Unprofitable Servant wrote: ..I don't find that anywhere in the passages that no man knows the hour of Christ's second coming that it is TO JUDGE all creation at that time, it does not say that, it is your reading that into the context....
Matt. 16:27: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he render unto every man according to his deeds."
John 5:26-29. "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
Simply put, THE HOUR that Christ returns for the second time, the resurrection and judgement follow!
There is certainly no hint here of a 1000 year period between the resurrection of the good and evil.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Thanks for the helpful response. Yet if the 1000 years begins AFTER the return of Christ then it is not a violation of no man knowing the date or hour of His appearing. But yours and Luker's answer were very helpful for me. It has been a long time since I have taken up the studies of these things, it helps to be reminded of the reasoning behind the thinking.
My post started with the words, "God does not permit man or devil to know the day or the hour of Christâ€™s Second Coming TO JUDGE all creation.
According to your theory this does not happen at his second coming. Can you point to any NT passage (other than Rev 20) which indicates that his second coming and the judgement are divorced by a 1000 year period?
Re: The 1000 year reign -what makes you think this is on earth?. Presumably the wording that this is the first resurrection? If so, again my question is where else in the NT do you read of multiple resurrections?
God does not permit man or devil to know the day or the hour of Christâ€™s Second Coming to judge all creation. If therefore the Thousand Years (Millennium) denote a literal thousand years it would be possible for those who take the post-millenarian position (adopted by most of the Puritans and their successors) to name the date of the final event, the end of the world, by the simple process of reckoning from the commencement of that Golden Age. Likewise, seeing that their Golden Age has certainly not yet begun, they would be in the disturbing position of being able to assure all the sinful world that there is no fear yet of judgment - the Thousand Years has not even started!
But if the Thousand Years is not intended to denote such an exact period of time, but (as we believe) the entire Gospel Reign of Emmanuel from His resurrection from the dead to His sudden appearance to judge all creation - an appearance which is described by Paul as â€˜in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpetâ€™ (1 Cor. 15:52) - then we must accept that the Thousand Years is not a literal measurement of time, but an uncertain period of great duration, known only to God in whose sight a thousand years is as one day, and one day as a thousand years (see 2 Peter 3:8).