The final installment on ‘A Study in Revelation/End Times.
JUDGEMENT AND THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH
Rev. 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
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.
Some point to conditions today and say they see signs of Gog and Magog gathering.
No, they do not.
This takes place more than a thousand years in the future. While we can be sure Gog and Magog involve whoever is living in certain areas at the time, we can not be 100% certain what nations they will be, what exact languages they will speak. A thousand years ago what became English was considered Germanic, and it certainly was not spoken by 300,000,000+ North Americans.
Gog was a Biblical person whose descendants likely became the Indo-Iranians, whose people today include some tribes from Pakistan, Afghanistan, most Fardi-speaking Iranians, Kurdistan, deep into Central Asia and as far as Europe.
Magog means “Land of Gog.” So in spite of sometimes elaborate treatises to the contrary, “Gog and Magog” are not two nations, it is a nation and that nation’s country.
I would venture to say that likely, these Indo-Irani peoples are involved, centered in this attack. As it foretells in Isaiah, and we have already read, “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.” The meads are some of the Persians, whom today we know as Iranians.
Rev. 20:9 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 God out of heaven, and devoured them.
While it may have sprung from Gog and Magog, from the Medes, it will become a global rebellion against Jesus Christ himself!
Rev. 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, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
A better translation of verse ten, again comparing how these words are generally used, is “they shall be tormented into the age the ages.”
“Into the final age”, not “forever and ever”. There will be no pit of eternal suffering for millions, billions of spirits and souls while we are in Heaven partying it up.
The Devil, the beast and the prophet will die a horrible, stretched out death, but there will be death, and release from torment.
Rev. 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.
This is the White Throne Judgment, and the fleeing of Heaven and Earth is spoken of in great detail in Psalms and in 2 Peter 3:
Psalm 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
2 Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which 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.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
As we have seen, this will be during the ‘Day of the Lord,” the time of the Lord being personally present that began with Christ’s return.
Rev. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; 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.
Those of the Church are already resurrected or changed into incorruptibility at the last trump. This does not apply to us. We are already judged.
But notice the ‘and.’ As the world is dissolving, the dead are being judged.
Rev. 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.
This is the ‘second’ resurrection of Jews and Gentiles, and the Apostle Paul speaks of this day of judgment for Jews and Gentiles:
Rom. 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
God is not mocked. He gets the final word. We see from Paul (and as we study, elsewhere,) that Jews and Gentiles are judged according to their works.
As the Church of the Body, of the Mystery of God, we are saved by grace. However, God is not mocked; our works were judged when we were face to face with Christ. But the people themselves, saved.
For the rest of the world, the return might seem at first anticlimactic. A big bang as he appears in the sky with a great trumpet and fanfare, then he settles in to the business of organizing his kingdom and leading the war.
For us, we will have a whole new life.
But this White Throne judgment, for the rest of humanity that wasn’t raised or changed at the return, or in the first resurrection, this is their deciding hour. Their moment to shine or be passed into eternity.
Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
See? From this point on, death itself is cast into the Lake of Fire. Hell, the grave, as well. For those who find grace in this Judgment, Jew or Gentile, there will be no more death, no more burial.
Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Today, through Christ, we have a get out of the Lake of Fire free card. He paid the price of admission to all who confess him as the Lord, who bow to his authority so to speak, and who believe in their heart God raised him from the dead.
But while some today will reject this salvation, they will still be judged.
And as Paul said, “Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:”
Exactly what is this lake of fire that all these spirits and people are cast into?
Remember, as the Judgment is taking place, the elements, heaven and Earth, are melting. It is this to which those not found in the Book of Life are delegated.
Rev. 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
There are those who claim all prophesy has been fulfilled.
But have the elements of all the world and Heaven melted, fled away as both Peter and John so vividly described, so that there is no place found for them?
Over and again we are told to look for a new Heaven and earth. This will be it.
Rev. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Before he left, Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Because Jesus said this, many assumed he meant we would go to Heaven to be with him.
But here we see the place he prepared coming down to earth! He’s come again as promised, and brought the new place with him.
Rev. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
For those who will be brought to the new Heaven and Earth, God will not be some unknowable Spirit. He will dwell with us.
Now we begin to see the details of what was briefly spoken of before.
Rev. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
God promises all things will be new. It is, after all, a new Heaven and Earth.
Rev. 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
If a human has made it this far, has overcome, the Arche and Telos promises sonship.
The Boy and Bride married, right? Gentiles judged according to the works of thei hearts?
Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
It is written that some of us in the Body of Christ had this old man nature, but by grace, we have the foundation laid by Christ, a new man.
Our works will be judged, but woe unto those not receiving at least the foundation of Christ, who are judged by these works. They have no ride ‘to the other side.’
Rev. 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Here are the details of the new city.
Rev. 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Twelve main gates.
Rev. 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
New Jerusalem will be approximately half the size of the moon. It will cover approximately modern day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and the northern two thirds of the Arabian peninsula. There are a lot of mansions. There a lot of redeemed.
Rev. 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Usually, a temple is referred to the place God dwells and where men worship him. But God and His Son are the Temple of New Jerusalem…there will be zero separation between God and His creation.
Rev. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
There will be life outside the gates as well. Earth will not be a dead planet.
Rev. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
This is a description of the city that is being prepared.
Rev. 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Men will still be human. There will still be a need for therapy. For what? Aching muscles? There is no more death so I doubt its for anything serious.
Rev. 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
No more disease. The curse is gone.
Rev. 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
This city will not need lights. God will give the Light.
Rev. 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
This book of Revelation is comprised of reports of things that “must shortly be done.” A more accurate rendition of the Greek, ‘a dei genesthai en.tachei,’ would be ‘things (that) must begin quickly.”
‘Genesthai’ is a form of ‘beginning’ or ‘origin,’ like ‘genesis.’ And ‘tachei’ is ‘quickly.’
Rev. 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Blessed is he who keeps the prophesies of this book.
We saw practical application for the Church in heeding the warnings to the seven churches. Also, when we wait until the certain unique events take place for signs the end is actually clse, we will be keeping the prophesy, we will be blessed.
And the end is at hand, the next sequence of events could begin at any time, and when the final and unique prophesies are fulfilled the actual return will be tachios, quick.
Rev. 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
Worship God, He alone is worthy of our total adulation. Not an angel.
Rev. 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
‘At hand’: at the ready.
The judgment of the Churches definitely were close at hand. I am certain that the four horsemen have been released. Attila, Mohammed, Genghis Khan, the Spanish, Napoleon, the British, Hitler, Stalin, Communism…unprecedented and escalating would-be world rulers and their wars.
The black horse is global scarcity because of these wars. This description is a soldier’s rations. Today, globally one in 5 children go hungry, hundreds die daily of starvation, all in areas where war is in extent.
And entire centuries since the first century have been marked by huge segments killed by these wars and scarcities, often the quarter of entire global populations.
Has the fifth seal been opened?
The early Church had persecutions by Jews and isolated Pagan populations. But soon after John received Revelation, persecution began to be throughout Rome. And today, there is pressure against Christians in all parts of the globe, and in China, India and the Hindu world, to be a Christian can spell death.
So yes, the first five seals are surely open.
Rev. 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
This angel reminds us that when he comes with his bowl of wrath, it will be quickly. The reward mentioned here then is the wrath that those who reject God will receive.
Nest is a new thought, a new speaker. The angel is not the Alpha and Omega.
Rev. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Alpha and Omega is the Arche and Telos in most texts. Then, blessed are they who today do His commandments, they shall enter the city. Notice the change in perspective between verse 14 and 13. It underscores that at this point we see several different beings voicing this section, which today often confuses us.
First the angel, who is coming quickly.
Then the Alpha and Omega.
Next we see a third voice: Jesus, by whom this revelation came to John. It is his voice through verse 20.
Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
The things we are seeing should be taught in the Churches, among the congregations.
Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Does this say someone CAN’T add or take away from what was written?
But those who do face dire consequences.
Rev. 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Again, ‘quickly’ does not mean ‘soon.’ It means that it will be rapid when it happens, without time to change the course of one’s life. So we stand, we watch, we obey.
Rev. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
This message leaves us with one vital thought: the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
During the trying days this revelation warns of, during the trials warned of to the seven churches (which all of us will find ourselves in at least one of those environments) we indeed will need the grace of Christ.
As the trumpets sound and the world is in turmoil, we will need the grace of Christ.
And those who do not find Christ until after the seventh trump, they will surely need the grace of Christ.
May indeed the grace of Christ be with you all, Amen.