We have to go back to the book of Revelation again to speak about Jesus Christ’s 1000-year reign.
In section ’The Day of the Lord’ we have already had some findings in relation to the book of Revelation. We have to add however that those statements referred to - even though Apocalypse is the book of Revelation itself, I’d rather use this expression deliberately that - specifically a series of apocalyptic events narrated in Parts 5-19 (from the break of the first 6 seals up to the fall of Babylon) and we haven’t talked about the preceding and the succeeding Parts yet.
After the events in heaven (Part 1), we can read messages to 7 churches in Parts 2-4. Some theologists teach that besides the fact that these messages were delivered to the one-time churches, they are also symbols of the 7 most significant revivals as of Jesus Christ's earthly mission in which the desire for the renewal of Christian faith was realized: in some cases perfectly and in other cases deficiencies were highlighted which Christians had to turn away from. (The last church, the 7th, that of the Laodiceans is usually identified with our present-time revival.) I would not speak about it in more detail now, since the subject of this page is mainly the 1000-year kingdom.
Following the apocalyptic events* discussed in the previous sections (*breaking the seals, the trumpets, the three woes, the service of two witnesses, the rule of Antichrist, the deception of the false prophet, the war at Armageddon, the fall of Babylon, the Day of the Lord, the Rapture), the beast and the false prophet will be cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone and their followers will be slain by the Lamb (Jesus Christ). (Rev 19:20-21)
It is important to emphasize that the return of Jesus Christ is not the doomsday or in other words the time of last judgement, but this is the time when he begins his 1000-year reign together with his saints on the Earth and the Word writes that by this time the first resurrection will have already happened during which his elect will be raised. The 1000-year kingdom will be characterized by peace and calm (Isa 2:4) – the Sabbath, the peace of the Earth will come - and it will be possible to happen under the circumstance when Satan will be bound for 1000 years (Rev 20:1-2). After 1000 years, however, Satan will be let out (verse 7), he will gather Gog and Magog to compass the camp of the saints and defeat them (verses 8-9), but fire will come down from God out of heaven and devour them (verse 9) and the devil (Satan) as well as the beast and false prophet will be cast into the lake of brimstone.
In Rev 21 John can see a new heaven and a new earth that will be recreated by God, after this land is passed away and John can also see the new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven and he can see the beauty of Jerusalem. In part 22 we can see the description of the perfectly happy life, which is in close connection with living together with God and of Jesus Christ, seeing them face to face. Adam and then Eve could personally experienced the presence of God in Eden. The case of Fall has been preventing man from this possibility for thousands of years, however, the Word makes a promise to those who repent still during their lives and keep their faith through their lives. However, the personal contact with him, as a result of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, by the assistance of the Holy Ghost, is still possible, benefiting from the presence of the God of heaven even until that time.
”I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” (Rev 22:13)