Please explain the binding of Satan and the 1,000 year reign?

Q. Please explain Revelation chapter twenty, the binding of Satan and the 1,000 year reign. – This question has been received from many places around the world.

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The book of Revelation has a concrete setting in a definite period of history and deals with very real problems faced by Christians of the period. Symbols indicate powerful moral and spiritual forces involved in a violent clash in which the forces of God are ultimately triumphant. The Christians of that day found encouragement and gained the crown of victory. The message in the book of Revelation continues to instruct and encourage God’s people today.

Revelation reveals the principles of victory through righteousness and truth and the ultimate failure of all that is false. Some of the prophecies are yet to be fulfilled, such as the passing of the current order, the resurrection, the judgment, and the final reward and punishment of the righteous and the wicked.

Revelation chapter 20:
From the early centuries of Christianity this passage has been used as the basis for various theories of a thousand year reign of Christ one earth. The theory (with variations among different schools) is this:

Christ will come in the first phase of his return to earth (called “the rapture”), and at this time the righteous dead will be raised, the living saints will be changed and both will be caught up in the air to meet the Lord. Then will come the marriage feast of the Lamb, during which there will be great tribulation on earth. After the wedding He and the bride, the church, will then complete the return to earth (called “the revelation,”) where Christ will set up His kingdom, sit on David’s throne and reign from Jerusalem for a literal thousand years (the millennium). According to some, the Jews will be converted and return to Palestine, Old Testament worship will be restored (with modifications) and there will be on earth an idealistic life which will continue for the definite period of one thousand years. At the end of this millennium Satan will be loosed for a short time and make a las furious effort to destroy the Lord’s people and work. This will be followed by the resurrection of the wicked dead (for the righteous dead will have been raised at the beginning of the thousand years). The judgment will occur and every soul will either go to eternal heaven or eternal hell.

Notice some things that the Premillennial theory MUST READ INTO this passage:

1) The Second coming of Christ
2) A bodily resurrection
3) A reign of Christ on earth
4) The literal throne of David
5) Jerusalem of Palestine
6) Conversion of the Jews
7) The church on earth.

Any theory which rests on a passage of Scripture in which NOT ONE of its peculiar tenets of doctrine is found cannot be true.

Various symbols and their meaning:

666= the complete and total failure of all human systems and efforts antagonistic to God and Christ — all are doomed to ultimate and complete defeat and failure.

Sea = (in Dan. and Rev.) = The Israelites were not a seafaring people. The sea terrified them. Only bad things came from the sea, huge storms and destruction. The sea symbolizes the human societies or nations with their stormy upheavals, out of which the empires of earth arise. The four beasts were four great kingdoms which emerged from part of creation. These were the same 4 kingdoms represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

Beast = The beast arises out of the turmoil and has rule in the realm which he represents. “Blaspheme” indicates a totally irreverent attitude toward God and all that is sacred. His intelligence, wisdom, and will are directed against God. The Roman emperors acceptance of titles pertaining to deity and their accepting of worship would be most obnoxious to all who hold God and Christ in reverence. This beast is the Roman Empire, the instrument of Satan’s blasphemous power. John sometimes uses the term “beast” to represent the entire Roman empire, sometimes it represents the Emperor alone.
The “beast of the Sea” represents the Roman Empire in its power and opposition to the Kingdom of God. It epitomized the sum of all the world’s political opposition to God and righteousness of all time.
The “beast of the Sea” and the “beast of the earth” both represent aspects of the Roman empire. The “beast of the earth” represents some aspect of false religion, one of the devil’s means of deceiving and seducing people. The “beast of the earth” gets his authority from the “beast of the sea.” Emperor worship was enforced by the imperial power of the sea-beast, supported or regulated in Asia by a delegated authority. This beast, symbolizing the proconsul, the political power, and the authority, backed by the power of the empire, would insist that all people worship the emperor. The “beast of the sea” symbolizes the pagan priesthood, or commune of the emperor cult, backed by the political power of the empire.

Dragon = Satan gives the beast his power, throne and authority by which to wage his war.

Babylon = Harlot = Rome = symbol of world-city lust. Sins of the flesh and seductive wiles of Satan.

The earth = the whole realm of the unregenerate, affected by the power of lust by which the harlot deceived and enticed to moral decay.

The enemies of God and His church:

Satan (chap 12)
The Beast out of the Sea (Roman empire)(chap 13)
The Beast out of the earth (chap 13)
The Harlot (chap. 17)
The false prophet (the beast that came out of the earth) (chap 19)

Satan is the only personal being in the group, the two beasts and the harlot are symbolic personifications of anti-God power, false religion, and seductive lusts of the flesh, the instrumentalities used by Satan in the war against God and His kingdom.

Revelation 201* 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;
3* 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.
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.
7* 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.
9* 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.
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.
12* 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.

The visions which John saw and recorded in Revelation 20 convey these events:

1. The Binding of Satan (verses 1-3)
2. The Thousand year reign of Christ (verses 4-6)
3. The Loosing of Satan and the great battle (verses 7-10)
4. The Final Judgment of all mankind (verses 11-15)

This Chapter is a panorama of the present Christian age as viewed from Heaven

The language is highly figurative and symbolical and should therefore be interpreted in light of other plain New Testament passages on these same events.

Properly understood, it conveys to the Christian a message of great comfort and assurance relative to the eventual outcome of the conflict between the forces of good and evil, of Christ and Satan.

We will look at these events one at a time:

1. The Binding of Satan

To understand this concept we must know what the “binding of Satan” means.

The Greek word translated “bound” is used a number of times in the Scriptures.
1. Sometimes, in connection with the literal binding of an animal or of a burden upon one’s back.
2. Also in a figurative sense – restricting a person’s activities in certain ways while leaving him free in other respects. For example:
The Apostle Paul says that a wife is “bound to her husband” as long as he is living in Romans 7:2.

Romans 7:2
2* For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.

This simply means that a married woman has certain restrictions placed upon her regarding her freedom to remarry while her husband is living. She has freedom, in other words, within certain defined limits. She is certainly not literally “bound” by physical restrains.

There is only one binding of Satan mentioned anywhere else in the New Testament:

Matt. 12:22-30
22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.
23* All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”
24* But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”
25* And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
27 “If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.
28 “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

29 “Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
30* “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

When the Pharisees saw Jesus casting out demons and restoring perfect health to those who had been afflicted, they accused Him of using the power of Satan to work miracles.

He refuted their logic by showing that, if this was so, then Satan’s house or kingdom would be divided against itself.

Then He explained that He had overpowered Satan’s dominion by the miraculous power of God and had entered the strong man’s house and bound him.

Jesus has bound Satan. Here is what the Scriptures tell us:

1. The purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was to destroy the works of the Devil:
1 John 3:8
8* the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Heb. 2:14
14* Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

2. Jesus has ALREADY won the victory over the Devil.
Col. 2:13-15
13* When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
14* having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15* When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

In His death for the sins of men and His triumphant resurrection, Christ broke the “bonds of death,” and therefore destroyed Satan’s ultimate power over mankind. The Gospel, which is the good news of the victory Christ has won for us, is the “chain” which binds Satan’s power.

This DOES NOT mean that Satan is not still active within certain spheres of worldly influence.

1. Peter says he is a roaring lion

1 Pet. 5:8
8* Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

However, in this same context Peter goes on to tell Christians that they can resist him and overcome him.

1 Pet. 5:9-10
9* But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
10* After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

James also gives this instruction:
James 4:6-10
6* But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
7* Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8* Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9* Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
10* Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Satan is like a viscous dog chained to a pole. A dog does not cease to be viscous just because he is chained. If you enter within the range to which he is limited, he is still very dangerous. However, his range is limited or restricted. He is bound.

Before Christ’s death and resurrection – before the Gospel plan of salvation went into operation — the whole world lay in darkness due to Satan’s uninhibited dominion.

It was only the Jewish nation that kept the knowledge of the true and living God alive, and they frequently turned aside from God’s laws and became idolatrous.

What Revelation is telling us is that during the “thousand years” (a long but indefinite period) during which Satan is bound, he is unable to destroy Christianity through a universal persecution. Notice these facts:

1. He tried it in the days of the early church, using the pagan Roman Empire as his instrument to persecute the church (Acts. 8:1).

2. Thousands suffered and died for the faith, but the Lord’s church was not wiped out or destroyed.

3. The reign of Christ has continued throughout more than 2000 years of persecution and opposition.

4. It will continue until the end of this world, when Christ returns to raise the dead, judge all men, and receive the faithful to himself (2 Thess. 1:7-10).

5. He will then deliver the Kingdom BACK to the Father.
1 Cor. 15:20-26
20* But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 6
21* For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22* For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
23* But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,
24* then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
25* For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
26* The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

The Kingdom of Christ is NOT earthly, it is NOT a material kingdom, it is a SPIRITUAL kingdom, a rule of truth and righteousness in the hearts of men and women who give their lives over to the Lordship of Jesus.

The Jews of the First Century were looking for an earthly kingdom, just as many today are looking for an earthly kingdom. Jesus said:

John 18:36
36* Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

This IS THE VERY reason a majority of the Jews rejected Christ as the Messiah and rejected the spiritual Kingdom which he came to establish.

The book of Acts records that on the first Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection the apostles received the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Mark 9:1; Joel 2) and spoke by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and in their sermon affirmed that Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, and the rule at God’s right hand on DAVID’S spiritual throne in heaven began on that day. (see Acts 2:29-41)

Many thousands obeyed the gospel (3000 on the day of Pentecost alone) and submitted their lives to the rule and Lordship of the risen, reigning Christ in the days which followed. (see Acts 2:47; 5:14; 6:7)

WHEN CHRIST RETURNS, at the end of the world, His kingdom will NOT END but will enter into a glorified, eternal phase which will endure forever and ever. Consider these verses:

1 Cor. 15:24-28

Matt. 25:14-30

Matt. 25:30

2 Pet. 1:10-11

Luke 1:31-33

2 Thess 1:4-10

We must understand the “binding of Satan” in a Spiritual sense, just as we must understand the Spiritual sense in which the Kingdom of Christ is in existence today.

Satan is real, but he is “bound.” He is “chained.” He is NOT God. He is limited. His power to condemn Christians is limited by our obedience.

WHAT IS THE “THOUSAND YEAR REIGN” ?

You hear a lot about the “Thousand Year Reign.” People will often say to me, the Bible teaches a “thousand year reign” of Christ on earth. When I ask, “where in the Bible do you read that?” they will always point to Revelation chapter 20.

Read it with me:

Rev 20:4-6
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.
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.

Now, without reading anything into this passage, did you notice that it says absolutely NOTHING about a future reign of Christ on earth?
In verse four – John saw “thrones.” And notice that “they” sat on them, and “they” had judgment given to them.

Who is the “they” ? – Let John answer:
verse 4 – : “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.”

Hold that thought. Now I want to take you back to a similar statement back in Revelation 6:9:

Rev. 6:9 – 10
9* When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
10* and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Notice:

John saw souls “underneath the alter” which signifies that their lives had been sacrificed, because the altar is a place of sacrifice.

These souls did not remain in that lowly position of defeat.

They had lost their physical life on earth, but they had been lifted up, to a position of honor and glory with Christ.

This is what the book of Revelation calls the “first resurrection,” and those who had experienced this spiritual resurrection are beyond the reach of the “second death.”

As is typical with the book of Revelation, the word “resurrection” is used in a special, figurative, metaphorical sense.

It is the “resurrection” of the Cause for which they died.

It is the portion of every true believer who shares the life of Christ, lives in Him, suffers for him, remains faithful to him even “unto death” and dies in Him, Rev. 2:10; 2 Tim. 2:11-13.

When you read Revelation 20:4-6 carefully, notice the things that are NOT mentioned:

1) The Second coming of Christ
2) A bodily resurrection
3) A reign of Christ on earth
4) The literal throne of David
5) Jerusalem of Palestine
6) Conversion of the Jews
7) The church on earth.

These are things which the Premillennial Dispensationalists have tried to “read into” this passage in a vain attempt to give support to their imaginative theories and erroneous doctrines.

Those who teach a literal thousand year reign of Christ on earth also teach that the resurrection of the righteous and the resurrection of the wicked will occur at different times, one thousand years apart.

This simply will not fit the words of Jesus in John
John 5:28, 29
28* “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,
29* and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

Whose words are you going to accept? The words of Jesus, or the words of the Premillennialists?

Consider Matthew 25:31-46.

Matthew 25:31-46
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32* “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
34* “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
36* naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
38 ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?
39 ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40* “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;
42* for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’
45 “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46* “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Having a part in the First Resurrection

In Rev. 20:6 we find this statement: “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection”

The question which must be answered is: How do we have a part in the first resurrection?

Rom 8:29
29* For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;

Jesus was the firstborn of many brethren. This statement tells us that Jesus will have many brethren who will also be resurrected.

Now we must determine exactly when this takes place.

Eph 2:1
1* And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

Eph. 2:2-7
4* But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5* even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6* and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7* so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

To make alive is to resurrect. When we are resurrected from the grave of sin, we are made alive in Christ. Our first resurrection is a spiritual resurrection from the grave of sin. So, we have a part in the first resurrection (Christ’s) when we are resurrected from sin.

John 5:24
24* “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

We pass from death to life (resurrected) when we are obedient to the word of God. This is how we have a part in the resurrection of our Lord.

In contrast with those who died in the Lord, “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.” The meaning of the phrase the rest of the dead depends on whom John saw in verse four. For instance, if John saw only martyrs in verse four, “the rest of the dead” could refer to faithful Christians who had died by “natural” means. This would make the “living” (along with the “reigning” and “judging”) a special blessing bestowed only on those who had been martyred. However, life, was a promise made to all the faithful. In context, “the rest of the dead” seems to refer to those who had not held to the “testimony of Jesus and…the word of God,” to those who had “worshiped the beast or his image” and who had accepted “the mark (of the beast) on their forehead and on their hand” (verse 4). It seems better, then, to understand “the rest of the dead” as those who died outside of the Lord.

The NASB states that these “did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.” The phraseology has caused many to interpret this “coming to life” as a bodily resurrection. Certain translations even add the word “again,” which is
even more confusing–but the word “again” is not found in the Greek text. The KJV correctly has “lived not” in verse 5, but then unfortunately adds the word “again.” The original text says only that “the rest of the dead did not live until the thousand years were completed.” In other words, they did not enjoy the spiritual blessings enjoyed by those

who had died “in Christ.” Once more, the Holy Spirit was making a contrast: On earth, Christians were put to death while their persecutors lived; after death, it was the Christians were alive, really alive, while their enemies were dead, dead, dead. The implication of verse 5 is that “the rest of the dead” will “come to life” or “live” when the “thousand years” is completed. When Christ returns, the wicked will be raised from the dead. They will stand before God to be judged and will then be sentenced to “the second death” (20:14). Their period of “life”–if it can be called that–will be very brief.

Reign with Him 1000 Years

Now Rev. 20:6 says that those who have a part in the first resurrection “will reign with him a thousand years.”

Since our first resurrection is a spiritual resurrection by being obedient to God’s word, then we are now in the period of time known as 1000 years. The 1000 years is a symbolic period of time representing the time between Christ’s death on the cross and his second coming. It is this present Christian dispensation. When anyone is resurrected from the grave of sin, they reign with Christ during the 1000 years.

Reign on the Earth

Our reign with Christ is on this earth, but it is not for a literal 1000 years after Christ comes again. Christians are spiritually reigning with Christ today.

Rev 5:10 says,
10* “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

This is exactly what Rev. 20:6 says
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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.

Priests of God

Christians are priests of God today. We have moved from the darkness of sin and into the glorious light of Jesus Christ which is found inside the church. Col 1:13 says,
Col. 1:13
13* For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

When we obey the will of God, we become members of His kingdom. Rev 1:6 states,
Rev. 1:6
6* and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father–to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We are members of God’s kingdom today which is the church of Christ
1 Pet 2:5 says,

1 Pet 2:5
5* you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

When we have a part in the resurrection of Christ, we become priests of God and we reign with him on this earth.

Second Death hath no Power

Rev. 20:6 also says,
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.

The second death is defined in Rev 21:8 as “the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”.”

The second death is hell. Those who are obedient to God will not be hurt by the second death which is hell.

God’s plan to redeem man is quite simple and easy to follow.

Let us all make sure that we have followed the pattern established by God in order to avoid eternal destruction in hell.

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