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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Revelation 20

Prast-millennialism

Summary:
Then an angel locked up Satan in the Abyss for a thousand years during which the martyrs came back to life and reigned with Jesus. This is the first of two resurrections.

After this, Satan will be released to bring an army against God, but God will whomp them sending Satan with the rest of his trinity to suffer eternal torment.

Then a massive throne came, causing all things to recede, and books of everyone's lives were there. All the dead came back and were judged. If they weren't on the list, then they were thrown into fire with death itself.

Key verse:
15. If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

My thoughts:
Okay, so there is a passage here which quite clearly refers to a place of eternal torment, but it's also quite clear that that place is only for the unholy trinity. The general resurrected who are judged go to a separate place; the lake of fire. It is unclear whether that is eternal torment or simply second death.

Actually, it's entirely clear. It says "The lake of fire is the second death".

Anywho... somewhat disturbingly it says we are judged by what we had done, and not by our faith. It doesn't actually specify what constitutes getting your name in the book of life however, so it's theoretically possible that people are judged for their actions, but that that doesn't stop their names from being in the book of life. Hmmm...

So yea... has the millenium of Christ happened yet? Will it ever happen? Is it coming? People disagree on these points. I would contend that they are yet to happen, because they seem to occur after Armageddon and all the plagues and Jesus' return, and the don't seem to have happened yet. If they have happened, then it was pretty on the sly...

The two resurrections is an idea I hadn't really picked up yet.

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