Wherefore comfort one another with these words. In summary, Revelation begins the years with the resurrection of the saints. Thus it is the return of Jesus Christ, when His saints are resurrected, that marks the beginning of the Millennium. This is great news for true believers! Though those books have sold by the millions, the important question for us should be, Is that theology truly biblical?
For when they shall say Peace and Safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them It gets worse. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Revelation — At Armageddon, cities crumble around the world.
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Revelation ; - Every island sinks, and all the mountains disappear. Jeremiah - Those slain by the Lord lie dead, unburied, all around the world. Revelation , 21 - The birds eat the flesh of every human being worldwide. Jesus Himself taught this. Why not?
What time is that? When the years are over, obviously.
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Now put two and two together. Then Satan deceives them again. Satan then swoops into these resurrected nations now alive in the four corners of the earth , deceives them again, and then gathers them for the grand finale verses What does all this mean? The answer will come shortly after we examine a few more crucial points. What should be clear so far however, that the common notion of the Millennium, reflected in Left Behind , leaves much to be desired. Crucial to understanding the Millennium are the first texts of Revelation 20, verses 1 and 2.
These words do not refer to actual clinking and clanging metal, but to circumstances of darkness that these angels find themselves in after having been booted out of heaven. During the years, Satan is represented as being bound with a chain because his new circumstances prevent him from deceiving the nations during the Millennium Revelation Again, what are those circumstances? Everyone left on earth is dead.
Isaiah 14 contains one of the Old Testaments clearest prophecies about Lucifer. He was cast out of heaven vs. Isaiah perfectly parallels the prophecy in Revelation But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
These verses predict a time when all the nations are slain and lie in their graves, yet Satan will not join them in burial. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
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The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be moved like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
This is a prediction of a destroyed and devastated earth. Its inhabitants are gathered as prisoners in the pit [the grave]. When Revelation describes Satan as bound with a chain for years, this means that a chain of circumstances will prevent him from deceiving the nations. Earth will then be like one gigantic bottomless pit, a huge cemetery. I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
As Satan and his angels behold their kingdom in ruins, they can only wander about, counsel together, and contemplate with trembling the final events to occur at the end of the years. What could that possibly mean other than what we have seen in Revelation ? This occurs at the end of the Millennium. Far, then, from being a time of earthly glory when Jesus reigns from Jerusalem, the Millennium is a time when earth lies waste, in desolate ruins, a prison house for Satan and his demons. The Millennium is not some idyllic era of peace and goodness upon this old earth, with Jesus ruling from Jerusalem, but a time of utter devastation and judgment.
What happens to them during the Millennium? Near the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus told His followers that He was going to heaven, where He would be preparing mansions for His children John When He comes, Jesus will take us to the place where He is now, in heaven in the New Jerusalem see Revelation ; Contrary to popular opinion, Revelation 20 does not say they will reign on earth during that time.
Why would Jesus and His people rule over a devastated and ruined world anyway? The Bible says we will soar upward when Christ returns 1 Thessalonians , that He will take us to the New Jerusalem John , and that we will then be in heaven praising God Revelation Not necessarily.
Now, if planet Earth is depopulated, with no survivors except Satan and his angels , and the saints are in heaven, then what is the purpose of the years? A few possibilities exist:. What then happens at the end of the thousand years? Both events occur simultaneously. The next question is, Who will this terrible army attempt to fight?
This is the New Jerusalem, the home of the saved Revelation ; , which descends from heaven to the earth Revelation ; right before the second resurrection. The lost will behold the reward of the righteous, the saved the doom of the damned. This is Satan's last stand, his final opportunity to conquer Jesus Christ, His New Jerusalem, and the redeemed of all ages.
But he can never defeat the King of the Universe. He failed miserably when Jesus was a lowly carpenter in human flesh. What chance does he have against Him now as King of the New Jerusalem? None whatsoever! Before the fire falls, a vast cosmic judgment scene unfolds. Listen to the way the author described them in Hebrews Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again Hebrews Notice that the audience had been believers long enough for the author to say "by this time you ought to be teachers.
But as the author noted, they needed to be taught "the elementary truths of God's word all over again. Interestingly enough, even though the audience was theologically immature, the book of Hebrews contains some of the most advanced, sophisticated theological teachings in the entire New Testament. How do these features of the book fit with the immaturity of the audience? The best way to make sense of this situation is to keep in mind that early Christians adopted a common practice used in first century synagogues. We learn from passages like Luke , Acts , and 1 Timothy that leaders of synagogues and Christian churches supervised the reading and explanation of Scriptures to their congregations.
So, the author of Hebrews wrote some of the most theologically sophisticated New Testament writings because he expected church leaders to teach his book to their congregants. Now, in Hebrews , the writer of Hebrews reprimanded his audience for being "slow to learn. Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.
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They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you Hebrews Fourth, the original audience of Hebrews was persecuted. There were two well-known times of persecution for Christians during the first century A. And around A. As we read through the book of Hebrews, it becomes evident that the original audience had already faced persecution in the past, some of them were suffering in the present, and the author's expectation was that more of them would suffer, perhaps even more severely, in the future.
In , the author drew attention to the suffering that at least some in the audience had experienced in the past:.
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Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering… So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded Hebrews Here we see that the author praised his audience for their strength when they were persecuted in "those earlier days after [they] had [first] received the light. This word choice suggests that the audience was facing public or official persecution of some sort, and they were tempted to lose their boldness.
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering Hebrews We can see from this verse that the author exhorted his audience to "remember those in prison as if [they] were their fellow prisoners.