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The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 12)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 12 - The Millennium
The time is coming soon for the world to end. But first will come the rise of the Antichrist, and then a time of trouble worse than any in world history. This time of trouble will last for seven years, and is called the Tribulation Period. Many will be saved from going through this terrible time. After the Tribulation, there will be a time of peace on earth that will prevail for one-thousand years; this future time is called the Millennium.
Those who are saved from going through the Tribulation are Christians. They will be taken up to Heaven with Jesus Christ when He returns soon after the Tribulation Period begins. This event is called the Rapture. Christians who have died will be resurrected when the Rapture occurs, and join those Christians who are living. They will meet Jesus in the air and go with Him to Heaven.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, Jesus will return with an army of Christians to make war against the Antichrist, the False Prophet and their armies. Jesus will overcome them, capturing and throwing the Antichrist and the False Prophet into the Lake of Fire, and killing their armies. This event is called the Battle of Armageddon.
Soon after the Battle of Armageddon, Satan, the devil, will be imprisoned in the Abyss; this is a deep pit in the earth where demons live. He will be confined there for one thousand years, and not be able to deceive people during that time. This thousand years is called the Millennium; after it has passed, Satan will be released for a short time.
Those who become Christians during the Tribulation Period will refuse to worship the Antichrist, and he will have them killed. But they will be resurrected and rule with Jesus during the Millennium. The rest of the dead will not live again until the Millennium has passed.
In the Bible, we can read about the events of the Millennium from the Book of Revelation as written in the following:
Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 1 through 6:
I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the Abyss and a large chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, called Satan, and imprisoned him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, closed him in, and set a seal on him so that he could not deceive the nations anymore, until a thousand years had passed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
I saw thrones and those who sat on them, and they were given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness of Jesus, and for the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands; they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years had passed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death will have no power on them; they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
At the end of the Millennium, Satan will be released from the Abyss and go out to deceive people around the world. A large number of people will have been born during the Millennium, and Satan will deceive many of them. He will gather them for battle against Jesus and His followers. This will be Satan's final attempt to be in control of the world.
After Satan has gathered his army, they will surround the city of Jerusalem where Jesus and Christians will be. But then fire will come down from God and consume Satan's army. Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire that will be burning with sulfur; this is where the Antichrist and False Prophet had been thrown into. Satan will then suffer until the fire destroys him.
When the Millennium has passed, all the unsaved people will be resurrected and stand in the presence of God to be judged. Several books will be opened that contain the written record of what they had done. The Book of Life will also be opened. This is Judgment Day, or the great White Throne Judgment, when Jesus will judge the unsaved people according to what they had done.
After being judged, the unsaved people will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. Death and hell were also thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death. This symbolizes the end of the first death of human beings. All those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. There they will be punished until the fire destroys them.
We can read about these events in the Book of Revelation as written in the following:
Revelation, Chapter 20, Verses 7 through 15:
When the thousand years have passed, Satan will be released from his prison. Then he will go out to deceive the nations that are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. They are in number like the sand of the seashore. They went across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city.
Then fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown; and he will be tormented day and night forever.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing in the presence of God. The books were opened, and 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.
And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell delivered the dead that were in them, and they were each judged according to what he or she had done. And death and hell were thrown into the lake of fire; this is the second death. And whoever's name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
From the Bible:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride who is beautifully dressed for her husband.
Then I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the sanctuary of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, and there will be no more pain because the former things have passed away."
(Revelation, Chapter 21, Verses 1 through 4)
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