Revelation 20:1-10 – November 23
God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!
We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November and starting an Advent study for the whole family on December 1. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus.
You can read the NIV version of today’s reading below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry, prayer requests, or questions in the Comments section on our website.
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The Thousand Years
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.
4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
The Judgment of Satan
7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
You are God, That’s Why | Becky Newman
Coming out of yesterday’s reading, the antichrist (beast) and false prophet have been thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur by Jesus’ army. YAHOO! And whew! Just reading about them and what they will do in our world was sucking the life out of me. BUT, from today’s reading Satan (dragon) did not have the same fate…yet. Instead, an angel locks Satan up in the Abyss for a thousand years. Why? Maybe he’s getting another chance to repent? But also in our world, this a thousand year reign of Jesus, in which Satan is no longer around to deceive the people. It appears we still have free will during this thousand year reign, because at the end of this period, instead of relishing in how good we have it without Satan, he’s able to muster up enough followers for an army to fight Jesus again. However, this time his fate is in the fiery pit, eternally tortured, probably where his army is headed too on judgment day. There’s not much here about what the world will be like under Jesus’ reign, or if Jesus will be physically present in our world or if his reign will be from heaven. That’s probably why a lot of churches and Christians have split over this whole “millennium” thing. I guess I’ll know if I’m supposed to know.
I have a lot of “why?” today. The reminder that You are God, that’s why, keeps me humble. Throughout today’s reading and all of Revelation, one thing remains–You are in control.
I trust that You are in complete control! Thank You for continually humbling me under You. I know I need these reminders.