After that, he must be set free for a short time. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They a had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. This is 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.
In number they are like the sand on the seashore. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The lake of fire is the second death. All rights reserved worldwide.Voddie Baucham - Revelation 3:14-22 - A House Call for a Sin Sick Church
The Thousand Years 1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. The Judgment of Satan 7 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—and to gather them for battle. The Judgment of the Dead 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Footnotes: a 4 Or God; I also saw those who.
Bible Hub. New International Version.These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits [ b ] B of God and the seven stars. C I know your deeds; D you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. F But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, G and you will not know at what time H I will come to you. I They will walk with me, dressed in white, J for they are worthy.
L I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, M but will acknowledge that name before my Father N and his angels. These are the words of him who is holy Q and true, R who holds the key of David.
S What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. T See, I have placed before you an open door U that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. AE Hold on to what you have, AF so that no one will take your crown. Never again will they leave it. AR I wish you were either one or the other! AX So be earnest and repent.
I stand at the door AZ and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, BA I will come in BB and eat with that person, and they with me. All rights reserved worldwide. First days on us! Font Size Font Size. Previous Next.
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As we have continued in our study of the book of Revelation, we have observed how the number of fellow saints who share our understanding of the text dwindles ever more as we proceed. This is because interpreting the book of Revelation is like traveling along a series of roads from a point of origin to a destination. The fork in the road which looms before us in Revelation Rev. Is the thousand year reign described here that of a literal kingdom on earth?
Are the two resurrections which bracket the thousand years to be understood as literal, physical raisings from the dead? Or are they spiritual resurrections, related to faith?
Or are they some combination of the two? When Satan is bound for the duration of this period, how complete is his binding? Who binds him and how is he bound? Is he bound even now? These are just some of the questions which confront the reader of Revelation Rev. That a kingdom would be the subject of this chapter is not unexpected. In the previous chapter we saw Christ ride forth under the declaration that he would 1 strike the nations, and 2 rule them with a rod of iron Rev.
The striking took place during the Campaign of Armageddon. Alas, there is great confusion over what should be obvious. The reader may recall the introductory material which we studied prior to our verse-by-verse exposition. He may recall the premise which motivated such preparation: If we all read the same text, how is it that such widely-different understandings result? The answer, to a great degree, was found in differing Systems of Interpretation which are themselves the result of different views concerning how to interpret the text, especially Interpreting Symbols.
There is perhaps no more dramatic illustration of the significant affect that interpretation has upon meaning than the divergence of opinion attending the Millennial Kingdom which comes before us in this chapter.
We now come to Rev. If we reject the early Church belief in this particular, the veracity of Apostolic Fathers, who assert that they received their interpretation of it from the Apostles and their associates.
Paulikians, Waldenses, and Albigenses. Various writers, some men of acknowledged ability and talent, have continued from the Reformation. Kuyper, in trying to refute chiliasm, makes admissions which substantially give his position away. In commenting on the passage Rev. If we take it for granted now, that these thousand years are to be taken literally, that these thousand years are still in the future, and that this resurrection was meant to be a bodily resurrection, why then we may say, that at least as far as Rev.
Then we must admit that Rev. Chiliasmp. Depending upon how one understands the first few verses of this chapter, one will most likely wind up in one of the major interpretive camps: premillennial, postmillennialor amillennial. The other two interpretive positions are forced into spiritualizing elements of the passage in order to achieve self-consistency among elements within the passage e.
Waymeyer offers a helpful summary of key differences between premillennial, postmillennial, and amillennial interpretations of the first six verses of this pivotal chapter:. Key Interpretive Issues in Revelation Rev. I saw an angel coming down from heaven John has previously seen other angels coming down from heaven on divine missions. An angel with great authority came down from heaven to declare the destruction of Babylon Rev. Even before this angel takes action, we know that he is on a mission from the throne having divine authority.And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on 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.
Revelation And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. Revelation The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
Daniel And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Matthew So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Revelation And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Revelation And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Revelation And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Psalm For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Revelation And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, …. New International Version He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.
After that, he must be set free for a short time. New Living Translation The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while. English Standard Version and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended.
After that he must be released for a little while. Berean Study Bible And he threw him into the Abyss, shut it, and sealed it over him, so that he could not deceive the nations until the thousand years were complete. After that, he must be released for a brief period of time. Berean Literal Bible And he cast him into the Abyss, and shut and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed.
After these things it is necessary for him to be released for a little time. New American Standard Bible and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time. New King James Version and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.
But after these things he must be released for a little while. King James Bible 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.
Christian Standard Bible He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
Contemporary English Version Then the angel threw the dragon into the pit. He locked and sealed it, so 1, years would go by before the dragon could fool the nations again. But after that, it would have to be set free for a little while. Good News Translation The angel threw him into the abyss, locked it, and sealed it, so that he could not deceive the nations any more until the thousand years were over. After that he must be set loose for a little while.
Holman Christian Standard Bible He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the 1, years were completed. International Standard Version He threw him into the bottomless pit, locked it, and sealed it over him to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were over.
After that, he must be set free for a little while. NET Bible The angel then threw him into the abyss and locked and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished.
After these things he must be released for a brief period of time. New Heart English Bible and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were finished.This is the first resurrection.
This is the second death. Satan is bound for a thousand years. Christ, with Almighty power, will keep the devil from deceiving mankind as he has hitherto done. He never wants power and instruments to break the power of Satan.
Christ shuts by his power, and seals by his authority.
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The church shall have a time of peace and prosperity, but all her trials are not yet over. Those who suffer with Christ, shall reign with him in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, in conformity to him in his wisdom, righteousness, and holiness: this is called the first resurrection, with which none but those who serve Christ, and suffer for him, shall be favoured.
The happiness of these servants of God is declared. None can be blessed but those that are holy; and all that are holy shall be blessed. We know something thing of what the first death is, and it is very awful; but we know not what this second death is. It must be much more dreadful; it is the death of the soul, eternal separation from God. May we never know what it is: those who have been made partakers of a spiritual resurrection, are saved from the power of the second death.
We may expect that a thousand years will follow the destruction of the antichristian, idolatrous, persecuting powers, during which pure Christianity, in doctrine, worship, and holiness, will be made known over all the earth. By the all-powerful working of the Holy Spirit, fallen man will be new-created; and faith and holiness will as certainly prevail, as unbelief and unholiness now do. We may easily perceive what a variety of dreadful pains, diseases, and other calamities would cease, if all men were true and consistent Christians.
All the evils of public and private contests would be ended, and happiness of every kind largely increased. Every man would try to lighten suffering, instead of adding to the sorrows around him. It is our duty to pray for the promised glorious days, and to do every thing in our public and private stations which can prepare for them. No sooner is Satan let loose, than he again begins deceiving the nations, and stirring them up to make war with the saints and servants of God.
It would be well if the servants and ministers of Christ were as active and persevering in doing good, as his enemies in doing mischief. God will fight this last and decisive battle for his people, that the victory may be complete, and the glory be to himself.
This will be the great day: the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, will then put on majesty and terror. The persons to be judged are the dead, small and great; young and old, low and high, poor and rich. None are so mean, but they have some talents to account for; and none so great, as to avoid having to account for them. Not only those alive at the coming of Christ, but all the dead. There is a book of remembrance both for good and bad: and the book of the sinner's conscience, though formerly secret, will then be opened.
Every man will recollect all his past actions, though he had long forgotten many of them. Another book shall be opened, the book of the Scriptures, the rule of life; it represents the Lord's knowledge of his people, and his declaring their repentance, faith, and good works; showing the blessings of the new covenant.
By their works men shall be justified or condemned; he will try their principles by their practices. Those justified and acquitted by the gospel, shall be justified and acquitted by the Judge, and shall enter into eternal life, having nothing more to fear from death, or hell, or wicked men; for these are all destroyed together.
This is the second death; it is the final separation of sinners from God. Let it be our great concern to see whether our Bibles justify or condemn us now; for Christ will judge the secrets of all men according to the gospel.
Who shall dwell with devouring flames?And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Barnes' Notes on the Bible. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible. Expositor's Greek Testament. Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. It is needless to settle who is represented by this angel. It is enough that in the vision he manifests by the key and the chain which he carries that there is power in Him, who has the keys of death and of Hades Revelationto bind, as He has death-wounded, him that had the power of death.
The bottomless pit is the abyss, as we have had elsewhere Revelation ; Revelation ; and Revelation Luke ; it is figuratively the abode of the devil and his associate angels Matthew Benson Commentary Revelation And I saw an angel — An especial minister of Providence; come down from heaven — With a commission from God; having the key of the bottomless pit — Invested with power to open or to shut it; see on Revelation ; and a great chain in his hand — Emblematical of his power to perform the work here assigned him.
But whether the one thousand years are here to be taken literally, as is most probable; or whether here [as elsewhere in this book] each day is put for a year, and consequently the whole period be three hundred and sixty thousand years, I will not pretend to determine. This thought has been very lately started by an ingenious and worthy person, who, I doubt not, hath intended the service of Christianity; though I am very apprehensive he has failed in some of the mediums by which he has endeavoured to prove this point.
One benefit only is here expressed as resulting from the confinement of Satan; but how many and great blessings are implied! For the grand enemy and opposer of truth and righteousness being removed, the kingdom of God holds on its uninterrupted course among the nations; and the great mystery of God, so long foretold, is at length fulfilled — Namely, when the beast and false prophet are destroyed, and Satan bound. This fulfilment approaches nearer and nearer, and contains things of the utmost importance, the knowledge of which becomes every day more distinct and easy.
In the mean time, it is highly necessary to guard against the present rage and subtlety of the devil; remembering that the events which are to precede the binding of him, and the commencing of these one thousand years, are awful, and shortly to be expected, one after another, namely, the calamities implied in the vintage, Revelationthe pouring out of the last three vials, the judgment of Babylon, the last raging of the beast and false prophet, and their destruction.
How great things are these! What is needful for us? Wisdom, patience, faithfulness, watchfulness. Surely this is not a time for us to settle upon our lees. This, if it be rightly understood, will not be an acceptable message to the wise, the mighty, the honourable of this world. Yet that which is to be done shall be done: there is no counsel against the Lord.
After that he must be loosed — So does the mysterious wisdom of God permit; for a little season — For a small time, comparatively: though, upon the whole, it cannot be very short, because the things that are to be transacted therein see Revelation must take up a considerable space.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Here is a vision, showing by a figure the restraints laid on Satan himself.I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. What does Revelation mean? He does not force himself upon the church, but patiently waits to be invited in. Luke —32 relates that Jesus and two of His followers were walking to Emmaus, where the two lived.
When they reached Emmaus that evening, Jesus acted as if He were going further, but the two followers of Jesus urged Him to stay with them.
Having received their invitation, Jesus entered their home. If the church at Laodicea had invited Jesus to enter, undoubtedly He would have entered the church, but the church did not invite Him in.
So Jesus looked for an invitation from any responsive individual. He promised to fellowship with whoever would hear His voice and open the door. Although this verse is often used as an invitation to an unbeliever to receive Jesus as Savior, it applies directly to any church that is apathetic like the Laodicean church.
Jesus is not unwilling to restore them to a better state, but they need to demonstrate their willingness to obey God. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, Illinois