The rock imagery is a favorite one for several Biblical heroes, with beautiful teaching about the faithfulness of God, His power and stability, the protection afforded by His presence, His being the source of living water, and even the divinity of Christ. When is the last time we looked up in praise to the Rock of our salvation? Maybe it’s been too long!
A list of the largest gatherings in history contains a number of events with between seven and eight million people. So this Revelation 20 crowd would not only dwarf those, but even a combined reunion of all the current inhabitants of earth. It will be the first and last meeting of all unbelievers who have ever lived, and will unquestionably be billions of people. On a human level, the logistics would be staggering in terms of sound systems, exits, facilities, and so forth. However, none of that is an issue at this event. It is Almighty God who has called the assembly, and making it work will be no challenge. Interestingly, John noted that nobody is seated, and therefore there are no chairs or need for them.
As they stand, multiple books are opened. No comment is made as to how many books there are, so it might be that there is one per person. Whatever the case, our imagination has to be stretched with almost every successive verse!
How long will this take? Again, there is no word on that, but it doesn’t really make any difference. Time, at this point, is irrelevant. Who is in a rush? What for? This is the ultimate global court of history and it will go on as long as needed, as long as it takes to get the job done.
Nobody outside of God’s redeemed escapes this judgment. Death and hell, as if they were personal entities, expel everyone who descended into their custody. Every person will individually face the facts of his life according to the heavenly books. Attitudes and behaviors will be measured against the moral law written on each heart by the God who made it in His image.
At this point, the lake of fire, which previously received the Satanic trio, then gets the two mysterious subjects, death and hell. This pair, again as if they had personality, are swallowed up in the lake of fire. After them, the entire multitude that had been standing before the throne, is cast in.
This is the second death, the final one.
After this we head into chapter 21, which starts with a totally fresh atmosphere, and the dawning of a brand new era