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A Thousand Years, Then Judgment (24 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: In our last study, we read about the Battle of Armageddon. Tonight, we will turn our attention to chapter 20 and the Millennial Kingdom. During the Millennial Kingdom, Satan is bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years.
Following the thousand years, he is released from the pit and gathers the nations of the earth together to battle the Lord. Of course, he is a fool. He's been sitting in the pit for a thousand years thinking it over; he knows he can't defeat Christ. Be that as it may, he still gives it one more shot...only he is the one who is shot. The Lord will not only defeat him, but He will cast him into a lake of fire, where he will burn forever.
Let me give you our outline...
I. THE ANGEL FROM HEAVEN (VV. 1-3)
A. The Bottomless Pit (vs. 1)
1. The bottomless pit seems to be the place reserved for all demons and eventually, Satan, himself. In Jude 1:6, it says, "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." You will remember in the gospel of Luke how the demons pleaded with Jesus not to send them to this place before their time. In Luke 8:31, it says, "And they besought him that He would not command them to go out into the deep." One cannot possible describe what hell must be like--a place where the sun never shines and the morning never breaks. Hell is a place where the songbird will never lift its voice and sound of children playing will not be heard. Just the opposite is true during the Millennial Kingdom. In Zech. 8:5, it says, "And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof."
B. The Thousand Years (vv. 2, 3)
1. John said an angel came down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a chai ...
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