Study the Bible in Two Years

Thursday – Revelation 20

Introduction:  This chapter has been misinterpreted to mean that there will be a 1000 year reign of Jesus on this earth.  The main reasons for this wrong interpretation are:

A.  Since there was judgment at the end of chapter 19, some feel that chapter 20 must come after that.  They don’t understand that Judgment Day appears multiple times, and that this is the start of a new set of visions.

B. People think that they must take the number literally, when it is a prime example of the number symbolism in Revelation.  10x10x10=1,000 which means the complete time from Satan’s downfall at the time of Christ until the end of the world.  The Lord didn’t use the actual number of years because he doesn’t want us to know!!

This chapter, like the rest of Revelation, is a series of 3 visions that John “saw”.

Scene 1:  Satan is bound for 1,000 years.                    20:1-3

Scene 2:  Jesus and the saints rule for 1,000 years.      20:4-10

Scene 3:  Jesus is on the throne, judging all the dead.  20:11-15

1.  Before the end, Satan will be set free for a short time, 20:3.   This corresponds with what Jesus said in Matthew 24:24.  It is more fully explained in 20:7-8.  Why do you think the Lord will let Satan have so much power right near the end?

2.  Confusion results because of a poor translation about the saints who reign with Christ.  20:4 says that they “came to life” which makes you think of Resurrection Day.  Literally it says that they “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  How do the saints rule in heaven now?  See Luke 22:29-30.  How might the saints on earth rule with and for Christ now?  See  John 20:23

3.  We have the Resurrection and Judgment Day in 20:15.  How do you get your name written in the book of life?  How can you know for sure that your name is in it?

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