From Advent to Advent

Series: End Times

From Advent to Advent

October 11, 2020 | Paul Duppenthaler

Revelation 20 is one of the most misunderstood and debated passages of the whole Bible.  In American popular evangelicalism over the last century, the millennium is largely understood as a literal 1000 year reign of Christ in earth. Speculations of what this looks like and why it is needed abound! But there is another way to understand the millennium that the majority of the Church worldwide has accepted... that the millennium encompasses Christ's heavenly reign from heaven above for the whole period of time from His first coming until He returns... from advent to advent.   

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From Advent To Advent

The Present Millennium

Rev. 20:1-10 

1. SATAN’S DECEPTION IS  , and the Gospel flourishes.

Rev. 20:1–3 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. 

Satan was bound by Jesus which has opened up the door for the Great Commission!

Mt 12:28–29 If it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.”

Revelation 12:8–9 He was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 

2. PERSECUTION HAS  ; deceased believers are vindicated.

Revelation 20:4-6 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. 

Though persecution continues, even the worst-case scenario is a blessing. 

Revelation 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” 

3. SATAN’S LAST BATTLE  ; God fully and finally exercises sovereign justice. 

Revelation 20:7-10 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

We can live through anything if we know the end of the story is good.

2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

Series Information

In one sense, the whole Bible is apocalyptic! It is God's revelation of Himself and His Big Story! As we live through "apocalyptic" times, we need to know where we are in the Story, how can we thrive in it, and why we shouldn't be anxious about it.

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