Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20 Discussion Continued

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

Our teachers have been discussing the importance of taking Revelation 20 literally and not spiritualizing it into anyone's preconceived theology. They'll continue their discussion of Chapter 20 by addressing the binding of Satan during the 1,000 years.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapter 20 (Continued)

[Read Chapter 20 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]

McGee & Pollock

Dr. Reagan: At the beginning of Revelation 20 it says that the first thing Jesus Christ is going to do when He comes back is bind Satan for a thousand years. Those who argue that we are in the Millennium right now, who argue the Millennium began at the cross and will continue until Jesus returns, argue that Satan is bound. Is Satan bound?

Don McGee: I don't see how in the world Satan could be bound, at least, not in my life he's not bound. I don't know about anybody else. Peter warned us about this in 1 Peter 5:8. Peter said Satan is like a roaring lion. He's running around trying to find somebody that he can consume, devour, eat up.

Think of all the other warnings, too. Does God warn us for nothing? Look at all the times we are warned to be careful of Satan. He appears as an angel of light even. Are those empty warnings, or did the inspired writer's know what they were talking about? I think they did.

I think the threat's real. One of the things that Revelation 20 goes on to say, not only is Satan bound, but it says he will deceive the nations no more. Yes, he's going be bound in a special way. So, the deception is going to cease to exist. Look around at the nations, including this particular nation we happen to live in, there is a whole lot of deception going on. Satan is very much busy deceiving the nations.

Dr. Reagan: As one fellow once put it, "If Satan is bound, he is bound on a very long chain because he's always gnawing on my leg!"

Don McGee: That's right, that's right. I think Christians should consider this when they're considering a church where they're going to worship, where they're going to work, where they're going spend their time, their effort, their money. The leadership of that church, what do they believe? Did they come out of a seminary background where these things are being taught? Where they taught that you can't take these things literally, that everything has to be spiritualized? One of the reasons there is such ignorance among Christian people today, especially in the western world, is that they've been taught by people who've come out of seminaries believing this kind of stuff.


In the next part, our teachers will continue on in their discussion of Revelation 20, addressing the magnificent reign of Jesus Christ.


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