You do not need to despair when you see Christians suffering, for this is the mark of the kingdom.
I. Two Marks of the Millennium (vv. 1-6)
A. Evangelism to the Gentiles (vv. 1-3)
B. Know for Martyrdom (v. 4)
C. What Seen and What is Unseen (Luke 17:20-21; John 18:36; 1 Corinthians 15:25-26)
II. Why the Millennium Matters
A. False Expectations Lead to Despair
B. Blessing in Death (vv. 5-6; cf. Philippians 1:21-23)
C. Simultaneous Realities (Tribulation and Kingdom; Revelation 1:9)
D. A Kingdom of Flesh and Blood?
1. Monday—What does this passage (Revelation 19:1-6) actually say will be the distinguishing marks of the thousand years? What doesn’t it say?
2. Tuesday—What does it mean that satan will no longer be able to deceive the nations during the thousand years? Why is this good news for you?
3. Wednesday—What is the first resurrection? Why doesn’t the Bible like to say that Christians die?
4. Thursday—Why is important to let the Bible define this period rather than our imaginations? What are the dangers of thinking the binding of Satan means more than it does?
5. Friday—What does it mean that the tribulation and the kingdom are concurrent realities? Why is the tribulation always described in small numbers and the kingdom in large?