Revelation of John 20* Satan is bound for a thousand years. (1-3) The firstresurrection; those are blessed that have part therein. (4-6)Satan loosed, Gog and Magog. (7-10) The last and generalresurrection. (11-15)1-3 Here is a vision, showing by a figure the restraints laidon Satan himself. Christ, with Almighty power, will keep thedevil from deceiving mankind as he has hitherto done. He neverwants power and instruments to break the power of Satan. Christshuts by his power, and seals by his authority. The church shallhave a time of peace and prosperity, but all her trials are notyet over. 4-6 Here is an account of the reign of the saints, for the samespace of time as Satan is bound. Those who suffer with Christ,shall reign with him in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, inconformity to him in his wisdom, righteousness, and holiness:this is called the first resurrection, with which none but thosewho serve Christ, and suffer for him, shall be favoured. Thehappiness of these servants of God is declared. None can beblessed but those that are holy; and all that are holy shall beblessed. We know something thing of what the first death is, andit is very awful; but we know not what this second death is. Itmust be much more dreadful; it is the death of the soul, eternalseparation from God. May we never know what it is: those whohave been made partakers of a spiritual resurrection, are savedfrom the power of the second death. We may expect that athousand years will follow the destruction of the antichristian,idolatrous, persecuting powers, during which pure Christianity,in doctrine, worship, and holiness, will be made known over allthe earth. By the all-powerful working of the Holy Spirit,fallen man will be new-created; and faith and holiness will ascertainly prevail, as unbelief and unholiness now do. We mayeasily perceive what a variety of dreadful pains, diseases, andother calamities would cease, if all men were true andconsistent Christians. All the evils of public and privatecontests would be ended, and happiness of every kind largelyincreased. Every man would try to lighten suffering, instead ofadding to the sorrows around him. It is our duty to pray for thepromised glorious days, and to do every thing in our public andprivate stations which can prepare for them. 7-10 While this world lasts, Satan's power in it will not bewholly destroyed, though it may be limited and lessened. Nosooner is Satan let loose, than he again begins deceiving thenations, and stirring them up to make war with the saints andservants of God. It would be well if the servants and ministersof Christ were as active and persevering in doing good, as hisenemies in doing mischief. God will fight this last and decisivebattle for his people, that the victory may be complete, and theglory be to himself. 11-15 After the events just foretold, the end will speedilycome; and there is no mention of any thing else, before theappearing of Christ to judge the world. This will be the greatday: the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, will then put on majestyand terror. The persons to be judged are the dead, small andgreat; young and old, low and high, poor and rich. None are somean, but they have some talents to account for; and none sogreat, as to avoid having to account for them. Not only thosealive at the coming of Christ, but all the dead. There is a bookof remembrance both for good and bad: and the book of thesinner's conscience, though formerly secret, will then beopened. Every man will recollect all his past actions, though hehad long forgotten many of them. Another book shall be opened,the book of the Scriptures, the rule of life; it represents theLord's knowledge of his people, and his declaring theirrepentance, faith, and good works; showing the blessings of thenew covenant. By their works men shall be justified orcondemned; he will try their principles by their practices.Those justified and acquitted by the gospel, shall be justifiedand acquitted by the Judge, and shall enter into eternal life,having nothing more to fear from death, or hell, or wicked men;for these are all destroyed together. This is the second death;it is the final separation of sinners from God. Let it be ourgreat concern to see whether our Bibles justify or condemn usnow; for Christ will judge the secrets of all men according tothe gospel. Who shall dwell with devouring flames?
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