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The Devil's Big Lies (9 of 10)
Series: Eternal Matters
Introduction: A woman went shopping and came home with an extremely expensive dress. Her husband asked her why she had bought such an extravagant outfit. "The Devil made me buy it," she replied. "Why didn't you say, 'Get behind me Satan?'" To which the woman answered, "I did and he said it looked as good in the back as it did in the front, so I bought it."
I doubt that very many of us would admit to relying on the Devil's advice when shopping. In fact, few us even take Satan seriously. That's why we smile at stories like that. That's also why I want to talk about Satan's big lies today. This is our next to the last message in our series on Issues of Eternity. I want to begin at the end by reading one of the most hotly debated and controversial passages of scripture in the entire Bible. My purpose is not to answer all the questions or solve the controversy. Whatever angle one takes, the main point can't be missed. That's my focus today. (Revelation 20:1-10)
Just a brief word on the controversy of this passage--Revelation 20 speaks of a period of time popularly referred to as the Millennium. The name comes from the Latin for the phrase "a thousand years." Among other things, Bible scholars debate whether the number is literal or symbolic. Either way it clearly refers to a prolonged period of time. The big question, however, is whether this Millennium is present or future. I don't want to get into all the details today. Sometime I may lead a Bible study through Revelation and would be glad to discuss the fine points of this as much as anyone wants. But here our emphasis is in another place.
Note the two things that mark the Millennium. The faithful who had died are raised to reign with Christ. Secondly, Satan is bound, imprisoned, and prohibited from deceiving the nations. Many Bible teachers, including some of my own seminary teachers, beli ...
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