Volume 2005/3

Rounded Rectangle: REVELATION 5:5

Rounded Rectangle: Revelation series 
Chapter-20
 

 

 


The Harvest Is Ripe!

 "He will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner”

                                             (Mat.3: 12)


 


(From radio broadcast of Bro. Julius Adewumi)

 

Today, I am going to the book of Revelations 20 which is going to summarize for us the timetable of God concerning the devil and what will happen to the spirit called Satan that we all have heard about, called Lucifer.

     I saw an angel come down from heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent which is the devil, and Satan and bound him a thousand years”.

 Let’s stop right there and look at this first two verses; he said just an angel came down not even a mighty, powerful angel. So we realize that the Devil called Satan is nothing before God. He is a nonentity: don’t be afraid of him if you are a Christian. He didn’t say a mighty angel or an archangel; it just says an angel came down, so God wrote it that way so that we may be able to look at this and see our position as Sons of God or the children of the most High God and you are going to be better than the angels. Then why should you be afraid of Satan, or the devil, or the serpent, or Lucifer that we say is troubling the world? Why should you be afraid of him?

 He is a nobody if just any angel can bind him and put him in the bottomless pit like you see here in chapter 20. So be confident! You are more than conquerors as the bible has said.

      Now let’s read on again: it says from verse 1 that “and I saw an angel come down from heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand, and he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years”. Anybody that God gives the authority, has power over Satan and the satanic forces, and God has given that authority to you as a believer in Christ because Christ has said “Behold I give unto you power…”.

That is the same authority this angel has. Think of a policeman on the street: The policeman may not have the strength to stop your vehicle but he has the authority of the law behind him. That is what we are talking about, God’s authority is what the angel is using, not a show of strength of the angel, it is a show of the authority of the Almighty God, and that authority can be given to a little baby to command Satan and he has to obey. Christ said to believers,Behold, I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. That is the authority Christ has given to you. You are given authority to act in the name of God, and that is what the Lord Jesus Christ has given to you so that the devil, no matter how huge he may be, has to obey you because you are using the authority of the Almighty God.

Now let’s see how it will be when the Devil is locked up for a thousand years in the bottomless pit.

And he set a seal upon him that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years be fulfilled, and after that, he must be loosed a little season”.

Now, this has baffled many people: why would God loose Satan again? The bible says it is just a test for it says he would be loosed for a season. He would be allowed to try the dwellers of the earth one more time to see who is going to obey God. Now verse 4: this is where the saints of the Lord are going to be glorified.

In verse 4, it says “and I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God and which had not worshipped the beast neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”.

Remember the bible said he saw thrones and he saw people upon the thrones, and judgment was given unto them. Now it said “I saw souls of them that were beheaded”. This means the people that were dead, the souls in paradise that were crying for vengeance under the altar, asking God for vengeance upon the earth. It said I saw souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, meaning believers and Christians that were slain and killed and those that had not worshipped the beast or refused to receive the mark at the end of the world, the mark of the antichrist which will come at the end of the world; and they refused to take the mark of the trading system that will seal their doom. The bible said anyone that receives the mark of the antichrist will go into the lake of fire, but these people that refused it, may be persecuted, they may be killed, and they will suffer a lot for not bowing down to the antichrist. The bible said they were allowed to live. Now that is the key thing: “and they lived”. What does it mean for souls to live. It means they were resurrected physically on this earth again, because if they were souls, it means they have died and their bodies are rotten in the grave and they are just being seen in heaven before the throne of God, but they lived means they were resurrected again into a body on earth, their bodies resurrected again on earth to live a physical life.

 And they reigned with Christ a thousand years on this planet earth. That is why Christ demonstrated to us that there will be resurrection. Christ resurrected His body out of the grave and took it up into the sky. Now, the dead in Christ will rise also, says the word of God. You can read it again to make sure that being dead is not the end of it because death itself will be swallowed up in victory. The bible said the dead in Christ will resurrect, they will be raised into their body again. God is going to polish those bones again and they will come back alive and He’ll put new flesh on them. You can see in the book of Ezekiel where God demonstrated to Ezekiel that these bones shall live again; He said prophesy unto the dry bones that they live again, in the vision.  (Eze. 37:4-8)

You also may ask: what about those bones that were cremated or burnt to ashes; God can make them live again, the ashes will form back into bones. All things are possible unto the Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated it in many ways by raising up the dead and then He Himself resurrected alive and took His body out of the grave, and not only that, the bible said He took some dead saints out of the grave from Jerusalem when the Lord Jesus Christ resurrected. (Mat. 27:52-53)

They went out of the grave and witnessed in the city of Jerusalem when Christ resurrected, and we believe those people were taken away with Christ into heaven.

Now, the bible said here in the book of 1 Thessalonians 4 from verse 13; apostle Paul said “but I will not have you ignorant brethren concerning them which are asleep”, that is, those who died physically, “that ye sorrow not even as others which have no hope; for if we believe that Jesus died and arose again, …”.

You see, the Lord Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. This is a demonstration and a proof to us that there will be resurrection of the dead. In fact, both the dead in Christ and those who died in their sin will be resurrected one day to stand before God, but the dead in Christ will resurrect first. This is what he is talking about here: those who died in Christ have hope. “Even so them also which sleep in Jesus them also will God bring with Him. For this we say …. we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them that are asleep for the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16) with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (14:23).

It’s a word of comfort to see that those who died as Christians will be resurrected one day and this is what is being told here in chapter 20. Those that were beheaded, persecuted, killed because of their faith in Christ, they will live again and they will be given this planet to reign again for 1000 years.  Whether they were killed when they were just 30 years, or killed when they were just in their teens, or killed when they were old people in their 70s for following Christ, God is going to give them one thousand years to live and reign on this planet earth. What a bargain, my friend! Don’t trade eternal life with all the few years you want to enjoy on earth. Come to Christ today because you have a better deal. Those who lay their lives down for Christ, the Lord says he gives them 1000 years to reign on this planet earth.  Physically, they shall live again in a body that will live for 1000 years. A body that shall not rot! A body that shall not be deceased! For those things that are causing diseases, Satan and all his demons, shall be locked up in the bottomless pit and in the prison.  All those demons shall be separated from the earth and locked up so that the saints can live peacefully and reign on the earth for 1000 years.  (Isa.24:21-22). That is what we are reading here in the book of Revelations chapter 20.  What a bargain, my friend!

Don’t trade eternal life for a morsel of meat. Don’t trade it for anything at all. I urge you to come to Jesus and be a partaker of this new heaven and new earth that is coming, or the 1000 years of the saints’ reign upon the earth. Don’t lose it my friend, Don’t miss this opportunity.

            Now let’s go on. Verse 5 of Revelations chapter 20 says, “But the rest of the dead lived not again, until the thousand years were finished.” That means the dead in Christ shall be the first ones to rise and they live on the earth for one thousand years, reigning on the earth with those that were allowed to escape. There will be some remnants of human beings that didn’t go to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air, but they escaped the world war, they escaped the destruction of the world and they will be the people that will be gathered from all over the world to start a new generation and they will be allowed to multiply and populate the world again. These are the people that the saints of God will be ruling over and training them to fear God and to follow God for 1000 years. 

Revelations chapter 20, verse 6 says, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection. On such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years”.

We saints, we believers, are going to live and reign with Christ for a thousand years and we shall be priests of God and second death has no power over us. For those who died in Christ, there shall be no more death for them, they will be resurrected and shall live again on this earth. We Christians that are alive and remain, shall never die, because when we are caught up to meet Jesus in the air, that is it. We shall never die. The time is coming that this will take place. Run to Jesus right now so that you can be a partaker of it.

              Now this is the test that God has written here in verse 7, for those that are allowed to escape the world destruction to come. They multiply and live on this planet for one thousand years. At the end of the one thousand years there is going to be a test for them.

          Verse 7: “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison”.

I didn’t write this! God wrote it in the book of Revelations that this is what is going to happen.  God will lock up Satan for 1000 years and release Satan for some few years, to test the people that have been living and were taught the word of God, to see whether they are going to stand with the word they have been taught or whether they are going to rebel with the Devil and revolt against the saints. That is the test. Are they going to be satisfied with the saints’ ruling over them or are they going to revolt and want to change the law? They may say, “we want democracy, we want election, we want to be king also”.  God will say, No way! This is no longer democracy. This is theocracy, God rules through the saints of God. That is an example of what the devil may use to make them revolt against the reign of the saints. They don’t want to listen to the bible or gospel anymore. Think about it! Many people would like to rebel now also.  They would like to rebel against their parents that have been teaching them the word of God: “I have had enough of religion from you guys”. God is still to be worshipped. God is the one ruling through the saints.

   Verse 7 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison and he shall go out to deceive the nations, which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle. The number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”

Now he mentioned Gog and Magog here, which is also mentioned in the book of Ezekiel  (Eze.38). Scholars believe that the Russians are the descendants of Gog and Magog. Northeastern Europeans may be the descendants of Gog and Magog. In short it looks like the people in that part of the world will be the first group of people that the devil will be able to deceive and bring them into this rebellion. They are going to be as the sand of the sea because there will be multitudes coming to rebel against the God of heaven and earth at that time.

Verse 9: “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them”.

When he says compassed the camp of the saints, this means the saints of God have gathered into a camp so that the devil can go and tempt all of the people that have been living for one thousand years to see whether they would rebel against the saints who are under Jesus.  They have come to a camp waiting for this final conflict. This is the final conflict, because after this there will be no more conflict. The beloved city mentioned in verse 9 is the city of Jerusalem, where the saints of God will be camping. That is where the Lord will reign from. The bible says Jerusalem shall be the capital of the world when the Lord Jesus Christ shall  reign on the earth. This is where the saints will be camping like during a feast. The bible has said there will be the feast of tabernacles, where all the people will come to Jerusalem to worship the King.  (Zech. 14:16,17). One of those times, the Lord will call the saints together and the world dwellers will be tempted by Satan. Satan is able to deceive them and they followed him.  However, fire comes down from heaven and devours them. There is not going to be a war. Fire will come and destroy them that gathered against the saints of God. This is no longer democracy, or United Nations, etc. This is going to be theocracy! God’s reign on the earth. Fear God. Be on God’s side. Come to Jesus today so that you will be one of those who will be on his side when these things are taking place. If you are on the other side there is no hope. The bible says fire came down and destroyed them all. No one left.

       After this conflict, there will be a silence and verse 11 takes place: The great judgment. .

Verse 11-12: “ 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. 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.”

Now we need to remember that the Christians are the only people that were resurrected first in the beginning of the 1000 years. Only the Christians that were dead in Christ were resurrected to live and reign with Christ for 1000 years. After Satan has deceived many and they have been destroyed, now comes the white throne judgment for the whole human race. The dead will be resurrected from the beginning to the end of the world. All the dead! Not the dead in Christ because the dead in Christ have already been resurrected. They will sit with Christ to judge the world of unbelievers. The books that were opened are the books of what you do on earth. Many religions tell you to do good so that you can be saved. It is not your righteousness or goodness that will save you. Christ has made this clear. What you have done is being written down. Yes! But it is not what you’ve done that will save you. Your sins have overweighed your goodness already because all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God. Only Jesus Christ’s blood will save you. So you better accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior right now.  That is your hope and chance. If you are saved, you are not going to be in this judgment that we are talking about. We will be the ones that are going to judge them on that day. If you accept Jesus as your savior you will be one of them to reign with Jesus for 1000 years and if you are alive by the time Jesus Christ comes, you will be one of them that will meet Jesus in the air. If you don’t accept Jesus now, you will be one of them that will have to face the books that will be opened. The books are not telling any good news for you. The only book that will tell you good news is the book of the Lamb of God: The book of life. Your works is written in all the books. But there is another book called the Book of Life.

Verse 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.” Whether someone died and were thrown into the sea, they will be raised up. Some people say they will cremate their body, and have their ashes blown over the sea. The sea will give up their ashes.  Death is like a prison yard. Hell is like a jailhouse where the souls of men are kept. Those places will give up the dead.

Verse 14: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death”. That means death and hell were locations. They are like cities. But they are movable. They are spiritual locations that can be moved and thrown away. Death is a location. There is an angel of death that takes people to a place called death. That place is a prison yard. Hell is a prison yard. Those prison yards will be thrown into the lake of fire. They are not physical locations. They are spiritual locations. When these things are thrown into the lake of fire that is the second death. There is no coming back.

Verse 15: “And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”  You see this, my friend? That is the only way you can be saved. By having your name in the book of life of the Lamb of God. That book is where the names of the saints of God, the Christians are written. For your name to be in the book of life, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today. Ask him to come into your life and make you a new person in Christ Jesus. Let him wash you with his blood. That is the only way you can get your name in the book of life. Not by your works! All your righteousness is like filthy rag before God.  Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.  That is the calling of Jesus to you. Won’t you accept this calling today? If you are a Christian seek the Lord and lift up your eyes unto him and follow him steadfastly. Jesus loves you!

 

 

Bro. Julius Adewumi

Gospel Distribution Ministry

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