Read Revelation 20:1-15
If you are more than about 19 years old, you were around for the celebration of a significant turn of the calendar…from 1999 to the year 2000. People sure made that New Year seem significant…Y2K scare and all. It represented the start of a new thousand year period…a new millennium. One thousand years is a long time…but it is not yet eternity!
One thousand years represents the timeframe during which Jesus will reign here on earth after His return at the revelation. Though that is a long time, it represents another important part of HIS story and man’s rescue. Consider what happens during that time.
At the beginning of that time, Satan will be bound and thrown into the Abyss. After years and years of wielding his influence, he will be powerless, unable to deceive the nations! This will be unlike any other time period since the fall of man with unprecedented peace and visible righteousness on the earth as Christ rules with an iron scepter (Rev. 19:15). But, this is not yet eternity.
At the beginning of that thousand-year period, judgments will take place. Those living at the end of the Tribulation (Matt. 25) and those martyred for Christ during the Tribulation will be judged. The unredeemed will be cast from His presence, while others (especially martyrs) will have opportunity to reign with Jesus.
This millennium experience will also be unparalleled in nature as wolf, lamb, leopard, goat, calf, and bear will live together in harmony instead of predator/prey relationships. Even children will be able to play with cobras and vipers. That certainly doesn’t happen today!
At the end of that thousand year period, Satan will be released. It is amazing to read how his deception will find a quick following of multitudes. But this uprising will be easily squelched by God. And Satan himself will be eternally eliminated from the picture.
If you know Christ, you will have returned with Him and will be part of the glory of those thousand years. But though a thousand years is a long time, it is not yet eternity. The best is yet to come!