The 7th Trumpet Time Frame Of About Three months
Is The Figurative "1000 Years" Of Revelation 20
The capstone (gravestone) of the several reasons why the "1000 years" of Revelation 20 cannot be literal, but, indeed, can be no more than a very few months, is readily seen when the Scriptural specifics relating to the 7th Trumpet time frame and the "thousand year" verses are scrutinized separately and then together.
One such specific rests on the Scriptural fact that "The Beast" (along with the False Prophet and all who are "gathered" with them) die at the end of the 7th bowl/vial plague (Armageddon) of the 7th Trumpet (Rev.16:16-21;19:19-21). Since it is also specified that "The Beast" rules for 42 months (Rev.13:5), and that his rule begins after The Fall of Babylon, it is Scripturally certain that his 42 months begin with the start of the First Trumpet Plague and conclude at the end of the 7th Trumpet Plagues.
In other words--though "The Beast" is around and actively setting up what is to be a very short-lived One World Government before his Satanic mask is ripped off (Rev.17:12-14)--his allotted 42 months of rule over an openly Satan empowered and Satan worshipping global government begins after the swift Fall of Babylon (Rev. 14: 8,9;18:4, etc.), and endures throughout the time frame labeled in The Revelation as The Seven Trumpet Plagues.
Now, it is written that the 5th Trumpet Plague alone consumes five months (Rev .9:5,10) of this 42 months. It is further written that the sanguinary events--which fall on the Beastís followers alone: Rev. 9:15,20; 18:4--are a part of the 6th Trumpet Plague. This part is specifically stated to occupy exactly "an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year" (Rev .9:15).
Following that triple decimation of his followers (perhaps as many as 1-1/2 billion die), a desperate retaliation against the Christian "saints" (who havenít gone anywhere Rapturewise!!Rev.13:7,17; 14:9-11;16:15) is put in motion. This retaliation is, of course, the dreaded reign of terror against those who havenít joined the Satan worshippers, i.e., the time frame when The Mark of the Beast is decreed and applied. This retaliation--pre-ordained from the beginning of Creation: (Acts 15:18)--is initiated and carried out until the last two martyrs, i.e., "The Two Witnesses"- are killed, dramatically resurrected, and ascend to heaven in a cloud [just like Jesus did...a big honor and big signal of the end of the 6th Trumpet Plague!] (Rv.11:7-14). Though we are told that the ascension of the Two Martyrs ends the events of the 6th Trumpet (Rv.11:14), we are not told the actual duration of the Mark of the Beast period which ends that 6th Trumpet time frame.
However, when the logistics of "marking" the willing Satan worshippers world wide (even in the computer age) are considered, we can be certain that this will take at least a few months. Then, after that is accomplished, it is clear that it is going to take a while to Mark those who heretofore had escaped the first five Plagues by getting on Godís side after the Fall of Babylon (Rv.18:4), but who cave in and take the Mark to save their lives (Rv.14:9-11).
Taken together, it becomes clear that these logistical demands of the Mark of the Beast decree will consume several months. Add to that the certitude that some months will be required to martyr those who refuse the Mark and who are trapped in urban areas where they cannot survive without it. So, when all the necessary considerations are factored-in, it is apparent that the Mark period from start to finish must run quite a few months, even a year or so. (My own view is that the 6th Trumpet time frame is divided exactly into two parts, both being precisely as is spelled out for the first part, i.e., "an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year"....)
Whether such is the exact case or not, logistically, it must be pretty close! So, the point here is that the time consumed out of the Beastís 42 month tenure just by the 5th and 6th Trumpet Plagues alone could Scripturally be determined to be some 30 months, or 2 1/2 years. That leaves the Beast about 12 months yet to be accounted for.
Any reader considering the accounts of the early Trumpet Plagues 1,2,3, & 4 (Rev .8:6,7) and the accounts of the Seven Bowl/Vial Plagues which are all carried out under the 7th Trumpet time frame (R.16:1), can then allot the 12 remaining months to these events in whatever way seems reasonable. My personal inclination is to allot about eight to ten months of the total to the first four Trumpet Plagues, and the remaining two to four months to the 7th Trumpet Plague time frame. However this is apportioned, it is beyond dispute that the duration of the 7th Trumpet Plague can be no more than a very few months and could even be less than two months.
(This 7th Trumpet Plague itself is, of course, divided into seven separate plagues...called "vial" or "bowl" plagues (R.15:7;16:1). The 6th "vial" plague involves the supernatural gathering of The Beast and the False Prophet and several million of their leading henchmen to the Plain of Esdraelon. The final Plague--the 7th "Vial" of the 7th Trumpet--is a one-day wipe-out from the sky of those gathered on that Plain. This--and not all the other folderol--is The Battle of Armageddon (Rev.16:21; 19:20,21). The point, again, is that the entire 7th Trumpet time frame can be no longer than a very few months.)
Now, since it is obvious that Scripture has placed unusual emphasis on the 7th and final Trumpet Plague, we need to understand why this is so. Accordingly, letís take just a few minutes to underscore just why the Holy Spirit of Truth has placed such a heavy emphasis on the events of the 7th Trumpet time frame....
For starters, take note that the setting of the entire eight verses of Revelation 15 is in heaven. The subject is about the martyrs from all times having been resurrected and being singularly honored, and prepared for Godís application of "the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God" (v.1,2). This wrath of God is carried out by seven angels who inflict seven distinct plagues on the Satan worshippers (vs.7,8), who have all been willing participants at one level or another in the 6th Trumpet Mark of the Beast reign of terror against Godís people. Scores and scores of millions have been martyred by these overt Satan worshippers, including finally Godís Two Witnesses whose martyrdom and resurrection ends the 6th and signals the beginning of the 7th Trumpet time frame (R.11:14,15).
Remember, God had promised the 1st century martyrs (and scores of millions since then!) that when the spirits (Eccl.12:7) of the last of those that would be killed for their "witness to Jesus, and the Word of God" (Rev. .6:9; 20:4) had arrived in heaven , God would "judge and avenge their blood" (Rev. 6:10,11). And then--of paramount importance to discovering the real figurative meaning of the "1000 years"--we see plainly that this God-ordained "judgment" (Rev.11:17;16:7) and "vengeance" (Rev.15:1;16:1;19:2,21;etc.) is carried out during the 7th Trumpet!!
Thus, the 7th Trumpet period is a very, very significant time frame in Godís Scripturally certified End Time Scenario! And, actually, it should be no surprise that this 7th Trumpet time frame--along with the time frames of the other six trumpet plagues and The Fall of Babylon which precedes them!--are essentially ignored in the Pre-trib Rapture Dispensationalist and other Millennialist End Time scenarios...and all the Post-Millennialist doctrines as well (Dominionists, Identity folks, Preterits, etc.! The Scriptural seeds of the destruction of the Millennialist doctrine--beyond these you've seen: HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE--lie in the passages of Scripture that deal with the Fall of Babylon, the Trumpet Plagues, and the resurrection and ascension of The Two Witnesses...which resurrection completes the roster of martyrs in heaven and limits their "thousand year" reign with Christ to the 7th Trumpet time frame. (Rev.11:12; 20:4,5,6).
It is clear that God will remove the millennial mis-teaching and a host of other doctrinal deceptions when He calls His people out of Babylon, i.e., out of confusion about what is deception from Satan and what is Truth from God (R. 18:4; II Thess.2:10: R. 17:14; I Jn. 3:8).
The signal for that call is the formation of a One World Government prophesied over 1900 years ago (R.17:12,13; 13:2b-8). In the humanistic guise under which it is launched, this OWG will only last "one hour" (R.17:12) before it is exposed by the Lamb of God (R.17:14; I Jn.3:8) and forced to Fall by compelling many to openly embrace its hidden Satanic agenda and openly worship Satan and his human leader, "The Beast" (R.18:2:13:2b-8).
So, indubitably, the Scriptural evidence of the martyr's resurrection in heaven and of their being avenged in the 7th Trumpet time frame is--BY ITSELF--sufficient proof that the "thousand years" takes place during the two or three months of the 7th Trumpet time frame. It is written, is it not, that the martyrs "lived and reigned with Christ `a thousand years`" (Rev.20:4,5)? And have we not seen that the martyr roster is complete at the very end of the 6th Trumpet time frame, and that the martyrs are alive and with Christ and being especially honored in heaven at the beginning of the 7th Trumpet?? What more is needed?!
Yet, there is more, MUCH more on the Martyr issue alone; and then on other subjects. Alone they are persuasive, but when combined, they prove beyond any Scriptural doubt that the "1000 years" of Revelation 20 must be taken figuratively because the application of that time period must run its course during the few months allotted to the 7th Trumpet time frame.
Since it is clear that the Martyrs "live and reign with Christ [during this period called] a thousand years" (R.20:4), letís take this Martyr topic a little further:
Additional conclusive evidence that Christ is not on earth for any period of time, and that the martyrís resurrection and Christís "thousand year" reign with them, all occur in heaven, can be seen in Revelation 7:9-17. Verses 9-12 establish the heavenly setting:
After this I beheld, and lo,
a great multitude, which no man could number,
of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.
And cried with a loud voice, saying,
Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne,
AND unto the Lamb.
And ALL the angels stood round about the throne,
and about the elders and the four beasts [creatures],
and fell before the throne on their faces
and worshipped God,
Saying, Amen: Blessing and glory, and wisdom,
and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might,
be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.
Surely none will be so reckless as to say this setting is on this earth during a "millennium"! God the Father is present with Jesus (v.10). Not only are ALL the angels around this throne, but the elders of the four worshipful creatures who are always described as being in heaven (R.4:1-11; etc.) are there (vs.11,12). Note too that the blessings of verse 13 are forever and ever, not for "a thousand years".
Then, in verse 13, one of these heavenly elders asks who makes up the great multitude of verse 9, and where they came from:
And one of the elders asked, saying unto me [John],
What are these which are dressed in white robes?
and whence came they?
John records the answer:
And I [John] said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.
And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God,
and serve Him night and day in His Temple:
and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
So, plain as can be, we see that a vast number of people from everywhere who "came out of great tribulation" because of their martyrdom ("made them white in the blood of the Lamb") will serve God day and night in His Temple (vs.14,15). This is the same as Rev. 20:6 which says:
Blessed and holy is he that hath part
in the first resurrection [i.e., martyrs]:
on such the second death hath no power,
but they shall be priests of God and of Christ
and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
If there are any other arguments as to whether the setting for all this is in the New Jerusalem on the heavenly New Earth (ready now: Is.66:22) or on this old doomed earth (Is. 65:17; Matt. 24:35; II Pet.3:12,13; R.20:11), let this be added to the Scriptures that certify the former conclusion:
They shall hunger no more,
neither shall they thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them, (HERE)
nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst
of the throne shall feed them,
and shall lead them into living fountains of waters (21:6):
and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes (21:4).
In addition to all this, remember that it all takes place with the opening of the 6th Seal in heaven. There is nothing in all this--nothing whatsoever--that speaks of the alleged goings on in a re-built temple in Jerusalem during a literal thousand years.
There is, however, the hardest of hard evidence that the Millennialist Fable which has perhaps two or three hundred million Christians barking up the wrong tree End Time-wise, really represents a Zionist and Papist controlled One World Government to be headquartered in Jerusalem (Rev.11:8), a government that is now visible on the horizon to any with eyes to see. Recognition of this evidence further seals the fate of Millennialist Doctrine, as we shall see. But for now, another Scriptural broadside against a literal millennium is in order:
The same level of proof that the "thousand years" takes place during the two or three months of the 7th Trumpet period that is obvious from the Martyr issue can also be seen relevant to matters concerning the binding of Satan. This binding, as is written, also is said to be for "as thousand years" (R.20:2,3,7). After all Christians have been warned not to take "a thousand years" literally by the Apostle Peter (II Peter 3:8), we come to that place in the Bible where the Apostle John tells us of Jesusí own test to see if we will heed that warning or be "ignorant" and ignore it. The first opportunity to heed the warning about not literalizing "a thousand years" concerns Satanís binding and is mentioned twice:
And I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon,
that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan,
and bound him a thousand years.
And cast him into the bottomless pit,
and shut him up, and set a seal upon him,
that he should deceive the nations no more,
TILL the thousand years should be fulfilled:
and after that he must be loosed a little season.
These references are followed by a third use of "the thousand years" which relates solely to Satanís being bound and imprisoned:
And when the thousand years are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.
Thus, after we have been warned that it would be "ignorant" to take any reference to "a thousand years" literally, it is Scripturally certified that Satanís binding and his loosing begin and end a time frame which is expressed as "a thousand years". Bearing that caveat in mind (while recalling previous evidence), we inquire what it can be that will further assure one and all that the actual time frame of this binding is Scripturally forced to be the time frame of the 7th Trumpet, and is, therefore, a period of two or three months rather than a literal thousand years....
Then we find what can give us that additional assurance, not in one place alone in Scripture, but in multiple proofs. For example:
One key demonstration lies in the statements that tell of Satanís binding and loosing, statements found in verses three and eight of Revelation 20. In verse three it is stated that when Satan is bound he cannot deceive the nations until "the thousand years" are over. In verse eight (just after being loosed in verse seven) we read that Satan "shall go out to deceive the nations" all over the earth. Three things are clear here: 1) Satanís power of deception cannot operate during the binding period. 2) That power of deception has extended over the whole globe since the Fall in the Garden and is only absent during the period when he is bound. 3) Satanís power of deception is allowed to operate again for a "little season" when the binding period is over.
We can see that God-permitted power of deception in operation in Matthew 4:8; John 14:30; II Cor.4:4;etc. So, since Satanís deceptive power is Scripturally operative before his binding and after his binding, and is not operative only during the time he is bound, where do we find in these Revelation Scriptures that it is not operative?? Surely, if it is absent for a literal thousand years there would be some account of such a period in the Revelation Scriptures, or at least somewhere in the New Testament Scriptures!!
But we search the Scriptures in vain for such descriptions of ten whole centuries of a paradisiacal Shangra-la where Jesus is ruling and Satan is bound in a pit unable to deceive anyone. Millennialists reach back into the Old Testament and pull out clear references to an eternal New Earth, boldly declare that this means "Re-newed" Earth, and apply those references to a literal, temporary millennium, thereby declaring that Satan is bound for a full ten centuries. But that wonít work! As weíve seen and any can confirm: a) There is to be a New Earth and not a Re-newed earth (HERE); b) Jesus never sets foot on this earth again (HERE); c) Jesus has been King all along and is not coming to be king (HERE);
It is hard for scores of millions of millennialists to conceive, I realize, but there simply is no Scriptural account of Jesus ruling from Jerusalem for a literal thousand years and no account of Satan being powerless for ten whole centuries. There is a "thousand years" mentioned six times in Revelation 20, to be sure; and it is said that Jesus rules during that "thousand years", to be sure, and that Satan is bound for that period, to be sure. But, we can be doubly certain that ignoring Godís warning not to take this figure literally has allowed the millennial concept to take hold in spite of the total absence of Scriptural descriptions of even a few of the many wonderful things about such a millennial paradise that would certainly be in Godís Word IF there were any truth to the doctrine.
The concept of Satan being unable to deceive anyone for an entire thousand years while Jesus reigns is further falsified by the plain Scripture which tells of Satanís release from imprisonment and how he immediately goes out to deceive everybody he can all over the world (Rev.20:8). What would this say about the success of Christís rule?! Imagine it: Jesus Himself has a thousand year reign with all the supernatural power of God the Father behind Him, etc., and with Satan totally out of the picture and everybody joyously happy and healthy and, for a thousand years at least, not subject to death.... Then, the very minute Satan is released, he is able to deceive people all over the entire world, people whom Jesus Himself has ruled for a thousand years, and do it so quickly that in just a "little season", and with The Beast dead, Satanís followers have "compassed the camp of the saints about..."?!! (v.9) (There is no millennialist answer for what happens to Jesus after the alleged 1000 years!)
I donít think that adds up, do you? How paradisiacal could a literal three hundred and sixty-five thousand days (a thousand years) be with an obvious majority of people all over the earth just itching for Satan to be loosed so they could worship him openly and threaten the Saints everywhere?! ("Saints=Christians, and they are not Raptured until the last day of this old earthís history: (HERE).
So, rather than look for what isnít in the Scriptures in an effort to make a literal millennium out of those "thousand years", doesnít it make sense to see if there isnít a time frame given in Scripture where Satanís world kingdoms are taken from him? And if such a time frame is plainly given which accommodates all the relevant Scriptures, doesnít it make sense to call that time frame the actual time of Satanís binding and hence the figurative" thousand years" that God warned not to take literally when encountered in His Word??
Also, one should note that after the Fall of Babylon the word "nations" is semantically limited to apply to those overt Satan worshippers around the world. We can see this limitation by the use of the word "nations" in both verses 3 & 8 of Revelation 20. Notice some of the telling Greek meanings ascribed to the word "nations" (#1484) as used in these two verses: "a race (as of the same habit)...by implication: pagan, heathen...."
In short, those whom Satan cannot deceive during the time he is bound, but are subject to being deceived again immediately upon his being loosed from that binding, are his own kind, his own followers, his own worshippers.
Now, notice how this definition fits perfectly with the events of the 7th Trumpet, while at the same time denies that there is--or even could be--any application under a literal 1000 year "millennial" reign of Christ:
We are first reminded that the Beastís followers and idolizers really and truly believe in their ultimate victory (Rev.13:4). They take some hard knocks under the increasingly rough plagues up through the first half of the 6th Trumpet; but then they not only force multiplied millions to change sides, take the Mark, and become fellow worshippers of the Beastís Image and Satan, but they also wreak vengeance upon other multiplied millions who refuse the Mark by causing them to be beheaded (Rev. 20:4) and otherwise martyred.
Indeed, their "winning streak" during the Mark of the Beast period reaches a peak when the Two Witnesses whom they passionately hate are killed and left in the street to be seen on TV and smart phones around the world by their fellow Satan worshippers who are so jubilant that they are partying everywhere and "sending gifts to one another..." (11:10).
But suddenly the 6th Trumpet is over and there is no more help from Satan throughout the final plagues climaxing Godís wrath during the 7th Trumpet! Let that sink in!
Powerless to help his worshippers and their leaders even with deception, Satanís blaspheming multitudes suffer one wrathful plague after another throughout the 7th Trumpet time frame. The sixth vial/bowl plague of the 7th Trumpet sees the leaders from around the world drawn lemming-like "into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon" (16:12-16). There on the plain of Esdraelon, millions of these leaders are slain with hundred pound hailstones (16:21) delivered by Jesus from the sky (19:16.21) while both the first and second Beast (13;11,12)--called also "the false prophet" (13:11;19:20)--are "cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone (19:20). This one-day battle-- "that great DAY of God Almighty"(16:14; HERE)--is reminiscent of some Old Testament expressions of Godís wrath. All the evil that Babylon (Satanís empire) represents is remembered by God as He "gives unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath" (16:19).
This is the end of the Beastís 42 months; the end of the time of promised vengeance for the martyrs (19:2); the end of Satanís imprisonment; and thus the end of "the thousand years" of that imprisonment. And it all takes place during the 7th Trumpet.
Another very sure account demonstrating that Satanís "thousand year" binding is accomplished in some three months of the 7th Trumpet events is seen here:
And the seventh angel sounded;
and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord,
and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever.
We have seen from various Scriptures that Satan has been allowed in Godís Perfect Plan to control all the kingdoms of this world. Matthew 4:8 tells of Satan showing Jesus "all the kingdoms of the world" and saying he would give them all to Jesus "if thou wilt fall down and worship me". John 14:30 tells us that Satan is "the prince of this world". II Corinthians 4:4 instructs us that, in Godís Perfect Plan, Satan is "the god of this world". Add to these the plain evidence from Revelation 11:15 above that SUDDENLY, with the onset of the 7th Trumpet plagues, "the kingdoms of this world [over which Satan has been god and prince] "are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ..." and it is beyond argument that this is the point in time when Satan is bound and rendered powerless to rule the kingdoms he has ruled since the Fall in the Garden. And the time when this loss occurs is the beginning of the 7th Trumpet.
When Armageddon is over and Satanís human leaders--The Beast
and the False Prophet--are dead, that is to say...at the end of the two or three
months of the 7th Trumpet time frame, Satan is released to deceive his battered
and doubtless demoralized worshippers, who, nevertheless still have nominal
control over the whole world. But note: nowhere in Scripture is it said that
Satanís kingdoms are restored. When they are taken from him (at the
beginning of the 7th Trumpet) it is "for ever and ever" (R.11:15).
Satan doesnít get his kingdoms back after his binding; he merely is released
to deceive his global following with one final big lie. (Godís End Time
Drama gives the Scriptural details and how the remaining fakers on Godís
side are also fooled by this deception before the Rapture and general
resurrection (Jn.5:28,29), and destruction of this old earth, in preparation for
the New Earth. ) (HERE)
Not only do Satanís human world leaders (The Beast and the False Prophet) die and bring an end to the 7th and final Trumpet Plague with its seven parts, the Scriptural arithmetic forces the 7th Trumpet time frame to be exactly the same duration as The Fall of Babylon which precedes the Trumpet Plagues. Here is why this is so:
Just as with The Beastís precise tenure of 42 months, the Two Witnesses ("Two Martyrs" in the Greek) are also allotted precisely 42 months (Rev. 11:3) to accomplish their pre-ordained role in Godís End Time Drama. Since their martyrdom, resurrection, and ascension bring the 6th Trumpet period and their 42 months to an end (11:7-12), it is certain that their 42 months began before The Beastís 42 months because he lives to the end of the 7th Trumpet while they die at its beginning. So, whatever period of time the 7th Trumpet plagues require must be the exact period of time just preceding the beginning of The Beastís 42 months tenure at the start of the 1st Trumpet Plague.
It will be noted that The Fall of Babylon immediately precedes the beginning of the Trumpet Plagues (Rev.18:2,4). To repeat: Ipso facto, the time determined for Babylon to Fall must be same amount of time determined for the 7th Trumpet plagues to play out.
What is the duration of those equal spans of time consumed by these two major Acts in Godís End Time Drama? We are not told, and we cannot know the answer precisely. But, we can know that: a) Both are the same length of time; and: b) That length of time can only be a small fraction of 42 months.
Knowing that these are Scripturally inescapable conclusions, we can fortify our reasonable deduction that both time frames are between two and four months by noting that it is specifically stated some four times that the duration of The Fall of Babylon is stunningly brief...(R.18:7, 10, 17,19) thereby assuring us that the duration of The 7th Trumpet time frame is equally brief, and, ultimately, that the "1000 years"--being the same period--can scarcely occupy more than two or three months.
While The Fall of Babylon is Biblically certified to be a period during which momentous global events are compressed into a very brief time period which corresponds exactly with the duration of the 7th Trumpet time frame, it is not possible to determine the duration of the "little season" of Satanís loosing with that same degree of exactitude. Nevertheless, it is quite possible to closely approximate how long the "little season" lasts. It is important to see and understand this period because, it too, gives witness that the "1000 years" is confined to the 7th Trumpet time frame and that there is no literal millennium.
First, letís see about how long the "little season" is going to be....
"Little" in the Greek (#3398) speaks of "...in quantity, number....". Since the subject concerns time, the meaning is `a little quantity of time...a little number of days, months, and possibly, yearsí", just as we would expect. "Season" in the Greek (#5550) speaks of a "..a little space, a little time, a little while...".
The only other use of "little season" is found in Rev. 6:11 where the first century martyrs are told "...that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled". As is evident, the time span referred to here is not from the first century to the yet future Mark of the Beast martyrdom (20:4), but from the opening of the fifth seal to the end of the 7th Trumpet in Johnís vision. How long this is would be next to impossible to approximate if it werenít for Luke 23:8 which speaks of a long season. This reference, we know, cannot be longer than three years and a few months, for it is given at the end of Jesusí 3 1/2 years ministry and Jesusí first miracle (at Cana) was shortly after He began that ministry at age 30. Note:
And when Herod saw Jesus,
he was exceeding glad:
for he was desirous to see Him of a long season,
because he had heard many things of Him;
and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him.
In Acts 19:22 Paul says that "...he himself stayed in Asia for a season", which, judging from related events, appears to be something over two years.
So, if a "long season" is something over three years, and "a season" is something over two years, one would suppose that "a little season" would be about two or three years, give or take a very few months. (The probability of Daniel's 70th week [7 years] finding its fulfillment in these events is very high. Look: The Two Witnesses contribute 3 1/2 years; the Beast cashes in c.3 months later....That's 3-3/4 years. The "little season" is c. 2-3 years....That's 5-3/4 or 6-3/4 years. Scripture specifically tells of a "war" in which Jesus and His "called, chosen, and faithful overcome the Beast and his followers" [Rev. 17:14] before the Beast is revealed [II Thess. 2:3] and a short-lived Global Government is formed and before the Fall of Babylon time frame begins. That "war" could easily account for a time frame that would raise the total to some 7 years.)
At any rate, this time span of...say, approximately three years, this "little season" of Satanís parole after being bound "a thousand years" is the last Act in Godís End Time Drama for this old earth. The time frame during which Satan is bound and which precedes the time frame called the "little season" is the 7th Trumpet period of some two or three months. These conclusions are inescapable once the Scriptural fact sinks in that the "little season" of Satanís loosing is the final time frame for this old earth, and that the 7th Trumpet time frame of some two or three months immediately precedes that "little season" and is the "1000 years" of Satanís binding...the same "1000 years" upon which a mammoth doctrine called "Millennialism" has been built.
One more quick piece of Scriptural proof that the "thousand years" can only refer to the two or three months of the events of the 7th Trumpet will suffice....
Note these words of Jesus in Revelation 16:15:
Behold, I come as a thief.
Blessed is he that watcheth
and keepeth his garments,
lest he walk naked,
and they see his shame.
The reluctance to show these as the words of Jesus (not in red in my KJV edition which declares on its first page: "Words of Christ in Red") may be understandable, given the large hole this verse shoots not only in the popular pre-trib rapture doctrine, but also in the millennial doctrine itself.
As for the pre-trib rapture teaching (demonstrably false on several counts: HERE), the realization that the context of these words of Jesus is just before the seventh and final "vial/bowl plague" (i.e., Armageddon) of the 7th Trumpet Plagues, and that He is still warning His followers to guard themselves in what is yet to come (Armageddon's one day, then the "little season"), it is starkly clear that those followers have not been raptured even though the worst part of the "tribulation" period is all but over!
But more to the point here, the whole Millennial teaching bites the dust because of the place in the Revelationís time frame when Jesus issues this warning. The reason why that is so, again, is this: All that is left after Jesusí warning is Armageddon, a one day wipe-out from the sky which finishes off The Beast and the False Prophet (R.19:15-20) and several million of their top followers. And, after that--as we have seen repeatedly--there is ONLY ONE MORE ACT to go in Godís End Time Drama. That last Act is the "little season" of Satanís loosing where he is anything but bound, and where there is no time or opportunity for a literal millennium.
In fact, as has been underscored, the Scripture demands that the "little season" of Satanís loosing (R.20:7) follow immediately after the "1000 years" of his imprisonment. So, it is certain that no opportunity for a "millennium" exists and the "1000 years" is Scripturally forced to be the two or three month long time frame of the 7th Trumpet.
The ubiquitously touted "millennium" (which word is not in the Bible) is a teaching found in some of the early church writers and upheld in the early Catholic Councils. It is a teaching also promoted in 13th century Kabbalism (which, amazingly, also articulates Big Bangism, an Expanding Universe, Relativity, Heliocentricity, Zionism, and the Dispensationalist brand of millennialism! ) (HERE - HERE - HERE)
Despite its being spread far and wide, it is not a teaching, however, that is taught in the Scriptures without skillful but still transparent twisting. Indeed, as shown in five different links on the subject, "Millennialism" is nothing more than an elaborate deception which has fooled even the "elect" amongst Christians. The moment of Truth on this and at least a bakerís dozen of other false doctrines will come "one hour" after a One World Government is formed. Those Truths will cause The Fall of Babylon (Fall of Confusion about Truth) as a result of The War the Lamb Wins, i.e., God's Truth Blitzkrieg, which forces Babylon to Fall (R.17:14).
Just how far down the road does anyone believe that prophesied One World Government and the subsequent "war the Lamb wins" can be?? Thatís just how long it will be until the Millennialist Fable is exposed along with numerous other false doctrines now preventing the Churches in Christendom from being "of one mind" and "without spot or wrinkle", as The Final Church--The Bride of Christ--must be.
When the fireworks start, that is to say, when Godís Judgment "begins at the house of God" (I Pet.4:17,18 HERE), look at once for the two great Bible-bashers of all times (false scienceís Copernican and Darwinian counterfeits of all Creation Scriptures) to be the first targets of Jesus The Creator (Col. 1:16; Eph.3:9; John 1:3,10; Heb. 1:2,10). After all, as both Satan and God know (and thinking Christians as well!), the credibility of the entire Bible rests upon the Truthfulness of The Creation Scriptures. Corrupt and dismiss the Biblical account of the Origins of all that exists and one is only a hop skip and jump away from corrupting and dismissing Satan, The Flood, The Virgin Birth, The Resurrection, Heaven and all the miracles of God in between. Surely few are so obtuse as to not see how that would work and how it has nearly completed its work at this hour.
However, God, not Satan, is sovereign. Satan knows "...that he has but a short time" (Rev.12;12). It is Godís Will that triumphs. That Will, like every other Truth on every other subject, is written in His Word. Indeed, as Jesus made plain: "Heaven and Earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" (Luke 21:33).
So, once Satanís foundational deceptions about the origins and nature of all that exists are exposed, Jesus--served by His "called, chosen, and faithful" followers on Earth (Rev.17:14)--will assist in the fulfillment of the prophecies which declare that Babylon (confusion) will Fall (Rev.14:8; 18:2). All lies and their willing perpetrators are Godís enemies and will be exposed for all to see so that each person can choose his or her real father during Babylonís Fall (I Jn.3:8: I Cor. 15:25). Then, domino-like, a whole raft of other "commandments and traditions of men" (ex. HERE) that have corrupted and replaced true Bible doctrines in the churches will be exposed.
Thus, mark it down: When those pillars upon which Babylon rests begin to be toppled by a God-directed Truth Blitzkrieg, look for the Pre-trib Rapture Dispensationalist- Millennialist Doctrine to be the next big domino that falls after the Copernican and Darwinian myths are exposed.
If you want Jesus to count you among His "called, chosen, and faithful" soldiers in the war He wins against the lies that uphold Satanís kingdom (Rev.17:14), go back over this link and the others which show beyond any shadow of doubt that both pre-trib Rapture and Millennialist Doctrines are contra-Scriptural deceptions. Then, prayerfully and in all love which "rejoices in the Truth" (I Cor. 13:6), begin to recruit as many as you can whose final commitment is to The Word of God more than any man-made teaching and tradition of any church HERE.
God will be calling His people out of Babylon before and after the One World Government is formed. "Come out of her [i.e., Babylon, v.2] my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues", God pleads and warns (Rev. 18:4). He wouldnít tell His People to come out of Babylon (Satanís kingdom of confusion based on deception) if His People werenít in Babylon, would He??
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