Grave Matters (Part 4: What About the Millennium and Eternity?)

“GRAVE MATTERS – Part 4” [What About the Millennium and Eternity?]

INTRO: We’re in a series about death, resurrection and eternity. We’ve looked at what happens when we die, the resurrection, and the judgment (which follows Christ’s return). Today’s focus: the millennium and eternity.

I. What about the Millennium (Rev. 20:1-10)?

  1. The millennium is defined as a 1,000-year period of time (literal or figurative?) of Christ ruling with the saints.
  2. THE THREE PRIMARY MILLENNIAL VIEWS:
    1. Pre-millennial – Jesus returns before a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth.
    2. A-millennial – typically sees the millennium occurring presently in heaven (figurative 1,000 years).
    3. Post-millennial – typically sees the millennium occurring presently on earth (figurative 1,000 years).
  3. Characteristics: The devil bound (vv. 1-3). The saints reign with Christ (vv. 4, 6). After, the devil is released to deceive and gather nations against the saints, but is devoured by fire from God (vv. 3, 7-9), then is cast into the lake of fire forever (v. 10).
  4. The above is interpreted in various ways and in various degrees of literal/figurative & past/present/future.

II. After the Judgment, those not Written in the Book of Life will be Cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:15; 21:8).

III. Those Written in the Book of Life will be Given Eternal Rewards (Rom. 2:6; 1Cor. 3:14; Matt. 25:21, 34; Rev. 22:12).

IV. After the Judgment, a New Heaven & New Earth (Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:10, 12-13).

  1. This is interpreted with varying degrees of literal (future) and figurative (some see as already past).
  2. Renovation by some degree with fire (vv. 10).

V. The New Jerusalem (Rev. 21-22:5).

  1. Heaven & earth are married/become one (v. 2; Mt. 6:10).
  2. Characteristics of eternal state (Rev. 21:3-22:5).

CONCLUSION: (2Pet. 3:11, 14; Rev. 22:17, 20-21) What about the Rapture, Tribulation, & 2nd Coming? Next!

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