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 .
Revelation 19:1- 8
After these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying : Alleluia ! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2 because his judgments are true and righteous because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand of it.3 again they said : Alleluia ! And her smoke rose up for ever and siglos.4 and the elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying : Amen ! ! Hallelujah 5 Then a voice came from the throne , saying, Praise our God, all his servants, and ye that fear him , both small and grandes.6 And I heard as the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying : Alleluia , for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns ! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, because they have the marriage of the Lamb, and his wife has prepared . 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen clean and white : for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
This is the final Jesus will give earthly armies. Here in these verses we can see the great victory of his heavenly army. We see a great multitude in heaven saying, Hallelujah ! this worship is given with the return of Jesus Christ to earth . Hallelujah means the highest praise to Jehovah, and Hallelujah is also an expression that indicates joy , especially because something has happened that is expected or wanted for some time.
As we read in chapter 18 sin has finally been judged, we have read the fall of Babylon and the merchants of the earth mourned , but here we see the heavens rejoice .
The main source of all confusion and religious lies was Babylon with his love for God but their worship was apostate rather false idols, this also caused the death of multitudes of God’s saints , but have seen their destruction. in verses 5-6 we see all the voices that have joined praising God because He is God and that is on the throne. Worthy is The all praise and glory to the Lord God Omnipotent reigns ! . Now, in verse 7 we see the bride as the wife . Interestingly we see, that the marriage of the Lamb is not depicted as the King , giving us to understand that even being King , He will be the Lamb until eternity. Here , we see how the master and the high price he paid for us. The wife was ready , meaning that we must prepare to get to the wedding of the Lamb . And this happens at the tribunal of Christ , when every stain and wrinkle I taken off the bride before becoming the wife. The wife gets to heaven by the grace of God not by works or deeds , but although every believer will reach to heaven we will be judged by the tribunal of Christ by our earth faithfulness . Fine linen was given for the bride to get dressed , serious sparkling clean for her obedience and righteousness of all the saints.
The marriage supper of the Lamb
9 And he saith unto me , Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are true words of God.10 I fell at his feet to worship him . And he said to me , do not : I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus . Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head many diadems, having a name written that no one knew except Himself . 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven , clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations , and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God . 16 On his robe and on his thigh a name written : KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS .
” Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of God”
In verse 11 , the heavens opened, and behold a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Here we see the white horse and whose riding comes with justice and fight, fight with whom ? He first comes with his heavenly army , all of whom are dressed in fine linen, white and very clean which followed him with white horses. So, finally you have exited the Lamb to judge and make the final war on earth. We no longer see the lamb riding a donkey but riding humble but fierce a white horse . He no longer carries the crown of thorns , but a crown of gold, and his eyes are no longer filled with tears but they were like flames of fire, and flames of fire comes out of His mouth, and words of grace was not what he said but justice and victory! . Christ is coming to the great battle of Armageddon .
The announcement of judgment on the earth
17 And I saw an angel standing in standing in the sun , and cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid heaven , Come and congregate for the great supper of God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings and captains , and the flesh of mighty men, of horses and their riders , and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great. 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken , and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone . 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of the rider on the horse , and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
We already saw the wedding , we saw his bride dressed and ready for the big wedding of the Lamb , but in this chapter we see the great day of Armageddon too.
The battle will not be long for Christ comes out of heaven with every victory and comes to destroy their enemies in an instant. ( 2Th 1). See ( ver 18) where it says park eat meat , man is only flesh and never will win over the power of God which for eternity flesh has also been condemned and never will please God.
The hosts of this land is the European federation which are the ten kingdoms of Europe, these kingdoms that have risen against Christ. , Such as the East, Egypt and Russia. And it is in the Mount ” Megiddo ” which is also knows as the ” Armageddon” where they meet in the battlefield which is the largest in the world. Christ destroys only by his word which is the sword that comes out of his mouth. ( Heb 4:12). Every man who refused to listen to his word will die and by his own word, all will fall dead. All followers of the beast which allowed to be marked with the number of the beast are all sealed for that terrible judgment day . Not only Christ will destroy the beast and his army but also the false prophet and launched into hell itself . And Satan will be apprehended and thrown into the abyss. For this we will read it in Chapter ( 20:1-3 )
Cabe recalcar aquí en este gran capitulo la semejanza que existe con el capitulo ocho. Como recordaremos la similitud de los juicios de la trompeta y de las copas son muy igualadas a pesar que aparenta que el juicio de las copas son muchos mas severos que de las trompetas, aunque en efecto afectan los dos juicios las mismas cosas.
Dice aquí que una gran voz , de quien piensa usted seria esta voz ? pues muy seguro ( La voz de Cristo ) le dice a los siete ángeles que derramen sobre la tierra las siete copas de la ira de Dios y estas copas llenas de la ira de Dios trajo ulcera maligna y pestilencia sobre los hombres que tenían la marca de la bestia y sobre los que adoraban su imagen Parece ser que estas llagas afligirán enormemente a los hombres, pero aun así no se rendirán a Dios, ni se humillaran ni se arrepentirán .
II. Segunda copa
3 El segundo ángel derramó su copa sobre el mar, y éste se convirtió en sangre como de muerto; y murió todo ser vivo que había en el mar.
El segundo ángel derrama su copa sobre el mar convirtiéndolo en sangre . La similitud de este pasaje la vemos en el capitulo 8:8 donde vemos el segundo ángel cuando toca la segunda trompeta y como una gran montaña ardiendo en fuego fue precipitada en el mar; y la tercera parte del mar se convirtió en sangre., o sea que solo una tercera parte se convirtió en sangre mientras que ya en este tiempo la segunda copa derramada sobre el mar convirtió en sangre como de muerto, y murió todo ser vivo que había en el mar.
4 El tercer ángel derramó su copa sobre los ríos, y sobre las fuentes de las aguas, y se convirtieron en sangre.
Este versículo nos muestra claramente que aun se derramaría mas sangre porque ya a llegado hasta los ríos y sobre las fuentes de las aguas En otras palabras es como que toda las aguas se convirtiesen en sangre. Mucha sangre se ha derramado sobre la tierra por esa razón el hombre beberá sangre. De la misma manera que Faraón manda orden para ahogar a los ninos Hebreos es por eso que todo su ejercito muere ahogado en el mar. Otro ejemplo, como hemos muchos leído la historia de Ester sabemos que Aman construyo una horca para colgar a Mardoqueo y como termino Aman y sus hijos ? ahorcados con su propia soga. Esto se llama el justo juicio de Dios .
5 Y oí al ángel de las aguas, que decía: Justo eres tú, oh Señor, el que eres y que eras, el Santo, porque has juzgado estas cosas.6 Por cuanto derramaron la sangre de los santos y de los profetas, también tú les has dado a beber sangre; pues lo merecen.7 También oí a otro, que desde el altar decía: Ciertamente, Señor Dios Todopoderoso, tus juicios son verdaderos y justos.
Vemos aquí en el versículo siete que las almas debajo del altar están ahora ya satisfechos porque Dios a vengado su sangre.
III. Cuarta Copa
8 El cuarto ángel derramó su copa sobre el sol, al cual fue dado quemar a los hombres con fuego. 9 Y los hombres se quemaron con el gran calor, y blasfemaron el nombre de Dios, que tiene poder sobre estas plagas, y no se arrepintieron para darle gloria.
En estos dos próximos juicios del versículo ocho y nueve es donde vemos el cuarto y quinto ángel involucrando los cielos por la orden que se les a dado. Cuando el cuarto angel derrama su copa lo hace sobre el sol y le fue dado quemar a los hombres con fuego. Una vez mas vemos al similitud que hay en el capitulo 8:12 donde una parte del sol se oscurece. El sol quemara a los hombres porque Dios asi lo a permitido .
10 El quinto ángel derramó su copa sobre el trono de la bestia; y su reino se cubrió de tinieblas, y mordían de dolor sus lenguas, 11 y blasfemaron contra el Dios del cielo por sus dolores y por sus úlceras, y no se arrepintieron de sus obras.
Este quinto Ángel trae oscuridad a la tierra, pero no sabemos con certeza si esta oscuridad acapara toda la tierra o solo cubre en tinieblas el reino del trono de la bestia No olvidemos Satanás es el príncipe de las tinieblas razón de mas por la cual la oscuridad invadirá su reino.
IV. Sexta Copa
12 El sexto ángel derramó su copa sobre el gran río Eufrates; y el agua de éste se secó, para que estuviese preparado el camino a los reyes del oriente. 13 Y vi salir de la boca del dragón, y de la boca de la bestia, y de la boca del falso profeta, tres espíritus inmundos a manera de ranas; 14 pues son espíritus de demonios, que hacen señales, y van a los reyes de la tierra en todo el mundo, para reunirlos a la batalla de aquel gran día del Dios Todopoderoso.
Estos vesiculosos tienen una enorme similitud cuando Dios seco el Mar Rojo para salvar a su nación de los Egipcios. Y ahora vemos que seca de nuevas las aguas del gran rió Eufrates permitiendo que los ejércitos se enfrenten en el Armagedon . “La montana del Menguido” es el siginificado de la palabra Armagedon. Este gran rio seco es unos de lo campos de batalla mas grande del mundo es aqui precisamente donde se librara la batalla entre Cristo y el anti-cristo.
Aquí en estos vesiculosos del doce al dieciséis describe tres espíritus inmundos que salen de la boca del “dragon” de la “bestia” y del “falso profeta” a manera de ranas,esto no significa que son ranas literales, la rana lo que en realidad esta aquí representado son los espíritus demoníacos que Satanás usara para enfrentar un gran ejercito es mas sera el mas numeroso y grande de la historia del mundo y esto lo hará para luchar contra el Senor . Leer ( 1 R 22:20-28, Ex 8:5-7 , 1 Ti 4:1) . Pero no tema que el resultado de esta gran batalla se ve en el capitulo 19 : 11-21 . Leer : Sofonias 3:8 Joel 3;9-14, Zacarias 12 e Isaias 24:1-8 .
Promesa a los santos de la tierra en este tiempo:
15 He aquí, yo vengo como ladrón. Bienaventurado el que vela, y guarda sus ropas, para que no ande desnudo, y vean su verguenza.
Cristo nos pide que nos guardemos del mundo y de la contaminación del sistema satánico. (Apo 18: 4 ) como también nos dice que guardemos nuestros vestidos limpios (2 Co 7:1)
V. Misterio de Dios determinado
16 Y los reunió en el lugar que en hebreo se llama Armagedón. 17 El séptimo ángel derramó su copa por el aire; y salió una gran voz del templo del cielo, del trono, diciendo: Hecho está. 18 Entonces hubo relámpagos y voces y truenos, y un gran temblor de tierra, un terremoto tan grande, cual no lo hubo jamás desde que los hombres han estado sobre la tierra. 19 Y la gran ciudad fue dividida en tres partes, y las ciudades de las naciones cayeron; y la gran Babilonia vino en memoria delante de Dios, para darle el cáliz del vino del ardor de su ira. 20 Y toda isla huyó, y los montes no fueron hallados. 21 Y cayó del cielo sobre los hombres un enorme granizo como del peso de un talento; y los hombres blasfemaron contra Dios por la plaga del granizo; porque su plaga fue sobremanera grande.
Si regresamos al capitulo 10:6 -7 Dios prometió que ” el misterio de Dios” finalizaría cuando el séptimo ángel vaciara la copa, ahora aquí ya lo vemos cumplido. Hasta ahora hemos visto los juicios tocando la naturaleza y la humanidad , pero no la “mente maestra” detrás de todo el mal quien es el mismo Satanás. Pero ya vemos que desde aquí en adelante el mismo y propio Cristo se enfrentara al sistema religioso, y político y financiero de Satanás .
Cuando se vacía ya al final la séptima y ultima copa el trono y el cielo se unen para decir ” Hecho esta ! el misterio se ha concluido, y ya las almas debajo del altar ya no preguntaran mas Hasta cuando ?
Vemos un gran terremoto el cual divide a Israel en tres partes leer (11:8) también lo leemos en Zacarias 14:4 , esta no sera la única cuidad juzgada , porque otras grandes ciudades caerán y la gran Babilonia viene al fin su juicio. Esta es la iglesia apostata de los últimos días, la Babilonia de (Apo 18 ) cual es el nuevo sistema político económico de la bestia.
Ahora también vemos granizos con granos de 125 lb, esto era lo que pesaba un talento de plata en el NT. De la misma manera que vemos en Lev 24:6 que al blasfemo se apedreaba hasta la muerte así mismo sucederá en el día del juicio de los granizos.