THE MILLENNIAL AGE This is the 1,000 year reign of Jesus and the Saints. (Jesus as the head and us as the rest of the body). During this time satan will be bound totally (Matthew 12:29, Mark 3:27, Revelation 20:1-3), authority will be given to Jesus and the Saints to judge the nations (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, Revelation 20:4-6). With no satanic temptation to draw the people aside, the nations will learn righteousness (Isaiah 11:9, Isa. 54:13, Jeremiah 31:34, Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 6:45, 1 Timothy 2:6, 1 Timothy 4:10, 1 Peter 4:6). The nation of Israel will be the chief among nations, illuminating the proper relationship with God. It is obvious from scripture that during this time of the Millennial Kingdom the state of things will be very different from now. The main points from scripture are: Satan is removed from power and locked up (Rev 20:1-3). Jerusalem shall be the earthly center of Christ's Kingdom (Isa. 2:1-4). There shall be universal peace on the earth (Isa. 2:1-4). Nature will be restored to harmony with man (Isa. 11:6-9) There will be no shortage of food for the earth's population (Isa. 25:6-8). There will be universal healing and protection from God (Isa. 32:1-4; Isa. 35:5-10). The knowledge of the Lord will be universal (Isaiah 11:9). The nations will be instructed in the ways of the Lord and the path to righteousness will be made easy for them (Isa. 2:1-4; Isa. 35:5-10). The Bible says," He who dies at the age of a hundred will be thought a mere youth" so our life expectancy will again increase. (Isa. 65:17-25). After this time of personal judgment, death itself will be defeated (Isa.25: 6-8).Any form of evil will not be tolerated (Revelation 2:26-27, Rev.20: 4-6) and all who refuse to learn righteousness will be punished quickly and justly. But those who learn righteousness will experience blessings and prosperity. Very quickly the nations will realize that it is "profitable" to obey the Lord. All who live during this 1000 year era will have learned the lesson of "sin" and "righteousness" for them selves.
At the end of this age there will be a short "season" in which satan will be given free reign to tempt the nations (Rev. 20:7-9). Those who are tempted and drawn aside from good will die for their own sin and be cast into the "lake of fire" with Satan and his angels (Rev. 20:12-15). This is the second death from which there is no hope of release. Those who withstand this temptation will go on to live forever in the new earth (Rev. 21:1). There are those who will say that a man would be a fool to fall into temptation in the very presence of Jesus, but we must remember that is exactly what Adam and Eve did.
No. The 1000 years does not happen on earth, the saints are given immortality and all go to heaven for a 1000 years as the wicked are judged.
At this time Satan is bound by chains of circumstances and he and his evil angels are the only ones left on earth during the 1000 years. This is why New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven to the earth for the final judgment of the wicked as they are raised in the 2nd resurrection.
Here is a brief synopsis of the 1000 years beginning with the mark of the beast:
1000 Years sequence of Events
Event #1 - The Mark of the Beast Is Given
Revelation 13:16-17 — The Antichrist Beast enforces his Mark with coercive threats.
Revelation 14:9-10 — But God warns us against taking it.
Event #2 - Our Probation Closes
Revelation 22:11-12 — Jesus accepts each one’s decision as final and says He will return quickly.
Event #3 - The Seven Last Plagues Fall
Revelation 15:1 & 8 — Seven angels pour out the wrath of God.
Revelation 16:1-17 — The Seven Last Plagues punish those who have the Mark of the Beast.
Event #4 - The Second Coming of Christ Is Spectacular
Matthew 24:30-31 — Christ returns “with power and great glory” to gather His faithful people.
Matthew 25:31 — When comes in His glory, all the holy angels accompany Him.
Revelation 1:7 — As Christ gathers His redeemed in the Rapture, “every eye shall see Him.”
Event #5 - The RIGHTEOUS DEAD Are Resurrected
1 Thessalonians 4:16 — The DEAD believers in Christ rise “first”—before the living faithful.
Revelation 20:6 — “The FIRST resurrection” is for those “blessed and holy,” who are “with Him [Christ] a thousand years.” The word first implies a second, and there ARE two resurrections, 1000 years apart.
John 5:28-29 — “The resurrection of life” is opposed to “the resurrection of damnation,” 1000 years later.
Event #6 - The RIGHTEOUS LIVING Are Caught Up
1 Thessalonians 4:17 — The living saints are then caught up “to meet the Lord in the air.”
Event #7 - The WICKED LIVING When Christ Comes Are Struck Dead
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 —Christ will take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not.”
2 Thessalonians 2:8 — Christ will “destroy [the wicked] with the brightness of His Coming.”
Isaiah 13:9 —The Lord will lay the land desolate and destroy the sinners out of it.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
66:15-16 — “Behold, . . . the slain of the Lord shall be many.”
Jer 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Jer 4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
Jer 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
Jer 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
Jer 4:27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
Event #8 - On EARTH: Satan Is “Bound” with No One Left to Tempt
Revelation 20:1-3 & 7 — Satan is bound with “a great chain” and cast into “the bottomless pit . . . till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released a little while.”
Are (1) the “great chain” which binds Satan and (2) “the bottomless pit” which forms his “prison” LITERAL? The Devil is real and literal enough. Jesus Himself said: “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18. But the angel Lucifer, who made himself into the Devil called Satan, is a supernatural being. As Paul put it: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12.
Simple reason tells us that no actual, literal “chain” or “pit” or “prison” could secure a supernatural being. More important, sacred Scripture tells us the same thing. One day after sailing across the Sea of Galilee: “They [Jesus and His disciples] came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when He was come out of the ship, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with CHAINS: because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been PLUCKED ASUNDER by him, and the fetters BROKEN IN PIECES.” Mark 5:1-9.
Ask yourself, if a devil possessed man could easily break apart a chain with superhuman strength, is it likely that the prince of devils himself could be bound with one? So what kind of “chain” is it that God uses to bind Satan? It’s a chain of CIRCUMSTANCES which binds the Devil more securely than any literal chain ever forged. Note the circumstances in which Satan finds himself at this time: In the first place, all the righteous who were unwilling to listen to him anyway have been taken to heaven. And all the wicked have been struck dead. Thus the entire earth is depopulated with NO ONE LEFT for Satan to tempt! Old Testament prophets foresaw this unique situation: Jeremiah 25:33 — The slain wicked “shall not be LAMENTED or GATHERED or BURIED” for there are no survivors around to do any of these things!
Isaiah 26:21 — When the Lord returns, “the earth . . . shall no more cover her slain.”
Isaiah 24:1, 3, 22 — “The Lord makes the earth EMPTY. . . .The land shall be utterly EMPTIED.”
How very effective this chain of circumstances is! Satan is securely bound, “chained” by circumstances beyond his control. But what is “the bottomless pit”? The Greek word translated “bottomless pit” is abussos from which we get our English word abyss. Modern Bible versions like the Amplified Bible, NASB, NEB, NIV, TEV, and others translate “bottomless pit” in Revelation 20:1 as “abyss.” Abussos is exactly the same word the Greek translation of the Old Testament uses in Genesis 1:2, where it says “the earth waswithout form, and void.” The prophet Jeremiah directed divine light on this question when, centuries ago, he looked down the corridor of time with the eye of Inspiration and testified:
Jeremiah 4:23-27 — The earth is desolate, without form and void, with NO human inhabitant!
What period of history was Jeremiah seeing when he wrote, “Lo, there was NO MAN”? We might think it was at the start of Creation Week, because (1) “there was no man”before God formed Adam, the first man, and because (2) Jeremiah said “the earth . . . was without form, and void” which was true at that time.
But although those two clues fit that time period, we note that God placed a third clue in this passage which does not fit: Jeremiah says he saw “all the CITIES . . . broken down.” This vision could not possibly be of the beginning of Creation Week, for man did not build cities before he was even created!
The only other time in human history when prophecy could describe the earth as having “no man” is during the Millennium while the earth is depopulated of all living people, “empty,” as we read before.
At that time “all the cities” WILL be “broken down,” completely leveled from the devastation of the final one of the Seven Last Plagues which brings the most terrificearthquake ever and pulverizing hail.
Event #9 - In HEAVEN: The Saints Assist in the Judgment
Revelation 20:4 — The redeemed sat on thrones, “and judgment was committed to them.”
Luke 22:30 — Jesus desires “That ye may . . . sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
1 Corinthians 6:2-3 — The saints shall judge the world and angels, the angels who fell with Lucifer.
Even human legal proceedings don’t dispose of a case in a flash. The whole process has several stages:
1. First, there’s the investigation of all pertinent facts we call a TRIAL.
2. Second, there’s the rendering of a decision we call a VERDICT.
3. Next there’s often an assessment of the verdict we call a JUDICIAL REVIEW.
4. Finally there is a carrying out of the verdict we call the EXECUTION of the sentence.
The same process is seen in mankind’s Final Judgment. The first two steps take place in heaven before Jesus returns (Daniel 7:9-10), for Step One, the investigation or “trial,” must precede Step Two when Christ announces His “verdict” that each morally filthy or holy person stay that way (Revelation 22:11). And Step Four, the “execution” of the wicked’s final death sentence, will take place after the thousand years are finished.
But Step Three is where the redeemed saints, in heaven, are granted the privilege of conducting a “judicial review” of the cases of the wicked who lie dead on earth. God knows that because some people are not saved, they will be missed by the saints, yet He wants no heavy hearts in heaven. So God will allow us to ask any questions about His decision as to why some are not saved in heaven, such as:
1. “How come Aunt Martha and Grandfather! aren’t here? They were such good people.”
2. “Yes, and how about Pastor Jones and Father Brown? God made a mistake if they’re lost!”
Then an angel will lead the inquirers to heaven’s Record Books, now lying open to examination, and sadly reveal the unforgiven sins, sins not blotted out, unknown to the world, unknown even to close friends and loved ones. God is too wise to allow even a trace of a doubt to linger in anyone’s mind about His justice. Though the wicked from all ages suffered the first death common to all men, God will not destroy them by the second death in the Lake of Fire until this review of His judgment is completed. In other words, God makes sure that Event #14 (wicked are destroyed by fire) will not take place until Event #9 has been thoroughly completed.
C. — Events AFTER the
1000 Year Millennium
Event #10 - The Wicked Are Resurrected, So Satan Is Loosed
Revelation 20:3, 5a, & 7 — Those “blessed and holy” had part in the first resurrection. “But the rest of the dead [the wicked] lived not again until the thousand years were finished. . . . And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison” for once again he has people to tempt!
Event #11 - The Holy City Descends from God Out of Heaven
Revelation 21:2 & 10 — The New Jerusalem, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, descends.
Event #12 - The Wicked Surround God’s Holy City
Revelation 20:7-9 — With the wicked alive again, Satan is loosed out of his prison and goes out to deceive them, to gather them to battle against the beloved city.
Event #13 - The Wicked Are Judged Before God’s “Great White Throne”
Revelation 20:11-13 — Before the great white throne, “the books were opened” to judge the lost.
Romans 14:10-12 — Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess and give account to God.
Event #14 - The Wicked Are Destroyed by Fire
Revelation 20:9, 14-15 — When the wicked surround the holy city to attack it, FIRE comes down from God out of heaven and DEVOURS them. This lake of fire is the SECOND death.
Revelation 21:8 — The wicked of every description have their part in this lake of fire.
Event #15 - The Earth Is CLEANSED by Fire and Made New
2 Peter 3:10-13 — “The elements shall MELT with fervent heat. . . . All these things shall be DISSOLVED.”
Revelation 21:1 & 5 — But “He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”
Psalms 37:11 & Matthew 5:5 —The blessed redeemed “shall inherit the earth,” the earth made new.
Isaiah 65:17, 21-25 — The redeemed will build houses, plant vineyards, and enjoy the New Earth.
Isaiah 66:22-23 — On the glorious New Earth, we will come to worship God from one Sabbath to another.