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What is the Millennium?

07 Jun
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I have decided to write a series of blogs that discuss the Millennium in some manner. That is, what it is and when it is to occur according to the Scriptures. One thing seems certain, if Satan is already bound the so-called millennium must have already begun. It would be odd, would it not if the so-called author of the idea that “God is dead!” is dead himself? According to today’s understanding, the millennium (a word that does not appear anywhere in the Bible) is the time Jesus set up his kingdom after his return to this earth. Nevertheless, is this true according to the Scriptures? What does the word of God actually say?

Revelation 20:1-9 KJV And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. (2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. (4) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (5) But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (7) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (9) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

First of all, notice that the term “thousand years” is mentioned six times, but the term millennium is not mentioned at all. Yet the doctrine of the millennium is based upon this Scriptural account. I suppose it is precisely because so many of us like to change the wording that we fail to understand what is actually said. It is my own contention that if we actually compared this Scripture with the others where a thousand years is mentioned, we would come to understand exactly what this Scripture describes. However, it is exactly because word changes have occurred in our teaching of the word of God that the truth of what God reveals is hidden from our eyes.

Secondly, whatever the thousand years is and whenever it occurs, I believe we can agree that Satan is bound throughout this period and has absolutely no power to influence anyone on earth (Revelation 20:1-3). For all practical purposes, he is “dead” during this period of time.

Finally, notice that the faithful “reign with Christ” during this period. So, whatever the term “thousand years” means, it is a time when the faithful “reign with Christ.” But, does this refer to the time of our reward when Christ returns to this earth? Or, does it refer to today? For example, Paul told us not to allow sin to reign in our bodies (Romans 6:12). If we don’t want something to occur, this Scripture says we have power to prevent that thing from occurring. Similarly, do we reign with Christ today in some sense of the word, and is this what this Scripture refers to?

Therefore, I shall take a closer look at each of these three proposals in the next few days to see what Scripture is actually telling us. I think one could be very surprised with the result and view the Millennium in a completely different light. Does this sound too unbelievable? Well, why don’t you check in on by blog for a few days, and check up on what I am about to say by reading the Scriptures for yourself? Let God be true no matter what the next few days bring.

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