The period referred to as “a thousand years” in Rev. 20 —the interval between the first and second resurrections—during which Satan is bound and those raised in the first resurrection reign with Christ. Literally the term (Latin mille , “thousand,” and annum , “year”) means simply a period of a thousand years; for example, the Exodus occurred in the second millennium before Christ. I. Millerite Views Versus Others. The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, having belonged to the earlier Adventist (Millerite) movement, inherited from it the distinctive Adventist interpretation, namely, that the millennium represents the beginning of the eternal reign of the immortal saints and that it comes after the close of human probation. The Millerite view was a distinct departu...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.