In Revelation 20, John tells us of the first resurrection, that of the saints- Old Testament, Church, and Tribulation saints. Then, after Satan is bound in chains and locked in the abyss, there will be 1,000 years of Jesus’ reigning upon this earth, and peace. This time is called the Millenium. This is the only place in the Bible that mentions the 1,000 years, and I don’t understand much of it, to be honest. I simply trust that because God tells us about it, it will happen, His plan is always perfect, and so be it!
After this 1,000 years, Satan will be let loose, and he will deceive many of the people who have lived on the earth under Jesus’ reign, and they will rebel. Fire will come down from heaven and devour them all.
Satan will finally be cast into the lake of fire, joining the antichrist and the false prophet. All the demons will be thrown in, also. Then there will be a second resurrection, of all the dead who died after rejecting Jesus.
“And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” ~Revelation 20:11-15
When God is seated upon the great white throne, heaven and earth will flee from His presence. The people who are being judged will only see God, on His throne, with the books.
When do you think you have done enough good deeds, and NOT done too many bad ones, to be allowed entrance into heaven? There is simply no possible way. “As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;” ~Romans 3:10. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Romans 3:23.
The ONLY possible way to gain entrance into heaven and spend eternity with God is to make sure your name is in that book of life! And the ONLY way to have your name written in that book of life is to believe in Jesus, accept His death on the cross as payment for YOUR sins (and MINE), and receive the gift of forgiveness and the covering of His righteousness and life. Otherwise, when the books are opened, there is no possible way that your own actions and deeds will save you, and the lake of fire- the second death- will await. Oh, please choose Jesus and LIFE!