We are looking at the final stages of Man’s Rebellion against God. Last time we looked at the world-wide delusion put forth by the False Prophet and the Antichrist. We saw how a Global Antichrist System will rise and control every aspect of human activity. A revived paganism will be at the center of the religious component of this new Babylonian System. But Babylon will fall. And all that’s left is God’s judgement, the redemption of the world…….and Christ’s coming in glory to rule and reign His People.
The Judgment Of God
We are looking at the end of the 7 years of the Tribulation. Man’s rebellion has run its course. Then shall Messiah come, mounted on a “white horse”, the one called “Faithful and True and in righteousness He judges and makes war”. Then occurs this incredible scene: The creatures, (mankind), take up arms against the Creator. But it is not surprising that they are no match for Him. Here is the scenario laid out in Revelation 19:19-21. “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. 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. 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’s judgment falls on all who accepted that world system. Just as He spoke creation into being with his Word, so the rebels are “killed with the sword which proceeded from” His mouth. Ephesians 6:17 tells us that “the sword of the Spirit… is the word of God”. Then Satan is bound and sentenced to the bottomless pit for a thousand years; – “so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.” (Revelation 20:3) So begins the Millennial Reign of Jesus.
After that time there is yet one more rebellion. “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle”. (Revelation 20:7-8) Once more God’s judgment falls, this time through fire from heaven. Then: “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev 20:10) Thus will Satan’s final rebellion and the End Times Religion will come to an end.
The heaven and the earth will be made new. First however there is the little matter of the Great White Throne Judgment. Those who are not in God, – were not born again, – who never gave their lives to Christ, – are raised from the dead. This is the final judgment of those who had not during their lifetimes given turned their lives over to Jesus The Christ. “And they were judged, each one according to his works.” Now those who have previously been judged, – those who have given their lives to Christ and been born again, – have had their sins forgiven and been washed by the blood of the Jesus, the Lamb. But all who are at this later judgment will be judged on their actions. And all will be found wanting. “This is the second death. And anyone not found in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:13, 14-15) And there you have it: One Way, One Truth, One Savior; – Jesus the Christ!