The Study of Last Things
by James T. Bartsch

Learning about the Future to Live Better Today

"Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. " (Rev. 20:4)

The Chronology of Christ's Reign

Revelation 20:1-7

(1) Satan will be bound for 1000 years. He will be confined to the Abyss so that he cannot deceive the earth’s nations during Christ’s reign (Rev. 20:1-3).

(2) There will be a resurrection of those who were beheaded during the Tribulation because they did not worship the Beast / Antichrist, or take his mark (Rev. 20:4).

(3) They will be priests of God and Christ, and will reign with Him for 1000 years (Rev. 20:6).

(4) At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will be released from the Abyss (Rev. 20:7). His goal will be to deceive the nations of earth to revolt against the King and His Administration (Rev. 20:8).

(5) This will serve as God's tactic to expose those who have outwardly submitted to the King, but whose hearts are hearts of stone, and have not actually submitted to Him.

(6) An aside: Most of Christendom treats the 1,000 years as a metaphor for "a long time." They are Amillennials, not believing in a literal Millennium. On what basis, then, is Christ's return in Rev. 19:11-21 a literal return to earth? On what basis is Satan a literal, personal being (Rev. 20:7-10)? On what basis are we to believe in a literal resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6)? If one accepts the metaphorical exegesis of Amillennials, on what basis is the book of Revelation anything more than an indecipherable metaphor, one which can be interpreted at the whim of every individual exegete or church tradition?

(Scripture quotations taken from the NASB 1995.)

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Posted March 28, 2021