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The 1000 years / millennium
The 1000 years or the millennium is a period that will take place after the second coming of Christ. It is mentioned in the book of Revelation during which Satan will be bound on earth and the righteous will be in heaven.
The chronological events at the beginning of the 1000 years
The second coming of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:30, 31).
The saved dead raised to life (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
The saved given immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51–55).
The saved given bodies like Jesus (1 John 3:2; Philippians 3:20, 21).
All the saved caught up into the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
The living sinners destroyed by God (Isaiah 11:4).
The unsaved dead remain in their graves until the end of the 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5).
Christ takes the righteous to heaven (John 13:33, 36; 14:2, 3).
The devil is bound (Revelation 20:1–3).
The chain that Satan will be bound with is symbolic. Satan is “tied down” because he has no one to deceive and lead astray. The sinners are all dead and the saints are all in heaven. God binds Satan to this earth so he cannot harm anyone. Forcing the devil to stay on the earth, alone with his evil angels for a thousand years will be the most maddening chain ever made.
The chronological events during the 1000 years
The earth is in complete blackout and desolate, a “bottomless pit” (Jeremiah 4:23, 28).
The devil is bound and forced to stay on the earth (Revelation 20:1–3).
The saints are in heaven participating in the judgment (Revelation 20:4).
The sinners are all dead (Jeremiah 4:25; Isaiah 11:4).
The chronological events at the end of the 1000 years
The Holy city settles on the Mount of Olives, which becomes a great plain (Zechariah 14:4, 10).
The Father, His angels, and all of the saints come down with Jesus (Revelation 21:1–3; Matthew 25:31; Zechariah 14:5).
The wicked dead are raised; Satan is loosed (Revelation 20:5, 7).
The devil deceives the entire world to capture the New Jerusalem (Revelation 20:8).
The sinners surround the holy city (Revelation 20:9).
The sinners are destroyed by God’s fire (Revelation 20:9).
New heavens and earth are created (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).
The saints enjoy eternity with God on the new earth (Revelation 21:2–4).
God will create new heavens and a new earth. Sin and its destructiveness will vanish forever. God’s children will inherit the kingdom promised to them. “They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10). The kingdom Christ prepared for His children (John 14:1–3) will be glorious (1 Corinthians 2:9).
How will the destruction of wicked affect God?
God will be relieved and overjoyed that the deadly sin disease is gone forever and that the universe is forever pure. But God will also have a profound sadness over the fact that so many of those whom He loves—and for whom Christ died—decided to sin and reject His free offer of love. Even Satan himself was once God’s anointed angel. But he too chose to rebel against God and do wickedness. It will be an agonizing experience for God to see His own children die. God will say with deep sorrow and pain, “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? … My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred” (Hosea 11:8).
In His service,