The Revelation 19:11-20:15 Chronology and the Millennium

I believe the most straightforward way to interpret Revelation 19:11-20:15 is in a chronological and progressive fashion. If we interpret it in this way, then it also seems that there will indeed be an earthly millennial kingdom ruled by the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

That is to say, if we interpret the events as following one another in time as seems to be represented by the text prima facie, then it seems more likely that some form of Premillennialism is true.

Here’s a step by step analysis of what such an interpretation might look like.


Chronology.

1. Christ returns with the armies of Heaven to wage war against the Antichrist and his armies: the Second Coming or Return of Christ. (19:11-19)

2. Christ and his armies defeats the Antichrist and his armies. Antichrist and False Prophet are judged. (19:20-21)

3. Satan bound in the abyss for 1000 years. (20:1-3)

4. The righteous martyrs are resurrected: theFirst Resurrection. (20:4-6)

6. The Millennial Reign of Christ on the Earth with resurrected righteous martyrs (20:6)

7. 1000 years over. Satan released. Final Rebellion. Satan judged. (20:7-10)

8. The Last Judgement (20:11-15)


I think the most interesting element of this interpretation is that there would be in the text a very clear chronological progression where Christ first appears, and then Satan is bound for howsoever long the millennium takes places, following the end of which Satan is released to instigate a final rebellion before the absolute end of the world.

So there has to be some kind of millennial reign. And that reign has to end at some point, following which Satan will instigate some rebellion. I find this very hard to square with an Amillennial view which takes the reign to be Christ’s current reign. Would Christ cease reigning for a time? Seems strange. Postmillennialism would probably have more trouble with the return of Christ prior to the millennium, since for them the millennium is established first, by the Church, following which Christ returns, which seems to contradict this text interpreted in this manner.

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