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REVELATION CHAPTER 20

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1&2 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

 

Rev 20,1-6

(245i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of Jesus’ victory over sin -- These verses go with verse 10. There is nothing worse than the fulfillment of God’s promises when nobody is watching. This will not happen in eternity in that God will clothe us with immortality. During the Millennium we will have immortal bodies, yet living in a temporal world at the same time, duel realms interfacing with each other, those with resurrected bodies and those with temporal bodies, as the only time this will ever happen. During the Millennium we will be watching for the fulfillment of prophecy, and also throughout the Millennium Christ will give His synopsis about things to come in eternity, and the time in waiting for their fulfillment will range into the millions of years, so we will forever hope in God. We won’t have to take notes; in resurrected bodies; when Jesus speaks to us, His word will be permanently inscribed in our innermost being as though we had a personal Bible in our hearts. We will never forget His word. There will be sinful people on the earth during the Millennium, those who survived the Great Tribulation, who didn’t take the Mark of the Beast, nor did they believe in Jesus at the time; thus, they did not take part in the First Resurrection/Rapture and do not have glorified bodies. They obviously believe in Jesus now that they have seen Him, after emerging from their hiding place where God directed them in the catacombs under Jerusalem, so that when He comes and sets up His thousand-year reign, they will have already migrated there from all parts of the world. He will use them to replenish the earth. At the end of the Millennium, Satan will be released, he will gather the nations together for one last hurrah, and God will call down fire from heaven and consume His adversaries, and that will mark the end of time and the beginning of eternity. From there, God will create a new heavens and a new earth, it says, “in which righteousness dwells” (2Pet 3-13). There will be other kings in the Millennium and in eternity. There will be many nations, and the universe will be filled with His people.

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Rev 20,1-3

(15i) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> For the sake of the Church – Angels performed these events for the sake of the Church, answering the question whether God uses Satan to test mankind. It is perfectly clear from the very beginning that God allowed the serpent to enter the Garden of Eden and tempt Eve to see whom Adam would obey, his wife or his maker (God's foreknowledge already told Him the answer to this, but He wanted Adam to know). Adam failed the test and the entire human race inherited his sin. It is absolutely the case that ever since Adam’s transgression God has been using this world as His testing ground to see what we are willing to do, but during the millennium Satan will be bound, and it will be a time of peace, prosperity and joy through Christ’s administration. Since there is so much war in the world today, the peace of the millennium indicates that Satan is centrally involvement in war and unrest. He might say, ‘Don’t blame me; these are not my wars,’ but the devil is behind the scenes tempting mankind to destroy his fellow man. During the millennium Satan will be thrown into the abyss where he will remain for a thousand years, and after that thousand years is complete, you would think he would return in a humbled state of repentance, knowing that the prophecy of being thrown into the lake of fire is also his destiny, but Satan cannot help but rebel; he is not free like us to decide between good and evil; he must do evil!

(39j) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated Satan in the world -- These verses go with verse 10. It says about the devil in Rev 12-10,11, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” The devil is our spiritual opponent, the serpent of old, the one that tempted Adam and Eve to fall into sin. He has been around a long time doing his thing. He hasn’t changed his objective or his tactics one bit. The devil hates mankind; he is jealous of us, because God has given us everything that once belonged to him. Satan wants so badly for us all to die. Besides desiring the throne of God, had Satan one wish, he would ask for the saints who are already in heaven, because we are the ones who possess his inheritance that he lost when he trespassed on God's throne.

(47h) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Prison of the bottomless pit – The Bible teaches that God never takes His inheritance away, “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11-29). Rather, He will remove Himself from them, so that the gifts and the inheritance become a curse to us instead of a blessing. God cursed Lucifer's inheritance, which was the entire creation by removing Himself from it, which is why the entire universe is under a curse. This suggests that hell will exist as a type of natural realm, just as its inhabitants will have a type of natural body. They won’t exactly be natural, since in hell you can never die, but will mimic the natural realm in every way except death. Instead of dying and reaching finality as we do on earth, in hell the inhabitants will remain suspended in an eternal process of dying, just as the natural realm itself is slowly dying. When God throws Satan into the abyss, He will throw him into his own inheritance that He has cursed. The earth, though it is beautiful and supports life, is cursed just the same. Imagine the splendor of God’s creation when it is not cursed; it is a creation that God inhabits, in the very materials that comprise it!

(50l) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church  >> Satan bound for a thousand years

(49g) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Enemies of God’s will are destroyed

(163b) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Prison – It says that after the thousand years are complete God will release the devil to test His millennial people, who will deceive the nations once more. Satan will never learn his lesson, and man will never stop following him even after living in a near perfect world for a thousand years. Perhaps the devil was sitting at the bottom of the abyss crying that he will never do it again, yet when he was released, he went right back to his old ways. What if Satan, after his release, repented and did not tempt the nations as God had expected, knowing that any effort to subvert God's throne would just end in failure and he will rightly be tossed into the lake of fire; how would God have responded to that? God set him free knowing this scenario would never happen. Satan and his demons are incapable of repentance, and those who follow him become just like him. When God creates us anew in the Kingdom of Heaven, after we have been tested, we will never again have the willingness or the ability to sin. So, in eternity the righteous will never be able to sin and the wicked will never be able to repent. When people cannot repent, they become sin, just like Jesus became sin on the cross; Jesus became like those who are in hell. There are those who would ask, ‘why doesn’t God just destroy them?’ As a created being are they telling God what to do with His creation? God will create whatever He wants however He wants. If He wants to create a people in His own image He will do so, and if they rebel, how is that His fault? Even knowing what they will do, it is still not His fault. He did not create them to fail; He created them to choose.

(183i) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Spirit of the broad road >> Spirit of error will lead you astray

(185g) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> God helps Satan in the mystery of lawlessness -- These verses go with verses 7-10. Someone might ask the question, ‘Why didn’t God throw the devil into the bottomless pit a long time ago?’ In fact, why didn’t He do it before He made man to protect him from temptation? God had been using Satan ever since he trespassed and sought His throne. He used Satan by placing him in the garden to test Adam, preparing man for eternity, so we will never go the way of Satan. God needs to test His creation as totally free agents. He has made man with the freedom to do whatever he wants, and inherent within that freedom is a willingness to rebel. God cannot make a free people without us seeking His throne. God created us in His image; therefore, it is absolutely necessary for us to be completely free, for He has no interest in robots. Since we have a will, we will use it against His will, just because we can, even though God created Adam without flaws. God must test His creation to show them that there is no future in rebellion. It is highly questionable had Adam not fell into transgression that God would have been pleased with his response, because then all of Adam’s offspring would not have been tested. Being “tested” had little if anything to do with seeing how Adam would respond to temptation; rather, God wanted Adam to sin so that he would get a taste of it, to see that it was bitter. He needs us all to experience sin, its ramifications and consequences, so we no longer wish to rebel. When He gives us new bodies that cannot sin, we will have already experienced sin firsthand, thus removing our curiosity. This is the only way God can create a people who are totally free. Without the opportunity to experience sin God would have no choice but to create us in a cage, and we would all line its boundaries, looking through the chain links, wondering what was out there. As it is, God has removed the cage of our curiosity, and now we are completely and totally free. We now know by experience what is out there, wickedness and evil, darkness and misery; and we know we don’t want any part of it. All our questions are answered and we are happy to serve the Lord. The lessons we learn will be planted into our spirit, contributing to who and what we become in eternity. The process of perfection entails losing the ability to rebel against God, and taking the lessons we learn and sowing them into a perfect body, making us physically and mentally free.

(218d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> God controls the consequences of our actions

Rev 20-1,2

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ -- These verses go with verse 10. Rev 20-10 states, "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." Demons are subject to Christ, and this Scripture passage denotes the literal manifestation of that fact. However, prior to this being fulfilled, demons will remain subject to Christ on a partial basis. Once Satan has been cast into the lake of fire, he will be subject to Christ in the most literal way possible. Until then, though, a partial manifestation of this will be the norm, such as in the exorcise of demons, both depicted in Scripture and by the Church. One pictorial case was with the demon-possessed man of Gerasene (Mk 5,1-20). After Jesus cast the demons from the man, they entered the swine, which intuitively perceived they were better off dead and drown themselves in the sea. Once the demons left the bodies of these dead pigs, they had nowhere to go. The demons were subject to Christ, but it was a partial subjection. The demons had to listen to Jesus and left the man, but they were still free to roam the earth in search of new habitation to reek havoc somewhere else. Jesus didn’t stop them, and the reason for this is completely up to God. We know that God uses the devil to test the loyalty of mankind, just like God used Satan to test Job. So the demons frequently come in handy; God allows them to freely roam the earth and to reek havoc along the way. We could say that this is mean of God, but the fact remains, the devil can’t do anything unless man allows him, such as in the Garden of Eden. Obedience to the entities of the spirit realm is how they gain place in our lives, including God; if we don’t obey Christ, He has no place in us.

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3-5 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time. 4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

 

Rev 20-3

(132d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> His Spirit is a seal

Rev 20,4-6

(50l) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church  >> Millennium – Jesus is currently establishing a spiritual kingdom on the earth, a kingdom that will eventually give way to the physical thousand-year reign of Christ. Those who died in faith since time began will come to life at the advent of the First Resurrection, and they will reign with Christ forever and ever, beginning at the Millennium. There will be people who survived the horrors of endtime prophecy who never took the Mark of the Beast, who are still alive in the flesh, though there won’t be many; they will repopulate the earth and those who were martyred during the tribulation will rule over them for a thousand years, and after the thousand years is complete, those who were born during the Millennium will be added to Christ’s eternal kingdom. After the thousand years are complete He will destroy this present universe and build a new on in its place and establish this same kingdom on the new earth. Then he will create a new Adam and a new Eve with no need for a garden, since there will be no curse, and they will populate the new earth until they run out of room and colonize the next planet and so on, until God’s universe is filled with His people. Man will take a beautiful planet and make it paradise, building civilizations on it where every planet has its unique culture. Within each planet there will be unique civilizations just like we have on the earth, and their differences will be scaled to planets and regions on planets, variations within cultures without prejudice, and there will be no war. Death will no longer exist, so people will populate the universe at a staggering rate, but it will never be filled.

(81a) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> We are a type of Jesus’ priesthood – Priests are those who intercede for the people, so we will intercede for those born of mortal flesh who dwell on earth during the Millennium. It says that those who were martyred during the tribulation will reign with Christ for a thousand years in a very specific way, suggesting that they will act as high priests among the saints, who also act as priests, and together they will intercede for those who dwell on the earth in a hierarchical fashion, tribulation martyrs being placed in higher places of authority.

Rev 20-4

(68d) Authority >> Jesus Delegates Authority To Execute Judgment >> Against sin -- This verse goes with verse 6

(69i) Authority >> Righteous judgment (Outcome of Discernment) >> Passing judgment by the authority of God

(98m) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> Endurance invites the judgment of God

(102k) Thy kingdom come >> Loyalty (Faithfulness) >> Tried and true >> Loyal – To accept martyrdom is the ultimate test of loyalty. Those who refused to take the Mark of the Beast or worship his image came to life at the First Resurrection along with the rest of the saints, and those martyred during the tribulation will reign with Christ for a thousand years. There are only two resurrections: the resurrection of the righteous and the resurrection of the wicked. Scripture in both Old and New Testaments testify of God valuing the physical realm over the spiritual realm in that if it doesn’t manifest, then it is not worth anything. If these guys accepted martyrdom for a kingdom they could not touch, Paul said, “If we have hoped in Christ in this [physical] life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.” Our great victory is summarized in the First Resurrection; without that, not even Jesus’ crucifixion means anything. If there is no bodily resurrection, then those who are thrown into the lake of fire have no body either, and if they can’t feel the flames, then we might as well eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. If the righteous are given bodies to enjoy God's paradise forever, then so do the wicked to suffer hell and damnation. This is the one verse that teaches about martyrs in the last days being the only ones who will reign with Christ during the Millennium. This actually makes sense in that the First Resurrection involves millions of people, whereas there will only be a remnant of humanity spared on the earth after the Great Tribulation. Eventually their numbers will climb into the millions at the end of the Millennium after they are given time to reproduce, but they won't be so many that those martyred cannot manage them all.

(136ha) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> Body of Christ consists of individual members >> We are chosen members of Christ

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross

(189f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs bring about the judgment of God

(191f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> God sanctifies us through our devotion to Him

(201g) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> The Church offends the world – The world has always hated God; it has never understood Him; throughout the generation only a few were being saved, and the rest perished in their ignorance and in their love of darkness. Jesus said, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil” (Jn 3-19). Sin leads a person to crave darkness, and what does darkness mean but an attempt to hide from God. Those who were martyred during the antichrist’s moment will come to life and reign with Christ for a thousand years. Those who accepted a total loss of control when other people murdered them will now have absolute control, not only over their murderers, but also over the entire earth of those who are born during the Millennium and populated the earth, millions of them. It will be a benevolent kingdom; although it says that Christ will rule the nations with a rod of iron (Rev 12-5), that is speaking mostly of the time before the Millennium, when He defeats His enemies through the Seals, the Trumpets and the Bowls of God’s judgment. When He sets up His thrown in His thousand-year kingdom, He will be a benevolent ruler, and when somebody commits sin, He will deal with it mostly without violence. If man attempts a rebellion or stages a revolt, blood may run again during the Millennium, but these occurrences will be rare.

(224f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> We shall always be with the Lord – This group that came out of the great tribulation, who were beheaded as martyrs because they would not receive the mark of the beast or worship his image; it says they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. It doesn’t say that anybody else will reign with Christ, just the martyrs of the tribulation. Paul said in his finest description of the Rapture in 1The 4-17, “we will always be with the Lord.” God did not leave His saints in heaven during the Millennium; we will be with Him, but we may not reign with Christ. Instead, we will inhabit the Camp of the Saints (v9). We will all have resurrected bodies during the Millennium, similar to the body of Jesus after His resurrection.

(237b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> Last trumpet

Rev 20-5,6

(26b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is hell >> Sin has the sentence of hell -- These verses go with verses 11-15

(34h) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> The blessed First Resurrection – Going back to 1The 4,13-18, where it speaks of the Rapture, it says that the dead in Christ will rise first, and then we who remain in the flesh will be Raptured to meet the Lord in the clouds, “and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” This is an important passage to compare in that if there are many resurrections, we know there is only one First Resurrection, and based on what John the revelator said, taking part of the second resurrection leads to the second death. This implies that there are only two resurrections: the resurrection of the righteous and the resurrection of the wicked. John is singling out a particular group, the tribulation martyrs, from the collective group of the First Resurrection, saying that only the tribulation martyrs will reign with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the saints will comprise the “camp of the saints” (v9). This camp of the saints will essentially constitute the largest city on earth. Presently, the largest city in the world is Mexico City boasting over 50 million people. The camp of the saints will reside next to the holy city, Jerusalem, and will house billions of saints, incorporating everyone throughout history who died in faith, and they will live there as citizens of His kingdom. There won’t be a demand for billions of people to govern the Millennium, since there will only be billions of people born during the Millennium. We know Paul said that we will always be with the Lord, and we know that Jesus will be here on earth, on this planet during His millennial kingdom, and we will have bodies just like Him during that time, resurrected but not glorified.

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6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. 

 

Rev 20,6-15

(218j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest in eternity

Rev 20-6

(34d) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> New creation belongs to us – The Bible teaches that the Millennium is the beginning of God’s kingdom that will last forever and ever. He will destroy this present universe and create a new one in its place, and the kingdom that He has started at the Millennium will be the beginning of His eternal kingdom. In fact, that kingdom has already begun in the hearts of those who belong to God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit in His place who cries in our hearts, “Abba Father;” and we have the spiritual structure of His eternal kingdom already abiding in us. God has called us to manifest our faith that others might believe and receive this spiritual kingdom that is growing in our hearts and will eventually overtake this present darkness. We could go back further and remember that God planted the seed of His kingdom in Mary, and she conceived and bore a son, Jesus, who would forgive the people of their sins. We could go back still further and say that the kingdom really started with Abraham who believed God, “and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” These tiny seeds that God has planted along the way of man’s long journey have been growing for thousands of years and maturing. This age is almost over, which will usher in the Millennium that according to the name will only last a thousand years, the age that man has awaited since God promised it to Abraham, yet in fact it will never end.

(34g) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with His spiritual blessings – Those who partake of the resurrection of the righteous will experience joy that increases continually throughout all eternity. Going back to Isaiah 9-7, it says that the Kingdom of God will perpetually increase, and because it doesn’t say how, the implication is that it will increase in every imaginable way, even in ways unimaginable, in wisdom and knowledge, and also in numbers. Everyone who plays a part in the first resurrection will reign with Christ for a thousand years during the Millennium, not just those who are martyred. It also says there is a camp of the saints (Rev 20-9). A camp is a temporary living quarters, which is how the saints will perceive the Millennium, a temporary situation, who have already received their resurrected bodies and are immune to death, and so dwell in the realm of eternity. We will have bodies during the Millennium resembling the body Jesus after His resurrection. What the saints are anticipating is the new heavens and the new earth; this is when eternity will begin in earnest. For the saints, eternity has already begun, but for the creation itself, it hasn’t. It will still be the same old dusty earth during the Millennium.

(47e) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of the dead – The first resurrection is the resurrection of the saints; it says, “Over these the second death has no power.” the second death obviously is hell, and those who are thrown into it will participate in the second resurrection, the resurrection of the damned. Jesus talked about this in the gospel of John chapter five, saying in verse 29, “An hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and will come forth, those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, and those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” This judgment is called the second death. It is like a person who has a terminal disease and slowly fades; they get weaker and weaker as the disease progresses, until the body can no longer fight the disease and succumbs to death. That is the first death; the second death is perhaps similar, except that the body never dies. They get weaker and weaker as the disease of sin takes over the body. All the sins he has committed continue working on his conscience, taking over his memories, until sin is all he can recall, and he becomes sin.

(68d) Authority >> Jesus Delegates Authority To Execute Judgment >> Against sin -- This verse goes with verse 4

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken

(133h) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> God’s people are holy to the Lord

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7&8 When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.

 

Rev 20,7-10

(16g) Sin >> Man’s willingness to be evil >> Instinctively acting against righteousness – Although this will be a premeditated plan to destroy God’s empire in His very presence, the people involved will simply be operating according to their fleshly instincts. They will be led by the elementary principles of their sin nature acting as their only weapon (which is no weapon at all), to form their plot against Christ. This depicts the very essence of self-deception and the power of sin to blind a person to think they have a chance in hell of overthrowing the Kingdom of God.

(19c) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by demons – Satan thinks he must have it all, but what he didn’t realize while he was still Lucifer, before he fell into transgression, was that he did have it all, but then he became envious of God’s throne and he wanted that too, and he became insane with jealousy. God had made Lucifer steward of his entire creation! Isn’t that enough? Anybody who serves and worships the devil is insane with him. The world is going insane even now because they will not bow their knee to the throne of Christ. To the degree that people serve the devil is the degree to which they go insane. Satan didn’t just grab ten or fifteen people at the end of the Millennium; he was able to convince a number like the sand on the seashore to side with him. Man and the devil are alike; they are made for each other. Mortal man is a fallen creature, and we have an affinity for that which is fallen. The demons speak our language; we understand them, but God made us to understand His word. The demons are full of greed, lust and pride, and all they know is to steal kill and destroy, and these are all things we understand.

(21h) Sin >> Premeditated sin >> Having no intensions of doing the will of God – There are people alive in the world today whose minds are twisted beyond repair, who have abused their conscience to such a degree that repentance is no more possible than the devil. In Jesus’ day they were the Pharisees, of whom Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil.” Satan doesn’t have any new ideas, really. He might think he does, but it always ends up being the same—start a new war and steal, kill and destroy. This is all Satan knows. If he were capable of choosing a different modus operandi, after being released from his prison, had he just moped around and kicked the can down the street, saying, ‘Well, this is going to last for a little while, and then I suppose they will throw me into hell,’ maybe God wouldn’t have done it, but we all know such a decision on Satan’s part is impossible. Satan and his demons cannot be rehabilitated, and that is exactly what they say about psychopaths, so whom do they serve?

(45l) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Satan VS the saints >> Fighting against Satan – The camp of the saints and the "beloved city" are not the same. There will be a camp of the saints AND a beloved city, and of course we know that the beloved city is Jerusalem, but what is the camp of the saints? It will house the saints of the First Resurrection, but not the martyrs of the tribulation. It will have high towers reaching far into the sky, housing billions of God’s people who have been resurrected from the dead; they are all God’s saints. These will reign with Christ, but those who hold offices in government will live in Jerusalem; they will comprise the martyrs of the tribulation. The devil and his band of marauders will approach the camp of the saints and the holy city with evil intent, and fire from heaven will destroy them, just like the war of Armageddon which was really not a war. Jesus merely spoke a word or two and they all fell down dead. The same thing will happen again. Jesus will call down fire from heaven like Elijah did against the false prophets of Baal during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel.

(65a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Jesus answers the devil’s prayer – Satan will be released from his prison and come out to deceive the nations once more. It says that afterward, when God is finished using him to separate his loyal servants from those who are subversive, He will throw the lot of them into the lake of fire, “and [Satan] will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

(65h) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan unites the world for the cause of deception – This tells a story about the devil, but it also tells a story about man, how easily deceived we are. After all the teaching they received over the last thousand years; the story of the great tribulation was told to them a million times; they grew up knowing about it, yet they joined Satan's cabal of marauders the first chance they got. They learned that the serpent would be released after a thousand years and would tempt a coup numbering as the sand on the seashore to hold Christ for ransom and seize His throne. Killing Christ on the cross blew up in Satan’s face, and any attempts to do it again will end the same way, in abject failure, and though He knows this in His heart, he is like a desperate criminal on the loose.

(70h) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth (enemy of discernment) >> Familiar with Jesus in the Spirit – For one thousand years mankind will have lived with God in sinful flesh in relative peace; it says Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron (Rev 19-15); the skirmishes that arise He will quell by force. The people in the last days of the thousand-year reign of Christ will have seen the face of Christ and have known His ways, His grace and His justice, and they will have experienced His love and mercy, having personally known Him, still they will form a posse in attempt to overthrow His throne holding Jesus for ransom to His Father. Mankind will have become familiar with Christ and will still seek to war with Him. They will have become too familiar with Him and will have perceived Him as though He were any man. They will have seen His effectiveness in stifling rebellions and will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they have no chance of overtaking Him, but they will attempt it anyway, because of the deceptions of Satan, whose main deception is willful ignorance. Satan is self-deceived, having lulled his own mind asleep to the fact that any attempt against Christ will end in failure.

(93m) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Exception >> Following evil along the broad way

(160g) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil to fight against God – Satan is the origin and very epitome of evil. He doesn’t really have a choice but to make an attempt on Christ’s throne. A partial explanation for this is his absolute desperation, knowing he is about to be thrown into the lake of fire where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever. It is also partly explained by greed, that if he were somehow to succeed he would possess something he has always wanted: all rule, power and authority, in essence to be like God. Satan wants to be like Jesus in terms of His power and authority, but he will not submit to the Father, so he has this dilemma of wanting something he cannot have. It is impossible for Satan to succeed; yet he tries. This depicts his bondage to sin, just like man, who is just about as greedy, who also would enjoy the throne of Christ and rule with all power and authority. Nevertheless, the only reason man makes a coup on Christ’s throne is because Satan has deceived him. If it weren’t for Satan, man wouldn’t have tried. A thousand years went by and man never made an attempt on His throne, only when Satan was released from his prison did man devise this idea, formulated and orchestrated by Satan. We know that in the last days of this age, a man will attempt to become world dictator but not to take the throne of Christ. Man will create a position and a throne where he will have authority and power over all mankind, which is something unique. Man has attempted it many times and has even created world empires, but never over the entire world.

(170l) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain effort >> Effort lacking direction – During the Millennium, Jesus will be here in a physical body, though not capable of death, seemingly vulnerable to attack, having a body similar to the one He had after His resurrection. The devil knows the word of God that his freedom is only temporary. He is in absolute bondage to rebellion; he is incapable of genuine repentance, having the personification of the reprobate mind, which is utterly twisted. He somehow believes there is an inkling of success, though in his heart he knows any effort to subvert the throne of Christ is completely in vain, but he tries anyway because he has nothing to lose. Even if he did somehow defeat Jesus and take His throne, he would then have to contend with His Father. What could Satan do to Him?

(181j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceitfulness of sin – Satan is not doing this just to be rebellious or cause trouble or wreak havoc; he is making a concerted effort to actually usurp the throne of God and take over His creation. He is completely insane, and He has the backing of a human army numbering into the millions! What does he know about managing God’s creation, and how long would it last before he destroyed everything? As it is the creation is under God’s curse, and he no doubt takes credit for that too.

(185g) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> God helps Satan in the mystery of lawlessness -- These verses go with verses 1-3

(186h) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> Being unable to repent

(199h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> The world rejects God >> Rejecting Christ to keep the world

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus

(243e) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Sources of persecution >> Persecution from jealousy

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Rev 20,7-9

(50l) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church >> Final Satanic deception – After the thousand-year reign of Christ is complete, then He will release Satan, who will gather the nations together for a last attempt on God’s throne, which proves Satan’s influence in the world. For the thousand years that Satan was under lock-and-key things went relatively smooth, but after Satan was loosed, an organized attack formed among the nations. Therefore, to the degree that the world is organized against Christ is the degree to which Satan is at work. Do we see organized evil in the world? Where do we not see it? It is first and foremost in the World Monetary System, then in the corporate world, then in government, Hollywood, the Church and everyplace in-between. There is more organized wickedness in the world than ever, and this is how we know the end is near. It is one of the signs of the last days. We look in the faces of people and see them holding their breath; they know something is coming more cataclysmic than anything that has ever happened since the creation of man, but they don’t know when or why.

(201i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> Man is unwilling to repent

Rev 20-7

(44d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Finish the course


9&10 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

 

Rev 20,9-15

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire – The lake of fire is just that; it is a lake. All lakes have shorelines, and so we can assume that the lake of fire does too. In other words it is finite. It says that the devil and the false prophet and the beast, these will be tormented day and night in the lake of fire; they will never escape its flames, but it doesn’t necessarily say that about everybody who is thrown into the lake of fire. Everybody will have sinned in different amounts and will therefore have different levels of judgment and consequently sentenced to different levels of torment in hell. Their bodies will calibrate the level of torment they will endure in hell. Since they loved their lives in the flesh, God will give them a body of flesh that can experience pain and suffering, but cannot be destroyed or die. Their bodies may gasp for breath, but the air will be filled with the smoke of sulfur. These levels of judgment will be regulated by the weight of sin each person carries into hell, acting like anchors that will pull them into the lake of fire, some to the bottom of the lake where it is the hottest, where they will remain forever. Others with a lesser weight of sin may even float on top of the lake and be able to swim to shore, where their eternity in hell will begin. On shore they will get as far away from the lake as possible, for they may be situated on a planet (perhaps the only planet in a parallel universe in absolute darkness). The darkness will be thick enough to cut it with a knife. On shore they will encounter other problems. For one thing, there will always be the dread of being thrown back into the lake of fire by another resident of hell. There will be creeping things similar to the locusts that went after those who took the mark of the beast and stung those who worshipped his image. The smallest advantage, such as a cave, will be highly coveted; thus, competition for it will be intense.  

Rev 20-9,10

(104e) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Hell is an eternal purifying process -- These verses go with verses 14&15. There are levels of judgment in hell, and Satan will receive the greatest judgment of all, yet he is thrown into the same lake of fire with all the other condemned souls, so how will he be judged more severely than everybody else? Part of that is the level of fear of his experience. However much a person sins is the degree to which he is afraid, as 1 Jn 4-18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” Since the devil has done the most sinning, he has the most to fear, which correlates to madness. He will be driven absolutely insane with fear throughout all eternity. He’ll be tormented day and night forever and ever, so was it worth it? Obviously not! People have consequences for the things we do; we build jails and throw criminals behind bars, but God has consequences too, and the consequences He has prepared for sinners who side with the devil, far exceed any consequences man can charge against his fellow man. God has prepared a lake, made of liquid-hot magma, and He will throw those into it who love evil rather than good.

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Rev 20-9

(218b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to rebellion

Rev 20,10-15

(50m) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church >> White-throne judgment - Lake of fire ( the second death) – Everybody is rounded up and throne into the lake of fire, who is not a member of heaven. The Bible indicates multiple levels of judgment (See: 48d) but only one lake of fire, so there must be something else happening in hell that we are unaware. One can pontificate about the conditions of hell to explain how there could be multiple levels of punishment, one such theory being that everybody commits various levels of sin, and at the judgment God converts each person’s sin into a specific weight of sin assigned to him before he is throne into the lake of fire. Heavy weights pull the sinner deep into the quagmire of liquid-hot magma, while lighter weights allow the sinner to float on the surface. The fact that it is called a lake suggests there is a shoreline, where some people will find their way to land, leaving the greatest sinners to burn forever in the lake of fire. If there is land, then they must be on a planet. Here is what Isaiah 66,22-24 says about it, “For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me, declares the Lord, So your offspring and your name will endure. And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me, says the Lord. Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” This passage in Isaiah says that the children of God will assemble in Jerusalem at certain seasons to worship God, and part of the itinerary of their gathering will be to look down a giant porthole to see those suffering in hell, suggesting that hell will be under their feet, at the center of the new earth. Therefore, those in the lake of fire will swim to shore if possible and find a cave or something to hide, though they will have to fend off others who would want their spot, so they will endlessly squabble over little crevices and makeshift shelters. Those with the lesser sin will find it easier to dominate those with a greater weight of sin, proposing a role reversal from the days of their flesh, when in this life those of greater sin lorded themselves over others. There are other creatures in hell, spider-like scorpions that when they sting, makes the victim wish for death (Rev 9,1-12), and there is always a looming fear of being thrown back into the lake of fire by a fellow sinner, which is not much worse than being on land. Unconsciously, what is in their minds, they prefer hell over the prospect of sharing heaven with a lot of Christians who find no greater joy than worshipping their creator. Hell is actually merciful, compared to being in the presence of God at the White Throne Judgment, suggesting that their judgment was a worse experience than hell itself. It was so stressful to the sinner to be in the presence of God that hell is actually a merciful place to hide from His presence. God had no intensions of rewarding them for rejecting His will, so He made a lake of fire that would judge the sinner just below the horror of being in His presence.

Rev 20-10

(39j) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated Satan in the world -- This verse goes with verses 1-3. This is the devil’s great fear and it came upon him as Proverbs 10-24 said it would. He had been dreading this for thousands of years, and this moment has finally come. His level of fear and mental anguish ever since he fell into transgression, mixed with his insanity to produce a poison in his mind, has eaten away all logic and common sense, demonstrating for the rest of us throughout all eternity that it's good not to be the devil. His fear mounted to a great crescendo as the angel grabbed him by the tail and flung him into the lake of fire. To look down and see this creature that was once a monster, which deceived the nations, squirming in his sin, is now tormented day and night forever and ever.

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ -- This verse goes with verses 1,2

(163d) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bondage makes you a victim of God’s judgment 

(245i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of Jesus’ victory over sin -- This verse goes with verses 1-3. God was done using Satan for the rest of all eternity. This verse proves that sin has finally come to an end and that God will never test and refine His creation again, for God threw His testing instrument into the fire.

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11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

 

Rev 20,11-15

(25k) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Dead in sin >> The human condition without Christ – John saw the great and the small; dead is the best way to describe them. The wicked are defined by the fact that their fleshly bodies have evicted them, having no place to go but the darkness that mimics their blackened souls. Their former bodies of flesh have rejected them and now God is rejecting them as a literal manifestation of their internal condition, having dead souls that are yet alive. They are the living dead, the stuff of nightmares and horror movies. They always were spiritually dead while living in the flesh, having rejected the grace of God. Without the Holy Spirit they are dead inside, and then they physically died, being dead from the inside-out. At the resurrection God will give them a body that will mimic their spirit, and so with a living body they will still be dead, separated from God. There is nothing about them that is alive, yet they move and speak and have thoughts. They do not realize they are dead as they scream at the appearance of their grotesque neighbors, fearing they look the same.

(26b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is hell >> Sin has the sentence of hell -- These verses go with verses 5&6. Death and Hades are like a holding place for those who do not belong in heaven, waiting to be judged at the White Throne Judgment, and then sent to their final destination in the lake of fire. Hades was the place where the rich man went in the story of Lazarus. In Lk 16-22,23 it says, “The rich man also died and was buried." Other translations use the word Hades instead of hell, equating it with the place of the dead. It is a place of torment as is the lake of fire, yet these are two different places. The lake of fire is called the second death. It is not the place where people die again, but a place where people never stop dying. As we know about death in this life, the person gets worse until the body can no longer live with the ailment and the person breaths his last. The second death is similar, except that the person never dies. They keep reaching closer and closer to dearth without ever getting there. Everybody who has lived and died, whose name is not written in the book of life, will find his place in the lake of fire. It isn’t designed for the worst cuprites, but for everybody who wants nothing to do with God. “If anyone’s name was not written in the book of life, he was throne into the lake of fire.”

(38j) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of the wicked – Speaking of the new creation, Rev 21-4 says, “The first things have passed away.” In other words, death died. However, for those in hell death will continue throughout eternity. We are born as babies; we mature into adulthood and then get old and eventually die. The entire lifecycle is a death process. Metaphorically speaking, people in hell keep getting older sort-of speak, but never die. They are in a perpetual state of dying throughout eternity. The person who says, ‘I don’t want anything to do with God,’ has put himself in the most horrible situation possible. God will say, ‘Okay, if you don’t want anything to do with Me then I will remove Myself from you.’ When every aspect of God is removed, that person is in hell. After God takes everything the only thing left is death. God did not add a curse to the creation; rather, the curse is better understood as the removal of the characteristics of God.

(40g) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word judges the world >> It does not believe in Him – If we removed this passage from the Bible, we would never know there was a Great White Throne Judgment, since this is the only place it is mentioned, and if there were no White Throne judgment, there would be no reason for unbelievers to fear their eternal future. This is the one thing that every person should fear who doesn’t believe in Jesus. Whether they admit it or not, they know judgment is coming. It says that heaven and earth fled away; there were no stars, no planets or moons, just the Son of God glowing in their eyes, contrasting the darkness, blinding them to the light. They are in front of Jesus and they still can’t see Him. Each person is in space, equidistant from each other, the distance between them so great it appears they are alone with God. There is no place to hide; every person who ever lived who didn’t believe in God will be around Christ, and they will feel completely alone, and Christ will judge them all at once. The only thing they brought with them was their memories of past sins, which is so deeply burned into their souls they don’t know anything else. They will know that God knows everything they did, and He will judge them according to their conscience based on the things that are written in the book.

(47i) Eternal Judgment (Key verse)

(48c) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment of the resurrection – Hell is a horrendous experience that will never end, but to its inhabitants it is better than heaven, because in heaven they would have to give up their notion of being god, for there are many gods in hell, but only one God in heaven. They are incapable of repentance, so if God were to release them, they would immediately make plans to take God’s throne. They are in the place where they belong. In heaven there is constant rejoicing and worship day and night forever and ever, and no sin. For the children of God heaven was made for them, but for the damned it would be worse than hell! They would actually prefer hell than to suffer the presence of God forever. This perspective affords us a view of hell that is actually a place of mercy. Someone might ask, ‘Why doesn’t God just destroy them instead of making them live forever.’ Maybe they want to continue existing, even if it has to be in hell. Just like we have a strong instinct to survive, so maybe we have an even stronger instinct to exist. Remember, these people think they are gods. How could a god no longer exist? Besides, God made them eternal beings in His own image. Just because they won’t serve Him is no reason to reward them with non-existence.

(49j) Judgment >> Judgment day >> The open books of the white throne judgment There were two books of the White Throne Judgment, the book that was common to all, the Lamb's Book of Life, and the other book that reads of a person’s deeds. God will open their book, and inside it will be a record of everything they said and did, and He will judge them according to their book. Those who have faithfully gone to church every week but never wanted anything to do with God will protest, ‘I served you my whole life!’ and He will turn the pages of the book of life to the place where his name should be written, and if it isn’t there, then he is barred from heaven. The book of life is the final authority; it is the attendance roster of those who are enrolled in heaven. There are no mistakes in it; there are no names accidentally deleted or missing. He will judge each person separately but simultaneously. The white throne judgment is much like a human court, where the judge reads the charge against Him and the accused has a chance to make a defense. The Lamb's Book of Life stands as a second witness against him, along with the law of Moses that says, “A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed” (Deuteronomy 19:15). One book judges them for the commission of sin, while the other judges them for their omission of righteousness. All three members of the trinity will testify against him: the book of deeds represents the testimony of the Holy Spirit, who sees, hears and records all things, the Lamb's Book of Life represents the testimony of the Father, who has predestined certain persons to eternal life, and Christ stands against them in judgment having suffered for their sins to no avail. Their book of sin is thick, while the book of life requires a single entry in order to enter heaven; it is the only righteousness that God asked from them, but their names were not there.

(52e) Judgment >> Judging Church with world >> Law judges sin >> God judges the lost through the law – It says that God destroyed this present universe before He created a new one in its place. Since heaven and earth fled away, they found themselves floating in space as it were, and there might not even have been any space, since scientists say that space is actually a thing, in contrast to the traditional view that space is the absence of all things. They were incomprehensibly nowhere, existing outside of space and time, the only entity in existence with God. There were no distractions and nowhere to hide. They couldn’t hide behind a tree or rock. If they thought they would run from God, it would be like running from the sun. The only thing they could do to avoid Him is turn their back on God, which is what got them there in the first place.

(90k) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Unless you keep the law you will not see heaven

(212h) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> Nothing hidden >> God exposes things hidden in darkness

Rev 20-11,12

(49g) Judgment Day (Key verse)

Rev 20-11

(203a) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> God chases them away from His presence

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment -- This verse goes with verses 14&15. We know that the White Throne Judgment will occur after the Millennium, as eternity resumes. We also know that God will destroy this present universe and create a new one in its place; the White Throne Judgment will occur between the old universe and the new one. No one knows how much time will be involved. We will see first hand the gift we have been given in the grace of God, that if it weren’t for Jesus delivering us from Satan’s darkness and ransoming us from the Father’s vengeance against sin, no one would have survived His judgment.

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12-15 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

Rev 20,12-15

(219hh) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God chooses us as we choose ourselves >> The Lamb's book of life

Rev 20-12

(55j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Life judges death

(220a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined before the foundation of the world -- This verse goes with verse 15. The book of life was written before the foundation of the world. It has always been and it will always be. It is eternal. God has always known those who are His own.

(239b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Recalling the circumstances

(250i) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Lists >> List of traits that can be found in man >> List of deeds of the body

Rev 20-14,15

(104e) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Hell is an eternal purifying process -- These verses go with verses 9&10.

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment -- These verses go with verse 11. The saints will get a first-hand look at God’s judgment shortly after we enter eternity by witnessing the White Throne Judgment, possibly being involved, and seeing what God does with all the wicked who died outside of faith in God, who will face eternity without Christ. There will be billions of them accumulated throughout the age of mankind extending all the way back to Adam and Eve. This judgment will be an incredible lesson for us as He picks their defense apart and decides what to do with them. We will be stunned that they will deserve hell, a sentence that not even the worst psychopath would impose on His victims. Satan himself is not this cruel. However, it has nothing to do with cruelty, but has to do with His sovereignty as God almighty who's definition means to subject His creation to his power and authority. Hell is a subject that turns off many people; they simply don’t agree with God’s judgment. This is because they are not God and are on the wrong end of His judgment. It is a major obstacle to them when it comes to faith in God, but if we don’t believe in God’s judgment, we cannot believe in His grace and mercy either, for these too are both aspects of His judgment. To sentence someone to hell for ten years or a thousand years would be harsh, but to sentence them for eternity is unimaginable, but this is how God feels about sin. Outside of Christ there is no remedy for rebellion against God’s authority. He is unwilling to end their existence after He has created them eternal spirits, so they must continue to exist, but not in His domain. God will subject His creation to His absolute authority; this is the kind of God we serve.

Rev 20-15

(220a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined before the foundation of the world -- This verse goes with verse 12

(250k) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Lists >> Terms of graduating to the next level >> List of spiritual traits in descending order

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