Bible Readings: Revelation 19 and 20

Today, read Revelation chapters 19 and 20.

{19:19} And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, having been gathered together to do battle against him who was sitting upon the horse, and against his army.
{19:20} And the beast was apprehended, and with him the false prophetess, who in his presence caused the signs, by which she seduced those who accepted the character of the beast and who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the pool of fire burning with sulphur.

The beast is the Antichrist. The wicked of the world attempt to wage war against the saints, and against Jesus when He returns at the end of the tribulation. But no war occurs. God simply strikes down the whole army and sends them to Hell (“the pool of fire burning with sulphur”).

Notice that the Antichrist and the false prophetess are sent alive to Hell, while everyone else in Hell dies first. Just as Jesus and Mary are the only two persons in Heaven with body and soul united, until after the general Resurrection, so also the Antichrist and the false prophetess (a type of Anti-Virgin-Mary) are the only two persons in Hell with body and soul united, until after the general Resurrection.

[Revelation 20]
{20:1} And I saw an Angel, descending from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the abyss and a great chain.
{20:2} And he apprehended the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and he bound him for a thousand years.
{20:3} And he cast him into the abyss, and he closed and sealed it, so that he would no longer seduce the nations, until the thousand years are completed. And after these things, he must be released for a brief time.
{20:4} And I saw thrones. And they sat upon them. And judgment was given to them. And the souls of those beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and who did not adore the beast, nor his image, nor accept his character on their foreheads or on their hands: they lived and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
{20:5} The rest of the dead did not live, until the thousand years are completed. This is the First Resurrection.

My controversial interpretation is that Christ returns twice: once at the end of the tribulation, and later for the general Resurrection. After His first return, Jesus ascends to Heaven again. Then the Church reigns over the whole world. Over a thousand years later, Jesus returns again for the general Resurrection.

At Christ’s first Return, the first Resurrection occurs: all the Saints and martyrs are resurrected — the same set of blessings given in the general Resurrection are given to them. Then after a long period of peace and holiness on earth, there is the brief conflict with Gog and Magog. And after that, Jesus returns for the general Resurrection.

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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One Response to Bible Readings: Revelation 19 and 20

  1. Patricia says:

    Thank you Ron for posting

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