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Here's my understanding:

Some people believe during the tribulation. They make into the 1000 year reign.

During this reign, there is peace on earth.

At the end of the 1000 years, Satan is released. Some of the descendants of the believers follow Satan.

There is a final battle.

Satan loses.

There is final judgment.

New Jerusalem arrives.

Now, what is the point of the 1000 year reign here? Is it to prove that Christ can do something that Satan could never do (i.e. real world peace?)

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There are two main purposes to the millenial reign:

First, to show the world that the true problem isn't the devil (since he will locked away for 1000 years) but rather, the real problem is our evil hearts. Under the perfect and utopian rulership of Jesus, people will still choose to rebel and hate Him and wage war against Him.

Second, to prepare the earth for the coming of the Father. The Father doesn't come to earth until the end of the 1,000 years.

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It's possible that 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 is the reason:

Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.

For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.

When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. So the extra 1000 years is to continue working among His people in order to perfect or train their surrender to Jesus in a manner suitable to Him before He hands it all over to the Father.

In Psalms 2:10-12, God is giving instructions to His kings. This passage takes place when God has "set My King on My holy hill of Zion" (Psalms 2:6), after the return of Christ and when He has set up His rulers, which is during the Millennium:

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

The thousand-year rule = further training in submission and obedience.

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So then is it your assertion that the thing the millennial reign is to accomplish is the purification of the church? If so what does the chaining and locking Satan in the bottomless pit have to do with that? –  Bye Aug 31 at 17:32
    
"Purification" is not in the passages, so that can't be it. –  Steve Aug 31 at 20:51
    
So purification was a poor choice of words 'maybe as you said; extra training'. –  Bye Aug 31 at 21:00
    
"When all things are subjected to him" is the point of the training; perhaps this relates to heart, soul, mind, body. –  Steve Aug 31 at 21:39
    
But what if the "thousand year reign" is figurative? if Christ has come at this point in time,then the thousand year reign must be the "Second coming of Christ" the only problem with this view is where does Christ go when Satan is released from the abyss to create havoc and participate in Armageddon?He cannot return to Heaven and then come back to earth because that would be the "third coming"- worth considering ! –  77 Clash Sep 1 at 9:08

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