When one gets old it's harder to change the viewpoint they have held for many years.
I'm happy a full Preterist enlightened me online when I first heard about "the millennium." I asked questions for 2 days wondering why people said something that looked and sounded like it was straight out of science fiction movie! This wasn't the Bible I knew. It was 10-12 years ago.
I had a good preacher just before that time in a church for about 2 years. In say 100 sermons, I looked back on my notes, and the phrase "when Jesus returns" was mentioned only once.
I wrote it but I didn't notice it at all. Too busy "hearing" about faith in the OT and New.
So it is harder to change if you have believed a certain way for a long time.
Some still do though. Even the preachers!
The thing is. God does not change. Ever!
It is man who has changed much of the written word by reinterpreting over and over again. Just look at how many English versions of the bible there are.
All with seemingly the same meaning until someone comes around and says that is not the translation from Greek or whatever....
then the gloves come off and the words fly in the debates.... OR
Someone gets all scholarly and writes a book or starts preaching on TV until "their" ideas and opinions are being followed by many.
Good grief.... just look at an error in the King James Version. The one that was "the accepted" bible for the masses for most of my life
in my protestant churches.
I am referring to Acts 12: 4
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
This is the only place you will see the word Easter used here because it was not Easter... yet... it was to be after Passover.
So when you say it was not in the bible, or that the meaning in the bible is not what I believe it to be.... it is a weak arguement.You say of the following " The thousand years is not literal. Just as the angel didn't have a literal "key and chain" to put the lid on Satan.
Revelation 20:4 - And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:1-15 - And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
Revelation 20:7 - And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Did you come to that from personal revelation or from following someone who sounded good and reasonable in his ideas?
The following definition is about as clear as mud in that even those who do believe in the 1000 years do not agree.
A thousand years; the name given to the era mentioned in Rev. 20:1-7. Some maintain that Christ will personally appear on earth for the purpose of establishing his kingdom at the beginning of this millennium. Those holding this view are "usually called "millenarians." On the other hand, it is" "maintained, more in accordance with the teaching of Scripture," "we think, that Christ's second advent will not be premillennial," and that the right conception of the prospects and destiny of "his kingdom is that which is taught, e.g., in the parables of" "the leaven and the mustard-seed. The triumph of the gospel, it" "is held, must be looked for by the wider and more efficient" operation of the very forces that are now at work in extending the gospel; and that Christ will only come again at the close of "this dispensation to judge the world at the "last day." The" millennium will thus precede his coming.
But still holds a viable idea for the fact of it being in the bible.... albeit confusing.
"The fullness of time and the millennium are the same thing. The 10x10x10 is the idea of emphasis that the all inclusive fullness of time when the promises of the scriptures all come to fulfillment are happening. So it is not a literal 1000 years. It is a figure of speech to describe a period in history when all the promises to Israel would come to fulfillment. It was the fullness of time."
"and he does so by saying that this is a period in history where everything that had been written was being fulfilled"
Ummmm not exactly.
You further quote
"so that all things which are written will be fulfilled."
...........Will be does not say was being fulfilled.... it says will be... at some point in the future.
"“Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days."
.......... Again, yes the prophets have foretold them... but not when they would be fulfilled, just that they would happen.
AS TO THE verses in Revelation....
We are told John of Patmos, ( some say John the Elder, and others John the apostle) wrote Revelation. (Others will even suggest someone else)
We are told it was written between 60 and 70 AD and some say up to 98AD. (This after Jesus was crucified, dead and resurrected)
We are told in Revelation itself. NKJV
Introduction and Benediction
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Vision of the Son of Man
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
NOW.... as this was written after Jesus, and was a vision given to John, by Jesus....."The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants".... and...." bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw"
Jesus revealed to John about the 1000 years and the chains etc.
After his time on earth.
Because it was time for this revelation to be made to mankind.