THE MILLENNIUM & THE JUDGEMENT OF THE UNSAVED
REVELATION CHAPTER 20
AIM: To show the events that will occur between the end of the tribulation period and the beginning of eternity.
POINT OF CONTACT: Is Satan actually working in the lives of people today? Get answers. If they say yes, ask for a scripture. Eg. Eph. 2:2 & Rev 20:2.
INTRODUCTION: This is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. It teaches us of the 1000 year reign of Christ which will occur after the tribulation. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies would not be understandable if we did not have this teaching of this chapter.
I. The Binding of Satan Vs. 1-3
Vs. 1 - This angel has a real chain. The ideas that Satan is now bound are ridiculous. If he is, its with a rubber chain.
Vs. 2 This occurs soon after the Battle of Armageddon.
Vs. 3 For one thousand literal years, he does not influence the people on earth nor exercise any control over them. What a glorious day this will be.
The angel is empowered for six acts:
To lay hold on the Dragon
To bind him for 1000 years.
To cast him into the Abyss.
To shut him up, that is, to use the key which will lock up the abyss.
To set a seal upon Satan which will render him inactive in his work of deceiving the nations.
To loose him after the thousand years.
II. The Thousand Year Reign of Christ Vs. 4-6
Vs. 4 Here are many thrones & many sitting upon them. But Jesus will have the pre-eminence & sit upon the main throne. Christians of our age will rule & reign with Christ. CF. Rev. 5:10, II Tim. 2:12. During the millennium we will judge the world.
John sees the tribulation saints living & reigning with Christ also during the millennium. These are the ones who died during the tribulation. The Saints living at the close of the tribulation will enter the millennium in their natural bodies. CF. 6:9-11. These will also reign with Christ during the millennium.
Vs. 5 The rest of the dead refer to the lost people of all ages up until the beginning of the Millennium. The first resurrection includes Christ, the first fruits, afterward they that are His at His coming. (The Rapture & 7 years later, the martyred tribulation Saints) CF. I Cor. 15:23.
Vs. 6 Blessed & holy (righteous & Separated) are they that are in the first resurrection. They will never have to fear the second death which is separation from God in eternity Vs. 14. If you are born only once, you will die twice; if you are born twice you will die only once. John 3:3-5.
III. The Final Rebellion Against God Vs. 7-9
Vs. 7 After the 1000 years, Satan will be loosed from the pit and will go forth & deceive the unsaved on the earth, leading them in a final rebellion against God whose throne will be in Jerusalem. Although, all of the earthly saints who go into the millennium will be saved, many of those born during the millennium will not be born again & will only give lip service to Christ in their worship. These will be the ones who will follow Satan in the final rebellion. It is Gods way of testing earths people to see whom they will choose God or Satan. Also, it will show that even though conditions during the millennium would be Utopian, people will not be grateful to God, but will have deceitful & wicked hearts. Jere. 17:9.
The Millennium will be characterized by World Wide:
Knowledge Isa. 11:9
Worship of the true God Heb. 8:11
Peace Isa. 2:4
Prosperity Micah 4:4
Justice for All Isa. 11:3-4
Rule by Jesus 20:6
Disease & sickness will be eliminated. The curse from the earth will be removed. Isa. 11:1-9.
Vs. 8 Gog & Magog here are not the same as mentioned in Ezekiel 38 & 39. The invasion from the north by Gog & Magog of Ezekiel, will break the false peace of the Anti-Christ in the midst of the tribulation. That rebellion of the godless forces from the north will have made such an impression on mankind that after 1000 years the last rebellion of man bears the same label just as World War II was so called after the devastation of World War I.
Vs. 9 The beloved city is Jerusalem & God puts down the rebellion with fire. It does not pay to rebel against God.
IV. Satan Cast into the Lake of Fire Vs. 10.
Vs. 10 The Beast & the False Prophet had now been in hell for 1000 years & yet their tenure was just beginning. This does away with Satan forever. He is now cast into the place prepared especially for him. Mt. 25:41. God has a place in eternity, Hell for those who reject Christ.
V. The Great White Throne Judgement Vs. 11-15.
Vs. 11 Jesus sits on this throne Jn. 5:22,27; Acts 17:31; Rev. 6:15-17.
Vs. 12 The "dead" here are the unsaved of all ages. Heb. 9:27. The "Books" are the Books of deeds & records which have been recording everything about the unsaved. Mt. 12:36; Job 16:19. Perhaps the Bible will also be displayed & available. The "Book of Life" is the Lambs Book that records the names of all the saved.
The Unsaved will each stand before God. Their record will be revealed. Their sentence announced. There will be different degrees of punishment in hell.
CF. Luke 10:13-14. Then they will also know that their name is not in the Book of Life.
Vs. 13 Hell here is Hades & is the place where the souls of all the unsaved dead are until this event occurs. In Luke 16:19-31, the rich man is in Hades. Notice they are judged by their works & they are unsaved.
Vs. 14 All of these judged at this judgement will be cast into hell which is a lake of fire. The second death refers to everlasting separation from God.
Vs. 15 Hell is the destiny of every unsaved person.
CONCLUSION: Are you ready for death? Are you a born again Christian? If not you should accept Christ today! II Cor. 6:2.
What does this chapter teach that helps us understand many Old Testament scriptures?
Is Satan actually working in peoples lives today?
Will Satan literally be bound during the millennium?
How long is the Millennium?
What will it be like?
When will Satan be bound?
Who will sit upon the thrones on earth during the Millennium?
Jesus, Saints of our age & martyred tribulation saints.
Who does the first resurrection include?
Why will there be a rebellion after the millennium?
Who will participate in it?
How will it be put down?
Who is Hell prepared for?
When will the Great White Throne Judgement occur?
Who will sit on the throne?
What will happen to all who are judged at it? Why?
Will there be different degrees of punishment in hell?
Are people in hell now?
What is the second death?
Is there literal fire in hell?
What is Hades?