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                               CHAPTER  TWENTY

Now we are going to enter into the Millennium, which is Latin for 1,000 (yrs). Man’s curse having been removed from the earth she will become a Garden of Eden. Man will no longer fight against nature just to eke out a living.  We will see gardens thick and full of rich vegetables and fruit with out a weed or insect to destroy it.  Earth will be full of the knowledge of God. There will be no danger of any kind for even the animals will be at peace.

Isa 11: 6-9     
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7) The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8) The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest 9) They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.      
Please read all of Isa 11 for a real blessing.

Isa 65:17-25
"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. 19) I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. 20) "Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. 21) They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22) No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. 23) They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. 24) Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. 25) The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.

The poor serpent will stay on his belly for allowing himself to be used by Satan to cause the "Fall".   Both of these chapters are referring to the Millennium.

Verse  1-2
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2) He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years.

This angel must be Jesus for He alone has the power to bind Satan and He has the keys to Hell (Rev 1:18). After the return of Christ and the events of chapter 19, Satan will be imprisoned for a thousand (1,000) years.  He will be kept silent during this time so he cannot deceive the nations.

Verse  3
Then he hurled him into the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and closed it and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer lead astray and deceive and seduce the nations until the thousand years were at an end. After that he must be liberated for a short time.

The nations will be populated by those believers living until the end of the tribulation with out taking the "Mark of the Beast". These people will still be in their imperfect bodies, and they will work as well as raise families.  By fulfilling His eternal covenants made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David, God will restore Israel to the Promised Land, where she will be the head of the nations (Deut 28:1-14; Ez 20:33-44; Acts 15:13-17).

Isa 2:2-5
In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3) Many peoples will come and say,      "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  4) He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 5) Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Jesus Christ will reign over Earth in righteousness, restoring the original plan of God for humankind.  During this administration, man will face the test of obedience to the laws of Divine Government. Man will also have the test of molding his character to be in harmony with God.

Rev 5:10
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
(Rev 11:15;)

Verse  4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years

Only those redeemed saints who went to be with the Lord through death or the Rapture will reign with Him over those left alive until the end of the Tribulation, for a thousand years. Please read 1 Cor 15 for an added clearity and blessing.

Rom 11:25-27
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26) And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27) And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."

Verse  5
The remainder of the dead were not restored to life again until the thousand years were completed.

The unsaved dead will not live again until the thousand years are completed, then they will be banished to the Lake if Fire which is the second death.

Verse  6
Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

The first resurrection includes the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and all God's people, in contrast to the wicked who will come to the throne at the end of the millennium. These unsaved will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire living in torment, as well as being cut off from God.

Isa 26:19-21
But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. 20) Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. 21) See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.

These verses always bring me to tears. I know we all go directly to Heaven at the time of death, but now our bodies will join our souls.  I thinking of my parents and grandparents waiting for me in glory. I miss them so much and yet I know they are more alive then I am.  Soon dear ones and we too will be in glory!

Dan 12:1-3 & 13
"At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people —everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2)Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3) Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 13) "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance."

Oh the love for our God how can we measure our love for you. For You alone are worthy of our praises.  No matter how poor in worldly possessions we may be, or ill in body, we are strong and rich in You for You are our Father. You alone have brought us through so much, You have allowed us to be tried and tested, only to show us Your great Lord.  Glory to Your precious name, we lift holy hands as we praise You. We bask in Your love and grace. Come quickly Lord Jesus, Your bride awaits You.

Verses  7-8
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison  8) and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore

At Satan’s release he immediately sets out to deceive humanity again to over throw the Kingdom of God. The word Deceive in Greek is (planao), this means "to cause to wander or to go astray".  It relates to doctrinal error, and deceit.  This is what Satan is doing as he tries to deceive man.

During the millennium with millions of natural people on Earth, there has been time to accept Christ as Savior; submitting completely to Him.  Those living until the end of the Tribulation with out having taken the “mark” having kept their "Adamic" nature, as well as their offspring, will be subject to the influence of Satan, when he is loosed.  Satan will recruit many desiring to march against the saints of God at Jerusalem.   The words GOG and MAGOG (above in
vs 8) relates to the gentiles who rebel at this time.  This is not to be confused with the GOG and MAGOG spoken of in Ez 38 and 39. As this unholy army marches against Jerusalem one last time, fire will come from God devouring them.  At this time Satan the “Great Deceiver”, will be cast into the lake of fire, where the Beast [anti-Christ] and the false prophet have already been, since the close of the Battle of Armageddon.

I want to add this before going on: The millennial Kingdom will have various laws and regulations as in each of the preceding
Dispensations. Man will have laws, that he will be expected to keep. There will be those that rebel but they will be dealt with swiftly. The release of Satan is to test those born during the millennium, not having their commitment tested before.

Verse 9-10
They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10) And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Isa 14:9-17
The grave
(Hebrew is Sheol) below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you— all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones— all those who were kings over the nations. 10) They will all respond, they will say to you,     "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."  11) All your pomp has been brought down to the grave (Hebrew is Sheol), along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. 12)  How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!  13) You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain (Or the north). 14) I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." 15 But you are brought down to the grave (Hebrew is Sheol), to the depths of the pit. 16) Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: "Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17) the man who made the world a desert

What powerful passage this is. It is indeed speaking of Satan while he is chained up, those in Hell with him are mocking him. After Satan has his last revolt, which is after the Millennium, he is cast into the Lake of Fire. So this must be while he is chained in Sheol (Hell).

Verses 11
And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.

2 Peter 10-18
But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.  11) Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12) looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13) But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.   14) And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

15) And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—16) speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and
those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.  17) I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. 18) Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

All of earth and heaven knows this is the mighty GOD as it flees away trying to hide. This seems be saying the literal Earth will be destroyed and a new universe created.

Verse 12-15
I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13) The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14) Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15) And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

This is the Great White Throne Judgment.  This book consists of secrets of the unsaved.

Roman 2:12-29
When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. 13) For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14) Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15) They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16) And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret 17) You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. 18) You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. 19) You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. 20) You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth.

21) Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? 22) You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?  23) You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. 24) No wonder the Scriptures say, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.”  25) The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God’s law. But if you don’t obey God’s law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile. 26) And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God declare them to be his own people? 27) In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God’s law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God’s law but don’t obey it. 28) For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. 29) No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.

Heb 12:23-29 
You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24) You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.  

25) Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26) When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27) This means t
hat all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.   28) Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29) For our God is a devouring fire.

This seems to reaffirm that this planet earth will be destroyed and a new universe will be created.  How exciting to be a part of all this, to actually observe it as it happens.  Do you ever wonder what your place will be in the scheme of all this? Again, we are warned not to be deceived by false teachers and to do that which we know is right.

Acts 17:30-31
“God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31) For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

2 Tim 4:6-8
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8) And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

This is so serious I wish we could get every man, woman and child to take this to heart turning to the Creator our Lord Jesus Christ. It is up to us to share what we know. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, not holding back in fear of rejection, we need to love them enough risk being laughed at.

After the millennium all, the wicked will face judgment.  The unholy three have already been dealt their judgment.  The Lake of Fire is the eternal Hell and final abode of every demon, fallen angel and person who are “Unsaved”.

Matt 25:41
Then He will say to those at His left hand, Be gone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels! 

The Beast and the False Prophet were the first ones cast into the Lake of Fire, prior to the millennium.  After the millennium Satan will be cast into this fire, then the judgment of all those waiting in Hades.  This judgment is the second death, being a place of eternal torment. There will be an eternity of actually dying with out the relief of an actual death. There will be in this horrible place the following:

1)   Fire    =    Matt 5:22 and Mark 9:43
Thirst    =    Luke 16:24
Consciousness    =    Luke 16:24
Memory    =    Luke 16:25
Hopelessness    =   Luke 16:27-31    
Darkness    =    Matt 22:13
Sorrow & Weeping    =    Matt 22:13
Pain    =   Rev 20:10

The Word tells there will be varying degrees of punishment for the wicked.  Even as there will be varying degrees of rewards for the righteous in Heaven.

Matt 11:20-24 
Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. 21) “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22) I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.   23) “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. 24) I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”

Mark 12:38-40
Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 39) And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 40) Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”

1 Tim 5:24-25
Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25) In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.

Nothing has grieved my heart as this chapter has. We really need to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters as well as all of our country.  This is all too real.  Here is a short recap of this chapter:

• Babylon and the Harlot, which is the world system, are destroyed.
• Jesus has set up His Kingdom on Earth the Millennium has begun.
•  The Bride of Christ are those having died or been Raptured while in Christ.
• Those left alive until the end of the Trib without taking the mark stay in carnal body and produce families during the Millennium.
• The Bride is the Priest and Rulers of those in the flesh.
• Satan is bound for 1,000 yrs, while the False Prophet and Anti-Christ are thrown in the Lake of Fire.
• After 1,000 yrs, Satan is free to test those not having made a commitment to the Lord.
• Satan raises an army to march on Jerusalem to destroy God’s government.
• God breathes fire on this army as they march toward Jerusalem killing them all.
• White Throne Judgment against those unsaved.  Those guilty will be sent to the Lake of fire.
• Earth and heaven are destroyed and God will create a new universe.

I know this is brief but it will help us recall this chapter.  May our Lord bless each of you as you read this.  Now let us go on to the Chapter 22.

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