If you have been following my blog recently, you will have discovered some sample bits from a Bible study I wrote on the book of Revelation called Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study. Along with it, I wrote a teacher’s guide including further insight to help those leading a Bible study group. In these books, I unpack the book of Revelation quite intensely.
Revelation is perhaps the most misunderstood, most studied book in the Bible; it is certainly the most mysterious. And between its pages lie mysteries within mysteries. One of these is the topic of the Millennium. The first thing to know about the Millennium is that there are different interpretations of it.
It is recommended that you get a good idea of some of these by doing some research, along with prayer, and draw your own conclusions. The one I am about to explore comes after hours of lengthy study, meditation and asking for God’s guidance. I am sure as the years go this interpretation will become clearer as I get closer to the Lord.
Here are some of the questions people have regarding the Millennial Reign:
- Is it actually 1,000 years?
- Will it be on Earth or in Heaven?
- Who will be there?
- What will people do then?
- Will Jesus be present?
This event is covered in depth on DAY THREE, WEEK SIX in my book. There is actually only one verse in Revelation stating a 1,000 year period. In order to answer these questions properly, let us look at the passage in Revelation speaking about this thousand-year era. It is found in Revelation 20:4-5, “4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed.Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.”
So let’s unpack it. A lot of questions above will be answered. There is no reason to believe this is not an actual unit containing 1,000 years. For instance, the timing in Daniel’s prophecies happen to the exact day and are not figurative days, nor is the 7-year Tribulation figurative. There is nothing in this passage above regarding the Millennial Reign to show me that it would be figurative. In fact, it makes perfect sense that it would be a 1,000-year unit of time.
Watch this space…
Written by Jori Sams