NO WOE ZONE

 

Biblical Chronology and an End Times Perspective

 

 

 

How Long is 1,000 years?

(Revelation 20:1-7)

 

The 1,000 years is a short period of time for the First Resurrection of Martyrs. Nothing else.

 

1And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. 4I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They 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 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. 6Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. 7When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison.” (Rev. 20:1-7, NIV)

 

How literal is the Revelation, or Apocalypse, that God gave John via Jesus and the angel to make known to His servants?  We are told of hordes of locusts wearing crowns, a seven-headed dragon, beasts from the Earth and Sea, cryptic 666, bloody harvests, Wrath poured from bowls, 1,000 years, and such, literally ad nauseam. We have encountered signs, metaphors, analogies, symbols, allegory, and metonymy. Yet, millennia of interpreters have ignored God’s final warning not to add to the prophecy, and, if literal, at their own eternal peril.

 

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.” (Rev. 22:18)

 

Perhaps the best reading of the Revelation is a general impression: Hard times are coming, Jesus returns, the bad guys and bad angels are destroyed, and the good guys and good angels will live a blissful eternity with God. Or, what about using other scriptures that are specific to, say, the 1,000 years?

 

The 1,000 Years are specifically mentioned four (4) times, so isn’t that literal. The Bible often repeats things for emphasis, and this is two repeats. A 1,000 years is a millennium, no, upgrade to The Millennium. What can we determine that does not add or take away from God’s word to John?

 

It is time to find other scriptures that support a literal 1,000 years. Searching…. Searching… There are none.

 

However, we will find other scriptures. “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:4) This suggests that the 1,000 years may be short, really short, but the context is uncertain.

 

How about in the context of End Times? “The present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:7-8) We have been warned (twice). The 1,000 years may be like that seven-headed dragon. It is likely not literal.

 

Perhaps if we consider what happens during the 1,000 years we can determine if a short or long period of time is required. With supporting scriptures, of course.

 

Satan is bound for the “1,000 years” and cannot deceive the nations. A day without Satan is a good day, but there is nothing in that process that requires an extended period of time. Then there is the question of having a literal chain that can bind a spiritual being. Are all of Satan’s demons imprisoned with him? Where is the Abyss, literally? It doesn’t say. Satan being bound does not necessitate a specific period of time such as 1,000 years.

 

Then we are in the throne room of God in Heaven. Thrones are set up (as in Daniel 7) to judge those who are under the Altar of God: ”When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” (Rev. 6:9-11)

 

Compare the description of these Martyrs with those during the 1,000 years. The First Resurrection appears to include only Martyrs who died as a witness for Christ, and not the general population of deceased Christians (it says nothing to suggest it includes “raptured” Christians who didn’t die.).

 

We have no reference that requires God to take an extended period of time for resurrection of the Martyrs. The usual assumption is that resurrection is a short period, and that the 1,000 years is filled with activities of those resurrected. Other activities? Or are we again adding?

 

The Martyrs “came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Remember, we are in the Throne Room of God. This is the fulfilled promise in the last letter to the seven churches. In the words of Jesus, “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev. 3:21, NIV) This confirms that Jesus is “King of kings” (1 Tim. 6:15, Rev. 17:14, 19:16).

 

Does a victorious Martyr’s kingship imply more? Doesn’t being King imply a kingdom and subjects to rule? Aren’t there desperate people on Earth who need the king’s wisdom and leadership? Or are we adding to what is written? A wise king delegates, and the wisest king delegates his power to God. If one gets a crown consider casting it before the Throne of God. There is nothing in being king that requires beaming to Earth or an extended period of time.

 

So why might Satan be bound? Satan is the Accuser (Zechariah 3:1, Job 1:6, 2:1). He is removed from any involvement in judgment of the Martyrs (Just as he is tossed in the Lake of Fire just before the Great White Throne Judgment.). In today’s world of medicine and electronic it is the equivalent of providing a “cleanroom” environment. God doesn’t want to hear any noise out of Satan (God already knows we all sinned at various times or our lives.). Besides, the Earthlings will get a short reprieve from Satan’s harassment.

 

The idea of resurrected Christians ruling with Christ over living humans for any period of time is ear-tickling fiction. It is part of Satan’s double false-promise of the Pre-Trib Rapture. Besides, what a terrible job they would have done to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth if many generations later there was a big rebellion just because Satan was loosed again.

 

The 1,000 years is a short period of time for the First Resurrection of Martyrs. Nothing else.