If Satan,sometimes referred to as super unlooper, and his angels are not currently residing in the Lake Of Fire, then who is there? The answer will surprise you. No one is there as of yet.
Who are the first occupants of the Lake Of Fire? Believe it or not, it is not the super unlooper, Satan. By studying the book of Revelation you learn that the coming Antichrist and the False Prophet have the dubious honor of being the first beings to be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 19:20 states, "But the beast (Anthichrist)was captured, and with him the False Prophet who had performed miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. THE TWO OF THEM WERE THROWN ALIVE INTO THE FIERY LAKE OF BURNING SULFUR."
What happens to Satan at this time? Revelation 20:13"And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the ABYSS and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years."
What is the ABYSS? The Greek word is Tartarus. It is a special place for fallen angels and Satan. Doesn't it seemodd that the super unlooper is thrown out of the loop? Sometimes they are let loose to serve God's purposes.
The place where all sinners go while they await judgment is called "Hades" . Before Jesus died on the cross, all of the souls of the dead went into a place called "Hades". "Hades" had two sides. One side was a side of torment and anguish.The other side was a side of comfort.
Luke 16:22-24 states, "The time came when the beggar died and the angels caried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In HADES, WHERE HE WAS IN TORMENT, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him,Father Abraham have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire."
What happened after Jesus died on the cross? Ephesians 4:8 states "Wherefore he saith, When he (Jesus) ascended on high (returned to Heaven)he LED CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE (emptied the comfort side of Hades and took those souls with him to heaven) and gave gifts unto men. (Spiritual Gifts).
When Jesus died, he descend into HADES and PREACHED to the spirits who had disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. See1 Peter 3:19 & 20.
After Jesus rose from the dead "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came out of the graves AFTER HIS RESURRECTION, and went into the holy city (Jerusalem)and appeared unto many." Matthew 27:52 & 53
When are sinners, Satan, and his angels cast into the Lake of Fire? Revelation 20:7 "When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison". Verse 10 "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the LAKE OF BURNING SULFER, WHERE THE BEAST AND FALSE PROPHET HAD BEEN THROWN. THEY WILL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER."
Remember that the Antichrist and False Prophet had been the very first two occupants of the Lake of Fire. This occurred when Jesus came to setup his "millennial" kingdom. Satan was cast into a bottomless pit for 1,000 years then released for a short time. Why? "To go out and deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth". Revelation 20:8.Why would Satan be allowed to deceive the nations after this planet had enjoyed 1,000 years of peace and prosperity with Jesus Christ himself as King of Kings and Lord of Lords?The answer is free will. As King of the Earth Jesus would not tolerate sin and would deal with it immediately. However, he doesn't want to be a king of slaves. He wants the people that follow him to do so because they chose to. Death will be scarce during the millennial reign of Christ so by the end of the 1,000years there will be billions of people on this planet. Like us, they will one day have to choose whom they will serve and many of them will believe Satan's lies and thereby seal their own doom.
Remember the story of Adam and Eve? Eve believed Satan's lie and, along with Adam, brought a curse upon not just mankind but the whole planet Earth. Why? Because they chose to believe Satan instead of God.
What is the final fate of sinners? Revelation 20:13-15 "The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books (one book was "the book of life" and the other books are a record of their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death (the grave) and Hades (were doomed souls go to await judgment)gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the Lake ofFire. The Lake of Fire is the second death.IF ANYONE'S NAME WAS NOT FOUND IN THE BOOK OF LIFE (trusting in Christ's shed blood to wash away their sins), HE WAS THROWN INTO THE LAKE OFFIRE.
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