Topic: The Beginning Of The End [DCLM Daily Manna 1 February 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Revelation 20:1-6
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Key Verse: “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2).
An agnostic farmer once wrote to the editor of his local newspaper, who was a Christian. He said, “In defiance of your God, I plowed my fields this year on Sunday, I disked and fertilized them on Sunday, I planted them on Sunday, I cultivated them on Sunday, and I reaped them on Sunday. This October I had the biggest crop I have ever had. How do you explain that?” The editor replied: “God does not always settle His accounts in October”.
The Bible text reveals that Satan’s reign of impunity will gradually crumble. As a police officer would carry a pair of handcuffs to bind a criminal and a key to lock him up in a prison cell, so will the angel be given authority to bind Satan and lock him up in the abyss for a thousand years to stop him from deceiving the world.
In verse 4, the focus shifts to heaven where the souls of faithful Christians who had suffered and died for Christ are vindicated by coming to life and sitting on thrones in heaven which are symbols of authority and rule.
The real beauty of the passage under consideration today is the spiritual certainty it gives in the midst of our global, political, economic and personal uncertainties. Evil shall not prevail forever, though it may endure for a while. The triumphing of the wicked is short. The day will eventually come when all evil people will answer for their crimes. Nothing can undo Satan’s judgment and Jesus’ victory. The saints will also triumph forever.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Payday will come for all evil people.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 8-9
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
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