All about the Millennium – Part One
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon his foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” – (Rev.20:1-4).
What is the Millennium all about? We are living in the end times at the end of the church age, just before the rapture and the revealing of Antichrist and the great tribulation and the second coming of the Lord Jesus at Armageddon. Next comes ‘The Millennium.’ The Millennium doesn’t simply mean a thousand years, it refers to a particular one thousand years. It refers to the soon coming 1000 year reign of Christ on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords over the whole world. That time, so soon now to come into actual existence, is called the Millennial Reign of Christ; the Kingdom Age; the Universal Rule of Righteousness; God’s Government on Earth; the Golden Age; the Age of Peace etc. It is the fulfillment of the prayer our Lord Himself taught us – “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – (Mt.6:10). The Millennium is the final testing of man under ideal conditions.
The Millennium will begin immediately following the return of our King of Kings at Armageddon. Daniel prophesied of this time – “And in the days of these kings (world emperors) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” – (Dan.2:44). The prophet Isaiah said – “The government shall be upon his shoulder.” The government is not confined to the Millennium only but is destined to last forever – “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…. From henceforth even forever” – (Is.9:6,7). There will be an end to the Millennium: there will be transition events from the Millennium into eternity. Yet, even in eternity the redeemed earth and redeemed people will enjoy the government of God the Father and His beloved Son.
The rule of man on earth for 6000 years has been a monumental failure. The ultimate answer of the world’s governmental structure is theocracy. Only God knows how to rule among men. That is really what the soon coming millennium is all about. The Almighty God will show what His government can do as compared with what Satan’s gov’t has done for millennia past. All the saved, born again saints who have believed the gospel of the kingdom, will rule and reign with Christ during His Millennium Kingdom.
Before the Millennium begins, the Devil will be imprisoned in the bottomless pit in confinement for almost the entire thousand years. A chained and imprisoned Devil! The wonder of it! And what a relief: the great deceiver is incarcerated. But sin does not cease to exist in humanity during the Millennium. The sin in humanity is only subdued, thrust down, overwhelmed; but not eliminated. The millennium is a new order, yet it is not the final order of perfection which is found afterward only in eternity. For humanity the time of testing is now finished. Multiplied tens of millions will be born during the Millennium. They must make their choice between sin and righteousness, between eternal life and eternal death in the lake of fire. In spite of Satan being bound, and in spite of the universal reign of righteousness, the inherent depravity of mankind is yet inborn and will be shown. You will never again be able to say the Devil made me do it.
Certainly it will be much easier to love and serve Christ at that time. There will be only one religion on earth, Christianity. Sin can exist in the human heart even in the most holy environment, as it was proven in the Garden of Eden. Sin will exist in the Millennium and that’s why the Lord Jesus rules with a rod of iron. “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potters vessel” – (Ps.2:9). Also see (Rev.12:5 and Rev.19:15). We born again saints of God shall rule under Christ also with the same “rod of iron” – “… him will I give powerover the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father” – (Rev.2:26,27). The world, the Devil and the flesh can get you to sin. With the Devil removed and a righteous world, that still leaves the flesh.
Christ’s laws and His government will be enforced worldwide. This shows His wrathful response to the breaking of His laws. He shall rule with holy sternness and with stern holiness. There will be perfect judgment and justice on earth for the first time – “… that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth” – (Jer.23:5). We shall have a sinless, godly, righteous ruler that rules this earth with perfect justice. The “Just One” – just Jesus – has returned as King of Kings – amen. Sinners then will make no mockery of Christ’s laws. And all shall bow down to His authority. Not everyone shall bow down willingly and lovingly; but everyone in all the world shall bow. Christ’s rod of iron and supreme holy authority will both command and demand it.
People will still be born and die during the Millennium. Keep in mind that the Millennium to not the absolutely perfect state of Eternity when there shall be no death – “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – (Rev.21:4). Life expectancy now on earth is “Threescore years and ten” that is, 70 years. The life expectancy during the Millennium will be greatly increased as in the days of early human history. There will be sickness and death, but such will be much rarer – “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed” – (Is.65:20). A person who dies at what we now consider the great age of 100, will then be considered as having died in his youth.
Of course, many millions on earth at this time will be glorified saints, ruling and reigning with Christ the glorified King. They are certainly not susceptible to death, nor any sickness and suffering of any kind. Remember that children will be born as usual with the fallen nature and grow up as sinners, even though righteousness will be the dominant theme, and the expression of sin will not be tolerated – such as ‘criminality,’ for instance. I believe these born sinners will need personal salvation and being born again just as we all do know. They will be required to truly repent of their sins and many will not and they shall die both the first death and the second death in the lake of fire after the millennium. The tendency will be, in the very nature of the Millennial holy society, to receive Divine forgiveness and worship King Jesus fervently and lovingly. However, some will not.
We are certain that there are a great
multitude of evil people during the Millenium because
when Satan is released from his prison at the end of the Millennium he gathers
a vast throng from the nations of the world for a final war against the Lord
During the Millennium there will be a ‘taming of the wild.’ There will cease to be the cruel ferocity so evident in the animal kingdom: for even that distortion of nature is a part of the curse of sin in the world. As it is written – “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den. They shall not hurt nor destroy…” – (Is.11:6-9). God will change their eating habits, their carnivorous nature and natural enemies will be friends and at peace, even the poisonous snakes shall strike no more. Could wild animals but write their history as man writes his, their story of stalking and killing the prey would be as gruesome as man’s. They will not attack each other and not humans either. The taming of the wild – amen.
In the Millennium the land will produce remarkably, including the Divine control of insects – (Du.7:12,13). The very desert shall blossom as the rose – (Is.35:1). I believe every pestilent weed and insect is gone, a part of the redemption of the natural creation – and the fruits of the land shall be bountiful indeed. Peace and plenty – amen. But there is one exception, the wicked will not have this bounty – (see Du.28). It is written in (Zach.14:17) “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” The divine judgment is drought and no crops. And (vs.18) tells us that if they still are disobedient, then there will be plagues upon them. In other words unrepentant sinners will still act like sinners to the degree permitted. Sin will be exposed but it will simply not be tolerated. The reigning saints who judge the world (I Cor.6:2) will see to that.
This whole earth shall be taught the Word of God, yea, I believe when the Living Word of God comes back, we will have a whole encyclopedia of Bibles. The great teacher, with the wisdom of the universe, will teach the Word of God and we saints shall assist Him. I have not studied the Word of God daily for 36 years and lose my knowledge at death. My God will use it in the Millennium – amen. “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; For out of Zion shall go forth the land, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” – (Is.2:3). “…For the earth shall be full of knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” – (Is.11:9). And we who are born again by the incorruptible Word of God shall assist our Lord in teaching the Word to the whole world. God has much to teach people during the Millennium so that they may discern the deep things of God in preparation for the eternal state and the coming of God the Father and New Jerusalem down to earth – (Rev.21&22).
Are you saved from your sins and become a new born again creature in Christ? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith in truth and you will be saved from your sins and be born again into God’s family. You can conquer your death and receive eternal life through Christ who is God’s sinless, supreme sacrifice on the cross. You can be ready to rule and reign with Christ in the Millennium with an incorruptible, eternal body. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body….” – (Philip.3:21). “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” – (I Jn.5:11).
The Millennium is coming soon.
Pastor Mike Storti
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