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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 20

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Messages for the Church (c 4-22)
Message: The Destruction of Satan (v 1-15)

Revelation 20 Commentary

(20:1-6) The Thousand Years - Chapter 20 has probably engendered more argument, discussion, and books than any other section of Revelation. Much of how a person understands this chapter will depend on the approach taken in the other sections of the book. There are three main views of the Millennium that differ over: (1) whether the millennial reign of Christ is an earthly historical reign of peace or a spiritual reign in the hearts of God’s people; (2) whether this millennial reign is a literal one thousand years or another length of time.Whether the one thousand years is a literal or figurative number, most likely, the Millennium will occur in history; it will probably be an earthly reign of Christ that follows his second coming.

(20:7-10)  The Defeat of Satan - At Armageddon, the beast and the false prophet had been thrown into the lake of fire. Then Satan was locked away for a thousand years. Upon his release, he immediately goes on the offensive against Christ and his people. But his end will be like his followers—he too will be cast into the lake of fire.

(20:11-15) The Final Judgement - At the judgment, the books will be opened. These books contain the recorded deeds of everyone, good or evil. Everyone’s life will be reviewed and evaluated. No one is saved by deeds, but deeds are seen as clear evidence of a person’s actual relationship with God. Jesus will look at how we have handled gifts, opportunities, and responsibilities. God’s gracious gift of salvation does not free us from the requirement of faithful obedience and service. Each of us must serve Christ in the best way we know and live each day knowing the books will be opened.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 20 and in today's text we see the Millennial reign, the destruction of Satan, and the final judgement. In making application my attention is drawn to verse 15 which says that whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. This "whosoever" is the same that could have called upon the name of the Lord and be saved but unfortunately they rejected Christ so the "whosoever will" becomes the "whosoever was not". How sad. It reminds me of a sporting event where the losing team misses the final shot and you see the disappointment of the losing team but this is no game. This is eternity. How about you? Have you been convicted of the Holy Spirit but rejected His calling to be saved? If so call out to Him now - repent - and receive the Lord Jesus.


Revelation 20

Revelation 20

 1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

 2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

 3And 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.

 4And 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.

 5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

 6Blessed 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.

 7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

 8And 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.

 9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

 11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

 12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.