The Thousand years

Bible Studies on the Thousand year theory

 

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Will GOD have a thousand years for a “special people” to change so they can accept His Son? Some say that this is a time when GOD will change their hearts. This poses a lot of questions that can’t be answered! 

• Why has GOD not change Lucifer’s heart? Then none of this would have happened.
• What about all the wicked dead that raise in the second resurrection? Is this thousand years not unfair on them?
• Have we not all come from Adam? So are the Jews any more special than the rest of the nations?

Also, will there be peace on the earth during this time?

Lets look at what Paul says:

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Paul never says that the Jews get a special thousand years.

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Paul said that there is no difference between the Jew or the Greek, three times! How many more times must he say it? And yet he was a Jew! If there is no difference than why is the Christian world making a difference today?

The prophets of old look to the coming of JESUS.

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Did others also look forward to Christ’s coming?

Luke 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

And Peter says:

1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

So the sufferings of Christ was made known to the prophets in the Old Testament.

GOD did not leave the stranger out in the Old Testament. He wants all the children of Adam to come to Him.

Numbers 15:14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.
Numbers 15:15 One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
Numbers 15:16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

One law, one body through out earth’s history. No separate church. Christ has always been the head of the church.

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

One Saviour for all mankind from Adam till now. Jews were the first people that were called Christians. The Christian church is not new as the prophets and people of old looked forward to Christ’s coming and we see Him from the cross.

What events happen before the thousand years? Prophecy is given to GOD’s servants.

Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

GOD shows His children the truth. The reason why this thousand year theory has come about is that Christians don’t understand prophecy. Daniel and Revelation work hand in hand.

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Prophecy was given by GOD and we need to interpret prophecy using the Bible, not man’s theories. The thousand years is in chapter 20 of Revelation. A lot of prophecy has happened before this. Let us look at what happens in the other chapters before to get an idea of what chapter 20 is about. Lets start from chapter 13.

• Chapter 13 - The role of the leopard beast. The role of the two horned beast. The image and mark off the beast.
• Chapter 14 - Triumph of the 144000. The three angles messages (this is to warn the world not to receive the mark of the beast). If the church is raptured before this who is going to warn the world?

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

The 144000 are at the end waring the world not to worship the beast and his image.

• Chapter 15 - Preparation for the wrath of GOD.
• Chapter 16 - The Seven last plagues. How can the church be raptured before the seven last plagues when the thousand years are only in chapter 20 towards the end of Revelation?
• Chapter 17 - The arraignment of Babylon the Great.
• Chapter 18 - The final call to leave Babylon. Part of the three angles message from chapter 14. The desolation of Babylon.
• Chapter 19 - Christ’s second advent. The second coming. This is before the 1000 years and after the seven last plagues.

Chapter 19 shows that before the second coming of Christ there are the seven last plagues and all the other terrible things that are going to happen on this planet. What happens when JESUS comes the second time?

2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

JESUS will destroy the wicked with the brightness of His coming. Which coming is this referring to? It is the second resurrection as it is after Satan deceiving with all power and signs of lying wonders. This refers to Revelation 13.

Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Lets now look at Revelation 20.

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Revelation 20:3 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 a little season.

The earth has been destroyed and is desolate. Satan can’t deceive any nations as there are no nations left on earth after the second coming of JESUS.

Revelation 20:4 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.

The church can’t be raptured until the people of GOD have warned the earth not to worship the beast and his image. This verse goes against the rapture theory before the trouble happens on the earth. Everybody, including the Jews will have a chance to choose which side they want to be on. The church of GOD has to be on earth to not receive the mark of the beast. This is the final test for the people on the earth.

Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

All the dead from Adam until after the second coming will not live again until after the thousand years. After this there is a second resurrection and then Satan will deceive them again.

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Revelation 20:8 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: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

This is the second death that the Bible speaks of. This shows that it is not possible that GOD is going to rapture His church away from all the trouble that is coming upon the earth.

John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

If JESUS went through pain, why are we any better than our Master?

The 1000 year doctrine about the Jews having more time to accept JESUS as their Saviour does not fit into Scripture. Nor does having a thousand years of peace. These events in Revelation all happen before the thousand years! The warning to the world, the destruction of the wicked, the seven last plagues. Yet again man has twisted Scripture to have a smooth message for the people. This Scripture in 2 Timothy is just for this time in history.

2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
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