Why Our Military Equipment and Weapons Were Left Behind

Yes, why were our military high-powered weapons left for the Taliban? We could have prevented it. We could have planned and carried out a better result. Why didn’t we?

I want to tell you why. In my opinion, it is because the globalists who are planning the Great Reset (or “build back better”) are really in charge of Biden and America.

They planned for this to happen!

They wanted a Taliban take over.

They wanted them to take our tanks and planes and guns. Yes, I think they planned it all out, every detail.

Why?

Because their ideology is to reduce America. Their ultimate goal is that all nations will be equal in power and easily controlled—controlled by a world dictator.

So America, in their belief, needs to be significantly reduced in power—militarily and economically and in every way.

And this is why they have installed Joe Biden. They knew he would listen and obey their orders. And they knew he would be an ineffective leader and a blunderer.

And know also that they have ongoing plans for future puppets. And they will continue to mess with our voting system and our voting machines. They plan to allow only the votes that they want to be counted—just like California does it.

Yes, and they plan to disallow forests to be managed, so that America has more and more fires.

And they plan for less and less people to be free. They plan for more mask wearing and for more mandates.

Back to Afghanistan and the Taliban. They, the reset people, whoever they are, are making plans for more and more of the Taliban and Al Qaeda and even ISIS to terrorize the world. And they plan for those animals to come into our country and terrorize and kill us.

And, oh yes, they also plan for groups like BLM to influence our government and our laws, to make us more lawless and so to make us more immoral people, and fearful people, so to destroy us! Again, so that we would be knocked down a few notches and made controllable. That is their plan.

Paper Tiger — Ernie’s Musings

The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. (1 Samuel 2:4) Unless you have completely isolated and insulated yourself from the outside world (and I would not blame you if you have; sometimes I wish I could completely detach from the constant flow of bad news), you […]

Paper Tiger — Ernie’s Musings

Hypocritical or Too Content

I’m writing this at McDonalds—the one near me. They are finally open for service after months and months. It has been one of my favorite hang-outs, where I can do my reading and blogging.

Today is Sunday. I love to come and worship with friends at my church. And the pastor always has a good message. But I hate it that he is missing so much in his doctrine in that he doesn’t ever preach on bible prophecy or the coming of Christ. As you know, I write on that subject frequently. For some reason I think God has called me to stay in this church. I am strong enough in my faith and beliefs that I will not be affected, and maybe someday I will speak up (to him and others) more on what I believe. But for now, I feel content in just writing about it. That almost sounds hypocritical, but I’m not sure that bible prophecy is something to be used as a witnessing tool or to be preached just for the sake of sounding my futuristic beliefs. It seems that when Paul wrote about it, it was always in response to a problem (1 Thess. 4) or as a matter of the course of his doctrinal message (1 Cor. 15). Anyway, I pray that someday soon I will be more vocal and excited about His soon coming. It is just really hard to do now since so many have different views and many reject the Rapture of the church. I know that that is not a good excuse for me. I kind of wish that I was more like Hal Lindsey. When he was younger, he used to preach outside in the open on college campuses about the rapture and future things. That was when he wrote his famous book, The Late Great Planet Earth. As far as I know he is still alive (about 90 years old) and he has a weekly program on line. God bless him.

Setting Up a New Global Religion

After the Rapture of the Church and Leading up to the Tribulation, along with the frenzied effort made to set up a new global government, there will also be an urgent effort to establish a new global religion. In fact, from the start, the new government and the new religion will work together as one. Though the Antichrist and the new false religious system (called the harlot in Scripture) are constantly struggling against each other and using each other, they will find a way to work together.

And though we are saying that this new global religion is new, it is essentially quite ancient. In some respects, it will be new, being made up of all the false religions of the world, but its base will be the ancient mystery Babylon religion, which began with Nimrod (the grandson of Ham) at the tower of Babel.

This false, Satanic religion of idol worship began at Babylon but quickly spread over the earth. And even as Abraham was called by God to leave his pagan country in order to establish a new God-believing nation, they too were eventually overcome by this Babylonian religion—as was the cause of their captivity in 586 B. C.

In 539 B. C., Babylon was destroyed; but Satan found a way to keep the religion going. The cultic high-priest, with his followers, fled to Pergamos and then to Italy where the ancient cult was eventually established in Rome. Beginning with Julius Caesar, the Roman emperors shared their power with the Babylonian chief priests; and then, tragically, under Constantine the Great, the devil began working to corrupt the church, as many pagan idolatrous practices became part of the Catholic/Christian religion.

In my observation, some Catholic churches have managed to be somewhat Christian; but on the whole I think the Catholic church has remained the same—embedded in idolatry. Nonetheless, whatever you think, as soon as the Rapture occurs, we will see it as it really is. That is, we will see its ancient roots. And I believe we will see it as Revelation 17 describes it: BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS.

I think the Roman Catholic Church will probably be the center of influence and control; however, I think all other false religions will be attracted to it, and will unite together as one under the False Prophet and the Antichrist.

It will certainly be strange to see this false religion rise up and to present itself as a true and holy religion, with the Antichrist declaring himself as God (2 Thess. 2:4). The places of worship will no doubt be beautiful and appealing, and the religious leaders may put on a great show of spirituality and power. But to all who find true salvation in that day, if they are fill with His Spirit, they will be able to see the evil powers at work and to see the pride and arrogance of the false teachers and their murderous hatred toward Christians.

However, just after the Rapture, there won’t be any believers; and so, this will be the time when the doctrine of demons (1 Tim. 4:1-3) will take hold and when many are corrupted by evil teaching. This evil corruption will be the devil’s preparation for his new false religion.

The world’s leaders will be the first to go, and then with their insistence and example, they will cause the world to follow them into corruption and harlotry.

We don’t know how long it will take before this new false religion is fully developed and when it’s official beginning will be, but whenever that is, I think it will coincide with the signing of the peace covenant with Israel. And that will be the actual beginning of the Tribulation. Here are …

Five Factors That May Contribute to The Official Start Of the New Global Religion

1. I think it may start just after the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war. This makes perfect sense to me, because since that war will eliminate most of radical Islam, that will conveniently open the door to a peaceful start, as well as to open the way to begin building the third temple.

2. It will begin as soon as the harlot and the beast discover that they can work together. We know from Scripture that there will be conflict, but we also know that they will learn to work together and support each other for the good of the new evil kingdom.

3. It will begin as soon as its leaders and sits evil system are in place.

4. It will begin as soon as all nations and all religions are united and committed to the new global religion. We don’t know exactly how this commitment and willingness will occur, but we may conclude that it will be either by force or by allurement—or by a combination of the two.

5. It will start when all the world leaders and all the people are beginning to be absorbed into it. When this drawing of the people begins to happen, the official start will be imminent; and you will see a movement of the nation heads toward the peace table to witness the signing of the peace covenant with Israel.

Setting Up A New Global Government – A Revived Roman Empire

As I mentioned previously, I am writing a book now on THE TRIBULATION, and I will be blogging it as I go along. I have written the first chapter entitled Leading Up to the Tribulation, and I presented six points: 1) Dealing With, Or Not Dealing With, 2) The Aftershocks Of The Rapture; 3) Setting Up A Global Government; 4) Seeing The Beginnings Of A New Global Religion; 5) The Ezekiel Invasion; The Rise Of The Antichrist; and 6) World Peace, Temple Preparation And The Peace Covenant.

I have already blogged the first point, and today is the second. I will present it just as it will be in the book—uncut.

SETTING UP A GLOBAL GOVERNMENT

As the world tries to deal with the aftershocks of the Rapture, key leaders of many countries will begin to meet together to find global solutions. And we know, according to Scripture, that the world will come to a unified agreement on the establishment of a new global government—as well as a new global religion. It is likely, however, though many ideas will be discussed and agreed upon, that the new government won’t actually begin until the commencement of the signing of the peace accord with Israel, which will mark the beginning of the Tribulation.

There is no way of knowing the details of what will be discussed when the key leaders come together, but the topic of a new global government will probably be the most immediate. Under this major topic they will likely discuss and seek to make decisions on a global currency, the form of government and controls of the government.

It seems that the world has already made huge strides with currencies, or with many new methods of payment, especially with credit cards and also by bank transfers. I don’t see that there will be any problems with converting to a global currency or maybe with on credit card used by all.

As far as the government itself, most bible scholars agree that the new world government will be a revived Roman Empire. Biblical proof of this is taken from three Daniel passages.

Daniel 2:32-40. This passage gives us the familiar story of king Nebuchadnezzars’ dream and Daniel’s interpretation of it. He saw in his dream a huge statue of a man with a head of gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron and feet of both iron and clay. Along with Daniel’s recognition of the four different world kingdoms, scholars now recognize these kingdoms as such: the head of gold as Babylon, the silver breast and arms as Medo-Persia, the belly and thigh of bronze as Greece, and the iron legs and feet as Rome.

Our focus in these last days are on that forth empire of Rome, and particularly on the feet which, in the dream, were made of a mixture of iron and clay. The strong legs of iron we reason represents the early historic Rome, and the feet represents the revived future Rome. And we must take note that since the feet are of that mixture, that the coming revived Roman empire will be somewhat weaker than the early Rome.

Daniels 2:41-42. From these verses the writer of Daniel does not say that there are ten toes on the feet of the statute, but we can make that assumption. Hence, we may surmise that the ten toes symbolize the same as the ten horns of the fourth beast of Daniel 7:24, which, as we are told, represents ten kings—ten kings that are in our future and which will be a part of the future Roman empire.

Daniel 9:26. In this verse we see a timeline of events from the Messiah’s death to the beginning of the Tribulation. Our focus is now on the phrase “and the people of the prince who is to come.” “The prince” here refers not to Jesus but to the Antichrist, the “he” in verse 27. “The people” of the prince are the Romans, because, according to history, they destroyed “the city and the sanctuary” (Jerusalem and the temple).

So, we see from this passage that the Romans are called “the people of the prince,” which are the people of the Antichrist. Hence, this gives us proof that the Romans will be revived during the days of the Antichrist.

Now besides this evidence of the Revived Roman Empire, there is also evidence that its government headquarters will be located in the European Union. Here are…

Seven Reasons why the European Union will become The Revived Roman Empire

1. The EU has the dimensions of an empire in the same area of the old Roman Empire. The EU presently has 28 countries and it has the goal of enlisting a total of 50 countries, including North Africa, North and South America, and Israel.

2. The EU has a power structure that will work for the Antichrist. They have a federalist ideology that is divided between a strong undemocratic central authority and individual units. Hence, it would be very easy for them to give way to a dictatorship and also to set up ten main divisions of power—which will happen in the Revived Roman Empire under the Antichrist (Dan. 2:41-42; 7:24; Rev. 17:12).

3. The EU is preparing its people for the Antichrist. In the last few years, they have been using devious means to make the nation states less autonomous, less powerful, and more willing to be controlled by a central leader.

4. The EU has a goal to unite the world in peace. This goal fits well with what the Antichrist will accomplish during the first few months of his reign.

5. The EU has peaceful plans for Israel. It is in their plans to offer Israel free trade, protection and peace. This Israeli friendship may be the key element confirming the EU as the Revived Roman Empire.

6. The EU’s conflicts of authority. we are seeing a growing problem in the EU between the central power and the weaker national powers. It seems to me that the conflicts have to do with allowing too many people of different cultures to enter their countries without properly vetting them. In any event, this problem matches well with what we see in Daniel 2:431-43: the problem with the iron and the clay.

7. There are some reports that the EU is moving closer to a ten-nation federation. The ten toes and the ten king’s prophecy are coming into view.

News Update: Cuomo, Masks, and Shots

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I am excited to hear that a woman has come forward and filed a criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo for groping her. It’s the best thing for all—for New York, for the country, for this woman, and also for Gov. Cuomo. Confessing the truth is always best, and even though Cuomo will probably not confess and agree with the charge, his conviction and possible arrest and demotion will be a great victory for the side of good.

Masks and Shots

I am generally not in favor of masks and vaccines. I think hydroxychloroquine is a much better idea, and there are some other very good drugs out there too. But nonetheless, I’m trying not to get too bent out of shape over the whole mask and vaccine thing. There are some who really fight it, but I guess I’m just not that type. I tend to just let things happen and go with the flow. I know we need warriors who will fight for our rights and freedoms; but for me, I’m not sure its all that important. There are so many other things that are worth fighting for, but shots and masks are not on my list. Except maybe for the kids. Your kids should not be forced to wear masks. That’s ridiculous and not necessary. They are not that apt to get covid. I can’t imagine kids having to sit all day in a classroom with a mask on. I am all for what Gov. Desantis of Florida is doing.

Mask and Vaccination Mandates: An indication of Jesus’ Coming

I hate wearing the mask and dread doing it again—I am waiting for it. But I consider it my Christian duty to suffer through it without complaining. I do think that the evil forces in this world are using this whole thing for evil purposes—to condition people to fall in line with the dictator—who will eventually be the Antichrist. It is coming! Until that time I sit and wait for His coming. And the worse things get, I will take it as an indication and a reminder that time is short and His coming is soon. He is our blessed hope.

Aftershocks of the Rapture

It has only been a few months since I finished writing, and have published, my memoir, Under a Watchful Eye. And now I am well into my next book, THE TRIBULATION.  I’m very excited about it! And I am also prayerful as to how it will turn out. Like a few of my other books, I will be blogging most of it as a I proceed through the writing.

My first chapter (below) is sort of a prequel that comes before chapter one. I don’t know how often I will be blogging this book. It all depends on how fast I am able to do the actual writing of the book. Anyway, here is my first installment.

As I have mentioned in my book After the Rapture, I think there will be a few years between the Rapture and the Tribulation in order to set up everything that is needed for the seven-year Tribulation. Of course, we know that God can do anything in His wisdom to make things work according to His plans. And so, He can fix it so that the Tribulation will start immediately after the Rapture if He chooses. However, it seems more logical to me that there will be a period of time between the Rapture and the Tribulation. In this introductory chapter we will look at six events that I think will take place before the Tribulation—things that I think will need to happen before the signing of the peace covenant, which will mark the beginning of the Tribulation.

DEALING WITH, OR NOT DEALING WITH, THE AFTERSHOCKS OF THE RAPTURE

During the first few days, weeks and even months after the Rapture people will be too shocked and saddened to do much of anything. Disturbing emotions of fear will be common. Many will have no idea what happened—why so many have disappeared. Some will just sit in their homes in shock. Others will go for long walks to try to figure out what happened. Hopefully, a few will turn to God in prayer and find salvation.

Along with fear there will be panic, anger and sadness. The grief and sadness will probably come first over the loss of loved ones, especially over missing children; all young children will be discovered as missing. Before long anger and panic will set in, especially at God for allowing whatever happened to happen.

Who knows how long these troubling emotions will last? For those who have more earthly treasures and large families, their suffering will be the worst.

After the most immediate effects of the Rapture are experienced, the next consequence may be rioting and looting. More than likely, only the worst types (thugs and criminals) will engage in this behavior; but there will probably be enough of them to overwhelm the police so that the National Guard will need to be called out. It is my guess that this kind of behavior will continue for some time, since all Christians will be absent.

But it won’t stop with rioting. There will be other things to deal with, like a collapse of the economy, and also a collapse of certain institutions and morality. A world-wide economic collapse in many ways will be the most visible and devastating. Certainly, those nations that are more Christian, like the United States, will be the most affected, since more people from those nations will have disappeared. Imagine the personal and business loss and the collapse of the insurance industry—because of so many who will be claiming losses due to the Rapture.

We can’t foresee how much of an institutional collapse there will be; but undoubtedly, law enforcement, hospitals and the military will be stretched to the limit and put under a great strain.

Also, with true Christians being noticeably absent, I think the world will definitely see a moral collapse like never before. People everywhere will undergo a kind of panic of not knowing who to turn to for help. But the most wayward ones will probably be glad in the Rapture, knowing that they will be freer to do evil—and so lawlessness will increase on the earth.

Five Ways God Will Bring Healing to the Sick in the coming Millennial Kingdom

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  1. By His forgiveness. There is a special healing of the soul, and also of the body when we confess our sins and God forgives us. It is a wonderous cleansing of the Lord that heals the body and soul of the poison of sin (1 Jn. 1:9). I love Malachi 4:2, which speaks of all those who believe in Him at His coming.
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But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.
  1. From healing waters. Ezekiel 47:1-12 gives us the account of these waters. In this account (which is a vision from the Lord) there is no explanation of where the water originates from, but only that it flowed out from under the temple, first as a small stream, then, as it flowed out, the…

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The Removal of the Curse in the Millennial Kingdom

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The account of the initial curse is recorded in Genesis 3:14-19. From this account we find that (1) God cursed the serpent; (2) He put a curse on child birth, that women would have pain in childbirth; and (3) He cursed the ground.

In Romans 8:20 we have another account of the curse, but here Paul calls it a “subjection of the creation to futility.” And in this account we are told plainly why God brought the curse. We read that God subjected the entire physical universe “in hope”; that is, He did it so that man in his sinful state would have hope in better things, hope that he and all of creation would one day find redemption and deliverance.

Now it seems to me, from these two accounts, that the Genesis account is just the beginning of the curse; and the Romans account is a broader and…

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Why We Should Believe in A Literal Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth

I recently had a discussion with a young fellow about this subject, and he seemed surprised that I held this view—of a literal thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. I think his church holds the amillennial view. I didn’t have anything well-thought-out to tell him, so this is why I decided to do some work on it. I first got out my hermeneutics text book, which was written by my college professor, Dr. Edwin Hartill. He wrote a chapter entitled The Numerical Principle, which was very helpful as to the meaning of certain numbers. From there I developed a 5-point outline and conclusion, which you will see here in this blog post. I also want to apologize ahead of time for the length of this blog. But I know that if you are at all interested in this subject, it will be valuable to you.

I. Three Most Popular Views of the Millennial Reign of Christ

There are three basic views of the biblical Millennium, which will spell out for us how and why people believe in either a literal view or a non-literal view.

The Postmillennial view. They believe that the millennium, as referred to in Revelation, is symbolic of a golden age of righteousness and spiritual prosperity. They say that it will be ushered in by the spread of the gospel during this present church age and be brought to its completion when Christ returns. Any biblical references to Christ’s reign on earth they say are descriptive of His spiritual reign in the hearts of believers.

It is unclear in this view as to whether they believe that Christ will come and reign on earth or not.

The Amillennial view. In this view 1000 years is merely symbolic of a long period of time. Old Testament prophecies of a millennium are viewed as being fulfilled now spiritually in the church (either on earth or in heaven), or as references to the eternal state.

The Premillennial view. This is my view. We believe in a literal thousand years in which Jesus Christ will some day in the future reign physically on the earth in fulfillment of many biblical prophecies.

Conclusions

First, the Postmillennial view makes no sense at all. I don’t see a “golden age of righteousness” before Christ comes—unless they are saying that this golden age of righteousness is only in the hearts of Christians.

The Amillennial view I think is more popular these days, mainly because they are more vague about what it is and what will happen. They are vague as to its length and they are vague as to whether it is a reference to the earth, or heaven, or the eternal state. But in both views the time of 1000 years is not literal and Christ is not physically present. This to me presents a problem.

The Premillennial view is the only view that makes sense and is true to the text.

II. A Look at How a Thousand Years is Viewed in Scripture

This was quite a task to see how the word “thousand” was used in Scripture. I was very careful to be thorough and complete. I found 272 references, and came up with five different ways the term was used. Here is my accounting of all the references.

A. An Exact and Literal Amount

  1. Gen 20:16-17: A thousand pieces of silver
  2. Nu 31:4: A thousand men from each tribe were sent in to battle. This number was mentioned four times in the preceding verses.
  3. Nu. 35:5: The pastureland of the Levites measured 3,000 feet on each side; north, south, east, west.
  4. In Ezekiel 47:3-5, a man made four different measurements, a thousand cubits each time. Though this was a vision, there is no reason to suggest that the measurements were not literal.
  5. Rev. 20:2: Satan bound for a thousand years.
  6. Rev. 20:3-7: a thousand years; the thousand years.

B. An Estimate in Thousands

  1. Ex 12:37: about 600, 000 men
  2. Nu. 11:21: 600, 000 men on foot
  3. Josh 3:4: they were to keep a distance of about a thousand yards from the ark.
  4. I Samuel 25:2: A man had 1,000 goats and 3,000 sheep.
  5. Fifteen references in 1 Kings on things for Solomons Kingdom: 1,000 burnt offerings, 4,000 horse stalls, 12,000 horses, He spoke 3,000 proverbs, gave to Hiram 20,000 cors of wheat and 20,000 baths of olive oil, he employed 30,000 laborers, 7,000 carriers, 8, 000 stone cutters, etc.
  6. From 1 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles of many things given and taken in battle.
  7. From 1 and 2 Chronicles many things for the work and building of the temple.
  8. The number of Job’s sheep, camels and donkeys.
  9. Dan. 5:1: A banquet for a thousand.
  10. Jonah 4:11: Nineveh had 120,000 people.
  11. Matt. 14:21: 5,000 men were fed
  12. Matt 15:38: 4,000 men were fed
  13. Mk. 5:13: about 2,000 pigs droned in the sea
  14. Mk 8:9: Mark said about 4,000 were present.
  15. Lk 9:14: Lk said about 5000 were present, also in Jn 6:10.
  16. Lk 16:7: In a story a man owed another a thousand bushels of wheat.
  17. Acts 2:41: about 3000 were added to the church.
  18. Acts 4:4: the number grew to about 5000.
  19. Acts 19:19: the value of the evil scrolls came to 50,000 drachmas (days wages)
  20. Rom. 11:4: 7,000 who have not bowed to baal.
  21. 1 Cor 10:8: twenty-three thousand died in one day by God’s judgement.
  22. Rev. 11:13: seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake.

C. An Estimate in Thousands of Men Armed for Battle or of those Killed in Battle

  1. In the book of Joshua there were five references
  2. In the book of Judges there were thirty references.
  3. In the book of 1 Samuel there were sixteen references.
  4. In the book of 2 Samuel there were seventeen references.
  5. In the books of 1 and 2 Chronicles were about twenty-five references.
  6. In Isaiah 37:36, The angel of the Lord went out and put to death 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp.
  7. Luke 14:31: a story of ten thousand against twenty thousand.

D. A Very Large Number; Thousands and Thousands; or an infinite amount.

  1. Ex 20:6: How many God shows kindness to.
  2. Deut. 1:11: May God increase their numbers a thousand times.
  3. Deut. 5:10: God will show love to a thousand generations.
  4. Psalm 50:10: God owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
  5. Daniel 7:10: A vision of heavenly things.
  6. Matt. 18:24: A man owed ten thousand talents of money (an infinite amount)
  7. 1 Cor. 4:15: Ten thousand tutors in Christ; the NASV says countless tutors in Christ.
  8. Rev. 5:11: Thousands upon thousands of angels.

E. An Exaggeration in Thousands; a comparison to make a point; poetic language

  1. Lev 26:8: A hundred will chase 10, 000
  2. Josh 23:10: one routs a thousand.
  3. In 2 Samuel 18:12: a bride is mentioned of a thousand shekels.
  4. Psalm 84:10: Better is one day in His courts than a thousand elsewhere.
  5. Psalm 90:4; 2 Pt 3:8: How God measures time.
  6. Psalm 91:7: Thousand are killed all around me while I am safe.
  7. Ecc. 6:6: If a man lives for a thousand years twice over…
  8. Ecc. 7:28: Finding one upright man among a thousand.
  9. Four references pertaining to love in Song of Solomon.
  10. Five references in Isaiah having to do with
  11. Amos 5:3
  12. Micah 6:7
  13. 1 Cor 14:19: I would rather speak five words with my mind than 10,000 words in a tongue.

Conclusion

Obviously, there are different ways the term is used: literally, as a near estimate, and symbolically as a long period of time. We are now most concerned with those references that appear to be literal. Most are not exact or literal; nevertheless, a few are, and so, if that is the case, there is no reason to believe that the references in Revelation referring to the millennium cannot also be literal.

III. How “thousand” Is Used in Revelation 20 Compared to Other References

A. We will look first at the Revelation 20 references. Here are a few reasons to conclude that “a thousand” or “the thousand” is a literal number.

  • In verses 2 and 3: Satan is bound for “a thousand” years, and then he is released when “the thousand” years are completed. A prison sentence is always exact. You don’t sentence someone for “about a thousand” years.
  • The term “completed” (in 20:3) suggests a definite amount of time. If the time was symbolic or not accurate as to its length, how would the jailer know how long to hold the incarcerated one?
  • In verse 4, “a thousand years” seems to be a definite amount of time that “they” reigned with Christ.
  • Verse 5. Here the definite article “the” is added, and it is the time of completion. Hence the definite article makes the thousand more likely to be exact and literal. Also, the word “completed,” as in verse 3, also adds exactness.
  • verse 6. They will reign with Christ for a thousand years. Here it just doesn’t make sense to suggest reigning with Christ for “about a thousand years,” or reigning with Christ for a long time.
  • Verse 7. Here again is “the thousand years are completed.” It sounds very exact and definite.

B. A look at a few references from my B list where thousand is not an exact number

  • Joshua 3:4. The priests were to keep a distance of “about” 2,000 cubits from the ark of the covenant. Here, I think this distance was important, but God knew that they were not able to keep an exact distance, so He said “about” 2000 cubits. But the 1000-year reign of Christ is definite. This length of time has a meaning—as we will see.
  • Mark 5:13. About 2,000 pigs drowned in the sea. Here again, it is not important to know the exact number.
  • Acts 2:41. About 3,000 were added to the church. Again, the exact number is not that important.
  • Luke 9:14. About 5000 were fed.

Here, in all of these cases the word “about” is used. But in the Revelation 20 passage “about” is not used, suggesting to us that there is a difference.

C. In both the D list and the E list where thousand is symbolic for a large number

Here it makes sense that the thousand number is meant as a very large number, an infinite amount, or an exaggeration. The numbers are meant to show God’s power and greatness in a poetic style; therefore, in these examples the symbolic meaning of God’s greatness and power is clear. But, as we will see, the exactness and literalness of the thousand-year reign of Christ also has meaning.

IV. The Hermeneutical Meaning of Numbers and of a Thousand

I think it is quite obvious that certain numbers in Scripture have meaning. Here are four examples:

The number three. Three seems to be the number of union, approval, completeness and perfection. It is the number of the trinity—three persons in one God, and three members of divine perfection. The resurrection of our Lord on the third day speaks of divine power. The offices of Christ as Prophet, Priest and King show His perfections. Last, I will mention the three-fold testing of man and of Christ: lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Here we see the completeness of sin in man and also the completeness of testing if Christ, which He overcame.

The number six. This number is the number of man and the state of his incompleteness. Man was created on the sixth day, and six was the number of days man was to labor on the earth. God brought judgment upon the earth for sin when Noah was 600 years old. The wicked man Goliath was six cubits tall and he had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. A man called the “man of sin” who is yet to come, will be given a mark of 666.

The number seven. I am sure you have seen this number in the bible, especially in Revelation. It is the number of divine fulness, perfection and completeness. It is very interesting to note this number in the human body, which is God’s masterpiece of creation. The human body is composed of seven tissues. There are seven parts to the body: four limbs, head, neck, and trunk. There are seven holes in the head; and there are many other sevens we could mention about the body. Last, we will look at the book of Revelation, which completes the Scripture. In Revelation there are seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven personages, seven bowls, seven dooms, and seven new things.

The number ten. Ten is the number of perfection and completeness. It is the number of sufficiency according to God’s purpose and human responsibility. In the ten commandments we see the completeness of God’s demands, and man’s responsibility toward God. In the ten plagues upon Egypt, we see the completeness of man’s rebellion and the completeness of God’s judgement on man. In the tabernacle the holy of holies was measured as 10 cubits in length and breadth and height, signifying God’s perfect holiness.

As pertaining to the future millennial kingdom, since one thousand can be divided into tens,10x10x10, it has the meaning of ten, or the perfect order which will some day be upon the earth.

V. How the Millennium Will Be a Time of Perfection and Completeness

The millennial kingdom will demonstrate to all that it is indeed a period of time of perfection and completeness—a time of perfect order which God will set up and display upon the earth. Except for sin still in the world (which will be dealt with) we will see the earth restored to the way it was in the beginning before sin entered. Here are five points or purposes for the millennium that will demonstrate a time of perfect order.

  1. The earth will be restored to its original greatness and goodness. Everything on the earth will be “very good” and man will be blessed.
  2. There will be a perfect government—ruled by Christ and His followers.
  3. It will be a time when the covenants with Israel are fulfilled.
  4. It will be a time when Christ’s character will be displayed.
  5. It will be a time when God in Christ will demonstrate His sovereignty and holiness and will bring a just judgment to Satan and his followers.

Final Conclusion

 The premillennial view with a belief in a literal 1,000-year reign of Christ makes the most sense out of all the views.

As I have examined how one thousand is used in Scripture, it is easy to see how in each case it is meant. In most cases it is not meant as an exact number, but as an estimate number, a number to mean an infinite amount, or a number meant as an exaggeration or a comparison. Nevertheless, there are some thousands that are meant as an exact and literal number, which I have pointed out.

Last, I want to suggest strongly that since the millennium will be a time when God will set up and establish His kingdom on earth, which will be a perfect and complete kingdom, why would He not design its length of time a designation of perfection and completeness. It would make no sense to designate its length as an indeterminant number of years (e. g. A long time) or as a number that had no meaning of perfection or completeness (e. g. say 2,645 years). I would think that, since His kingdom was so important—as it is—He would assign a significant and meaningful number of years to it—which He has! And we can see in Scripture how God has assigned meaningful numbers to many things that designate their meaning and importance. So why would He not do the same for such an important thing as His establishment of the kingdom of God on earth? It will be a literal 1000-year kingdom.