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Revelation – Week Eight

Chapters 20-22

“The Best Ending Ever Written”

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  • Chapter Twenty
    • pre/a/post-Millennium
      • Premillennialism— The belief that Christ will literally and physically be on the earth and reign 1,000 years at His Second Coming.
      • Amillennialism – The thousand years is symbolic and not literal. The ‘millennium’ has already begun and is currently under way. Christ’s reign during the symbolic ‘millennium’ is spiritual not literal. At the end of the church age, Christ will return in final judgment and establish a permanent physical reign.
      • Postmillennialism— This view holds that the Second Coming will happen after a ‘millennium’ (either symbolic or literal), during which Christian values and ethics will be common. During this millennial period, Satan will gradually be defeated by the expanding Kingdom of God on the earth.
  • The thousand year reign
    • Satan is thrown into the abyss for 1,000 years so that he cannot deceive.
    • Will this be a literal 1,000 years, or is the number symbolic?
    • Note that there are more than one throne and judge- who might be the judges?
      • Who will be judged here?
    • Only the tribulation saints will be resurrected here to reign with Christ; the rest of the dead will not rise until the 1,000 years are over.
    • Remember, this is not heaven but rather the thousand year reign with Christ prior to the judgment of Satan and the dead.
  • Judgment of Satan
    • Satan is released from the abyss and will go to gather the nations of the earth (Gog and Magog) to battle against God.
    • The army numbers as do the sands on the seashore- lots of people gathered for battle around God’s people and His city.
    • Fire comes from heaven and destroys the evil army.
    • Satan is then thrown, forever, into the lake of fire.
  • Judgment of the dead
    • The Great White Throne appears and the dead stand before the throne.
    • The books were opened and also the Lamb’s Book of Life (v12). Why?
    • Note verses 14-15: death and hell and ‘whosoever was not found written in the book of life’ are all cast into the lake of fire.
    • Chapter Twenty One
      • New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem
        • Old heaven and earth have passed away, and are replaced with new heaven and earth.
        • The Holy City of Jerusalem descends from heaven, described as a “bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” Rev 21:2b (NIV)
        • Note the description of the new Jerusalem:
          • Precious stone
          • Clear as crystal
          • 12 gates with an angel at each. Upon each gate was the name of one of the 12 tribes.
          • 12 foundations, and upon each the name of one of the 12 apostles.
          • 1,400 square miles.
          • Foundations of precious stones.
          • The 12 gates were 12 pearls.
          • Street was gold like transparent glass.
          • Chapter Twenty Two
            • In chapter 22, the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, we see Eden in the city. Revelation ends by reminding us of the beginning.
            • River of life flowing from the Throne and on each side the tree of life.
            • Again, Jesus invites everyone and warns those who will not listen (v12-15).
            • Finally, a strict warning not to add or take away what is said here.
            • Discussion
              • Will Judas Iscariot be one of the 12 names on the foundations of the New Jerusalem? (See Acts 1:12-26)
              • In Rev 20:11 we see that multiple books are opened and also the Lamb’s Book of Life. How will we be judged? Will having our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life get us into heaven? Is there something more we will be judged on?
                • Romans 14:10–12
                • 1 Corinthians 3:11–15
                • Crowns
                  • The Imperishable Crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
                  • The Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
                  • The Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8)
                  • The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4)
                  • The Crown of Life (Revelation 2:10, James 1:12)