Introduction: This is the last in our series of lessons about
Rebellion and Redemption. The good news is that we wrap things up
with the great news about our redemption and our eternal destination.
Let’s dive into our study and get a boost of encouragement!

  1. Bound

    1. Read Revelation 20:1-3. How do you react when your “enemy”
      is no longer a part of your life?

      1. When you think of the worst thing that one human has
        done to another, Satan is the one who inspired that
        evil. How great is it that Satan gets chained up in
        the Abyss and the top is locked and sealed?

      2. What tempers your relief about this news? (That Satan
        is getting out after 1,000 years. But, we are told
        his freedom will continue only for a short time

  2. Saved

    1. Read Revelation 20:4-5. What is happening during the
      thousand years that Satan is bound? (A group, which has
      been resurrected, lives with Jesus.)

      1. What does it mean when it says that some have been
        “given authority to judge?” (This first group, the
        righteous, are making a judgment of some sort.)

      2. Are these only people who have been beheaded? (We are
        told that these martyrs are part of the group, but
        the way this is written they seem to be just a part
        of the larger group which has not worshiped the bad
        guys through either agreeing with them (forehead
        mark) or being coerced into agreeing (hand mark).)

    2. Read Revelation 20:6. What is your goal when you read this
      news? (Be a part of the first resurrection group because
      “the second death has no power over them.”)

      1. What is the bad news here? (They are with Jesus 1,000
        years – the time that Satan is bound. Being with
        Jesus is wonderful, but I would like to be with Him

    3. Read Revelation 20:7-9. Wait a minute, from where do these
      people come? (This is apparently the second resurrection.
      Satan is released, the wicked who have died are
      resurrected, and they create a huge army to attack Jesus,
      the New Jerusalem and the saints who were raised in the
      first resurrection.)

    4. Let’s skip ahead a few verses. Read Revelation 21:1-3.
      From where does the “Holy City, the new Jerusalem” come?
      (Down out of heaven.)

      1. Look again at Revelation 20:9 What is being
        surrounded? (This sounds like the New Jerusalem.)

      2. Revelation does not give us information in
        chronological order. How would you put the pieces of
        the puzzle together to make a reasonable story?
        (There is a first resurrection of the righteous. They
        go to heaven and Satan goes to the abyss. In heaven,
        they reign with Jesus for a thousand years and engage
        in some sort of judgment. During the thousand years
        the wicked are all dead – which might explain in part
        how Satan is “bound.” After the thousand years the
        New Jerusalem comes down from heaven with the
        righteous, the wicked are raised in the second
        resurrection and Satan is released. Under Satan’s
        leadership they attack the New Jerusalem.)

    5. Let’s go back now. Read Revelation 20:9-10. How does this
      attack on the New Jerusalem end? (The attack fails because
      the wicked are “devoured” by fire and Satan and his
      principal allies are tossed in the lake of fire.)

    6. Read Revelation 20:11-15. What happens to those whose
      names are not written in the book of life? (They are
      thrown into the lake of fire.)

      1. Notice the phrase “the lake of fire is the second
        death.” What did we learn in Revelation 20:6? (Those
        who are part of the first resurrection do not
        experience this “second death.” This makes clear
        that the first resurrection is for all the righteous,
        and the second resurrection is for all the wicked who
        attack the New Jerusalem and then experience the
        “second death.”)

      2. Who are the “dead, great and small” who are judged
        according to the books that are opened? (This is the
        “second death” group, the wicked are judged by their

      3. What is the other book, the “book of life?” (If your
        name is written in the book of life, you are not
        judged in the judgment of the wicked.)

        1. What does this teach us about grace? (When we
          accept Jesus, His life, death and resurrection
          on our behalf, our name is written in the book
          of life, and we are not judged by our wicked

        2. We learned in Revelation 20:4 that the
          righteous who are in heaven for the thousand
          years have some authority to judge. How does
          that fit into our story? (A thousand years is a
          long time! The logical sense is that the
          righteous are looking at how God made His
          judgment regarding the wicked. They may be
          asking God about why certain things happened in
          their lives. They are invited to satisfy
          themselves that God has been fair in His

          1. Is there anything else you would like to
            do during the thousand years? (I would
            like to learn all about my relatives who
            are saved. It would be wonderful to talk
            with the heroes of the Bible. During this
            thousand years we become a strong
            community in love with our Lord.)

  3. Triumph

    1. Re-read Revelation 21:1-3. Recall our concern about living
      with Jesus in heaven for only a thousand years? What does
      this say about Jesus’ new residence? (Jesus now lives on
      earth. He lives with us forever!)

    2. Read Revelation 21:4. You have no doubt read this verse
      many times before. Ask yourself what are the causes for
      crying, pain or mourning? Those are all gone. They are
      part of the “old order!”

    3. Read Revelation 21:5. Are these promises uncertain? (God
      dictated these “trustworthy and true” promises and ordered
      that they be written down so that we could know and trust

    4. Read Revelation 21:6-7. What kind of relationship will we
      enjoy with God in the earth made new? (We have a parent
      and child relationship. And, we have a great parent!)

    5. Read Revelation 21:8. This is an extremely important, and
      on first glance odd, text. Tell me why the sin listed the
      very first (before being vile or a murderer) is being
      “cowardly?” What could courage have to do with salvation?

      1. Notice the next sin listed. Once again, before those
        who murder is listed the sin of not believing! Why is
        this so important? (Putting cowardly and unbelieving
        first on the list points to grace and faith. God
        calls us to trust Him and believe in Him.)

      2. I’m rather sure that not many reading this lesson are
        murderers. However, have you failed to trust God?
        Have you suffered through fear because you failed to
        trust that God would make things right?

    6. Read Revelation 22:1-5. Would you like to live there?

    7. Read Revelation 22:6. What guarantee do we have? (God told
      His angel to assure us this was all true.)

    8. Read Revelation 22:7. What does it mean to “keep” the
      words of this prophecy? (I think this goes back to the
      issue of being a coward and an unbeliever. God asks us to
      place our confidence and our hope in Him and His promise.)

    9. Friend, this glorious future can be yours. Why not, right
      now, confess your sins, by faith accept Jesus as your
      Savior, and live a life lead by the Holy Spirit in which
      you can put your fears behind you.

  4. Next week: We start a new study on the book of Matthew!