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- "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years",
- "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."
- "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 YaHuWshuaH, and for the word of YaHuWaH, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Messiah a thousand years."
- "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."
- "when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,"
The Millennium | No Human On Earth
Millennium | The Vision
The Second Coming of YaHuWshuaH
Heavenly Scene Begins The Millennium
Students of scripture will be conscious of the fact that 'the Millennium' has been the subject of so much speculation and the plaything of all kinds of religious schools of thought. Some have said that Y2K was the beginning of 'the Millennium', while some others have taught that it would be a period post 'rapture', when the un-raptured will be given the opportunity to make amends! There are 'pre-Millennials', 'amillennials', and 'post-Millennials' meaning one thing or the other. But for anyone serious about Truth and their own salvation, no other opinion would count for anything except the opinion of YaHuWaH's Word, YaHuWshuaH. In this article, we would present to you only 'the Word'. 'My own know my voice', YaHuWshuaH would say. Every interpretation would be by Scripture. Remain blessed as you study.
Pre-millennialism, in Natsariym (Christian) eschatology, is the belief that YaHuWshuaH will physically return to the Earth to gather His Saints before the Millennium, a literal thousand-year golden age of peace. This return is referred to as the Second Coming. The doctrine is called "pre-millennialism" because it holds that YaHuWshuaH's physical return to Earth will occur prior to the inauguration of the Millennium. It is distinct from the other forms of Natsariym (Christian) eschatology such as postmillennialism or amillennialism, which view the millennial rule as occurring either before the second coming, or as being figurative and non-temporal. For the last century, the belief has been common in Evangelicalism according to surveys on this topic.
Pre-millennialism is based upon a literal interpretation of Revelation 20:1-6 in the New Testament, which describes YaHuWshuaH's reign in a period of a thousand years. It views this future age as a time of fulfillment for the prophetic hope of Elohiym's people as given in the Old Testament. Others, such as many (but not all) in the Eastern Orthodox communion, claim that this passage of Revelation describes the present time, when haMashiach reigns in Heaven with the departed Saints; such an interpretation views the symbolism of Revelation as referring to a spiritual battle rather than a physical battle on Earth.
The proponents of Amillennialism interpret the millennium as being a symbolic period of time, which is consistent with the highly symbolic nature of the literary and apocalyptic genre of the book of Revelation, sometimes indicating that the thousand years represent Elohiym's rule over his creation or the Church. Pre-millennialism is often used to refer specifically to those who adhere to the beliefs in an earthly millennial reign of haMashiach as well as a rapture of the faithful coming before (dispensational) or after (historic) the tribulation preceding the millennium. Post-millennialism, for example, agrees with pre-millennialism about the future earthly reign of haMashiach, but disagrees on the concept of a rapture and tribulation before the millennium begins. Post-millennialists hold to the view that the second coming will happen after the millennium.
The problem with each of these views, is not only the issue of when the Second-coming takes place, but also whether and when the 'tribulation' takes place. The fact of the imminent Second Coming is not controvertible by anyone with any intelligence. But the 'Tribulation is not exactly very clearly understood by most. What does it refer to? There is the three-and-half years period described by Daniy'el 9:27 - RNKJV (27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator.
YaHuWshuaH confirms the Covenant during one prophetic week, Seven literal years. He was baptized in the Spring of 27 AD and began His Ministry on Earth. He brought all sacrifices to an end by dying in the Spring on the Cross, on Abib 14, 31 AD. Spring AD 27 to Spring of AD 31 is exactly the middle of that prophetic week. But the confirmation of the Covenant continued another three-and-a-half years this time by His disciples. They restricted all their ministry to the Yahuwdiy nation in the hope of persuading them to accept YaHuWshuaH as the promised Savior, to meet the requirements detailed in Daniy'el 9:24, failing which they would forever cease to be Elohiym's chosen people.
The second half of the last prophetic week of YaHuWshuaH's Ministry has been bedeviled by all kinds of suppositions by theological schools! Among many other things, its timing has been located in the distant past by some and distant future by others who now think it would be the time for their 'tribulation' theory! But the Bible has only one endtime 'tribulation' to talk about. It is this one, described in Daniy'el 12:1 RNKJV - And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
and in YirmeYahuw 30:7 RNKJV in these words: (7) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
MattithYahuw 24:20-21 RNKJV - (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: (21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
This period is defined in Daniy'el 12:8, as a 15-day period within the 1290-day timeline, immediately following the end of the 1260-day Timeline of the same prophecy (Daniy'el 12:6-7) during which the Saints will endure a Universal Death Sentence. The last three-and-a-half-years after YaHuWshuaH's return to Heaven ended in AD 34.
The Lion of The Tribe Of Yahuwdah Comes
- And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in Heaven, saying, HalleluYah; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto YaHuWaH our Elohiym:
- For true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the Earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand.
- And again they said, HalleluYah. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
- And the four and twenty Elders and the four Beasts fell down and worshiped Elohiym that sat on the throne, saying, Amein; HalleluYah.
- And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our Elohiym, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great.
- And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, HalleluYah: for YaHuWaH Elohiym omnipotent reigneth.
The Marriage Of The Lamb and His Bride
- Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.
- And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of Saints.
- And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of Elohiym.
- And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of YaHuWshuaH: worship Elohiym: for the testimony of YaHuWshuaH is the spirit of prophecy.
- And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
- His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
- And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of Elohiym.
- And the armies which were in Heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
- And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Elohiym.
- And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND MASTER OF MASTERS.
Even The Carrion Birds Are Invited To Partake in the Wedding Feast!
- And I saw an Angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of Heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great Elohiym;
- That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
- And I saw the Beast, and the kings of the Earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army.
- And the Beast was taken, and with him the False Prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast, and them that worshiped his Image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
- And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
If you have studied the "Seven Last Plagues" presentation on this website, you would notice that it ended with the beginning of the effects of the emptying of Vial of the 'Wrath of YaHuWaH' by the Seventh Angel unto the Earth. The 'Fall of Babylon began', but was not finished. In our study of the 7th Vision of Revelation, the Third Vision of the Second line of Prophecies, we shall learn of the completion of the 'Fall of Babylon' as YaHuWshuaH approaches Earth. HE will of course not step HIS feet on the Earth at this time.
A look at the “Structure of Revelation Chart” shows that Revelation 19 and 20 make up the seventh vision. The “Heavenly Scene” of Revelation 19 present the Second Coming of haMashiach and the celebration of the Marriage Supper.
Completion of the 'Mysteries of YaHuWaH'
Revelation 19:1 - And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in Heaven, saying, HalleluYah; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto YaHuWaH our Elohiym ... fulfilling Psalm 3:8 - Salvation belongeth unto YaHuWaH: thy blessing is upon thy people; Revelation 7:10 - And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our Elohiym which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Revelation 19:2 - For true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the Earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Fulfilling Deuteronomy 32:43 “... HE will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries, and will be merciful unto His land, and to his people. ”YaHuWaH answers the question of the martyred Saints in Revelation 6:10 (Fifth Seal) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Master, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?
Revelation 19:3 - And again they said, HalleluYah. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. This echoes Revelation 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever ...” (4) And the four and twenty Elders and the four Beasts fell down and worshiped Elohiym that sat on the throne, saying, Amein; HalleluYah. (5) And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our Elohiym, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. (6) And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, HalleluYah: for YaHuWaH Elohiym omnipotent reigneth. (7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.
2 Corinthians 11:2 - For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to haMashiach. YeshaYahuw 44:23 “Sing, O ye Heavens; for YaHuWaH hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the Earth: break forth into singing...for YaHuWaH hath redeemed Ya'aqov, and glorified Himself in Yashar'el.”
(8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of Saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of Elohiym. Recalling Psalm 132:9 - Let thy Priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy Saints shout for joy. Revelation 1:6 - And hath made us Kings and Priests unto Elohiym and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amein
Revelation 19:10 - "And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of YaHuWshuaH: worship Elohiym: for the testimony of YaHuWshuaH is the spirit of prophecy". Here, Gavriy'el, the Angel of YaHuWshuaH, numbered himself on the side of the Woman and her Remnant, in the conflict described in Revelation 12:17 - "And the Dragon was wroth with the Woman, and went to make war with the Remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Elohiym, and have the testimony of YaHuWshuaH haMashiach."
Gavriy'el is Yahuwchanon's brother. He is our brother. How wonderful. But those who are thus numbered in this roll have what Gavriy'el called 'the Testimony of YaHuWshuaH'. Lest we misunderstand, Gavriy'el explains the expression for us in the words of Revelation 19:10 above, 'the Testimony of YaHuWshuaH is the Spirit of Prophecy'. As you well know, the 'Spirit of Prophecy' is the Spirit that makes one a prophet, that enables one to see what goes on in Heaven and reports same to YaHuWaH's children on Earth. This is the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, that made the biblical Prophets and Ellen G. White our Prophets. E. G. White's works are described as the works of the 'Spirit of Prophecy'. Now you know better.
Convergence of the Seventh Seal, the Seventh Trumpet & The Seventh Plague
Revelation 8:1 - And when He had opened the seventh Seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half an hour. The seventh Seal marks the beginning for the Second Coming of haMashiach event. The Seventh Trumpet, which is called the Third Woe, refers to The Second Coming of haMashiach. The “Heavenly Scene” for Chapter 19 depicts haMashiach's Second Coming as the great Judge coming to execute sentence upon the living wicked.
Revelation 19:11 - ... and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. YeshaYahuw 11:4 - But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the Earth: and He shall smite the Earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked.
The Seventh Seal
Armies of Heaven With YaHuWshuaH to War
Revelation 19:12 - His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
In the Scripture, a name describes a character trait or an office and position. This verse indicates that YaHuWshuaH haMashiach has either traits of character or an office of which we are still unaware. We have not yet seen Him in His work of a Judge and Executioner of Satan and his followers. (13) And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of Elohiym.
YeshaYahuw 63:3 - I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in Mine fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment. (14) And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (15) And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty Elohiym. YeshaYahuw 11:4 “... He shall smite the Earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked.” Revelation 2:27 And He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessel of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my father. (16) And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, king of kings, and master of masters. Daniy'el 2:47 “The king answered unto Daniy'el, and said, Of a truth it is, that your Elohiym is a Elohiym of gods, and a Master of kings ... ” Revelation 17:14 “...the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Master of masters, and King of kings ... ”.
Revelation 19:17 - And I saw an Angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of Heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great Elohiym; (18) That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. That call echoes this one in Yechezkiy'el 39:17 - And, thou son of man, thus saith YaHuWaH Elohiym; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Yisra'el, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
Revelation 19:19 - And I saw the Beast, and the kings of the Earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him (in the sense of His people) that sat on the horse, and against His army. Revelation 16:16 - And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. (mount of confrontation to agree about a death decree). Revelation 17:17 - For Elohiym hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom (their power of enforcement) unto the Beast, until the words of Elohiym shall be fulfilled.
Looking Forward To The End of The Thousand Years
Revelation 19:20 - And the Beast was taken, and with him the False Prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast, and them that worshiped his Image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (21) And the remnant (of the wicked) were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Revelation 16:14 - For they (the Beast and the False Prophet) are the spirits of devils, working miracles which go forth unto the kings of the Earth and the whole Earth to gather them to the battle of that great day of Elohiym Almighty. Daniy'el 7:11 “...I beheld even till the Beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. Revelation 18:8 “...and she (Babylon) shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is YaHuWaH Elohiym who judgeth her.
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- And I saw an Angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
- And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
- 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.
- 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 YaHuWshuaH, and for the word of YHWH , and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Messiah a thousand years.
- But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
- Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of YHWH and of Messiah, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
It will be very helpful to have another look at “The Structure of Revelation Chart.” You should notice that Revelation 19 and 20 make up the Seventh Vision. The “Heavenly Scenes” in Revelation 19 of the Second-Coming of YaHuWshuaH provided the timing and setting for the Millennium that follows in this chapter. Each (previous) “Historical-Prophetic Outline” has had a numerical progression of events, such as the 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets, etc. or the 1260 years, or 1260 days. This outline of events in Revelation 20 refers to the 1000 years that begin with the Second-Coming of haMashiach and end with the Third Coming of haMashiach. (The divine agenda for the entire Millennium may not have all been made known to us. The agenda may well be delineatable in the manner of the Sevens. Suffice it to dwell on what has been revealed to us that will take place during the Millennium)
Isolation and Chaining of “The Devil and Satan” At the Second Coming of haMashiach
Revelation 1:18 - I am He that liveth, and was dead (Mashiach); and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amein; and have the keys of hell and of death. Jude 6 - And the Angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness (the “bottomless pit” of gloomy invisible isolation) unto the judgment of the great day. 2 Kepha (Peter) 2:4 - ... Elohiym spared not the Angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; The word translated 'darkness' is defined by the New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance as, 'gloom'; blackness, darkness, mist.
Revelation 20:2 - And He (the “Angel,” haMashiach) laid hold (applied the key of divine isolation) on the Dragon, that old Serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him (chained him circumstantially) a thousand (literal) years, ... Please observe that the “angel,” the “key” and the “great chain” in verse 1 are symbols that are interpreted in the next verse to refer to a 1000 literal year period of judgments on Satan. (See Revelation 20:3).
Revelation 20:3 - 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. We need to recognize that the 'Bottomless Pit', at this point in time, the Earth, has been destroyed from the seven last Plagues. The cities are broken down and left in heaps by the great Earthquake and flame of fire that attended the Second-Coming of haMashiach. For 1000 years Satan is incarcerated in the dismal setting of a desolated Earth, completely isolated from interfacing with any of mankind. There in that setting, he can survey the results of all his wicked labors against mankind and the kingdom of Heaven.
IN HEAVEN: Elohiym's People Reign 1000 Years, Judging the Wicked
Revelation 20:4 - And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and ... Luke 22:30 - That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Yashar'el. 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 “Do ye not know that the Saints shall judge the world? ... (3) Know ye not that we shall judge Angels? ... I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of YaHuWshuaH, and for the word of Elohiym and which had not worshiped the Beast, neither his Image, neither had received his Mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned [and also judged] with haMashiach a thousand years.
It is not that the redeemed make determination concerning whether any individual may or may not receive eternal life. haMashiach, the Supreme Judge, determines that. But the redeemed from every age may review particular cases of the lost, including family, friends; and even cases of Angels. It may well include determination of the rewards (punishment) of the Wicked.
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The Millennium Ends
- And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
- And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
- And they went up on the breadth of the Earth, and compassed the camp of the Saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from YHWH out of Heaven, and devoured them.
- And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
- And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the Earth and the Heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
- And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before YHWH ; 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.
- 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.
- And death and sheol were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
- And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
The Millennium Ends With The Executive Judgment Of The Wicked
Revelation 20:7 - And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison... A time Satan will exploit and make the seventh and final attempt to establish himself an empire. (8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the Earth, and compassed the camp of the Saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from Elohiym out of Heaven, and devoured them. Hebrews 12:28-29 "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve Elohiym acceptably with reverence and godly fear (respect). (29) For our Elohiym is a consuming fire. Revelation 20:10 - And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the Beast and the False Prophet are ... 2 Kepha (Peter) 3:10 “... the Heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the Earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” Mal'akiy 4:3 - And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith YaHuWaH of hosts.
Revelation 20:10 - ... and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (as long as the burning lasts). For ever here does not mean endless! Jonah 2:6 “I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the Earth with her bars was about me for ever ...” MattithYahuw 12:40 - For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth. “Forever” does not always or necessarily mean “eternal”; it means “for as long as it lasts” or “for the duration”, "for the longevity of the combustible in the flames".
Before The Flames
Revelation 20:11 - And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the Earth and the Heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. Daniy'el 2:35 - Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole Earth. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before Elohiym; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life ... 2 Corinthians 5:10 - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of haMashiach; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Psalm 69:28 - Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. Daniy'el 12:1 ... and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (Revelation 20:12) ...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (MattithYahuw 16:27) ... and then He shall reward every man according to his works.
Executive Judgment | Death Of The Dead of all Ages
Revelation 20:13 - 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. The word translated “hell”, Word Number NT:86, 'haides' (hah'-dace), is defined by the New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, as the 'grave', 'hell'. Strong’s Concordance's definition of “hell” is derived from the Greek word “Haides” an element of Greek mythology. But the Bible's definition of “Hell” is derived from a description of death and refers to the grave, the place where the dead are “unseen.” It is death and the grave that will be destroyed forever.
Revelation 20:14 - And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 1 Corinthians 15:26 - The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death (and the grave). Jude 6, 7, 14, 15 - And the Angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 7 - Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner...are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 14 - And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, 'Behold, YaHuWaH cometh with ten thousands of his Saints, (15) To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
The Scripture has revealed the Agenda for the Millennium. It is as follows:
YaHuWshuaH arrives triggering the total Fall of Babylon, and devastation of Earth in the following events:
- Glorification of the living Righteous. (1 Thessalonians 4)
- The Earth is pulverized by talent-sized hailstones.
- Resurrection of Saints who fell asleep since Abel. (1 Thessalonians 4; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55)
- Resurrection of a few of the prominent among the wicked to witness the Second Coming and be slain thereafter. (Daniy'el 12:2)
- Destruction of all the wicked as they get consumed by the Consuming Fire of YaHuWshuaH's presence. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 1:14-15)
- Conversion of Earth into a 'bottomless pit'! Apocalyptic devastation of unbelievable proportions. (YeshaYahuw 24:1-6; YirmeYahuw 4:24-28; 2 Kepha 3:3-11)
- Satan is bound in mighty chains to the 'bottomless pit', the ruined Earth.
- Ascension of YaHuWshuaH and the Saints to Heaven
- The Reign of the Saints with YaHuWshuaH for the 1000 years judging the wicked and Saints
- The Savior, the Saints and the New Yerushalayim descend. (Revelation 21:2-3)
- Resurrection of all the wicked. Trillions of them, and thus unchaining Satan. (Revelation 20:5, 7-8)
- The wicked arraigned before the Great White Throne for their Judgment (Sentencing). (Revelation 20:11-12)
- All Hell breaks forth and consumes Satan and all the wicked and everything Man made on Earth since Adam, ending the Millennium. (Revelation 20:9)
“Her sins have reached unto Heaven, and Elohiym hath remembered her iniquities.” “In the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her; for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is YaHuWaH Elohiym who judgeth her. And the kings of the Earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lAmeint for her, ... saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.” (Revelation 18:5-10, 3, 15-17.)
“The merchants of the Earth,” that have “waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies,” “shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to naught.” (Revelation 18:5-10, 3, 15-17.)
Such are the judgments that fall upon Babylon in the day of the visitation of Elohiym's wrath. She has filled up the measure of her iniquity; her time has come; she is ripe for destruction
When the voice of Elohiym turns the captivity of his people, there is a terrible awakening of those who have lost all in the great conflict of life. While probation continued, they were blinded by Satan's deceptions, and they justified their course of sin. The rich prided themselves upon their superiority to those who were less favored; but they had obtained their riches by violation of the law of Elohiym. They had neglected to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to deal justly, and to love mercy. They had sought to exalt themselves, and to obtain the homage of their fellow-creatures. Now they are stripped of all that made them great, and are left destitute and defenseless. They look with terror upon the destruction of the idols which they preferred before their Maker. They have sold their souls for earthly riches and enjoyments, and have not sought to become rich toward Elohiym. The result is, their lives are a failure; their pleasures are now turned to gall, their treasures to corruption. The gain of a life-time is swept away in a moment. The rich bemoan the destruction of their grand houses, the scattering of their gold and silver. But their lamentations are silenced by the fear that they themselves are to perish with their idols.
The wicked are filled with regret, not because of their sinful neglect of Elohiym and their fellow-men, but because Elohiym has conquered. They lAmeint that the result is what it is; but they do not repent of their wickedness. They would leave no means untried to conquer if they could.
The world see the very class whom they have mocked and derided, and desired to exterminate, pass unharmed through pestilence, tempest, and earthquake. He who is to the transgressors of his law a devouring fire, is to his people a safe pavilion. The minister who has sacrificed truth to gain the favor of men, now discerns the character and influence of his teachings. It is apparent that an omniscient eye was following him as he stood in the desk, as he walked the streets, as he mingled with men in the various scenes of life. Every emotion of the soul, every line written, every word uttered, every act that led men to rest in a refuge of falsehood, has been scattering seed; and now, in the wretched, lost souls around him, he beholds the harvest. Saith YaHuWaH: “They have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” “With lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.” (YirmeYahuw 8:11; Yechezkiy'el 13:22.)
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! ... Behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings.” “Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock; for your days for slaughter and your dispersions are accomplished; ... and the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.” (YirmeYahuw 23:1, 2; 25:34, 35).
Ministers and people see that they have not sustained the right relation to Elohiym. They see that they have rebelled against the Author of all just and righteous law. The setting aside of the divine precepts gave rise to thousands of springs of evil, discord, hatred, iniquity, until the Earth became one vast field of strife, one sink of corruption. This is the view that now appears to those who rejected truth and chose to cherish error. No language can express the longing which the disobedient and disloyal feel for that which they have lost forever, — eternal life. Men whom the world has worshiped for their talents and eloquence now see these things in their true light. They realize what they have forfeited by transgression, and they fall at the feet of those whose fidelity they have despised and derided, and confess that Elohiym has loved them.
The people see that they have been deluded. They accuse one another of having led them to destruction; but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers. Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have led their hearers to make void the law of Elohiym and to persecute those who would keep it holy. Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception. The multitudes are filled with fury. “We are lost!” they cry, “and you are the cause of our ruin;” and they turn upon the false shepherds. The very ones that once admired them most, will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were to slay Elohiym's people are now employed to destroy their enemies. Everywhere there is strife and bloodshed.
“A noise shall come even to the ends of the Earth; for YaHuWaH hath a controversy with the nations: He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword.” (YirmeYahuw 25:31.) For six thousand years the Great Controversy has been in progress; the Son of Elohiym and His heavenly messengers have been in conflict with the power of the evil one, to warn, enlighten, and save the children of men. Now all have made their decision; the wicked have fully united with Satan in his warfare against Elohiym. The time has come for Elohiym to vindicate the authority of his downtrodden law. Now the controversy is not alone with Satan, but with men. “YaHuWaH hath a controversy with the nations;” “he will give them that are wicked to the sword.”
The mark of deliverance has been set upon those “that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done.” Now the Angel of death goes forth, represented in Yechezkiy'el's vision by the men with the slaughtering weapons, to whom the command is given: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my Sanctuary.” Says the Prophet, “They began at the ancient men which were before the house.” [Yechezkiy'el 9:1-6.] The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.
“YaHuWaH cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity; the Earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (YeshaYahuw 26:21.) “And this shall be the plague wherewith YaHuWaH will smite all the people that have fought against Yerushalayim: Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day that a great tumult from YaHuWaH shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.” (ZekarYahuw 14:12, 13.) In the mad strife of their own fierce passions, and by the awful outpouring of Elohiym's unmingled wrath, fall the wicked inhabitants of the Earth, — priests, rulers, and people, rich and poor, high and low. “And the slain of YaHuWaH shall be at that day from one end of the Earth even unto the other end of the Earth; they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried.” (YirmeYahuw 25:33).
At the coming of haMashiach the wicked are blotted from the face of the whole Earth, — consumed with the spirit of his mouth, and destroyed by the brightness of his glory. haMashiach takes his people to the city of Elohiym, and the Earth is emptied of its inhabitants. “Behold, YaHuWaH maketh the Earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.” “The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled; for YaHuWaH hath spoken this word.” “Because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the Earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the Earth are burned.” (YeshaYahuw 24:1, 3, 5, 6.)
The whole Earth appears like a desolate wilderness. The ruins of cities and villages destroyed by the earthquake, uprooted trees, ragged rocks thrown out by the sea or torn out of the Earth itself, are scattered over its surface, while vast caverns mark the spot where the mountains have been rent from their foundations.
Now the event takes place, foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the day of atonement. When the ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins of Yisra'el had been removed from the Sanctuary by virtue of the blood of the sin-offering, then the scape-goat was presented alive before YaHuWaH; and in presence of the congregation the high priest confessed over him “all the iniquities of the children of Yashar'el, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat.” (Leviticus 16:21). In like manner, when the work of atonement in the heavenly Sanctuary has been completed, then in the presence of Elohiym and heavenly Angels, and the host of the redeemed, the sins of Elohiym's people will be placed upon Satan; he will be declared guilty of all the evil which he has caused them to commit. And as the scape-goat was sent away into a land not inhabited, so Satan will be banished to the desolate Earth, an uninhabited and dreary wilderness.
The Revelator foretells the banishment of Satan, and the condition of chaos and desolation to which the Earth is to be reduced; and he declares that this condition will exist for a thousand years. After presenting the scenes of the Master's second coming and the destruction of the wicked, the prophecy continues: “I saw an Angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the Dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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.” (Revelation 20:1-3).
That the expression, “bottomless pit,” represents the Earth in a state of confusion and darkness, is evident from other scriptures. Concerning the condition of the Earth “in the beginning,” the Bible record says that it “was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” (Genesis 1:2; The word here translated “deep” is the same that in Revelation 20:1-3 is rendered “Bottomless Pit”). Prophecy teaches that it will be brought back, partially, at least, to this condition. Looking forward to the great day of Elohiym, the prophet YirmeYahuw declares: “I beheld the Earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the Heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the Heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down.” (YirmeYahuw 4:23-27.)
Here is to be the home of Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Limited to the Earth, he will not have access to other worlds, to tempt and annoy those who have never fallen. It is in this sense that he is bound; there are none remaining, upon whom he can exercise his power. He is wholly cut off from the work of deception and ruin which for so many centuries has been his sole delight.
The Prophet YeshaYahuw, looking forward to the time of Satan's overthrow, exclaims: “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cast down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations.” “Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of Elohiym.” “I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the Earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” (YeshaYahuw 14:12-17).
For six thousand years, Satan's work of rebellion has “made the Earth to tremble.” He has “made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof.” And “he opened not the house of his prisoners.” For six thousand years his prison-house has received Elohiym's people, and he would have held them captive forever, but haMashiach has broken his bonds, and set the prisoners free.
Even the wicked are now placed beyond the power of Satan; and alone with his evil Angels he remains to realize the effect of the curse which sin has brought. “The kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house [the grave]. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch.... Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people.” [YeshaYahuw 14:18-20.]
For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate Earth, to behold the results of his rebellion against the law of Elohiym. During this time his sufferings are intense. Since his fall, his life of unceasing activity has banished reflection; but he is now deprived of his power, and left to contemplate the part which he has acted since first he rebelled against the government of Heaven, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the dreadful future, when he must suffer for all the evil that he has done, and be punished for the sins that he has caused to be committed.
To Elohiym's people, the captivity of Satan will bring gladness and rejoicing. Says the Prophet: “It shall come to pass in the day that YaHuWaH shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy trouble, and from the hard service wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon (here representing Satan), and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! ... YaHuWaH hath broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; that smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained.” (YeshaYahuw 14:3-6, Revised Version.)
During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrections, the Judgment of the wicked takes place. The Apostle Paul points to this Judgment as an event that follows the second advent. “Judge nothing before the time, until YaHuWaH come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Daniy'el declares that when the Ancient of days came, “Judgment was given to the Saints of the Most High.” (Daniy'el 7:22). At this time the righteous reign as kings and priests unto Elohiym. Yahuwchanon in the Revelation says: “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them.” “They shall be priests of Elohiym and of haMashiach, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4, 6; 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3). It is at this time that, as foretold by Paul, “the Saints shall judge the world.” (Revelation 20:4, 6; 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3). In union with haMashiach they judge the wicked, comparing their acts with the statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case according to the deeds done in the body. Then the portion which the wicked must suffer is meted out, according to their works; and it is recorded against their names in the book of death.
Satan also and evil Angels are judged by haMashiach and His people. Says Paul, “Know ye not that we shall judge Angels?” (Revelation 20:4, 6; 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3). And Jude declares that “the Angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains - under darkness unto the Judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6).
At the close of the thousand years the second resurrection will take place. Then the wicked will be raised from the dead, and appear before Elohiym for the execution of “the judgment written.” Thus the Revelator, after describing the resurrection of the righteous, says, “The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Revelation 20:5; YeshaYahuw 24:22). And YeshaYahuw declares, concerning the wicked, “They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited” (Revelation 20:5; YeshaYahuw 24:22).
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