Summary: This is a study of chapter 20 in the book of Revelation. This is a controversial subject but takes a conservative approach to understanding the book.
Note: I used many sources to study this book, one of my favorites is Revelation: God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept by Daymond Duck and some out of different study bibles.
Title: The Millennium
Theme: To show the coming of Christ and the 1000 yr. reign.
Text: Revelation 20
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Who was the angel? probably Christ or ?
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (millennium –mille thousand annus years)
Dragon-indicated cruelty Serpent-speaks of guile Devil-indicates him as the tempter of man Satan-indicates he is the adversary of Christ and His people
Satan's characteristic work is to deceive. Gen 3:13; Mat 24:24; 2 Thes. 2:9-10
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Cor 4:3-4
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.
Nations that are formed are those who are believers at the end of the great tribulation Rev 19:21
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10 AV)
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.
who sat on the throne:
1) Christ 2) the NT saints 1 Cor 6:2 3) OT saints (Deut 28:1,13; Mt 19:28)
4) martyred in tribulation
Why is the church not mentioned here?
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Stages of resurrection: 1 Cor 15:23-24; Rev 20:4-6; Dan 12:1-3; Lk 20:34-36
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:23-24 AV)
And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36
Phase 1 the resurrection of Christ and some OT saints