The Millennium-The Rule of the Messiah
"And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark. . . . And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 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 20:4-6, emphasis added
But what is the final state of earthly history? It is the rule of Christ. Let us now note these views on the Millennium.
The Millennium is God establishing what He promised in Daniel 2:35:
"Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." This is the millennial kingdom. The insignificant stone, which shatters Nebuchadnezzar's imposing colossus (comp. Matt. 21:44), but afterwards it increases to a great mountain and fills the whole earth (Dan. 2:35, 44, 45). The stone cut without hands is divine, it is Jesus Christ coming and crushing this image that is a representation of the kingdoms of the earth-Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome.
The image-all earthly government-is crushed by the Rock-Dan. 2:44, "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold-the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure." What we are seeing here is the Millennium-Rev. 20-the establishment of this kingdom that God cut without hands out of the rock and crushes all the kingdoms of the earth and this rock grows into a Kingdom that will never cease.
What will planet Earth be like during the Millennium? The sky will change (Isaiah 4:5-6; 30:26; 60:19). The earth will apparently be surrounded by a new kind of atmospheric light that will accelerate productivity. It will be like living in a greenhouse again. Harmful solar radiation will be gone, and there will be a global tropical climate.
The world of nature will change during the kingdom-the curse will be removed! The animal kingdom will find compatibility with human life. There will be no more predators or scavengers. (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25). Agricultural production will be abundant (Isaiah 30:23-25; 35:1-2; 55:12-13). The threat of disease will change as there will be no sickness or deformity of any kind (Isaiah 29:17-19; 33:24; 35:3-6). There will be exceptionally long life (Isaiah 65:19-23).
The political climate will change as Jesus brings real peace and justice to the earth during His reign (Isaiah 2:4; 42:6-7; 54:14-15). Christ will be the perfect ruler: no lawsuits, no crime, no political machinations, and no unfulfilled promises.
The spiritual climate will change as earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord and His Word (Isaiah 2:3; 11:9; 12:4-5; 52:6-10). Everyone will go to Jerusalem to see the King on His throne, the temple, and all that points to God. In fact, if you don't come to the temple, it won't rain on your part of the world. God will rule and show His power!
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