1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
When Satan had his five month reign on earth, the battles of Armageddon and Hamongog have taken place and Christ Jesus is returning to earth with the saints. The angel spoken of here is probably Michael. He is the one that battled satan and his angels, casting them to earth for that five month period of time. He will probably be the one to put him back in chains until after the millennium.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
This is the time of The Millennium = 1000 years of teaching and learning. Then satan is let loose for a period of time as a day. The Lord is with us at this time, so to me satan is let loose that period of time as being a day. 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Of course, at the same time, I'm not so sure we will be looking at "time" the same way we look at it in this flesh body as when we are in our new "body". Just a thought.
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
This 1000 years is for learning. It's not another chance, but a time to hear what should have been taught by those that chose not to teach Truth. There will be no deception at this time.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
All that have died in these flesh body's through to those that refused satan in this last generation stand with God in the Millennium.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Those that refused The Seal of God = Truth and didn't stay virgins = spiritually speaking. Waiting on The True Christ, these stay in this flesh body for that 1000 years. "The first resurrection" is based on the fact you didn't take that "mark of the beast" and stayed true to God. Those that got their new bodies will keep them in front of the eyes of those remaining in this flesh of today. Those that hold to the truth of the Millennium teaching, not being fooled when satan is released for that short time, they take part in the second resurrection. Ref. "New Body's" can be found in 1 Cor. 15:50-53 but I suggest The Whole Chapter for context.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
After that time of learning there is to be another test that will set things right for eternity. Heaven will be called such as there is no evil in it. The Great White Throne of judgement will be the last that we know of today. Evil will be no more. Fire cleanses and when evil will be put in it, it's no more. Gone forever from our minds. Don't worry, those you know that don't make it, won't even be in your thoughts. Revelation 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.
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.
Yep! satan is let lose to do his thing again. To deceive the world. Lets pray it's not as many as there are today. So many today are deceived even by what they call their "Bible" but its one more of satans tricks. There are so many versions being written every year, it should be a warning to people, but they just look for a easier way out of The Truth and to satans traps. We are each held accountable for our own studying, but be warned. Lies are EVERYWHERE!
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.
On this day a cleansing takes place. Everything that our Father doesn't want to exist anymore, WON'T. God IS and WILL BE FOREVER.
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.
In Ezekiel 28:16-19, Satan will be destroyed from within and turned to ashes. When a soul is ashes, it is done. Satan can harm your body but only God can destroy your soul. satan may use tricks to deceive you into doing things you shouldn't that will kill your flesh, but we can overcome it by giving our lives to God. Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. God our Father created both your body and your soul, and just as He created both, He also can destroy both body and soul.
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.
That is The Judgement seat. Everyone that [chose] not to love God and follow all the love given will be done away with. That is true love! How would it be good for any of His children to keep evil around for eternity? It wouldn't! Our Father gives EVERYONE the same chance to chose. Ignorance and or laziness isn't going to be a excuse.
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.
"The Books" will judge the unsaved. The second is the "Book of Life" = where the names of the saved are recorded. At this time faith has nothing to do with judgment. It's works! See here all souls are judged "according to their works". The "Great White Throne of Judgment" will not take faith into consideration. Faith is something hoped for but unseen. You don't see Jesus Christ on earth today, you will see his wonderful works, and be led by Him and His Spirit in the Millennium age. The first resurrection takes faith into consideration. That was back on "the Lord's day" = 7th Trump = The Trump of God. That was Jesus Christ's "great day". On the last day of the Millennium age, souls are judged by works only.
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.
The "sea" = people and they will be judged by their works. This happens after the Millennium. Grace will not apply at this time.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
"Second death" = final death, the sinner's soul will be turned to ashes from within. Death and the thought of death will be no more. Those that cared enough to seek out The Truth, followed Christ Jesus and where made alive the instant they accepted Him into their lives. I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Some will say, "What kind of God is that?" the answer is a just and loving God. Our Father is weeding the garden so it will flourish.