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The words of Revelation 22:6-21 are the last words of the book of Revelation; what is called an epilogue. In these final verses we're given the bottom line of the book: trust the book, expect Christ’s return. As we read this passage pay special attention to things repeated; they guide us in understanding the emphases of these final words.

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God doesn't reveal future events to satisfy our curiousity; He reveals future events to change our lives. I am impressed by this fact as I study Revelation 22:6-21; it is a call for the reader to respond in obedience to the prophecies of this book. Failure to heed its warnings will have dire consequences for a Christian. Obedience will bring blessing. So how should we respond to the book of Revelation?

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Revelation 21:9-22:5 gives a more detailed description of the New Jerusalem, our eternal home. I want to emphasize again the physicality of our future. At the Rapture, whether we are resurrected from the dead or we are alive and translated, we will receive glorified, physical bodies. Our glorified bodies will be like the glorified body of Jesus which was very physical though it had qualities that differ from our present, mortal bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-49). Jesus invited Thomas to touch His scars (Jn. 20:24-29). Jesus ate food in the presence of His disciples (Luke 24:36-49). Jesus talked to His disciples and they heard Him by way of their physical ears. All this is to drive home the fact that just as Jesus' glorified body is a physical body so also our glorified bodies will be physical bodies. We need to get clear in our minds that our future will be a very physical experience in very physical places starting with the New Jerusalem in which we will take up residence at the Rapture.

To be clear, all Old Testament saints and Church Age saints who have died up to this moment in history are in the Third Heaven in Paradise, but they are in a disembodied state (Lk. 23:39-43; Eph. 4:8-9; 2 Cor. 5:1-10). They await the First Resurrection - the resurrection to life (Jn. 5:29). Jesus is the first stage of the First Resurrection. Church Age saints are the second stage and will be resurrected at the Rapture.  Old Testament and Tribulation saints are the third and fourth stages and will be resurrected in the 75 day interval between the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. All of us will physically live together for eternity in the physical New Jerusalem of which John is given detailed revelation in Revelation 21 starting with verse 9. 

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We enter the home stretch of our studies in Revelation as we open to Revelation chapter 21. By way of review using the Chronology of Eschatology chart, we are living in The Dispensation of Grace, specifically, The Church Age. We are awaiting the Rapture of the Church which, after an unspecificed amount of time, will be followed by the Tribulation. The seven year Tribulation will be brought to completion by the Second Coming of Christ to the earth. Jesus will then reign as King of kings and Lord of lords during the one thousand years of The Millennial Kingdom here on earth.

At the conclusion of The Millennial Kingdom, Satan will be released from the abyss and mount one last rebellion against Jesus. Jesus will prevail after which He will convene The Great White Throne Judgment. As a result of The Great White Throne Judgment, Satan, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, all demons, all unrighteous human beings, the process/experience of death and even the place of the dead (Hades) will all be confined to the Lake of Fire for eternity. Then the wonders revealed in Revelation 21 will unfold: the New Heaven, the New Earth and the New Jerusalem coming to earth. 

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Many people in our society believe there will be some type of judgment in the afterlife.  Mistakenly, they believe this judgment will determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The Bible reveals three judgments none of which determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell.  One’s eternal destiny is determined in this life by one's response to Jesus Christ.

The first judgment is the Judgment Seat of Christ which will involve Church Age saints for the purposes of purification and reward (2 Cor. 5:1-10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15). This is the judgment you want to be part of. The second judgment will be the Sheep & Goats Judgment which will involve gentile survivors of the Tribulation for the purpose of determining which of them will enter the Millennial Kingdom (Matt. 25:31-46). The third and final judgment will be The Great White Throne Judgment which will involve every human being who failed to be reconciled to God for the purpose of determining degree of punishment in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15). You do not want to be at  The Great White Throne Judgment. As we will see, the destiny of every defendant at The Great White Throne Judgment is the Lake of Fire. The Great White Throne Judgment is revealed in Revelation 20:11-15. Studied in context, it is clear that The Great White Throne Judgment will take place after the Millennial Kingdom is completed and Satan is defeated (20:7-10).

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Jesus will defeat the army of the Antichrist and bring the seven year Tribulation to an end. Following the Tribulation, Jesus will establish His Kingdom here on earth. In fulfillment of God's unconditional covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants many passages in the Old Testament speak of a future kingdom ruled by the Messiah during which time Israel will dwell securely in the land area God promised.  Further, the nation of Israel will be brought into the New Covenant as a nation and every Jew will know the Lord during the Messianic Kingdom (Jer. 31:31-40; 50:17-20). The expectation of a Messianic Kingdom is based on a large amount of material in the Old Testament Scriptures.

The contribution of Revelation 20:1-10 to the revelation of the Messianic Kingdom is that this passage reveals the duration of the Messianic Kingdom. It is stated six times in these ten verses that the Messianic Kingdom will last for one thousand years. The duration of the Messianic Kingdom was not revealed in the Old Testament. Revelation 20:1-10 clearly reveals a duration of one thousand years. When we refer to the Kingdom as the Millennial Kingdom we are emphasizing its duration. 

According to Daniel 12:11-13 there will be a seventy-five day interval between the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. Many things will  take place in this interval including the binding of Satan and the resurrection of martyred Tribulation saints. 

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Revelation 19:11-21 reveals the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth at the end of the 7 year Tribulation. He will come to make war against the Antichrist and False Prophet. In order to fully understand the situation at the time of Jesus’ second coming we need to do some review and some supplementing of our passage. We discovered in Revelation 12 that midway through the 7 year Tribulation, Satan and his demonic forces will be defeated in battle by Michael the Archangel and his angelic forces. As a result, Satan will be cast to the earth (Rev. 12:7-9). Knowing prophecy, Satan will be enraged knowing he has only 3 1/2 years before the second coming of Christ to the earth. His rage will be directed at Israel, the Jews, and at the followers of Jesus (Rev. 12:13-17). Working through the Antichrist and False Prophet Satan’s persecution of the Jews will be the most severe in human history.

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Cathy and I had a terrible two years of dating before our engagement. I was in a period of spiritual rebellion. Cathy was not sure about marriage. We call it two years of "kicking each other in the shins". But we loved each other and by God’s grace in December 1983 we were engaged. Initially we thought it would be a twelve month engagement, but encouraged by the counsel of my father, we shortened it to four and a half. April 28th, 1984 we were wed. We then honeymooned on the central coast of California.

Dating, engagement, wedding and honeymoon are traditionally the four stages of our western wedding system. In Jesus' day there were four stages as well in the Jewish wedding system: the arrangement, fetching, ceremony and feast. As the Bride of Christ, we will experience each of the four stages. In fact, we've already experienced the first stage – the arrangment. We're looking forward to the second stage – the fetching. And then we’ll experience the third and fourth stages revealed in Revelation 19:6-10 - the ceremony and the feast. But before we get to this, verses one through five of Revelation 19 vibrate with heaven's celebration at the fall of Babylon.

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I need to correct something I taught in our previous study. The outline of the book of Revelation is such that from Revelation 6 through 19 the chronological sequence of Tribulation events is "interrupted" by interludes or explanatory breaks in the action (e.g. Rev. 7:1-17, 10:1-11:14, 12:1-15:4, 17:1-18). The phrase after these things (meta; tau:ta) is the signal in the Greek text that the sequence of events is resuming.

In our previous study I stated that chapters 17 & 18 were an interlude following the chronological sequence of the 7 Bowl Judgments revealed in chapter 16. That is incorrect. Chapter 18 begins with the phrase after these things (meta; tau:ta) indicating that the sequence of events is resumed in chapter 18 (Unfortunately, the ESV mistranslates this phrase as "After this."
 
Chapters 17 & 18 both deal with the destruction of Babylon; chapter 17 with the destruction of ecclesiastical Babylon (the one-world church) and chapter 18 the destruction of commercial Babylon (the economic system of the Antichrist). Careful observation of the text makes clear that these are separate and distinct events. Here are two significant ways in which these events differ: Ecclesiastical Babylon will be destroyed by the Antichrist and 10 king coalition (17:16), but commercial Babylon will be destroyed by God (18:4-8).

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Revelation chapters 17 and 18 are an interlude in the sequence of Tribulation events. These chapters deal with the destruction of religious and economic Babylon. Revelation 17 reveals the destruction of Babylon in its religious aspect.

Religion will flourish during the first half of the Tribulation in the false religious system called Babylon, the great prostitute. This system may be centered in the rebuilt city of Babylon or perhaps in Rome. It will be ecumenical including numerous apostate religious groups. This one-world church will enjoy the support of the state and use the power of the state to push its agenda. For the first half of the Tribulation, the prostitute will reign unchallenged; but at the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will see her as a challenge to his own power and program. With the coalition of ten nations under his control, he will destroy the one-world religious system and declare himself God, demanding to be worshiped.

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