The Final Rebellion

The Final Rebellion, the Dissolution of Creation and the Final Judgement

“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. 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.”

Revelation 20v11&12

Scripture Readings:

  • Revelation 20v7-15
  • 2nd Peter 3v10-13
  • Hebrews 1v10-12
  • John 5v22, 26-29

1. The release of Satan and the final rebellion (Revelation 20v7-10)

  • Satan’s release (v7) – as a final test for man (Psalm 66 v3 “Through the greatness of Thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves (margin: feign obedience) unto Thee”)
  • Satan’s deception (v8) – the strategy that was effective in Gen 3, is successful again – neither man nor Satan have changed
  • Rebels devoured (v9) – God intervenes to bring this rebellion to an end
  • The devil’s doom (v10) – cast into the lake of fire

2. The dissolution of creation (Revelation 20v11, 2nd Peter 3v10-13, Hebrews 1v10-12)

  • The figure of “fleeing” (Revelation 20v11)
  • The figure of the garment (Hebrews 1v10-12)
  • The heavens (2nd Peter 3v10-13)
  • The earth (2nd Peter 3v10-13)
  • The practical import for us (2nd Peter 3v10-13)

3. The judgement of the ungodly dead (John 5v22, 26-29, Revelation 20v12-15)

  • The colour of the throne – white – symbol of righteousness
  • The sitter upon the throne (John 5v22, 26-29)
  • The dead standing before God
  • The sources of evidence – books and the book of life
  • The individual accountability
  • The removal of death and hell – cast into the lake of fire
  • The lake of fire – the final place of punishment for the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet and the ungodly.

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