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The Rapture And A Thousand Years Of Peace
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At the second coming of Yahushua, mighty changes will take place upon the earth, it will be destroyed and a place of total darkness. Satan will be bound in this desolate earth that the Scripture describes as "the bottomless pit." He will be held prisoner here for a thousand years.
The Bible does not teach that the millennium will be a thousand years of peace and prosperity here upon earth. This is Satan's deception.
There are currently five unBibilical teachings circulating about the millennium:
A. That Yahushua will not come the second time until the end of the millennium. This is post-millennialism. Those who believe this put Yahushua's coming at least one thousand years in the future. Satan is pleased thus to remove the thought and event far, far away.
B. That the millennium will be preceded by a secret coming of Yahushua. Although Yahushua did everything He could to make it clear that His coming would be open and public before saints and sinners (see Revelation 1:7; Acts 1:9-11).
C. That the millennium is to be preceded by a seven-year reign of Antichrist. A great host of people today, with all the glorious light of prophecy shining upon world history, do not see the real Antichrist and are looking for one to appear after Yahushua has come. This false theory came as a part of the Counter-Reformation, and was introduced to offset the mighty work of such men as Luther, Calvin, Knox, Wesley, and all the other great Reformers.
D. The misconception that the gospel will still be preached during the millennium, after the second coming of Yahushua.
E. That Yahushua has already come; and the dead will be raised from time to time during the millennium and given a second chance to accept the gospel while the devil is chained up.
If we believe any of the above five deceptions, we are more likely to procrastinate and lose our salvation because of the belief that Yahushua will not be here for at least one thousand years; so you can get ready after the secret coming of Yahushua.
Let's study what the Bible teaches about the Millennium.
The Beginning Of The Millennium
1. When Yahushua comes the second time, what will happen to the cities of earth?
"And the cities of the nations fell." Revelation 16:19.
"I beheld, and, lo , the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of Yahuwah, and by his fierce anger. For thus hath Yahuwah said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end." Jeremiah 4:26, 27.
Answer: The whole earth will become desolate from the devastating earthquake and hailstorm.
2. To what condition will the earth be reduced?
"Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form and void; and the heavens, and they had no light." Jeremiah 4:20, 23.
Answer: Total destruction and the earth will be depopulated.
3. What five events mark the beginning of the Millennium?
A. Second coming of Yahushua.
"For this we say unto you by the word of the Master, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Master shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Master Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahuwah; and the dead in the Anointed shall rise first." 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16.
B. Righteous dead resurrected (the first resurrection).
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of Yahuwah and of the Anointed, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” Revelation 20:6.
"The dead in the Anointed shall rise first,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16.
This is the "resurrection of life" to which Yahushua referred (John 5:29). Only the "blessed and holy" come forth to life eternal in this first resurrection.
C. Wicked living slain.
"The Master Yahushua shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not Yahuwah, and that obey not the gospel of our Master Yahushua, the Anointed." 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8. (See 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Jeremiah 25:31-33.)
The angry nations at war with one another receive of the wrath of Yahuwah as Yahushua, the "King of kings and Master of master," comes to "destroy them which destroy the earth" (Revelation 11:18). As Sovereign Master of the world, Yahushua uses His arsenal of weapons, which are much more potent than any thermonuclear devices and atomic bombs that are likely to be used in the war of Armageddon.
"The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10. The spirits of devils inspire the Armageddon conflict. Satan rejoices in war and in the death of Yahuwah's creatures. All nations from east, west, south, and north plunge into the terrible slaughter. Then Yahuwah arises to punish the transgressors of His law of love.
"Yahuwah shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from his Holy habitation. . .For Yahuwah hath a controversy with the nations. . . Evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth." Jeremiah 25:30-32. "The kings of the earth and of the whole world" (Revelation 16:14) are destroyed as Yahushua, the great warrior of heaven, rides forth to put down the forces of rebellion (Revelation 19:11-16). All the wicked die and the earth is depopulated.
D. All the righteous taken to heaven.
"The dead in the Anointed shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Master." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. (See John 14:1-3).
The resurrected saints and the living righteous are taken out of this world to heaven. Please remember that the hour is coming when mercy's voice will be hushed (Revelation 22:11). Then the seven last plagues will be poured out upon an unrepentant world. Armageddon, coming during the sixth plague, follows after man's probation has closed. Those who wait for the time of that battle to get ready for heaven will be disappointed; it will be too late then.
E. Satan is bound.
"And He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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 20:2-3.
Yahushua said that He would return and take His people to the mansions He went to prepare. That settles it for you, doesn't it? He will take all the righteous to heaven. The wicked living will perish. The wicked dead who are already in their graves will remain there. Satan will be left alone in the ruined earth, his work of deception ended for 1,000 years. Satan is sentenced to a one-thousand-year term of imprisonment in this world-the very pit of destruction. He is truly bound, "that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled."
4. After the righteous are taken to heaven by Yahushua at His coming, how many persons will be left living on the earth?
"I beheld, and, lo there was no man." Jeremiah 4:25.
Answer: The living wicked will be slain by the very presence of Yahushua at the second coming. When an angel appeared at Yahushua's tomb, the entire group of Roman guards fell as dead men (Matthew 28:2, 4). When the brightness of all the angels, our loving Father Yahuwah, and His Son combine, the wicked will die as if hit by lightning. Bear in mind that the wicked already dead when Yahushua returns, will still remain in their graves until the end of the 1,000 years. " For our Eloah is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:29.
5. What has happened to the wicked?
"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming." 2 Thessalonians 2:8.
"And the slain of Yahuwah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground." Jeremiah 25: 33.
Answer: The wicked will be utterly overwhelmed by the awful splendor of His coming and will all fall dead to the ground (see 2 Thessalonians 2:8). Unnumbered millions of dead of all nations will be scattered over the earth. There will be no one to lament them or bury them. Wherever they fall, they must remain until the second resurrection.
6. What will happen to Satan at Yahushua's coming?
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years." Revelation 20:1, 2.
NOTE: "Here is to be the home of Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Limited to the earth, he will not have access to other worlds to tempt and annoy those who have never fallen. It is in this sense that he is bound: there are none remaining, upon whom he can exercise his power. He is wholly cut off from the work of deception and ruin which for so many centuries has been his sole delight. . . For six thousand years, Satan's work of rebellion has 'made the earth to tremble.' He had 'made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof.' And he 'opened not the house of his prisoners.' For six thousand years his prison house has received [Yahuwah's] people, and he would have held them captive forever; but [Yahushua] had broken his bonds and set the prisoners free.
"Even the wicked are now placed beyond the power of Satan, and alone with his evil angels he remains to realize the effect of the curse which sin has brought. 'The kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own house [the grave]. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch. . . . Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people.' Isaiah 14:18-20." The Great Controversy, page 659, 660.
7. After Satan is bound, where will he be cast?
"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." Revelation 20:3.
Answer: The bottomless pit here referred to is the earth after it has been broken down, made waste and void, and when the sun no longer shines upon it, as described above. It will become a desolate dungeon, and in this abyss Satan and his angels will be confined for one thousand years. He can "deceive the nations no more," because the righteous are in heaven examining the records, and the wicked are dead upon the earth. Thus, he is bound and he cannot even leave the earth to go to other worlds in the universe to try to annoy and deceive them into sin.
NOTE: “For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate earth to behold the results of his rebellion against the law of [Yahuwah]. During this time his sufferings are intense. Since his fall his life of unceasing activity has banished reflection; but he is now deprived of his power and left to contemplate the part which he has acted since first he rebelled against the government of heaven, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the dreadful future when he must suffer for all the evil that he has done and be punished for the sins that he has caused to be committed.” The Great Controversy, page 660.
8. What are the four pieces of evidence that mark the 1,000-year period?
A. The earth is desolate-a bottomless pit.
"I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of Yahuwah, and by His fierce anger. For thus hath Yahuwah said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end." Jeremiah 4:23-27.
The desolation of the earth is brought on by a series of tragic events: (1) the awful plagues, including the general carnage and devastation of Armageddon, huge hailstones and devastating earthquake (Revelation 16:18-21; 6:14-17); (2) the awesome advent of Yahushua in glory, at which time the wicked are destroyed by fire and the earth is broken up by a great earthquake (Revelation 16:17-21).
B. The wicked are all dead (Jeremiah 4:25; Isaiah 11:4).
C. Satan and his angels are "bound" on a desolate earth (Revelation 20:1-3).
D. The righteous are engaged in a work of judgment in heaven (Revelation 20:4-6).
"I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yahushua, and for the Word of Yahuwah, 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 the Anointed a thousand years" Revelation 20:4. (See 1 Corinthians 6:1-3.)
NOTE: The Bible teaches that the saved will have a part in the judgment. But why have a judgment after all cases have been decided? When Yahushua comes, He brings His reward with Him and takes His people to heaven. But the wicked are to be raised from the dead at the end of the 1,000 years, to receive the punishment of the second death. Just how will Yahuwah deal with these cases? Who will burn in the lake of fire for a short time? Who for a longer time?
Suppose you had a very dear Christian friend on earth whom you thought would be in heaven, but in heaven he was not to be found. Well, during the millennium you will find out just how Yahuwah has dealt with his case and the cases of all others. Yahuwah takes a thousand years for this work. He will run no risk of having one single doubt in any mind about His work for fallen man. When the wicked finally have sentence pronounced upon them, it will be clear to all that they deserve the punishment.
During this period Yahuwah allows the saved to sit, as it were, beside Him and learn how hard He tried to save every person. I think we shall understand Him better and love Him more after we have learned from the Saviour, Himself, His story of salvation. Don't you? When it is all over we shall say, "True and righteous are Thy judgments." Revelation 16:7. There will be no soil in our hearts for the growth of seeds of doubt. "Yahuwah shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Revelation 21:4.
During the 1,000 years, every soul who has ever lived on earth will be in one of two places: (1) on the earth, dead and lost, or (2) in heaven, taking part in the judgment. Yahuwah invites you to be in heaven. Please accept His invitation.
Events At The Close Of The Millennium
9. What is to happen at the end of the one thousand years?
"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20: 5. This is "the resurrection of damnation" spoken of by Yahushua, as recorded in John 5:29. Only the righteous are raised in the first resurrection. See Revelation 20:6. Since the righteous dead were raised one thousand years earlier, the expression, "the rest of the dead," must refer to the wicked.
Answer: The wicked will be raised to life.
The wicked dead are raised.
The Holy City descends to earth with the saints.
Satan mobilizes the vast multitude of the wicked against the Holy City and the saints.
Yahuwah destroys sin, sinners, death, and hell in that last, final destruction. This is the second death.
Yahuwah creates a new earth with all the marks and tracings of sin erased, and He will dwell with His people forever.
Special Assignment for further personal study:
The correct method of Scripture study is to look at (all) texts relevant to a subject before coming to a conclusion.
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:"
This study is necessary to arrive at the correct quiz answers regarding: (a) some of the things the saved will do after the one thousand years and (b) the fate that awaits the righteous at the second coming.
We are given a glimpse of eternal life conditions and activities in the following texts: Isaiah 65:17-25; John 1:14; John 14:2-3; Hebrews 1:2; 1 Thess. 4:17; Revelation 14:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 22:14 (Tree of life); Genesis 1:1; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; 1 Peter 1 (the mysteries of salvation).
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of Yahuwah! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" Romans 11:33
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9)
There will never be a dull moment; we will have all eternity to keep learning and discovering new things! Examine the above texts carefully and make a list of some of the wonderful things we can anticipate in the world to come. Below is an example of how to link texts to arrive at a conclusion:
HE CREATED THE EARTH - and everything else in the whole universe!
"In the beginning Yahuwah created the heaven and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in Yahuwah, who created all things by Yahushua:" (Ephesians 3:9)
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:" (Colossians 1:16)
HE LATER VISITED US IN PERSON -
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
HE ALSO MADE OTHER WORLDS -
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;" (Hebrews 1:2)
WE WILL BE WITH HIM -
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3)
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master." (1 Thess. 4:17)
WE WILL FOLLOW HIM WHEREVER HE GOES -
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahuwah and to the Lamb." (Rev. 14:4)
If He created the earth and later visited us, then it is reasonable to anticipate that He will also visit the other worlds that He made and if we will be with Him always, then we will accompany Him on those exhilarating visits!
The above example shows how we can arrive at one of the correct answers to question #24 in the quiz.
Question: What fate awaits the righteous at the second coming?
Correct Answer: The exhilarating experience of discovering and visiting new places in the universe.
Now, re-examine all the given texts; if necessary, maybe you can find more Scriptures on your own to help you arrive at the other correct answers for the quiz.
NOTE: “At the close of the thousand years the second resurrection will take place. Then the wicked will be raised from the dead and appear before [Yahuwah] for the execution of 'the judgment written.' Thus the revelator, after describing the resurrection of the righteous, says: 'The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.' Revelation 20:5. And Isaiah declares, concerning the wicked: 'They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.' Isaiah 24:22.” The Great Controversy