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The Millennium
In Christianity the “millennium” is the thousand-year period in Revelation 20 that commences with Jesus’ Second Coming. It’s about justice and judgment—when wrongs will be righted, accounts settled, rewards given and God and His followers vindicated.

The First Resurrection

1. What happens to the followers of Jesus at His Second Coming? 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“… the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Revelation 20:6 calls this “the first resurrection” then God’s people reign with Christ “for a thousand years.” Verse 5 says the “rest of the dead [those not accepting the gift of salvation] did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.” Jesus mentioned these two resurrections: “those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:28-29)

During the 1000 Years

2. What happens to Satan during the millennium? What is he unable to do during this time? Revelation 20:1-3

“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven … in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him … to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.”

Bound by a chain of circumstances on this lifeless world, Satan has no one to tempt or to destroy.  Sadly, those who haven’t accepted the gift of life are not alive during this time. (Luke17:26-30)

3. Where are God’s people during the millennium? Revelation 20:4

“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. … They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” God reveals His “righteous acts” or judgments to them. (Revelation 15:2-4)

The End of the Thousand Years

4. When the resurrection of those who have rejected Jesus’ gift of life permits Satan to become active again, what does he do to show that he has not changed? Revelation 20:7-9

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations … to gather them for battle … and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves.”  The “city” is the “New Jerusalem” that descends from heaven at the end of the Millennium. (Revelation 21:2)

5. What judgment takes place at the end of the thousand years when those who rejected Jesus are resurrected? Revelation 20:11-13

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. … The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades [the grave] gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.”

6. What is the outcome of this judgment? Revelation 20:9, 15

“They [Satan and followers] marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. … If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire [the second death].”

After all sin has been eliminated God creates a “new heaven and a new earth” where He will dwell with His people. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-5)

It’s Your Choice

A little girl was walking with her father in the country.  No bright lights lit up the night sky.  As she looked into the dark sky, studded with an array of diamonds which put the most dazzling jewelry display to shame, she said, “Daddy, if the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what do you think the right side will be like?” Some day all believers in Jesus Christ will see the “right side” of heaven. God wants you to be there!

Bible Discovery by Errol Webster. Reprinted with permission by SIGNS. Biblebay © 2001-2014, Westlake Village, CA.