Today’s Reading | Revelation 20
If Any Was Not Found Written
Who are the rest of the dead referred to in verse five? Where do the people who side with Satan at the end of the 1,000 years come from? To answer these questions we must keep in mind some important facts. There are two resurrections mentioned in Scripture. The first is of those who were saved when they died. That will take place at the rapture. Those who have died without Christ will not be resurrected at this time. John was referring to these unsaved people in verse five. Only those who are saved will enter into the 1,000 year reign of Christ. However, Christians who are alive on the earth at the end of the tribulation will enter into the 1,000 year reign with their human bodies. These people will continue to have children throughout the 1,000 years. Although everyone will have to be obedient to Christ and His rule during this time, there will be some who will not turn to Christ for salvation. This proves that living in a perfect world and doing all the right things outwardly, are not enough to make you a child of God. Man’s heart changes only when he turns to Christ for salvation. No amount of outward effort or conformity will do. Have you allowed God to change your heart?
When did you by faith trust Christ as your Savior?
What evidence do you see in your life that you have been truly saved?
How can you tell that your actions are the result of your salvation and not just outward conformity to Christianity?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?