so shall it be also in the days of the Son of
man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the
day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise
also as it was in the days of Lot; . . . the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it
rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in
the day when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:26-30.
9. What does the Apostle Paul say concerning this?
"When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon
them. . . . and they shall not escape." 1 Thess. 5:3.
NOTE.-When Christ comes, the righteous will be delivered and taken to heaven, and all
the living wicked will be suddenly destroyed, as they were at the time of the flood. For
further proof see 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 6:14-17; 19:11-21; Jer. 25:30-33. There will be no
general resurrection of the wicked until the end of the one thousand years. This will
leave the earth desolate and without human inhabitant during this period.
10. What description does the prophet Jeremiah give of the earth during this time?
"I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the
heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all
the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of
the heavens were fled. 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." Jer. 4:23-26.
NOTE.-At the coming of Christ the earth is reduced to a chaotic state-to a mass of
ruins. The heavens depart as a scroll when it is rolled together; mountains are moved out
of their places; and the earth is left a dark, dreary, desolate waste. See Isa. 24:1-3;
11. How does Isaiah speak of the wicked at this time?
"It shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the
high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be
gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the
prison, and after many days shall they be visited." Isa. 24:21,22.
12. How long is Satan to be imprisoned on this earth?
"I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a
great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the
devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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." Rev. 20:1-3.
NOTE.-The word rendered "bottomless pit" in this text is abusos, the Greek
term employed by the Septuagint in Gen. 1: 2, as the equivalent of the Hebrew word
rendered "deep" in our English versions A more literal translation would be
"abyss." It is a term applied to the earth in its desolate, waste, chaotic,
dark, uninhabited condition. In this condition it will remain during the one thousand
years. It will be the dreary prison-house of Satan during this period. Here, in the midst
of the smoldering bones of wicked dead, slain at Christ's second coming, the broken-down
cities, and the wreck and ruin of all the pomp and power of this world, Satan will have
opportunity to reflect upon the results of his rebellion against God. But the prophecy of
Isaiah says, "After many days shall they be visited."
13. The righteous dead are raised at Christ's second coming. When will the rest of
the dead, the wicked, be raised?
"The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were
finished." Verse 5.
NOTES.-From this we see that the beginning and the close of the millennium, or one
thousand years, are marked by the two resurrections.
The word millennium is from two Latin words, mille, meaning a thousand, and annus,
year-a thousand years. It covers the time during which Satan is to be bound and wicked
men and angels are to be judged. This period is bounded by distinct events. Its beginning
is marked by the close of probation, the pouring out of the seven last plagues, the second
coming of Christ, and the resurrection of the righteous dead. It closes with the
resurrection of the wicked, and their final destruction in the lake of fire. See above
14. What change is made in Satan's condition at the close of the one thousand years?
"After that he must be loosed a little season." Verse 3.
NOTE.-At the close of the one thousand years, Christ, accompanied by the saints, comes
to the earth again, to execute judgment upon the wicked, and to prepare the earth, by a
re-creation, for the eternal abode of the righteous. At this time, in answer to the
summons of Christ, the wicked dead of all ages awake to life. This is the second
resurrection, the resurrection unto damnation. The wicked come forth with the same
rebellious spirit which possessed them in this life. Then Satan is loosed from his long
period of captivity and inactivity.
15. As soon as the wicked are raised, what does Satan at once proceed to do?
"When the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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." Verses 7,8.
16. Against whom do the wicked go to make war, and what is the outcome?
"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." Verse 9.
NOTES.-This is the last act in the great controversy between Christ and Satan. The
whole human race meet here for the first and last time. The eternal separation of the
righteous from the wicked here takes place. At this time the judgment of God is executed
upon the wicked in the lake of fire. This is the second death. This ends the great
rebellion against God and His government. Now is heard the voice of God as He sits upon
His throne, speaking to the saints, and saying, "Behold, I make all things new;"
and out of the burning ruins of the old earth there springs forth before the admiring gaze
of the millions of the redeemed, "a new heaven and a new earth," in which they
shall find an everlasting inheritance and dwelling-place.
The millennium is a great sabbath of rest, both for the earth and for God's people. For
six thousand years the earth and its inhabitants have been groaning under the curse of
sin. The millennium, the seventh thousand, will be a sabbath of rest and release; for,
says the prophet concerning the land, "as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath."
2 Chron. 36:21. "There remaineth therefore a rest [margin, keeping of a sabbath]
to the people of God." Heb. 4:9. This precedes the new earth state.