The Millennium: Part 8

The Millennium: Part 8

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“and when the thousand years were completed, Satan will be loosed from his prison” (Καὶ ὅταν τελεσθῇ τὰ χίλια ἔτη, λυθήσεται ὁ σατανᾶς ἐκ τῆς φυλακῆς αὐτοῦ). Verse 7 continues the progression of John’s narrative and takes place after verses 1-6. After the church age, Satan will be released from his prison to engage in a time of heightened spiritual warfare against Christ and His people. Just as his binding was the result of the authority of Christ who holds the keys, so he does not escape from prison and so release himself but is let out by Christ and is still under His sovereign hand.

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The Millennium: Part 7

The Millennium: Part 7

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“blessed and holy is the one having a share in the first resurrection, over these the second death does not have power, but they will be priests of God and of the Messiah and they will reign with Him a thousand years” μακάριος καὶ ἅγιος ὁ ἔχων μέρος ἐν τῇ ἀναστάσει τῇ πρώτῃ· ἐπὶ τούτων ὁ δεύτερος θάνατος οὐκ ἔχει ἐξουσίαν, ἀλλ᾽ ἔσονται ἱερεῖς τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ βασιλεύσουσιν μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ [τὰ] χίλια ἔτη). Verse 6 is an interpretation of the first resurrection and constitutes the main point of verses 1-6. John’s assertion that the saints are blessed is grounded in three realities: the second death has no power over them, they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Christ for a thousand years. This is the fifth of seven benedictions in the book of Revelation (1:3, 14:13, 16:15, 19:19, 20:6, 22:7, 22:14), and contains close parallels with 2:10-11 and 14:13.

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The Millennium: Part 6

The Millennium: Part 6

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“and they came to life and reigned with the Messiah for a thousand years. This is the first resurrection” (καὶ ἔζησαν καὶ ἐβασίλευσαν μετὰ τοῦ Χριστοῦ χίλια ἔτη. οἱ λοιποὶ τῶν νεκρῶν οὐκ ἔζησαν ἄχρι τελεσθῇ τὰ χίλια ἔτη. Αὕτη ἡ ἀνάστασις ἡ πρώτη). Verses 4e-5 are in series with the rest of verse 4 and relate to each other in a positive negative relationship. Verse 4e and 5 are the most contested sections of the whole passage because how one takes ἔζησαν in 4e determines his view on the millennium. Ladd says, “The crux of the entire exegetical problem is the meaning of this word,” and “The exegete must decide whether or not it means [physical] resurrection; and upon this decision will be determined how he interprets the entire passage.”[1]

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The Millennium: Part 5

The Millennium: Part 5

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“And I saw” (Καὶ εἶδον). Here again John repeats the phrase “and I saw” reminding his readers that what follows is still describing his vision and we should interpret it as such. This verse is a progression from John’s vision of Satan to his vision of the reigning saints.

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The Millennium: Part 4

The Millennium: Part 4

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“in order that he might no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years are completed” (ἵνα μὴ πλανήσῃ ἔτι τὰ ἔθνη ἄχρι τελεσθῇ τὰ χίλια ἔτη). This clause introduces the purpose of the binding of Satan and raises the second difficulty the premillennial interpretation faces. It is entirely possible that Satan is bound with respect to deceiving the nations but not with respect to other activities, i.e. persecuting Christians. The parallel phrase in verse 8 (“deceiving the nations”) indicates we ought to look at Satan’s actions once he is released. In verse 8 John tells us that after Satan is released from his prison he will come out “to deceive the nations…to gather them together for the war.” The result of the removal of Satan’s binding is that he deceives the nations so as to bring them together in war against God’s people. Therefore, at least part of what it means for Satan to be bound is that he is not able to accomplish the scale of deception necessary to gather the nations for war.

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