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The Fire, The Beast, and the False Prophet

John Collins11/05/2012Revelation 20 prepares us for the deception that satan will send to the earth, and gets us excited for his defeat in the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet were.

The book of Revelation warns that Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations.  This deception will gather them for battle, and the number involved in that battle will be like the sands of the sea.  

The nations will surround the saints, but fire will come down from heaven to consume both them and the devil who had deceived them.  They will be cast into the lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet were, and will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

John said that after this, he saw a great white throne, and saw the One seated upon it.  From his presence, earth and sky fled away.  He saw the dead, both great and small, standing before the great white throne, all to be judged.

The books were opened, and all were judged according to the things written in the books, the things they had done.  The dead were judged, and even the sea gave up the dead to be judged.

If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown in the lake of fire.

Thankfully, Paul gives us assurance that faith in Jesus Christ saves us from the fire:
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we prepared?  Will we be ready when the false prophet is known and the deception comes forth?  Have we placed our faith in Christ, or have we placed our faith in some other man?