By Bill Somers
To correctly understand the prophetic scriptures, we have to drop our assumption that the Millennium begins after the Second Coming of Christ.
So what exactly is the Millennium? In the book of Revelation we find mention of the thousand-year reign of Jesus with his saints at the very end.
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: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment 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.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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 of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. (Rev. 20:1-7)
All this happens after Jesus returns and fights the battle of Armageddon. This passage clearly illustrates that Satan is bound for a thousand years, and that the saints live and reign with Christ for a thousand years. Since there is a definite point when Satan is bound, it seems that the thousand years begin at this point, just after Jesus' return.
What I'm suggesting is that God is speaking in generalities here. That is, the thousand years do not begin exactly at this point but approximately at this point. And that Jesus' reign on the earth does not begin exactly at this point but approximately at this point. What could make us modify our understanding of the thousand years? How can we best understand the Millennium?
• By taking into consideration other prophetic scriptures, and relating them to God's prophetic week. There are many things spoken of that must happen on the seventh day that must take place before His return.
• By seeing that Christ's reign on this earth begins in a spiritual sense before His actual return.
• By seeing that the thousand years reign means the Kingdom of God coming to the earth. Before The King of Glory comes physically.
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