Revelation 20:10 The Devil, And Those Who Follow Him

Revelation 20:10 (KJV)
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

I have a few observations concerning the devil and those who follow him. 

There is a literal devil
He is not merely the spirit of evil. He is an evil being. 

Those who follow him have been deceived 
This in no way changes their judgment. They have had opportunities to be rescued. 

He is judged as summarily as his followers
It isn’t a challenge in any way, for God to judge him and cast him to torment. His judgment will be as long, as terrible, and as final as is any of his followers. 

He is no match against Almighty God 
He was foolish to think he could be. 

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Revelation 20:10 The Devil, And Those Who Follow Him

Revelation 18:17 Just One Hour

Revelation 18:17 (KJV)
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

Behold the frailty of human production. All that man has and can accomplish, brought to naught in just one hour. 

  • All the wealth men amass
  • All the buildings men construct
  • All the infrastructure men create
  • All the plans men imagine

In just one hour is come to naught. 

Though our text is prophetic, history supports this concept with one account after the other of the very same thing. Some examples:

  • Egypt came to naught
  • Greece came to naught
  • Rome came to naught
  • Bloody Mary came to naught
  • Elizabeth I came to naught
  • Marie Antoinette came to naught 
  • Hitler and Mussolini came to naught
  • Howard Hughes came to naught 

You know what will never come to naught? Christ, and faith in Him. 

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Revelation 18:17 Just One Hour

Revelation 17:13 One Mind?

Revelation 17:13 (KJV)
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

I am certain that the passage is still prophetic of a time, future, when Antichrist will assemble people around the world to follow him. 

  • They will be different cultures
  • They will be of different backgrounds 
  • They will be of different languages

I am sure they will have some differing preferences but, in the end, they will all have one mind – that of the antichrist. 

It is a future passage, but current circumstances make it plain to see just how possible it is to bring the entire world to have one mind. Though there are differing opinions about where the COVID-19 virus originated and about how effective the vaccine is, among those who have swallowed the fear, they are of one mind – anyone who disagrees with mask mandates and distancing directives is dangerous to the population in general. 

This mentality is demonstrated, so far as I have observed, around the world. Despite the fact that the evidence contradicts itself and experts often disagree, and frequently change their minds, Americans, Europeans, Orientals and Islanders have all bought into the hysteria. Africans, South Americans, people from tropical climates and people from frigid climates have all donned the mask and have angst against those who haven’t. 

We are not in the Tribulation described in Revelation 17. But it is very easy to see how it will happen. 

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Revelation 17:13 One Mind?

Revelation 15:3 God Is…

Revelation 15:3 (KJV)
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

“God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” This phrase has become quite popular these days, along with it the simpler phrase, “God is good.” I do not deny this truth. Certainly, the Bible teaches the goodness of God. But the phrase is sparse in the Bible at best and the sentiment is shallow. 

Terms that are more prevalent in the Word of God, and much more substantive are:

  • God is just
  • God is holy
  • God is righteous 
  • God is true
  • God is almighty 

While these terms are less sentimental, they are much more meaningful. These are the truths that will get the believer through difficult times. God is good and everything will work together for good to them that love God. But the term, on its own, is insufficient to sustain the weary, oppressed and hurting. 

Let’s consider all that God is. This will help the hurting world make much more sense.

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Revelation 7:17 Wiping Away Tears

Revelation 7:17 (KJV)
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The Revelation twice says that God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. 
That implies tears
Though the believer has faith, he trusts the Lord, still that which is painful hurts. 

That implies compassion 
That act of wiping away a tear is personal, intimate, and caring.

The implies promise
It is future. It is not now. 

Perhaps tears today are more appropriate than we like to imagine. 

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Revelation 7:17 Wiping Away Tears

Revelation 6:1 The Lamb and the Lion

Revelation 6:1 (KJV)
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

It was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus, who had prevailed to open the seals of the book. But it was the Lamb, Jesus, who opened the first seal. There is the love of God, even in the act of bringing judgment upon the world.

When Jesus came the first time it was as the Lamb of God that take the away the sin of the world. When He comes the second time it will be as the Lion of the tribe of Judah to judge those who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

This passage serves to remind us that the Lion never loses His lamb-like qualities. “This same Jesus which was taken up … shall so come”.[1] The judge of the earth lives to love and to save. During the Tribulation, when men will be tried so terribly for their sin, the Bible teaches us the multitudes without number will be saved.[2]

In the midst of terrible trouble, even then all who will look to the Lamb will be forgiven, saved, and reconciled to God. 


[1] Acts 1:11 (KJV)
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

[2] Revelation 7:9 (KJV)
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

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Revelation 6:1 The Lamb and the Lion

Revelation 5:5 Weep Not

Revelation 5:5 (KJV)
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Weep not

The passage is prophetic. 
It speaks of a literal time in the future of this earth, and of the men who dwell upon it. 

The passage is of judgment. 
It speaks of a literal time when the wickedness of mankind has reached a point when it is no longer tenable to allow them to go on. 

The passage is hopeful. 
Though it speaks of a man weeping because it does not appear there is anyone to worthy to bring upon the world the judgment that must take place, his tears are wiped away when he is introduced to the Lion of the tribe of Judah – Jesus. 

The passage is prophetic, but I can see a parallel lesson for today. Evil abounds today. In our world, in our communities, in our government.

  • It seems like there is no one capable of stopping this wickedness. 
  • It seems like it might go on forever. 
  • It seems like it can only get worse and worse. 

Weep not. 

This same Jesus who will open the seals in the time of the Tribulation, is listening to our prayers today. Look up. Look to Him. Look for Him. 

He is worthy and He is coming. 

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Revelation 5:5 Weep Not

Revelation 4:4 Seated Around God’s Throne

Revelation 4:4 (KJV)
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

I have been taught that the twenty-four elders represent the churches of the Lord. I am not at all opposed to that teaching but, since the Bible doesn’t actually say, and since the number twenty-four seems significant, I think of them as the completed work of God. 

  • Twelve representing the twelve tribes of Israel 
  • Twelve representing the twelve apostles

I understand the objections to the representation of the twelve tribes as, at this moment, God’s work with them was not finished. Still God is not bound by time as we are. 

John specifically saw twenty-four seats and twenty-four elders. The seats indicate, I think, preparation. I am reminded of John 14, “I go to prepare a place for you[1] and Ephesians seated together.[2] God has prepared for all who will come to Him, whether it is Jew or Gentile, whether it is Old Testament or New, whether it is male or female, young or old, God is prepared to receive us. 

The seats are around God’s throne. They are not around some venerated saint or admired preacher. Our focus in heaven won’t be a hero of the faith. Our focus will be the Object of our faith. 

Seats are a place of rest. Our work will one day be finished. We will enjoy the presence of the Lord where we will spend eternity enjoying Him and worshiping Him.


[1] John 14:2 (KJV)
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.

[2] Ephesians 2:6 (KJV)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

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Revelation 4:4 Seated Around God’s Throne

Revelation 3:8 That Will Be Enough

Revelation 3:8 (KJV)
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Jesus credited the church in Philadelphia with three things:

  • They had a little strength 
  • They kept His Word
  • They had not denied His name

I see this in contrast with the church in Laodicea, who said of themselves: 

  • We are rich 
  • We are increased with goods and
  • We have need of nothing 

First, we ought to prefer the word of the Lord above our own. Second, we ought to accept our limitations. The only way to have the anointing and blessing of God is to admit we have none of our own. If we may but, have a little of his strength, that we keep His Word, and remain true to His name, that will be enough.

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Revelation 3:8 That Will Be Enough

Revelation 22:2 For the Healing

Revelation 22:2 (KJV)
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

I assume that the healing of the nations is past tense because it has been completely accomplished. They will need no healing of:

  • disease, 
  • death or 
  • disagreements 

It is a done deal. 

The leaves, I think, serve as a reminder of what God has done among His people.

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