But there's another option we haven't considered. The millennium is a period of 1000 year peace. But human beings aren't designed for peace. We see this throughout the Creation. Dividing Void into Void and Light (space). Dividing Light into light and darkness, day and night, water and sky, water and earth, earth and grassy flowering stuff, different animals, and finally man. And further dividing good and evil to form free will. God isn't trying to make everyone agree, so much as bring his plan to light.
Satan is an accuser. But during this time, Satan will be locked away, and presumably the power of government with it. This isn't an evil period though, even though people will have none to judge their actions. But it's not a good period either. It sorta is a break time where people will have a time to work around the idea of whether all of us have to agree in order to have peace. I believe in the millennium and the 7-year period but I'm fuzzy as to whether the tribulation comes before all that (in which case, we've had relative peace) or after. Much of Revelation seemed to confuse the hell out of me. In any case, what happens is the return of evil after that. Holdon....
Now, having read this...
This thousand years of peace is because everyone is dead. They are either in heaven or in the ground. It says that the good are taken into heaven, while the wicked are slain when Jesus comes, and remain dead until after the 1000 years. So basically, those who ascend get to trial Heaven for 1000 years. Then we all get sent back. And it appears that seven years is after, which makes now sense to me, as it seems like there should be seven years of leadup to complete destruction and the return of Jesus, and then a millennium. But anyway, then John has a "zero-tolerance God" who basically condemns everyone who rebels. I'm not suee he's seeing things right.
What I see happening here is a sort of upheaval where those who have no memories before this are suddenly forced into the same room to deal with people who have enjoyed peace all this time. This clash itself is against God's hope. But there's a rebellion, and things are settled. And there's alot of destruction, and John sees them burning in a lake of fire, and doesn't associate this with any karmic looping. But it's one big temporally scrambled mess, where people get reborn or whatever. Some of those at the end of this hate what 1000 years of peace was like, some have a sort of inkling that they just woke up from being dead and want to do better. Some are burned to ashes, and used for new souls, either in the New Earth or sent back to do over. I dunno.
Why is there a new Earth, as well as a new Heaven? Well, if we've been paying attention, God eventually destroys the old one, burning up the wicked (see my thoughts on universalism above). New souls are created from the ashes of those damned wicked, and because those wouldn't really fit on New Heaven, they live in this New Earth. But even Heaven is reformed, thanks in part to a bunch of people living there. Heaven and Earth are basically the same, and not the same. New Earth is for those who live with God, but cannot who need a sense of separateness (not the same as separation, or Hell, but rather people who see their relationship with God in earthly terms, where each of us is an independent creation yet also able to know God). The New Heaven is a better version of Heaven than whatever was before. But while the New Heaven and New Earth are different they are also much the same. Immortality, the absence of things that cause us pain (we probably have the ability to alter personal reality as part of God wiping away every tear from our eyes), and the only difference I can think of is that in the New Heaven there is a merging with God (hive mind?) and I see this happening on the New Earth, more of a "dating Jesus" phenomenon. But we don't have physical bodies anymore but a sort of spiritual body... or something.
John, on the other hand seems to be a staunch moralist, and sees this whole prophecy as a separation of wicked and damned. But if that were so, why doesn't this prophecy just mention a New Heaven? If John is right, even those who made it to the 1000 years of peace won't necessarily be saved. This is an arbitrary and capricious "God" who I'd have to ask "What does God need with a starship?"
You sent them to a happy peaceful place, naturally they're bored. Humans aren't suited for peace, or they would have made it last long before this. Then you cram them with people they won't get along with, and judge them for rebelling.
No, I can't buy this. I don't see God as someone who tolerates evil either, but if conformity was such a good thing, why did God make us different? More likely, by rebellion against God, we're seeing this:
1. Those who died are still selfish and human. They make stupid mistakes, and attack people who seem to have things better.
2. Those who lived through the millennium will try to impose their view of perfection on others (this is also against God's will)
3. Lastly, there are those who think life should have conflict, anf try to live as normal humans.
This includes basically everyone, meaning God will have enough, and destroy the world. If we believe John, there isn't an elect that will be saved, nobody gets saved under these circumstances. But if God desires all to be saved, there is something that John is blind to. I have to believe in God's grace, even when it seems to run out. And based on these three, nobody will bw worthy. We're all falling short, so there is something he's got wrong or is not telling us.
And so, God will settle this by making a world where different types of people live separately. Those who want to live in a sort of unity get their wish (Heaven) as do those who want to know God, but fish or skateboard or whatever with Him (New Earth).