Pastor Jeff Knott continues the Sermon Series on Revelation: The Time is Near with “The Triumph of the Saint” based on Revelation 20:
It’s too bad that we divide over something that the Lord has meant to be a blessing to us – the future hope of the church.
Augustine wrote, “In essentials, unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; but in all things, charity.”
There are three options for the thousand year reign:
- Pre-millennialism where Christ’s second coming is before the thousand years.
- Post-millennialism where the millennium begins and then Christ comes. During this time the gospel message has tremendous affect with the idea that the world will gradually and slowly be transformed by the gospel. This is a very hopeful view of the gospel.
- A-millennialism where the thousand years is symbolic. Jesus’ rule began when He came the first time. He is already ruling and reigning in the world and will continue until the second coming of Christ.
The oldest view is A-millennialism which dates back to the second century. The idea of pre-millennialism is only two hundred years old.
If you read Matthew 24 properly you want to be left behind. Those taken in Matthew 24 are taken in judgement – check it out!
Or you may just want to be a pan-millennialist which means that everything will pan out in the end.
First truth from Revelation 20 that you need to know is that God is sovereignly controlling the forces that work against us. God holds the key to the abyss.
Jesus says that greater is He that is within you than he that is in the world because he that is in the world is already bound. Jesus bound him when He came.
Jesus is the One that breaks into the devil’s house and takes what’s his, which was previously what belongs to the Lord, which is you and I.
The second truth is that while the devil is a complete loser, the people of God are clear winners. Those who belong to Jesus will rule.
The saints triumph – that’s the point of the millennium.
Who is really in charge? God and the people of God. That doesn’t mean we lord it over people, but if does mean we are triumphant and the enemy is not.
After Satan is finally and completely dealt with there’s the eighth day, the day of resurrection, the day of new creation.
Saints rule, saints triumph – that’s what you should take from Revelation 20.
The third truth is that we are ridiculously blessed. There are seven “Blessed are” in Revelation. You are completely blessed.
All we have in Jesus is so much better, in fact Peter tells us that our inheritance that is kept in heaven for us can never perish, spoil or fade – Hallelujah – that’s ours!
Despite what happens in the day-to-day stuff, you and I absolutely have to choose to rejoice.
We are guaranteed participation in the first resurrection.
Know this, Satan is bound as far as you’re concerned. He might be shouting from prison, but they’re empty threats.
Know that you are already seated in heavenly places in Christ. It’s not pride to take the place that Christ has already said that you have – a place that He has already fought for and paid for – for you!
Being blessed is a heart knowledge that you have everything you need for life and godliness – you have that now, today!
God is not stingy when it comes to His promises. He provides everlasting life and that’s not just a duration of time, that’s a quality of life that you possess right now.
Satan is bound and we rule – that’s what the millennium teaching should leave us with.