Revelation 20:1 ķAnd I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
My highlghted verses: 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.
 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.
However, we know from
a related article submitted thousands of years ago
by reporting agent Isaiah that Satan will be visible throughout the Millennium
as a reminder to all of what can happen.
Here's part of Isaiah's transcript concerning Satan's casting into the pit:
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
End of article.
Yes, it's fun to imagine
how it might happen,
but happen it will!
We already knew who the dragon and that old serpent was.
We also knew from 2 Pet.
3:8 that 1000 years to the Lord is as one day,
so that the Day of the Lord is 1000 years.
But the one thing we didn't
"why will Satan be released at the end of the Millennium"?
I'm sure you realize if
you've studied this Book of Revelation from the beginning with us
that Satan is coming to this earth disguised as Jesus Christ
(and I'll bet you know that he comes before the true Christ).
This final generation then will be tested by the false messiah, right?
who do not overcome and who don't partake of the first resurrection,
will go through the Millennium and be taught of and with discipline for 1000 years,
which is how much time they have to get their act together.
they have been taught there will be another test,
a final exam if you will,
which they must pass before they can receive their diploma of eternal life.
That test is Satan's release
once again upon the world,
but this time without the political beast and the role of spurious messiah.
no, it is not a second chance because they never came to a full knowledge
of the truth
in this generation because of the "famine" (Amos 8:11),
and as such never had a prayer of a first chance.
Next we will learn what reward comes with being part of the first resurrection.
To be part of that first resurrection is a truly an Unfathomable Blessing! If you have SEEN the PICTURES of heaven and of the glory of our Father and His throne described so far, and if you will follow with us to the end of this great Book of Revelation and SEE the beauty of the NEW JERUSALEM coming down out of heaven, then you still cannot fathom the blessing of being part of the first resurrection. Our feeble brains just cannot imagine how wonderful it is!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.
Now read again verse 20. Since eternal life is granted to those who are part of the First Resurrection, then the second death, the lake of fire, does not apply to them!Their souls cannot be destroyed because they have already received the gift of eternal life. And they shall be PRIESTS and REIGN with Christ throughout the Millennium.
In our next study we will document from the Old Testament and see in greater detail the reign of these Priests of God and of Christ.But for now, just stop everything and take a deep breath and consider the following:
If you have eyes to see and ears
to hear then you have been and will be reading about YOU, a participant
in the first resurrection! And if you can
only even briefly comprehend the enormous reality of all this, that it
WILL HAPPEN TO YOU as it is written, then your faith will be greatly increased,
your fears and anxieties will be greatly decreased, and you will be overcome
with love and thankfulness for our Father who loves His children so much.
 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.
Some concept of heaven, eh?
Well it ain't so!
it is documented time after time after time in the Bible
that the fate of the wicked is to PERISH,
to die the second death,
which is the DESTRUCTION OF THE SOUL!
We've already quoted John 3:16 in the last study as well as Christ's own words in Mat. 10.
But let's read again His words:
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Did we just read that Satan will be tormented for ever and ever?
we did not,
because we read an idiom of another language
translated into our English which completely lost the meaning.
would be like translating the English expression "She got cold feet",
meaning "She lost her nerve" to do something, into French.
in the French language there is no such expression
and so the best the readers of the expression can determine is
that the actual temperature of her feet must approach that of ice!
The root of the word "torment"
in verse 10
is the Greek word basanos from where we get our word "basis",
and it means (through the notion of going to the bottom).
the whole expression together simply means
that Satan will be consumed, debased, gone, day and night (for all eternity),
forever and ever (to be no more).
let's look at a second witness,
another account of Satan's ultimate fate,
found in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel.
Here's how he DIES!
He perishes by fire!
Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
He will destroy Satan and turn him into ashes forever and ever.
Does that mean he'll burn for ever and ever?
Of course not.
 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
You just read it!
His very name in Greek is "Apollyon" which means PERISH.
That is why he is called the "Son of Perdition", i.e. the son who will perish!
you realize that Satan has succeeded in taking a few mistranslated verses
and created an almost universally accepted Christian doctrine
so heinous that it even defies the nature of human love.
We have laws in human society against torturing both animals and people.
Even a parent of a child
who became a despicable evil murderer
could not imagine nor accept and would certainly never decree that the child be heinously singed with fire,
poked with hot coals, and roasted in an oven.
parent, brother or sister
could look upon one of their own being treated as such?
They could perhaps accept
the humane execution of the child,
to put him or her out their torment for ever and ever,
for the protection and good of society.
And guess what?
says in Jer. 32:35
that He never ever thought of torturing children in fire!
Such is the doctrine of Molech!
And yet today it is a doctrine in most Christian churches.
But it is a tradition of men like Dante and not of God's Word!
as it is written,
Death is exactly the punishment God decrees for the murderer in the flesh body,
and as it is written,
Death is exactly the punishment God decrees for the wicked in the spirit body.
just as we don't have to put up with the evil (flesh) person anymore on
when they are executed (the first death),
so we will not have to put up with the wicked anymore for all eternity
when they are executed (the second death).
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.
We'll read of it in detail in the next chapter.
And this verse should remind us of that which we read
in Rev. 6:14 "
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;
and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
is the end of this present heaven and earth age, the 2nd heaven and earth
and the beginning of the 3rd which is for all eternity.
 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 their works.
This is not talking about resurrection, this is the coming before the Judge!
Stand up and approach the bench please!
Remember where we are?
We are at the end of the Millennium.
There are no people in flesh bodies nor are there any souls in the ground.
"dead" referred to here are the spiritually dead who are about to be judged
from the books
and receive their rewards according to their actions!
their last actions recorded in the books just before the Millennium
were to worship the beast and his image!
And so it is more than obvious that these books that are opened are the Books of Works.
You see, Almighty God keeps perfect records of all His children's activities?
Thank God for this dispensation of grace and for repentance whereby we can have our "activities", our sins, deleted from the books. Also, remember that those of the first resurrection, which takes place at the beginning of the Millenniumm, are not subject to the judgment of the second resurrection and/or the second death.
We read that in verse 6.
Notice too that the Book of Life was also opened.
This book already has the names of God's elect in this generation written in it.
In fact, their names were written
in that Book of Life a long time ago,
before the foundation of this world. Remember we read of it in Rev. 13:8?
All those of this generation whose names are not written in it will worship Satan as Jesus.
Rev. 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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.
There will be no "plea bargaining"
and no "defense attorneys" will be permitted in the courtroom
except when it is their turn to stand before the Judge to defend themselves!
(That ought to be really something when they try to parse and redefine the Word).
 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
all over, all death and dying, and all the evil rudiments and wicked people
will be consumed by the consuming fire, and they will be gone forever and ever.
As Paul would say:
1 Cor. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
As for the rest of God's children whose names were written in the Book of Life?
They lived happily ever after!
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