The Number 1000

Samson, one of Israel’s judges and the first person the Bible states was under a Nazarite vow from birth, was charged by God to free the Israelites from the brutal Philistines. One of the ways he did this was to use his miraculous strength and stamina, plus the jawbone of an ass, to kill 1000 men in the Philistine army.

And he (Samson) found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it. 16. And Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men” (Judges 15:15 – 16, HBFV throughout)

The number 1000 plays a critical role in God’s plan, especially concerning his (and our) adversary the devil.

Before Christ establishes the Kingdom of God on the earth, at his second coming, he will first have Satan restrained in a spiritual prison. The duration of his imprisonment will be 1000 years.

Then I saw an angel descending from heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain in his hand. And he took hold of the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

Then he cast him into the abyss, and locked him up, and sealed the abyss over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer until the thousand years were fulfilled . . . (Revelation 20:1 – 3).

Jesus, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, will then rule the earth from Jerusalem for 1000 years (Revelation 19:16, 20:4, 6). His period of rule is commonly referred to as the Millennium or his millennial reign.

The second resurrection will occur after Christ has ruled the earth for 1000 years. This is the time when countless billions of humans will be raised from the dead and given a FULL chance to understand God’s truth and receive salvation.

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