2. Is the Millennial reign a symbolic reign or a literal reign?



The Millennial Reign is a literal reign. From the passages in the book of Revelation which refer to this period of a thousand years we learn that it is a period of time which is still to come upon the earth. When will the millennial reign begin? It will begin when Jesus comes back from heaven.

Let us look closely at these passages.

● “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” (Revelation 20:1-3).

Therefore at the coming of Christ, an angel of God will seize the devil and bind him for a thousand years to keep him from deceiving the nations until the thousand years are ended.

● “And 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 for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: 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” (Revelation 20:4-6).

Therefore, according to these words, those who will have part in the first resurrection, which is the resurrection of the just that will take place when Jesus comes and will concern the dead in Christ, will reign with Christ for a thousand years. These persons are blessed because the second death will have no power over them. The fact that the Scripture states that the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended means that there will be a real period of a thousand years between the first and the second resurrection.

● “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10).

As we said before, when the thousand years are ended the devil will be released from his prison, and what will he do? He will deceive the nations which will be gathered together to battle against the saints, but they will be punished by God and the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where he will be tormented forever and ever.