatever they may be composed of, are literal.
  • Aramaic the word "chain", means "a band that can totally hold".
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
  • Note the different names used here
  • This is done so there won't be a shadow of a doubt about whom we are talking about
  • At this time, Lucifer's children are still here, but his influence on them is utterly locked away.
  • Do you see the greatness, graciousness, goodness and love of God?
  • Isaiah 14 Even Lucifer's children will have a opportunity not to be influenced by their father and will listen to the elect's teachings and learn the truth, and they will then have a choice when Lucifer is released again.
  • This is just.
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.
  • Who goes into the pit?
  • Satan = This is the man that deceive all that hasn't studied God's Word
  • Many people ask, why doesn't God just leave Satan locked up, and be done with Satan.
  • We have a fair and just God.
  • The first fruits, or the elect, had to stand and confront him and have already overcome.
  • Now the others must confront and overcome Satan at the end of the millennium.
  • Satan = Lucifer
  • Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
    15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
    16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
    17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
    18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
    19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
  • 2nd beast = 8th king = Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
  • Who's the 2nd beast?
  • Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
    12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
    13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
    14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
    15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
    16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
  • You have to have the wisdom = you have to know what happens at the 6th seal, 6th trumpet and 6th vial.
  • The man is Satan = Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
    15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
    16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
  • (1) Beasts = 7th kingdom in Daniel 2 - represent the world-powers, The One World Political System.
  • In Daniel 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
  • Daniel 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
  • The word beasts are figuratively used to symbolize various kings or nations. It also describes the character of violent and brutal men. (Revelation 17) (Revelation 13) (Daniel 7 and 11)
  • Who are these four Kingdom or Nations?
  • (1) 7th kingdom One World Government (Revelation 13)
  • These are the nations that are spoken of in Daniel 7, they help Satan bring in one Worldism.
  • (2) beast = 8th kingdom = Satan one world religious government (Revelation 17 and Daniel 7 and 11)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment 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.
  • Keywords = worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads
  • His = is a man = Satan
  • I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus
  • Who were the souls beheaded?
  • John the Baptist, etc...
  • Revelation 11, Satan and his children will kill the two witnesses
  • Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
  • Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
  • Why are you deliver up?
  • For a testimony against THEM, for God's sake
  • One of the rewards of the elect is to reign with Him for 1000 years
  • Isaiah 61:6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
  • The dead = these still have their mortal soul = meaning liable to die soul (1 Cor 15)
  • These are spiritually dead to God's Word
  • John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
  • What day is this?
  • It's the Lord's Day, the millennium!!
  • 1000 years = Millennium
  • 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
    9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
    10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
  • Amos 5:4 For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live.
  • John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
  • Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
  • This simple means those that were dead to the truth (spiritually dead to the word of God), who are the same that the Lord and God's elect shall teach for the thousand years, when Satan is without influence of any kind and is locked away.
  • Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
  • Now what good would it do us to reign over dead people for a thousand years?
  • They are spiritually dead to God's Word in so far as eternal life, they still have their mortal soul, means liable to die soul.
  • This word ''dead'' in Greek is not ''nekros'' but ''nekroo'' meaning to subdue.
  • 1 Chronicles 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.
  • John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
  • Ezekiel 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
    4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
    5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
  • Who are these bones?
  • Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
  • The elect go through a testing prior to the millennium, and it would not be fair that they attain the full resurrection that you have attained at the time of your teaching.
  • They must be taught and then will have a period of testing, at the time when Satan is loosed out of his prison.
  • God deals fairly with all people.
  • In other words, God won't burn them for a mistake, but neither will he reward them with eternal life, until they choose Him above Satan and remember they have freedom of choice. It is up to them entirely, just as it has been up to you.
  • Let's fix the time. The last trumpet has sounded. The present dispensation has ended.
  • Death of the flesh is no longer a reality. Because there are no longer any flesh bodies.
  • Luke 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
  • 1 Corinthians15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
    52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
  • We shall all be changed (made different)
  • Paul is telling us - This is the beginning of the millennium - Because of the LAST trumpet
  • Note the word ''DEAD'', it says All dead shall be raised.
  • They are spiritually dead to the word of God. Without God you are dead.
  • 1 Corinthians15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
  • After your fleshly body dies or the last trumpet, All will be raised and changed into their own incorruptible body, this is your spiritual body.
  • Means: Your spiritual body that would not decay, shrivel, wither or age.
  • Let s understand Paul's explanation.
  • Those who had not been deceived by Satan, They were resurrected into their Immortality (deathlessness) soul, alive with Christ.
  • Those who worshipped Satan will be raised and changed into their own incorruptible spiritual body, but they still have a mortal (liable to die) soul.
  • This connection with death. They must retain until Satan is loosed at the end of the thousand years.
  • If at this time they do not follow Satan, They may take part in the second resurrection. Thus putting on Immortality (deathlessness) of the soul.
  • They must stay in the state until the end of the thousand years.
  • Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
  • The word ''soul'', is the Greek word # 5590, means "immortal soul"
  • Revelation 20: The Lord's day is the beginning of the millennium all will be taught God's laws and God's word, and will have seen the Lord face to face. They will not be able to come into the millennium temple.
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.
  • This is the first resurrection
  • Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
    7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
  • Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
  • Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
    6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
  • God does NOT judge anyone to death ... Until they know the word of God.
  • 1000 years - This is the millennium - The day of the Lord
  • Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
  • He that comes forth in the first resurrection shall reign with Christ 1000 years.
  • This is another reward of the elect. They are resurrected in an Immortal body
  • Therefore, they cannot die in the second death...Nor will they be exposed to it.
  • They will be priests to teach, many that were only awakened or raised.
  • Some of the ones that are only awakened will be deceived a second time, by Satan when he is loosed.
  • Therefore, verse 12 tell us that they shall die a second death. If they follow Satan after the millennium, they have been taught God's word and seen The Lord, face to face.
  • If people would just study this chapter, They would be hungry for God's word.
  • Who wants to wait another 1000 years, Before they can be with Christ.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
  • The millennium is over. Blindness has been removed from all the people by the teaching of Christ and the elect.
  • What did Christ stated in John 9:41?
  • John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
  • No longer can ignorance be used as a cloak of innocence.
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.
  • Here we see Satan's last stand against Christ.
  • Gog and Magog merely symbolize all Gentile nations in the four quarters (corners) of the earth.
  • God purpose in this is to let each prove their love for Him, after they are taught the truth, or to follow Satan to damnation.
  • Christ comes with a cup of Wrath at the seven trumpet.
  • Gog and Magog = Here, apparently an inclusive term for all the Gentile nations; East (Gog) and West (Magog).
  • The destruction of Gog and Magog, Ezekiel 39, is pre-millennial.
  • Battle = the war = Reference to the war predicted and determined.
  • Number = Greek word arithmos = One of the ten
  • As the sand = Greek word Paroemia = Compare Hebrews 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
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.
  • The camp of the saints, no doubt, is in the millennial temple. Built as described by Ezekiel.
  • Note, Satan's army does not enter into the camp, But only surround it.
  • There are no earthquakes or hailstones this time
  • Only the consuming fire of God.
  • 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
    11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
    12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
  • The elements, that is to say the evil rudiments, will melt with fervent heat, the one world political beast, and Satan's angels.
  • Sin cannot stand before God, Therefore, if you are a man of sin, You will die the second death.
  • In Jude 6 some of Satan's angels are ordained of old to this condemnation.
  • Jude 6:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
  • Hebrew 12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
    19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard in treated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
    20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
    21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
    22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
    23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
    24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
    25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
    26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
    27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
    28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
    29 For our God is a consuming fire.
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.
  • At last, Praise God! The end of Satan. Here he is only himself.
  • He had this role stripped from him in Revelation 19:20
  • Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
  • He is no longer the great false messiah.
  • He is turned to ashes forevermore.
  • Ezekiel 28 has been fulfilled.
  • Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
  •  Ezekiel 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
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.
  • Final judgment has come.
  • Christ had returned for the millennium age.
  • Now it is past.
  • There is no place to hide and we see the full Godhead.
  • God, return with all His glory and righteousness.
  • 2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men
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.
  • Who are the Dead?
  • These still have their mortal soul = liable to die
  • Dead = Spiritual dead means you don't know God's word, Without the Lord you are dead, they are dead to the truth and they do not have an opportunity to have eternal life until, After the teaching, or the end of the millennium. dry bones in (Ezekiel 37) Luke 20:38 For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
  • At this time, the millennium is over and it time for judgment.
  • Without the Lord you are dead. They are spiritual dead.
  • If you have worshipped Satan, you will still have your mortal soul, meaning liable to die soul.
  • Ezekiel 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
    4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
    5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
    6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
    7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
  • It would be most presumptuous for man to comment on the judgment.
  • It is the right of God only.
  • Notice there are two sets of books = the book of life and the books according to their works.
  • His books are fair and just.
  • The fate of everyone at this time, will have already been written.
  • How are you judged?
  • According to your works
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.
  • Sea are the People
  • Who are the Dead?
  • If you worshipped Satan, you still have your mortal soul, meaning liable to die. Without the Lord you are dead. They are spiritually dead.
  • It would be most presumptuous for man to comment on the judgment.
  • It is the right of God only.
  • His books are fair and just.
  • The fate of everyone at this time, will have already been written.
  • How are you judged?
  • According to your works
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
  • Who is death?
  • Satan
  • John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
  • 1 Corinthians15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
  • Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
  • Christ has destroyed Satan - Death and Hell.
  • Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
  • Luke 16: gulf in heaven has two sides,  the believers are on the right and unbelievers are on the left.
  • Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
  • Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
  • Hell = holding place = until after the 1000 years
  • look up hell.. hell is not the lake of fire
  • All are devoured by His consuming Fire.
  • Second death, this is the final death, this happens after the millennium
  • In the millennium you are in your spiritually body,  the dead have moral soul and the elect have immoral soul.
  • 1 Corinthians 15: All are raised and changed into their own spiritually body, but some will keep their moral soul which means they are spiritually dead.
  • Revelation 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.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
  • Verse 5 states, ''The dead must remain dead for 1000 years.
  • Dead in terms of a mortal (liable to die) soul.
  • Some of the wicked are devoured by the fire of God in verse 9
  • Some might think that even as they are raised and changed into their own spiritual, to judgment,  that if they change of mind, faith could still save them.
  • Not so!
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • Christ, however, will have taught them face to face in the millennium
  • He will be ''seen''
  • Thus, it is written in verse 13: ''They shall be judged according to their works.''
  • That is to say, their work alone.
  • Their work of attacking the saints leaves them in a bad light.
 
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