(5) Assigning the Millennium to the future has the support of the rest of Revelation. The kingdomis future in Rev 1:9 [I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance
in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, because of the word of God and thetestimony of Jesus.]; 2:26-27 [And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end,
him I will give authority over the
NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OFTHE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES
, as I also have received
from My Father]; 3:21 [He whoovercomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down withMy Father on His throne.]; 5:10 [“And Thou hast made them
a kingdom and priests to our God;and they will reign upon the earth.”]. To be consistent with the context of the whole book, themillennial kingdom in Revelation 20 must be future.
2. The place of the millennial kingdom: on the earth as we know it
(1) The earth is the scene of the seventh bowl judgment, the 4
scenes of which include theMillennium. See 8-scenes chart above.(2) The earth will be where Satan will deceive the nations (20:3, 8) and focus his special wrath just before Christ’s return (12:9; 20:1).(3) The promise to Thyatiran overcomers is to rule over the nations (2:26-27). Nations are onearth, not in heaven.(4) The promise to the Laodicean overcomer is to occupy David’s throne with Christ (3:21). Thatthrone is an earthly throne.(5) Rev 5:10 specifically promises that those redeemed through Christ’s blood “will reign
” (emphasis added).(6) The anticipatory song of Rev 11:15-18 makes it clear that Christ’s rule will be over thekingdoms of this world and the nations who inhabit planet earth.(7) The battle that sets the stage for the kingdom occurs on earth (16:12, 14; 19:17-21).