The Millennium

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The Millennium

When Jesus first returns and defeats the Antichrist and his armies and the kingdoms of this world become His,(Rev. 11:15)  He will immediately establish His Kingdom headquarted in Jerusalem.  All people and nations will not readily accept Him.  It will be a gradual acceptance as they see some immediate natural result

of His rule.

Jesus Christ has promised to reward people who through the ages have faithfully served Him (Revelation 11:18; 22:12). Notice their part in His Kingdom: "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years" (Revelation 20:6). This future period is often simply called the Millennium (a 1,000-year span).

From the beginning of Christ's millennial reign the faithful servants of God—including many who will have suffered severe persecution and martyrdom—will serve as the teachers and administrators of that wonderful world to come. They will assist Jesus in teaching the ways of peace and righteousness to the nations. This will fulfill Christ's promise to His Church: "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21).

The prophet Daniel foretold the same thing: "Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him" (Daniel 7:27).

Christ does not plan to change the world single-handedly. At His coming His faithful servants will be immediately transformed from flesh and blood into immortal spiritual beings of flesh and bone who can assist Him. Paul explained:

"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:50-53).

These transformed beings will sit with Jesus Christ on His throne. They will serve with Him as teachers and administrators during His millennial reign.

 

 

The spiritual restoration of humanity is the most important transformation that will occur during this millennial period when the world is transformed. The Spirit of God will enable people to willingly and enthusiastically obey Him from the heart: "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people" (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10).

God's Spirit will phenomenally transform people. Obedience will gradually be widespread; people will exhibit honorable leadership and enjoy a stable society: "I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city" (Isaiah 1:26).

The changes will be permanent, lasting throughout subsequent generations: "Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever ... that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time" (Isaiah 60:21-22).

Each new generation will carry on this tradition of righteousness: "All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children" (Isaiah 54:13). People the world over will notice and respect their example: "Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed" (Isaiah 61:9).

Spirituality spreads

As people from other nations see what happens in Jerusalem and its environs, they too will want to serve the living God: "Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants—everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant—even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer...For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56:6-7).

Finally the barriers between Israel and other nations will fall. This will occur because all will eventually realize "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28).

This is what will follow:

As people the world over begin to obey God, first by getting their spiritual priorities straight, they will begin to experience unprecedented physical prosperity:

"Isaiah compares this time to a perpetual feast with the best of everything: "On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine-- the best of meats and the finest of wines." (Isaiah 25:6 NIV)

Jesus Christ will return to  this earth to spiritually transform its people and establish utopia, a paradise again on this earth. The combination of removing Satan's influence, giving humanity God's Spirit and teaching the world the laws and ways of God will produce 1,000 years of peace and a society blessed beyond its wildest dreams.  This is hust the beginning.  Eternity with God is beyond the imagination and explanation of the human mind.

It is sad to know that after experiencing this and seeing that God’s way is the Best Many People will be deceived again by Satan again when he is loosed for a short while at the end of the Millennium.(Rev. 20:7-8a)

"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth"

 

May God Bless you that you can Endure util the end and be included in the ones in (Rev. 20:4).  Read it and see if you qualify.

I'LLSEE YOU THERE

Rev. George Pryor Th. M.