Faith
Wednesday December 30, 2009
Hartsville News Journal
Page 6A
FAITH COMMENTARY
"The Lord's Day"

2000 years ago, John was taken to the “The Lord’s Day” and through him, God reveals this prophecy to you; 2 Peter 3:8 KJV tells how it received its name:

   But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Recognizing “The Lord’s Day” to be 1000 years, Rev: 20:1 KJV introduces you to its beginning:

   And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Michael is the likely candidate to be holding that great chain as Rev. 12:7-8 KJV tells of a battle involving Michael and Satan, a battle taking place just before Satan is booted back to Earth on “The Lord’s Day”:

     And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

After being booted from heaven, Revelation 20: 2-3 KJV shows Satan physically bound here for 1000 years:

    And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, [3] And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Satan’s evil spirit deceives now but with him locked up, he has no access to you for 1000 years.

What a relief, imagine having a thousand years without being exposed to him. With Satan removed from the picture, you can view “The Lord’s Day” as a 1000 year revival, a good time to guide lost ones to the Lord, huh?

Remembering that God took John forward to reveal “The Lord’s Day” and its events to you, Rev. 20:4 KJV reads:

    And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The Lord’s Day” is taking place and John is telling what he sees. Satan’s mark, being absent from your forehead, means you have been sealed by God.

Your job is to reign and teach with Christ for 1000 years! Reigning is

 

 

 

teaching; it is teaching and preparing those with the Mark of the Beast to ready for the second resurrection, the one taking place at the end of the 1000 years.

Rev. 20:5 KJV separates the first and second resurrections:

    But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

The rest of the dead lived not again because they are spiritually dead. Having Satan’s Mark makes them deader than a doornail as their spiritual death separates them from the Lord; it is a death that could lead to a second death, the death of their soul.

Rev. 20:6 KJV shows you and Christ together, teaching the spiritually dead:

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Reigning is teaching as Christ and those participating in the first resurrection teach the spiritually dead; they teach for 1000 years. Receiving Christ prior to His coming qualifies you for the job and exempts you from the second death, the death of your soul.

Rev. 20:7-8 KJV announces Satan being loosed again:

    And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison

Oh my goodness, God is turning him loose again but with cause…those spiritually dead must be tested before God will receive them.

Hungry for company, Satan does all he can to keep them but works accumulated during the 1000 years follows them to the second resurrection and can remove them from the spiritually dead.

[8] And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Drawing from their works, the spiritually dead battle for their souls and taking advantage of the second resurrection in their effort to join you. Have no doubt about it…Christ accepting survivors of this battle, the second resurrection, is not a second chance; observing the quality of teaching in the world today will convince you that they never had a first one.

Paul revealing “The Lord’s Day” has you asking yourself:

As the resurrections near, am I prepared to work with Christ on “The Lord’s Day”?

Does understanding “The Lord’s Day” help me see where I am in time?

 

 

 

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com