BSF Study Questions Isaiah Lesson 11, Day 5 Isaiah 24:16b-23 & Revelation 20:1-15

Summary of passages: Isaiah 24:16b-23  Whomever flees and does not praise (the non-believers) will fall into a pit and face more terror.  The Earth is broken up due to the weight of its sins and will never rise again.  In that day (the second coming) the Lord will punish the sinners both in Heaven and on Earth by locking them up in a prison for many days.  Then the Lord will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem.

Revelation 20:1-15  An angel comes down from Heaven holding the key to the Abyss.  He seizes the devil or Satan and throws him into the Abyss for 1000 years.  Those who believed in Jesus came to life and reigned with Christ for 1000 years.  This is the first resurrection and these people will continue to reign as priests with God and Christ.  After 1000 years, Satan will be released and will go out into the world to gather his troops.  They will march upon God’s people and the city he loves (Jerusalem?) but fire will come down from Heaven and devour them.  Satan will be tormented every day and night forever in a lake of burning sulfur.  Then God will sit on his throne and judge the dead according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  Then death and Hades was thrown into the lake of fire (where the Devil is).

Questions:

10) Whoever flees and does not praise will fall into a pit and face more terror.  The Earth is broken up due to its sin and will never rise again.

11a) The Lord will punish both the heavens and the earth by shutting them up in a prison.  All are subject to God’s will (Heaven and Earth).

b) The Spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Devil).  Dragon and His angels (Devil) are hurled out of Heaven to Earth.  The Devil was hurled into the Abyss, bound, locked, and sealed for 1000 year to keep him from deceiving nations. Then he was set free.

12a) Many days could be 1000 years.  Afterwards, the Devil will gather his troops and surround God’s people.  But fire came down from Heaven and devoured them and the Devil was thrown into burning sulfur to be tormented day and night forever.  The dead will be judged.

b) On Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before its elders, gloriously

13a) Personal question.  My answer:  Death is the result of sin.  Adam was warned that the penalty for disobedience would be death. Jesus, who was sinless, died for our sins.  Jesus rose from death, showing his power over sin and death (Matthew 28 and Revelation 1:18).  Because of Jesus, death is defeated.  1 Corinthians 15 is where Paul is explaining the meaning of death.  Isaiah 25:8 says “He [Lord] will swallow up death forever.”  There will be no more death once God reigns again (Revelation 21:4)

b) Personal question.  My answer:  1 Corinthians 15:58  After Paul’s spiel of the explanation of death, he ends it with this, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

If you have Jesus, death is merely physical since flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50) and your soul will dwell in Heaven until the time of the second coming where there will be no more death (Revelation 21:4). Death is a reality but if you know God’s word and his prophecy and you have accepted Jesus as your Savior you have nothing to fear but the fear itself.

Conclusions: I loved talking about the Devil because at my church he is rarely mentioned.  We see how Isaiah is given glimpses into the future and that later on others fill in the missing gaps of what will come.  We also rarely talk about death at my church so I loved this study.

Death and the Devil are real and ignoring them and not giving them their due only causes more fear amongst people.  Ignorance does promote fear.  Knowledge in this case is power and is life-saving and eternal.

This study emphasized the importance of knowing what is to come, of knowing the consequences of your choice (God and Jesus or something else), and of knowing what will happen once your choice is made.

It is comforting to know God wins in the end, what happens to Satan, and what happens to us.  Fear is driven by not knowing and since dead people can’t talk and tell us their experiences, God’s word is all we have for what happens after death.  I think Isaiah was trying to get the message across in His time that you’d better repent and get on God’s side before it’s too late and this message holds true today.

End note:  Curious at to what the Abyss was in Revelation, I googled it.  The Abyss or bottomless pit is a spiritual penitentiary where evil angels dwell awaiting their day of judgment.  This is where Satan is banished for 1000 years.  It is mentioned in Luke 8, Jude 1, 2 Peter 2, and numerous times in Revelations. Information taken from: http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/sbs777/prophecy/abyss.html

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