Revelation 20: Millennial Kingdom

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 28, 2018
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Revelation 20:1-3 The devil was not created evil; rather, according to Ezekiel 28, he was beautiful and blameless, the cherub anointed to cover in Eden. He became evil in the garden. He was lifted up with pride and motivated by jealousy of God.

Genesis 3:14 His fall seems to be simultaneous with Adam’s and Eve’s for after their fall the devil is cursed.
Revelation 12:4 - Sometime between the fall of man and the flood, he convinced 1/3 of the angels to join with him against Yahweh. Revelation 5:11 John’s vision there are myriads of myriads (exceeding great, countless), and thousands...
2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6. Some of these demons were locked in chains awaiting their final judgment in the abyss, the same place the devil will go.
2 Corinthians 11:3-ff The devil tries to deceive us as he did Eve.
Revelation 12:9 He deceives the whole world.
John 10:10 He is the thief that steals, kills, and destroys.
Revelation 12:10 He is the accuser of the brethren.
Ephesians 2:2 He is the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works within the children of disobedience.
1 Peter 5:8 Our adversary
2 Corinthians 4:4 He is the god of this age, the object of man’s worship.
Ephesians 6:12 Our struggle in life is against him.

-- Acts 24:15; Daniel 12:2 Two resurrections (everlasting life or everlasting contempt) separated by 1,000 years
John 5:29 Resurrection of life or resurrection of judgment
Luke 14:14 The first is the resurrection of the righteous - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
1 Corinthians 15:1-ff Called “the resurrection of the just”
Luke 20:36 The children of God, being the children of the resurrection
Hebrews 11:35 The better resurrection

-- During the 1,000 years, many people will be born, and the earth will be repopulated. These people live during a time when the temptations of the devil are nonexistent, so perhaps they (like all those before them) must decide the lordship of Christ when facing evil choices. Apparently, many are deceived.
11-15 -- The second resurrection and final judgments for all those who were not included in the first resurrection including those born in the millennial

The lake of fire is a symbol of eternal destruction, not a literal lake. It is the same as Gehenna, but it is different from hell, which is the common grave of mankind. It occurs five times 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15; 21:8. The following are cast into the lake of fire:

Devil and his angels - Matthew 25:41
Death cannot literally be burned.
Hades or the grave cannot be harmed by literal fire
The beast and false prophet
All the unrighteous

The Lake of fire is a symbol of eternal destruction; it is the second death. The first kind of death mentioned in the Bible resulted from Adam’s sin. This death can be reversed by resurrection and will eventually be eliminated by God --1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 26. There is no release from the symbolic lake of fire.

2 Thessalonians 1:9 The symbolic lake represents eternal punishment in the form of permanent destruction.

Gehenna (Greek ge'en·na) is mentioned 12 times in the Bible. Like the lake of fire, it is a symbol of eternal destruction. Although some translations render this word as “hell,” Gehenna is different from hell (Hebrew “sheol;” Greek “hades”).

Millennial Kingdom:

•Jerusalem will be the capital city of the world
Matthew 5:35
Psalms 2:6; 148:1 and 2, 8; Psalm 110:1-3
Isaiah 2:2-4
Jeremiah 3:14-18
Micah 4:1-8
Zechariah 14:8 and 9

•The Messiah will rule over a re-gathered Israel
The nation of Israel will come back to their land
Jeremiah 3:14, 18; 23:5-8
Ezekiel 39:25-29

•David will rule as vice-regent over Israel
Hosea 3:4 and 5
Isaiah 55:3 and 4
Jeremiah 30:3, 7-9
Ezekiel 34:23-34; 37:24 and 25

•The twelve apostles will judge the twelve tribes of Israel
Isaiah 1:26 and 27
Psalm 122:5
Matthew 19:28
Luke 22:24-30
Matthew 20:20-28 Servant leaders

•All the saints will reign with Christ as kings and
priests on the earth
Revelation 1:5 and 6; 2:26 and 27; 3:21; 5:9 and 10; 20:4-6
1 Corinthians 6:2
2 Timothy 2:12
Psalm 149:5-9
Daniel 7:18, 22, 27
Luke 19:11-17

•There will be a rule of law; judgment in righteousness, equity, and justice
Isaiah 16:5
Psalms 96:10; 98:1-9
Isaiah 2:3-5; 11:1-5; 26:4-9; 42:4; 51:4, 7
Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15
Ezekiel 45:9 and 10
Micah 4:2 and 3
Those that rule during the millennial Kingdom will not be as the corrupt leaders or politicians of today. In that day, those that reign will be righteous rulers.
Isaiah 32:1 and 2

•There will be learning and understanding of God in all the earth
Isaiah 11:9; 26:9;
Isaiah 2:3 This could possibly be part of the responsibility of the priests in the millennial Kingdom. During the time of restoration, the priest Ezra taught the people distinctly and caused them to understand the Law (Nehemiah 8:1-8).
Isaiah 29:24; 32:4
Jeremiah 3:15; 23:1-4
Habakkuk 2:14

•There will be peace and safety in the earth
Psalms 46:9; 85:6-13; 122:6-8
Isaiah 9:6 and 7; 32:1, 16-18; 54:13 and 14; 60:17 and 18, 21; 65:21-23; 66:10-13
Jeremiah 23:5-8; 31:23-26
Ezekiel 28:24-26; 34:25-28
Hosea 2:18
Micah 5:2-5, 10-15 Witchcraft and idolatry will be destroyed

•There will be deliverance for the poor and needy
Psalm 72:2, 4, 12, 14
Isaiah 11:3 and 4; 29:17-19; 35:1-10
Ezekiel 45:9 and 10
Jeremiah 33:6

•There will be joy, rejoicing, and singing
Psalms 47:1-9; 67:1-7; 96:9-13; 98:1-9
Proverbs 29:2
Isaiah 12:1-6; 25:6-9; 26:1-4, 19; 35:10; 42:10-12; 51:3, 11; 52:8 and 9; 61:3, 7, 10, 11
Jeremiah 30:18 and 19; 33:7-11
Zechariah 2:10-12

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