The Divinely Determined Completeness of God’s Plan or Purpose (7) (Part 17)
7,000 years ending with the completion of the Millennium:
“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” (Rev 20:2). (Emphasis added)
“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 be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Rev 20:3). (Emphasis added)
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement 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.” (Rev 20:4). (Emphasis added)
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” (Rev 20:5). (Emphasis added)
“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 Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Rev 20:6). (Emphasis added)
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out his prison.” (Rev 20:7). (Emphasis added).
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The term ‘millennium’ is not found in the Bible, however, it is commonly interpreted as a 1,000 year period. There is a popular interpretation suggesting the earth is young (approximately 6,000 years old). This includes a 4,000 year period from the creation in Genesis to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. From His death and resurrection to now (the age of grace and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) is the next 2,000 year period in history. The final 1,000 year period is in the future and will conclude a 7,000 year period in the continuation of eternity. The book of Genesis indicates that God created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day (Gen 1:1-31, 2:3). There is an interesting correlation between the seventh day in which God rested and the last one thousand years in which the earth and mankind rest from wars and the affects that result from war. During this time, the earth will have been renewed to the Eden-like state that existed at creation. War will be a distant thing of the past. There are many verses and passages that refer to the millennium period as the point in time when Jesus Christ and His Saints will physically co-rule over the nations on earth with a “rod of iron” from the earthly city of Jerusalem. The end of the 1,000 year period also marks the time when God resurrects the evil dead, from throughout the prior 7,000 years, and proceeds to judge them at the white throne judgement for inclusion in the second death known as the lake of fire and brimstone. Satan will also be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone at the end of the millennium and after his one last final rebellion against God and Christ – “let loosed for a little season.”
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