Praise God thank you Jesus. I was given this phrase 36 years ago by a wonderful man who love the Lord. He told me to say it constantly in good times and bad. I must confess there are plenty of times I don't say it unless I'm washing the dishes or taking a shower. Maybe Jesus and father God have something special to do with water?
Today we are beginning chapter 20 in the book of the revelation of Jesus Christ and immediately we're going to see a turn in the visions of Saint John. Remember he is still a prisoner on the Isle of Patmos so he had no reason to start seeing the grace of God in such of an abundance in that he sees the love of God not just for himself, but for all Humanity, all creation, and the entire universe.
Before we begin let us do a recap of chapter 20 in the book of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
We learned of three different views that have been taught throughout the age of the Church pertaining to the Thousand Year Reign of Christ.
We learned that the view most widely accepted by the Church and taught by St Augustine himself is that of Amillennialism.
We again saw the “abyss” the bottomless pit and the “ancient serpent the devil.”
We saw thrones in the heavenly court. We saw those “beheaded” for believing in Jesus Christ.
We saw the 1st resurrection being a “spiritual resurrection” for all believers who die in Christ. And the 2nd resurrection where we are united with our new glorified bodies to reign with Christ forever. This 2nd resurrection is called a “Blessing” because it shows us that we will not experience the 2nd death that is saved for the wicked.
We saw Satan being released after a period of peace and how he brings all the nations to war against Jerusalem and Christians.
We see fire and brimstone pour down from heaven to plunder these armies. Then Satan gets thrown into the lake of fire to join his former agents there as we learned in chapter 19:20.
We saw the “Great White Throne Judgement” and we learned we will all be judged according to our deeds here on earth.
Finally, we see the “Book of Life”. Some say the Bible is a book of life, but in fact, it is a library of over 70 books.
We learn that those of us who have our names written in the Book of Life have had them there from the beginning of time. However, God will always honor our “free will”, and He will omit anyone from the Book of Life who does not want to spend eternity with Him. This will be shown to all. And it will not be by anyone just saying “no” but by their actions here on earth. Remember, love is an action, not a word. If we want to live with love (God is love) for all eternity, we must show love to others here on earth.
Now after seeing all the forces of evil destroyed including death, we need to take a look at the bigger picture. The big picture is that every Christian needs to strive for holiness and inasmuch as one does he will have rewards in heaven.
Let us now read chapter 21 in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Next time we will go over the key points and begin our verse by verse study.
God bless you.