DEVTOME.COM HOSTING COSTS HAVE BEGUN TO EXCEED 115$ MONTHLY. THE ADMINISTRATION IS NO LONGER ABLE TO HANDLE THE COST WITHOUT ASSISTANCE DUE TO THE RISING COST. THIS HAS BEEN OCCURRING FOR ALMOST A YEAR, BUT WE HAVE BEEN HANDLING IT FROM OUR OWN POCKETS. HOWEVER, WITH LITERALLY NO DONATIONS FOR THE PAST 2+ YEARS IT HAS DEPLETED THE BUDGET IN SHORT ORDER WITH THE INCREASE IN ACTIVITY ON THE SITE IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS. OUR CPU USAGE HAS BECOME TOO HIGH TO REMAIN ON A REASONABLE COSTING PLAN THAT WE COULD MAINTAIN. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE DEVTOME PROJECT AND KEEP THE SITE UP/ALIVE PLEASE DONATE (EVEN IF ITS A SATOSHI) TO OUR DEVCOIN 1M4PCuMXvpWX6LHPkBEf3LJ2z1boZv4EQa OR OUR BTC WALLET 16eqEcqfw4zHUh2znvMcmRzGVwCn7CJLxR TO ALLOW US TO AFFORD THE HOSTING.

THE DEVCOIN AND DEVTOME PROJECTS ARE BOTH VERY IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY. PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO ITS FURTHER SUCCESS FOR ANOTHER 5 OR MORE YEARS!

Putting Satan In His Place

A thousand years go, Europe was awash in speculations about the end of the first millennium A.D. “The whole of Europe was seized with a paroxysm of pre-apocalyptic shivers,” said one author, commenting on that period of history.

And another wrote, “The number 1000 oppressed Europe like a nightmare. A wave of fatalism seized the people: the great cataclysm was about to engulf the world …. Whole towns repaired to church as one man, or assembled round crucifixes under the open sky, there to await God's judgment on corporately bended knees.”

A similar spasm of millennial fever gripped the world during the end of the second millennium A.D. Forecasts for the year 2000 include everything from a worldwide earthquake caused by the globe shifting on its axis to the dawn of a glorious age of peace. Various Protestant groups aimed to evangelize the world by the turn of the millennium, and John Paul II talked openly of a major jubilee celebration in the year 2000, possibly in the nation of Israel. Perhaps we take a look at what the Bible says about millenniums.

The word millennium means “one thousand years.” The religious concept of a millennium that is an important part of the biblical end-time scenario comes from the 20th chapter of Revelation. If you believe, as I do, that the Bible is God's Word, then whatever others may say about the millennium, for you, the Bible is the most authoritative source of information about this important subject. We're going to look at what Revelation says about the millennium and the events immediately after it.

For those who've never read it before, Revelation's description of the millennium may seem confusing. The key to figuring it all out is to understand that John divides his comments into three parts, each part ending with what Revelation calls a “lake of burning sulfur” (verse 10) or a “lake of fire” (verses 14,15).

The first part (chapter 20:1-10) is the only one in which John discusses the entire millennium. The second and third parts (chapters 20:11-21:1 and 21:2-8) focus on events at the end of the millennium, and each of these parts has a different emphasis. Let's take a closer look at each of these descriptions.

The First Description

John begins his first - and most complete - description of the millennium with these words:

I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time (Revelation 20:1, 2).

In the English language, the word abyss means “a chasm” or “a deep fissure in the earth.” But since Revelation is filled with symbolic language, we probably shouldn't think John meant that Satan will be bound with a literal chain or that he will be thrown into a literal chasm.

The same Greek word – abyss - used in Revelation 20 is used in Genesis 1:2 to describe the condition of the world before God made it into the earth we know today. There, this word means “formless and empty.” This is probably an accurate description of the shape planet Earth will be in after the devastation that will occur at Christ's second coming and the severe judgments of God that lead up to it.

Revelation, then, seems to be telling us that Satan will be bound or confined to this earth during the millennium.

But the question about the millennium that I'd guess is most on people's minds these days is, When will the millennium begin?

Revelation is quite clear on that. It says that God's people “came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (verse 4). The expression “came to life” refers to the resurrection, which will occur at Christ's second coming (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Clearly, then, the millennium will begin at Christ's second coming.

Perhaps you noticed that Revelation also says that God's people will reign with Christ during the thousand years. Where will they reign with Him?

Some Christians believe that Christ and His people will rule over the wicked on the earth during the millennium. There are at least two reasons why this cannot be true.

First, the Bible makes it very clear that the righteous and the wicked will be separated from each other at the second coming of Christ. In Matthew 25:31, for example, Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him [Christ's second coming],… he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”

If you will read Jesus' entire parable (verses 31-46), you will see that the sheep represent God's people and the goats represent the wicked. Jesus made it absolutely clear that the righteous and the wicked will be separated from each other at His second coming.

The second reason why the righteous cannot rule over the wicked during the millennium is that the righteous will be in heaven and the wicked will be dead upon the earth. Let's see what the Bible has to say about where the righteous and the wicked end up after the second coming.

Shortly before He left this earth, Jesus told His disciples that He would soon be returning to His Father's house (heaven) to prepare a place for them. Then He assured them, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).

Jesus is in heaven right now, of course, preparing a place for us, just as He promised (see Hebrews 8:1,2). And when He comes back, He will take us to heaven to be with Him. That's what He said He is going to do.

But will all the wicked really be dead during that time? Let's examine the evidence for that idea.

In 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8, Paul said that at Christ's second coming the wicked will be “punished with everlasting destruction.” Revelation 19:17-21 says the same thing in symbolic language. In these verses an angel calls the birds of the air to feast on the bodies of the wicked, who attack Christ at His second coming. Verse 21 says clearly that the wicked “were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves en their flesh.”

These and similar passages in the Bible help us to understand that the wicked will indeed be dead during the millennium. So even if the righteous were to be alive on the earth during that time, they could not rule over the wicked. Nor can Satan, even though he is bound to the earth during the thousand years. Did you notice that Revelation 20 says that Satan cannot deceive the nations during the millennium (verse 3)? He certainly can't! With the righteous in heaven and the wicked all dead, there won't be anyone for him to deceive.

Revelation says that at the end of the millennium, Satan will be released from the great abyss where he was bound for a thousand years (verse 7). And at that time, his wicked followers will be resurrected. The loosing of Satan does not mean he will be free to roam the universe beyond planet Earth. He will only be free to deceive the nations of earth again - because they're alive again and accessible to him.

Satan will take charge of all the wicked human beings who ever lived, who “in number [are] like the sand on the seashore” (verse 8). Revelation says they will march “across the breadth of the earth” and surround “the camp of God's people, the city he loves.” But then fire comes down from heaven and devours them (verse 9).

What is this “camp of God's people, the city he loves”? If God's people are in heaven during the millennium, how can their “camp,” or their city, be on the earth at the end of the millennium? Please hold these questions for just a few moments.

The Second Description

You will recall that Revelation's second and third descriptions deal exclusively with events at the end of the millennium. The second description is found in Revelation 20:11-21:1. John tells us that he saw “a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence” (verse 11). The One seated on the throne is obviously God.

Verse 12 says that all the dead stand before the throne. These people are the wicked of all ages, who were resurrected at the end of the thousand years (see verse 5) and so are not literally dead at this point. Now we see why they were raised to life at the end of the millennium: for judgment. Revelation says that heaven's ledger books – the record of all the deeds of all human beings - will be opened at this time.

But why will God wait till after the millennium to judge the wicked? Did He not judge them before Christ's second coming so that He would know whom to save and whom to punish?

Of course He did. This judgment will not be for God's benefit but for that of the rest of the universe. Romans 14:11 promises us that someday “every knee will bow before me [God]; every tongue will confess to God.” There has never been a time when God's people did not praise Him, but throughout history, the wicked have gone to their graves without praising Him. They will praise Him after the millennium, though, for the judgment at that time will show them just where their lives went astray and why they must stand forever condemned. This realization will wring an acknowledgment of God's justice from their lips – which will add further confirmation to the faith of the rest of the inhabitants of the universe in the goodness of God.

Revelation says that following the final judgment, the wicked will be cast into the lake of fire. Notice that “death and Hades [the grave]” (verse 14) will also be cast into the lake of fire.

Fortunately, Revelation's second description of events after the millennium concludes on a happier note than that of the lake of fire. Revelation 21:1 says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.”

So Revelation tells us the final fate of both the righteous and the wicked. The wicked will be destroyed in the lake of fire, and the righteous will live forever on a recreated earth.

The Third Description

Now let's return to the question of this “camp of the saints, the city he loves.” In Revelation 21:2, John writes, “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” Since it follows the description of the recreation of the earth in verse 1, it would appear at first glance that this descent of the city will happen after God has recreated the earth.

However, in chapter 20:9 we saw “the city [God] loves” on the earth for the wicked to attack after their resurrection and before they are cast into the lake of fire. This city that God loves has to be the New Jerusalem. So Revelation 21:2 backs us up to describe from yet another angle those events that will occur immediately after the millennium - events that will lead up to the lake of fire.

But these verses in chapter 21 focus primarily on the righteous. Go promises His followers that in contrast to the fate of the wicked - who will be cast into the lake of fire (verse 8) – He will be their God forever (verse 3). They will never again be sick or suffer or die (verse 4).

In Revelation, then, God promises us that a day is coming when all the pain and heartache of this life will be over. Never again will insane people blow up buildings with bombs. Never again will demented rulers start wars that kill thousands and sometimes millions of innocent people. In that world we will never go through the pain of divorce, never suffer from accidents or crippling diseases, never attend another funeral.

Revelation's word picture of the millennium shows us the final result of the choices you and I are making right now. Our choices today are determining our destiny then - whether we will be part of God's plans for a renewed paradise or shut out of that world forever and ever and ever.

Can I make a suggestion? Why not reserve your place in God's new world order by choosing Him right now?

Society | Religion | Christianity


QR Code
QR Code putting_satan_in_his_place (generated for current page)
 

Advertise with Anonymous Ads