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God's Secrets Revealed Part XCI

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God's Secrets Revealed

Part XCI

In Revelation 20, John the revelator said, “I saw and angel come down from Heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan and bound him a thousand years and cast him into the bottomless pit. He was shut up that he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years shall be fulfilled.” After that he must be loosed for a little season.

What a dismal picture is brought out but how do you bind a spirit? So the binding of satan is of a different kind than to tie a horse to a tree. As we saw a couple of weeks ago when Jesus returns and His shout opens the graves, all of the righteous people who have ever lived, no matter what their form was, will rise. For at creation Jesus formed man out of the dust of the earth and at the returning of Jesus His voice will recreate these bodies from dust and they again will become people. The same voice changes the bodies of God's living children into immortal beings and together the resurrected dead and the changed living go up into the air to meet Jesus. However, the unrighteous dead remain in their graves and the unrighteous living will be slain by the brightness of Christ's coming. So there's no one alive on this earth for the next thousand years.

It is in this terrible state that satan finds himself. For the past six thousand years he has been busy tempting people, misrepresenting God and His word and creating all sorts of unpleasant things. That will all be changed then and he will have nothing to do in this wide world. The wide open spaces will actually become a prison house where he cant leave and that is the chain that binds him.

Revelation 12:7 says, “There was war in Heaven. Jesus and His angels fought against the dragon and his angels.” This was not a war with guns but a war of accusations, which satan lost. He had deceived one third of the angels in Heaven to side with him (that he would make a better administrator than God) so these angels loyal to satan were cast out with him in the earth.

Satan probably thought that if it comes to a vote his supporters could out vote God's and that would give him control like things work here on earth. Things are different for one with God, those with God form the majority. That is a real hope for you and me.

One third of the angels in Heaven, with their leader, are here on this desolate earth with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I would think there are some things going on like some really heated arguments where the angels are accusing satan of lies and deception for getting them in the state they are in. (They need to stop and think that they were given intelligence.) Why would they even entertain the thought that lucifer, satan, could be equal or superior to God (the One who had created them in the first place)

When I think of these poor, deceived beings on this desolate earth I feel for them but the sad part of it all is that people still believe things that are contrary to what God's word says. I hear people say, 'I think ' God is not interested in what you or I think but are we following what He has said in His word.

In the last of Revelation, John says, “Any who add to the book or take away will lose eternal life.” So, it is very important that we look at what is going on in the world and pay attention to God's word. When we look at the second chapter of Daniel where Daniel, speaking for God, outlines what will happen and now, twenty-six hundred years later it is happening. We need to praise God for His knowledge and goodness to mankind. Jesus died for all and He wants all saved. He forces no on but invites all and says, “Come and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.”