1000 year reign of Christ
Let me begin by saying that I know that Jesus Christ is my savior, and that he died for our sins. I do however have a problem with "THE CHURCH". It has been teaching many untruths for many centuries. Rev. chapter 20 is one of the most clearly written chapters in the whole bible. And yet It is also the most obviously misinterpreted.
It begins with ... "And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit"... "that he should not deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years be fulfilled. And after that he must be loosed for a little season". This term "a little season" is a specific period of time that I have described in another HUB (a day = a year not)
At that time when the dragon is bound ... (v.4),,, And I saw the thrones and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus.
Before we read any further, I must point out that these souls had been beheaded. They have died and are now in heaven with their Lord and Savior. The only description given as to who these people are, is that they did not worship the beast nor take his mark. They reigned with Christ for a thousand years. They are in heaven, standing before the throne. This is where they are. And they are to reign with Christ.
Many Churches teach that this verse refers to Christ coming to the earth and reigns with the saints who are still alive. The Church teaches that there will be a thousand years of Peace on earth when Christ comes down to the earth. I do not understand how or why this interpretation of these verses have come to be taught in this manner. How can teachers of the word of GOD understand this verse to be saying that Jesus comes down to the earth? This misinterpretation is so blatantly obvious that it had to have been intentionally instigated and falsely taught to our teachers. There is no obvious answers to this question, but we have to ask ourselves why? Why does the Church teach something that is clearly not stated in the verses they are reading from? I believe that scholars have been blinded by many hundreds of years of the teachings of false interpretations.
Rev 20:5 "But the REST of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection". What about the 144000 that had received the seal of God, that are to be the first fruits unto the Lord? They were not mentioned in this chapter. They must have been redeemed prior to these events described at the first resurection. BUT ... That is another issue. And I will be touching upon many.
Rev. 20:6 "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 they shall reign WITH HIM (in heaven) a thousand years.
I believe that at this time Rev. 14:13 comes into affect. " And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them". From that time forward, after the first resurrection occurs, when a believer dies they go to heaven. They do not stay in the grave waiting for the second resurrection.
What this tells me is that during this thousand years that Satan is bound in the bottomless pit; and the saints reign in heaven with Christ, life goes on as usual here on the earth.
And after the thousand years are expired, Satan is loosed from his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations. Lets compare this discription to another that sounds very similar as if they are the same event.
Rev 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates,and the water thereof was dried up. .....! (V13) And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouths of the dragon (Satan) and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, ... which go forth unto the kings of the earth to gather them to the battle of that great day of Almighty God..
This indicates that the beast and false prophet are still on the earth after the thousand years are expired. This further indicates that the thousand years are contained within the forty two months that God gave unto the beast to blaspheme. (Rev 13)
This forty two months that was given to this beast had to be speaking of a time period much greater that a thousand years.
This has caused me to rethink everything that I have been taught concerning the End time prophesy. And continue to do so after more than a decade.
I ask you to carefully read these verses in scripture and SEE for your self what they say. Disregard anything that you have previously heard and read them for your self.
To be continued ...