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Question/Comment: I have had the opportunity to read the few lessons you have posted. I notice that you make reference to Daniel and his prophecy of the "70 weeks of Daniel" and the supposed rapture of the church. I have tried for many years to see the rapture in the book of Revelation and the scripture that Jesus is coming back to earth and will reign for 1000 years. I cannot find scriptural proof of either the rapture or for Jesus returning to earth to set up His kingdom. I have written about the "70 weeks of Daniel" and have published my opposition to 1000 year reign on earth. When Jesus comes the second time, it is to bring an end to this world as we know it and to usher in a period of judgment, and then heaven or hell. I cannot find where Jesus will ever again set foot on this earth to reign. When He comes all the dead will be raised not just the faithful dead. All will stand for judgment and receive their rewards - heaven or hell. I would like your comments.
Bible Answer:  It is wonderful that you want to explore another viewpoint about the future as taught in the book of Revelation. One of the marks of an unteachable spirit is the unwillingness to ask the question, "Have I been wrong?" May we encourage you to read several studies before you read the response below. The first study will provide a better understanding of the future earthly 1,000 year kingdom. The study is entitled, "Which Kingdom?" The second study is about the rapture and it is entitled "The Church is Missing." The first study is the most important one.
      Numbers. Next we want to see what the book of Revelation says about the 1,000 year kingdom. Probably the most significant passage in Revelation is found in Revelation 20:1-4.
  And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (NASB) Rev. 20:1-4
Here we read that Satan will be bound in an abyss for 1,000 years. Now the question we need to ask is, "Are the 1,000 years real years or are they symbolic?" The answer is actually found in the book of Revelation itself. For example, the book is full of numbers. It has referred to 7 churches, 7 angels, 7 lampstands, 7 stars (Rev. 1), 4 creatures before the throne, 24 elders (Rev. 4), 144,000 witnesses (12,000 from each tribe in Rev. 7), 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls, and a 200,000 man army (Rev. 9). During the 7 seals we can read about 1/3 of the sea, 1/3 of the ships, 1/3 of the waters, and 1/3 of the sun and moon and stars being struck (Rev. 8:7-13). In Revelation 11 we read about 2 witnesses, 3.5 days, and 42 months, and 1,260 days.
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