Revelation 20: 1-15, the millennial kingdom.
VV 1-3, 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
The marriage supper of the lamb is over, Christ and the church had returned, and the battle of Armageddon is over. Christ will rule the world for 1000 years from Jerusalem in His millennial kingdom. An angel appeared holding a key and chain on one hand, and satan on the other hand. He chained, set a seal, and locked satan into the bottomless pit for 1000 years. Satan will be released temporarily at the end of the millennial kingdom.
VV 4-6, 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
John saw Christians and souls of the revelation martyrs sitting in the thrones of God. These revelation martyrs will be resurrected to life in the first resurrection of the dead, and reign with Christ for 1000 years. These were blessed because they will escape the second death. The rest of the dead i.e. the unbelievers, will be resurrected to condemnation in the second resurrection of the dead, 1000 years later, at the white throne judgment, Rev. 20: 12,
VV 7-10, 7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Satan will be released from the bottomless pit after 1000 years to deceive nations. People born during the millennial kingdom will be deceived by satan and participates in a rebellion against God. God will send fire from heaven and destroy all of them. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone to join the beast and the false prophet. Satan, the beast, the false prophet, demons, and unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstones.
VV 11-15, 11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
At the end of the millennial kingdom, God will judge from the great white throne judgment in heaven for unbelievers. The sea will delivered up their dead. Death and Hades will delivered up their dead. All unbelievers will be judged according to their works. God kept records all the sins committed by them throughout their lives and used this record to judged against them. Finally, God will open the Book of Life. Anyone whose names are not written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstones and this is the second death.
Make sure that your name written in the book of life. If you are a Christian, your name will be written in the Book of Life and you will not face the white throne judgement. Martin Luther said that there will be three surprises in heaven. Those that you expect to be in heaven were not there, those that you did not expect to be in heaven were there, but the greatest surprise of all is you are there!
The Bible says that they are 2 things you must do to be a Christian. 1. Confess that your have sinned, and ask Jesus to forgive you. 2. Believe that Jesus died for your sins on the cross and surrender your life to Jesus. You do this by saying the simple prayer below honestly from your heart:
Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner. Please forgive me. Help me to turn from my sin and turn to You. I believed that You died on the cross to pay the punishment for my sin. I surrender my life to you and make you the center of my life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you have said this prayer, you are a born again Christian. You need to find a bible believing church near you to participate in God’s family, to grow and mature in your faith.