Summary: Today we’ll continue in chapter 20:- last time we spoke concerning Satan being bound and cast into the pit while the 1000 year reign of Christ is underway, I’ll say a few more words on this matter before we move on.---
Rev #72~ 20:1-11 GOD DEALS WITH SIN AND SINNERS 9-25-10
Today we’ll continue in chapter 20:- last time we spoke concerning Satan being bound and cast into the pit while the 1000 year reign of Christ is underway, I’ll say a few more words on this matter before we move on.---listen as I read once again verses 1-3.
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.
We see that it’s not a hard thing for this unnamed angel to take control of Satan, place some type of chain on him and cast Satan into the bottomless pit, the reason is this unnamed angel has God’s power to do so.
This taking of Satan and casting him into the pit is a real happening, the battle of Armageddon is real, the casting of the antichrist and the false prophet into the lake of fire is real, the destroying of the kings and their armies is real, Satan is real, all of these subjects are real and their destruction is also real.
We have saw from time to time on some of the religious TV shows, these so called evangelist “bind Satan” or so they say, But I have no confidence at all in such as this, here in our verses it takes THE POWER OF God to bind satan, there’s no man that can do this.
And while I’m here let me say that some time we see some religious leader that has been ask to do a cleansing of some ones home of demons, and so he comes and goes through his ritual and the demon active is said to be gone.
The devil has his demons to go along with it to keep these dear people involved in these false religions, remember, the devil is a deceiver, he is a liar, he knows just what these people are wanting to see.
Falsehood can have no power over us until we are led to believe and decide that it is the truth. And this deceiving of men, getting them to accept lies and false hopes under the persuasion that they are accepting and following the truth, is what Satan has done in every age, he has had over 6000 years of practice on mankind, he is the best there is in causing people to believe lies.
Ø Verses 4 & 5---------------------------------------------------
4And 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 Jesus, and for the word of God, -----and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6Blessed 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 God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Ø the second death------what does that mean?
Every person has a physical birth, and he is spiritually dead until he is saved, and with this physical birth comes sin that we inherited from our parents and so did they and all the way back to Adam and Eve.
Ø Paul says as in talks to saved people in;
Eph.2:1-3 And you hath he quickened,**(made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein **(in sin) in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,**(the devil) the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:**(people that are still lost sinners)
3Among whom**(among these sinners) also we all had our conversation**(every day life) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (People that have never been born again are natural born sinners and their sinful nature is of coarse dominant, they know no other way.)
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man** (never been saved) receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.