CHAPTER IXRevelation 20:1 through 22:21
The Thousand Year Day
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,
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.
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.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
John beheld an angel with the key of the bottomless pit (the Greek wordAABUSSOS@ which means the deep). The dragon represents the angels which kept not their first estate (principality) but left their own habitation. These are Areserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.@1 Their king is Apollyon (see Revelation 9:11) which is Greek for Athe destroyer@, an alias for Satan, the original deceiver. He is bound for a thousand years in the deep of outer darkness. His final judgment will be delayed till the thousand year day is fulfilled. Those beheaded and those overcomers which had not worshiped the beast neither his image, nor received his mark, will live and reign with Christ a thousand years. They will be accounted as priests. The second death, or lake of fire, will not touch them. They are blessed and holy as they minister from their place in Jesus, who is the resurrection. These can walk through the fire and not be burned (see Isaiah 43:2). Micah in prophesying of this time said, A in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hill; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.@2
Zechariah speaking of this day said,Aand it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.@3
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.
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.
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.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
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 open: 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.
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.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The peace of the thousand year day is shaken as Satan is loosed out of his prison. He quickly deceives the nations who have refilled the earth, as the sand of the sea. Gog, Greek forAcovering@, and Magog, Greek for Aplace of Gog@, with Satan=s influence align themselves against the camp of the saints. The time span of this gathering is called Aa little season@ in Revelation 20:3. A heavenly fire devours these that are deceived. The lake of fire receives the devil who shares torment with the beast and false prophet. This fire, endures as a condition in the earth, since day and night are present. John beheld the great white throne and the one whose face changes the heavens and the earth. The white of the throne signifies the absence of gold. Gold had been the covering that protected the nature of man from the nature of God in the first heaven and the first earth. The blood of the Lamb and His arnion have wiped away the curse of the flesh. The new earth is complete and Jesus reigns.
All vessels of life are to be gathered before this judgment seat to see the result of their works. All bondage represented by death, hell (the grave) and the sea are emptied. All usages of the wordAhell@, which is AHADES@ in the Greek, in the book of Revelation refers to the grave or the state of departed souls. To deliver is to loose from this bondage. Death and hell(the grave) now emptied, are cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. All not found written in the book of life are also cast into this fire. The state of full redemption has come upon God=s creation. Darkness has passed away. The church has reached the light where no darkness abides.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Isaiah had prophesied,Afor, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.@4 The new earth of the redeemed will no longer receive the unrighteous or the unclean. War will be forgotten and life will be greatly extended. A child will be a hundred years of age. The sea of the unredeemed will no longer be present. The meek spirit of this realm will not envy or suffer pride or behave itself unseemly. Evil will have passed completely from all thought. The fulfillment of Athy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven@5 will be manifest. All reason for sorrow will pass away as death and pain will cease from memory. The new Jerusalem, extending from the new heaven to the new earth, declares the marriage (union) of God with men. This is the overcomers inheritance: to be one with Jesus is for Him to call you His son. The overcomers goal has not been the glory of heaven, or the joy of earth; just to be with Jesus has been reward enough. His presence is the joy and glory of the meek.
He has lost none that are His. The dragon, the beast and the false prophet make up the fear, unbelief and the abominable. They are the spiritual source of all murders, sorcerers, idolaters, liars and whoremongers. They planted the tares that contaminated the first heaven and the first earth. They have no part in God=s new creation.
The Spiritual Mother - The Lamb=s Wife
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb=s wife.
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the
breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eight, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
John was bid by one of the angel priests to come to a mountain in the spirit and take a closer look at the Lamb=s bride and wife. He beheld the descending Jerusalem, the spiritual Amother of us all@6, which cometh from above. This is mount Zion, Athe city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumberable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written (Greek for Aenrolled@) in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the just men made perfect.@7 The city with the light of jasper, clear as crystal and twelve gates, three to a side, with the names of the twelve tribes, reflect the glory of God. This spiritual city, ordained from the foundation of the world, has a wall 144 cubits thick according to the measure of a man. This would be equivalent to two hundred and sixteen feet. The height of twelve thousand furlongs is equal to the length and breadth. Twelve thousand furlongs would be fifteen hundred miles in English measurement. The twelve foundations identified with the apostles of the Lamb, were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The twelve gates were as pearls and they opened to one street, not streets with an As@, made of pure transparent gold. This spiritual city, four square with it=s fifteen hundred miles high ceiling and fifteen hundred mile long walls with one street was built by one builder, His name is JESUS. (See Hebrews 11:10, John 1:3, Psalm 33:6, Ephesians 3:9 and Colossians 1:16)
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, for the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb=s book of life.
John beheld no temple in this city, for the presence of the Lord and the Lamb are the temple.AGod is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.@8 No sun or moon is needed for light, the glory of God and the Lamb is the light. The nations of the saved (in the Greek ASOZO@which means Asafe@ and Amade whole@) will walk in the light of it. The kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. Isaiah had prophesied, Athy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces (Hebrew for Awealth@) of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.@9 Isaiah was to continue with, Aviolence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise, The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.@10 God=s welcome mat is still there for all who will honour His name and love His neighbor in truth. Being recorded in the book of life requires knowing the Lamb.
The River and the Tree
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
And he said unto me, These saying are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
John beheld the pure river of water of life flowing from the union of God and the Lamb. This living water was prophesied by Ezekiel,Aand it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and ever thing shall live whither the river cometh.@11 Ezekiel continued, Aand by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.@12 The water of life has joined the tree of life, producing a fruit which endures forever. All overcomers have access to this garden of God and as they receive they have given. Out of their bellies this river has flowed, filling the earth, bringing healing and eternal life to all nations. The cleansed earth is made new, there is no more curse. His face is their face and His name is their name. All of his family bear his name (see Ephesians 3:15). Zechariah had seen a continuous light, Aand it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear (in some places of the world), nor dark (precious).@13
Many will not understand the living water nor the light that is with it. As this brightness of the Lord=s presence fills the earth, all darkness that has resided in flesh shall pass away. There will be a consuming of the eyes and the mouths of all people that have fought against Jerusalem. This will cause a great division among people, as this is the dividing of the mountain in Zechariah chapter 14. The consuming fire can only be quenched by reaching for the tree of life. His name is JESUS!
Behold I Come Quickly
And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And, behold, I come quickly: and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
As John again seeks to worship the angel of Revelation, he is told not to do it, for the angel is a ministering spirit of his brethren, the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Angels are commissioned to see that the heirs receive all promises. God will fulfill all that He has spoke and directs all His purposes. The devil=s influence was created and used for a season. AI form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.@14 The angelic church of kings and priests are honored to be His ministers. Daniel was told to shut his portion of this vision (see Daniel 8:26), while John was told to keep it open. Conditions of man, whether just or unjust, have no bearing on time. Jesus is the beginning and Jesus is the end. He has come. He is come. And He is yet to come. He has been, and is, and will be, the refuge of all who reach out to Him. As many as received Him, to them He has empowered to become His sons. Every generation has known Him or knows Him or will know Him. The gates are always open to those without. He is the healing of all conditions wherein man has been trapped. All dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie will shake off the serpent=s influence into the fire. The brightness of this morning star will testify of total victory.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth, say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
He which testified these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen, Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Jesus bids every hearing ear to come and every hearer to say come and whosoever will, to come and partake of the water of life freely. There is no conditions required and no penalties imposed. JESUS IS COME and He will receive you just as you are. He has never been a respecter of persons. His love is unconditional. He is pouring out His life for all men.AIf any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.@15 This drink is spiritual and His life is eternal
1 Jude 6
2 Micah 4:1-3
3 Zechariah 13:8-9
4 Isaiah 65:17-19
5 Matthew 6:10
6 Galatians 4:26
7 Hebrews 12:22-23
8 John 4:24
9 Isaiah 60:11-12
10 Isaiah 6-:18-22
11 Ezekiel 47:9
12 Ezekiel 47:12
13 Zechariah 14:6
14 Isaiah 45:7
15 John 7:37