My comment was to outline my own current understanding of future events based not only on Rev 20 but other passages such as the writings of Paul and Isaiah.
I tried to show that what I believe agrees with some prophecies of Isaiah concerning the next age and our progression toward a new heavens and new earth, which, it seems to me, the writer of the article cannot reconcile with Adventist eschatology.
I don’t know how much study you have put into this so I don’t know if you are aware that down through Christian history there have been three major schools of thought about the timing of Christ’s return wrt the millennium. They are premillennialism, postmillennialism and amillenialism. If you are not familiar with them, you can readily find information online on all three and their variants, for example:
I am not an expert on the Adventist position but I think it would be called a variation of historic premillennialism.
Rev 21 talks about the kings of the earth bringing into it ‘the glory and honour of the nations. But no unclean thing nor anyone committing abomination or falsehood’ shall enter it.
If Ellen White wrote that 19 of 20 Adventists (95%) will not be ready for the judgment at the end of this age, I would assume her position would be that virtually no other Christians (those of the ‘apostate’ Protestant churches) and certainly no Roman Catholics or nonbelievers will enter the city. I am not an expert on her writings so this is just my assumption.
My own view is that during the millennium, many people who have either never known of Christ or who have rejected him will become believers.
Your belief that the earth will be desolate during the millennium is the Adventist (Ellen White) position. Others, even other premillennialists, do not agree with this view. My comment implied I don’t either and I tried to show some of the roles or occupations (and the Biblical passages I referenced for them) that I think some believers will have during the millennium. Rev 20 states that those taking part in the first resurrection will be priests of God and reign with Christ during the thousand years. It seems clear to me there must be other people on earth to minister to and govern during this time.
Anyone who is given immortality will never lose it; my current understanding is that not all of the redeemed will be given immortality at the same time. That is why preparing himself to participate in the first resurrection was so important to Paul. He used a specific term for it, calling it the ‘out-resurrection from the dead’. This ‘upward call of God’ as he called it, explains his disciplining himself and striving for and hoping he could win some prize. (He cannot mean his salvation because he said that was a free gift of God to him, his old self had been crucified in Christ and he was already living the new creation life of Christ within.) I believe his goal was one of the positions of authority under Christ during the next age and phase of the kingdom that will be awarded to those few judged worthy and given immortality in the first resurrection.
Jesus had his inner group of disciples, Peter, James and John whom he confided in and took to see the transfiguration, and then the rest, so I don’t think my understanding is unreasonable.
Note: I know that adding to one’s comment after the thread has closed is unusual but I invited Jeremy to read my comments here because I perceived that in a comment on another thread he was struggling trying to reconcile Paul’s statements about the gospel (salvation by and in Christ) being a free gift of God to us claimed and given to us by faith, versus Paul’s statements about striving, struggling and hoping not to be disqualified from his goal of winning some sort of prize.
Jeremy, in his comment below, says that I misunderstood and he sees no contradiction in Paul’s statements and that all of them refer to Paul’s salvation, so, the error was mine in reading some confusion in his comment.
Plus, I think it important to correct a couple of things Jeremy said in his comment below about my theology.
First, my comments on this thread said nothing about all being eventually saved. Jeremy has read that into my statements here. So, to understand what I believe will transpire in the coming age, the sabbath millennium, one does not have to believe in the ultimate reconciliation of all to God.
Second, it is not true to say that the Biblical admonitions such as not hardening one’s heart are rendered ‘completely meaningless’ by what I have said or believe. Most Christians can’t seem to get past the idea that not all Biblical statements about reward and punishment have to be about salvation or final damnation. As I have stated several times in other comments, there will be varying rewards or punishments according to what we have done with what we had the opportunity to know. Christ said that it will be more tolerable in the judgment for Sodom than Capernaum, for Tyre & Sidon than for Chorazin & Bethsaida. Christ also said that the servant who knows his master’s will will receive more stripes of punishment than one who does not. To whom much is given much is required. I think one must ignore such statements if one is an Adventist because if they are accepted they would make Adventists believe that God will arouse the dead unbelievers from their soul sleep, make them bow down in some sort of demonstration of forced homage, and then put them through some sort of punishment before relegating them to death in the lake of fire. I don’t know how one can make such a view reflect positively on the nature of God.
I also believe that there is great advantage in coming to Christ and participating in His life, and doing one’s part to fulfill His will on earth now. God has provided this new creation life for us and we can partake of it in a certain sense now, before glorification. The sooner one does so the better. The earlier one does so, and the deeper one’s relationship to Christ becomes, the greater value is given to one’s life and to the advancement of the kingdom.
Plus, it qualifies one to potentially be chosen with Paul in the first resurrection to be of greater service to humanity, under Christ, in the coming age.