New Testament: Revelation 20:1-15
Revelation 20:1-15 Addendum To The End
I like to keep this blog a certain length but there is some information that wouldn’t all fit in the blog on the Millennium. Much of this is advanced stuff, so it’s OK for you to skip it but if you want it, here it is . . .
1) There are three major theological positions on the “thousand years” mentioned six times in the first nine verses of Revelation 20. Only one position takes the thousand years as a literal period of a thousand years. It’s called Premillennialism since the Lord comes back “pre” or before the thousand years begin. This is the author’s position. It is the only way the end times can be envisioned as unfolding in any kind of a logical and consistent way. People who hold to wither of the other two positions usually don’t consider end times important enough to comment on in a complete way.
2) As we’ve seen, the prophets and the minor prophets have much to say about this period of time.
3) McGee points out five facts about the Millennium:
a) The Millennium cannot begin until Satan is removed so there can be a perfect spiritual environment.
b) The curse of sin must be removed so there can be a perfect physical environment.
c) The resurrection of the Old Testament saints must occur before the Millennium so that the promises to them can be fulfilled.
d) The same is true of the Tribulation saints, they must be resurrected as well.
e) The Millennium is the final testing of mankind. Mankind will rebel at the end of the Millennium but will not have the excuse that “the devil made them do it.”
4) The Millennium is the answer to the Lord’s Prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
5) McGee takes everything in the chapter as being literal, “The thrones are literal; the martyrs are literal; Jesus is literal; the Word of God is literal; the Beast is literal; the image is literal; the mark of the Beast is literal; their foreheads and their hands are literal; and the thousand years are literal. It is all literal. A thousand years means a thousand years. If God meant that it was eternal, I think He would have said so.”
6) Verses 1- 3 that describe Satan being tossed into the Abyss for a thousand years precede the Millennium.
7) “The First Resurrection” began with Christ and proceeds until the Millennium begins. It includes the resurrection of the Old Testament saints, the Tribulation martyrs and the church-age saints, a span covering almost two thousand years up until our point in time now.
8) Many of the Tribulation believers, including both Jews and Gentiles, will survive and proceed into the Millennium. “They shall be priests to God” in verse 6 indicates God’s original purpose for the Jews will be fulfilled (cf. Ex0d. 19:6). Many will be born during this time (cf. Isa. 65:20).
9) Jesus will be reigning in person during this time. No one will be able to get out of line. If any one sins, it will taken care of quickly causing many to have to withhold their bitterness. Their inner hearts will be exposed when the army is put together to oppose Christ and Satan is released one last time to lead them in rebellion.
10) There will be another invasion of the forces from Gog and Magog. It will be Gog and Magog II, just as there was World War I and World War II. There will be a thousand years between them (Rev. 20:8 has different characteristics from Ezek. 38-39). The first battle of Israel and Gog/Magog will occur about the middle of the Tribulation (Ezek. 38-39) and the second battle will occur at the end of the Millennium. The first will be the end of the aggression of Russia, aka God and Magog and will likely boost the stock of the Antichrist as Israel’s protector. The second battle of G/M will be the end of anyone who daring to oppose Christ.
11) Verse 10 indicates that the Antichrist and the false prophet have already been tossed into the Lake Of Fire by the time Satan finally gets flung in there, too (Rev. 20:10).
12) Verse 11 may very well refer to the creation of a new heaven and new earth (cf. Walvoord), “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.” It may also mean that Christ’s throne was suspended between earth and Heaven (cf. BKC).
13) Sheol and Hades are holding tanks for OT people, broken into the Paradise and the Place of Torment (cf. Luke 16:23, 28; 23:43).
That should be enough for you to chew on for a while. See why I didn’t put it all in the first blog (The GWT)?