This study will look into the 1,000 years after Christ returns to take all the people who are saved to Heaven.
Take a look at the questions and the texts and see what you can discover!
1. What great event will take place at Jesus’ second coming?
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51:55
Those who have died in Christ will rise first from the grave. Then those are alive and saved and see Him come, will join them and ascend in the air to go to heaven.
2. Where will the redeemed ones go with Jesus? How long will they remain there and what will they do?
John 14:1-3, Revelation 7:9, Revelation 20:4-6, 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
They will live with God in paradise, in the place He has been preparing all this time. And their, they will reign with Him for 1,000 years – The Millennium. During this time, those who have been redeemed will judge the world, looking at the cases of all those who didn’t make it to heaven, and even angels. At this time a life of paradise will have started.
3. Where will all the wicked be during this time? Where will Satan be?
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, 2:8, Revelation 20:1-3,
The wicked who died before Christ returns, will not rise again until after the 1,000 years have ended. God’s people will be in heaven, so Satan will be alone, bound to the empty and desolate earth for the 1,000 years.
After that time, Satan will be “loosed” again for a short while, before he is ultimately and finally destroyed.
4. What event will “loose” Satan? and what will he immediately do?
Revelation 20:5-7, John 5:28-29
The events of the second resurrection when those not saved will be raised to receive their reward. Satan receives power as he sees the masses of people and seeks to tempt them once more. Satan urges the lost to overthrow the New Jerusalem but fire destroys them.
5. How will the saints and the New Jerusalem reach the Earth?
They will descend from heaven on high down towards Earth. Some scholars suggest that the reference to the mountain refers to the Holy City hovering above the Earth, or resting on a high points such as a mountain, but not resting ‘level’ with the rest of the Earth. The bible suggests that the New Jerusalem rests on the mount of olives.
6. What is the grand climax of God’s Gospel plan?
2 Peter 3:9-13, Revelation 21:1-7
The restoration of the world to a brand new Earth where God dwells among His people is the ultimate goal. The chain of events has already begun with the signs of Jesus’ return. When He comes, His people will go with Him to heaven, reigning for 1,000 years and judging the world while Satan is bound to the empty Earth. When the time is up, God and His people come down with the Holy City. Then Satan and all the wicked are destroyed once and for all. Finally, God will fulfil His promise to renew the Earth, giving His people their reward and inheritance for being faithful during this time and they will live forever.