WATCHTOWER STUDY  21: JULY 18-24, 2022

Revelation​—What It Means for Your Future


“Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.”​—Revelation 22:20.


OPENING SONG 142, Holding Fast to Our Hope, based on Hebrews 6:18, 19

1. Mankind has stumbled for centuries in darkness.

Vain is their quest as they try to catch the wind.

Man’s tragic flaw is revealed in its starkness;

None can they save, for they all have sinned.

(CHORUS)

Sing with good cheer, for God’s Kingdom is here!

His Son’s mighty reign brings us freedom from fear.

Through him, at last, evil soon will be past;

This hope, like an anchor, is holding us fast.

2. “God’s day is near!” rings the Kingdom proclamation;

Men will no longer cry out to God: “How long?”

Soon he will free all his groaning creation.

Praise God Almighty, and join our song.

(CHORUS)

Sing with good cheer, for God’s Kingdom is here!

His Son’s mighty reign brings us freedom from fear.

Through him, at last, evil soon will be past;

This hope, like an anchor, is holding us fast.

PREVIEW

Footnote reads: This is the final article in the series on the book of Revelation. As we will see in this article, those who remain faithful to Jehovah will have a bright future, but those who oppose God’s rulership will come to a humiliating end.- End Footnote.


PARAGRAPH 1.

1. What important decision do all humans need to make?


PEOPLE today have an important decision to make. Will they support Jehovah God as the rightful Ruler of the universe, or will they stand behind his vicious enemy, Satan the Devil? There is no middle ground. Whatever decision they make will affect their everlasting future.
Quotation: (Matthew 25:31 to 33). “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will put the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Matthew 25:46). These will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.”- End quotation.
During “the great tribulation,” they will be marked either for survival or for destruction.​—
Quotation: (Revelation 7:14). So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 14:9 to 11). Another angel, a third, followed them, saying in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the wild beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink of the wine of the anger of God that is poured out undiluted into the cup of His wrath, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and day and night they have no rest, those who worship the wild beast and its image and whoever receives the mark of its name.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Ezekiel 9:4). Jehovah said to him: “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who are sighing and groaning over all the detestable things that are being done in the city.”- End quotation.

Quotation: (Ezekiel 9:6). Old man, young man, virgin, little child, and women you should kill off completely. But do not go near to any man on whom there is the mark. You should start from my sanctuary.” So they started with the elders who were in front of the house.- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 2.

2. - part "a" - What does Hebrews 10:35-39 encourage us to do? - part "b" - How can the book of Revelation help us?


2 Read
Quotation: (Hebrews 10:35 to 39). Therefore, do not throw away your boldness, which will be richly rewarded. 36 For you need endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the fulfillment of the promise. 37 For yet “a very little while,” and “the one who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38 “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and “if he shrinks back, I have no pleasure in him.” 39 Now we are not the sort who shrink back to destruction, but the sort who have faith for the preserving of our lives.- End quotation.
If you have chosen to support Jehovah’s rulership, you have made a wise decision. Now you are eager to help others make the right choice. To that end, you can use the information in the book of Revelation to help them. That remarkable book reveals what will happen to those who oppose Jehovah, but it also highlights the blessings that come to those who loyally support his rulership. We do well to consider such vital truths. Doing so will strengthen our resolve to keep on serving Jehovah. In addition, we can use what we have learned to help others make the right decision and stick to it.


PARAGRAPH 3.

3. What will we consider in this article?


3 In this article, we will consider these questions: What is in store for those who support God’s rulership? On the other hand, what will happen to those who choose to support the scarlet-colored wild beast, portrayed in the pages of the book of Revelation?


WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR FAITHFUL ONES

PARAGRAPH 4.

4. What group does the apostle John see with Jesus in heaven?


4 In a vision, the apostle John sees two groups who support Jehovah’s rulership and receive the blessings of everlasting life. The first group numbers 144,000.
Quotation: (Revelation 7:4). And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:- End quotation.
They are taken from the earth to form a government, or Kingdom, with Jesus in heaven. Along with him, they rule over the earth.
Quotation: (Revelation 5:9, 10). And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 14:3, 4). And they are singing what seems to be a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, and no one was able to master that song except the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth. 4 These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones who keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb- End quotation.
In the vision, John sees them standing with Jesus on heavenly Mount Zion.​—
Quotation: (Revelation 14:1). Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads.- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 5.

5. What will soon happen to the remaining ones of the 144,000?


5 Down through the centuries, thousands have been selected to be part of the 144,000.
Quotation: (Luke 12:32). “Have no fear, little flock, for your Father has approved of giving you the Kingdom.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Romans 8:17). If, then, we are children, we are also heirs—heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ—provided we suffer together so that we may also be glorified together.- End quotation.
John, however, is told that only a remnant, or a small number, would be alive on earth during the last days. These “remaining ones” will receive their final “seal” of Jehovah’s approval before the outbreak of the great tribulation.
Quotation: (Revelation 7:2, 3). And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrise, having a seal of the living God; and he called with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.”- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 12:17). So the dragon became enraged at the woman and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her offspring, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness concerning Jesus.- End quotation.
Then sometime during the great tribulation, this remnant will be taken to heaven to join the rest of the 144,000, who have already died faithful. There they will become corulers with Jesus in God’s Kingdom.​—
Quotation: (Matthew 24:31). And he will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 5:9, 10). And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 6-7.

6-7. - part "a" - What group does John next see, and what do we learn about them? - part "b" - Why should Revelation chapter 7 be of interest to both the remnant and the “great crowd”?


6 After seeing the heavenly group, John sees “a great crowd.” Unlike the 144,000, this group cannot be numbered.
Quotation: (Revelation 7:9, 10). After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”- End quotation.
What do we learn about them? John is told: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Quotation: (Revelation 7:14). So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.- End quotation.
Upon surviving the great tribulation, this “great crowd” will live here on earth and enjoy amazing blessings.​—
Quotation: (Psalm 37:9 to 11). For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. 10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Psalm 37:27 to 29). Turn away from bad and do what is good, And you will remain forever. 28 For Jehovah loves justice, And he will not abandon his loyal ones. They will always be guarded; But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with. 29 The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Proverbs 2:21, 22). For only the upright will reside in the earth, And the blameless will remain in it. 22 As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth, And the treacherous will be torn away from it.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 7:16, 17). They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat, 17 because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”- End quotation.


7 Whether we have been selected to go to heaven or will remain here on earth, do we see ourselves in this description recorded in Revelation chapter 7. We should. What an exciting time that will be for both groups of God’s servants! We will be overjoyed that we chose to support Jehovah’s rulership. What else does the book of Revelation tell us about the great tribulation?​—
Quotation: (Matthew 24:21). for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.- End quotation.


WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO OPPOSE GOD

PARAGRAPH 8.

8. How will the great tribulation start, and how will most people be affected?


8 As mentioned in the preceding article, the political elements of this world will soon turn on Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion.
Quotation: (Revelation 17:16, 17). And the ten horns that you saw and the wild beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire. 17 For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought, yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast, until the words of God will have been accomplished.- End quotation.
This action will mark the beginning of the great tribulation. Will this result in a flood of new ones deciding to turn to the worship of Jehovah? No. To the contrary, Revelation chapter 6 shows that at that critical time, people who are not serving Jehovah will seek protection from the political and commercial systems of this world, which are compared to mountains. Since those people will not take a stand in favor of God’s Kingdom, Jehovah will consider them to be opposers.​—
Quotation: (Luke 11:23). Whoever is not on my side is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 6:15 to 17). Then the kings of the earth, the high officials, the military commanders, the rich, the strong, every slave, and every free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they keep saying to the mountains and to the rocks: “Fall over us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 9.

9. How will Jehovah’s people stand out as different during the great tribulation, and with what result?


9 Truly, Jehovah’s faithful servants will stand out as different during that desperate time of tribulation. They will still be the only group of people on earth serving Jehovah God and refusing to give their support to “the wild beast.”
Quotation: (Revelation 13:14 to 17). It misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that it was permitted to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. 15 And it was permitted to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who refuse to worship the image of the wild beast. 16 It puts under compulsion all people—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves—that these should be marked on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name.- End quotation.
Their firm stand will provoke the rage of those who oppose Jehovah. As a result, a coalition of nations will attack God’s people all over the earth. This act of mad aggression is described prophetically as the attack of Gog of Magog.​—
Quotation: (Ezekiel 38:14 to 16). “So prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “On that day when my people Israel are dwelling in security, will you not know it? 15 You will come from your place, from the remotest parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly, a vast army. 16 Like clouds covering the land, you will come against my people Israel. In the final part of the days I will bring you against my land so that the nations may know me when I sanctify myself through you before their eyes, O Gog.”’- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 10.

10. As described at Revelation 19:19-21, how will Jehovah react to this attack on his people?


10 How will Jehovah react to this vicious attack? He tells us: “My great rage will flare up.”
Quotation: (Ezekiel 38:18). “‘On that day, the day when Gog invades the land of Israel,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘my great rage will flare up.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Ezekiel 38:21 to 23). “‘I will call for a sword against him on all my mountains,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘Every man’s sword will be against his own brother. 22 I will bring my judgment against him with pestilence and bloodshed; and I will rain down a torrential downpour and hailstones and fire and sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many peoples with him. 23 And I will certainly magnify myself and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.’- End quotation.
Revelation chapter 19 describes what happens next. Jehovah sends forth His Son to defend His people and to defeat their enemies. Jesus will be joined in this counterattack by “the armies in heaven”​—the faithful angels together with the 144,000.
Quotation: (Revelation 17:14). These will battle with the Lamb, but because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also, those with him who are called and chosen and faithful will do so.”- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 19:11 to 15). I saw heaven opened, and look! a white horse. And the one seated on it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. 12 His eyes are a fiery flame, and on his head are many diadems. He has a name written that no one knows but he himself, 13 and he is clothed with an outer garment stained with blood, and he is called by the name The Word of God. 14 Also, the armies in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen. 15 And out of his mouth protrudes a sharp, long sword with which to strike the nations, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. Moreover, he treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.- End quotation.
What is the outcome of this war? The total annihilation of all humans and organizations opposing Jehovah!​—Read
Quotation: (Revelation 19:19 to 21). And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army. 20 And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur. 21 But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.- End quotation.


AFTER THE WAR, A WEDDING

PARAGRAPH 11.

11. What special event takes place as the climax of the book of Revelation?


11 Just imagine how faithful ones on earth will feel to survive the total destruction of God’s enemies! What a time of rejoicing that will be! Although there will be a great shout of joy in heaven when Babylon the Great is destroyed, there is something else that will bring greater joy.
Quotation: (Revelation 19:1 to 3). After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: “Praise Jah! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God, 2 because his judgments are true and righteous. For he has executed judgment on the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his slaves that is on her hands.” 3 And right away for the second time they said: “Praise Jah! And the smoke from her goes on ascending forever and ever.” - End quotation.
It is, in fact, the climax of the book of Revelation​—“the marriage of the Lamb.”​—
Quotation: (Revelation 19:6 to 9). And I heard what sounded like a voice of a great crowd and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of heavy thunders. They said: “Praise Jah, because Jehovah our God, the Almighty, has begun to rule as king! 7 Let us rejoice and be overjoyed and give him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has arrived and his wife has prepared herself. 8 Yes, it has been granted to her to be clothed with bright, clean, fine linen—for the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones.” 9 And he tells me, “Write: Happy are those invited to the evening meal of the Lamb’s marriage.” Also, he tells me: “These are the true sayings of God.” - End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 12.

12. As indicated at Revelation 21:1, 2, when will the marriage of the Lamb take place?


12 When does the marriage take place? All the 144,000 will be in heaven just before the war of Armageddon is fought. However, that will not be the time for the marriage of the Lamb. Read
Quotation: (Revelation 21:1, 2). And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.- End quotation.
The marriage of the Lamb takes place after the war of Armageddon has been fought and all of God’s enemies have been removed.​—
Quotation: (Psalm 45:3, 4). Strap your sword on your side, O mighty one, In your dignity and your splendor.  4 And in your splendor go on to victory; Ride in the cause of truth and humility and righteousness, And your right hand will accomplish awe-inspiring things.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Psalm 45:13 to 17). Inside the palace the king’s daughter is absolutely magnificent; Her clothing is adorned with gold. 14 She will be brought to the king in richly woven garments. The virgin companions following her are brought in before you. 15 They will be brought with rejoicing and joy; They will enter into the king’s palace. 16 Your sons will take the place of your forefathers. You will appoint them as princes in all the earth. 17 I will make your name known throughout all generations to come. That is why peoples will praise you forever and ever.- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 13.

13. What does the marriage of the Lamb really mean for those involved?


13 What does the marriage of the Lamb really mean for those involved? Well, just as a marriage joins a man and a woman together, so this symbolic marriage unites the King, Jesus Christ, with his “bride,” the 144,000. That climactic event inaugurates the new government that will rule the earth for 1,000 years.​—
Quotation: (Revelation 20:6). Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.- End quotation.


A GLORIOUS CITY AND YOUR FUTURE

The symbolic city of New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven and shining brightly. A river flows from the city. On both sides of the river are fruitful trees.

PICTURE CAPTION READS: Revelation chapter 21 depicts the symbolic city of New Jerusalem as “coming down out of heaven from God.” During the Millennium, it will bring countless blessings to obedient mankind. See paragraphs 14-16


PARAGRAPH 14-15.

14-15. To what does Revelation chapter 21 compare the 144,000? See cover picture.


14 Next, Revelation chapter 21 compares the 144,000 to an extremely beautiful city called “New Jerusalem.”
Quotation: (Revelation 21:2). I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 21:9). One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls that were full of the seven last plagues came and said to me: “Come, and I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”- End quotation.
This city is based on 12 foundation stones that have written on them “the 12 names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.” Why would this fact capture John’s interest? Because he saw his name written on one of those stones. What a grand privilege!​—
Quotation: (Revelation 21:10 to 14). So he carried me away in the power of the spirit to a great and lofty mountain, and he showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God 11 and having the glory of God. Its radiance was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone shining crystal clear. 12 It had a great and lofty wall and had 12 gates with 12 angels at the gates, and on the gates were inscribed the names of the 12 tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 On the east were three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 The wall of the city also had 12 foundation stones, and on them were the 12 names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Ephesians 2:20). and you have been built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, while Christ Jesus himself is the foundation cornerstone.- End quotation.


15 This symbolic city looks like no other. It has a main street of pure gold, 12 gates of pearl, walls and foundations adorned with precious stones​—and with perfectly balanced measurements.
Quotation: (Revelation 21:15 to 21). Now the one who was speaking with me was holding a golden reed as a measure in order to measure the city and its gates and its wall. 16 And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as its width. And he measured the city with the reed, 12,000 stadia; its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits according to a man’s measure, at the same time an angel’s measure. 18 Now the wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every sort of precious stone: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 Also, the 12 gates were 12 pearls; each one of the gates was made of one pearl. And the main street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.- End quotation.
Still, something seems to be missing! Notice what John next tells us: “I did not see a temple in it, for Jehovah God the Almighty is its temple, also the Lamb is. And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp was the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:22,23). Those who make up the New Jerusalem will have direct access to Jehovah.
Quotation: (Hebrews 7:27). Unlike those high priests, he does not need to offer up sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, because he did this once for all time when he offered himself up.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 22:3, 4). And there will no longer be any curse. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his slaves will offer him sacred service; 4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.- End quotation.
Thus, Jehovah and Jesus are the temple in that city.


People enjoying life on a paradise earth. In the distance, a river flows from the symbolic city of New Jerusalem. Luxuriant trees grow on both sides of the river.

PICTURE CAPTION READS: Who will benefit from the provisions represented by “a river” and by “trees”? See paragraphs 16-17


PARAGRAPH 16.

16. What will mankind experience during the Thousand Year Reign of God’s Kingdom?


16 It is thrilling for the anointed to contemplate this city. But those who cherish the earthly hope also have reason to be interested in it. During the Thousand Year Reign of God’s Kingdom, the New Jerusalem will bring countless blessings. John sees these blessings flowing forth as “a river of water of life.” And on both sides of the river are “trees of life” that produce leaves “for the healing of the nations.”
Quotation: (Revelation 22:1, 2). And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of its main street. On both sides of the river were trees of life producing 12 crops of fruit, yielding their fruit each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the healing of the nations.- End quotation.
All humans then living will have an opportunity to benefit from those provisions. Gradually, all obedient humankind will be brought to perfection. There will be no more sickness, no more pain, and no more tears of sorrow.​—
Quotation: (Revelation 21:3 to 5). With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 17.

17. As Revelation 20:11-13 shows, who will benefit from the Thousand Year Reign?


17 Who will benefit from these wonderful provisions? First of all, the great crowd of Armageddon survivors, along with any children who may be born in the new world. But Revelation chapter 20 also promises that the dead will be resurrected. Read
Quotation: (Revelation 20:11 to 13). And I saw a great white throne and the One seated on it. From before him the earth and the heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life. The dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the Grave gave up the dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. - End quotation.
Faithful “righteous” ones who died in the past along with “unrighteous” ones​—who did not receive an adequate opportunity to learn about Jehovah—​will all come back to life here on the earth.
Quotation: (Acts 24:15). And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.- End quotation.

Quotation: (John 5:28, 29). Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.- End quotation.
Does this mean that everyone will be resurrected to life on earth during the Thousand Year Reign? No. Those who wickedly rejected the opportunity to serve Jehovah before their death will not be raised to life. They had their chance and proved that they were not worthy of life on the Paradise earth.​—
Quotation: (Matthew 25:46). These will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.”- End quotation.

Quotation: (2 Thessalonians 1:9). These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 17:8). The wild beast that you saw was, but is not, and yet is about to ascend out of the abyss, and it is to go off into destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth—those whose names have not been written in the scroll of life from the founding of the world—will be amazed when they see how the wild beast was, but is not, and yet will be present.- End quotation.

Quotation: (Revelation 20:15). Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.- End quotation.


THE FINAL OUTCOME

PARAGRAPH 18.

18. What will be the situation on earth by the end of the 1,000 years?


18 By the end of the 1,000 years, all those living on earth will have been restored to perfect life. No longer will anyone living be affected by the sin that was originally inherited from Adam.
Quotation: (Romans 5:12). That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned. - End quotation.
The curse of Adamic sin will have been completely removed. In that way, those on earth will “come to life” as perfect humans at the end of the 1,000 years.​—
Quotation: (Revelation 20:5). (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 19.

19. Why is there a need for a final test?


19 We know that Jesus resisted Satan’s efforts to make him compromise his integrity. He remained faithful under test. But will all perfect humans be willing to do so when Satan is given an opportunity to test them? Each one will be able to answer this question for himself when Satan is released from the abyss at the end of the 1,000 years.
Quotation: (Revelation 20:7). Now as soon as the 1,000 years have ended, Satan will be released from his prison- End quotation.
Those who prove faithful during this final test will receive everlasting life and finally enjoy true freedom.
Quotation: (Romans 8:21). that the creation itself will also be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God.- End quotation.
Those who rebel will be destroyed forever, along with the Devil and his demons.​—
Quotation: (Revelation 20:8 to 10). and he will go out to mislead those nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war. The number of these is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they advanced over the whole earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and consumed them. 10 And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulfur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet already were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.- End quotation.


PARAGRAPH 20.

20. How do you feel about the thrilling prophecies found in the book of Revelation?


20 How do you feel after considering this brief overview of the book of Revelation? Is it not exciting to see yourself in these amazing prophecies? Does it not make you want to invite others to join us in the pure worship of our God?
Quotation: (Revelation 22:17). And the spirit and the bride keep on saying, “Come!” and let anyone hearing say, “Come!” and let anyone thirsting come; let anyone who wishes take life’s water free.- End quotation.
As our minds and hearts are stirred by these intriguing future events, we are certainly motivated to echo the words of the apostle John, who said: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.”​—
Quotation: (Revelation 22:20). “The one who bears witness of these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’” “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.”- End quotation.


HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER?

What decision do we need to make now?


What is “the marriage of the Lamb”?


What blessings await faithful servants of Jehovah?


CLOSING SONG 27, The Revealing of God’s Sons, based on Romans 8:19

1. The time is near when God reveals

His faithful chosen ones.

In heaven they will rule with Christ

As mighty spirit sons.

(CHORUS)

The sons of God will be revealed

Along with Christ, their Lord.

They’ll join him in his victory

And share in his reward.

2. And soon the last remaining ones

Will hear his final call.

The King of kings and Lord of lords

Will then collect them all.

(CHORUS)

The sons of God will be revealed

Along with Christ, their Lord.

They’ll join him in his victory

And share in his reward.

(BRIDGE)

And then with Christ, these sons of God

Will wage the final war.

The joyous marriage to the Lamb

Will last forevermore.

(CHORUS)

The sons of God will be revealed

Along with Christ, their Lord.

They’ll join him in his victory

And share in his reward.