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Prophecies of Revelation
The Millennial Reign
What is the Millennial Reign and when will it take place
Writer: NRCaetta | 20 February 2015
Revelation 20 tells about this 1,000 year period of time. Prior to this is the tribulation, the seven years of the most devastating and horrible times the world has ever known when the antichrist will be the world leader. This seven years will be a world ran by Satan but will end before it is destroyed by Christ returning to the earth with His saints - all riding white horses. This is when the Millennial Reign (referred to in scripture as the 1,000 years) will begin.
Christ at that time will set up His throne in Jerusalem and rule the whole world along with all the Christians. This will begin a 1,000 years of peace and safety when the lion will lay down with the lamb and none will be hurt.
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
Satan will be chained up in a pit for this period of time so he cannot deceive anymore until after the 1,000 years has ended. Then Satan will be released from the pit and go out into all the world and try to deceive the people again.
During the Millennial Reign period those who become Christians during the tribulation period, survive it and are alive when Jesus returns the second time to the earth (The Second Coming) will still have their natural, earthly bodies and they will continue to marry. There will be millions of people born and the world will be repopulated again. Those who went in the rapture will have celestial, spiritual bodies during this time. Spiritual bodies will be neither male nor female and no marrying.
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
1 Corinthians 15:39-40
Those with earthly bodies will experience death as we know it now. Their earthly bodies will not be able to live for 1,000 years, of course. But those with spiritual bodies will no more experience sickness or death. The word "sleep" in the King James means "death."
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51
Revelation 20 also tells what happens at the end of this 1,000 years after Satan has been released from prison and deceived millions of people gathering them together to come against God's people. Then God sends fire down from heaven and devours them and throws Satan into the lake of fire to be tormented forever. All who were deceived will also be thrown into the lake of fire.
After this the JUDGMENT begins where every person stands before God and is JUDGED according to his deeds. After the judgment, eternity begins and time as we know it ENDS.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, 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. Revelation 20:4-6
NR Caetta is a 1961 graduate from Zion Bible Institute in East Providence, Rhode Island where she studied Bible Theology.