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  1. Byron strope says:

    My position on Isaiah 65:20 is that it is addressed to “Jerusalem” during the thousand years between the first and second deaths. Only those beheaded for the word would have been raised at Christs arrival, while the majority of people would still be asleep in the dirt. We know the “devil will be chained” and then “loosed awhile” causing the nations to rise up against the camp of the saints to no avail as they will be consumed by God. There definitely will be death still during this time, although we are assured that those raised from the dirt at this point will not be effected by the second death. There is also a bonus for those already alive in Jerusalem or born during the thousand years in Jerusalem – long life, as a death at 100 would be viewed as still youthful. Revalation 21:4 in contrast addresses everyone and is in reference to the eternity after the 1000 years and the second death when the majority of people would then be resurrected, some to our hope of peace in life eternal with the Lord and it is only then, that lucifer and death itself will be thrown into the pit.
    Respectful of your fine work,

    • @Byron/JetDr: I believe in a 1000 year seventh-day at the end of this age, because the first century epistle from Barnabas, companion of Paul, says there will be one (The Epistle of Barnabas 15:4). However, I don’t agree with the interpretation of Revelation 20:4 that says there is a 7th day millennium followed by the release of Satan and another rebellion, war, and death. Luke says Jesus must remain in heaven until the restitution of all things (Acts 3:21). The NIV says, “He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.” When Jesus comes the second time, He will restore all things including access to the tree of life, removal of the Adamic curse, and no more death. Acts 3:21 does not permit the type of millennium that theologians prefer. Instead, Luke requires the same type of millennium of which Barnabas wrote concerning when He said, “When His Son shall come, and shall abolish the time of the Lawless One, and shall judge the ungodly, and shall change the sun and the moon ad the stars, then shall he truly rest on the seventh day” (Epistle of Barnabas 15:5b). The Satanic rebellion comes before Jesus’ second coming (Rev 13: and lasts until Jesus comes (2 Thes 2:8). The millennium of which John speaks in Revelation 20:4 I believe was the heyday of Christ’s influence in the West from about 345 (the legalization of Christianity in the West) to 1345 (church control over the people broken by deaths of the local priests during the Black Plague).
      Because Christ’s coming requires the cessation of the death and the restitution of all things, I can’t use the analysis you presented regarding death during the millennium, because death must end at the coming of Christ, and His coming brings in the 7th day millennium.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.


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