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The bottomless pit, is in Greek abussos `the abyss' and the LXX links this with
`the deep' of Gen. 1: 2.
The `overcomer' who is addressed in Rev. 2: and 3:, is the slender thread
upon which the visions of the Apocalypse are threaded, and the ONLY
ONES specifically mentioned in Rev. 20: 1-10 are the martyrs under the
Antichrist's persecution, who `live and reign with Christ a thousand years'
The phrases `the rest of the dead' and `the first (or former) resurrection'
compels us to see that the great white throne judgment that follows is the
second half of one theme, and that this great white throne judgment is not
the judgment of all the ungodly of all time. That subject does not enter into
the book of the Revelation.
At the close of the Millennium when Satan is let loose for a little season, his
deceiving words find ready response in `Gog and Magog' who invest the
camp of the saints in the beloved city, and are immediately destroyed with
fire from heaven.
(6) As an echo, and perhaps a connection with Gog and Magog, we find that there
will be `feigned obedience' among some of the nations of the earth at that time.
(7) The Lord will rule with a `rod of iron' and the emphasis on the word `iron'
cannot be ignored.
(8) When the Lord enters into His kingdom, He will rule in the midst of enemies.
(9) While full Millennial blessings will be enjoyed in Jerusalem the nations that
surround that favoured city will gradually learn the way of peace.
(10) If the converging lines of prophecy are considered, no gap can be found in
which Israel as a nation will be a blessing in the earth. This can only take place after
their conversion at the Second Coming of the Lord.
(11) The day of the Lord is to be succeeded by the day of God, and care must be
taken not to cram all future prophecy into the 1,000 years, leaving little or nothing for the
day (or period) that follows.
(12) Other incidental features and arguments are to be found in the articles of which
this is but a synopsis. Until these can be Scripturally disposed of, we shall not feel under
any obligation to occupy more space in the Berean Expositor, but will gladly return to the
main purpose of our ministry, namely, the making known as far as grace will enable, the
dispensation of the Mystery with all its blessings, privileges and responsibilities.