Lesson 29 - Revelation Predicts 1,000-Year World Blackout

One of the most fascinating of all Bible subjects is “1,000-Year World Blackout Predicted,” or the millennium. The word “millennium” is simply Latin for 1,000 years. There are many different ideas taught concerning the future of our world. Some Christians believe that the second coming of Christ will initiate a Golden Age for humankind on earth—a time during which everyone will be converted and peace will prevail. Others believe that the 1,000-year period will be a time of distress and hardship, of conflict and chaos.

A third view is that the millennium immediately follows the return of Christ. A time when all the righteous are in heaven. Satan and his angels are left on earth, and the wicked are dead. At the end of this 1,000 years, God creates a new heaven and new earth.

With this subject, as with all others, we will discover what the Bible really teaches. In this lesson we will discover the answers to the following questions: 1. What events occur at the return of Jesus? 2. What events occur during the 1,000 years? 3. What events occur at the end of the 1,000 years?

  1. When Jesus returns, what happens to all the righteous (both the righteous dead and the righteous living)? 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17
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  2. What happens to the wicked or the unsaved? 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2 Thessalonians 2:8
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  3. Where will the wicked remain during this period? Jeremiah 25:33
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  4. How does the Bible describe the devastation of the earth at the second coming of Christ? Revelation 16:17-20; Jeremiah 4:23-27
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  5. Will there be any human being alive on earth during this time? Revelation 19:17, 18 (Compare with Jeremiah 4:25.)
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  6. Where will Satan be during the 1,000 years? Revelation 20:1-3
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  7. Where did Jesus promise to take His followers at His return? John 14:1-3
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  8. How does Revelation 20:4 describe the righteous? What are they doing? (See also 1 Corinthians 6:1-3.)
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  9. How many general resurrections does the Bible describe? John 5:28, 29
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  10. Are the wicked resurrected at the same time as the righteous? When do they receive their final reward? Revelation 20:5 (first part)
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  11. What is Satan’s strategy at the end of the 1,000 years? Revelation 20:7-9
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  12. Where does the Holy City—New Jerusalem—come from? Revelation 21:2
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  13. How does God prevent Satan’s overthrow of the Holy City? Revelation 20:9
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  14. What happens after the destruction of the wicked? 2 Peter 3:13
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