- Jan 14, 2015
- United States
It's SDA doctrine. Paul says "for the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout" and the saints are "caught up to meet the Lord in the air" in the First Resurrection.I don't see Scripture saying that, nor do I recall SDAs believing that scenario, but could be wrong. What I see is Satan and his angels will not be wandering around on earth for a 1000 years. No, they will be chained in hell, and Christ will rule for 1000 years on earth from the holy city. After the 1000 years has ended, then Satan and his angels will be released and the war of Armageddon will commence. Chapters 19 and 20 seem to show the same event from two different perspectives. They are not sequential. Both show Christ reigning on earth over the nations for a thousand years, while Satan is chained.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
It also says "that Great Wicked" shall be destroyed "with the brightness of His coming" and obviously all those who have followed that Wickedness and when the see the Lamb coming, they will flee to the rocks and mountains while the saints are saying, "Lo, this is our God. We have waited for Him".
The dead "lived not until the thousand years are finished" when they will come up in the Second Resurrection.
So, are we going to hover in the clouds for a thousand years? Or does the Bible say Jesus is coming back to "receive you to Myself, that where I am (that is, the place He'd gone to prepare places for us) there may ye be also"? Yes, Jesus is coming back to gather us and we will journey to heaven for a thousand years while the wicked all drop dead all over the Earth and thus Satan will be chained...with literal chains?...like the ones that the demonic of Gadara easily broke? No, you can't "chain" the devil or the demons, but the "chains" with which they'll be bound are "chains of circumstance" - the Earth will revert back to the "abussos" which means "without form and void", but for some silly reason the KJV translators went of the deep end with "bottomless pit", but it's identical to "without form and void" and it is on this destroyed, dark, desolate, empty Earth they will remain with no one to tempt, no creatures to possess, and nothing to do but contemplate the fate that awaits them in the Lake of Fire.