"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
Revelation 20 Two "Resurrections"
We left chapter 19 last week with the Beast (anti-Christ) and his false prophet being thrown into Gehenna. This chapter now relates the subjugation and overthrow of the Beast’s puppet master – Satan himself. We see two stages of his eventual demise from influencing and leading astray mankind. He is bound for a thousand years and thrown into the “abyss” during a time in which resurrected Saints join Jesus in a Messianic reign of a thousand years. He is then released and ferments another revolution which is defeated by Christ and Satan too is finally cast eternally into Gehenna. There follows a second resurrection where the dead stand before Jesus in judgment and those against Christ are also thrown into Gehenna. The righteous enter into a new state of blessedness in the new heaven and earth. This is a controversial chapter for many Disciples primarily because of the 1000-year Millilumen. There are a number of views. Most of the Bible is very clear, but this chapter leaves many wondering as to exactly what the Millilumen refers to. We will try and focus on what is clear and why does the Lord tell us that reading this chapter can be a blessing. Lowell Nye will be leading us.
Suggested Bible Memorization verse:
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. 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.”
Questions for Discussion:
1. Talk about the “judgement seat of Christ” Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 5:10 and the Great White Throne judgment discussed in this chapter. What are the differences? How do you know if you are in the “Lambs Book of Life”? Talk about what that means for your everyday living?
2. How does the ultimate overthrow of Satan give us hope to face our troubles today?
3. The “accuser” of the Brethren once again leads men astray in this chapter. Why do you think he is known by God as the accuser in Revelation 12:10 or Satan (adversary) in this chapter? Does knowing his names such as liar give you insight on how to live your life?