Before the Millennium
I saw an angel coming down from heaven , having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he seized the dragon , that ancient serpent , who is the devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the abyss, and shut him up , and set a seal upon him , that he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years should be fulfilled : and after that he must be loosed a little time. 4 And I saw thrones , and they sat upon them, and judgment was given , 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 worshiped the beast or his image , and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years. This is the first resurrection.
A thousand years is mentioned here six times in this chapter, and a thousand years means ” Millennium.”
After the terrible and great war have finished which is the war of Armageddon, we see the beast and the false prophet how they are cast into hell and the old serpent Satan is cast into the abyss where he will be in there bounded as a prisoner for a thousand years. His final judgment has not yet come, first there will be a kingdom on earth for a thousand years where Satan can not do any harm to humanity as he does not exist on earth at this time.
Once, Satan is cast into the deep abyss , then those martyrs were resurrected, these are the ones that were faithful to the point that they gave their lives for Christ for the obedience to the word of God. These people of God did not allowed the mark of the beast to be marked on their bodies. At this time multitudes of faithful people will be resurrected by God., including dead people from the OT, due to their obedience to the word of God they have won the privilege to be resurrected as these saints of God. Those who since then believed in the resurrection of the dead, although not knew nothing of the resurrection ” from the dead” . Only the saved ones are resurrected in the first resurrection , and they will not see the second death (John 5:24:29 ) . Between the first and second resurrection there is a thousand years in between. The Saints , the Church and the nation of Israel by this time are already purified . Gentiles which are the Non-Jewish will enjoy the same joy of the kingdom of God as the chosen people and that is due to their brotherhood with the people of God.
During the Millennium
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath 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 a thousand years.
There will be a world kingdom which is the divine government of heaven ruling over the earth, where Christ will be ruling from his throne and He will not permit any injustice or sin on earth . It is here, where we will all live at last in peace with one another , where there will be no more mourning or crying, sickness or death . The center of this kingdom will be in Jerusalem. (Is 2:1-4 ) were all Christ disciples will reign with Christ . (Mt 19:28) Where only joy and happiness reigns as world peace. The saints will reign with Christ as kings and priests , and will serve Him in various capacities during the Millennium. To reach to our glorious responsibilities it will be determined according to the faithfulness to Christ that we now have towards Him.
Satan will be released
7 When the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth , Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city: and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 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 forever and ever.
At last came the final judgment and eternal defeat of Satan, and he could no longer do evil to mankind because his been cast into the lake of fire and brimstone , this is the same lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet are, and they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The trial before the great white throne
11 And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it , from whose face fled the earth and sky, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before God, and books were opened: 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 . 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works . 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death . 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
This great white throne which John saw is the judgment seat of God , white represents God’s holiness . The books were opened and another book was also opened , which is the book of life, and according to what is written in this book we will be judged by all the things written in this book. The earth and heaven fled , so sinners has nowhere to hide. The judge who sits on the throne is Jesus Christ our savior, which in that day will be our just judge.
We see the sea delivered up the dead which were in it, as they were judged every man according to their works . Also, death brings the bodies of sinners who have died , and Hades delivered the souls of those who are in it . after having been judged with righteous judgment sinners will be cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death. So , everyone , sinners and saints will be resurrected for God’s great and fair trial through Jesus .
According to (John 12:58 ) the Bible which is the Word of God will be present there at the white throne , because this same word many have rejected is the one that will judge at the last day . Also, in this “book of life” where everything is enrolled in , is witness of all our actions, good or bad everything have been carefully recorded and justly . And if the name of a person is not in the book of life, that person will be cast into hell ( see 15).
Hell is a place where you have different degrees of punishment, as it is in heaven that also has different degrees of rewards. But as hell goes there is one eternal fire moans and tears in it, while in heaven there is joy and peace. When these books will actually open there will be no space or opportunity for defense , because every opportunity has already been given to anyone that his name has not be called on that final day. God will not show partiality, the sinner go to hell as Satan and his followers who have already been judged . Those who are called by his name which are written in the book of life have eternal blessing living in a glorious new life., and those whose name are not called will be cast down to hell for eternity .
We will be reviewing this chapter which is chapter 16 1:21 very careful because of the magnitude of the signs and symbols it contains, so we all need to pay close attention to what they all mean.
The tops of the Wrath of God
I. First Cup
I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God. 2 So the first went and poured out his vial upon the earth, and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
It should be noted here in this great chapter that there is similarity with the eighth chapter . As we remember the similarity of the trumpet judgments and the glasses or the bowls of the wrath of God are very tight even though it appears that the judgment of the glasses are more severe than many of trumpets , but in fact the two judgments affect the same things.
It says here that a great voice , who do you think who’s this voice is ? of course we all imagine the ( voice of Christ) He tells the seven angels to pour on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God. These bowls full of the wrath of God brought malignant ulcer and pestilence upon men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These cups seems that these sores greatly afflicted men, but still will not surrender to God, nor humble themselves and repent .
II . second cup
3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea , and it became blood as of a dead man: and every living thing died that was in the sea.
The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea making the sea all its water in blood . The similarity of this passage we can see it in chapter 8:8 where we see the second angel when playing second trumpet and as a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea . , And look what it says ” the third part of the sea became blood “. At this time we see only the third part of it turned into blood while the second shed vial upon the sea which became all blood, and every living thing died that was in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters , and they became blood .
This verse clearly shows us that even more blood was to be shed because it got the rivers and the fountains of waters which the third cup took place. In other words it’s like all the waters of the earth were to become blood. I believe because of much blood that has been shed on earth is the reason why man on earth will drink blood himself. Likewise commanded by Pharaoh to drown all Hebrew children is why all his army drowned in the sea. Another example is that as we read the story of Esther, we see that Haman built a gallows to hang Mordecai and we all know how Haman and his sons finished hanged with his own rope . This is called the righteous judgment of God .
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say , Thou art righteous , O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus things .6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.7 and I heard another voice out of the altar say, Even so , Lord God Almighty , your judgments are true and just .
We see here in verse seven souls under the altar are now satisfied because God avenge their blood.
III . fourth Cup
8 And the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not neither gave him glory.
In these next two trials of verse eight and nine is where we see the fourth and fifth heavenly angel involving with the order that was given. When the fourth Angel poured out his vial upon the sun, he makes heaven fire and there was given unto him to scorch men with fire. Once again we see the similarity there in chapter 8:12 where part of the sun is obscured. So , we see that the sun will burned men because God will allowed this to be so .
10 And the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast , and his kingdom was full of darkness , and they gnawed their tongues for pain , 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores , and repented not of their works.
This fifth Angel brings darkness to the land , but we do not know for sure if this darkness goes throughout the world, or only covers the land in darkness where the kingdom or the throne of the beast is at . We’re not sure of this darkness on how would covered the earth, but what we do know is that Satan is the prince of darkness, which we believe is the reason and cause of this darkness invading his kingdom.
IV. sixth Cup
12 And the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east . 13 And I saw from the dragon’s mouth , and the mouth of the beast , and the mouth of the false prophet , three unclean spirits like frogs ; 14 For they are the spirits of devils , working miracles, which go forth unto the kings land around the world , to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
These have a huge similarity on the book of Exodus when God dried the Red Sea to save his nation from the Egyptians. And now we see that the new dry waters of the great river Euphrates will allows armies battle at Armageddon. ” The mountain of Menguido ” is what the word of Armageddon means . This large dry river is one of the largest fields in the world battle and is precisely here where the battle between Christ and the anti – Christ was fought .
On verses 12-16 it well describes the three unclean spirits that come out of the mouth of the “dragon” of the “beast ” and ” false prophet” a it says they are like frogs , this does not mean they are literal frogs. Frogs which in shown here are actually demonic spirits that Satan will use to deal with a large army , large numerous army most likely largest in the history of the world and this will take place to combat the Lord. Read (1 Kings 22:20-28 , Ex 8:5-7 , 1 Tim 4:1). But no matter, the outcome of this great battle is in chapter 19 : 11-21 . Read : Zephaniah 3:8 Joel 3; 9-14, Zachary Isaiah 24:1-8 12 e .
Promise to the saints on earth at this time :
15 Behold , I come as a thief . Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Christ asks us to keep us from the world and satanic system contamination . ( Rev. 18: 4) as also tells us to keep our ( 2 Cor 7:1 ) clean clothes
V. Mystery of God given
16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. 17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven , from the throne , saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices and thunders and lightnings and a great earthquake , such a great earthquake, such as had never been since men were upon the earth. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away and the mountains were not found. 21 And from heaven fell upon men a great hail, like a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail , since that plague was exceedingly great.
If we go back to chapter 10:6 -7 God promised that ” the mystery of God ” would end when the seventh angel emptied the cup, and now here we see this fulfilled . So far we have seen judgments touching nature and humanity, but not the ” mastermind ” behind all the evil who is Satan himself. But now we see that from here on it and own Christ fights the religious, political and financial system and the Armageddon Satan .
When bowls were all emptied, the throne in heaven came together to say ” Is all Made ! the mystery is over, and now the souls under the altar would not ask again ” how much longer ”
We see a major earthquake “great” earthquake which divides into three parts the land of Israel . read ( 11:8 ) so we read in Zechariah 14:4 , this will not be the only city destroyed because other great cities fall as the great Babylon comes to its end trial. This is the apostate church of the last days of Babylon (Rev 18) which is the new political-economic system of the beast.
Now we also see hail with grains of 125 lb , this was what was a talent of silver in the NT. In the same way we see in Lev 24:6 that the blasphemer is stoned to death and also apply for the judgment day of the hailstones .