Revelation Chapter 20
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3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, 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.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: 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 worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the 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.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 20 Bible commentary...
Satan is bound for a thousand years. (1-3) The first resurrection; those are blessed that have part therein. (4-6) Satan loosed, Gog and Magog. (7-10) The last and general resurrection. (11-15)1-3 Here is a vision, showing by a figure the restraints laid on Satan himself. Christ, with Almighty power, will keep the devil from deceiving mankind as he has hitherto done. He never wants power and instruments to break the power of Satan. Christ shuts by his power, and seals by his authority. The church shall have a time of peace and prosperity, but all her trials are not yet over.
4-6 Here is an account of the reign of the saints, for the same space of time as Satan is bound. Those who suffer with Christ, shall reign with him in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, in conformity to him in his wisdom, righteousness, and holiness: this is called the first resurrection, with which none but those who serve Christ, and suffer for him, shall be favoured. The happiness of these servants of God is declared. None can be blessed but those that are holy; and all that are holy shall be blessed. We know something thing of what the first death is, and it is very awful; but we know not what this second death is. It must be much more dreadful; it is the death of the soul, eternal separation from God. May we never know what it is: those who have been made partakers of a spiritual resurrection, are saved from the power of the second death. We may expect that a thousand years will follow the destruction of the antichristian, idolatrous, persecuting powers, during which pure Christianity, in doctrine, worship, and holiness, will be made known over all the earth. By the all-powerful working of the Holy Spirit, fallen man will be new-created; and faith and holiness will as certainly prevail, as unbelief and unholiness now do. We may easily perceive what a variety of dreadful pains, diseases, and other calamities would cease, if all men were true and consistent Christians. All the evils of public and private contests would be ended, and happiness of every kind largely increased. Every man would try to lighten suffering, instead of adding to the sorrows around him. It is our duty to pray for the promised glorious days, and to do every thing in our public and private stations which can prepare for them.
7-10 While this world lasts, Satan's power in it will not be wholly destroyed, though it may be limited and lessened. No sooner is Satan let loose, than he again begins deceiving the nations, and stirring them up to make war with the saints and servants of God. It would be well if the servants and ministers of Christ were as active and persevering in doing good, as his enemies in doing mischief. God will fight this last and decisive battle for his people, that the victory may be complete, and the glory be to himself.
11-15 After the events just foretold, the end will speedily come; and there is no mention of any thing else, before the appearing of Christ to judge the world. This will be the great day: the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, will then put on majesty and terror. The persons to be judged are the dead, small and great; young and old, low and high, poor and rich. None are so mean, but they have some talents to account for; and none so great, as to avoid having to account for them. Not only those alive at the coming of Christ, but all the dead. There is a book of remembrance both for good and bad: and the book of the sinner's conscience, though formerly secret, will then be opened. Every man will recollect all his past actions, though he had long forgotten many of them. Another book shall be opened, the book of the Scriptures, the rule of life; it represents the Lord's knowledge of his people, and his declaring their repentance, faith, and good works; showing the blessings of the new covenant. By their works men shall be justified or condemned; he will try their principles by their practices. Those justified and acquitted by the gospel, shall be justified and acquitted by the Judge, and shall enter into eternal life, having nothing more to fear from death, or hell, or wicked men; for these are all destroyed together. This is the second death; it is the final separation of sinners from God. Let it be our great concern to see whether our Bibles justify or condemn us now; for Christ will judge the secrets of all men according to the gospel. Who shall dwell with devouring flames?
Oluwafemi oshisanya's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 5/20/2013, 6:26am...
THE BOOK OF REVELATION TELLS US ABOUT THE JUDGMENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE, AND ALSO TELLING US ABOUT THE FIRST RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD CHRIST JESUS. HE SAID IN PALMS 51 SAYING IN SIN DID MY MOTHER CONCEIVE ME, AND SAID WHAT REWARD IS IT TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE LIFE? THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS ALSO TELLING US ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST JESUS, HE WILL COME AND TAKE THE SHEEP OUT OF THE GOAT.
Trisha's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 4/23/2013, 10:18pm...
the bible reveals itself.. but right now only the wise will understand...daniel 12:10
Jane's Revelation Chapter 20 comment about verse 12 on 3/05/2013, 2:40pm...
I love the idea that we are writing our own book. That feels so good, so right. It also feels right that the book of Life records belongs to Jesus Christ as God promised him all those who would accept him. But we are all sinners and we will all be judged by what is written in our own book. And the fact that non-Christians will also be judged by their works is wonderful news indeed. It sounds like God knows that there are those who have lived good lives, and why should they live their lives just to lose them, while there are those who loudly proclaim to belong to Christ but abuse little children and do other heinous crimes. God is just!
Ken's Revelation Chapter 20 comment about verse 12 on 2/26/2013, 11:20am...
I try not to comment unless scripture is the foundation. The understanding I get is these books are for those who have accepted Christ "Book Of Life". Then there are books opened for those who do not know Him as Lord and Savior. They are judged from the things they have done; their works, (better put, the way they live their life in sin without Christ). In Noah's time, Sodom and Gomorrah's time, Nineveh, and others in the Bible, God's judgment had to do with sin. Therefore those who are found in the Book of Life are excluded from the books which may be the records of the unsaved persons’ sins.
David Mensah-Gbekor's Revelation Chapter 20 comment about verse 9 on 1/18/2013, 5:28am...
Revelation 20:9 talks about the church. Most people think the church is the bride of Christ. Emphatically, No. The church entirely is not the bride of Christ. A portion of the church is the Bride of Christ. Revelation 20:9 talks about all saved Christians (born again). But it reveals two places. The Camp of the Saints and the Beloved City. The Beloved City is the Bride of Christ. The Camp of the Saints are saved Christians (born again). What does it take to move from the camp of the saints when you become born again to the Beloved City. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Tim Stark's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 1/06/2013, 6:43pm...
In my opinion not one of us human beings has a definite answer to anything in the Bible, (God is not telling human beings everything for a reason), if humans had all the answers then there would be no need for us here on earth as long as we are in the flesh. If I am not mistaken, somewhere in Revelation, it says that man will never be at total peace with one another while we are of the flesh. Why don't we all stop talking and through physical gestures, and help each other until we can get out of these garbage mind and bodies that God gave us? Amen!
JAMIE MIRANDA's Revelation Chapter 20 comment about verse 12 on 1/06/2013, 12:31pm...
I am confused. I thought we were not to be judged for our works but by our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ the son of God, and that he died for our sins on the cross. I understand our works should reflect our love of Christ and our life in Him but that none of us gets into heaven by our works.
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