Lesson 24 - The Millennium
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The word millennium means one thousand years. The millennium is the closing period of God’s great week of time. For six thousand years neither the earth nor the people of the earth have had rest. The millennium is a great Sabbath of rest for the earth and for the people of God. Its beginning is marked by the return of Jesus to claim His people, and its end is marked by the final destruction of sin and suffering, and the re-creation of the earth. We find the millennium brought to view in Revelation 20.
1. How many resurrections are there? John 5:28, 29
2. What group of people have part in the first resurrection? Revelation 20:4, 6
3. What happens to the saints when Christ returns? John 14:3
NOTE: When you compare this text with 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, it is apparent that Christ comes to take the saints from this world to heaven.
4. What becomes of the living wicked at Christ’s coming? Luke 17:26-30
5. What does the apostle Paul say about Christ’s coming? 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3
6. With the righteous taken to heaven and all the wicked dead, what happens to Satan, the one with whom sin began? Revelation 20:1-3
NOTE: This earth will then be in a most desolate condition. With no men to tempt, and with no way to continue the rebellion against God that he has been carrying on for thousands of years, Satan is a prisoner, forced to remain on the earth and reflect upon his long course of rebellion.
7. What will the saints do during the millenium? Revelation 20:4-6
8. Whom does Paul say the saints are to judge? 1 Corinthians 6:1-3
NOTE: It is apparent that the saints of all ages, along with Christ, are to take part in a work of judgment during this one thousand years.
9. When the 1,000 years have ended, what will happen to the wicked? Revelation 20:5
10. What change then takes place in Satan’s condition? Revelation 20:7
11. As soon as the wicked are raised from the dead, what does Satan at once proceed to do?
12. Who do the wicked then make war against? Revelation 20:9
13. For whom did God originally prepare the fire? Matthew 25:41
NOTE: The fire is called “everlasting” because of the kind of work it does. It destroys forever. It is called unquenchable, because nothing can put it out until it has completely burned up everything that has to do with sin and sinners, leaving no trace of the rebellion to be found. Notice that it was “eternal” fire that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, reducing them to ashes. See Jude 7; 2 Peter 2:6.
14. How completely will men be destroyed? Malachi 4:1
NOTE: Through sin (rebellion against the government of heaven), the wicked have given up their right to everlasting life. Terrible as this judgment may seem to be, it is an act of mercy, for to allow them to continue to live would be to allow sin to continue, with all the suffering, sorrow and misery that it brings. When their destruction is complete, nothing of real value will have been lost. The experiment with sin in which we have been involved with for these thousands of years, will be over, and God will then carry out his original plan of peopling the earth with a race of holy, happy beings. See 2 Peter 3:13.
15. What is this death called? Revelation 20:14
16. How will this earth be destroyed? 2 Peter 3:10-12
17. With the earth purified by fire and all that reminds of sin destroyed, what may the redeemed look forward to? 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1
NOTE: See Isaiah 65:21-25.
18. How will life then be different from our present life? Revelation 21:4
19. What is the promise to those who are saved? Revelation 3:21
“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Revelation 5:13.