The Thousand-Year Reign (Revelation 20)

The Thousand-Year Reign (Revelation 20)
A. Fundamental rules of Bible Study are particularly important to a proper understanding of this
1. There are no contradictions in Scripture. 2PE 1:20; PRO 8:8.
2. Compare spiritual things with spiritual things. 1CO 2:13.
3. Figurative or parabolic utterances must be in harmony with plain statements since light is
superior to darkness. 2PE 1:19.
4. Fact: The phrase, “thousand years” only appears in three other places outside of
Revelation 20 and each of these is figurative or poetic. PSA 90:4 c/w 2PE 3:8; ECC 6:6.
B. We should expect figurative or symbolic language in Revelation. REV 1:1.
1. signify: To be a sign or a symbol of; to represent, betoken, mean.
2. An example of signification is in HEB 9:6-8.
C. vs. 1-2. The binding of Satan.
1. angel: A messenger. 1. A ministering spirit or divine messenger.
2. Michael the archangel was limited in what he could do against Satan (JUDE 1:9). This
binding angel was a very special angel.
3. God Himself is sometimes called an Angel. GEN 48:16; EXO 3:2, 4.
4. Jesus Christ is the Messenger/Angel of the covenant to Whom saints belong.
MAL 3:1; ACT 27:23.
a. By His resurrection power, Christ spoiled Satan's house. 1JO 3:8; COL 2:14-15.
b. Binding precedes spoiling! MAT 12:28-29.
c. Therefore, a binding of Satan has already occurred.
d. Mind that someone may be bound but not totally restricted. ACT 24:23-27.
D. v. 3. The thousand-year release of the nations from Satan's deception.
1. Nations = Gentiles. ROM 15:10-11 c/w DEU 32:33; PSA 117:1.
a. The Gentile nations had once been isolated from the light of God's word.
PSA 147:19-20; ROM 3:1-2; ACT 14:16.
b. By virtue of His resurrection, Christ was given authority over the nations according
to the prophecy of Psalm 2. MAT 28:18-20 c/w PSA 2:7-8.
c. Post-resurrection, the gospel went to the Gentiles and the nations in general became
enlightened by the truth. ACT 17:6, 30; ROM 16:25-26.
d. The resurrection gospel delivered believing Gentiles from Satan's bondage of fear
and from the superstitions of their devilish idols. HEB 2:14-15; 1TH 1:8-9.
2. The term “thousand” figuratively refers to a full number known to God. PSA 50:10; 105:8.
a. The thousand-year binding of Satan refers to the post-ascension period of the
gospel's going forth to the nations.
b. During that time, Satan would be hindered from his grand goal. 2TH 2:6-7.
c. The “thousand years” would eventually expire, and Satan's deception of the nations
would resume. vs. 7-8.
d. Mark how important is the true Scripture to this world!
E. v. 4. The co-reign of the saints with Christ.
1. John saw judges on thrones. c/w MAT 19:28; LUK 22:29-30.
2. John saw martyrs.
a. This would include those whose blood was shed for their faith. REV 6:9.
b. This need not exclude other faithful saints. The submitted believer is accounted a
martyr, having died to self and the world.
ROM 8:35-36; 1CO 15:31; 2CO 4:10-11; LUK 14:26; ACT 20:24.
c. Those who worshipped not the beast are obviously God's elect. REV 13:8; 17:8.
3. Those whom John saw “...lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
a. Saints NOW are deemed as reigning with Christ. EPH 2:4-6; ROM 5:17.
b. Christ has made the elect kings and priests. REV 5:10; 1:6.
c. Mark that this “thousand years” must last longer than the “thousand years” of
Satan's binding, or there would be a season on earth when the gates of hell did
prevail. MAT 16:18.
F. vs. 5-6. The first resurrection.
1. Mark the phrase, “the rest of the dead.” This is a death in which all were involved: death
in Adam. ROM 5:12; EPH 2:3.
2. A first resurrection implies a second.
3. A second death implies a first.
4. The second death is the last occurrence. v. 14.
5. Hence, the order must be: first death, first resurrection, second resurrection, second death.
6. The “first resurrection” is obviously that of Jesus Christ.
1CO 15:20, 23; COL 1:18; REV 1:5.
a. Christ's resurrection legally sealed the justification of His elect. ROM 4:25.
b. When one is quickened or born again, he is quickened with Christ. EPH 2:5.
c. Thus, he vitally gains part in the first resurrection.
7. “on such the second death hath no power.” c/w JOH 5:24; 11:25-26.
8. “they shall be priests....and shall reign...” This is a royal priesthood as in 1PE 2:9.
9. “...a thousand years.”
a. This is the inter-advental period between the first and second comings of Christ.
b. The saints reign with Christ Who reigns as the Son of man from advent to advent.
1CO 15:23-28.
c. The saints will continue in life since they have been given eternal life. ROM 5:21.
G. vs. 7-10. Satan's last stand.
1. Having been deceived into opposing Christ, the nations confederately go to war with the
beloved city, which is heavenly Jerusalem. REV 21:9-10.
2. They move against the saints on earth who are intimately identified with the heavenly city.
REV 13:6-7.
3. Christ comes and crushes the assault with fire. c/w 2TH 1:8.
4. Satan is doomed.
H. vs. 11-15. The second resurrection and final judgment.
1. The creation itself comes unglued. 2PE 3:10-12.
2. The works of men are judged (thank God for the blood!). ROM 2:5-11.
3. The wicked are consigned to the lake of fire. MAT 25:41, 46.
4. There is a bodily resurrection including all. ACT 24:15.
a. It is in this way that the “rest of the dead” live again when the thousand years are
b. This is the great harvest, the “...end of the world...” (MAT 13:39), when the wheat
and tares are separated.
I. Compare the first and second resurrections in this chapter with JOH 5:25, 28-29.

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