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The First Thousand Years
by Wayne Blank
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6 KJV) [see When Will You Be Judged?]
"Thy Kingdom Come"
The 1,000 year period between The Return Of Jesus Christ with the first resurrection (Matthew 24:30, Zechariah 14:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17), and the second resurrection with the time of their Judgment (Revelation 20:5,11-15) has also become known as the Millennium, from the Latin word meaning "thousand years." It will be a very different world than has been allowed to run its course from ancient times to the present.
Unlike now, when Satan is still free (although his time is running short) to run amok through the world, during the 1,000 years he will be imprisoned. No more lies, no more deception (see A Brainwashed World)
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon 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" (Revelation 20:1-3 KJV)
The King of kings will rule with Truth and Justice (see The Coming World Dictator):
"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 unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, 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 [see The Zion Of The Lord] shall go forth the Law, and the word of The Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)
The "first harvest" of salvation will then be spirit beings, after being resurrected from the dead, or instantly transformed if alive that day, and they will rule with Christ:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection [again, see When Will You Be Judged?]: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6 KJV)
There is coming another physical Exodus, a far larger one:
"And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth [see The Gathering of Israel and Judah]. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim." (Isaiah 11:12-13 KJV)
A new nature will begin.
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of The Lord, as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) Jesus Christ called Himself "the Way"? How did He define that term? Who is Jesus Christ "the way" to? (b) What is the purpose of Christ's coming to earth? Who is the Son of God preparing the way for?