Just, Before God pt.2
How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!
I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them.
Between morning and evening they are destroyed.
I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as didn’t worship the beast nor his image, and didn’t receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
They perish forever without any regarding it.
The rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Isn’t their tent cord plucked up within them?
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him one thousand years.
They die, and that without wisdom.’
And after the thousand years, Satan will be released from his prison, and he will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
“Call now; is there any who will answer you?
They went up over the width of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city. Fire came down out of heaven from God and devoured them. The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them.
Spiritual Warfare: Millennial Reign
Spiritual Warfare: Millennial Reign
Sometimes two passages are so powerful they must be shared. Look at this next part of Job (4:19-5:1) and Revelations (20:4-11) after the great battle scene – the Millennial Reign of Christ. Compare the lies of Satan on the left, and the promises of Christ on the right.
“You dwell in houses of clay and dust, crushed before the moth.” I don’t think so.
Christ gives us a Kingdom which he gladly shares. His Kingdom is eternal. It cannot be destroyed.
“Between morning and evening they are destroyed.” No.
In Christ’s Kingdom, souls live and reign with him. All who know him, seek him and worship him.
“They perish forever, without any regarding it.” Perhaps, for some.
I hate to give credence to Satan, but in this case I think it’s partially true. Many never see the truth of Christ’s victory. That’s not true of us. We see a different story.
“Isn’t their tent cord plucked up within them.” Yes, perhaps for some.
Once again, I think Satan speaks a partial truth. The victory, or the loss, lies within us. The Millennial Reign passage promises, “Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection.” That’s us.
“They die, and that without wisdom.” Yes, perhaps for some.
Unfortunately this seems to be true for many. Satan is the king of lies. He seeks to deceive at every opportunity.
I believe the warfare at work in these two passages is fought continuously – like a loop – like eternity. One day it will end, for good. Those who serve Christ seek to know the Truth, not the Deceiver.
“Call now, is there any who will answer you?” Um, yes there is.
One of Satan’s great lies is that we are alone. God is gone. No one will help us.
Jesus answers us. He has power over Satan. Fire comes down from God and devours our enemies. Satan’s thrown into a lake of fire, and tormented forever. Again, how fitting.
“To which of the holy ones will you turn?” This we know.
You should remember the earlier passage, where Satan claims we dwell in houses of clay. The story of the Millennial Reign proves otherwise. Here, “no place” is found for them. The old kingdom, a kingdom of death, has no place in heaven.
Instead, Jesus prepares a new place for us. He gives it to us, like a throne — a place in the eternal Kingdom of Christ. The old is gone. The new has come.
I’ve compared passages from Job, Psalms, Matthew and Revelations. In doing so, I’ve not mentioned a critical question. Why do these passages, written by different authors centuries apart, connect the way they do?
The passages connect because the words adhere to a design. That’s only possible with an Author – one voice – living and breathing within every writer. Inspiring them.
This is my takeaway from the passages I’ve shared: be careful who you listen to. There’s a voice in this world that’s quick to condemn. One that create fear. And shatters hope.
The voice may live within a friend. Or, a parent. It may also come, unfortunately, through a pastor. Or, church people. Be careful. The friend of Job, as it seems, is no friend. He has not, “spoken of Me the thing that is right.”
Seek the truth, and to know the Truth, the one called Faithful and True. Who sits on a great white throne, and says, “Behold. I am making all things new.”
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