In hell the ancient form of death, which was one of the enemies destroyed by Christ, shall not continue, but a death of a far different kind reigns there, "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord": an abiding testimony of the victory of Christ. the books . He will not be, as now, "the god and prince of the world"--nor will the world "lie in the wicked one"--the flesh will become ever more isolated and be overcome. "The veil" shall be taken off Israel first, then from off "all people." The books of God's remembrance, alike of the evil and the good ( Psalms 56:8 , 139:4 , Malachi 3:16 ): conscience ( Romans 2:15 Romans 2:16 ), the word of Christ ( John 12:48 ), the law ( Galatians 3:10 ), God's eternal counsel ( Psalms 139:16 ). Scripture does not view the human race as an aggregate of individuals and nationalities, but as an organic whole, laid down once for all in the first pages of revelation. Their power is that of attraction, winning the heart, and not counteracted by devil or beast. When this time of grace shall end, no other shall succeed. . The guillotine in revolutionary France was a revival of the mode of capital punishment of pagan imperial Rome. that he should deceive--so A. In 1 Corinthians 15:23 1 Corinthians 15:51 , 1 Thessalonians 4:14 we find that all "in Christ" shall share in it. . earth and heaven fled away--The final conflagration, therefore, precedes the general judgment. shut him--A, B, Vulgate, Syriac, and ANDREAS omit "him." The Mosaic ceremonial law corresponds to Israel's priestly office; the civil law to its kingly office: the Gentile Church adopts the moral law, and exercises the prophetic office by the word working inwardly. Though sin will not be absolutely abolished--for men will still be in the flesh ( Isaiah 65:20 )--sin will no longer be a universal power, for the flesh is not any longer seduced by Satan. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Heretofore Christ's Prophetical mediation had been prominent in His earthly ministry, His Priestly mediation is prominent now in heaven between His first and second advents, and His Kingly shall be so during the millennium and at the general judgment. A surer seal to keep him from getting out than his seal over Jesus in the tomb of Joseph, which was burst on the resurrection morn. 11. great--in contrast to the "thrones," Revelation 20:4 . Compare Matthew 25:31 Matthew 25:32 Matthew 25:40 , "these My brethren." This is the second death--"the lake of fire" is added in A, B, and ANDREAS. Death and Hades, as personified representatives of the enemies of Christ' and His Church, are said to be cast into the lake of fire to express the truth that Christ and His people shall never more die, or be in the state of disembodied spirits. . day and night--figurative for without intermission ( Revelation 22:5 ), such as now is caused by night interposing between day and day. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The Jewish Rabbis thought, as the world was created in six days and on the seventh God rested, so there would be six millenary periods, followed by a sabbatical millennium. ( Genesis 9:25-27 , Genesis 10:1 Genesis 10:5 Genesis 10:18 Genesis 10:25 Genesis 10:32 , Deuteronomy 32:8 recognizes the fact that from the first the division of the nations was made with a relation to Israel). The saints having been first pronounced just themselves by Christ out of "the book of life," shall sit as assessors of the Judge. The blissful lot of the righteous is not here specially mentioned as their bliss had commenced before the final judgment. John saw them not only when restored to life, but when in the act of reviving [BENGEL]. The whole Bible. Gog and Magog--(Ezekiel 38:1-39:29'; of Japheth's posterity, whose ideal head is Gog ( Genesis 10:2 ). Christ will reign with His transfigured saints over men in the flesh [AUBERLEN]. 6. This is the humiliation of the modern civilized nations, that nations which they despise most, Jews and uncivilized barbarians, the negro descendants of Ham who from the curse of Noah have been so backward, Cush and Sheba, shall supplant and surpass them as centers of the world's history (compare Deuteronomy 32:21 , Romans 10:19 , 11:20 , &c.). Ezekiel's Gog and Magog come from the north, but those here come "from the four corners of the earth." These, then, are made the evidential test to decide men's eternal state, thus showing that God's administration of judgment is altogether righteous. opened--( Daniel 7:10 ). Proud member Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. So Revelation 1:7 , Greek, "and the which," or "and such as," particularizes prominently among the general class those that follow in the description [TREGELLES]. 2. that old--ancient serpent ( Revelation 12:9 ). of At present is the time of preaching; but then the time of the Liturgy of converted souls forming "the great congregation" shall come. first resurrection--"the resurrection of the just." The privilege of "our high calling in Christ" is limited to the present time of Satan's reign; when he is bound, there will be no scope for suffering for, and so afterwards reigning with, Him ( Revelation 3:21 ; compare Note, in the present age and in the pale of the Christian Church who does not also reign with Christ hereafter, the necessary preliminary to which is suffering with Christ now. 10. that deceived--Greek, "that deceiveth." Even during the millennium there is a separation between heaven and earth, transfigured humanity and humanity in the flesh. As the Church began at Christ's ascension, so the kingdom shall begin at His second advent. small and great--B has "the small and the great." But the literal sense need hardly be departed from: all the different regions wherein the bodies and souls of men had been, gave them up. white--the emblem of purity and justice. All rights reserved. the beast and the false prophet are--( Revelation 19:20 ). Perhaps we ought to translate, ". even the New Testament, is written by Jews. Compare Psalms 49:11-15 . There shall be a blessed chain of giving and receiving--God, Christ, the transfigured Bride the Church, Israel, the world of nations. Compare "We must ALL appear," &c. Romans 14:10 , 2 Corinthians 5:10 . 5. God in Christ, that is, the Father represented by the Son, is He before whose judgment-seat we must all stand.