The Millennium

The Millennium is the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ over the whole earth. It will start immediately after the Lord Jesus Christ's Second Coming. The earth has become the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished after six thousand years of work. It is the seventh 1,000 year from Adam’s creation and that is why it is the thousand years of rest or the Sabbatical Millennium. It is also the time when Satan is in prison, kept in the Abyss or death (Rev 20: 1-3).

When the apostles asked Jesus just before He ascended to heaven, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts 1:6). Jesus did not answer positively. Instead, He said,

Acts 1:7-8
He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

In other words, He was saying, 'No, the restoration of the kingdom has been set but is not yet for now. The priority is to obey first My Great Commission throughout the world.'

Jesus Christ came primarily to save the lost and redeem us from the curse of sin. That is the very reason why the ancient kingdom of Israel was destroyed. God is a marvellous God. If He has to restore the Kingdom that He promised to Abraham, He must first be able to save those who were under the curse of sin. The history of Israel proved that physical power alone can not save them. As the Bible says in Hebrews 9:22--

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Israel disobeyed God from the day of their wandering in the desert to the days of King Solomon and continued on for many years until their collapse. The House of Israel, the northern kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians, dispersed among the nations and their race vanished. Read Israel, The Divided House for details. Only the Jews remained today, the remnants of the House of Judah, the southern kingdom. They still speak the Hebrew language but the rest of the Israelites are scattered among the nations. Nevertheless, it is also God's plan to restore the Kingdom as he assured them in Ezek 37:21-23

'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.

That promise shall come and will only happen in the Millennium. The remnants of the tribulation from all the nations where they were scattered shall march toward their homeland, Israel. That will be our last day version of the Exodus. Through the "Seed" (Jesus Christ) shall many be blessed as promised to Abraham (Gen 12:3; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14). Read also Gal 3:15-29. The shedding of the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ made it possible to restore the Kingdom of Israel and so are the rest of mankind to become Abraham's seed as well if they believe in Jesus Christ.

So the apostles remembered those promises. Many thought that the Messiah, Jesus Christ came to become their King outright and restore the kingdom immediately afterward. Many were disappointed to see the King crucified, ascending to heaven without fulfilling that promise, for an "unfinished business". That's why many did not believe until today, but many, the enlightened ones believed.

Now, Christians realize that the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel is still to happen and that is during the Millennium. For two millenniums, the gospel should be preached, tribulations will come, the son of perdition (Antichrist) will appear before the restoration happens. They will be few of the Israelites in the last day to start the new Kingdom of Israel.

Isa 10:20-22
In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God. Though your people, O Israel, be like the sand by the sea, only a remnant will return. Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous.

In the Millennium, the earth will be renewed, populated peacefully by nations fearing God. It will be same old earth except that God will make everything new. Deserts will be turned to fertile lands and there shall be no more wars (Isa 2:4). Even animals will not eat or harm each other. Carnivorous animals shall eat grass like the cattle (Isa 11:7).

Below are just some of the interesting changes that will take place on earth in the Millennium under the world government of Jesus Christ:

  1. The New Temple shall be rebuilt

The nations shall live according to the laws of the Lord as exactly as the land of Israel was governed by King David. A new Temple shall be built and the land of Israel re-established and the city of Jerusalem rebuilt. Read Ezek 40-48. The Lord will again dwell in the Temple and nations will flock to it (Isa 2:2). King David will be raised up to rule over Israel (Jer 30:9, Ezek 37:25). The city of Jerusalem’s new name shall be “THE LORD IS THERE” (Ezek 48:35)

  1. There shall still be nations with each one having their own kings (Isa 60:10-11).

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion. Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations— their kings led in triumphal procession.

Still, the world will have many nations like today and will be populated by the remnants of the Great Tribulation. The difference is that all peoples will worship the true God who will dwell in the New Temple as prophesied in Ezek 40-48 in Jerusalem. Opportunity to become priests of the Lord in the new Holy Temple will no longer be limited for Israelites anymore.

Isa 66:19-21
"I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations — to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD — on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels," says the LORD. "They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels. And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites," says the LORD"
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  1. There shall still be family units to repopulate the earth anew, King David to become the prince of Israel..

Contrary to what many believe, the Millennium is not yet the heavenly paradise. It will still be the same physical earth like today where everyone should work, raise a family and repopulate the earth for a period of 1,000 years. Remember that the last seven years prior to the Millennium saw the loss of billions of lives that only few men will be left alive.

Ezek 37:25-26
They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.

  1. The people will also build their own houses and there will be food of plenty and no more famine.

Isa 65:21-23
They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.

Ezek 34:29
I will provide for them a land renowned for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine in the land or bear the scorn of the nations.

  1. The life expectancy will be much longer than today. It is possible for a man to live through he Millennium without dying. Yes, there will still be death for many until the Millennium is over.

Isa 65:20
"Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed."

That reminds me of the days of Adam or Methuselah when a man can live for more than 900 years. The Bible says that death will be the last to be destroyed (1 Cor 15:26) and it will happen to everyone who remained faithful when God will make everything new, when God shall wipe away the tears from all eyes (Rev 21:4). However, those who had been raised from the dead or were changed to glorified bodies prior to the Millennium shall no longer die since they already became imperishable (1 Cor 15:50-53). Read also The Battle of Armageddon and Is The Traditional Rapture Doctrine Biblical? to get clarified with last day transformation of the saved.

  1. The sun is still there  but it is no longer our source of true light for God Himself is our spiritual light 24 hours a day.

Mal 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty.

 Isa 60:19-20
The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.

  1. God will establish a new covenant forever. The Lord will be known all over the world like the waters covers the sea.

Jer 31:31-33
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD.

“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Some think this had already happened and fulfilled when Jesus Christ came. While it is true that it has started back then, it is not yet completed since until today, the House of Israel is not yet reunited with the House of Judah as the above prophecy implies. The new covenant will find its complete fulfillment in the Millennium when the Kingdom of Israel is fully restored. Then God will be known by all nations.

Isa 11:9 (See also Hab 2:14)
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

  1. We shall see God face to face.

Ezek 39:29
I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

Throughout the ages, God hid His face unto Israel. Anyone who see His face will die. That is no more. Jesus Christ, our God will be with us everyday in the same way when He walked the earth and dwell with men.

  1. There shall still be sins.

Ezek 42:13
Then he said to me, "The north and south rooms facing the temple courtyard are the priests' rooms, where the priests who approach the LORD will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most holy offerings — the grain offerings, the sin offerings and the guilt offerings — for the place is holy.

Also check the sin and punishment of refusing to worship God in Jerusalem in Zech 14:16-19. So sin and guilt offerings at the Holy Temple will be reinstituted. Why will there still be offerings like the old? We certainly don't know why. The reason it was prophesied, then it should be fulfilled. The prophecies of Ezekiel about the New Temple and division of the the land among Israel are so detailed that it took nine chapters to describe all. No other prophecy is more detailed than these and therefore it can not be mere symbolic. Restoring the kingdom is restoring also the old practices, perhaps, but we know that Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is suffice even for future sins. And so, it is still Jesus blood that will wipe those sins.

  1. There will be no more violence and God shall also restore the Judges.

Isa 60:18
No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.

Isa 1:26
"I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counsellors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."

There are numerous other prophecies about the Millennium to be contained in this topic. All of these were written to encourage and invite everyone to enlist early in the coming kingdom of our God, Jesus Christ. We should respond to the Great Commission and become a Christian as the first step then let us grow in wisdom and remain faithful unto the end.

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