Second death

Extracts and comments from Revelation Chps. 2:11 & 20:4-6


Chp. 2:11

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the (a)churches/Ecclesia; (b)he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the (c)second death. 

(c)  Matt. 10:28, and Rev. 20:6.  "The second death" is emphasised by our Lord as the stage to be feared in reality, as opposed to the death of the human body.  It is clear that the second death is at the volition of God the Father and comes into play at Revelation 20.  As that is at the end of the Millennial and is the Almighty's dealings finally with all that has been wrong with people and events under the influence of both their own fallen nature and Satan, this stage is final for both.  It is also interesting to note that in Rev. 20:14, the completion of the effect of our Lord's Death on the cross at Calvary, is enacted, as death and the grave are also cast into the lake of fire.

This reference to the "second death" of Rev. 20, shows the definite qualification of "overcoming" successfully in this 7 year period; by the individual Jew and proselyte, with the help of the "spirit", as depicted in Chapter 1.  The reason is to be the successful formation of "Jeshuran" (ideal Israel) of Old Testament prediction (Isa. 44:2) as opposed to the failed "Jeshuran" of Deut. 32:15. See: Millennial Purpose   



Chp. 20:4-6



And I saw thrones, and (a)they sat on them, and judgement was given to them;  and the (b)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 on their foreheads, or on their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.




(c)The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.  This is the first resurrection.



(d)Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power.  (e)But they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

(a)  "They sat on them";  (Dr. Bullinger  Comp. page 1920, "The Father and Christ, Chp. 3:21, and heavenly beings associated with them as assessors, Chp. 1:4)".

(b)  "Souls";  Interlinear 5590, derived from 5594;  which is by implication "SPIRIT,"  as opposed to "a living soul", which is body + spirit of life = soul!  These are the "Overcomers", of Chp. 2:26.

(c)  This resurrection is the first of the Millennial period, it concerns the "Overcomers", of the early Chapters of Revelation and probably those of Dan. 12:2, and in the opinion of the writers is a totally separate event to the "translation", of believers, prior to the wrath of God, (1 Thess. 4:13-17) &  (Phil. 3:11).

(d)      See 20:14.

(e)      See Rev. 5:10.


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