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Revelation 21:1-11 “New Jerusalem On The New Earth”

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THE TEXT:

 

Revelation 21:1-11

(1)  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
(2)  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(3)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
(4)  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
(5)  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
(6)  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
(7)  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
(8)  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
(9)  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
(10)  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
(11)  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 21:1-11

 

 (1)  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

John now turns our attention towards the New Heavens and New Earth.

There are two Greek words that is translated “new” in the Bible:

  1. kainos – to be “new” in the sense of nature – different or changed from what previously existed, to supercede the first
  2. neos – to be “new” in the sense of time – existing only short period of time, recent or young

 

The word translated “new” in the terms “New Heavens” and  “New Earth” is the word kainos.  The term new is simply saying that these heavens and earth are changed from the fallen heavens and earth.  They are different, they are the replacement for the fallen heavens and earth.  It in no way implies a new creation of God, neos would have been used to imply this.  They are simply a renovated version of the Old.

John also emphasizes a very obvious change between the old and the new… no sea existed on the new heavens and earth.  Keep in mind the “sea” is symbolic of unrest and wicked mankind (Isaiah 57:20-21, Rev 20:13).  Also, it was the source of the religious kingdoms of Satan (Rev 13:1).   John is not, necessarily, saying that there will be no bodies of water on the New Heavens and Earth, he is saying that no longer will there be unrest, confusion, wickedness, nor any result of sin on this renovated earth. (Rev 21:4-8).

Compared to the previous heavens and earth, the New (“kainos’) Heavens and Earth will be a radically changed. See Isaiah 65:-66: for another look at this radically changed New Earth.

 

Remember, this New Heavens and New Earth had been renovated from the old heavens and earth at the second coming of Christ…

2 Peter 3:10-13 –

“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.    Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,   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?   Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

In verses 10 & 12, we can see that at the second coming of Christ (“the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” and “The coming of the day of God”) the heavens and earth will go away (“pass away”)  and be dissolved (“melt” and “dissolved”).

In verse 13 we are told that, although we are told the old heavens and old earth will go away, according to His promises to us, we look for a renovated, changed, replacement (“new”)  heavens and earth.

In other words, the actual renovation of the heavens and earth into the New Heavens and new Earth took place as the wrath of God was falling upon mankind (see Rev 19:).   The same Lord that came with His saints, sending wrath against the lost, and renovating the earth, is the same Lord that sat judging lost mankind for their sins (Revelation 20:11).

 

Beginning in Revelation 21:, John now gives us a detailed description of this New Heavens and Earth, that came into existence previously (at His second coming in Rev 19:).

(2)  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 

 

John now sees the dwelling place of God descend from heaven to the New Earth.  This heavenly city will become the dwelling place of Christ and His saints on the renovated earth.

This is the ‘better country” and the “heavenly city” spoken of in Hebs 11:13-16…  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

This is the ‘Heavenly Jerusalem” spoken of in Hebrews 12:22-24…“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,  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,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”

 

This is the continuing city spoken of in Hebrews 13:14…“For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”

 

And the place prepared for us by Christ in John 14:1-3 … “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

John describes this city as being “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”    In other words, she is prepared and made very beautiful for her husband, Christ (Rev 21:9). They will be joined together and share each other’s presence throughout eternity.  The city is prepared for Christ and His people with the beauty of Christ’s righteousness (Isa 61:10-11).

 

The relationship between the bride and groom is the most intimate of all earthly relationships… this is a wonderful picture of the Lord’s intimate relationship with His people…

(3)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

 

John then hears a voice speaking to him saying… 

  1. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men” – New Jerusalem, the dwelling and worship place of God will be accessible to His people.  He will live in NJ and will be worshipped in NJ.
  1. “he will dwell with them” – The God will permanently inhabit this place with His people
  1. “they shall be his people” – God has purchased His people with His blood. He owns them, they joyfully follow Him, worship Him, and obey Him.
  1. “God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” – God will personally be with His people and be worshipped by them.

 Please note: Ezekiel 40:-on – The temple (dwelling and worship place of God) is a picture of our glorious eternity with God.

 

(4)  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

In the New Jerusalem, on the New Earth, there will be no effects of sin’s curse:

  1. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” – No more crying due to pain, sorrow, frustrations or loss. All exist because of sin.
  1. “and there shall be no more death” – There will be no physical or spiritual death. God’s people will eternally possess glorified bodies in the presence of Christ.
  1. “neither sorrow, nor crying” – No more mourning due to loss, or outward displays of grief
  1. “neither shall there be any more pain” – No more physical, mental, emotional pain will be felt.

“for the former things are passed away.”  – None of these will exist because the previous effects of sin and the curse upon mankind has been sent away and replaced with a sinless existence in the presence of God Himself.

 

 (5)  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Following the description of some of the great changes that will take place in New Jerusalem on the New Earth, God, in the person of Christ, speaks from His throne.  He reminds John how these changes have taken place.  It is through His renovation of the old earth. “I make all things new” ie “I change all of these things”.

Then He reemphasizes the truthfulness of this  great change that will take place by telling John to be sure to write these things down to share them with others.   God emphasizes that these things are “true” (actual to fact) and “faithful” (trustworthy, can be relied upon). 

 

(6)  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

The Lord continues to speak to John:

  1. “It is done” – These things are certain to take place in the future. They have been made a part of God’s sovereign plans for his people. They are as good as done.  (Dan 4:35, Job 25:13, Psa 33:9-11, 115:3)
  1. “I am the Alpha and Omega” – This is the title given to Jesus (Rev 1:8, 22:13).   The beginning and the ending letters of the Greek alphabet, in other words….
  1. “I am … the beginning and the end” – The One who existed in eternity past, beginning cause and Creator of all. the One who will bring all these to a close and exist throughout eternity future.
  1. “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” – Christ is offering salvation and spiritual life as a free gift to sinners. (Isa 55:1-4, John 4:10-14, 7:37-38)    The fountain of the water of life is a symbolic representation of the source of spiritual, eternal life.  In comparison, drinking of the wine of fornication results in the receipt of God’s wrath upon mankind (Rev 17:2)

 

(7)  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Those who are victors in Christ, through the indwelling spirit: (John 16:33, 1 John 2:13-14, 4:4, 5:4-5)

  1. shall be heirs with Christ of all these shared future blessings. – (Roms 8:17,32, Prov 3:35)
  2. will have Christ as their God. – We will worship and serve Him (1 Cor 3:21-23)
  3. will be an adopted member of God’s family – We will have a close, personal relationship based upon love and appreciation. (Roms 8:14-18)

Remember, being victors over sin, death, and this world is a mark of a true believer.  If we are true believers then we will also be heirs with Christ as our God and ourselves as His son (or daughter).

 

(8)  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Just as being victorious over sin, death, the powers of darkness and the fallen world is a mark of a true believer, John is now given a list of marks of those who are unbelievers and will partake of the second death… banished from Christ’s presence throughout eternity in the Lake of Fire.

A lost person lives a lifestyle practicing these sins, without regret nor desire to change (1 John 3:9-10) :

  1. fearful – timid, no confidence, full of dread
  2. unbelieving – faithless,
  3. abominable – to be disgusting, abhorred by God
  4. murderers – to take life intentionally, unlawfully
  5. whoremongers – sexually or morally unrestrained
  6. sorcerers – to make drugs, poisons
  7. idolaters – serve & worship images, serve and worship false gods
  8. liars – untruthful, deceptive, concealing

 

Proverbs 6:16-19 gives us another listing of marks of the lost which encompass all other Biblical references on this subject…

PRIDE DECEPTION MURDER WICKED THOUGHTS EVIL MISCHIEF FALSE WITNESSES DISCORD
Proverbs 6:16-19 Proud Look Lying Tongue Hands shed innocent blood Heart deviseth wicked imaginations Feet that be swift in running to mischief False witness that speaketh lies Soweth discord among brethren
1 Corinthians  6:9-10 Idolaters, Covetous, Fornicators,Adulterers,Effeminate,Abusers of Self With Mankind,Drunkards, Thieves, Revilers,Extortioners
Galatians 5:19-21 Murderers, LasciviousnessIdolaters,Hatred,Emulations,Wrath,Envyings,

 

Adulterers,Fornication,Uncleaness,Witchcraft,Drunkeness, Heresies, Variance,Strife,Seditions,Revelings.
Ephesians 5:5 Covetous, Idolaters Whoremonger,Unclean Persons,
Revelation 21:8 Unbelieving Liars, Murders Fearful,Idolaters, Abominable, Whoremongers,Sorcerers,

 

Proverbs 6:16-19 – “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

Galatians 5:19-21 – “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

Ephesians 5:5 – “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

 

Revelation 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

 

(9)  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

One of the angels which delivered the seven vials of wrath (Rev 16:), now offers to show to John the details of the city of New Jerusalem, referred here as the Bride of the Lamb.

Why would one of these angels be given the responsibility and privilege to deliver this vision to John?  Perhaps it is because it was through their work (the purifying of the world during the last portions of God’s wrath) that this New Jerusalem on this sinless world was brought into existence.

This refers back to verse 2 where we are told that the city is adorned like a bride for her wedding.

  

(10)  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, John then is taken away “in the spirit” in other words, he was physically unmoved while being overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit and given the ability to see this great vision “in his mind’s eye”.  John sees himself taking a place on a great, high mountain.

Keep in mind, many times God revealed Himself, and His truths to man (Exo 19:20, Neh 9:13).   Also, based on Isa 2:2 and Ezek 40:1-2, it is possible that this city will be literally located upon a mountain.

 

And shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,   (11)  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

New Jerusalem, heaven come down to earth, is now described as:

  1. that great city – big, large, exceeding
  2. holy Jerusalem – sacred, blameless, separated for God’s use… Jerusalem means “founded in peace” or “city of peace”
  3. descending out of heaven (the third heaven) from God. – God’s dwelling place come down to earth.
  4. having the glory of God – the very presence of God dwells there, just like the OT tabernacle and temple (Ex 40:34, 2 Chr 5:13-14, 1 King 8:11)
  5. her light was like a jasper stone, clear as crystal – His glory shown within the city like light reflecting from a precious clear gemstone.  Jasper is symbolic of holiness (Ex 28:20, 39:13).  Also Jasper is a stone of great value (Job 28:17), its clarity represents sinlessness.

The Lord is symbolized by the Jasper stone… He is holy, of overwhelming value, and sinless and transparent. 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

As we see the great symbolic beauty of the bride of Christ, the heavenly city of New Jerusalem, we are reminded of Christ’s prominence and grace that he has shown to His people.

Stop and think about it… the reason why New Jerusalem is such a beautiful city is because it was prepared by Christ Himself.  This city is a direct reflection of the beauty, greatness and wisdom of its Creator, Jesus Christ.

John 14:2-3 – “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As we consider the wonders of the eternity that awaits us, may we all with grateful hearts honor and glorify our Lord.  He is the One that saved us, He is the One that has given us a share of His inheritance, He is the One that created this wonderful abode for us.

Oh what worship and dedication we owe Him.  He truly is our all… throughout eternity.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “This is the second death.”

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Revelation 20:14

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

When we consider what is meant by ‘the second death”, it is important to recognize the context of our passage…  the verses immediately preceding this verse speak of the resurrection of the lost, the judgment of the works of the lost, and the destruction of physical death.

When we are told that ‘This is the second death”, the Bible is referring, in a very general way, to the final judgment and disposition of the lost.  They are resurrected (never to physically die again), found guilty at the final judgment, removed from God’s presence, and cast into the Lake of Fire for an eternity.   This series of events make up what is known as the second death.

 

Although the term “second death” is used four times in the Book of Revelation, it is used nowhere else throughout the Bible.   Let’s look and see what we can learn from the other three Revelation passages of scripture…

Revelation 2:11

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”

Here, we are told that those who are overcomers in Christ will not be harmed by the second death.   How very true.  If we have turned from our sins and turned to Christ, in faith, we are overcomers in Christ (1 John 4:4; 5:4-5).  In doing so, we have overcome the powers of darkness and their effects in our lives (1 John 2:13-13:4).

 

Revelation 20:6

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

Christ’s victory over Satan, sin, and death has become ours through faith in His name.  Because of this, we have given us escape from the judgment for our sins, an eternity in the very presence of Christ and, then, rewarded with a share of His ruling authority. (Romans 8:17)

 

Revelation 21:8

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Those who will suffer this second death are those whose sins remain upon their account.  They are the ones who stand before God and are found guilty of the sins which they have committed.   Their only possible hope is found in the shed blood of Christ which can secure redemption and Christ’s righteousness on their behalf (2 Cor 5:21, Eph 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19).

 

As Christians, may we all praise and honor our Lord, who has so graciously made a way of escape from the second death and its eternal effects upon sinful mankind.  May we all strive to serve Him in greater ways sharing the good news of Christ and His death with the lost men around us …those who so desperately need it.

 

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One Of Many Great Blessings Of Eternity…. No More Death!

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Revelation 20:14

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:14

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

 

For us to understand this very important phrase, we need to understand the meanings of the words “death” and “hell”.

 

  1. The meaning of the word “death”…

The word “death” comes from the Greek word “thanatos” which describes the condition of a body when the life has departed from it.    Please notice “thanatos” does not speak of a place, it speaks of a condition.  It refers to the condition of the body that no longer has the spirit of life within it.

The meaning of the word “death” in English carries the same idea.   When a person’s spirit leaves their body, we commonly say the person is now dead, in other words the person’s body no longer has their spirit within it.

 

  1. The meaning of the word “hell”…

The word hell comes from the Greek word “hades”.  Hades describes the condition of the spirit when it is no longer inhabiting a body.  Just like the word “thanatos”, the word “hades” never refers to a place but always refers to a condition.  A spirit that is disembodied is said to be in the condition of “hades”.  It is given this title because, when a spirit is outside a body, it can no longer be seen.  It has entered an “unseen condition”.  This is the basic meaning of “hades”.

Unfortunately, due to the influence of Greek idolatry, false teaching, and the passage of time, the word “hades” is now used to refer to a place.  However, it is extremely important to note that the Biblical use of the word “hades” exclusively refers to a condition.

If we stop and think about it the words “thanatos” and “hades” we can see that they are truly inseparable and basically, two-sides to the same coin.   You cannot have a body without a spirit in it unless you also have a spirit that no longer has a body around it.  At physical death, the body enters the condition of “thanatos” and at the same instant the spirit enters into the condition of “hades”.

Please keep in mind, although the word “hades” does not describe a place of eternal punishment, the Biblical phrase “Lake of Fire” clearly does describe such a place. An eternal place of damnation, The Lake Of Fire, exists and will be the eternal dwelling place of Satan, demons, and lost mankind.

 

 

If we understand the meaning of these terms, we can now come to a sound understanding of what is meant by the phrase “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”  

Basically, this phrase is teaching us that, following the resurrection of the saved, and at a later time the resurrection of the lost, physical death and its effects have come to a complete end.  Never again will a body be separated from the spirit, nor will the spirit ever leave a body again.  In other words, death (thanatos) and hell (hades) will be utterly destroyed.  This principle of the doing away of physical death is seen in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, Luke 20:36, Rev 21:4 

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.   O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

This text simply tells us, following the resurrection, death will be rendered ineffective, with the Lord gaining the victory over it!

“Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” 

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

 

May we all praise and honor our Lord for bringing an end to physical death, allowing all of His people to enjoy an eternity with Him as a united being body, soul, and spirit!

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What Can Mankind Learn From Eternal Punishment For Sin?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRevelation 20:10

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

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

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

 

The end of the powers of darkness can be clearly seen in this text…. never ending, consistent, “torment”.    The Greek root word for “torment” is the word for “a touchstone”.  A touchstone was a rough-surfaced stone that was rubbed against an unknown mineral.  By examining the mark that was left by the touchstone, the true identity of the mineral was revealed.

Just like a touchstone reveals the true nature of a mineral, so too, the Lake of Fire reveals many truths about the Lord and those who experience its torments…

  1. Reveals the power of the Lord – Isa 33:14, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  2. Reveals the anger of the Lord – Isa 33:14, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  3. Reveals the need for fear and reverence of the Lord – Mat 10;28
  4. Reveals the lost’s alienation from the Lord – Mat 7:23, Luk 16;19-31, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  5. Reveals God’s curse that is upon the lost – Mat 25:41
  6. Reveals the lost’s alignment with Satan and the sinful powers of the world – Matt 25:41
  7. Reveals the lost’s need of Christ – Luke 16:19-31
  8. Reveals the undoing of the injustices of life – Luke 16:19-31, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  9. Reveals God’s avenging of the abuse of His people – 2 Thes 1:6-9
  10. Reveals the sinful nature of the person and works of the lost – Isa 66:23-24, Dan 12:2, Mat 5: 29-30, Mat 7:23, Mar 9:43-48
  11. Reveals the wages of sinful acts that were committed – Luke 16:19-31, 2 Thes 1:6-9, Hebs 6:1-2

Truly, the eternal punishments brought upon lost mankind are truly a “touchstone” that reveals much about our Lord, the lost, and their great need of Christ.

 

Every time we read of the eternal punishment of the Lord within in the pages of the Bible, may we remind ourselves of these truths and live them out in our lives by taking the gospel message to the lost that are around us.

 

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A Resurrection Awaits Those Who Do Not Know Christ… Even In Death No One Escapes The Justice Of God.

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“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.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they went up on the breadth of the earth”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:9

“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

 

Lost men from all the ages are led by Satan to oppose Christ.  We are told here that “they went up on the breadth of the earth”, which is a phrase describing their resurrection from the dead, which will allow them to stand before Christ and receive the judgment for their sins.

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.”

The resurrection of the lost dead is described elsewhere in the Bible….

Daniel 12:2 – “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

John 5:29 – “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Acts 24:15 – “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”

According to the above verses, the resurrection of the “unjust” will lead to “shame”, “everlasting contempt” and “damnation” for lost mankind.

The judgment of their sins at the hands of a Just, Almighty God will result in them facing great public embarrassment (“shame”), as the Lord reveals their wicked actions as he compares them to the standards found in His Word.

As they are found guilty, and sentenced to eternal punishment, they will find themselves facing the endless revulsion of God (“everlasting contempt”) as they are condemned to punishment (“damnation”).

As God’s people, we too, are deserving of this same end.  However, through the grace of our Lord we have been delivered from the judgment that we deserved.   As His servants, we have been given the great responsibility to reach lost mankind with the gospel of Christ, both as individuals, and especially through the ministry of local churches.

May we all faithfully take the good news of God’s grace to the lost world around us.  May we be motivated from a heart of love and appreciation for the Lord and all He has done for us.  And may we always take the gospel to the lost with a heart of compassion and concern for their well-being seeking to help them escape the wrath that is to come.

Colossians 1:27-28 – “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”

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Revelation 20: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

In the remaining portion of Revelation, we will be looking at the contents of the sealed book.  This book will reveal what the saints have awaiting them in eternity with Christ.  The contents of the sealed book will be revealed to us in chapters 19-22.  This will bring to completion our study of the Revelation.

 

A very basic outline of the remaining chapters of Revelation includes:

  1. Rev 19 – What immediately precedes eternity with the Lord? (background to eternity with the Lord)
  2. Rev 20 – The opening stage of eternity with the Lord (1000 year reign – a time of judgment)
  3. Rev 21 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as a great city
  4. Rev 22 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as Eden restored

Here is a short outline of chapter 20:…

  1. The Binding of Satan 1-3
  2. The 1000 Year reign 4-6
  3. The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A War 7-10
  4. The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A Court Trial 11-15

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

  1. The Binding Of Satan (Rev 20:1-3)

John sees an angel sent from God proceed from heaven.  This angel possesses control over the bottomless pit and a great chain that will be used to bind Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit (Lake of Fire).  Satan’s imprisonment would last for the length of the 1000 year time period.

Satan and his work is revealed through the use of 4 titles.  Satan’s temptations are used to fascinate and mislead mankind (Dragon), he knows mankind’s weaknesses and shortcomings (Serpent), he accuses God’s people of wrongdoing seeking to bring them under the condemnation of God (Devil), he is the enemy of God constantly opposing Him (Satan).

 

  1. The 1000 Year Reign (Rev 20:4-6)

With the imprisonment of Satan completed, John sees the saints enjoying the 1000 years with God.  During this time frame John sees the saints being judged and rewarded by the Lord for their faithfulness.

John saw the thrones that were reserved for God’s people, symbolically representing their reward of sharing authority with Him.  We see the Lord handing down His judgment and rewards to them … “judgment was given unto them”.  The saints are described in several ways, each one representing their willingness to sacrifice themselves for Christ as martyrs or as “living sacrifices” whose lives were dedicated to Christ’s use.

We are told that this period of judgment, rewards, and enjoyment of rewards would last for 1000 years.  Symbolically the number 1000 represents a complete timeframe.  This can be clearly seen in many Biblical references including Psa 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8.

As we study the symbolism of the 1000 years, we can come to understand this time of judgment for the saints will be a set period of time set aside as part of the saint’s eternity with God.   This time period will come to an end when the judgment and rewarding of the saints comes to completion.  At that point in time, the last phase of eternity begins, and the saints will be enjoying communion with the Lord without end.

The people (saints of God) involved in this wonderful time with Christ have all experienced “the first resurrection” .  This is referring to the spiritual resurrection of all who have come to Christ, as they are “passed from death unto life” (HJon 5:24-27)

 

III.  The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A War (Rev 20:7-10) 

Immediately following the time of judgment of the saved, John then sees Satan released from the bottomless pit.  Even after his imprisonment, Satan continues to have a desire to rebel and oppose the works of Christ.  In this case, he desires to lead mankind  in a worldwide war against the Lord.

Satan is given title “Gog” which means a high mountain, covering, or roof, which speaks to us of Satan’s prior position as the exalted angel that covered the throne of God prior to his fall.  Those who follow him are described as “Magog” which means the kingdom or nation of Gog, revealing their submission to Satan and his desires for their lives.

Then we see the resurrection of lost mankind from their temporary abode (their spirits from the Lake of Fire; their bodies from the grave)… “they went up on the breadth of the earth’.     They then are encircled around New Jerusalem where the saints and God dwell.  This is all in preparation of their coming time of judgment at the hands of God.

John then jumps ahead and sees the end result of their judgment… fire devours them , removing them from the New Earth, and then Satan and the lost are committed to the Lake of Fire for an eternity. 

 

  1. The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A Court Trial (Rev 20:11-15)

A second set of symbols that are used to describe the final judgment of the lost is presented as a court trial where guilt and punishment are decided.  The Lord Jesus glory is shown as He sits on a shining white throne.   Jesus’ identity is confirmed when we are told the One of the throne is the same one “from whose face the earth and heaven fled away.”

Next, John sees the lost stand before the Lord awaiting judgment.  We are told that Christ will use “the books” (the 66 books of the Bible) and the book of life to complete the judgment process.  The books of the Bible will be used to judge men’s works, thereby assigning guilt to them, and the book of life will be used to see if Christ’s blood has covered those sins and paid their price.

Of course, all the works of the lost will be found sinful, which will render them guilty in God’s sight.  Then their names will be missing from the book of life, clearly revealing they owe the sin debt that they have accrued.    This will result in all of them being sent to the Lake of Fire for an eternity.

We are told that the sea will give up the lost who were lost at sea, emphasizing that, no matter what may happen to the physical body, whether lost at sea, eaten by a sea creature, or decaying in the depths, the Lord is still quite capable of resurrecting the body and reuniting it with the spirit.

We are also told that “death and hell” gave up the dead and then were ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire.  This teaches us that, following this resurrection of the lost, no longer will the bodies and spirits of the lost be separated from each other.  As complete beings, made up of both body and spirit, they will stand before the Lord in judgment and be consigned to the lake of fire for an eternity.

Finally, we are told that this represents those who have partaken of the second death, which is the eternal separation of man from God’s presence throughout eternity.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In Revelation chapter 21, we will see a wonderful description of the eternal dwelling place of God’s people pictured as a glorious city.  Then in chapter 22, we will see this same dwelling place pictured as a glorious garden.

This description will be broken up into several parts:

  1. New Jerusalem descending to the New Earth (21:1-2)
  2. The blessings of citizenship in New Jerusalem (21:3-7)
  3. The immorality of those outside New Jerusalem (21:8)

4   Description of New Jersalem (21:9-27)

  1.   Outside View Of New Jerusalem (21:9-11)
  2. The Walls Of New Jerusalem (21:12-18)
  3.   The Foundation Of the Walls of New Jerusalem (21:19-20)
  4. The Gates Of New Jerusalem (21:21)
  5. The Interior Of New Jerusalem (21:22-27)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation. 

 

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The Timeless Rebellion Against The Lord…. Gog and Magog

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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.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Gog and Magog.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:8

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

 

 

In this vision we find Satan, attempting to lead all of lost mankind to battle against Christ, given the title “Gog”.  While those he misleads are given the title “Magog”.

What can we learn about Satan and lost mankind through the use of these titles? To answer this question, it is important for us to understand the definition of these words…

 

1.    The title “Gog” has the basis meaning of “high mountain”, “roof” or “covering”.

This word emphasizes the ideas of “highness” and “overshadowing”.  How fitting a title for Satan.  Please remember, prior to the fall Satan held an exalted position as the chosen angel that overshadowed the very throne of God…

Ezekiel 28:14-15 – “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

 

2.    The title “Magog” holds the meaning “the land of Gog”, “the place of Gog” or “the kingdom of Gog”.

This title speaks of both the land area controlled by Gog and the inhabitants of that land area.  Again, this is a very fitting title for the lost who are under Satan’s leadership.  The lost follow Satan to rebel and oppose Christ.  They make up both Satan’s political and religious kingdoms.  They are the inhabitants of his kingdom, which are ruled by him.

 

 

But there is another aspect of these titles that needs to be considered.  Gog and his Kingdom, Magog, are mentioned in the Old Testament in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

In Ezekiel 38:2, we are told that Gog’s kingdom (Magog) is made up of the nations of Meshech and Tubal (along with Rosh).   Later in this chapter and the following chapter, we see Gog described as the Lord is “against” Gog and his kingdom. Ultimately, Gog and his kingdom (Magog) will be destroyed by God’s wrath.

This account found in Ezekiel 38 and 39 gives example of the principle that the nations of the world will oppose the Lord and His people and, at times, seemingly win the victory over them.  However, when all is said and done, the Lord will defeat all these enemies and take them out of the way.

These are all principles that are revealed to us in both the Ezekiel and Revelation passages, one text complimenting the other.

These are the basic principles that the Lord is showing to us when He gives Satan and the lost the titles of “Gog” and “Magog” in Revelation.

 

It is so important for us to remember that from the Garden of Eden until his final removal from the New Earth, Satan is living a life of rebellion against Christ.  One of the chief ways that he works is by leading the lost to actively oppose the servants of Christ.

May we all be on guard against the workings of Satan and those who oppose the cause of Christ.   As we face the opposition of this world, may we remain faithful to Christ understanding He will be the ultimate victor overs these powers of darkness.

 

 

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We Will Reign With Christ!

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“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.

 

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Revelation 20:7-15 “The Final Judgment Of Satan and The Lost ”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Revelation 20:7-15

(7)  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
(8)  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
(9)  And they 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
(15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

A very basic outline of the final division of Revelation includes:

  1. Rev 19 – What immediately precedes eternity with the Lord?
  2. Rev 20 – The opening stage of eternity with the Lord (1000 year reign – a time of judgment)
  3. Rev 21 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as a great city
  4. Rev 22 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as Eden restored

In chapter 20:, we picked up with the narrative that we left in chapter 19.  Immediately following the defeat of the powers of darkness, we find the Lord disposing of Satan in the Lake of Fire just prior to the first phase of eternity, which is called the one thousand years.  Then we saw the Lord judging His people according to their works, rewarding them for their deeds.

Now in this lesson, we pick up with the events that takes place at the end of the 1000 years… the judgment of the Satan and the lost.

In the chapter before us (Revelation 20:), we use a very simple outline:

1.  Binding Of Satan (20:1-3)
2.  The Thousand Years – The first phase of eternity with Christ (20:4-6)
3.  The Final Judgment of Satan Pictured As A War (20:7-10)
4.   The Final Judgment Of Satan Pictured As A Trial (20:11-15)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please note that the final judgment of Satan and the lost are symbolized in two different ways.  However, there are several basic truths that are presented to us in both..

 

Basic Principle The War (20:7-10) The Trial (20:11-15)
Lost Resurrected Vs 7 – Satan LoosedVs 9- They Went Up On Breadeth Of Earth Vs 13 – Sea Gave Up DeadVs 13 – Death/Hell Delivered Up Dead
Lost Gathered Before God Vs 9 – Compassed Saints and City Vs 12 – Stand Before God
Lost Made Up Of Multitudes Vs 8 – The Nations In 4 Qrt Of EarthVs 8 – Number As Sand Of Sea Vs 12 – Dead Small and Great
Satan/Lost Disposed In Lake of Fire Vs 10 – Cast In Lake Of Fire/Brimstone Vs 14 – Cast Into Lake Of FireVs 15 –  Cast Into Lake Of Fire
Lord and Lost Shown As Adversarial Parties Vs 8 – To Battle Vs 13 – Judged Every Man

 

Revelation 20:7-15

I.     In verses 7-10, the final judgment of Satan and the Lost are pictured as a war of the Lord versus SATAN and HIS KINGDOMS. This symbol reveals the rebellious nature of Satan and the Lost and the eternal disposition of Satan and His kingdoms … 

 

(7)  And when the thousand years are expired

In other words, when the period of time set aside for God to judge His people, reward them, and to receive their honor and praise for them.  At that point in time, to bring this period to a close, God begins the judgment of the lost…

 

Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Satan is now released out of his “prison”.  In verse 3, this “prison” was described as “the bottomless pit” which is simply another name for the Lake of Fire:

  1. The Lake Of Fire is a title given to the place of eternal separation from God referring to it as a place of torment and wrath.
  2. The Bottomless Pit is a title given to this same place, referring to it as a “deep place” or a place that cannot be filled and its inhabitants cannot affect the events on the earth.
  3. The Prison is a title that helps us to understand that this initial confinement of Satan temporarily rendered him helpless.

 

(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 first act of Satan following his release is to, once again, attempt to lead men in rebellion against the Lord.  This helps us to understand that throughout this entire process, (God’s judgment being placed upon him and his permanent confinement to the Lake of Fire), he will continue to hate the Lord, oppose His workings,  and seek to receive that which only God deserves… the honor, praise and glory of the True God.

Satan’s desire is to lead all of lost mankind that have died throughout the ages, whose bodies lie in all corners of the globe (N,S,E,W),  to unite and war against Almighty God.  Just as in his days prior to his imprisonment (19:11-21) when through his worldly kingdoms led all of the living lost against the Lord at the second coming.

 

Satan and the lost dead are given the titles “Gog” and “Magog” respectively…

The word “Gog” comes from a word that means “high mountain”, “roof” or “covering”.

While the word “Magog” comes from a word that means “the land of Gog” or “the place of Gog”.

 

Why is Satan given the title “Gog”?

It is the perfect title for Satan.  Please remember in Ezekiel 28:14-16 Satan is described as “the Anointed Cherib that covereth”.  This goes hand in hand with the idea of an high roof or a covering, which speaks of Satan’s exaltation prior to his fall and his role covering the throne of God.

 

Why are the lost given the title of “Magog”?

They make up the kingdom of Satan much like the people of God make up His kingdom.  The lost are under Satan’s authority much like a piece of property is under the authority of its owner.  This is why a title such as “the land of Gog” or the “place of Gog” is so fitting for the lost.

 

It is very interesting to note the sinfulness of the land of Magog clearly shown in Scriptures…

1.  The 3 sons of Japheth are Magog, Meshech and Tubal (Genesis 10:2, 1 Chron 1:5).

2.  In Ezekiel 38:2, Gog is ruler over the kingdom of Magog which is made up of the peoples of Meshech and Tubal (along with Rosh).

3.   We read that Meshech and Tubal are described as enemies of the Lord who are destroyed by the Lord due to their sinfulness in Ezekiel 32:26-28 and Ezekiel 39:1-8, this is referring to the Kingdom of Magog which is ruled over by Gog.

Gog, the sinful ruler of the kingdom of Magog, which is made up of the nations of Meshech and Tubal, were a sinful people condemned to face the wrath of God…. the perfect picture of lost mankind under the leadership of Satan.

 

the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

The number of lost mankind that Satan attempts to lead against the Lord is as the sands of the sea.  In other words, there are so many of them, they cannot be counted by man.  Why is this?  Remember this group of lost men includes all the lost men who have ever lived on the earth throughout all time.  This would include the lost that have existed from Adam’s day forward to the second coming of Christ.

These are the ones that are pictured as going to war against the Lord, these are the ones that make up the mighty nation of Magog, under the leadership of their King Gog (Satan). 

 

(9)  And they went up on the breadth of the earth,

The word for “breadth” means “plate”, “surface”, or “open area”.   This verse is saying that all the bodies of lost mankind will be resurrected and go up upon the surface of the earth.   This is the resurrection of the lost’s bodies.  Although they will be resurrected, they will not be glorified, this is a blessing reserved for the saints of God only.

This explains the origin of the rebellious masses, led by Satan, to do war against Christ. 

 

 and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:

As they gather, they surround the city of New Jerusalem where the Lord lives with His saints on the New Earth.  It will be in this city where the final judgment will be rendered upon them.

Psalms 87:1-3 – “A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains.   The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.” 

This is a very important point to not overlook.  Fallen mankind continues in a state of rebellion against the Lord, even following them feeling the hand of God’s wrath upon them.  They had already tasted what eternal wrath feels like prior to this resurrection, and yet as soon as they are released, they angrily want to battle the Lord instead of willingly submitting to His Lordship.   Even in the midst of their judgment in the Lake of Fire men will NEVER turn to Christ in saving due to their depraved nature and the absence of God’s gracious intervention in their lives.

John 5:39-40 – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

This helps us to understand one of several reasons why lost mankind will face God’s wrath eternally… it is because mankind will eternally be unsubmissive and rebellious against Christ’s Lordship for their lives, even in the midst of the Lake of Fire.

 

But what about this verse, and others like it…?

Philippians 2:10-11 – “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “

Certainly, as totally defeated foes, the lost will acknowledge the greatness and Lordship of Christ, however, it will not be done willfully, joyfully, with an intent to serve Him and glorify Him with their lives.  That is the difference between simply ACKNOWLEDGING His Lordship and willfully, joyfully ACCEPTING His Lordship in a life changing way.

 

Just one quick note:  although lost mankind will be present on the New Earth, it will not in any way defile the new earth nor its glory.  Keep in mind, Satan, himself was present in the Garden of Eden, and yet, the integrity of the garden and mankind’s relationship with the Lord was not affected at all, until mankind partook of the fruit (Gen 3:1-5)….  The presence of a sinful being in a paradise of God does not necessarily defile the paradise.  It was God’s choice of judgment against the sin of Adam and Eve that brought the curse upon the earth and mankind.  (Gen 3:6-16).

  

and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 This is God rendering His final judgment unto them due to their sins and continued rebellious attitude against the Lord.  His judgment is pictured by a fire that consumed them.  This is a common picture of God’s wrath falling against lost mankind throughout the Scriptures:

  1. Sodom and Gomorrah – Gen 19:24
  2. Nadab and Abihu – Lev 10:1-3
  3. Complaining Israelites – Num 11:1-2
  4. Korah’s 250 – Num 16:35

 

Also it is a common picture of lost mankind’s eternal dwelling place known as “the Lake of Fire”.   Please keep in mind, the Lake of Fire is also described as the place of “everlasting fire” in Matt 18:8, 25:41.  Also it is described as “unquenchable fire” in Mark 9:43-44-48.

This is what lost mankind has awaiting them for an eternity… the wrath of God falling upon them due to their willful commission of sin.  This is the essence of the Lake of Fire punishment.

 

(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.

We are now told of the eternal end of Satan… he is also cast into “the lake of fire and brimstone”.   He will be right alongside the lost who make up his religious and political kingdom of this world.   All of them, both Satan and all the lost will be pained and agonized “ages upon ages” (with no end).

 

II.     In verses 11-15, the final judgment of Satan and the Lost are pictured as a court trial with the Lord as Judge and the LOST as defendants. This symbol reveals the individuality of the judgment, the basis of the judgment, and the eternal disposition of the LOST  …

 

 (11)  And I saw a great white throne,

John now sees another symbolic representation of the same event… the final judgment of Satan and lost mankind.   In this part of the vision John sees a massive seat of authority glowing white in color.  This is representative of the very seat of God Himself.  It is massive showing us God’s greatness, it is glowing white showing God’s purity and glory, and it is recognized as a throne, showing us God’s great ruling authority.

 

and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

John now sees a person sitting upon the throne.  This person is described as “the one from whose face the earth and heaven fled away and there was fond no place for them”.   This helps us to understand that this is God Himself sitting on the throne.  God is the ONLY ONE so great that His glory totally outshines and “puts to shame” the glory of the heavens and earth”.  It is saying this God on the throne is the same God that caused the Old Earth and Heavens to be permanently changed though a display of His wrath.

Keep in mind, at the return of Christ (Rev 19:10-21), who is God Himself, with the display of His great wrath, the heavens and earth were totally renovated.  It has already happened prior to the judgment of the lost taking place (Rev 20:7-15).

This verse is not saying that the heavens and earth fled away at the time of the Great White Throne.  It is saying that the same God who sits on the throne, ie Christ, is the same God from whom we saw heavens and earth pass away from His face, previously.  This clearly identifies the One of the throne as Christ, Who is God Himself.

 

Please especially note the past tense of “FLED away” and “there WAS FOUND no place for them”.  The New Heavens and Earth had previously fled away and permanently changed.  Now, during the Great White Throne, it still continues to remain the renovated, sinless, place of God’s abode with His saints.  It has not reverted back to the status of the Old Heavens and Earth.

 

(12)  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;

John’s attention is now turned from the One on the throne to the ones standing before the throne.  They are all the lost mankind who has ever lived on the earth.

John describes them as:

  1. the dead – those who were physically dead and currently are spiritually dead
  2. small and great- those of every social, economic, political statuses

 

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.

Now John describes the basis of God’s judgments that are made.

The Bible does not tell us with certainty the identity of “the books”, but I believe they are possibly the 66 books of the Bible.  They would be the basis of the judgment of the lost man’s works.  They would be used to determine the level of punishment received by the guilt, based upon the sins that they committed.

The Bible clearly identifies the book described as “another book”.  This is also described as “the book of life”.  This is the basis of God’s judgment of their lost condition.  This determines whether the person will be held accountable for their sins or, if their sins have been already paid through the death of Christ on the cross.

If these are the books involved in the judgment, basically the judgment of the lost is symbolized in two steps as follows:

  1. The lost stand before the Lord, while the Lord proves their lost condition. He does this using the absence of their name from the book of life as proof of their lost state.
  1. Once they are proven to be lost, they are proven to be accountable for their sins. The Lord then examines their works, comparing their works with the 66 books of the Bible as the standard for Godly living.  Based upon the outcome of this examination, the Lord then determines the level of eternal punishment they will receive as individuals based upon the wickedness of their lifestyle.

 

(13)  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; 

John now stresses the origin of those being judged.  John is reminding us that all of lost mankind will face the judgment of God.   There will be none lost nor forgotten.  Even those who were lost at sea and those whose bodies were eaten by sea creatures or left to decay at the bottom of the ocean will be resurrected as well.

 

and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:

The terms “death”  (thanatos) and “hell” (hades) are two sides to the same coin.  You cannot have one without the other.

Both death and hell refer to conditions of separation that takes place at physical death:

  1. thanatos (death) refers to the condition of a body after the spirit has left it. When the body no longer houses the spirit it is said to be “dead”.  “Thanatos” is a condition not a place.
  1. hades (hell) refers to the condition of a spirit after it has left a body. When a spirit is no longer encased in a body, it is now in an unseen condition and it is said to be in hades.  “Hades” is a condition not a place.

When we are told that death and hell “delivered up the dead which was in them”, the Bible is telling us that all of the lost were resurrected, their bodies no longer were without spirits and their spirits were no longer without bodies.

 

and they were judged every man according to their works.

Once they were resurrected, they stood before the Lord and were judged and found wanting. 

 

(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

When the lost are resurrected and judged, the conditions of “death” and “hell” are sent to eternal destruction.  No longer will the spirit of lost men ever enter the unseen condition without a body around it.  Likewise, no longer will the bodies of lost men be emptied of their spirit.

 

This is the second death.

Those who are resurrected, judged, and consigned to eternal punishment at this Great White Throne, are those who have partaken of the “second death”.

Lost mankind, those who have suffered spiritual death due to the fall of man (Eph 2:1-3, Col 2:13), now suffers a second type of death… eternal separation from God, being cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8).  This is what we have just seen through this symbolic representation of the final judgment of lost mankind. 

 

(15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

This refers back to the basic result of this judgment of God.  Those whose names are not in the pages of “the book of life” are then thrown into the Lake of Fire, separating them from the presence of God and bringing to them the eternal judgment for their sins.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of John’s vision we see Christ presented as both a Victorious Warrior and A Just, Holy Judge.  In both cases, the eternal wrath of God sent upon lost mankind is in view.   The lost’s consignment to God’s eternal wrath is a issue of both Christ’s defeat of sin (Warrior) and Christ’s justice (Judge).

One of the reasons why lost men are consigned to the Lake of Fire is because Christ has won the victory over sin on the cross (1 Cor 15:55-57).   The lost’s eternal punishment is the outward display of that which has already taken place on the cross.  Christ has won the victory over sin and we have that proved to us throughout eternity with the sinful experiencing eternal defeat in the Lake of Fire.  Sin did not ultimately win the day and this is proved by the lost’s eternal consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Another reason why lost men are consigned to the Lake of Fire is due to Christ’s Holiness and Justice.  Christ, the Holy God, cannot overlook sin nor accept it into His eternal presence.  His holiness dictates that sin must be removed from His presence and punished (2 Thess 1:7-10).    Both of these can be clearly seen in the consignment of the lost to the Lake of Fire.

Christ as Victorious Warrior and Just Judge will punish the lost for their sins.  His very work and nature obligates Him to do so.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

When we come to understand that both the nature and work of Christ dictates that sin must be judged, we should recognize the great need that stands in the lives of those who are lost.  By remaining in their lost state, the unsaved are destined to face the Lord’s eternal wrath with absolute certainty.  Their only hope is to turn form their sin and turn to Christ in saving faith.

May we all use this knowledge to be more greatly burdened to take the gospel message to the lost around us.  In doing so, we are sharing with them the good news that can lead to their salvation and a wonderful eternity with Jesus Christ.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “a thousand years”

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“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.

 

As we have seen many, many times, the book of Revelation is rich in symbolism.  Every major teaching found in Revelation is given to us through the use of symbolic imagery.  The thousand years is no exception to this…

What is the symbolism of this period of time described as “a 1000 years”?

In the Bible, the most common usages of the number 1000 is to represent a complete group (“all” of something).  Here are a few examples:

 

  1. Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”

God is faithful to ALL generations (not just the first one thousand generations and then be unfaithful to generation number 1001)

 

  1. Job 9:1-3 – “Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?  If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.”

Not one man out of all mankind can contend with God (not simply one man out of each group of 1000 men, then with man in group 1001 we find a man who can contend with God)

 

  1. Job 33:23 – “If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:”

There is not one man out of all mankind that can present a case for man’s uprightness (If literal, this is saying that you can find a man in a group that exceeds 1000 that can present a case for man’s uprightness )

 

  1. Psalms 50:10 – “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”

The Lord owns the cattle upon all the hills (not just the cattle on the first thousand hills, so that when we get to hill 1001 the Lord no longer owns those cattle.)

 

  1. Psa 84:10 – “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

A day in God’s court better than all other days (not just better than 1000 days, but 1001 days are better than one day in His courts)

 

  1. Psa 105:8 – “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.”

God remembers the promises He has made over all the generations (not just the promises made over a thousand generations but with the coming of generation 1001, He no longer keeps His promises)

 

  1. Eccl 6:6 – “Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?”

If man would live all the years he would not see good coming from mankind (not just live 2000 years and then finally see good come from a man)

 

  1. Isa 60:22 – “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.”

With God’s power behind him a little one can spawn all the men in the world (the Lord’s power is not limited to allow a small one to give birth to a thousand descendants only)

 

These verses, along with others, helps us to see that very frequently in the Scriptures the number 1000 is a symbolic representation of the concept of “all”, or “every”.  In the above verses, if we take 1000 as a literal number, we cause great harm to the principle that is being presented in each verse.  (I tried to illustrate the harm that can be done within the parenthesis.)

This is a truth that should not be overlooked.  Along with this, when we remember the symbolic nature of the book of Revelation, it makes us hesitate before we accept the 1000 years of Revelation in a literal sense.

 

We need to especially notice the usage of the concept of 1000 years in both the Old Testament and the New Testament…. The Lord uses 1000 years to describe ONE COMPLETE TIME PERIOD in His sight…

Psalms 90:4 – “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” 

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.”

 

The 1000 years mentioned in Revelation symbolizes for us that this is one distinct time period recognized by God to judge and reward His saints for their faithful service to Him. It is described elsewhere as “the DAY of judgment” (1 John 4:17, 2 Pet 3:17 etc etc).    Although it is a part of a far greater eternity, it is one complete segment with a beginning and an ending.  Much like a “day” in one complete part of “a week” or “a month” etc.

In other words, the Lord will not be judging His people throughout all of eternity, nor will they hold special authority over others eternally, but this segment of eternity will come to a definite end with the conclusion of the judgment of the saved followed by the judgment of the lost.

 

How long will it take for Christ to judge all men?  We are not told a specific timeframe.  This, along with many other truths, are known only by the Lord and will be revealed to us in eternity.  I believe the timeframe could be as short as the blink of an eye or as long as years, centuries or millennia.. it is all a part of the Lord’s discretion on how long He desires for this period of judgment and rewards to last.

 

May we all be ever-aware of the coming day of God’s judgment.  May we always seek to be faithful to Him knowing that we will be rewarded for our faithfulness. May we never forget the great need of the lost who will stand before Him to answer for the sins they have committed.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

 

 

Have Your Been Raised From Spiritual Death, Or Are You Yet In Your Sins?

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But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the first resurrection”

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But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

 

 

Did you know that Christians experience more than one resurrection?  Most Christians are familiar with the promised future resurrection of their body followed by its glorification…

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  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.”

 This resurrection and glorification of the Christian’s body is the second resurrection that the Christian will experience.

 

There is another prior resurrection that every Christian will experience.  This resurrection is talked about in John 5:24-26…

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  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.”

This is the first resurrection of the Christian.  It takes place at his salvation experience.  It is the person who is “dead in trespasses and sins” being given spiritual life.  This is the resurrection experience being talked about in Revelation 20:5.   This is brought out clearly in the verse that follows…

Revelation 20:6 –  “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

 

May we all praise the Lord for our resurrection that is yet to come, but especially for our first resurrection.  After all, the first resurrection is the receipt of our spiritual life which enables us to be participants in the second resurrection.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

 

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

 

 

We Will Live With Christ And Share In His Authority!

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“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.”

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eI

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they lived and reigned with Christ”

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“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.”

What a wonderful thought…. To live in the very presence of Christ and to see Him in all His glory!

1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

1 John 3:2 – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. But then, as an added reward for faithfulness, to be given authority to rule with Him.  What a wonderful time that will be for all of His people!”

We will begin to be with Christ and see Him as He is, when He takes us home to be with Him.  But our eternal blessings do not stop there.  By God’s grace, we will be allowed to share in His ruling authority as a reward for our faithful service to Him during our time on earth.

Over which three areas will we be given this ruling authority?

  1. We are promised to take part in the judgment of the lost world… 

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 – “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

During this judgment of the lost, a portion of the individuals judged will be the lost of the nation of Israel will be judged for rejecting and crucifying Christ… 

Matthew 19:27-30 KJV “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?  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.  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”  (see Luke 22:24-30)

Note: “The regeneration” is speaking of the reformation of the Heavens and Earth resulting in the New Heavens and New Earth. The Lord is reigning upon the earth with His saints at this time.

  1. We are also promised to take part in the judgment of fallen angels (including Satan)…

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

Both our judgment of the lost world and our judgment of fallen angels will take place during the latter part of the 1000 years as a part of the rewards we received for our faithfulness to Christ.

  1. We are also promised to be given ruling authority over the New Heavens and New Earth…

Revelation 22:1-5 – “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.   In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

This authority will be restored rule over God’s creation that was lost at the fall.  It will be as if the Garden of Eden will be present once again and we will be given the dominion over it, much like was given to Adam and Eve in the beginning.

Basically, when we enter into eternity, that which was lost due to sin (dominion over the Garden of Eden), will then be restored to man (dominion over the New Heavens and New Earth).

May we all thank the Lord for His  promises of future blessings during the 1000 year reign and throughout the rest of eternity with Him.  May we all strive to remain faithful to Him now, knowing that we shall reap wonderful rewards of ruling authority in the eternity to come!

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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Here Comes The Judge!

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“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.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eD

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “judgment was given unto them”

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“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.”

As John receives this vision, he is told that during the thousand years the Lord would be giving judgment unto His people…

The main Biblical teaching on the judgment that is given to us is found in:

  1. Romans 14:10-12

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.   So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.   If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

From these passages we can see that, for the Christian, the final judgment will involve the Lord rewarding the saints for their acts of faithfulness.  If we were faithful, we will be rewarded for that act of faithfulness.  When we were unfaithful, we will lose the reward we would have received.  However, we will not face divine punishment for the unfaithful act.  Why?  This is because Christ has been punished for that unfaithfulness on the cross.  He took the punishment that we deserved upon Himself (1 Peter 3:18).

Once we receive these rewards for faithfulness, what will happen then?

Revelation 4:10-11

“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” 

 

We will lay our rewards back at the feet of Christ in an act of honor, thankfulness and praise.

Why will we do this?  Because any use of our abilities that is pleasing to the Lord, the opening of any opportunity to serve the Lord, and our salvation which allows us to serve Him are all given to us entirely of God’s grace.  There is nothing in us with which we can claim credit for our faithfulness.  It is all due to His grace alone…

1 Corinthians 15:10

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

May we all “labour more abundantly” to please our Lord and Savior knowing our service is all of His grace and with the receipt of rewards we can eternally honor Him for all He has done for us.

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu