Jesus is the Greater and Final Temple foreshadowed by the ancient Tabernacle and the later Temple building in Jerusalem.

Jesus is the true sanctuary that was foreshadowed in the ancient religious structures and worship rituals of Israel. He is the dwelling place of God’s presence and glory, and the true and final mediator between heaven and earth. Christ is the temple “made-without-hands” that was destroyed by evil men but restored when his Father raised him from the dead.

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Satan is released for a “short season” to launch his attack on the saints, but he is the one destroyed Revelation 20:7-10.

The time has come for Satan’s final demise. The book’s second literary division introduced the enemies of the “Lamb” – The “Dragon,” Beast,” “False Prophet,” and “Babylon.” In the third division, their destruction occurs in reverse order – “Babylon,” “Beast” and “False Prophet” together, and finally, the “Dragon.”

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Overcoming saints reign as a “kingdom of Priests” during the “thousand years,” having overcome the “beast” Revelation 20:4-6.

During the “thousand years,” Satan is imprisoned, and the victorious saints begin to reign. Ironically, the “rest of the dead” do not live until the “second death” at the “Great White Throne of Judgment.” Behind the image of the saints’ reign is Daniel’s vision of “one like a Son of Man” who received the “kingdom” from the “Ancient of Days.”

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The Devil is imprisoned in the “Abyss” until the appointed time when he will be released and launch his final assault against the saints Revelation 20:1-3.

Next, Revelation presents Satan bound in the “Abyss” for the “thousand years” until his release at the end of the period. During his imprisonment, he is prevented from “deceiving the nations,” and only after his release will be free to do so. The passage includes verbal links to the expulsion of Satan from heaven in chapter 12.

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The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, though it remains under the authority of the LambRevelation 11:7.

When first introduced, “smoke” and the horde of locust-like creatures were seen ascending from the “Abyss” to torment the “inhabitants of the earth.” In Revelation, it is a deep pit from which satanic agencies ascend to wreak havoc and wage war against the “saints.” It is also the “prison” where demonic forces are held until their appointed time to execute their evil deeds.

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