Rev. 20:4, “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, ..and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.”

Looking at the above passage from what we have ever believed in the tradition of the Millennium and the Rapture, there seems to be a break in the kingdom.

What I mean is, Christ will be reigning 1000 years and Satan will be let loose again and then Jesus comes down with the saints finally for them to inherit the earth after the rapture. But can we truly back up these theories from the Scriptures?

Let’s examine a few first.

Is The kingdom Expected to Have A Break (end) So That The Devil Can Be Let Loose For A While? Rev. 20:7

Ans. Dan. 2:31, “Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible

32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, {thighs: or, sides}

33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.”

The above passages described for us what came upon the earth in the days of Jesus as a prophecy of the four major kingdoms when Daniel (Israel) was in captivity in Babylon, starting from Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome; Rome being the last of the four kingdoms.

But verse 44 seems to give the summary of the whole prophecy as seen in the dream of the King Nebuchadnezzar. See it; 44

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall STAND FOREVER,” (Dan. 7:9, 13-14,18, 22, 27).

Now Jesus, exactly according to this prophecy, was born in “the days of the last kingdom, the Roman Empire.”

And so when He was answering the question that Pilate posed before Him while in the judgment hall He said in;

John 18:33, “Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?

36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

This is clear enough that He came to fulfill the prophecy of Dan. 2:44, and He never denied that He was a king.

Now if He was born a king and He came to set up His kingdom which is meant to be forever, where then is the break that we are told to be the millennium by the rapture theorists?

When He said my kingdom was not of this world He meant to say my kingdom is spiritual and doesn’t take its offshoot and policies from the previous four kingdoms.

So was there going to be any break to accommodate a millennium or rapture period? The answer says No!

Rather it is a gradual and continuous growth till the earth is filled with the knowledge and righteousness of God. The word says in Isa. 9:7,

“Of THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE there shall be NO END, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever.”

Therefore, Rev. 11:15, “The seventh angel then blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)! AMP.

So you see, when He came, it was,

Mark 1:14, “After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: 15 Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” MSG.

Praise the Lord!

Notice that this is an ETERNAL REIGN of God starting with the establishment of His kingdom. There is no break of one thousand years and the rapture parenthesis theory anywhere here in scripture.

To be continued…