The Book of Revelation
Bible Study-REV-Chapter 20
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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. KJV
When he came down from heaven where did he go? Right here on earth where all the action has been happening and it looks like he’s going to put somebody in jail.
Like we say down here in the South:
“He took holt of ‘em”.
And whoever he got holt of has four names: dragon, serpent, Devil and Satan. These are not four individuals but four names of the same individual.
The dragon from the age that was; the serpent from the book of Genesis; the Devil from the age that we’re now living; and Satan, a name that covers all ages and when you throw in this tribulation that we’ve been studying you can add Antichrist to the list. Satan/Antichrist.
It’s not the Pope. Not some man from Europe. Not some economist. Not Obama. Not the leader of a re-born Roman Empire. He will not be someone “who may or may not be alive today”. No need to waste any more time on these speculations. The Antichrist will be the last role that Satan will play in the age of humanity.
He’s going to be released from that bottomless pit after the Millennium is over to tempt our Father’s children again for another five month period but we’ll all be in spiritual bodies during that time. And it’s really not correct to say five month period because time will have changed when our bodies change.
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. KJV
You probably know that these thousand years is the Millennium. The bottomless pit is really a figure of speech which means a place of nothingness. Emptiness. Godlessness. Void.
We’ll be able to see him during the Millennium because Isaiah 14 tells us that we will. He’s called Lucifer in that chapter, the morning star.
Ref: Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! KJV
He deceived the nations, all the people, during the tribulation.
Ref: Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: KJV
This was his lofty goal during the age that was, to sit on the Mercy Seat and during the tribulation he will stand on Mount Zion claiming to be the Son of God. The sides of the north is always where our Father’s Throne is, always where His people are.
Ref: Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. KJV
He wants to be just like God Himself.
Ref: Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. KJV
That’s the pit that we’re talking about here in Revelation 20, that bottomless pit.
Ref: Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; KJV
He’ll be chained up, he has no more power and we’ll be able to see him during this 1000 years. He sure made the earth to tremble with his miracles and all during this tribulation time.
Some of you are going to make a big thing out of this word man and say:
“See, I told you that he was a man!”
Please understand that the word man does not always mean a human being. The translators had to make some hard decisions when translating the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages into English because there aren’t exact English words for every foreign word.
For instance: the word Adam means a male human being in Genesis. If you add the article the in front of it, it means Jesus Christ. The Adam. In the Hebrew it’s HA’ ADAM and not just ADAM.
The English word man, in Hebrew, can mean five different things:
Adam = denotes a man or mankind.
‘Ish = denotes a man in contrast with a woman. It could mean a great man rather than an ordinary man.
Enosh = denotes mankind as morally depraved and physically weak and frail.
Geber = denotes a man in respect to his physical strength.
Methim = denotes adults as distinguished from children or men from women.
You have to be careful with your man. (LOL) (Stand by him?)
Set a seal upon him means that he is sealed up. He cannot speak during these 1000 years. He has no influence over anyone or anything during this time; he can’t tempt anyone; he cannot laugh at anyone.
The truth of the Scriptures will be taught 24/7 and there will be no preaching by preachers; no false information on the web….nothing that will take away from the pure truth of our Father’s Word. His Elect will teach it straight up and without hesitation.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. KJV
Don’t forget where we are right now. The seventh trump has sounded and our Lord has returned and we’re all in spiritual bodies. There is no more humanity walking around. The five-month tribulation is over and we are in the first day of the Millennium.
The thrones that we’re seeing are not the Throne of our Father but seats of judgment, occupied by His Elect.
What we have in this verse is a small peek into what’s happening during this Millennium.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. Our Father’s Elect.
✡ Note: I’m going to take a minute and talk about the Millennium.
First and foremost, this Millennium period will be spent right here on Mother Earth.
There is no temple in Jerusalem right now, the Dome of the Rock sits on that foundation, but there will be a temple during the Millennium. This will be the center part of this whole time.
The different races that live around the world, at this time, will have their own allotment of land to live on, much like the 12 Tribes of Israel had allotted land parcels for each tribe, given to them by our Father, in Old Testament times.
This is not to separate or segregate them from the others but it lets each race, with their own special heritage and language, to live, socialize and observe familiar customs amongst themselves. Our Father created these different ethnic groups for His pleasure and coexisting peacefully together during this time will be something new to all concerned.
Certainly all will be able to move around within the various areas but not everybody will have the freedom to roam wherever they like. With the exception of the Election.
There are maps and drawings of the Temple and the areas around it in the appendixes of the Companion Bible and they can be a great help in understanding an overview of it all.
Outside the main Temple walls there is a buffer zone where the Election will live. They will live separately from the others and have freedom of movement into and out of the Temple whenever they choose.
But, because there is a purpose for all the souls that are here, to be taught and disciplined, their souls are unclean and are liable to die. They will not be allowed inside the Temple, period. Neither are they allowed to come close to our Lord.
Before the Elect can enter into the Sanctuary they must put on other clothing that is made from fine linen. Clothing made of linen does not constrict the body and allows perspiration to evaporate through the material. The message here is that there will be calmness and peacefulness in the Temple.
There’s not a lot written concerning what goes on inside the Temple once the Elect are there but one can only imagine being close to our Lord and our Father and worshipping and giving glory always.
When the Elect leave the Temple they are to change their clothing and put on that which they wore when they approached the Sanctuary. The linen clothing is only to be worn inside the Temple.
The Elect are allowed to walk anywhere during this time while the unclean may not. They can also approach a loved one, a mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter and so on, to talk to them if they see that they need correction.
The price to be paid for this privilege is to not be allowed to enter the Temple for seven days, and after such time, are deemed to be “clean” once again.
There will be no giving and taking in marriage, per se, as we used to do in earthly bodies.
The trees that grow along the river banks that flows from under the Throne of our Father will produce fruit that can be eaten and the leaves will be used for healing. Whether this is spiritual only or not, I am not sure.
We’re going to spend a long time in this part of our Father’s plan, before the eternity, and He’s good to us by giving us a peek into what we’ll experience when we get there. However, there is no way that we can imagine daily life during this time but you can rest assured that it will be fantastic.
With all of this being accessible to us if we will simply love our Father and follow His Commandments, why would we let the perishable pleasures of this world keep us from going there? Maybe a better question to ask would be this: with all of the goodness and love and being able to be in the presence of our Father in the first heaven/earth age, why did one-third of all souls created want something else? What could Satan have offered these souls that our Father could not?
I didn’t document any of the things that I’ve just written about the Millennium because we’re just talking for a bit but maybe, after we get through with Revelation, I’ll go deeper into that time period and pull some really good stuff out of this letter that our Father has written to us.
One last thing: don’t let the temptations of this world keep you from experiencing and enjoying all of the things that our Father has in store for us.
Alright, back to Revelation.
You might remember that I said earlier that our Father’s Elect, His Election, those that not only overcame but had the knowledge that Satan/Antichrist was a fake and not the real Messiah, they had the seal of God and not the seal of the deceiver in their brain, their mind, would be teachers and judges during this 1000 years.
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. KJV
We’re not talking about a physical death because all flesh and blood is done away with, but rather a spiritual death of the soul. We’re talking about the souls of the people that did not overcome in this life, this is the whole purpose of the 1000 years, the Millennium.
Earlier, in a previous chapter, I split humanity into four or five groups and showed you where their souls would be at the beginning of this 1000 years. Some on the left side of the gulf, some on the right side, some would be judges and teachers and some would be taught.
The rest of the dead means the spiritually dead, they did not overcome for one reason or another in this heaven/earth age but they DID during the Millennium.
There are a lot of people that have been spiritually misled in this life, listening to the lies and deceptions of their preacher. The rapture theory, any-moment and fly-away doctrines. They were told that they didn’t need to read or study Revelation and they trusted this preacher and didn’t check him out on their own.
The Millennium will not be a second chance for them but a first chance. In addition to that, our Father said, one time, that if they want to believe a lie that He’ll not only let them but He’ll stop them from EVER understanding the truth. Why in the world would He do that? To protect them so that they could be taught the real truth during this 1000 years.
We can read of that in 2nd Thessalonians:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: KJV
That Wicked is the wicked one. Satan/Antichrist. And the Lord will destroy him when He returns.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, KJV
Satan/Antichrist is just full of good things, isn’t he?
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. KJV
They didn’t get the truth but they thought they did. They were lied to.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: KJV
Our Father loves these souls so much that He’s going to put a cloak over them, to protect them, and then expose them to the truth during this 1000 years. This is the whole purpose of having these 1000 years.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV
At the end of these 1000 years Satan will be loosed “for a little season”, to tempt every soul that was taught the truth of our Father’s Word during that time and if they STILL reject it, they still want to continue to follow Satan/Antichrist, then they will walk into the Lake of Fire after Judgment Day.
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. KJV
Well, what’s going on here? We have a first resurrection and a second death, what does that mean?
The first resurrection is overcoming in this lifetime, which, when your earthly body dies, your soul goes to the right side Paradise, it does not go through the Millennium, unless you are one of our Father’s Elect, and on Judgment Day you reap the rewards of all the good works that you did in this lifetime, each one turning into a thread that is woven into the robe that you will wear throughout eternity.
Boy, that was a mouthful, wasn’t it?
On such the second death hath no power. The second death is the death of your soul, your earthly body has already experienced the first death.
This second death of the soul, has no power over you, because of all the conditions I mentioned above, your soul is in perfect health and it, in your spiritual body, is either in Paradise or here on earth as one of our Father’s teachers or judges.
Throughout this life we have the power to decide if our soul dies on Judgment Day or not. It’s all in how we live and what we believe in and who we love: our Father or Satan. Here’s a quick rundown on the first and second deaths and the first and second resurrections:
First death = the flesh and blood body dies. It happens to everybody.
Second death = the spiritual body and soul dies. This happens after Judgment Day if you did not overcome.
First Resurrection = those that overcome in this life. They don’t go through the Millennium.
Second Resurrection = those that make it through the Millennium and Judgment Day.
Our Father wants your soul because He loves you;
Satan wants your soul because he hates you.
Who are you going to give it to? (Duuuuuuuuh!). So, why then, are you doing everything in your power to ensure that Satan possesses it?
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, KJV
Satan is going to be released for a short season at the end of these 1000 years. You’ll notice that I no longer refer to him as the Antichrist because that role is over, we’re all in spiritual bodies and the temptations of the world are no longer with us. Flesh and blood doesn’t have to be satisfied any longer.
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 together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. KJV
The number of souls that will go through the Millennium will be as many as the grains of sand in the oceans! That’s a whopping bunch of souls. One could even say, the entire world.
Don’t misunderstand what Gog and Magog mean here in this chapter; it doesn’t mean the same thing as in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39. Here, in conjunction with the four quarters of the earth, it means East and West.
Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. KJV
Everybody that STILL did not overcome during this Millennium will be destroyed. Every last soul. It seems impossible that a soul, knowing every truth of the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, knowing all the lies and cons of Satan, knowing that the certain death of their soul is imminent, will STILL follow Satan and the 7000 angels straight into the Lake of Fire. Unbelievable.
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.
Satan and his political and religious systems are gone forever. This phrase day and night for ever and ever is a Hebraism and it means that when something is turned to ashes it is gone forever. This is not an eternal place of torment, as most people think hell is all about, because even this Lake of Fire will soon be done away with.
This is the second death of Satan and all the souls (people) that followed him. This is the death of the soul, from which you can never recover. It is truly over for them. What a waste.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. KJV
This is the end of the Millennium, when Satan and all of these souls go into the Lake. This is the first day of the Eternity. This is the Eternity when the full Godhead comes back together, the Triune is reunited.
During our time in flesh and blood bodies there were three aspects of the Creator at work in our daily lives: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three different agencies of one Supreme power.
One of our Father’s Divine names is Elohim. It is our Father in relation to all of His creation; His creatures, you and I. He oversees ALL of His creation including what we do in our daily lives. He loves, He watches, He consoles, He blesses. He weeps with us when we are sad; He rejoices with us when we are happy.
One of our Lord’s Divine names is Yahaveh. It is the same God that creates but in covenant relation to His creation and His creatures, you and I. It is the same God in the form of Savior. He is the Way, the gateway to our Father. Without Him we cannot reach the Father.
The Holy Spirit is the spirit, pneuma, of our Father, working in our lives, speaking to us with that inner voice, communicating with our soul.
Each of these three different agencies had a specific role to play during this second heaven/earth age and now that that age is over there is no need for three offices but just the one. The Triune.
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. KJV
Judgment Day is only scary for those that loved the world and everything in it more than they loved our Father. There’s just no other way to say it. Oh, they thought about the Father from time to time but it was only a fleeting look back over their shoulder to see how eminent holy destruction was.
We are born with a sense of something beyond ourselves. Like the BIOS of a computer operating system, the Basic Input Output System. It’s not something physical that you can touch or see, it’s that something that tells a two-year-old the difference between Mom or Dad giving them a bath and sexual molestation by an outsider. They can FEEL that it’s wrong, they don’t have to be TOLD that it’s wrong.
It’s called our soul. Even before we are taught how to comply with the law or what social graces are or that there truly is a supreme being, we know that something else exists. It gives us a sense of right and wrong before we are instructed by others about what is right or wrong. It’s inherent within us.
We can ignore that little voice and do what pleases us but it’s still there. We can try to drink it away, or drug it away or party it away or mentally try to put it out of our mind but whenever we come back to the real us, there it still is.
You cannot stand before our Father on Judgment Day and say:
“I didn’t know”.
It won’t fly, bro, instinctively, intuitively, YOU DID KNOW.
So as you live your life, wrapping yourself up with the comforts of the world, putting off that which needs to be tended to, you may run out of time and here you will stand on that Judgment Day and with what measure will the judging be based?
Your works. Good or bad. Right or wrong. It’s written down DAILY. You’ll notice in that verse that the word books is plural. Some books contain the good; others contain the bad but they’re all considered to be the book of life. Your life.
The only thing that you can take with you, on this day, are your works. What’s Judgment Day going to look like for you?
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. KJV
There’s that word again….WORKS.
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. KJV
Death is another one of Satan’s names. Who’s going to send these souls and all that offends into the Lake of Fire?
Ref: 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. KJV
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. KJV
Now, you know that there are some people that will say that if we are blotted out when cast into this Lake of Fire, what’s so bad about that? I mean, they really never quite believed all this bible and God stuff anyway.
Live this life and get all we can out of it, keep things legal just enough to stay out of prison, enjoy beautiful women, spending money, fast cars and all that.
Well, for these people my answer won’t mean anything to them anyway because they don’t believe in this stuff but after the death of this earthly body, when you are placed on the left side of Paradise, you will be able to see what’s going on over on the right side and the agony of what you are missing out on will almost be more than you can endure.
Maybe you don’t believe in this stuff NOW.
You sure will believe in this stuff THEN.
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11 March 2015