The Millennium

The Open Door Bible Studies Number Twenty-Seven

What text definitely brings the millennium to view?

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: . . . and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."Revelation 20:4.

 

What becomes of the living wicked when Christ comes?

"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:26-30.

 

The Millennium Begins

How many resurrections are there to be?

"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." John 5:28, 29.

 

What class only have part in the first resurrection?

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power." Revelation 20:6.

 

How long is Satan to be imprisoned on this earth?

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years 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:" Revelation 20:1-3.

 

What change is made in Satan's condition at the close of the one thousand years?

"and after that he must be loosed a little season."Revelation 20:3.

 

The righteous dead are raised at Christ's second coming. When will the rest of the dead, the wicked, be raised?

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20:5.

 

As soon as the wicked are raised, what does Satan at once proceed to do?

"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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." Revelation 20:7, 8.

 

Against whom do the wicked go to make war, and what is the outcome?

"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." Revelation 20:9.

 

What will be the character of this death?

"Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction?" 2 Thessalonians 1:9.

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1 Corinthians 15:26.

 

 

Note The millennium is the closing period of God's great week of time — a great sabbath of rest to the earth and to the people of God.

It follows the close of the gospel age, and precedes the setting up of the everlasting kingdom of God on earth.

It comprehends what in the Scriptures is frequently spoken of as "The day of the Lord."

It is bounded at each end by a resurrection.

Its beginning is marked by the pouring out of the seven last plagues, the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of the righteous dead, the binding of Satan, and the translation of the saints to heaven; and its close, by the descent of the New Jerusalem, with Christ and the saints from heaven, the resurrection of the wicked dead, and the loosing of Satan, and the final destruction of the wicked.

During the one thousand years the earth lies desolate; Satan and his angels are confined here; and the saints, with Christ, sit in judgment on the wicked preparatory to their final punishment.

The wicked dead are then raised; Satan is loosed for a little season, and he and the host of the wicked encompass the camp of the saints and the Holy City. Then fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. The earth is cleansed by the same fire that destroys the wicked, and renewed, becomes the eternal abode of the saints

The millennium is one of "the ages to come." Its close will mark the beginning of the new-earth state.

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