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THE MILLENIUM ____________________ A Research Paper Submitted to Dr. Brian K. Moulton Liberty University ____________________ In Partial Fulfillment for Bible Course 450 – Book of Revelation ___________________ By Bennie L. Martin May 11, 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction……………………………………………………………………………….…1 The Rapture…………………………………………………………………………….……1-2 What is meant by the term “Rapture?” The Tribulation………………………………………………………………………….…..2-4 The Outpouring of the Saints………………………………………………………………..4-5 Seven seals and seven trumpets The Millennium, Revelation 20:1-6…………………………………………………….…..5-11 The Millennial Kingdom Satan Bound Christ reigns on Earth Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………..11 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………...12…show more content…
Normally Christ holds the key to the abyss (Rev 1:17-18;19:20) but now the key is in the hands of an angel descending from heaven with the purpose of locking and sealing Satan in the abyss (bottomless pit) for a thousand years. The key being in the hands of the angel rather than the hands of our Lord shows that God is in control of time and eternity. Mounce says “the intention of the passage is not to represent Satan as merely restricted but as rendered completely inactive during the thousand year millennial period following the second-advent” (Mounce 1997). Walvoord and Hindson agree. Why did God want Satan locked and sealed? Mounce says, “The purpose of his confinement is not to punish but to prevent him from deceiving the nations” (Mounce 1997). V.3 “After these things he must be released for a little while.” John does not say why once again God sets Satan free, but it is part of God’s plan for judging the world. Perhaps it is to expose those who rebel against God in their hearts and confirm those who are truly faithful to God. Whatever the reason, Satan’s release will result in the final destruction of all evil (Rev. 20:

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