“Millennial Reign” – The Thousand Years

Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: December 25, 2021
. Updated April 13, 2022.

Arguably the most debated passage in scripture is the Thousand Years described in Revelation 20:1-6, and what comes after it’s expiration which is told in verses 7-10. There are 3 different interpretations:

Premillennialists believe the thousand years is a literal period of time that will occur AFTER the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. They believe that Jesus will have a reign on this earth with people in both fallible and infallible bodies, and that they will reign with Him at that time (after His appearance melts the earth with fervent heat). This dispensationalist group believes that at Jesus’ Second Coming, He will save a group of non-repentant people based on their genetics (for more information, see my article “God’s Chosen People”).

Amillennialists believe the thousand years is figurative and that it is happening now. They call the thousand years the Church Age or the Gospel Era. They believe we are spiritually reigning with Christ now as priests and kings from our birthplace in spiritual Zion while still on this earth (for more information, see my article “The Kingdom of God is Here”).

Postmillennialists believe the preaching of the gospel will, at some future date, bring about a virtual worldwide conversion and a Golden Era of biblical values lasting a thousand years. Some believe it’s a literal thousand years; some believe it is figurative for an age/period of time.

While God says He opens the eyes of the blind (Psalm 146:8), He also tells us many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). A “Golden Era” of Christ believers on this earth is not scriptural — the world hates those who have the Holy Spirit residing in them (2 Timothy 3:12, John 15:18-19, Matthew 10:22, John 7:7, John 17:14, 1 John 3:13).

So what is the Millennial Reign?

I just used the term “Millennial Reign” in the title of this article so it can be found in a search by the reader. It is not a biblical term but such is the world we live in. However, the bible does explain the Thousand Years to us.

The English word “millennium” does mean a LITERAL number of exactly 1,000 actual, measurable years. This is why you do not find the word millennium or millennial anywhere in the bible.

The word “thousand” in Revelation 20:2 & 4-6 is G5507 in the Strong’s Concordance — the word is a “plural of uncertain affinity” which the English translators defined as the word “thousand.” The phrase “of uncertain affinity” means it is not clear which other Greek word or words this word is related to — this phrase “of uncertain affinity” is applied to around 100 Greek words in the Strong’s Concordance.

However, the word thousand in Revelation 20 is a plural form of uncertain affinity. Plural means “more than one.”

I will let Greek scholar Jim Brown speak on this one, but the short version is that the word “thousand” is a noun, not a number unless it has a determiner in front of it, like one thousand, two thousand, etc. See the first few minutes of his YouTube video for an explanation.

Two Greek Words for Thousand

Source of this section: This discussion on ChristianChat.com

The word thousand in Revelation 20 is the Greek word chilioi, not chilias.

Chilias is always used in a definite 1000.

Chilias would have been the best word for John to use in Revelation 20, if he had meant to convey a definite 1000.

When chilioi is used above, without any dis/tris/tetra/pentra/hepta in front of it, it is translated “a thousand” 7 out of 10 times. Meaning that a HUGE minority use of it as 1000 appears to be based on translator presuppositions, and not based on actual legit use of it as 1000.

Chilias is clearly the word they’d use if they meant 1000 and not “a thousand.”

Chilioi is used as ‘a thousand.’
1000 is ONLY associated with chilias.

So “thousand” in Revelation 20 is an age, not a specific period of time that can be measured in actual years.

Satan was bound at the cross

When Jesus said “It is finished” and gave up His spirit on the cross, He conquered sin and death right there. Satan who powers the beast (which is the representative vessel for all of his physical earthly works) was bound in the bottomless pit at that time.

Bound means restrained — he holds no power over those who live in Christ during this age of the gospel message, but his antichrist spirit is working in this world.

Christ Jesus holds the keys of Hades and death, and holds the key of David (Revelation 1:18 & 3:7-8).

Compare the spiritual with the spiritual

I was reading specific verses of the bible in all of their English translations. Revelation 17:8 caught my attention — you can read all it’s translations on one page here (Bible Gateway link opens in a new tab).

When we consider Satan’s spiritual antichrist-spirit kingdom and his trinity of the dragon, the beast/Antichrist, and the second beast/false prophet, we will see that Revelation 17:8 explains exactly where Satan is right now which gives us a correct interpretation of the Thousand Years in Revelation chapter 20.

Revelation 17:8

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Revelation 17:18

So we see that the beast that was and is not is also something that will come up out of the bottomless pit. For a study on how the beast is working in mankind, see my article Human-Nephilim Hybrids? Satan in Mankind.

Let’s go phrase by phrase – KJV scripture will be in bold italics; commentary will be in non-bold.

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not;

The beast is not an actual physical chimera creature with many heads, horns and crowns (Revelation 13:1-2) — it’s description is metaphorical. We know the beast to be the physical manifestation of the antichrist spirit as a man and as earthly works via nations, leaders/kings, and evil deeds.

In short, the beast is that which carries and symbolizes all the physical earthly works of the dragon which is the devil and Satan (Revelation 13:1-9). The beast is the “physical earthly Satan” in all his forms.

“The beast was” means that Satan was roaming to and fro in the earth at one time, and that time was before the cross — read Job 1:7. The beast was here in the past in a physical form from the beginning when he spoke with Eve in the garden.

“And is not” means the beast is no longer on the earth in physical form. He is bound/restrained. The antichrist spirit still works in the world through evil people and sin, but Satan himself is not walking this earth in a physical form right now. The dragon has lost his power over those redeemed in Christ who have escaped sin and the second death.

and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,

The bottomless pit is unique in scripture — it is only mentioned in the book of Revelation. It is different from Hades which is the “holding place” of the spirits of the wicked dead. The bottomless pit is the word “abyssou” which means “abyss; unfathomable depth; depthless.” It is a place of darkness and despair.

Who was thrown in the bottomless pit in Revelation 20:2-3? Satan. Who did this verse say will come out of the bottomless pit? The beast. What does this tell us? The Antichrist beast is Satan and Satan is the Antichrist beast.

This phrase tells us that the beast is coming back in the future to again walk this earth in a physical form. The world will worship the dragon/Satan that powers the beast (Revelation 13:4). The Antichrist will be a man of flesh that Satan completely controls for the last 42 months of earth’s existence (Revelation 13:5). This fleshly Satan will come back in the future to gather the people of the nations to battle — not zombified dead people from the ground, but actual people from the four quarters of the earth for the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 20:8).

Jesus’ earthly ministry as a man of flesh lasted 3 1/2 years (for details, see the article here). Satan will also have his 3 1/2 years (42 months) on this earth using a man’s fleshly vessel for his “ministry” where he will gather the corrupt masses to wage war against Christians and prepare for the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16).

[Also see my article “Identification of Antichrist, False Prophet & Mystery Babylon”]

and go into perdition:

The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines perdition as “entire loss or ruin; utter destruction.”

In short, Satan is going down again, but this time it will be “forever and ever.” And the Antichrist beast system and the false prophet system that he powered are all going down with him by the end of the 42 months (Revelation 20:10).

and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world,

Those called by God will recognize the dragon that empowers the beast and will see the beast for the evil that it is, but the unrepentant will not. Worldly people will have already been working in the beast system, thanks to the false prophet, before the Antichrist figure ever arrives on the scene.

Those who love the lusts and excessive indulgences offered by the whore/Mystery Babylon who rides this beast of Satan, will be astonished and will marvel at the beast.

when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast was once on this earth in physical form as Satan.

Satan was bound/restrained. He in physical form was no longer seen on this earth during the thousand year Gospel Era.

The beast/Satan will be released for a “little season” for his 42 months of control over the earth and its people (Revelation 20:3). This will be during the Great Tribulation when he will empower a physical man and strengthen the evil people of this world (Revelation 13:1-10).

Satan will once again walk this earth in a physical form and the world will wonder after him. There will be many signs and wonders that will deceive even the elect (Matthew 24:24).

The Dead Will Live Again

Revelation 20:4 tells us the righteous live and reign with Christ a thousand years. The righteous dead who were slaughtered, both metaphorically and physically for their testimony of Jesus Christ, are ALIVE and reigning with Christ.

The very next verse tells us that “the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” Substitute “thousand years” with “gospel era” and we see what is going on here. The physical dead who were spiritually dead rose again after the gospel era was finished to go before the white throne judgment (verse 20:11-15).

The righteous have already escaped the second death (the lake of fire) because of their first resurrection which was their dying to self (Romans 6:6-11) and putting on the new man (Ephesians 4:24). God’s people are justified and sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The wicked dead are the ones who go before the white throne judgment — they are judged/punished according to their works on the earth which are recorded in the books.

Not Again

We see the glorious arrival of Jesus coming in the clouds, taking up His righteous into the clouds with Him, then destroying the earth and all who are in it with fire and brimstone. But He’s going to wait a thousand years, then dredge up Satan again for another terrifying battle with skeletal zombies?? No. We are not going through that twice.

The wicked dead will rise after the Gospel Era to face the white throne judgment and be cast into the lake of fire. That’s it for them. Jesus will defeat His enemies at His Second Coming on the LAST day, then He tells us HIS REIGN ENDS on the last day when all is in subjection to God (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).

Our eternal infallible bodies will not be communicating with anyone’s unbelieving earthly bodies on a tangible/physical earth that was completely destroyed by the coming of His righteousness (16:20, Psalms 97:5). 1 Corinthians 1:29 specifically tells us that NO FLESH WILL GLORY IN GOD’S PRESENCE — this means that once Christ comes again to this earth, there will not be any sinful fleshly bodies that remain in His presence.

For Part 2 of this study, see the phrase-by-phrase word study of Revelation chapter 20 here: Revelation 20 Millennial Reign Explained.

False Doctrines Abound

Dispensationalism was the great deception brought to the U.S. in the 1830’s because our masonic Founding Fathers denounced Christ in their speeches and embraced Enlightenment. It’s false doctrines are the cause of the Falling Away that is going to unbind Satan and bring a physical Antichrist ruler back onto the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:3).

Dispensationalism taught Christians to think like escape artists rather than like martyrs. It taught them that they will be long gone before the Antichrist comes on the scene. It taught them that the mark of the beast is a visible mark that they will never see. It taught them that the Abomination is the Antichrist and that the Desolation will happen to some Jewish brick building. It taught them that they are going to reign over unrepentant people as angels on earth after Jesus destroys the earth. It taught them that they are lowlier than the unrepentant group because of their DNA. ALL LIES!

But the saddest of all…. dispensationalism took the Christian’s true kingdom from them. 90% of them don’t know where they are. They believe it is all coming in the future after they “fly away” before the Second Coming (theirs is not a first-and-a-half coming though because Jesus will only roll back the sky and stay in the clouds, His feet won’t touch the ground, so it’s not an “official” coming… um… ?!). Their blessed hope is a ticket out of here early instead of in the protection of Jesus Christ!

John 17:15, Jesus prayed: “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” God will keep us, not remove us.

You can shoot the messenger — I’m used to it and will love you anyway — but you have to know: No one is leaving before the Second Coming of Christ on the last day. There will be no teaching the lost and confused after Jesus returns. Your kingdom is here NOW and you’re reigning with your Savior. Satan is restrained right now, you’re going to see his release back into the world, and he’s going to be raging. Prepare yourselves by asking God for strength of faith in Christ Jesus, your blessed hope!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

“If any man have an ear, let him hear.” ~Revelation 13:9

For a phrase-by-phrase word study interpretation of Revelation chapter 20, see my article “Revelation 20 Millennial Reign Explained.”

Because this article was published on December 25, please consider reading “Is Christmas Jesus’ Birthday?” while you are here. Christ Jesus was born on the Day of Trumpets, September 11, 3 A.D. and the article explains exactly why. Thank you so much for reading and sharing God’s Truth!

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