A thousand years of peace, then the final judgement of Satan and the wicked dead. (Revelation 20:1 – 20:15)

John saw an angel come down from heaven holding the key to the Abyss and a great chain. He seized the dragon (Satan) and bound him for one thousand years (a millennium). He threw Satan into the Abyss and locked and sealed it over him to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. John saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given the authority to judge. He saw souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus. They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life

The fall of Babylon the Great – in the final battle, Satan is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:1 – 19:10)

After witnessing the fall of the wicked city (the “great prostitute” who spilled the blood of God’s people), John heard a sound like the roar of many people in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power to our God for true and fair are his judgements. He has condemned the Great Prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged the blood of his servants.” Again they shouted, “The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell to their knees and worshipped God. A voice from the throne in heaven joined in saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small.” Then John heard what sounded like a multitude of people,

Jesus feeds the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:13 – 14:21)

When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been killed, he boarded a boat to travel to a solitary place. People heard that Jesus was leaving so they followed him on foot, around the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. When Jesus arrived on shore, he saw a large crowd. He had compassion for them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples went to Jesus and said, “This is a remote place and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the towns and buy themselves food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. Give them something to eat.” “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered “Bring the food to me,” Jesus said. Jesus directed the people to

Did John the Baptist and Jesus conspire to create the Messiah story? Here’s where atheist logic breaks down.

Detractors and non-believers claim that John the Baptist and Jesus conspired to create the Messiah story. They point out that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins, born only months apart. They highlight that the two grew up together, played together, and naturally would have had their systems of belief coalesce as part of their close relationship. During their time together, based on their shared beliefs, the two cousins created a storyline that required John the Baptist pave the way for his cousin, Jesus, to proclaim he was the Messiah. The problem with this supposed narrative, regardless of several obvious breakdowns of logic, is that much of this storyline is untrue, never mentioned in the biblical verses nor outside historical references. Only Luke mentions the relationship

Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by calming a furious storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23 – 8:27)

To escape the crowd and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. As they travelled across the lake, a furious storm erupted. The wind was so great, waves swept over the boat. Jesus however, calmly slept through the squall. The disciples woke Jesus shouting, “Lord, save us! We are going to drown!” Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then Jesus rose and rebuked the winds and waves. The sea became completely calm. The disciples were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” What the story means to us today Fear shows lack of faith – and lack of faith promotes fear Jesus continues to prove his authority

Faith tested – What if Jesus’ spectacular walking on water miracle was a trick?

The scriptures tell us, after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus instructed the disciples to get into a boat and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus then dismissed the crowd of five thousand and went to a mountainside to pray by himself. Shortly before dawn, the disciples’ boat encountered a storm some considerable distance from land (John tells us they were about 3-4 miles from land). The disciples were afraid when they saw what they presumed was some sort of spirit approaching them on the stormy water. It was Jesus who was “walking on the lake”. The story is attested by Matthew, Mark, and John. Non-believers will typically proffer the only possible earthly explanation for the event – that Jesus

What does it mean, “Jesus died for our sins”?

Christians will be familiar with the idioms: “God sacrificed his only son” and “Jesus died for our sins.” For many Christians, the meaning of the phrases is confusing at best and horrifically sad at worst. How could God “sacrifice” his only son? And what does Jesus’ death have to do with our salvation? “God sacrificed his son” Some may envision God’s "sacrifice" of Jesus as a stern deity surrendering his child on an altar. Wipe the image from your mind. This is not what God’s sacrifice means although as a metaphor, it is indeed quite accurate. God’s sacrifice was sending his son into a dangerously sinful world knowing that Jesus would be harmed. God sent Jesus to show the world the sins they were blindly ignoring, to clarify

Fulfilling Old Testament prophecy, Jesus heals multitudes of people (Matthew 8:14 – 8:17)

Jesus went into Peter’s house and saw his mother-in-law laying on a bed with fever. Jesus touched her hand and the fever left her. She got up from the bed and began waiting on Jesus. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Jesus and he drove out the spirits with a word. Jesus healed all the sick. His acts were to fulfill what Isaiah spoke when he said, “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” What the story means to us today Through compassion and prayer, we can produce a profound impact on others Matthew had already documented healings of a leper and a gentile suffering from palsy. Now Matthew records the healing of a physical ailment common to all - fever. Jesus healed