I told my therapist I was having nightmares about nuclear explosions. He said don’t worry it’s not the end of the world.
My friend today asked me a question about eschatology. Particularly, if Jesus comes back and sets up a 1,000 year physical reign on earth; and then, after that 1,000 years, Satan is unleashed from his 1,000 year prison; and consequently, the world again rebels; who is it, exactly, that rebels?
Good question. But the question itself implies some assumptions. First, we must assume that we take the Millennial Reign as a literal, physical reign of Christ. Second, we have to assume that Satan has been literally imprisoned and that he is literally unleashed from that said prison.
And before you go and wave you Bible at me, claiming to take every word literally (which I know some of you are want to do), I don’t think even the most strident fundamentalist takes every word literally. Say, for example in Revelation, the angel that stands in the sun, or the prostitute riding on the beast. We know that we are to read these as a metaphor for real events. So if we take some things in Revelation metaphorically, where do we draw the line between literal and metaphor?
I have not heard a truly satisfying answer as of yet. So my understanding continues to evolve.
In answer to his question, however, if you put those thorny questions aside, would be the generations born to men after the Tribulation. Since those redeemed from the earth (those Raptured) come back to rule, they would govern those left after the Tribulation. Those that are governed would have children and their offspring would repopulate the earth.
This conversation I have with my pal has prompted me to continue my research into the great eschatological traditions of the Church. Here is my research thus far, more to follow: