I use what is called the historical: spiritual view for interpreting Biblical eschatology. As part of that I follow what is known as amillennialism. That is that there is no literal 1000-year reign of Christ on Earth after some alleged 7-year Tribulation and Wrath of God. This is a view that was held by about half the early church up to 300 AD and then by most believers until about 1900 AD when pre-millennial interpretations became dominant.
So following this line of interpretation I want to look at the first 8 verses of Revelation chapter 20. The phrase “thousand years” is only found in these verses in the Bible. The word “millennium” is not found in the Bible.
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.Revelation 20:1
The word “angel” comes from the Greek word “aggelos” (pronounced angelos) which means messenger. Only Jesus (the messenger here) has power to bind Satan in the bottomless pit, which is a metaphor for a spiritual prison of some sort. Read the following verses from Matthew.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil [loot, steal] his goods [property], except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil [plunder] his house.Matthew 12:28-29
And Jesus came and spoke to them, All power [authority] is given to Me in heaven and in earth.Matthew 28:18
So the agent here, the messenger, is Jesus Christ. Revelation 18:1 and John 1:4-10 support this fact.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,Revelation 20:2
The “thousand years” is not exactly 1000 years, just as it is not an exact number in Psalm 50:10,11, Leviticus 26:8 and many other verses. There are many generalised expressions like this that do not imply an exact number, no more no less. This thousand-year period of time is interpreted in a general sense as the church age which started when Jesus bound Satan.
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.Revelation 20:3
The text does not say that Satan does not have the ability to deceive but that the Gentiles or nations of the world would not be deceived anymore, which implies the nations were being deceived prior to Christ’s ministry on Earth. The word nations refers to the Gentile nations. (A mental image I have is like a mafia don in jail but running his business outside.)
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to 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 worshiped 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. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.Revelation 20:4,5
All through the church age believers died for their belief in Christ. Many were martyred because they were actively on the battle front witnessing and spreading the gospel. So many of these lost their lives so doing.
Satan was a tool of God used to purge and purify the ekklesia (the true church). The true church are those who lived/live and reign with Christ. We are priests unto God (1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6, 20:6).
The “rest of the dead” are the rest of saved who are resurrected at the final judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). These were not those martyred in the battle. Most of them were those who lived and died before the period of the end time with the mark of the beast (verse 4). See also Revelation 13:15-17.
Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.Revelation 20:6
There again are those who reign with Christ during the church age. They are called “priests of God” here. This is how the true believers are described.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:1 Peter 2:9
This brings us to the end of the thousand year period or the Church Age. I believe this has already happened because of the remarkable uptick in demonic activity. But also the true believers are not deceived and are resisting the current tyranny from the Luciferian synagogue of Satan. This is the same demonic possessed people Jesus spoke of in Revelation 2:9, and 3:9. They say they are Jews but are not Jews. They are Satan worshipers who sacrifice children and commit horrible acts. This is the sort of demonic activity I refer to.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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 20:7,8
At the end of the Church Age Satan is now loosed from the bottomless pit and he can now deceive the nations again. He is doing this now today. Just look at the amazing deception with all the billions of people, willingly in many cases, taking the COVID death shots thinking that it is to protect them from a virus that is no worse than influenza. Gog and Magog are demonic spiritual forces gathering the deceived billions to get vaxxed, who number as the sand of the sea.
So it looks to me that the Church Age is finished as wholesale deception is occurring. This also reminds me of the great deception in the visible institutional church, which I mentioned in the following post.
Satan is on a rampage because he knows he has only a short time, a little season (verse 3).
Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil [Satan] is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.Revelation 12:12
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