Revelation's 1,000 Years

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Unemployment is no trivial matter. During the first decade of the 21st century, the global economy contracted, and jobs became much more difficult to find. It isn’t usually good news to find out that someone is out of work. But what if you found out Satan was out of a job? What if something happened that was so epic that Satan found himself unemployed—for 1,000 years?
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At his core, Satan is a liar. He told the Bible’s original lie when he told Eve that she would not die (Genesis 3:4), and he continues to lie to the human family—especially as he misrepresents the character of God.
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As incredible as it seems, Satan came to the place where he wanted worship. Self-­exaltation led Satan to want to draw people to follow himself rather than render their allegiance to God.
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When does Satan’s domination of planet Earth come to an end?

I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a %BLANK% %BLANK%.
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The Bible tells us that Satan will be bound for 1,000 years. During this millennium, Satan will be held fast—no longer receiving the homage of those who gave him their allegiance while he dominated the earth. The word “millennium” is derived from two Latin words: mille, meaning “thousand,” and annus, meaning “year.” Although the word “millennium” does not appear in the Bible, the millennium itself does. The millennium is the 1,000 ­year period written about by John in Revelation chapter 20.
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The millennium, when Satan is bound, causes Satan to be jobless for 1,000 years. He is essentially out of business, unable to “deceive the nations.”
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When Jesus returns, the kingdoms of the world are swept away. (Daniel 2:44) It is at this time that the righteous dead are raised and taken to heaven. Satan can no longer tempt them.
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The resurrection of life takes place when Jesus returns—at the beginning of the millennium. The resurrection of condemnation takes place at the end of Revelation’s 1,000 years.
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Jesus made it clear that His saved people will be with Him in heaven. All of God’s children will spend the 1,000 years of Revelation in His presence in heaven!
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The return of Jesus causes the wicked people living on earth to be destroyed. However, according to Revelation 20:5, they “live again” at the conclusion of the millennium.
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The destruction on planet Earth will be complete. Nobody will mourn over the dead, and there will be no funeral services held. The dead will simply decay on the surface of the earth. The world with all its billions of people will be completely depopulated. There will not be one human alive on earth after the Second Coming.
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This world will be desolate during the millennium. It will not be a place of peace or prosperity. The earth will be “empty.” (Isaiah 24:1) Jesus said it will be destroyed just like Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. (Luke 17:28–30) Far from being a place of glory, this planet will be like it was prior to creation—“without form and void.” Earth will become a wasteland.
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The redeemed will be involved in the judgment of the wicked. (1 Corinthians 6:2, 3) God will open up the record books of heaven and reveal to His people why the wicked have been judged as He has judged them.
During this time, many questions will be answered. It will be understood why certain people were saved or lost, and God will reveal how much was done to save humanity. During the millennium, God is not only just, but is seen to be just.
What has Satan been doing during the millennium?
Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be ___________________ from his prison.
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Satan has been “bound” during the millennium—not with a literal chain but with chains of circumstance. He has been exiled on a desolate earth with nothing to do but reflect on the misery he has caused throughout human history. With the righteous in heaven and the unrighteous destroyed, Satan is left on the earth with his legions of evil angels.
What remarkable event takes place at the end of the 1,000 years?

The rest of the dead did not __________________ until the thousand years were finished.
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At the end of the 1,000 years, every lost person who ever lived is raised from the dead. This event results in the devil being “released from his prison” (Revelation 20:7), in that he again has people to tempt. As the millennium ends, Satan is back in business.
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At the end of the 1,000 years, the holy city descends from heaven— inhabited by God’s people, settling on a plain formed on the site of the Mount of Olives. (Zechariah 14:4) The holy city is so majestic that it is described as looking like a “bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2) The city has walls made from jasper and streets made of gold. There are 12 gates made from solid pearls, and the foundations are made from a variety of precious stones. (Revelation 21:18–20)
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A thousand years languishing on a desolate earth—desolate because of his own sin—has not caused Satan to change his attitude toward God. Still in rebellion against God, he deceives the wicked into joining him in a final battle against God. The lost of all ages unite with the devil in a futile attempt to gain control of the New Jerusalem.
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The Bible refers to this event as the “second death.” (Revelation 20:14) [Learn more about this in It Is Written Bible Study Guide #12, “Hellfire: Would God Really Do That?”]
What does God do once this final rebellion has been put down?

I saw a new heaven and a new _____________, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
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God’s plan is to re­create the earth, making it at least as beautiful as it was when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. Sin and sinners will be gone forever. God’s people will now live in a perfect world—in the presence of God! There will be no sickness, sadness, tears, pain or death. (Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:4)
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Revelations's 1,000 years revel that God's wish ultimately comes true! After creation, sin interrupted God's fellowship with His children. God dwelled among His people when He inhabited the earthly sanctuary (Exodus 25:8), but the sin of His people prevented them from knowing God as He wished them to know Him. Jesus came and dwelled in the midst of His people, but "His own did not receive Him".(John 1:11)

Finally, God enjoy true closeness with His people. And without sin and Satan, the redeemed are free to enjoy the presence of God fro eternity!