Revelation 20

Donnie's Teaching Notes

The 1000 year Millennium

Revelation 20:1-3 (NIV)
1  And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.
2  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
3  He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

Why does Premillennialism Matter?


1.  Satan is currently not bound in this present evil age.  The spiritual battle we live in is very real.  He is a like a roaring lion, on the prowl, ready to devour.  The binding of Satan is future.  A-millennial teaching "spiritualizes" this passage, taking it symbolically, and not recognizing the full reign of Satan's influence, the god of this world, and the present spiritual warfare that is occurring right now.  Premillennialism takes the spiritual battle very seriously. 

2.  Pre-millenial truth better understands the complexity of the details of the kingdom and Christ's Second Coming.  Applying a literal interpretation of the Bible allows us to take Revelation 20 at face value.  There has always been complex stages in God's redemptive history, e.g. the temporary setting aside of the nation Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles is complete.  The Second Coming is a series of complex events beginning with the Rapture, followed by the Trumpet and Bowl judgments, concluding with Armageddon and the binding of Satan.  Premillennialism recognizes the complexity of God's dealings with His people over the ages.

3.  Premillenial truth does not believe the world is going to get better before Jesus returns (Post-Millennial).  Rather, the world is going to get worse and worse, the love of many will grow cold, wickedness will increase and when the Son of Man returns, He will not find faith on the earth (Luke 17:18).  Persecution of the Saints is going to be so bad many professing Christians will apostate away from the faith (The Apostasy).  Jesus and Daniel warn it is going to the the worst of all times for believers.  Premillennialism recognizes that the world is progressing toward more evil, the Great Tribulation and the literal fulfillment of the Book of Revelation.

4.  Pre-millennial truth affirms the unconditional promises God made to national Israel (Romans 11).  Post-millennial and Amillenial both deny God's faithfulness and promises to Israel.

Revelation 20

Donnie's Teaching Notes

The Great White Throne Judgment


"And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence the earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and the books were opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged, everyone of them according to their deeds... and death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15).

These are some very sobering thoughts given concerning the final judgment. Several things are seen in this passage;

the end of the present universe (11), 

all are to be judged (12);

judgment is according to the deeds that a person has done (12);

those whose names are not found in the book of life are thrown into the lake of fire (15)

and that this is "the second death" (14).

It was at this passage that, after his death, they found two short phrases handwritten in the margin of Martin Luther's Bible. These two phrases he had written certainly do express the truth as taught in the Scriptures concerning judgment and eternity. The phrases were: "Born once - die twice; Born twice - die once".