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Everyone Will Bow

Key References: Revelation 20:7-10; 21:6-8; The Great Controversy, chap. 42, pp. 662-674; The Bible Story (1994), vol. 10, pp. 201-204; Our Beliefs, nos. 27, 8, 10

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“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

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We worship God, who defeated Satan and will end sin forever.

Last week we explored a little about what life will be like during the time of the millennium after Jesus comes again. This week we will learn what will happen as the millennium comes to an end.

During the millennium Satan and his angels will be alone on the earth for 1,000 years. The Bible refers to this as “the bottomless pit” (see Revelation 20:3). It means that Satan will have no one to deceive during the millennium.

They will spend 1,000 years thinking of the consequences of their rebellion in heaven. They will have 1,000 years to contemplate their eternal fate and the plan of salvation that God so graciously provided. At the end of the millennium the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will descend from heaven. As the New Jerusalem will approach the earth, Jesus will call to life all those who were dead on the earth during the millennium. Looking at Jesus, they will realize that they are standing in the presence of the King of kings. Above the throne of God everyone will see the major scenes of the plan of salvation, starting from the fall of Adam and Eve, to the scenes of Jesus’ life, ministry, and self-sacrificial death on the cross for the salvation of lost humanity. Satan and his agents will recognize the evil course of their actions and the part they played in opposing the work of God. The entire universe will acknowledge God’s justice and fairness in judgment.

Satan and the vast crowd of his followers will stand before God’s judgment seat condemned. They will be guilty of high treason against God’s government. No one will defend them. They will be without excuse. The sentence of eternal death will be pronounced against them, and they will acknowledge that indeed “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

They will be eyewitnesses to Jesus’ coronation and will recognize with wonder the heavenly atmosphere of harmony and perfect happiness that exists in God’s presence, where the saved praise Him. Acknowledging God’s supremacy, they will bow down and worship Him.

How far Lucifer has fallen! He who once was the highest-ranking angel and could be in the presence of the Father will incite the last battle against Him. The multitude of people from every nation who rejected God will follow Satan as their commander. They will organize themselves for battle and surround the Holy City with the plan to overtake it.

Above the chaos, Jesus will rise on a white throne. He will open the books of record, and those who had rejected His appeals will realize the extent of their sin. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11, 12).

God’s character will be shown fully to the world. The wicked will see, too late, that they have chosen the wrong path and the wrong king. They will see, along with the Redeemed, that God is love. They will declare: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!” (Revelation 15:3).

As the multitude of the lost will realize their mistake, they will look with loathing at the leader they once admired. They will see his selfi shness, and they will hate him for it. Still, they will not surrender to the love and forgiveness of God. They will move forward to take the Holy City of God. When they will surround the Holy City, fire will come down from heaven and will destroy them (see Revelation 20:9).

After the universe is cleansed from sin and sinners, everyone will bow down to worship Jesus. The whole universe will declare that He is King of kings: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10, 11).

Sin will never come into the universe again. The struggle between Satan’s government and God’s government will be over forever. There will be “no more curse” (Revelation 22:3), “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). The Redeemed, along with their Creator, will be able to look at everything and see that it is good, just as in the first creation of the world. The whole universe will be at peace and will declare that “God is love” (1 John 4:16).