Lutherans are amillennialists for good reason. The thousand year reign of Christ on earth is probably the most misunderstood passage in Revelation. It comes in a passage that is entirely symbolic.
This passage used to drive me crazy, when I was much younger. Why would Jesus reign physically on earth for 1000 years, then allow evil to get worse? I couldn't figure it out--until someone wrote to the Lutheran Witness about this decades ago, and the editor explained that it is symbolic of a very long, complete period of time, and not meant to be taken literally. In most societies, 10 is a number of completeness. 1000 is a multiple of 10. So, it just means a very long, complete period of time. A light bulb exploded in my mind and everything then fell into place and made sense with this passage.
The 1000 year reign will be a world of trib survivors....things will be somewhat good, so to speak, until Satan is released near the end. Perhaps the reasoning is to show the world that even when Satan is not present our sin nature still causes us to sin.
The rest of the passage this comes from:
Now, why would the 1000 years be literal and the rest of the first paragraph be symbolic? Look at the passages. Is Satan a REAL dragon? Does he wear a REAL chain? Is he in a LITERAL pit now?
Is Jesus a real lamb? a real lion? In a represenative sense, Yes. Same with Satan. Real chain made of steel I doubt it...but some form of spiritual chan, yes. Is Satan in the pit now, no.
The mark on hand or forehead most likely denotes ownership, those who have given themselves over to Satan and his lies. It can be anything that denotes this "ownership."
Such as a mark on the forehead of right hand. Perhaps located on the skin over some sort of information carring transceiver. Technology is arriving.
The 1000 year reign is the NT times, since Jesus lived upon the earth, suffered, died, and rose again. In the second paragraph, those that came to life and reigned with Christ are those who have been "born again" by the Gospel message and are a new creation. Sinners are dead in their trespasses and sins until the HS makes them alive via the Gospel message (Eph. 2). Physical death has no power over these who are in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I see it kinda hard getting there as the death and destruction of the worlds population, trees, fish etc. has not occurred as of yet. There is much that need to occur prior to the 1,000 yerar reign.
ALL NT believers reign in the Kingdom of God. Revelation 1 says that Jesus has made us "a kingdom, priests" unto God the Father.
In Rev the church is not mentioned after chapter 5. The reason is the church has been removed along with with the restrainor. The trib period is pretty much the completion of the Jewish history.....that is what would have happened if there was no "Church age" as some call it.
this is off the top of my head, as we studied Revelation at Wednesday night Bible study in 2012. We used videos about it from Dr. Louis Brighton, who wrote a book about it and was one of the world's leading authorities on Revelation. He could read and understand biblical Greek as easily as we can English. He was also allowed by a few museums to read the ancient manuscripts of parts of the NT that they possessed.
Sounds interesting. When I have time, I can post passages about some parts of Revelation from the People's Commentary on Revelation. It jives mostly with Brighton's commentary, but it easier to use.
Oh, this gives a good review of the 1000 years:
I don't agree 100% with it, especially near the bottom about what the "First resurrection" may mean, but overall, it explains about why this 1000 years is meant to be taken symbolically.
Your link said...."In short, I believe that the most reasonable interpretation of the 1000 years is that we are in the 1000 years now, as the end days have already begun."
I see too much needs to happen in Revelation prior to the 1,000 years beginning.
I somewhat go along with this theory...can't say if it's true or not but makes some sense...and it is supported by Barnabas....God allowed 1,000 years of earth history for each day of creation.
If the world was made around 4,000 BC and we've been around 2,000 years since Christ....6,000 years there is one more day or 1,000 years that needs to occur to get to 7,000 years....that last 1,000 years is the reign.