reply to post by jmdewey60
Tex Except that it doesn't actually say that in the Bible. The "thousand years" is obviously symbolic in this book of Revelation full of visions
of symbolic portents of "things soon to happen". Jesus is the Christ who reigns over his kingdom right now and that pronouncement of so many years
represents our current situation where if we choose, we can enter into that kingdom.
The thousand years and second advent of the Christ is not just symbolic in the book of Revelations of Jesus to John. It is verified throughout the
scriptures. Yes Jesus does reign over His kingdom of heaven now but that Kingdom is a celestial kingdom named the Kingdom of God, The Kingdom of
Heaven, The House of many mansions, and the city of God. In that city is the paradise of the Lord and in that paradise of the Lord is the tree and
water of life. It is not symbolic but is a real celestial city and is offered to you and everyone who will want to live forever. Also Isaiah
prophesied of this very same New Jerusalem.
Don’t listen to false teachers because they will try to destroy your mind with nonsense such as Revelations is symbolic and not understood.
Actually Revelations explains itself when it uses symbolic teaching and is very simple to correlate with other scriptures.
The very same false teachings are taught that Luke 16:19-31 is a parable. It is not a parable and is a happening with named people and named places.
A parable is not so defined. Actually Luke’s account of Abraham’s Bosom is verified throughout scripture and also by Christ Jesus’ doctrine.
When you read, read the thought pattern before and after a subject. That is how the bible was originally written. It was not meant to take a verse
and build a doctrine from that verse. That practice will not teach a subject matter at all.
Rev 20:3-10 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.
4- And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of
Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in
their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5- But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 - 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.
7 - And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 - And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number
of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 - And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out
of heaven, and devoured them.
10 - And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented
day and night for ever and ever.
Mat 24:21-27 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 - And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23 - Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 - For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall
deceive the very elect.
25 - Behold, I have told you before.
26 - Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 - For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 - For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 - Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from
heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 -And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man
coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
God Bless You