transitions (revelation 20:1)
This sermon was preached at New Testament Christian Fellowship in Conover, NC on April 28, 2019. It serves as an introduction to Revelation 20, highlighting transitions that must needs occur between this current age and the age to come (the literal thousand-year reign of the Jewish Messiah). The primary context of Revelation 20 is eternal destruction, the destruction of Satan (vs. 1-10) and the judgment and destruction of the wicked dead (vs. 11-15). Sandwiched therein, however, is a jewel concerning the Millennial reign of Messiah on earth (vs. 4-6), a jewel that fixes the timeframe of a Kingdom already detailed and proclaimed throughout the Old Testament. The number “thousand” is mentioned six times in verses 2-5, and there is no reason to think that it means anything other than what it say. The same can be said of “day” in the first chapter of Genesis. Messiah will reign over this present creation, and He will do so quite literally upon the Throne of David and for a thousand years.
NOTE: At one point during this message, a recent shooting at a New Zealand mosque is referenced. Mr. Boyd mistakenly said “synagogue” when he meant to say “mosque.”