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Rev. 20:11-15

5/19/10 After the thousand years and after the New Jerusalem has come down and after the wicked have surrounded the city but before they are destroyed, they are judged.

This scene of judgment might be exactly how this will take place. As the the wicked prepare to take the city they are stopped in their tracks by God upon his throne. They see their lives play out before them and they understand why they are not among the redeemed. It would be at this point that every knee shall bow and acknowledge that God is just. This does not mean that they repent, but they do admit that God is right.

Once this is over, the wicked advance against the city. It is their last stand in their rebellion. Everyone who has ever lived on earth is now alive. The redeemed in the city and the wicked in their fallen state outside of the city. Now that everyone in the universe has seen and acknowledged the justice of God, God finally puts an end to all sin and evil. He burns the wicked according to their agreed upon punishments and the fires of hell go on to burn the entire earth with a purifying fire in preparation for its re-creation.

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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:7-10

5/18/10 The background allusion here is Eze 38-39. The thousand years are done. Satan has been imprisoned on the decimated earth with no one to deceive because the wicked died at the glory of the Second Coming and the righteous went to heaven. The holy city coming down isn’t described until the next chapter, but this scene takes place after the holy city has descended from heaven.

Satan is released by a resurrection of all the wicked who have lived since the beginning. Fhe forces of Gog in Ezekiel are listed and they are all traceable back to Noah. So Satan deceives the nations (four corners of the earth) convincing them that they can take the city for themselves.

There is an innumerable host of them and they surround the city. It would have to be a great number in order to surround a city that is possibly 1,500 miles per side, or maybe 300 miles. Still, either way, it’s big.

When the New Jerusalem descends it creates a vast plain. This is where the wicked gather and God rains down fire upon them. This is hell. They are devoured, literally “ate down.” They will be like stubble, says Malachi. The devil himself will receive his punishment and the earth will be purified of all evil and made ready for re-creation.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 20:1-3

5/16/10 The sequence of events continues chronologically. The world is in its former state and John sees an angel coming to perform some actions which are symbolic of what will really happen someday.

The angel holds a key and a chain representing God’s power to release and restrain the powers of evil at will. He seizes the dragon and throws him into the abyss and lock and seals it over him.

While pictured as a hole in the ground with a lid on it and a chain actually binding Satan, these elements represent the fact that Satan is restricted to earth–the abyss without form and void.

This passage has Is 24 in view. At the second coming the earth is decimated, the wicked mourn and die, the righteous rejoice. The earth is in shambles. For a thousand years the devil cannot deceive anyone because there is no one to deceive. After the thousand years it will be necessary to release him for a short time. Why would it be necessary? Because there is still a little more to be revealed about God in the actions of Satan after the thousand years.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 16:19-21

4/23/10 The great city, Babylon, is split into its three original parts: the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. The false prophet is the U.S. but it is part of the religious Babylon because it has become a religious figure in some sense.

Also the cities (plural) of the nations fall. The rest of the nations of the world break their unity and there is worldwide division, chaos, and carnage, as they attack one another with the weapons they were going to use against the saints. It is God who is controlling all of this.

At this climax of earth’s wickedness, and after showing over and over that people are unwilling to repent of their wickedness, Jesus finally comes. The earth itself begins to move. Islands sink, mountains melt, huge hailstones fall, and inhabitants of the earth react by cursing God.

It will have been made abundantly clear that God is on the side of his persecuted people and that the wicked are wrong, but they blaspheme God. The line of demarcation is clear between those choosing God and those rejecting him.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 16:3-7

4/17/10 Second Bowl: The second trumpet was a judgment upon the sea just as the second bowl is. The sea is turned to blood. This may not be universal, but it is severe enough to make an impression and disrupt normal life. It kills the living “souls” of the sea creatures.

The redness, smell, consistency is like blood, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to actually be blood any more than when the moon turns to blood it’s actually blood.

Third Bowl: This is the blood judgment upon the rivers and springs of water as the third trumpet was, and as the first plague of Egypt was. This affects the drinking supply and is a much more serious problem to people’s day to day lives. During the blood plague in Egypt they found a little water to drink by digging in the banks of the river.

It’s a severe judgment and the angels defend God’s actions saying that he is just in these judgments because those who are affected by these plagues have been taking the lives (spilling the blood) of God’s people. This is a punishment that fits their crime. And from the altar, presumably an allusion to the saints under the altar in Rev 6, they also recognize these plagues as God avenging their blood.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:14-20

4/13/10 This passage strongly recalls Joel 3, which is a scene of judgment upon the wicked. Also Is 63 the first verses are in view in the passage.

The overall picture is of God rescuing his people, those who called out to him from under the altar in Rev 6:9. Jesus comes wearing a victory crown (stephanos) as opposed to a crown of rule (diadema), which he will wear later.

The earth is ripe. The cup of wickedness has been filled to overflowing, and the righteous have been proven. The Greek work used to describe the ripe righteous is xaraino, which is dried up like grain ready for harvest. The word used for the ripeness of the wicked is akmazo, which is a flourishing fullness.

The angel that reaps the wicked is the one with authority over fire. There’s another angel with authority over water (Rev 16:5). Maybe there’s one over the earth. Earth, fire, water?

The reference to the depth of blood is a figure of speech for the wholesale and complete destruction as well as to the great number of the wicked. No one is really sure the number 1,600 stadia is particularly significant. It may not have symbolic value as a specific detail, but gives a general sense of the massive nature of the destruction.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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