June 15th, 2007
In the book “Guns, Germs and Steel”, author Jared Diamond tells the story of how in the year 1532 the Spanish conquistadores defeated the largest and most advanced state in the New World. The Inca emperor Atahuallpa was the absolute monarch over millions of people, and he was accompanied by an army of 80,000. Francisco Pizarro was in charge of a group of 168 Spanish soldiers, in unfamiliar terrain, ignorant of the local inhabitants, and more than 1000 kilometres from any other Spanish forces. In spite of being vastly outnumbered, the Spaniards captured Atahuallpa and routed the Inca army. How did they manage this when they were outnumbered by 500 to one?
The Revelation to John — Chapter 20
20:1 I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He seized the dragon, the old serpent, the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. 20:3 He threw him into the abyss, and closed it, sealing it over him, to prevent him from deceiving the nations any more, until the thousand years were over. After that, he must be freed for a short time. 20:4 I saw thrones, and the people who sat on them had been given authority to judge. I saw the souls of people who had been beheaded for talking about Jesus, for explaining the word of God, and refusing to worship the beast and his idol, and to accept the mark on their forehead or hand. They came back to life, and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 20:5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is anyone who is included in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests of God and Christ, and will reign with him for one thousand years.
20:7 And after the thousand years, Satan will be released from his prison, 20:8 and will go to the four corners of the earth to deceive the nations, Gog and Magog, to assemble them for war. They have as many soldiers as there are grains of sand by the sea. 20:9 They marched across the earth, and surrounded the camp of the believers, and the beloved city. Fire came from heaven and destroyed them. 20:10 The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet were. They will be tortured day and night forevermore.
20:11 I saw a large white throne and the one who sat on it. The earth and heaven ran away from his presence, but there was nowhere for them to go. 20:12 I saw the dead, the important and the unimportant, standing in front of the throne. Scrolls were opened. One scroll which was opened was the book of life. Dead people were judged by what was written in the scrolls, based on what they had done. 20:13 The sea gave up the dead people who were in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead people who were in them. The people were judged by what they had done. 20:14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 20:15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.