[Replying to post 1 by Checkpoint
Immediately before Jesus returns to the earth, Satan will be locked up for a thousand years:
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the Dragon, that serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. (Revelation 20:1-3)
This thousand years is the millennium and is equivalent to our Sabbath.
God completed the Genesis re-creation of the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. Therefore, he blessed the seventh day and made it holy.
This is a model for what is now occurring on the earth. Man was created and given instructions on how to live, God's commandments or laws. Man has six "days" to work on the earth and choose his way or God's. For God, a thousand years is like one of our days:
For a thousand years in thy sight are but yesterday when it is past... (Psalm 90:4)
But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (II Peter 3:8)
Therefore, man's six days of "work" on the earth equates to six thousand years.
The millennium will be the Sabbath day. Thus six thousand years of work, and a thousand years of rest. We were given the Sabbath day as a way of recognizing and remembering what is happening here on earth. The Sabbath is a sign!
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work,... (Exodus 20:8-10)
I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign... (Ezekiel 20:12)
Should Christians be expecting a Sabbath, or period of rest?
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)
This period of rest, or Sabbath, will be equal in length of time to one of the six work periods which it follows. Therefore, the rest period for the people of God will be one thousand years, or the millennium!
The millennium will be a day of rest in that Satan will be restrained during this thousand-year period. We have been working against Satan!
The Millennium will began at the first resurrection which occurs at the Second Coming.
Every single human who has ever lived will be resurrected:
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (I Corinthians 15:22)
However, all will not be resurrected at the same time
! There will be an order
to the resurrections:
But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (I Corinthians 15:23)
So Jesus will be resurrected first, and that has already occurred.
The resurrection which we presently await is the one at which those "that are Christ's" will be resurrected. Those "that are Christ's" refers to Christians. This resurrection for all Christians occurs at the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth, or "at his coming."
Christians who are alive on the earth when Jesus returns will be born again as spirits and meet them in the air:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (I Thessalonians 4:17)
Some refer to this event as the "rapture."
At this point after the first resurrection, all mankind who died as Christians along with Christians who were alive at the Second Coming have been born again as spiritual beings. They will then enjoy the millennium Sabbath with Jesus
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)
The thousand-year millennium will be spent resting, rejoicing, and apparently new member training, since these new spirits will judge angels and others following the second resurrection:
Know ye not that we shall judge angels?... (I Corinthians 6:3)