What great event
will take place at the coming of Christ?
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall
be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17.
Where will the
saints then be taken?
"In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare
a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be
also." John 14:2,3.
In what condition
will the earth be after the coming of Christ?
"I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and
void; and the heavens, and they had no light." Jeremiah 4:23.
"I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the
cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his
fierce anger." Jeremiah 4:26. (Isaiah 24:1-3).
Will any man be
living on the earth at that time?
"I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the
heavens were fled." Jeremiah 4:25. (Zeph. 1:3).
What is to become
of those who are not caught up to heaven with the Lord?
"A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD
hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he
will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD."
Jeremiah 25:31.(2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8).
How long will these
resurrected saints reign with Christ in heaven?
"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." Revelation 20:4.
When were these
made to live?
"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." Revelation 20:6.
How long will the
wicked remain in their graves?
"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand
years were finished. This is the first resurrection." Revelation
What will be
Satan's condition during the thousand years?
"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the
Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years." Revelation
Where will he be
"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." Revelation 20:3.
Where is the
"And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of
the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit." Revelation 9:2.
What is Satan's
occupation up to the time of his binding?
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" 1 Peter
In what sense are
we to understand the binding of Satan?
The saints are taken to heaven at the coming of Christ, and the wicked
fall dead at His presence, to remain thus during the thousand years.
Satan's occupation is gone; there is nothing left for him to do but to
wander over the desolate earth, and view the terrible work of which he is
the author. There is now no one for him to tempt, and he is therefore
bound in his operations.
What will release
Satan from this condition?
"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the
thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be
loosed out of his prison," Revelation 20:7.
For how long a
period will he be loosed?
"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." Revelation 20:3.
In what work will
he immediately engage?
"And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four
quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to
battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea." Revelation
What will be the
result of their effort to take the city?
"And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the
camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from
God out of heaven, and devoured them." Revelation 20:9.
What statement will
thus be fulfilled?
"Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to
inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it."
How many will
escape this second death?
"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." Revelation
What will be the
effect of the fire?
"For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all
the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day
that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall
leave them neither root nor branch." Malachi 4:1.
What, besides the
wicked, will feel the effect of this fire?
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and
perdition of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:7.
What will be the
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in
the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10.
Then what will
"Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new
heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." 2 Peter
Who will inherit
the new earth?
"For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the
LORD, they shall inherit the earth." Psalms 37:9.
What will be their
"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight
themselves in the abundance of peace." Psalms 37:11.
How will every
intelligent creature in the universe then show his appreciation of the
gift of eternal life?
"And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and
under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,
heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him
that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
ever." Revelation 5:13.