|* Revelation 20
The Day of The LORD.
Revelation 19 closes with the judgment of the beast and the false prophet (anti-christ) and their being thrown into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. Meaning that the roles that satan used to deceive flesh man is now no longer available for him to use, and when he is let loose later, at the end of this same chapter Revelation 20, he will be able to deceive and cause to follow him, those that love him, without resorting to role playing.
What is this lake of fire and what happens to those that are cast into it? For our answer to these questions we must look to Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire., and also Psalms 37:20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. -> Father will consume them from within as can be read in Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled My 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. -> That is pretty self explanatory; but, what happens to those who are consumed? 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. -> And as we'll discover when we come to Revelation 20:14 this is the second death — finality. It will not be as some chruches teach — they'll be burning forever and ever, screaming right there where all of those who did in fact make into the eternity can see them; nor will "hell" be like many have been deceived into believing, "a burning place where satan rules with his pitchfork."
Sadly, most people have also been taught by their churches and believe that the anti-christ will be a man born of a woman, sadly again, most think that he is someone who is coming to be against Yeshua. The reality is that he will never be born of woman for he already has a body, it is a spiritual body (think like the angelic bodies because it is an angelic body) and, he is coming to pretend that he is the true Christ and wants people to worship him as Christ. This then brings us to Revelation 20.
Revelation 20 covers the periods of both the end of the Flesh Age and into the beginning of the Millennium. It is the time that satan's reign as the anti—"instead of, or pretend-to-be" in the Greek language—christ comes to an end and the "Day of The LORD," the day the True Christ's one thousand year reign begins. What is "The Day of The Lord"? Let's turn to II Peter for our answer: II Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: -> Most Christians today don't know, and are not taught by their chruches that there was an Age before this current "Flesh" Age of man. But Father, through Peter, is telling us that He created this earth many billions of years ago and there was a dispensation of time when the dinosaurs and the "sons of God" — the angels, roamed this earth, and no, there was no pre-historic man; for, there is no evolution of man in the flesh, we did not come from apes. [3:6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: -> Why did it perish? Because of what happened in Ezekiel 28 and Revelation 12:1-4. When satan rebelled and drew one third of Father's children with him in that rebellion, causing them to stop loving Father. Father destroyed everything on earth except He and His angels, His Children, when He brought in the flood and ice age at satan's rebellion (katabole, in the greek). [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. -> The last portion of this verse says what needs saying, "reserved unto fire against >the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." That is the day of the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of Christ's one thousand year reign. It'll be the day that all those that follow satan when he is loosed a little season go into the lake of fire. But before all this can come to pass, we must first have all Father's prophesies concerning this Age come to pass, including the "great apostacy" or "falling away" in which the whole world (except Father's elect) will go whoring after satan (antichrist). Here in this next verse is why we came here. [3:8] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. -> One day in Father's time is as one thousand years in our time. During this time of Christ's 1,000 year reign, a lot will take place: unfortunately, most churches teach and, most people believe, that as soon as Christ returns, heaven and the eternity begin; but, sadly, they're incorrect because as we'll discover, there'll be teaching, learning, disciplining and even souls being saved during this Millennial period. At the beginning of it satan will be bound and at the end of it, he'll be let loose for just a little bit to again draw many away from Father to follow him, sadly many will follow him again. Then both he and those that will follow him will be cast into the burning lake of fire.
This then brings us to Revelation 20:1:
With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: "Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your understanding of Your Word, we seek Your knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen."
Revelation 19:17- 20:15 The Seventh (and last) Vision "ON EARTH". (Alternation and Introversion.)
20:1-3. Satan. The Judgment of Satan (before the Millennium).
20:1-3. Men. Flesh gone, all turned into spiritual.
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. -> Most likely this angel is Michael the arch angel. I say this because prior to satan being let loose to come as the anti-christ, it was Michael and his angels who fought against satan and his angels in heaven, and then cast him and them to the earth Revelation 12:7-9, so (and even though I don't care to state "I believe"), I believe Father will likewise again use Michael to bind satan for Christ's millennial reign.
So, what is taking place here in this verse? Christ is here on earth with us, we are on the first day of the millennium, we who were alive at His coming have all been changed into our spiritual, angelic bodies, and Michael is about to bind satan so that Christ and His priests, see verse v20:6 below, can begin their teaching and disciplining of all those who took the mark of the beast, and of those that were on the wrong side of the gulf that can be read about in Luke 16. This teaching and disciplining will continue throughout the entire millennial period. All this teaching will be accomplished—as this verse shows—without satans influence because he, along with his spirit, are bound and therefore cannot corrupt the minds of those receiving the teaching.
What is\was the beast and his mark? The beast that is coming in our future is the One World Governmental\Political system that was beginning to form in Revelation 13, before it received the deadly wound, and then satan as anti-christ came to heal this wound, thus bringing in his One World Religious system. The deadly wound is something that prevents the One World Political system from completely forming up whether that is a conflict of ideas, philosophies or whatever, either way, the system will not finish forming and then satan as anti-christ will arrive on the scene to heal the wound. All people, except Father's elect — those who have the seal of God in their foreheads from Revelation 9:4 will accept the anti-christ as the true christ and will then worship him as Christ. The mark of the beast in the forehead is the act of worshiping the beast and his system while the mark in the hand is the act of doing his works. An example of doing his works can be found in Matthew 24:10, Mark 13:12 and Luke 21:16 where family and friends shall betray loved ones and turn them in to anti-christ's people, thinking and believing they are turning them into the True Christ's.
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years. -> Just as our Father has different Offices, Roles, and Titles; so does our adversary satan have many names and roles that he has played from the First Earth Age (an Age of time which was before this flesh Age of time) and again from the "foundation of the world, the beginning of this Age of flesh man." I'll get to the meaning of this phrase in a moment but first we'll take a look at what these names mean:
****************Scott, add in accuser "G2725" and adversary "G476" to this list of satans roles and titles, and put them at the tend of the list**************
"dragon" - In the Strong's concordance this is Greek word G1404 drakon, pronounced drak'-own and means: probably from an alternate form of derkomai (to look); a fabulous kind of serpent (perhaps as supposed to fascinate) : - dragon.
"serpent" - G3789 ophis, pronounced of-his and means: propably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially satan: - serpent. Now let's look at this word "serpent" in the Hebrew. In the Strong's it is word number H5175 Nachash, pronounced naw-khawsh' and means: From H5172; a snake (from it's hiss): - serpent. Now let's look at H5172 Nachash, A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate: X - Certainly, devine, enchanter, (use) enchantments. Notice what the defination is? To whisper magic spells and to enchant or use enchantments, and when we combine this word with "subtil" in Genesis 3 we can truly deduce what Father was trying to explain to us what happened in the Garden of Eden. "Subtil" H6175 Arum, pronounced aw-room' and means: passive particle of H6191; cunning (usually in a bad sense): - Crafty, prudent, subtil. Notice the words "cunning" and "crafty". Attach them to "to whisper a magic spell" and\or "enchanter." Notice again also from the Greek: an artful malicious person. If you believe like most people that satan was a "serpent" in the Garden of Eden you have been taught wrong. Satan's role was previously discussed in Genesis 2:17 where he was correctly identified as the "tree of knowledge of good and evil." In Genesis 3 he is called the serpent because of what we read here, that the word "serpent" means: a cunning, malicious person who uses enchantments to seduce people.
"devil" - G1228 diabolos, pronounced dee-ab'-ol-os adn means: From 1225; a traducer, specifically satan (compare H7854): - false accuser, devil, slanderer. [H7854 - satan, pronounced saw-tawn' and means: from H7853 (adversary, accuser); an opponent; especially (with the article perfixed) satan, the arch enemy of Good: adversary, satan, withstand.
"satan" - G4567 satanas, pronounced sat-an-as' and means: Of Chaldee origin corresponding to G4566 (with the definite article affixed); the accuser, that is, the devil - satan.
Now we'll look at the defination of the phrase "foundation of the world." In the Strong's Concordance it is two words combined: Greek word G2602 and G2889. We'll start with the first: G2602 Katabole, pronounced kat-ab-ol-ay' and means: From G2598 [kataballo From G2596 and G906; to throw down: - cast down]; a deposition, that is, founding; figuratively conception: - conceive, foundation.
Now G2889 Kosmos, pronounced kos'-mos and means: probably from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, litterally or figuratively [morally]): - adorning, world.
So what transpired? Scriptures (Ezekiel 28 and Revelation 12) document that satan, in the age that was, was one of the two protecting angels of God's mercy seat, he fell from the grace of God because he no-longer wanted to protect that seat but instead, wanted to sit in that seat. When he fell, he convinced one third of God's children (the angels) to follow him. What was God to do? Destroy satan and that one third of His children, or destroy the age that was by casting it down (the flood and the ice age that followed) and then starting anew by bringing in a new age (flesh man) and asking his children (angels) to come to this flesh age. He chose the ladder and brought in the new age, giving His chilldren the option of being born of woman through the womb as Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:1-13. We know that some refused to be born of woman from Genesis 6 and Jude 1.
Returning now to Revelation 20:2 we see that satan will be bound for the entire teaching, disciplining period of Christ's millennial reign.
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should decieve the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. -> Much happening within this verse. First we see that satan, no longer the false prophet (anti-christ,) bound, is cast into the abyss, meaning that he can have no influnence on the "nations" (ethnos - races, gentile, heathen, people,) Father's children during the 1,000 year teaching and disciplining period. But at the end of this 1,000 period, he is let loose again. Both times, at the end of the flesh age of man and at the end of Christ's millennial reign, satan is allowed to try and deceive man. If you are in one of the "rapture" believing churches, tell me are you going to fly away from this second time of satan's deception as well, or hasn't your church told you about this time of satan's deception? Father, God sends satan both times. It is a test by our Wonderful Father to see who truly loves Him and knows His Word and what is to take place or, who has been deceived.
Notice also that during this time, satan has a seal set upon him, just like during the five month period at the end of the flesh age, we will either have the seal of God or the mark of satan upon our minds.
20:4-6 Men The Elect teaching and disciplining the non-overcomers.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they that 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 past two thousand years since the death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, many christians have died a physical death for the witness of Jesus, then again many other people have died a physical death. Where are all those that have died? Home with Father, either on the side of the gulf with Him or on the other side of the gulf, away from Him.
Those that have died for the witness of Jesus are benefitting and reaping the rewards, while those who were non-believers are not, but all is not lost for them because as this verse says, those which have already passed on and those who will not take the mark of the beast when he arrives will reign with Christ for that one thousand year millennial period.
What will Christ make of these who will not\did not worship the beast? Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. [3:12] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will writge opun him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. -> Who are these "dead that lived not again"? They are those that were\are spiritually dead, like those of Ezekiel 37, how do we know this? Because we are one the first day of the millennium and there are no more flesh bodies. But like I said in verse 4 above, all is not lost for them because they will be on the receiving end of the teaching and disciplining during the thousand years.
Your soul is a mortal soul, meaning it is liable to die at the Great White Throne Judgment, unless one of two things: either you are one of God's elect and were judged during the age that was; or you do not follow satan at the end of Christ's millennial reign. Who are God's elect? See Ephesians 1 and Romans 8 beginning with verse 26. They were the ones who stood with God when satan rebelled in the age that was.
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. -> Who has part in the first resurrection? Only those who stood with God and against satan during the age that was, it is only those whose names are already written in the Book of Life as can be read in Revelation 13:8 and Revelation 17:8.
It is they that shall be the priests of God and of Christ during Christ's one thousand year millennial reign. And what is a priest for? To teach the Word of God. Who will they be teaching? Those whose names are not already written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Those who are on the wrong side of gulf prior to Christ's return and those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads as written in Revelation 9:4 and take the mark of the beast.
20:7-10 Satan. The Judgment of Satan (At the end of the Millennium after being let loose to deceive the nations).
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. -> Why would God allow satan to be loosed out of his prison? To again test His children to see who loves and will follow Him or who loves satan and will follow him. Let's read the next verse.
Revelation 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 to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. -> Do you see and understand yet? God allows satan to be loosed to gather those that love satan to himself so that they can again come and battle against God. How many will there be? As numerous as the sand of the sea.
You would think that after a thousand years of teaching without satan's influence, that there wouldn't be any let alone so numerous as the sands of the sea. What a sad thing indeed. But what a wonderful way to identify them now so that they won't be there with us in the eternity.
Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of His saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. -> Just like in the age that was, and in Exodus 32, there will again be those that stand on the side of God, and as we can see in this verse, satan and his followers will encompass them about however, this angers Father, and what does He do? Just like at Sodom and Gomorrah, He rains fire and hailstones down upon His enemies and destroys them.
What is the "beloved city"? It is the city of Jerusalem, formerly known as Canaan and also as Jebus, of which God spread His skirt upon and took to marriage in Ezekiel 16. Sadly, because of Israel's unfaithfulness, the marriage didn't last very long, and in Jeremiah 3 God gave the beloved city a bill of divorcement. But, it is the place where first satan as antichrist will appear, thus fulfilling Ezekiel 16:2, Daniel 9:27, 11 and 12.
Father raining down fire and hailstones fom heaven to protect His saints and do away with evil here in this verse, should remind you of what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. -> Here is where satan finally meets his demise and his end, it is now that he is finally cast into the lake of fire. Again, what is this lake of fire? Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. This can also be read about in Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that coverest; 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 stone of fire. -> Satan was right there covering the ark of God, right at the altar of God. God created him and anointed him, and then he fell because he wanted to sit on the mercy seat instead of being the protecting cherub, in other words, he stopped loving God and became in love with himself. [28:15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till inquity wast found in thee. -> What iniquity was that? Pride, and the desire to sit in God's place, on God's seat, as god. [28:16] By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. -> God doesn't like it when anybody gets ahead by deceit and deception, and that was and is how satan tricks Father's children to follow him. [28:17] Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou has corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. -> God created satan the perfect pattern and satan's head became swelled because of it. Therefore what will Father do? In the first earth age, Father cast him down, it was called in the Greek "katabole" - spelled out "foundation of the world" in the New Testament. At the end of this earth age, Father again will cast him down, only this time, as we'll read in the next verse, He will bring forth fire from within him and devour him. [28:18] Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thy iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore I will 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. -> This is the part where God is The Consuming Fire. When He destroys one of the souls of one of His children. Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which are able to kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell. -> There is only ONE Who ie able to do this and that is our Creator! This also is known as "the second death" which can be read about in Revelation 20:6, 20:14, and 21:8. [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. -> Satan will never be anymore because he suffered the second death, just like all those who follow him after he is let loose a little season from these verses will also suffer the second death, they will not enter into the eternity, which is after the great white throne judgment, which is coming up in the next verse.
20:11-15 Those who did NOT Accept Jesus before passing from the flesh and those that worshiped the beast- The Judgment of The Great White Throne
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. -> This is the time when the full Godhead appears on this earth.
Who are these that "fled away"? They aren't the literal earth and heaven, no, they are man in the flesh before being changed into their spiritual bodies and those who had died in the flesh and were already in their spiritual bodies.
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books we 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 full Godhead is here and all the books are opened for Him to examine and judge His children out of. The dead are the spiritually dead angelic beings that did not over come antichrist and those that were on the wrong side of the gulf prior to the millennium starting, while the terms small and the great are referring to those from the flesh age of man, not paying any attention to whether they were poor or extremely successful.
Notice also that this verse says we are judged according to our works, they are the only thing we can take with us from this age of flesh man. Most churches teach that we are all judged by the "grace" of God and\or our faith. This is incorrect as only our salvation comes to us by the grace of God and\or our faith, but our works, they follow us and they make up our linens -- our clothing, as can be read in Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. and also Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Why are we judged by our works and not "the grace of God" or our faith? Because there are those, God's elect, who were judged at the end of the age that was while they were in their spiritual bodies (Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.), and it would be unfair of God to judge the rest of His children while they are in their flesh bodies and therefore they will only be judged while they also are in their spiritual bodies. And since they are going to be judged in their spiritual bodies, therefore it stands to reason that as such, they "see" Christ in the millennial age and therefore it is by their works and no longer by faith.
Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. -> Again, it is by our works and not our faith that we are judged. Who are these dead? Don't forget where we are "on The Lord's Day - Christ's one thousand year reign - the millennium" so these dead are the spiritually dead, not physically dead. These are those which did not accept Christ while they were in the flesh or were on the wrong side of the gulf.
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. -> The second death is the turning to ashes the soul of an individual from within. They won't be burning forever and ever, they are immediately consumed from within. Remember these are Father's children and He is a merciful God, He doesn't want to destroy any of His children but, because of what they did, He will.
After all those that will be destroyed at the Great White Throne Judgment, there will never again be any death, thought of death or sadness.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. -> This is finality for them, and after this we will remember them no more.
For the rest of us, we now are changed into our incorruptible bodies that Paul wrote about in I Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the sayin that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. -> When the souls of all those that are to be consumed are consumed, their existence will be blotted from our minds and all that remains is victory and happiness. [15:55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? -> All souls that remain alive at the second resurrection will be able to say this saying, for they will be immortal and will live for the eternity. [15:56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. [15:57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -> Amen.