Let's take side trip here; another example of a common teaching that doesn't hold up too well when closely examined.
When Jesus returns to earth, he will set up his kingdom in Jerusalem, and reign for the next 1000 years on the earth. This is the beginning of the millennium, which is the 7th millennium and the third day of prophecy.
This is based on the following verse from Revelation 20. [The general context of Revelation 20:1-7 describing things after Jesus' return also supports this idea.]
Revelation 20:4 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.
To see where this fails to hold up compare it to these following scriptural passages:
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
This is saying his second coming will clearly be visible to all.
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
And now this is saying that the Kingdom of God is not something visible but it's within a person.
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And here it tells us the coming of the Kingdom is tied to events in Revelation 12, the birth of the man child and casting down of the accuser. It's linked to salvation.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
And it's linked to strength and 'the power of his Christ'; it's the day of thy power from Psalms 110. Psalms 110:2-3
2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
The kingdom of God, then is not something visible, as the Second Coming of Jesus will be. And it comes at a point in time earlier than the Second Coming. So this common teaching about the Kingdom being set up when Jesus returns in Revelation 20 does not hold to further examination of the scriptures.
Understanding prophecy about the end times depends on your understanding the usage of God's prophetic week, where the third day is also the seventh millennium, or the millennium. As you search the scriptures you can find there are a great many references to this. [See my article Rethinking the Millennium.] Some are direct and others allegorical. Many of these describe things that must happen in that day or on the third day, before Jesus returns. One of these is the new testament.
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