LESSON 15

THE JURY DUTY


Scriptures

Revelation 20:1-15 | Leviticus 16:21 | Jeremiah 4:23–24 | Jeremiah 4:25–26 | Jeremiah 4:27–28 | Genesis 1:2 | 1 Thessalonians 4:17 | Isaiah 24:22 | Ecclesiastes 9:5 | Revelation 21:24 | 1 Corinthians 6:1–2 | 1 Corinthians 6:3 | Romans 2:5 | Psalm 103:8 | John 3:19 | Romans 2:14 | Romans 2:15 | Romans 2:16 | Zechariah 13:6 | 1 Corinthians 10:13 | Malachi 3:6 | Revelation 15:3 | Revelation 21:2 | John 12:32 | Revelation 15:4 | Romans 14:11 | Jude 1:14 | Jude 1:15 | Jude 1:16 | Ezekiel 28:14 | Ezekiel 28:16 | Deuteronomy 33:2 | Jeremiah 8:20 | Romans 3:19 | Ezekiel 33:11 | Isaiah 28:21


At the glorious appearing of Christ, the earth is about to be laid desolate. An angel comes down from heaven having the _______________ to the _______________  _______________ and a great _______________ in his hand. He laid _______________ of the dragon, Satan, and _______________ him for a _______________ years, and the angel cast him into the _______________ pit, and shut him up, and set a _______________ on him, so that he should deceive the _______________ no more till the thousand years were _______________. But after these things he must be _______________ for a little while (Revelation 20:1–3).

It was at the end of the Day of Atonement when the high priest laid hands on the _______________ of the goat and confessed all the _______________ of the children of Israel, putting all their sins upon the head of the goat and sending him away into the _______________ (Leviticus 16:21).

This angel, laying his hands on Satan, symbolizes the transfer of all the confessed sins of the righteous upon the devil, sending him away into the wilderness, “a desolate place.” This bottomless pit, or “wilderness,” is described by Jeremiah the prophet who said, “I beheld the _______________, and indeed it was without _______________, and void; and the heavens, they had no light. I beheld the _______________, and indeed they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth. I beheld, and indeed there was no _______________, and all the birds of the heavens had _______________. I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a _______________, and all its _______________ were _______________ at the _______________ of the Lord” (Jeremiah 4:23–28). This uninhabitable condition of the earth will be similar to how the earth was before God began His work of creation: without _______________ and _______________, and _______________ was upon the face of the _______________ (Genesis 1:2).

No man will be living upon the earth at this time because the dead in Christ have risen and the righteous living have been caught _______________ together with them in the _______________ to meet the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17). John “saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. And then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they _______________ and reigned with Christ for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4). While the righteous reign in heaven, the _______________ of the _______________ did not live _______________ until the thousand years were _______________ (Revelation 20:5).

This is the _______________ resurrection. Blessed and _______________ is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a _______________ years (Revelation 20:5, 6). The wicked are slain by the brightness of His coming and are strewn across the face of the desolate planet. With the righteous in heaven and the wicked still dead upon the earth, Satan has no one to tempt for 1,000 years. He is "bound" by circumstances. The earth experiences “peace” because no one is alive upon it! The wicked are _______________ together as _______________ are gathered in the _______________, and will be shut up in the _______________; after _______________ days they will be punished (Isaiah 24:22).

The wicked are in the graves, dead and knowing _______________ (Ecclesiastes. 9:5). They are held in their graves as prisoners awaiting their final sentence. The nations of the earth are desolate, while the nations of them who are _______________ (Revelation 21:24) enter heaven to reign with Christ. In this way, Satan could not deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were fulfilled.

Judgment is then given over to the righteous, to fulfill their “jury duty” in the court of heaven. Now is when the _______________ will judge the _______________ and the _______________ who fell from heaven, including Satan (1 Corinthians 6:1–3). During the millennium, the work of the saints will be to understand why God saved some and why He rejected others. The saints must be in one accord, and God allows them the same opportunity to judge that He gave to the angels at the end of the 2,300-years prophecy, when ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him, the judgment was set, and the books were opened (Daniel 7:10).

During this time, the truth about the entire controversy between Satan and Christ will be revealed. It will be seen that God’s judgments were _______________ (Romans 2:5). It will be seen that God was indeed merciful and _______________ to anger, and _______________ in mercy (Psalm 103:8). During this millennial judgment, it will be revealed that all who are lost were lost not because they did not know the truth, but because when the _______________ came into the world, they loved _______________ rather than _______________ because their _______________ were _______________ (John 3:19). It will be seen that God had even made provisions of salvation to those who had never heard His name, for when the Gentiles, who do not have the _______________, by _______________ do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the _______________ of the law in their hearts, their _______________ also bearing witness… in the day when God will _______________ the secrets of men according to His _______________ (Romans 2:14–16).

It will be clearly seen that God had provided ample warning for every soul who ever lived and that many who had never heard of Jesus were saved by following their consciences, which were really the promptings of the Holy Spirit. These, upon meeting Christ for the first time, will ask, “‘What are these _______________ between your _______________?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was _______________ in the house of my friends’ ” (Zechariah 13:6).

The judgment will reveal that God, in every situation in which the wicked perished, had provided “a way of _______________,” which the wicked chose not to take (1 Corinthians 10:13). God does not _______________ (Malachi 3:6). He will be shown as being consistent and fair in His dealings with men. Just as He provided a way of escape in the time of the flood by instructing Noah to build an ark, just as He provided a way out for the Ninevites when He sent Jonah to preach to them, and just as He provided an escape from Sodom and Gomorrah, so it will be seen that God had given everyone an opportunity to repent and escape destruction.

At the end of this judgment, the saints will declare, as the angels before them, that “_______________ and _______________ are Your _______________, O King of the saints” (Revelation 15:3). Now the righteous angels and the saints are in one accord with the judgment of God against Satan, the fallen angels, and wicked humanity. But before the punishment can be carried out, one more task remains: The wicked must be resurrected and have an opportunity to see the books for themselves. “When the thousand years have _______________, Satan will be _______________ from his _______________” (Revelation 20:7). He is now able to work deception again because the rest of the dead—that is, the wicked—are resurrected, rising up out of their long unconscious sleep. With living people to deceive once again, Satan will go out to _______________ the _______________ which are in the four _______________ of the earth, _______________ and _______________, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea (Revelation 20:8).

As the four quarters make one whole, so Gog and Magog represent the entire earth arrayed in battle against God and His saints in the heavenly city. All the lost from all the ages are together in one massive army. As Satan amasses his army, the _______________  _______________, New Jerusalem, comes down out of heaven (Revelation 21:2). Satan and his army surround the _______________ of the saints and the beloved _______________ (Revelation 20:9). The armies of earth are about to be destroyed. “Then I saw a _______________  _______________  throne, and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the _______________, small and great, standing before God, and _______________ were _______________. And another _______________ was _______________, which is the Book of _______________. And the dead were _______________ according to their works, by the things which were _______________ in the books. The sea gave up the _______________ which were in it; and _______________ and _______________ delivered up the dead … and they were judged, each one according to his works” (Revelation 20:11–13).

 

The entire world stands arraigned before the throne of God. Jesus had said, “And I, if I am _______________ from the _______________, will _______________ all _______________ to Myself” (John 12:32). His crucifixion on the cross, where He was lifted up, was designed to draw all people to Him. The cross was in the reach of all, just as the altar of sacrifice in the outer court was a place that was accessible to all—but many had rejected it. Only those who had been cleansed in the outer court could enter the heavenly court to do the work of the priest for 1,000 years. And now all are indeed drawn before Him to the throne in this final judgment. But the wicked had not made the needed preparations to stand before Him and the mercy seat of God.

 

Now the entire planet turns into one giant theater, the largest this world has ever seen. Earth is about to watch its final movie. In panoramic display, the wicked will see the entire controversy as it unfolded in heaven. They will see Lucifer’s rebellion and how he deceived angels in heaven. They will watch how Adam and Eve fell for Satan’s lie and how Satan conquered the human race, creating six degrees of separation from God. They will trace the history of the Israelites and the receiving of the blueprint designed to save them from the position in which they find themselves at that very moment. They will see for themselves the rejection of Christ on the cross and the rebellion of the little horn. They will see how Atheism and evolution were concocted to deceive millions and how Satan, through his lies, led many to indulge in the pleasures and entertainments of this world. And then they will see how God had tried to reach them personally and how they rejected His salvation, His love toward them, and His commandments, which are the foundation of His government.

 

Now Lucifer and his followers are arraigned before the throne of God. Lucifer had once walked up and down in the midst of the _______________ stones (Ezekiel 28:14). Just as the law of God had been written on tables of stone on the earth, so it was in heaven. Just as it was described as a _______________ law that came from His right hand (Deuteronomy 33:2), so it was a fiery law in heaven. And then, just as promised, Satan will be destroyed from the _______________ of the fiery stones (Ezekiel 28:16). Standing before the flaming law of God, which he once guarded, Satan, as well every _______________, is stopped, and all the _______________ becomes _______________ before God (Romans 3:19). Not one excuse is offered in defense of sin. From Satan on down to wicked humanity, not one word of protest is heard against God.

 

With all the evidence before them, Satan, his angels, and that numberless multitude of righteous angels and men exclaim by their own free will, “_______________ and _______________ are your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and _______________ Your name? For You alone are holy. For _______________ nations shall _______________ and _______________ before You, for your _______________ have been manifested” (Revelation 15:3, 4). “For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every _______________ shall _______________ to Me, and every _______________ shall _______________ to God’ ” (Romans 14:11). The entire universe has declared God just, both the righteous and the wicked. But the confession of the wicked comes too late. Now it is time for God’s final act in this drama, the closing scene of the rebellion that began so long ago in the courts of heaven. Too late do they realize that the harvest is _______________, the summer is ended, and they are not _______________ (Jeremiah 8:20).

The Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute _______________ on all, to _______________ all who are _______________ among them of all their ungodly _______________ which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the _______________ things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him. These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words (Jude 1:14–16). Despite having no _______________ in the _______________ of the _______________ (Ezekiel 33:11), God must do His _______________, His _______________ work, and bring to pass His _______________, His _______________ act (Isaiah 28:21). The closing scene is about to commence. It is a heart-breaking scene that will bring both the righteous and the wicked to tears.

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