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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 13 - JUST AND TRUE ARE THY WAYS (REVELATION 20:1-15)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK OUR STUDY IS REV 20. THAT CHPT SPEAKS 
OF A 1000 YEAR PERIOD, AND GIVES US A LOOK AT WHAT TWO QUITE DIFFERENT
GROUPS ARE DOING DURING THAT PERIOD. SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT WE STUDY
THIS WEEK WE MAY NOT LIVE TO SEE.  BUT THE JT. AT THE END OF THE MILLENIUM
WE SHALL ALL SEE.

I. FATE OF THE DEVIL
      A. READ REV 20:1-3.
      B. WE CAN SEE THAT THE DRAGON IS SATAN. WHAT IS THE CHAIN, WHY IS HE
BEING CHAINED, AND WHAT IS THE ABYSS? (YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT YOU
LIVE IN AN ABYSS?)

      C. IF THE EARTH IS THE ABYSS, HOW IS IT THAT HE IS KEPT FROM "DECEIVING
THE NATIONS?" (LOOK AT 19:21. THE TIME OF THE MILLENIUM DOES NOT START
WITH CHPT. 20.  IT REALLY STARTS WITH 19:11 (FROM LAST WEEK) WHEN HEAVEN
OPENS, THE LORDS RIDES UP ON A WHITE HORSE, SAVES THE GOOD AND DESTROYS
THE WICKED. CAN'T DECEIVE SOMEONE WHO IS DEAD.)
      D. LETS IMAGINE THAT I COULD GIVE YOU A TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD AND
PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT IN LINE.  OR GO TO OCEAN
CITY AND NO ONE TAKE YOUR SPOT ON THE BEACH.  LIKE THAT?
            1. WHY IS IT FAIR TO CALL THE EARTH AN ABYSS, JUST BECAUSE NO
ONE WILL BE THERE? (THE GREEK WORD MEANS "VERY DEEP" OR "BOTTOMLESS".
THIS IS THE SAME WORD USED IN GEN 1:2 "DARKNESS OVER THE FACE OF THE
DEEP" FOR DEEP. THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD SEEMS TO BE SO GREAT THAT
THE EARTH IS LIKE IT WAS BEFORE CREATION.)

      E. WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS?  WHY NOT JUST KILL SATAN?
            1. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE HEAVENLY PARALLEL TO THE
SANCTUARY SERVICE OF THE OT.  IS THERE ONE HERE?  DIDN'T THE LAMB DIE IN
THE SANCTUARY SERVICE? (THE PARALLEL IS TO THE SCAPEGOAT. LEV.16:20-22)
(THE IDEA IS THAT OUT IN THE WILDERNESS FOR THE 1000 YEARS SATAN WILL
CARRY THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE.)
            2. DO YOU THINK THAT HE WILL ACTUALLY BE CONSIDERING THEM?
            3. WHAT KIND OF THOUGHTS WOULD YOU GUESS THAT HE WOULD
HAVE? - LIST- (EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE YOU SEE SOMEONE WHO HAS A VERY
GOOD REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENS THAT
COMPLETELY DESTROYS IT.  JOE LYONS. RICHARD NIXON.  THE THOUGHTS OF
REGRET THAT THE PERSON HAS MUST BE TERRIBLE.)
            4. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF I TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULDN'T RETURN
TO WORK MONDAY AND DO YOUR JOB OR ANY JOB ANY MORE? (THAT IS ANOTHER
PROBLEM FOR SATAN.  FOR ALL THESE YEARS HE HAS VIGOROUSLY BEEN
PURSUING "THE JOB" OF TEMPTING US.  NOW HE HAS NO JOB.
            5. DO YOU  THINK THAT HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE?
(DEATH IS A PRETTY BAD THING FOR US.  WHAT IF YOU HAD LIVED FOR THE ENTIRE
HISTORY OF THE EARTH?)
            6. HOW ABOUT FRUSTRATED AMBITION.  AFTER ALL, HIS GOAL WAS TO
BE LIKE GOD.  NOW HE HAS LOST IT ALL.


II. FATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS
      A. READ 20: 4-6.
      B. WHERE ARE THE RIGHTEOUS DURING THIS TIME? (V.4B THEY REIGNED
WITH CHRIST 1000 YEARS.)(HEAVEN)
      C. THIS IS WHERE THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH DEPART THE MOST FROM
POPULAR BELIEF.  WE ARE "PREMILLENNIALISTS", THAT IS THAT CHRIST'S SECOND
COMING WILL TAKE PLACE before THE MILLINIUM (THUS "PRE- MILLEN"). A LOT OF
PEOPLE ARE PREMILLENNIALISTS, BUT IT IS A MINORITY VIEW THAT THE
RIGHTEOUS ARE IN HEAVEN FOR THIS 1000 YEARS.
      D. WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR YOUR BELIEF THAT WE WILL BE IN HEAVEN AS
OPPOSED TO EARTH FOR THE 1000 YEARS? ( SATAN IS IN THE ABYSS)
            1. IF WRONG ON YOUR STATEMENT BEFORE THAT THE EARTH IS THE
ABYSS,  IS THEIR ANY OTHER SUPPORT FOR THE IDEA THAT WE WILL BE IN HEAVEN
AND NOT THE EARTH? (THE SCENE OF TOTAL DESTRUCTION IN 19:21 SUPPORTS THE
IDEA THAT WE ARE NOT LIKELY ON THE EARTH.
THE REFERENCE TO "THRONES" IN 20:4 GIVES THE SUGGESTION OF HEAVEN. 1
THESS. 4:17 SAYS THAT WE WILL BE "CAUGHT UP...TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR."
WHY GO UP JUST TO GO BACK DOWN? AND JOHN 14:1-4 VERY CLEARLY SAYS THAT
JESUS IS GOING TO HEAVEN TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR US IN HIS FATHER'S HOUSE
AND THAT HE WILL TAKE US THERE.)

      E. WHEN WE TALK OF GOING TO HEAVEN, IS THIS A PERMANENT THING?
(IDEA IS THAT AFTER THE 1000 YEARS, WE RETURN TO THE EARTH.  NEXT WEEK'S
LESSON.)
      F. SO WHAT ARE WE DOING IN HEAVEN? (TO REVIEW WHY THE WICKED ARE
NOT IN HEAVEN. SEE 20:4 "JUDGE". THE INVESTIGATIVE JT. IS FOR THE RIGHTEOUS--
THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE THE LORD'S, WHILE THOSE JUDGED DURING THE MILL.
ARE THE WICKED.)
      G. WHY ARE WE UP THERE SO LONG? PAST LESSONS HAVE SUGGESTED THAT
THE INVESTIGATIVE JT. STARTED IN 1844.  THAT IS 145 YEARS AGO.  UNLESS WORLD
IS GOING TO LAST FOR ANOTHER 855 YEARS, THE REVIEW OF THE SAINTS WILL
TAKE LONGER THAN THE ORIGINAL JT. 
      (THREE IDEAS:  FIRST, THAT GOD WANTS TO GIVE US WHATEVER TIME THAT
WE NEED.  HE WANTS TO BE SURE THAT WE ALL MOVE AHEAD TOGETHER.  
            SECOND, IT MAY BE THAT THIS IS ALL ACCORDING TO GODS "ORDER"
OF THINGS.  FOR EXAMPLE, IF GOD MADE THE WORLD IN 6 DAYS, I HAVE NO DOUBT
THAT HE COULD HAVE MADE IT IN SIX MINUTES. HE CHOSE A DAY TIME PERIOD
AND SET ASIDE A TIME FOR REST.  
      THIRD, I THINK THAT GOD WANTS US TO BE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN FOR A
PERIOD OF TIME.  JUST TO BE WITH US AS A TIME OF CELEBRATION.

III. ATTACK ON THE CITY.
      A. READ 20:7-10.
      B. WE DISCUSSED WHY THE DEVIL IS NOT JUST KILLED WHEN JESUS COMES
THE SECOND TIME. WHY ARE THE WICKED RAISED AGAIN AFTER THE MILLENIUM? 
IF THEY ARE DEAD, WHY NOT JUST LEAVE THEM THERE? (NEVER KNOW THE END
OF THE CONTROVERSY. LIKE A BOOK WITHOUT THE LAST CHAPT. AND IT MEANS
THAT AT SOME POINT ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WILL ACKNOWLEDGE GOD, WHICH IS
NOT THE CASE IF THEY JUST DIE.

      C. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE ATTITUDE OF THE WICKED IS RIGHT UP TO
THE LAST MINUTE? (REV. 20:7B-10. THESE PEOPLE ARE STILL IN REBELLION. THEY
DESERVE TO BE DESTROYED BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE ABSOLUTE POISON IN
HEAVEN (OR EARTH).)

IV. NEXT WEEK: NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH. ASK ED TO TEACH FOR ME TWO
WEEKS FROM NOW.