The Millennium Events

I. The events in Revelation 20 cover at least 1000 years.

A. The binding of Satan is noted.

1. Other angels have been imprisoned since the Flood (Jude 1:6)

2. Some demons are bound in the Euphrates (Revelation 9:14)

3. Satan has been free to roam Earth since Genesis 3 (Job 1:6-7)

4. Satan is cast into the Bottomless Pit for 1000 years (Revelation 20:2)

a. The Bottomless Pit is opened.
b. Abadon and man-faced locust demons came out of it (Revelation 9:3-11)
c. The Beast ascends out of this pit (Revelation 11:7; 17:8)

5. The “Angel with the key” is also mentioned as the Angel with the 5th Trumpet (Revelation 9:1)

a. Michael seems to be associated with the Son of God (Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 1:9)
b. Michael seems to be the Angel who overcomes Satan (Revelation 20:1)

6. Satan is loosed “a little season” at the end of the 1000 years.

B. The millennial age is introduced

1. The nations are no longer deceived during Satan’s imprisonment.

2. The Old Testament passages outline the “Golden Age” of righteousness.

a. Isaiah 2:1-5 – Total knowledge of God and righteous living
b. Isaiah 11:6-16 – Wolf and Lamb; no hurt; ensign for nations
c. Isaiah 60:1-18 – The Light has come; days of mourning ended
d. Isaiah 65:18-25 – Long life; prosperity, no hurt nor destruction
e. Micah 4:3-- No more war; science and technology to peace
f. Malachi 1:11 – God’s name to be great among the gentiles.

3. Other passages show a “saved Israel” occupying a “Promised Land.”

a. Ezekiel 36:36-38 – will be increased and waste cities will be filled
b. Jeremiah 31:31-34 – God will make a new covenant with Israel
c. Romans 11:24-25 – all Israel will be saved
d. Isaiah 11:10-12 – specific prophecy as to the timing of these events
1) In the days after “the root of Jesse” comes
2) After the Gentiles have responded to the Gospel
3) It will be “the second time” that they have been re-gathered
4) It will be from “the four corners of the earth”
e. Ezekiel 39:22-29 – a complete re-gathering and conversion
1) Still future – not yet been confronted by “Gog”
2) After this – God will not hide his “face from them anymore”
f. Zechariah 12:9-14 – each person and family will repent and be saved

II. The Tribulation martyrs will reign with Christ for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4-6).

A. This obviously refers to several passages regarding the “Mark” of the Beast.

1. Revelation 13:15-18 – those who refused would be killed by the Beast.

2. Revelation 14:8-9 – this is the time of Babylon’s fall

3. Revelation 14:10-11 – those with the mark are cast into fire and brimstone

4. Revelation 15:2-4 – those with victory over the mark sing praises of the coming rule of Christ over the nations

B. This victorious group will reign with Christ for 1000 years – but please note carefully the carefully worded requirements of their rule.

1. Revelation 20: 4 -- And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

2. They are a very select and restricted group.

3. They do not include all raptured saints

4. They come with unique qualifications for a unique reward.

5. Revelation 20:5-6 -- But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

7. It is obvious that there are TWO resurrections cited; separated by 1000 years.

8. It is NOT clear where the “priestly reign” and the “thrones” will be placed.

a. All language of the “mark of the Beast” centers around the 42 months prior to the return of Christ.
b. All resurrection language speaks of “up in heaven.”

III. The “Golden Age” of the Kingdom will bring into fruition the great expectations of the Triune Godhead and accomplish the “eternal purpose” for His plans.

A. Christ’s prayer for unity (John 17:21) will be finally answered among his people

1. The goal of church unity will be accomplished – Ephesians 4:11-16

2. The command for unity will be obeyed – 1 Corinthians 1:10

3. The behavior that follows unity will happen – Philippians 1:27-28

B. The final re-gathering of Israel will be completed (Deuteronomy 30:1-10)

1. The sovereign nation will occupy the land promised to Abraham

2. The people of the nation will be converted and energize revival

3. The nation will become prosperous both spiritually and materially

C. There will be universal faithfulness to the “mountain of the Lord’s house”    (Isaiah 2:1-5)

1. The “house” (Isaiah 28:16 “Zion” and 1 Peter 2:5-6) is the church

2. The church at Jerusalem will be a world influence for righteousness

D. There will be a peaceful union of natural enemies (Isaiah 11:6-16)

1. There will be broad blessings on life and society (Isaiah 60:1-8; 65:18-25)

2. The time of blessing will span 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-6)

E. There are questions that linger around the Millennium age.

1. How can “flesh and blood” co-exist with resurrected bodies?

a. 1 Corinthians 15:50 – Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
b. 2 Corinthians 5:1 – For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2. How can Jesus Christ come back to earth before all enemies are conquered?

a. Romans 8:34 – Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
b. Ephesians 1:20-21 – . . . He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
c. Hebrews 10:12-13 – But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
d. 1 Corinthians 15:24-26 – Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

3. How can Jesus Christ rule with a “rod of iron” and leave any alive?

a. Psalm 2:9 – You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’"
b. Revelation 2:27 -- ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father;
3. Revelation 12:5 -- She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
4. Revelation 19:15 -- Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

IV. The loosing of Satan is described (Revelation 20:7-10).

A. This occurs at the end of the 1000 year period.

1. Satan’s purpose is to “go out to deceive the nations” (Revelation 20:8)

2. Satan will especially concentrate on “Gog and Magog”

3. Satan will gather a “number” like the “sand of the sea.”

4. Satan will assemble them the “camp of the saints”

a. This may be “Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16) – earlier?
b. This may be at “the beloved city” (Revelation 20:9)

B. Revelation 19:17-21 provides an overview of a great battle.

1. This begins with a call to the birds to come and feast on the dead.

2. This records the punishment of the Beast and the False Prophet.

3. The two leaders were thrown alive into the “lake of fire.” (19:20)

C. This is the time of Gog and Magog who come against Israel (Ezekiel 38).

1. Gog and the allies are names that tie to the records in Genesis.

a. The names listed are descended from Japheth (Genesis 10:2-4)
b. Magog is associated with two other sons of Japheth, Meshech and Tubal.
c. The bulk of Biblical and historical data would indicate that “Gog” (the land) and “Magog” (the people) and “Rosh” (chief prince) is Russia et. al.

2. Ezekiel 38 appears to take place at the end of a time of prosperity.

a. Israel is an “un-walled” city (Ezekiel 38:11)
b. Israel is “dwelling safely” (Ezekiel 38:8, 14)
c. Israel is rich and prosperous (Ezekiel 38:12-13)
d. Israel is attacked “after many days” (Ezekiel 38:8)
e. Gog and allies are utterly destroyed by fire (Ezekiel 38:18-23)
f. This would parallel the scene described in Revelation 20: 8-9 at the end of the millennium.

D. Ezekiel 39 may be a “flash back” to a period prior to the millennium

1. Gog and allies will be only partially destroyed -- 5/6 killed (Ezekiel 39:2)

2. Gog and allies are destroyed in an “open field” (Ezekiel 39:5-7)

3. Israel will need 7 months to bury the dead and 7 years to destroy all the weapons (Ezekiel 39:9-15)

4. The Lord will provide a “feast” for the birds (Ezekiel 39:17-20 compare with Revelation 19:17-21)

5. It is also the time of plunder and capture for Egypt (Ezekiel 30:4-19

a. Fire from God destroys Egypt and surrounding land (Ezekiel 30:8, 14, 16)
b. The rivers will be dry (Ezekiel 30:11-12)
c. The Land to be sold to the wicked (Ezekiel 30:12 see also Daniel 11:39)
d. Egypt is held captive and the land wasted for 40 years (Ezekiel 29:2-12)
e. Note:  Egypt has never had such captivity in history, which makes the fulfilment of these prophecies still future.  The timing of such an event could only fit in some period that would overlap the beginning of the Millennial Age.

V. The great white throne judgment is declared (Revelation 20:11-15).

A. The Throne of God is always pictured as “brilliant”

1. Revelation 4:3 includes the picture of an emerald rainbow.

2. Ezekiel 1:26 speaks of a “sapphire” and the “bow”

3. Daniel 7:9 tells that it looks like a “fiery flame”

4. They all describe the same Throne – there aren’t different thrones of God.

B. The dead are called to stand before the Throne.

1. Daniel emphasizes only one such resurrection (Daniel 12:2)

2. Jesus speaks of only one resurrection (John 5:28-29)

3. Matthew 25 gives two parables and one detailed picture of the judgment – ending with “everlasting punishment” and “life eternal”

4. “The judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10) teaches that we (the saved) will be judged by our works (as does Matthew 25 and Revelation 20), but there is no demand that this is a separate judgment.

C. The “Books” are opened and the dead are judged.

1. The “Ancient of Days” opens the books – Daniel 7:9-14

2. The “people” will be delivered if found in “the Book” – Daniel 12:1-3

3. One Book is used to judge “according to their works” (Revelation 20:12-13)

4. One Book is used to identify those who have “life” (Philippians 4:3; 7 other times in Revelation).

Series: 
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Lesson: 
#12
Book: 
Revelation
Verses: 
ch. 20

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