||Revelation: Things Which Must Be Hereafter
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||INTRODUCTION: Here we have future events foretold,
including the Millenium, The first Resurrection and the General Resurrection
at the great white throne. This is a
very pivotal scripture as several doctrines will be seen to rise or fall
depending upon the correct interpretation of these events. Most specifically, verse 4 deserves special
|Rev 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.
||Elliott, Horae, Vol
|Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old
serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
||2 Pet 3:8
||20:2 This sounds like an event that is to be
interpreted as a literal thousand years.
The expectation that Peter spoke about in his second epistle was
understood, from the time of Elijah, to mean that earth would endure for
6,000 years and then enter a 1,000 year period of sabbath rest, just as the
earth was created by God in six days and on the seventh day, He rested.
|Rev 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.
||20:3 Post Constantine Bible expositors believed
they had entered the Millenial reign of Christ. This caused them to be very slow about
recognizing the gradual worsening of the Papacy as a developing Man of
Sin/Son of Perdition
Unveiling Prophecy”, p58
|Rev 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.
||Dan 7:9, Dan 7:22, Zech
14:5, John 5:29, 1 Cor 6:23, 1 Cor 15:20-25, 1 Thes 4:17-18, Rev 13:18
||20:4 Elliott reports that the earliest fathers
of the church, such as Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, and
others from the second century AD, believed and understood that this first
resurrection literally was that of the
departed martyrs and saints who were, then at length, resuscitated in the
body from death and the grave....this picture of death by beheading evokes
historical scenes from the Roman empire at the time directly following the
birth of the Church.
||Elliott, Horae, Vol
||20:4 These righteous souls, if it is to be
literally understood, were beheaded by the beast, prior to the earliest
resurrection that is referred to in the bible. This then is, if taken literally, an
absolute refutation of the modern pre-tribulational rapture theory. That
theory posits that all righteous saints will be raptured from earth
prior to the rise of the modern anti-christ.
Thus, it would be impossible for the beast to have killed them if he
has not yet arisen..................Central to the proper understanding are
these words in the center of the verse:
"for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast". Does this verse refer only to beheaded
martyrs, or do these words in the middle add in all other faithful believers
in Christ who, though not martyred, did not worship the beast, neither his
image, nor received his mark? If all
others in Christ are added in, the entire resurrection unto life happens
here, prior to the millenium. If it is
not so, then the non-martyred saints will rise at the end of the millenium,
prior to the rise of those whose names are not written in the Book of Life.....Finally,
the Greek here in verse 4 is difficult.
The New American Standard Bible may have it right in that the martrys
and all others in Christ will live at this time. All of this contributes to the mystery of
Christ's coming, of which no man knoweth the day or the hour. Read The Article: "Historicism Versus Futurism
|Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again
until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
||20:5 This definitely
places the general resurrection at the end of the Millenium
|Rev 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.
|Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
||1 Pet 3:19
|Rev 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.
||Isa 65:20, Eze 38:9-16,
Eze 39:2, Zech 14:16-19
||20:8 There will be nations of people, not in
resurrected bodies, living during the millenium. Presumably, since these are subjected to
the deceit of Satan as have been all others who have ever lived, these must
be marrying and giving in marriage during the millenium. Such a conclusion seems imminently
logical.....................QUESTION-will these have had the gospel preached
to them? Might they be saved? If so, this might argue for a resurrection
unto life either at their deaths or at the end of the millenium.
|Rev 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.
||20:9 There will also be saints, living in a
camp (kjv), tents (Geneva) and also living in the beloved city, Jerusalem
(Zech 8;22), during the millenium.
Some think these to be resurrected saints, others think these to be
non-resurrected saints. My belief is
that because some are living in camps or tents, this is speaking of
persecuted, non-resurrected saints who will then need a resurrection at the
end of the Millenium.
|Rev 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.
|Rev 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.
||White Throne Judgement
||Jud 1:6, Mal 4:5
|Rev 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
||John 5:29, 1 Cor
15:20-25 1 Thes 4:17-18
||20:12 Elliott believed that Christ would come
||Elliott, Horae, Vol
||20:12 The Book of life is examined here, leaving
open the possibility that part of the resurrection unto life may occur at the
end of the millenium, but just prior to the resurrection unto damnation. For my part, I alternate between suspecting
that the rapture and coming of Christ is to be pre or post Millenial, but I
leave the door open for it to happen prior to the millenium, as the early
church fathers agreed with that view.
|Rev 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.
|Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake
of fire. This is the second death.
|Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the
book of life was cast into the lake of fire.