The Thousand Years
It is a good day when we look at the book of Revelation, not to give ourselves over to the impossible and unhelpful pursuit of parsing and speculating over every prophetic detail, but rather to see in its visions impact and application to our lives now. Revelation has always been and is, “A call for the endurance and faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:10b.)
As we get into Revelation 20:1-10 this Sunday, we’ll see God finally and completely dealing with the problem of evil, and we’ll witness the judgment of those who authored it, seeing the vindication of the victims of evil through the ages. We’ll all be reminded that evil’s best work is done in the shadows, through deception, but that its end is at hand and our hope of being free of it forever soon realized. The Revelation that John is seeing is building toward the exciting finale, the climax of all history!
Series: Great & Amazing—Revelation (Part2)
Message: 28–The Thousand Years
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Revelation 20:1-10
March 19, 2023
When God finally and completely deals with the problem of evil, I will...
...witness the judgment of those who authored it (v. 1-3)
Understanding Progressive Dispensationalism
...experience the vindication of its victims (v. 4-6)
...resist its ongoing deception (v. 3, 8)
What every human being is seeking:
Identity — Who am I?
Destiny — Where am I going?
Purpose — What am I doing here?
...and enjoy freedom from it forever (v. 7-10)
Even after Christ himself has reigned over humanity during the millennium, when the deceiver is set free from his prison, he finds people’s hearts still responsive to his seductions. This makes it plain that the ultimate root of sin is not poverty or inadequate social conditions or an unfortunate environment; it is the rebelliousness of the human heart. The millennium and the subsequent rebellion of humanity will prove that people cannot blame their sinfulness on their environment or unfortunate circumstances; in the final judgment, the decrees of God will be shown to be just and righteous.
George Eldon Ladd