A Millennium of Peace on Earth
"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" (Revelation 20:6).
Jesus is coming to establish His kingdom on earth for 1000 years! When? Jesus said, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, " (Matthew 24:36). But Hes coming, and it may be soon.
Our text says those in the "first resurrection" will reign with Christ 1000 years. The "first resurrection" saints begin with the "raptured church" when Jesus comes in the air. Those left on earth will face a seven-year "tribulation" under a cruel world dictator called the "Beast" (Revelation 13). The Tribulation ends when Jesus comes from heaven on a white horse. His armies include His church, the risen Old Testament saints and the tribulation saints martyred by the Beast. This completes the "first resurrection."
Jesus will defeat "the Beast" and all his armies (Revelation 19:11-21). The Beast and the False Prophet will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Satan will be bound. "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, and he laid hold on the dragon, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years " (Revelation 20:1-2).
What is the second resurrection? "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished" (Revelation 20:5). These are the lost dead who face "the second death" (vs. 6) at the last judgment after the millennium (Revelation 20:11-15).
Now Jesus sets up His millennial kingdom on earth. Jesus taught His disciples to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, " (Matthew 6:10). Would He ask His disciples to pray that prayer if He did not plan to answer it? It has not been answered yet but it will. During the millennial reign of Jesus on earth, His kingdom will come to earth and His will done on earth as it is in Heaven. Hallelujah!
The "first resurrection" saints are ready to reign with Jesus in glorified bodies like Jesus (Philippians 3:21 and I John 3:2). Millions of Jews and Gentiles who are saved during the tribulation and are alive at the full return of Jesus will go into the millennium in their natural bodies. They will marry, have children, and enjoy life. "And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them (Isaiah 65:21)." Their children will still have to believe in Jesus to be saved. "...for the child shall die an hundred years old, but the sinner, being an hundred years old, shall be accursed" (Isaiah 65:20). This could mean at age 100 the saved are transferred to the camp of the glorified saints to continue to reign with Christ, while the lost are accursed to Hell.
There will be safety and security. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6).
There will be peace on earth! " and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Micah 4:3). Jesus will keep the peace. " He shall rule them with a rod of iron; And He hath a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:15-16).
The release of Satan reminds us the millennium is not heaven yet. "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle; and compassed the camp of the saints and fire came down from God out of Heaven and devoured them" (Revelation 20:7-9). Satan may be released to give those not yet 100 a choice.
What is your choice? Choose Jesus and reign with Him during His millennium of peace on earth!Amen.
© 2002 D. B. Martin