Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 23 – Revelation 20

After a brief reminder about the hermeneutics possibilities, we dive straight into the gospel of Luke and our interpretation of God’s promise to give Jesus the throne of David as proof of our literal interpretation if we take the promise seriously.  Other promises are discussed as is the Bride - the church.

Once again, Dr. Missler runs us through the key aspects of the Jewish wedding ceremony.  It’s nearly impossible not to feel chills running down your spine as you come to the understanding that we, as believers, are actively involved in this series of blessed events!  What a thrill to be the Bride of Christ!

So, it looks like Jesus will rule from David’s throne during the millennium.  Other key happenings during this time frame include Satan being bound in the bottomless pit for the 1000 years.  We’ve repeatedly heard Chuck say that there are some people out there who believe that the Millennium has already begun.  If that’s the case, Satan’s chain is too long!  I think that’s all the proof we need to realize that the Millennium is yet to come.

The beast and the false prophet are already in the lake of fire.  They were cast there in Revelation 19:20.  After Satan is loosed for a time to deceive the nations, he is cast into the lake of fire as well.  The three of them will be tormented there forever.

The Great White Throne judgment follows, where the dead are judged by their works.  The fact that they’re being judged by their works says that they have no hope of eternity with the Lord.  It is the work of Christ that saves us, not our own works.  These will be cast into the lake of fire also.  The thought of this convicts me to share my faith with as many people as possible.  It also convicts me to pray that unbelievers will receive God’s message and respond to it.

When Chuck reminds us what this torment means to the consciousness of those doomed to experience it, I feel compassion rather than apathy like I used to.  I used to feel like I don’t care if it doesn’t affect me.  Maybe that’s still true.  But I’m widening my circle of observation and I can see that it does affect people that I know.  And as a Christian I should care about them.  Shouldn’t I?

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 21 & 22.  Review your notes.

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