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“Revelation 19:20-21”
by Art Sadlier   
September 4th, 2011

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20).

Our Lord has defeated the armies of the whole world; verse 20 tells us what follows that triumph. The beast and the false prophet had been indwelt by Satan himself. They were willing servants of the devil. Their defiance of God results in their being cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.

This scene will take place at the end of the Tribulation period. The fearful thing we notice is that a thousand years later they are still there when Satan is also cast in with them. Revelation 20:10, “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 forever and ever.” How men ought to fear the lake of fire! I have heard some say we ought not to scare people with emphasis on hell. Why not? Any possible truthful means of causing people to escape hell is good and legitimate.

The beast and the false prophet are the first inhabitants of the lake of fire. Later they are joined by Satan and all unbelievers (Revelation 20:10-15).

 We read in Matthew 25:41 that the lake of fire was prepared for the devil and his angels. It is not God’s intention that men and women should enter that awful place. We read in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” The Father gave His Son to deliver men and women from ever going to hell. The Son gave His life to rescue men and women from that frightful place.

The unsaved enter into hades, which is not hell, at the time of their death. Jesus said that the unsaved suffer torments in hades. We learn that they are later resurrected and face judgment at the great white throne and then are cast into hell which is the lake of fire.

Though some may be offended by being warned of the danger of the lake of fire, the best friend any man could have in this world is the man who would warn him of the danger of entering into an eternal hell.

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:21).

Here we see that all of those who had rebelled against God and taken the mark of the beast are slain by the Lord Himself. We have a highlight of the anger of the Lord against sin and rebellion, as we see the fate of the bodies of those rebels. They are consumed by the birds of the earth. God hates sin with an infinite hatred. The warning of scripture is to flee the wrath to come. Now is the time to escape the eternal fires of hell. Jesus spoke more of hell than He did of heaven; do not gamble on His being wrong, you will lose eternally!

This whole scenario is referred to in Revelation 14:19-20, “And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”

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