Revelation 20

Revelation 20: 1,000 Years of Peace

                “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having they key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:1-2) Satan is bound for 1,000 years and peace comes during the Millennium.

Satan is cast; “…into the bottomless pit, and shut… up… that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Revelation 20:3) Here we learn that for one thousand years we will have peace and the world will be free from corruption. We also learn that Satan truly has no power, all the power he has is given to him and can be stopped at any time by God. But, as the scripture mentions, He must be released again for a season. John explains that he sees judgment being given to the nations of the world and those who were; “…beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God…lived and reined with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4) These were the ones who died for the testimony of Jesus Christ and will be part of the first resurrection, where they shall “…be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6) Then Satan will be released from prison one last time to deceive the world and to gather those who turn their hearts away from God one last time for a battle at; “…Gog and Magog…” (Revelation 20:8)

Since the beginning of time the outcome of the battle has been determined; Satan loses. After the battle is complete the dead will gather and come forth to be judged; this is the Second Resurrection. John describes this judgment;

                “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were 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. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Revelation 20:12-13) We learn that everyone great and small will be judged by the Lord through their works during their own lives. Everyone will regain their bodies and will be judged in the flesh. Those who are not found in the book of life, were; “…cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15) In other words, those who did not have good works in their life and instead chose wickedness will not be found in the book and will therefore be cast down to hell (or a lesser kingdom) according to their individual judgment by the Lord.

Acts 16

Acts 16: Cast into Prison

                Paul goes to Derbe and Lystra where he met up with Timotheus, who was a Christian but had a Jewish mother and a Greek father. They travel through Phrygia and Galatia, but the Holy Ghost forbids them from entering Asia. They did this so the churches were “…established in faith, and increased in number daily.” (Acts 16:5)

Paul has a night vision of a man inviting him to Macedonia. Paul and those with him travel to Phillipi (near the city of Macedonia) where they stay with a devout Christian woman named Lydia. Later they run into a possessed slave girl who proclaims Paul and those with him to be the servants of the Most High God. Paul uses the power of the Priesthood to cast the demon out.

Paul and Silas are arrested, beaten, and imprisoned for delivering the slave-girl from her demonic possession. The slave masters were upset that they could no longer make gain from her as a soothsayer. At night, while in the jail, the chains fall from them. The jailer, thinking his prisoners have escaped, thinks of committing suicide but Paul and Silas reveal themselves to him saying; “…Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” (Acts 16:28) The jailer and his family are then baptized. The next day, the magistrates free Paul and Silas. The magistrates are anxious when Paul reveals his Roman identity.