The thousand-year reign of Revelation 20 and the Garden of Eden may sound like two strange concepts to put together, but this is today’s study. (SPOILER ALERT – this a study, only a study.) The question that inspired this study was – Why was Satan to be bound and then released? (Revelation 20:2,3, and 7 NIV). So, I am not questioning what is going to happen in that thousand-year period but why a thousand years.
Since I have been musing on the Garden I have noticed many connections between Genesis and Revelation. Things from the Garden show up in both – the Tree of Life and the River. So, the thousand-year reign also stirred my interest. Was this another thing that had its foundation in the Creation story?
Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 are used frequently to speak of an eternal God and His idea of time. One thousand years equals a day in the sight of God is not a new in theology or eschatology. For me they are a reminder of just how limited I am compared to God. Pulling this thought into Revelation 20 does not seem right, so I will leave it alone. But that still left me with – why bind Satan for thousand years and then release him for a short time?
Having noticed so many similar things in Genesis and Revelation, I have to wonder if the first Adam (and Eve) had a thousand years in the Garden before the Tree of Knowledge. One thousand years of just pure fellowship with the Eternal Father and spending time under His rule and reign. Just man and God walking in the Garden. It could possible follow a pattern that some have seen in the Creation story – chaos, peace/Creation, and chaos. I will try to explain that last statement. Genesis 1:2 has a formless earth that is empty and dark, followed with God casting His light over everything; then to have the deception in Genesis 3. In Revelation it may look like the Antichrist, the thousand years, Satan loose, the eternal Kingdom of God.
Was the Tree a test for Adam and Eve? Job’s story could loosely fit into the scenario of peace, chaos, and then peace. That would then lead to the question of – Did Satan have to get permission to trouble Eve? That thought might have you look at Revelation 20 as a thousand-year reign, Satan loose and deceiving people again, and then his last judgment. Which ushers in the Father/Jesus’ Kingdom.
Man’s freewill is the issue here. Eve, then Adam, choose knowledge over fellowship. Abraham had knowledge and choose faith over doubt. Judah and Israel were split on what to choose, some choose God, some did not. People today, especially the Church, are in that same Garden. Do I really choose Jesus and His way, or do I choose knowledge and its way? The Father’s Kingdom will only have people that truly chose to fellowship with Him. Will it come down to Revelation 20:6 (the Garden) or 20:7 and chaos. Your choice!
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