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The Lake of Fire!

Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 20:1-15

Not all are part of the heavenly army of the King of Kings.   The first to be dealt with was the dragon, Satan.  He was bound by a great chain and thrown into the Abyss to keep him from deceiving the nations.  The set time was a thousand years or what we would call a millennium.  (Revelation 20:1-3)

Next John witnessed a resurrection of the souls who had been beheaded for their testimony of Jesus.  These souls came to life and were given authority to judge on the earth and reign with Christ for a thousand years.  ” (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.  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.” (Revelation 20:5-6)   This is the fifth ‘blessed’ statement of Revelation.  These martyrs are now rewarded with rulership with Christ on the earth for his thousand-year reign.

The ‘second death’ is a term defined in this chapter for John.  At the end of the thousand years, the devil is released for a short time.  He goes out and deceives the nations again and the gathers them for battle.  Fire comes from heaven and devours those who are deceived and the devil is thrown into the lake of fire along with the beast (anti-Christ) and false prophet.   This lake of fire and burning sulfur is the ‘second death’.  (Revelation 20:14)  This lake of fire has been long prepared for the devil and his angels who rebelled against God.

However, there will be multitudes of people who will also go to this horrible place of  burning sulfur.  John saw a great white throne and God as judge.  Death and Hades were opened and a second resurrection company of those who had died in their sins were brought before the judge.  Books were opened that held the record of their evil deeds and sins.  Another book, the Book of Life, was examined to find their names.  “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)  Each person answered personally to God!  Is your name in His Book of Life?

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The Bride’s Eternal Home!

Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 20-22

During the last supper, Jesus encouraged His disciples about coming events.  He told them that He was going away and preparing a place for them so that where He was they could be with Him. He promised to come back for them to take them to this place.  (John 14:1-3)  He prayed in John 17: 24, “Father, I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me before the creation of the world.” These were the words of the Heavenly Bridegroom speaking to His bride!

What Jesus starts, He finishes!  He is the way, truth and life! In Revelation 20-22 we find John’s description of the crushing of the serpent’s head and of the place Jesus has prepared for us to spend eternity with Him.  Man started in a garden, walking with God.  He will end in a heavenly city prepared by God just for him!  The serpent that deceived man will be crushed for ever.  “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.” (Revelation 20:10)

Men and women who have refused salvation by faith will stand before a great white throne of judgment and receive justice for their evil deeds of breaking God’s laws of love.  No one will escape or be able to bargain for a lighter sentence.  “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15)  This is not God’s will for any man, but comes from his refusal to repent.

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  The will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3)   The new Jerusalem is a cube just like the Holy of Holies in the temple or tabernacle.  God dwelt there among His people.   Now His bride the Church will dwell in the new Jerusalem and He will be their light and life and all will see His face!  Jesus is coming soon! (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20) Are you ready!

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