December 28/Revelation 20

Verses 1-2 > This seems like a replay of Chapter 12 where Michael and the angels kicked Satan out of heaven. And the battle of Armageddon, verses 7-10, we have already witnessed in the last chapter. Perhaps this is just a view from another angle like they do in football on replays. They look at the play from all angles to determine if the ball carriers knee touched the ground before he scored the touchdown.

Verses 3-6 > Maybe we are already in the Millennial period. This period could have started when Satan was defeated at the cross of Christ. Perhaps this is what we are being shown here. A thousand years may just be indicative of the time from the resurrection of Jesus until he comes back again to judge. God doesn’t view time like we view time. It may not be a literal period of a thousand years.

2 Peter 3:8 (NLT) — 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.

According to the New Testament hasn’t Satan been bound?

2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT) — 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.

Hebrews 2:14–15 (NLT) — 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. 15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.

Colossians 2:15 (NLT) — 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Before Jesus human beings had no way to deal with guilt, death and evil, but now we do. Jesus broke Satan’s power and disarmed him. Remember that God has Satan on a leash. He is like the snakes at the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, South Dakota. The poisonous ones are still dangerous. The constrictors can still crush but only if you go beyond the protective glass that they are caged in. People go beyond the glass when they refuse to believe in Jesus for eternal life. People go beyond the glass when they disobey the word of God. Stay behind the glass and you do not have to be afraid of Satan. In fact Jesus said there is only one person whom we should fear:

Matthew 10:28 (NLT) — 28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Yes the Devil can still cause damage but he is caged snake.

Verses 4-6 > The martyrs and others faithful to Christ have gone on ahead of us and they are now reigning with Christ is heaven. They are the ‘first resurrection and they are also waiting for the second coming of Christ.

Verse 7 > It is only after this ‘millennial period’ that Satan will be set free to deceive whoever he can. I don’t want to be around for that time. It sounds like he won’t be on a leash and no protective glass.

***The above thoughts were just to give you something to think about and ponder. I know I am.

Verses 11-15 > The Moment of Truth. Anyone who has ever lived will now stand before Jesus to be judged. Unbelievers for their sins and believers for what they did for Jesus. Everything else has vanished; earth and sky. In other words there will be no place to hide.

John 5:22 (NLT) — 22 In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,

There will be no secrets for everything that we have ever done or thought has been recorded. Nobody will get away with anything. However for the believer in Jesus this judgement is a time of joy and comfort. We have a clean record. Our sins have been forgiven. And finally justice will be served. Our living for Jesus was not in vain and evil doers will get their due.

Colossians 2:13–14 (NLT) — 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

This judgment should also challenge us believers to please God in all that we do so that our works aren’t burned up on this judgment day.

1 Corinthians 3:12–15 (NLT) — 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

This judgment should move us believers to tell others about Jesus so that they don’t have to endure being judged for their sins.

Be Inspired Hilltop!