Rev 19 – 20: Does Christ even land on earth?

One of the major assumptions that surrounds the millennial debate is that Rev 19:11-16 describes the Parousia, and that Rev 20:4-6 happens on earth. I would like to challenge this assumption.

Firstly, in Rev 19, as far as the words go, all that happens is that the heavens open and Behold! Jesus! He doesn’t actually come, go, or move. In fact, as far as the text goes, all he does is sit on a white horse. The sword of his mouth does some slaying, but we’re talking about the word of God here!

Secondly, in Rev 20, there is nothing to indicate that this scene is on the earth. What happens is that John sees a sequence of stuff connected by kai:
1) Thrones (doesn’t say where)
2) ‘they were seated on them’
3) judgment given to ‘them’
4) the souls of the beheaded ones
5) those who did not worship the beast, etc.
6) ‘they lived’
7) ‘they reigned with Christ’
At no point in the sequence does it say that this is on earth. In the next scene we get Satan marching against the ‘camp of the saints’, but this could just as well be a completely different bunch of people than the souls who get thrones. Like, maybe, the peeps still on earth, while the peeps with the thrones, say, sit on thrones in heaven? Most premillennialists put their attention on ezesan (‘they lived’ (summary aorist) or ‘they came to life’ (inceptive aorist)), usually putting more weight on the inceptive aktionsart. However, this means jack if its not specified WHERE they come to life.

This is not a definitive argument. The point is simply to highlight that maybe the wrong questions are being asked.

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