Monday, April 10, 2017

Lent Season April 10

Going Beyond - Revelation
Carri Lynne Pratt
The 1,000 Year Reign
Today's Reading: Revelation 20:4-10 
"Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years." 
Revelation 20:6

In today's passage we see two major events. The first being the reward of a 1,000 year reign with Jesus Christ to those who made it through the Tribulation and "had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. " Rev 20:4
Apparently, this 1,000 years does not include any who died prior to this time period as we read:
"The rest of the dead did not come to life until 
the thousand years were ended."  Revelation 20:5

Could this have something to do with Satan being bound for 1,000 years?

We then read about the second event; that Satan is released to once more deceive the nations and gather his troops for one last battle.  Fortunately this battle lasts a very short time and God sends down fire from heaven to consume them.

This seems so very peculiar. Just a thought:  Think of how many generations 1,000 years would be. If you divide it by 20 that would be 50 generations. Let's say each generation represented a year, we could then parallel this time period to the year of jubilee found in Leviticus:

"And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan." Leviticus 25:10 

This would then make perfect sense, the land of the earth would be given back and Finally! The end of Satan arrives, 

"and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Revelation 20:10

Reflection: Why do you think Satan has such a strong belief he can conquer over God? Do you think the 1,000 years has a special significance?

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