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When Is The 1000 Year Reign Of Christ?

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One of the most highly publicized teachings today in the religious world is the 1,000 year reign of Christ. Phrases such as "It's a sign of the times"; "The rapture is coming"; "The kingdom of God on earth is about to be established," are flung at people from every source of mass news media. Because of the excitement stimulated by premillennial prophets many have been led to believe the Bible must teach it. However, the foundation of the premillennial concept is based on many misused passages, and its basic conclusions contradict many of the clear truths of the Bible.

Revelation 19 and 20 has been the paradise of the advocates of this doctrine. Indeed it bristles with questions. When is the battle of Armageddon? What is signified by the 1,000 year reign? Why must Satan be loosed after he has once been sealed? Whatever answers we give, let us be certain they are consistent with the theme and purpose of Revelation, i.e., a relevant message for the first century Christian (Rev. 1:1,2; 22:6,10). Furthermore, make certain we are not in conflict with the clear teaching of the rest of the Bible.

I. Remember The Curse For Adding To This Book, REV 22:18-19.

A. Things That Are Not Mentioned In Rev. 20:1-10.

1. This is the only chapter in the Bible that mentions the 1000 year reign of Christ. Because of the emphasis modern preachers give to this subject, one might think it is found more often in the Bible with clearer descriptions than herein found.

2. Premillennialists make many claims to justify their doctrine that are not even mentioned in this passage. We must not add more than is there! For example:

a. It does not mention the second coming of Christ.

b. It does not mention a bodily resurrection.

c. It does not mention a reign of Christ on earth.

d. It does not mention the literal throne of David.

e. It does not mention Jerusalem of Palestine.

f. It does not mention us. "They lived and reigned with Christ ...."

g. It does not mention Christ on earth.

3. On what grounds can we teach a doctrine from this passage that is not mentioned?

B. Is This To Be Understood Figuratively Or Literally?

1. The book of Revelation is unlike any other book of the New Testament because it is written in signs and symbols. However, the premillennialist must interpret this chapter differently if there is to be a literal 1000 year reign with Christ.

2. The problem is in being consistent. Even the premillennialist wants some of the terms to be understood symbolically. For example, consider his problem if these terms are literal:

a. Key

b. Chain

c. Bottomless Pit

d. Dragon, that old Serpent

e. Seal upon the Devil

f. Souls of the Beheaded

3. In this book wherein numbers are used symbolically throughout, no rule of interpretation would justify making this number literal in Rev. 20. The number is a multiple of 10, which is the number meaning fullness or completeness. This reign with Christ indicates an unbroken and full period of rule.



 

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