Many scriptures say Christ's reign is forever.Using the same word that are usually used to prove hell isn't everlasting.
Which word is that? Does it appear in the following scripture?
"Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end"
Plus we are told Jesus hands over His Kingdom to Father. That sounds like the end of Jesus' reign.
Or maybe not.
1 Corinthians 15:24-26
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
The notion that his reign ends in general rebellion, is contrary to this prophecy of Isaiah: "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever." [Isa. 9:7]Interesting verse Doug. Unfortunately it add even more confusion...
Satan is locked up. Jesus rules. And then 'suddenly' satan is allowed messing up things.
The way I understand it satan doesn't escape but is released (on authority of Father/Son)
Again part of the Plan?
Satan is the "strong man" that was bound by Jesus. And Jesus said to his disciples,
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
In the lives of the apostles, and saints, Satan was bound, but he was still active in the rest of the world. He had some influence upon Ananias.
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
So Satan is bound, in respect to individuals
. Peter said, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" [1 Peter 5:8]
He is pictured ascending out of his pit, as saints become seduced by him. The apostles warned about this.
James wrote: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." [James 4:7]
Jesus rules until all enemies are under His feet. The word 'until' gives two pieces of information.
The rule ends when all enemies are defeated.
Why? I would think that it is the warfare
Enemies are defeated gradually. The 1000 years are not complete peace. But more like increasing peace.
The Old Testament describes the reigns of the kings of Israel and of Judah, which are examples for the instruction of Christians. Some of those kings sought God, and followed his ways; some did not. IMO, the thousand years in Rev. 20 is a symbolic number that represents the reigns of individual believers. Like the reigns of those ancient kings, some are longer, some more illustrious, than others.
The notion that his reign ends in general rebellionIf there is total peace and people all are saints who are part of that final rebellion?
Some of the most active and influential opponents of the Christian faith and the Bible are ex-Christians. This has been true throughout the history of the church. They turn others against the church.
increase of his governmentThis also shows His kingdom isn't 100% peacefull from the start.
So perhaps the final rebellion is just part of the submitting process that went on for a 1000 year.
There have been rebels since the first century, and some are mentioned in the New Testament. Acts 8:18-24 describes the incident where Simon the sorcerer offered money, to receive the power given to Peter.
Peter described the false teachers in 2 Peter 2. He said there would be many.
2 Peter 2
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
John referred to power-seeking men who rejected the authority of the apostles.
3 John 1:9
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
The antichrist spirit was already present in the church.