The Millennium

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As with the Tribulation and the Rapture, the Millennium has various viewpoints surrounding it also.  The theories which man creates can get confusing, but God wrote His Word in a way that we can understand it.  When we just read the Word and take its simplest and most natural meaning it seems clear that one view stands out from the rest.


Definition:

The 1000 year period during which Christ shall reign with His saints on the earth after the Rapture and Parousia and before our eternal state begins.

“Millennium” is a Latin word meaning one thousand years.  While the word itself does not occur in Scripture, the time frame of one thousand years occurs six times in the key passage for millennialism...

Revelation 20:1-7

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. [2] And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; [3] and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.

[4] Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. [5] The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. [6] Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. [7] When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison,

The one thousand year period is used repeatedly here in Revelation 20 to denote the period during which Christ shall reign with His saints on earth after the first resurrection.


Two Resurrections

In verses 5 and 6, we see the term “first resurrection”.  This resurrection is synonymous with the Rapture.  It is the only time that dead believers are raised.

Note also that this first resurrection implies another resurrection...if there wasn't a second one then this one wouldn't be labeled "first".  I think this is why John changes the usage of this term here in Revelation 20.

He describes the first resurrection and tells us that we are blessed if we are a part of it, but the second resurrection seen in the first half of verse 5, “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed…” leads to eternal death in the lake of fire (verses 6,14).

Thus, while the dead believers are raised at the Rapture, the dead non-Christians will stay in the grave until after the 1000 years are completed.  These are the two resurrections alluded to in Revelation 20.


As one studies the Scriptures it is hard to imagine that such debate arises surrounding the Millennium.  When Scripture is read and the basic, simple meaning is taken, it is difficult to come away with any other view than Pre-Millennialism.

A significant amount of twisting or deleting Scripture must be done in order to substantiate the rival views of the premillennial position, namely the amillennial and postmillennial views.

At the links below I'll go through some of the basic info on each millennial position, and you'll be able to get more info and charts for each one in my book.  I have labeled my view “Biblical Pre-Millennialism”, since I think it is the plainest and simplest understanding of the Word.

I expose you to each popular view in case you are curious about them and my comments on them.  This way they are in one spot for you to think through them if you like.

Don't forget to see "what happens after the Millennium is over" below (Myth Buster included)!


Millennial Positions:

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The angel prepares to chain the Dragon (Satan) for the Millennium.


The Dragon is bound for 1,000 years!

Art by Pat Marvenko Smith, © 1992. To order prints visit http://revelationillustrated.com


What happens when the Millennium is over?

I think you will be surprised by a number of things in here.

Scriptures Pertaining to this 1000 year period:

  • Psalm 2:6-9; 22:27
  • Isaiah 2:2-4; 4:2-5; 9:7; 24:23; 29:18,19; 30:20,23-26; 33:24; 35:2,10; 40:4,5; 56:6-8; 60-61; 65:19-25; 66:18
  • Ezekiel 37:27,28; 40-48
  • Daniel 7:13,14
  • Micah 4:1-7
  • Zephaniah 3:15-20
  • Zechariah 2:5,10,11; 8:3
  • I Corinthians 15:22-26
  • Revelation 20:1-6 (Events after the Millennium—Revelation 20:7-22:5)

Passages that speak of a future period that is far greater than the present age but that still fall short of the eternal state:

  • Psalm 72:8-14
  • Isaiah 11:2-10
  • Zechariah 14:6-21
  • I Corinthians 15:23-28
  • Revelation 2:27;12:5

We are told frequently in the New Testament that believers will reign with Christ and be given authority by Him to rule over the earth:

  • Luke 19:17,19
  • I Corinthians 6:3
  • Revelation 2:26,27;3:21

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