Millennium (2)!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The one and only reference to a millennium is in Revelation chapter twenty. Does it teach that Christ shall reign, with his saints, in their resurrection bodies, for the period of a thousand years, on this old, unrenewed earth? No, it doesn’t. The highly apocalyptic nature of the book of Revelation forbids  us to read this passage as if it simply literally recorded what shall take place. It was the vision that John saw (Revelation 20:1-3). No one, not even the premillenniulists, think of applying a so-called method of literal interpretation to these words. In fact, a strictly literal interpretation would refute the very theory the Chiliast seeks to establish.  If this passage is to be read as history, it follows that the so-called millennium commenced at the time when John saw the vision on Patmos, for he saw an angel come down and bind the devil at that very moment. No one insists upon such a literal interpretation of the passage. What we have here is a vision, a highly apocalyptic vision. And a vision dare not be interpreted as if it were a mere foretelling of events as they shall actually take place. It would not be interpreting the passage, but doing violence to Scripture, if we should paraphrase this passage as follows: “Then shall an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand, and he shall bind the devil a thousand years”. Such a paraphrasing of the text entirely disregards the fact that the passage is in the form of a vision. So, as a vision, the passage must be interpreted.

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