Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while.
Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20- 1 to 5
This scripture is one of the hardest to understand, I know many do not believe that there is a thousand year reign of Christ with his saints.
There seems to be some kind of an overlapping period, of some kind of a reign of Christ over the nations, before the the new heavens and earth. What this looks like is very hard to understand.
What do you do with revelation 20, some believe that this is the time that is after the cross to the time of Jesus’s return? But it cant be, Satan is not yet bound, he still continues to deceive the nations.
The saints came to life again means the resurrection of the saints. This great event has not taken place yet.
What will this rein look like? its hard to understand, but I do know that there will be two types of creatures in the age of the thousand years. The creatures of flesh and blood and the creatures of the resurrection. One creature will be mortal and one will be immortal.
The only thing we really have to look at is the body of the Lord after he rose from the dead. Jesus was able to eat human food, also people could touch and feel his humanity, but he was also able to walk through walls, disappear, change forms so that the disciples didn’t recognize him.
What this new body of the resurrection looks like, I think it takes the appearance of our human appearance and form, but in a glorified immortal body.
The reason its so hard for any to explain the features of the resurrection body, is that only Jesus has taken this form of existence.
The bible says we will as the angles be living in an eternal immortal body, but in some way different from them.
Humans are very much different than the angles. Angles are Gods ministering spirits, but humans are Sons and daughters of the most high God. Through Christ in us, we now have the same DNA as the most high God. This is breath taking, we share in the divine nature of the most high God, how amazing is that.
The bible also says that the Church will rule over the angels in the age that is coming, how crazy is this.