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Revelation 20,
The 1,000 Years,
The Great White
Throne Judgment
by Rod Ross
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants
things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto
his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus
Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the
words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is
at hand. (Revelation 1:1-3 KJV)

It is not possible to understand what John speaks of without understanding the
introduction to the book. A revelation is an unveiling, or a revealing. It is not a book
that is meant to be concealed in a cloud of mystery, but it is a book whose message is to
be found, not in literal language, but in signs and symbols – in figurative language. This
is not an undecipherable message, but one that is revealed in the language of
prophecy. Most of what is said talks about things which would happen shortly, or
quickly. What goes beyond that, is written to comfort the saints.

The messenger of God came with the key of the bottomless pit – a reference back to
Revelation 1:18 and 9:1. He lays hold on the Enemy of mankind, Satan, the Serpent in
the beginning. He is cast into the bottomless pit – a representation of the prophecy of
Genesis 3:15. 1,000 years is a representation of the Gospel Age – the Church Era.
The length of Jesus' reign with his saints is called a thousand years. This symbol is
used often in the Bible to refer to large, but complete set. For example, in Deuteronomy
7:9, "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps
covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His
commandments," Moses is not limiting God's mercy to exactly one-thousand
generations, but to indicate that He is always merciful. "For every beast of the forest is
Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills" (Psalm 50:10). God is not saying there is
exactly one thousand hills with His cattle, but to say that all the cattle in the world
belong to Him. The thousand year reign is not a literal thousand years, but a symbol of a
long and complete reign that encompasses the rest of the world's years. It does not
make sense to take one symbol and assign it a literal meaning while assigning
figurative meanings to all the other symbols in the same passage. Yet, many have done
so when they declare that Jesus will reign for a thousand years.

        http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVstudies/Revelation/22ThousandYearReign.htm

Those who will reign during the 1,00 years are those who are the faithful in Christ. The
Martyrs, who are beheaded by Rome because of their unwillingness to recant on their
faith in Christ and their unwillingness to declare the Emperor, lord and god, reign with
Jesus. These who have been resurrected to serve righteousness in baptism, have
taken part in the first resurrection. They are priest and kings before God.[1 Peter 2:1-9;
Revelation 1:6; 5:10]

It is at the end of the 1,000 years – at the end of the Christian Era – that Satan will be
loosed, all the dead shall arise, and the eternal destiny of all will be assigned. The
judgment will occur then.

At the resurrection of the just and the unjust is given the picture of a great white
throne judgment. All those who have lived are brought before Him, both small and
great. Whether they have died at sea, or on the land, it makes no difference – all come
before Him. The books are opened, including the book of life, and all men are judged
according to their works. This is the end of death, and it is the end of those who are not
found written in the book of life – they are cast into the lake of fire, that place which we
generally call HELL. The word “hell” in this passage refers not to the lake of fire, but to
the hadean world – the abode of the dead.

        A-Millennialism – The belief that the 1,000 years in Revelation is figurative, and
not literal.

        Post-Millennialism – The belief that the 1,000 years in Revelation comes before
the physical return of Jesus. Thus Jesus’ return is after or Post, the 1,000 years or

        Pre-Millennialism – The belief that the 1,000 years in Revelation comes after the
physical return of Jesus. Thus Jesus’ return is before or Pre, the 1,000 years in
Revelation or millennium.

Postmillennialism is mistaken but does not make damnable changes to the Scheme of

Premillennialism changes the Scheme of Redemption. It denies that Jesus reigns now. It
divides into numerous physical resurrections (at least one for the righteous and
another for the unrighteous). Depending upon the source, it gives a second chance to
men. Those who live on the earth during the Millennium are a category unto

It is difficult, if not impossible, the give a simple definition of the terms of
Premillennialism. The Tribulation is either entirely before the return of Jesus, half is
before the return and half is after, or the Tribulation is entirely after the return of
Jesus. There are up to twelve judgments and eight resurrections. (The chart below is
just a sample.)