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Chapter 20 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 20 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 20 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

Resurrection and and the Great White Throne judgement.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 20 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

Resurrection and and the Great White Throne judgement.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 20
Resurrection and Judgment
Revelation 20:1-3 introduces a second angel with the keys to Hell:
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bot-tomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the drag-on, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him athousand years, 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, tillthe thousand years be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a littleseason.” 
In these first three verses of this chapter we encounter two of the many mys-teries in the Word: why did God not cast Satan into the lake of fire and brim-stone with the beast and the false prophet at the beginning of the millennium,and why is he released at the end of the millennium? These two questions areobviously linked: God must have some additional task for Satan to performthat causes Him to withhold final judgment until the end of the millennium.We are told in Revelation 20:8, that after the millennium Satan goes out to de-ceive the nations, and to gather them to battle, so we know what Satan does,but the purpose of this post-millennium insurrection is not given. As we readfurther in Revelation 20, we see that Satan is able to attract an army, the num-
ber of which is as the sand of the sea. Where do all these people come from?We assume that all unbelievers were eliminated before the millennium began,and Satan and all his demons were bound for the thousand years, so where didall these new followers come from? The government of Christ during the mil-lennium will be one of absolute power and authority: He will rule with a rod of iron, as we saw in the last chapter (Re. 19:15). However, when Christ judgesthe nations after Armageddon, some of the “
(M’t. 25:32)
who enter themillennium will undoubtedly be new believers whose minds have not been re-newed through sanctification. Since the Holy Spirit’s ministry as sanctifier (2 Th. 2:13) will apparently end with the rapture, some of these may turn to sinfulways, and eventually fall away into apostasy. If children born during this timecontinue to be under the curse of Adam and have a sin nature, what hope dothey have for salvation? We know that God has no grandchildren: the childrenof believers will not belong to Christ just because their parents do. If these cit-izens of the millennium world receive salvation as a result of mixing savingfaith from God with the Word, just as pre-millennium believers do, then therewill undoubtedly be some that do not receive (Heb. 4:2). At any rate, we knowthat during this period of a thousand years many rebellious souls arise readyand waiting to join Satan in his last hurrah. Possibly it takes this second purg-ing to wash the stain of sin out of mankind forever, and prepare overcomersfor the new heaven and earth.Revelation 20:4-6 continues:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was givenunto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the wit-ness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshippedthe beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ for athousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thou-sand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hast part in the first resurrection: on such the second deathhath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shallreign with him a thousand years”.
 In these verses John sees the raptured/resurrected saints with Christ ruling theworld during the millennium. Although this passage specifically mentions onlysaints beheaded for their witness, and those that had not worshipped thebeast nor taken his mark, we know that saints from all time, from both the OTand the NT (Da. 7:22; 1 Co. 6:2, 15:23; 1 Th. 4:14), will be “alive” at this time.All OT saints that were in Abraham's bosom, believers that were resurrected orraptured or were killed or died during the seven-year period, and any believersthat survived to the end of the seven-year period will live and reign with Christduring the thousand years. Revelation 20:6 states that the second death hasno power over those included in the first resurrection. The second death refersto those that are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8),none of which are included in the first resurrection. Those included in the firstresurrection will be with Christ forever.

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