End Times: Back to the Future
Lesson 21Revelation 20
The Millennial Reign of Christ and the End of Human History
We saw in our last lesson the return of Christ and the complete defeat of the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet, and their wicked forces. In this lesson, we will see Christ establish His earthly kingdom, rule with a rod of iron for a thousand years, and then execute the final judgment — the Great White Throne judgment — signaling the end of human history and the beginning of a new and wonderful world.
Read Isaiah 2:1-5, Isaiah Chapter 11, Isaiah 65:18-25, and Revelation Chapter 20; then consider the following questions:
- From where will Christ rule? (see Isaiah 2:1-5)
- Read again Revelation 20:1-3. Where is Satan thrown, and why?
- Read 1 Peter 5:8. How does this relate to what we just read above?
- In Revelation 20:4-6. Thrones are given the authority to judge. Who are these thrones given to? (see Luke 22:29-30)
- What other judgment occurs at the Second Coming of Christ? See Matthew 25:31-46.
- How is this judgment different from the Great White Throne Judgment referred to in Revelation 20:11-15?
- In Revelation 20:5, who are those described as "the rest of the dead". See Revelation 20:11-15.
- In Revelation 20:7-10, Satan is loosed for a short period, and numberless multitudes follow him. Who are they? Isaiah 65:18-25 will give provide insight into this as well.
- The events described in Revelation 20:11-15 can be seen as the end of Human History and the precursor for the next phase of God’s eternal plan, i.e., a new heaven and earth. What does the phrase "death and Hades gave up the dead" mean? If the dead, the lost, go to Hades to await judgment, why is death also mentioned here?
In our next lesson, we learn about the new heaven, the new earth and the new Jerusalem. What an exciting event to look forward to! God has a perfect plan, we are active part of it, and in the end He has planned for us a beautiful home where we will live with God, the Holy Spirit and Christ. What a joyous hope He gives us through the shed blood of Christ.
Have a great week everyone!