Summary: Last time we talked about the fact of a 1000 year Messianic Kingdom right here on earth, we read many O.T. scripture pointing this out, and of coarse the Lord Jesus Christ will be the reigning King, His saints will have the wonderful privilege of reigning
Rev. #70~20:1-4 RESURRECTED SAINTS 9-11-10
Today Lord willing we’ll try and talk about some of the great truths we find here in these verses. Last time we talked about the fact of a 1000 year Messianic Kingdom right here on earth, we read many O.T. scripture pointing this out, and of coarse the Lord Jesus Christ will be the reigning King, His saints will have the wonderful privilege of reigning with Him, that’s one reason that we should work for the Lord now on this side of the rapture, if we’ll be busy in some capacity of witnessing and pointing others to Him it will pay big dividends on the other side of the rapture.
Ø JESUS ILLUSTRATED IN the parable of the talents: Matthew 25:21 Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:--
We’ll find out at the Judgment Seat of Christ if we’ll be rewarded in reigning with Him in such a capacity, it seems to me that the saints will be appointed certain territories, or perhaps a city, or any number of positions some where in the Kingdom.
As you can see there’s much that we’ll just have to wait and see to know for certain to do with some of these things, I believe that when we do finally arrive there in that city of gold that most of us are going to be in for a big surprise, it’ll be so much grander and more wonderful that we ever imagined, we think on things as we’re used to seeing and knowing them here on earth, but there’s going to be such splendor there that our little minds have never even considered, PAUL Said this in;
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Ø Listen as I read Rev.20:1-4
1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3And 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.
Last time we talked on these verses, but I want to point a great truth out here once again.
The angel that will subdue Satan is not named, it’s not Jesus Himself, nor is it any other high-ranking angel.
This angel comes down from heaven and he has been given the key to the bottomless pit, and he also has been given the authority and power to subdue Satan.
This certainly reveals to us that Satan is not any where close to being God’s equal; and that God could easily stop Satan’s activity at any time. Yet God allows Satan to continue, because even in his evil and wicked ways that we cannot understand, God’s purposes are being served.
This unnamed angel bounds Satan with a chain, and this unnamed angel cast Satan into the bottomless pit.
The word “abyss,” in the Greek, means “boundless or bottomless.” This is the prison place of fallen angels (demons or unclean spirits). It is the same place called “tartaros”
In 2nd pt. 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,**(tartarus) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;--
We read about “hell” in several places, but the word “hell” here in this verse has a different meaning than any of the other places, here it is called in the Greek,(tartaros) and it means “the holding place for a certain group of fallen angels”, demons is what we mostly refer to the fallen angels today.
It’s a place of gloom and doom; it’s a place of darkness. The fallen angels that are there right now is made up of the angels that sinned back in Noah’s day found in Gen. 6
But not all of the fallen angels are bound in Tartaros, only a certain group, there’s millions that are still here on earth today, and they make up satins army of demons, they’re here at this present time carrying out satins orders, Satan is not OMNISCIENT, that is he don’t know every thing, Satan is not OMNIPRESENT, that is he can’t be every place at the same time like HOLY SPIRIT can, Satan is not OMNIPOTENT, that is he’s not all powerful.
So Satan has appointed certain of his demons over certain jobs, listen as I read to from Daniel 8:15-16 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.”notice: Gabriel has the appearance of a man, and he talks like a man.”