The Beast is Beat!!

The Beast and His Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,[h] 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of allpeople, free[i] and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

God here is dealing His judgement on the unholy trinity. The antichrist (the leopard beast) and the false prophet ( the lamb beast) meet their doom. They are thrown in the alive into the lake of fire where they will suffer for all eternity.  The dragon (satan) meets his doom in chapter 20.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,[h] 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of allpeople, free[i] and slave, both small and great.” –  The angel tells the birds to gather and feast on the carcasses of those in the  fallen army that opposed Christ.  


19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

This is a drawing of the battle lines. The greatest confrontation in history is here in this verse.  It is the beast and the false prophet that have gathered the armies and the governments of the earth that are under the rule of the anti-christ- they in their pride and rebellion think they have come of their own volition- but the fact is that God has summoned them here to the battle in order to defeat them. The victory was won when Christ died on the cross  for the sins of the whole world, and rose from the dead. There is no fight! The evil leaders are immediately taken prisoner and cast into the Lake of Fire, sent to their judgement and thus the forces of evil are annihilated. The Lake of Fire is the eternal destination of all unbelievers, the beast and the false prophet are the first to suffer torment in the lake of brimstone.  Apparently all unbelievers that suffer death now go to Hades (Matt 16:18) and Jesus has the keys (1:18)  to both Hades and death.  And they will remain in Hades until Death and Hades are emptied  and cast  into the Lake of Fire. 

Revelation 1:18

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

We now come to chapter 20, where satan is bound for 1,000 years. Before we get  to that we need to look what is called the Millennium.  This chapter is the only one in the Bible that actually mentions a thousand reign of Christ.  But there are passages throughout the scriptures that allude to a time of peace when Christ will reign on the earth as King of King and Lord of Lords. One is Is 11:6-

Isaiah 11:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

6 “ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them

There are three views on the Millennium:

1. Amillennialism- the 1,000 years is figurative and represents an eternal amount of time.  That this is the current reign of the redeemed with Christ in heaven. That the present day form of the kingdom of God is followed by Christ’s return, a general resurrection, and the White Throne Judgement. Then Christ will reign over the perfect new heaven and new earth for all eternity.

2. Premillennialism- the present form of God’s kingdom is presently very rapidly approaching the return of Christ, which occurs after the 7 year tribulation. When Christ returns, satan will be bound in the abyss, then the first resurrection will occur.  The the redeemed in heaven return to earth with Christ and will reign with Him for a literal 1,000 year period.  This time period will initially be a predominately time of peace, as the period progresses the earth will be repopulated with people that have free will, over time though their hearts will become hardened through pride and confidence in self.  God will loose satan for a short time at the end of the literal 1,000 years.  Satan will make one last stand to war against God. God will send a consuming fire that devours  satan and all who have joined him. The satan is thrown into the lake of burning sulfur for eternal torment.  This is followed by the White Throne Judgement and then a second resurrection of the millennial age saints.  The finally, God establishes the new heaven and the new earth where He will dwell with His people for all eternity.

3. Postmillennialism- assumes that eventually the whole world will accept Christ which will result in a long period of world peace called the millennium, which is followed by Christ’s second coming, the resurrection of the dead, the White Throne Judgement, and the establishment of the new heaven and new earth.

We will pick up in Chapter 20 next time- until then- may God richly bless you!

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