Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's "ESCHATOLOGY 1"
SECTION 2H - Revelation 20:1-15; 21:9-22:5


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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible

Edited by Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.

  1. Revelation 20:1-15 THE AGE OF THE MILLENNIUM OR KINGDOM and 21:9-22:5 THE DISPENSATION OF DIVINE RULE (Christ's Reign)
    Scores upon scores of texts in the Old Testament promise Israel a golden reign of righteousness, blessing, and peace. The fulfillment of all such promises will be accomplished in the millennial reign of Christ, It will be the time of Israel's exaltation. See New Scofield note on the Kingdom, Acts 20:4.

    At least three covenants should be considered in relation to this dispensation:
    (1) The Palestinian Covenant (2) The Davidic Covenant; (3) The New Covenant.
    1. The key personage is that of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2. The extent of the period is from the Second Advent of Christ to the earth to the end of the Millennium (Great White Throne Judgment).
    3. The general Scripture portions are found scattered throughout many portions of the Old and New Testaments and in the book of Revelation (Rev. 20:1 15; 21:9-22:5).
    4. The characteristic or state of man during its course,
      1. Israel will be head of the nations, a converted nation ruling for God.
        Dt. 28:13; Isa. 66:8
      2. This Kingdom will expand to become universal. Dan. 2:44
      3. Christ will be here for His personal reign. Rev. 20:6
      4. Righteousness will prevail and be imposed by a "rod of iron. " Ps. 2:8
      5. Longevity of life will prevail. Isa, 65:20
      6.  Peace among dumb creatures will obtain. Isa. 11:6-9
    5. The special responsibility instituted by God. Test:
      "Whether man, with Satan bound, Christ ruling, righteousness prevailing, the humble protected, the Sermon on the Mount governing, and disobedience punished quickly, will live righteously and trust God for life." (Thiessen)
    6. The failure of man under the test.
      Man's failure is prophesied in that after the reign of a thousand years, Satan, having been loosed, will be able to gather multitudes to join him in an attack upon the camp of the saints. (See Rev. 20:7-9)
    7. The resultant judgment will. be destruction of the rebellers by fire from heaven (Rev. 20:9), followed by the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).
    8. The gracious intervention of God will have provided, by means of the dispensational dealings of God with man, every conceivable test to show man how completely he is lost and how he is absolutely without hope apart; from God's grace. No gracious intervention, therefore, is recorded, unless the eternal separation of incorrigible wicked from Himself be so considered.


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