In Revelation 20:4-5 , we find this:
4. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the 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 upon their foreheads,or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
AND THEN… WE READ…
Revelation 20:7,8,9 & 12 & 14-15
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed our of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations… to gather them together to battle…
Now… this is peculiar, to say the least! And I am left with only one reasonable thought. Either all life is extinguished on Earth at the time of Armageddon, or some people survive [and live a life (absent Satan) for a thousand years]… And then… Satan is released from the bottomless pit, and causes the people on Earth to…
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 then “the devil” (Satan) “was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast [Antichrist] and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
And then… We have “the second death“. Or should it be called the “final judgment”?
20:12 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…
20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
___________ Now… Chapter 21 of Revelation begins with a concept THAT IS NOT discussed by most Christian Clergy. Although this concept is well known by nearly half of the world.
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.
21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for hurt husband.
I believe Chapter 21, verses 1, 2 and the rest of Chapter 21, is speaking of one of two things — or perhaps both: First…those taken up in the first resurrection [and any others judged to be worthy in the final judgement] are to live in the Astral region of Creation… and will not have to reincarnate into the Earth again. Second, the Earth will experience a mini-dissolution for a period of time, and will eventually begin again… with a new Golden Age, and when the Earth is ready, other Souls that have not experienced the Earth plane, will begin populating the Earth, for another cycle of Life… as it moves through the four Ages of Man: The Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Copper or Bronze Age, and finally the Iron Age, the current close of which is referred to in the Bible as the “End Time” Prophecy, of the book of Revelation.
What I have described above “fits” quite nicely with the teachings of ancient mystical texts studied and practiced in the East. But, any or all of this can be denied, ignored,or thought to be nonsense. I write this only because it seems reasonable for me to share what I have learned over the last 40+ years.
Peace, Brother James