SERIES: What's Next?
MESSAGE: Heaven on Earth
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:1-6

MESSAGE SUMMARY
Mankind long ago gave up on the idea of a future utopia. The thought of perpetual peace and undisturbed harmony became the stuff of fairy tales. But that is precisely what God promised He will bring to this earth one day. Though Satan has exercised a temporary authority over God’s creation for several millennia, the story isn’t over yet. Jesus will return to rule for a thousand years. And it won’t just be a spiritual kingdom in the hearts of His followers. This will be a literal dominion over a renewed earth. Let’s explore this thousand-year phase of your eternal future.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: April 24, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "Heaven on Earth"
Text: Revelation 20:1-6

Path

Though Satan has exercised a temporary authority over God's creation for several millennia, the story isn't over yet; Jesus will return to rule for a thousand years. And it won't just be a spiritual kingdom in the hearts of His followers. This will be a literal dominion over a renewed earth. Pastor Skip explored this thousand-year phase of our eternal future:

  1. The Extent of It (vv. 1-6)
  2. The Explanation of It (v. 2)
    1. Premillennial View
    2. Postmillennial View
    3. Amillennial View
  3. The Essentiality of It (v. 3)
Points

The Extent of It (vv. 1-6)
The Explanation of It (v. 2)
The Essentiality of It (v. 3)
Practice

Connect Up: Read Luke 19:11-27. How does God expect you to serve Him in this life? How will that be rewarded in the kingdom? Because Christians will reign with Christ, how are you preparing now for life during the millennium?

Connect In: Pastor Skip quoted C.S. Lewis: "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." Discuss how you think living under Christ's direct rule in the kingdom will be more satisfying than living in our current world.

Connect Out: Pastor Skip ended this teaching with two questions: He asked believers, "Are you seeking the kingdom?" Then he asked unbelievers, "Will you be part of God's kingdom?" Take time to pray about greater involvement in God's kingdom and how you can help others find a place within it. All of this requires service and evangelism. In what ways can you better serve and reach out for the cause of Christ?

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. Politicians are the scapegoats for many of our problems
      1. We blame them for everything
      2. We expect them to fix everything
    2. There is an era of righteousness coming (see Isaiah 11:9; Daniel 2:31-45)
      1. The final kingdom of our Lord
      2. A world without war
      3. Things are always fair
      4. No illness
      5. No hunger
      6. Anything but boring
    3. Millennial reign of Christ on this earth
  2. The Extent of It (vv. 1-6)
    1. 1,000 years
      1. This phrase is used six times in this passage
      2. Mille = a thousand
      3. Annum = years
      4. Reign of Christ on this earth
    2. Other terms for the millennium
      1. The regeneration (see Matthew 19:28)
      2. Times of refreshing (see Acts 3:19)
      3. Times of the restoration of all things (see Acts 3:21)
    3. Begins with an incarceration
      1. Satan will be thrown in jail
      2. By an angel, possibly the archangel Michael (see Daniel 10:13; 12:1; Jude 9; Revelation 12:7)
      3. Satan will be bound for 1,000 years
        1. Angel will have the key to the bottomless pit
        2. A key designates authority
    4. Continues with an administration
      1. A group of individuals on thrones
        1. Tribulation believers
        2. Old Testament believers (see Daniel 7:18)
        3. Jesus' apostles (see Matthew 19:28)
        4. New Testament believers (see 1 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10)
      2. We will rule with God on this restored earth for 1,000 years (see Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 19:17)
  3. The Explanation of It (v. 2)
    1. Is it really, literally 1,000 years?
    2. Premillennial View
      1. Jesus will come back before the millennium
      2. Reigns for 1,000 years from the throne of David
      3. Primary view of the church for the first three centuries
    3. Postmillennial View
      1. Jesus will come back after the millennium
        1. Jesus will come after a golden age that the church will bring in
        2. We will gospel-ize the entire world
        3. The world will get better and better and then we will give the kingdom to Jesus
      2. This view died off with the onset of modern calamities like World Wars 1 and II, the Great Depression, etc.
        1. Making a comeback with dominion/kingdom theology
        2. We the church will take dominion of the earthly institutions and bring in the kingdom
    4. Amillennial View
      1. There really is not a millennium
        1. The kingdom is now
        2. We are spiritual Israel
      2. This is as good as it gets
    5. There is really no other way to interpret the Bible rather than literally
      1. If you have a problem with a literal 1,000-year reign, then you have a problem with the entire book of Revelation
      2. It is very exact with its numbers
      3. If we do not believe in the Bible literally, then who will tell us what it actually means?
    6. What will the world look like without Satan?
      1. Peace, not war (see Isaiah 2:4)
      2. Animal kingdom will be tamed (see Isaiah 11:6-9)
      3. Biosphere will be lush (see Isaiah 35:1-4, 7)
      4. Disabilities will be healed (see Isaiah 35:5-6)
      5. Longevity of life (see Isaiah 65:20)
  4. The Essentiality of It (v. 3)
    1. The millennium is necessary to redeem creation from the judgment
      1. There has been a curse on this creation since the fall of man (see Genesis 3)
      2. The earth will be trashed during the tribulation period
        1. By God
        2. By the Devil
        3. By man
      3. God will make the earth beautiful
      4. The kingdom will come (see Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2)
    2. The millennium is necessary to fulfill all the promises God made to the nation of Israel
      1. Covenant with David (see 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 89:3-4)
      2. When the millennium is over, the earth will be completely destroyed
      3. God will make a new heaven and new earth
  5. Closing
    1. If you are a believer, what is your relationship to what Jesus told you in the Sermon on the Mount? (see Matthew 6:31-33)
      1. Are you pursuing a life dominated by God?
      2. Who is ruling you?
    2. If you are an unbeliever, will you be a part of His kingdom?
      1. Begins with a relationship with the King of Kings
      2. You will join Him in His earthly and heavenly kingdom
    3. There is something more
      1. We were made for a different world
      2. God put our eternity in our hearts
Figures referenced: Vance Havner, Hippolytus, Irenaeus, C.S. Lewis, Justin Martyr, Papias, Psuedo-Barnabas, Tertullian, John Walvoord, Dallas Willard
Latin words: annum, mille
Cross references: Genesis 3; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 89:3-4; Isaiah 2:4; 11:6-9; 35:1-7; 65:20; Daniel 2:31-45; 7:18; 10:13; 12:1; Matthew 6:10, 31-33; 19:28; 25:21-23; Luke 11:2; 19:17; Acts 3:19, 21; 1 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Timothy 2:12; Jude 9; Revelation 5:10; 12:7
Topic: The Millennium
Keywords: millennial kingdom, millennial reign, Satan, tribulation, premillennial view, postmillennial view, amillennial view, biblical literalism, peace, war, animals, creation, earth, the curse, covenant, new heaven, new earth

Keywords: millennial kingdom, millennial reign, Satan, tribulation, premillennial view, postmillennial view, amillennial view, biblical literalism, peace, war, animals, creation, earth, the curse, covenant, new heaven, new earth


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