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Will There be a Thousand Year Reign?

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“The answer is simple”

Whole theologies are founded on the mention of a ‘thousand years’ in scripture. In this article, we will look at what the Bible says and apply proper theological thought to the topic, without being hampered by denominational demands. We will see that an entirely separate text determines the validity, or not, of a millennial reign. Firstly, we will look at scriptures that specifically mention the term ‘1000 years’.

Psalm 90:4

“For a thousand years in thy sight (are but) as yesterday when it is past, and (as) a watch in the night.”

2 Peter 3:8

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day (is) with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

The following text is used extensively to ‘prove’ a literal 1000 year reign. (For a more detailed verse-by-verse explanation, see Article C-27-20, Bible Theology Ministries).

Rev. 20:2-7

“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, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed for a season.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and (I saw) the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Christ, 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.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This (is) the first resurrection.

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 shall reign with him a thousand years.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.”

There is little need to enter into argument over a supposed 1000-year literal reign on earth. This is because one single verse can dispel any notion of such an occurrence: John 18:36.

“Jesus answered, my kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

If Jesus tells us His kingdom is not earthly, do you think He would come back to earth and become an earthly king? The answer should be obvious.

Another text can be added to put a lid on the 1000-year reign idea: Matthew 26:64,

“Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

Couple this to Mark 13:26 & 27:

“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather his elect…”

Thus, Jesus told the chief priests that the next time they saw Him, would be when He returned to gather the elect – the end of time immediately before the Judgment. He will not come before that time, nor will He stay on the old earth.

This is confirmed by Luke 22:18 et al:

“For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”

That is, when the end of time is reached and Jesus returns in the sky to receive His people just before judgment commences.

The sequence of events clearly proves that when Jesus returns, it will be with His angels, to gather up the saved, and then the end of the world will take place. Therefore, He will not come back before that, especially not for a 1000-year reign over an earthly kingdom in the middle of sinful people! It is that simple.

© January 2006

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