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This thousand-year reign of Christ, also called the Millennium, offers people who have not known Christ or His true expectations an opportunity to respond to Him. It is important to note that this is not a second chance. It will be the first and only chance for these people. The Bible teaches that everyone will have an opportunity to come to God (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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For those called today, the firstfruits, the opportunity (judgment) is now (1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
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). Others will have this opportunity during the Millennium.

As for those who are alive at the start of the Millennium, these people are ones who will have lived through the cataclysmic events of the return of Jesus Christ—called the “day of the Lord” in the Bible. Their physical lives will continue as the Kingdom of God is established here on earth (Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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As to what the life span of human beings during the Millennium will be, the Bible doesn't explicitly say. It probably will be at least as long as people live today, and perhaps longer (see Zechariah 8:4 Zechariah 8:4Thus said the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
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). People will have children (verse 5). One important change in human life during this time, however, will be the interaction of the spirit world with human beings.

During the Millennium, Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:1-2 Revelation 20:1-2 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
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) and the firstfruits, God's people who will have been changed into spirit at Christ's return (1 Corinthians 15:52 1 Corinthians 15:52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
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), will be actively teaching people God's ways.

Commenting on this time, Isaiah 30:20-21 Isaiah 30:20-21 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: 21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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says: “And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

Satan's constant influence to cause people to sin, which is part of this present evil world, will be replaced by spirit beings who will help guide people into godly paths.

Because of this positive teaching and guidance by spirit beings and the fact that God's law will be going out to all the earth from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-3 Isaiah 2:2-3 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
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), it seems that people living in the Millennium will know about this period of time and that this is their opportunity to respond to God.

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  • nchronister
    So in light of this teaching, please explain the verse in Rev 20 that states that the Righteous are in Heaven and reign with Messiah for a 1000 years… 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power…. It goes on to say, that when Satan is loosed (after the 1000 yrs), he will deceive the nations to battle assembling a GREAT ARMY (the number of whom is as of the sand of the sea) to take the beloved city and he and they are destroyed by fire from heaven. So, who are those we are teaching during that 1000 years, and where does it say that we will do so on the earth. The Bible says that at Messiah’s 2nd coming, he calls the dead out of the graves and translates the living righteous and destroys those who did not believe. Isaiah 11:4 Isaiah 11:4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
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    , 2 Thess 1:7-10.. others.. How is Satan bound for the 1000 years? Exactly how can the god of this present evil world, be bound… is he (and his demons) cast into some spirit realm so that the people on the earth (and who are they since it tells us that the rest of the dead live not again till the 1000 years are expired) can learn about God? I just don’t understand your teaching on this and what I read in the Word of God does not match up with what you say.
  • United Church of God
    Hi, You stated that Revelation 20 indicates that the righteous are in heaven; there is no mention that the righteous are in heaven, or rule from heaven. “Heaven” is used in Revelation 20 twice: “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand” (Revelation 20:1 Revelation 20:1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
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    ). “They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9 Revelation 20:9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
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    ). Neither verse references the saints ruling in heaven. One scripture defines where the righteous kings and priests will rule. Jesus Christ will return to the earth to set up the kingdom of God here, “And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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    ). Who the teachers are during the 1,000 years of the millennial reign can be found in Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
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    , “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” This righteous and faithful group in the first resurrection will reign with Christ as the Kingdom of God is established, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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    ). The people that physically survive until the return of Jesus Christ will be the ones that the resurrected saints rule. We also read that the rest of the dead did not live again until after the 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5 Revelation 20:5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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    ). This refers to all people who have ever lived and not understood the truth of God and Jesus Christ. Your last thought concerned the ability of God to confine Satan in an abyss. Never limit the power of God (Isaiah 55:8-9 Isaiah 55:8-9 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
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    ). God will bind Satan for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-2 Revelation 20:1-2 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
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    ). That time of binding means that Satan and every demon will not have the ability to harm those on the earth with their deception; this is specifically part of God’s plan (Revelation 20:3 Revelation 20:3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on 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.
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