Millennialism, End Times, and the Reign of Christ (Part 07) - The Final Judgment, The New Heaven and Earth, Revelation 20:1

For a master copy of the outline, click here: Millennialism 13. The final judgment. A. After the heavens and the earth have passed away, all nations will be gathered before Jesus Christ at His great white throne to be judged according to their works (Rev 20:11-13). i. This will be a general judgment of all mankind, both righteous and wicked (Mat 25:31-46). ii. The final judgment happens at the Second Coming of Christ "when the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with him" (Mat 25:31). iii. Jesus Christ "shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing" (2Ti 4:1). B. Every man will give an account of himself to God at that time (Rom 14:10-12). i. There will be no unbelievers on that day; for every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Rom 14:11 c/w Phi 2:10-11). ii. Everyone will receive what is due him for the things done in his body, whether good or bad (2Co 5:10). iii. This will be a terrifying experience for the wicked (2Co 5:11). C. The wicked will be judged out of the books according to their works (Rev 20:12; Dan 7:9-10) and will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:15 c/w Mat 13:41-42). D. The elect whose names were written in the book of life from the foundation of the world (Rev 17:8 c/w Heb 12:23) will then inherit the kingdom prepared for them in heaven (Rev 20:12,15 c/w Rev 21:27 c/w Mat 25:34 c/w Mat 13:43). E. Though the elect, whose names are written in the book of life, will be spared judgment on that day, those who are not abiding in Christ when that day comes will be ashamed at His coming (1Jo 2:28). F. For those who are ashamed of Christ in this life, Jesus will be ashamed of them at His coming (Mar 8:38). G. Though all the elect will spend eternity in heaven, there will be rewards given to them individually based on their works during their lives on earth (Mat 16:27; Luk 14:12-14; Luk 19:12-19; Mat 25:14-23; 1Ti 5:24-25). H. We should all be diligent to live holy lives so that we will be found of Christ in peace, without spot, and blameless on that day (2Pe 3:14). 14. The creation of the new heaven and the new earth. A. After the destruction of the heavens and the earth and the final judgment, a new heaven and a new earth will be created (Rev 21:1-2; Isa 65:17). B. All things will be made new and there will be no more tears, pain, sorrow, or death (Rev 21:3-5). C. There will be no more curse, nor night; and God's saints will reign there with Him for ever and ever (Rev 22:1-5). 15. Stepping through Revelation 20 verse by verse. A. Since many end time schemes are built largely on their interpretation Revelation 20, it is necessary to do a verse-by-verse exposition of it. B. Preliminary information. i. Because Rev 20:1 begins with the word "and", some conclude that the events of chapter 20 follow those in chapter 19 chronologically in time. ii. They understand chapter 19 to be speaking of Christ's return after the tribulation to put down the kingdom of the antichrist; and chapter 20 is thought to be speaking of Jesus thereafter binding the devil and setting up his earthy kingdom in Jerusalem and reigning there for a literal 1000 years. iii. If this argument from the use of the word "and" proves anything, it proves to much because it would make the events in chapter 12 (the birth of Christ, etc.) occur in time after the events of chapter 11 (the two witnesses, the 7th trumpet, etc.) iv. As will be shown, Revelation 20 is a summary of all the events from the first coming of Christ until the destruction of the heavens and the earth and the final judgment. C. Rev 20:1 i. The angel that comes down from heaven is Jesus Christ. a. Jesus called the messenger (angel) of the covenant (Mal 3:1). b. Angel - I. 1. a. A ministering spirit or divine messenger c. Jesus has the key of the bottomless pit (hell and death) (Rev 1:17-18 c/w Rev 9:2). ii. The angel must be Jesus Christ based on what He does in the next verse. For a master copy of the outline, click here: Millennialism