In Revelation 20:3, it states… And cast him [Satan] into the bottom-less 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: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
In Revelation 20:7, it states, And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed of of his prison.
Rev 8: And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, God and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sands of the sea.
…….. Note that after the thousand year reign of Christ, there still appears to be people on Earth. And they appear to not be part of the reign of Christ? And one presumes these people were not destroyed in the battle of Armageddon?
Rev 9: And 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.
…… And “fire came down from heaven, and devoured them. Is this speaking of a meteor shower which destroys the Earth?
Rev 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 for ever and ever.
Rev 11: And I saw a great while throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
…..”the earth and the heaven fled away;” Is this John’s way of depicting a dissolution, of which he was probably unaware, and which is known in Eastern mysticism?
Rev 12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
…..”and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works,” and is this an account by John of the workings of the Law of Karma, which operates on the Astral plane of Creation? And is this an account of a “special judgement” of Souls?
Rev 13: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Is the “lake of fire” a euphemism for eliminated? If so, this is a unique indication of Souls being destroyed. And, in Rev 21:1, it states the first heaven and the first earth were passed away [does this include those who were cast into the lake of fire?
Rev 21: 1, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
……”were passed away;” What does this mean? And could it correspond to the Eastern Mystic account of a mini “dissolution,” where the physical Universe is ended and all Souls are pulled up to the bottom of the Astral region of Creation, and it remains dark for a period of time equal to the time there was light? At which time the physical Universe begins again?
Revelation 21:2, States: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3, And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
….. Might this be a new Golden Age, which the mystics believe follows the Iron Age, in which we currently find ourselves? And each Age lasts a very long period of time, perhaps a million years?
Rev 21:4, And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
It seems clear to me that Revelation is a mix of current, past, and future events. It is also a mixture of the earth plane, the Astral region, and John speaks of “coming from God out of heaven,” and to me this means different vibrational realities, and this concept is not part of the rhetoric of Christianity. Nor most religions, for that matter. Although it is basic understanding of Eastern mysticism, which traces its records back to Sanskrit, dating back 4,500 years.
I ask these questions not to argue with, and certainly not to diminish the book of Revelation in any way; but I ask these questions, and make my comments as a way of seeking to better comprehend what the Bible is seeking to convey to Mankind?