WHEN JESUS MESSIAH REIGNS ON EARTH!
After the King Comes, Glory for Israel, and All Believers!
[As we believe the best words are from the Scripture, we emphasise them for you in purple Italic.]
> Did you realise that when you pray as Yeshua/ Jesus taught us to, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven,” He was asking us to pray for His Return to Earth to set up His Kingdom?
The truth of this concept is very obvious to Bible reading Believers, who understand something of the wonder, first, of God’s great creative acts as given in Genesis.
> When God made this Earth to be the home of mankind, He was hoping to be here with us! But as we know, sin came in and spoilt God’s original plan, (although of course He knew it would happen.)
>Then, later on, the understanding that God would one day be able to come back to rule the Earth under a Messianic King, gradually came through the Jewish Prophets of the Tanakh/ O.T.
> Again, when Yeshua/Jesus came the first time, He often talked about the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, or the ‘Kingdom of God’ and the Jewish people were already longing for that to happen.
> The puzzle for them was ‘when’ and ‘how’? Yeshua/ Jesus and the information in the Letters of the New Testament would explain that clearly.
So now we Believers look forward to His Second Coming!
Now we are now going to look at the Scriptures, which clearly describe that distinct and special period of time. It will be very special time of joy for all who are members of God’s royal Family!
Those who believe in Yeshua/ Jesus as Saviour and Messiah by faith.
THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM.
Names used to describe this.
The best and most beautiful name is ‘The Messianic Kingdom’ or as some Jewish writers describe it, ‘The Days of Messiah’. However, because the actual length of this time is given in Revelation chapter 20: 2,3,4 & 7, as 1000 years, it is very commonly called, ‘The Millennium’. Perhaps the even better title might be: ‘The Millennial reign of Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus on Earth.’
As any good name should do, this actually sums up the special character of this time. It is these special features we will look at in this article and one other, called “The Messianic Kingdom, Part II, - Heaven on Earth”.
May you find it a great blessing! However we want you to check the Biblical references for yourself.
2. The length of this time.
Just as almost every concept in the Scripture comes under scrutiny and has variations in the understanding of it, so does this one. However there is enough agreement, even by Jewish scholars for us to take it in the literal sense of 1000 Earth years, (as reckoned by any calendar), as it says four times in Revelation 20. “Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven, who had the key to the Abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the Dragon that ancient Serpent, who is the Devil and Satan [the Adversary] and chained him up for a thousand years.
He threw him into the Abyss, locked it and sealed it over him; so he could not deceive the nations any more until the thousand years were over… Then I saw thrones and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua/Jesus and proclaiming the Word of God, also those who had not worshipped the Beast or its image and had not received the mark on their foreheads and on their hands. They came to life and ruled with the Messiah for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead, [unbelievers] did not come to life until the thousand years were over.) This is the First resurrection. Blessed and holy is anyone who has part in the First Resurrection; over him the second death has no power. On the contrary, they will be priests of God and of the Messiah, and they will rule with Him for the thousand years.”
> As we will see this fits totally as we would expect with the other descriptions, in the O.T./Tanakh, especially. (Note that by contrast the New Heavens and the new Earth described in Revelation 21 and 22, will truly last for ETERNITY ~ that is ~ forever!)
> The period of one thousand years of Messiah’s reign is further thought of by some Rabbis and teachers as a seventh millennium since Creation, matching Shabbat - a seventh, sacred Day of rest - as the final phase of the Earth’s history. However it is very important not to be limited by Earthly dates.
This is a very worthy concept, as often numbers represent special meanings, Seven [Shabbat]= 'REST'.
It seems the Millennial Reign equals joy in service and fellowship. Think about Malachi 3: 16!
ALL IT IS WHEN YESHUA/ JESUS/ THE MESSIAH,
IS KING OF THIS WORLD!
Two of the key words to understanding this time are, 'ruling' and 'reigning'.
Who will be the ruling power, and who they reign over at that special time on this renewed Earth.
IMPORTANT REASONS FOR THIS TIME.
commencement of this time.
> It is our belief that the Millennial reign of Messiah cannot begin until Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus returns to the Earth at His Second Coming. If we were using doctrinal descriptions we would be called ‘Pre-millennialists’.
>This means, that we, as Christian/Messianic Believers, believe firmly that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about Himself as the suffering, redeeming High Priest and sacrifice to make us one with God, as His true people of Faith, at His First coming 2000 years ago.
> So now it means we expect Him to come to Earth from Heaven, in the Second Coming and then, after He has come as the glorious Reigning King He will set up His victorious Kingdom on Earth.
This is why it is called ‘Pre-millennial’ – Yeshua/ Jesus comes down here to Earth and then the Millennium Kingdom will start. [NOTE: we use a capital for 'Earth' as God's most special Creation for us!]
[Some people believe we Christians set up the Kingdom, and after that, Yeshua/ Jesus will come to take it over. NOT so! This is called ‘Post-millennialism’ – not to be confused with pre- or post- Tribulation.]
2. It is not clear how long it will take for Messiah to set up the Kingdom. Yet we believe that even though He will return to a very devastated world after all the trumpet and bowl judgements, (described in Revelation 16 –18), the One who first created this world in 6 days, could certainly re-create it in a very short time. Do you agree? [We will try to describe it in Part II, “Heaven on Earth”]
3. To commence a Righteous Kingdom of God on Earth!
1 Corinthians 15:24 - 28 explains, "the culmination: when He hands over the The Kingdom to God the Father, after having put an end to every rulership, yes, to [end] every authority and power."
> When God made this Earth to be the home of mankind, He gave Adam dominion (rulership), over it. He desired for it to be the place of perfect peace, prosperity, and harmony in a joyful, loving partnership between Himself and the people He had made. This was to include the plants and every living creature in it. The tragedy was that sin came in and not only spoiled God’s plan, (because Adam still had dominion), but now man was in chosen partnership with Satan! Therefore God must conquer Satan!
>It was this that cost ADONAI the patient centuries of preparation; before He could send His Son to live and die to redeem mankind, back to Himself by their own free choice, by repentance abd faith.
> ADONAI God then ensured that victory in the glorious resurrection of Yeshua/Jesus Messiah/ Christ.
> For two thousand years, God has waited again, this time for the moment when He could send Yeshua back to Earth to restore it to the marvellous realm He always wanted for us.
When Yeshua/Jesus comes He will set up His Kingdom and
reign over a restored world, as told to us in the Scriptures
we are now considering.
See Romans 8: 18 - 25 says even Nature longs for that time!
KEY EVENTS MARKING THIS TIME.
The END of the tyranny of Evil! Please
read Revelation 19: 17 - 21!
This is an important concept linked with the Second Coming of Messiah Yeshua, which is, that not only will it begin a new age in the history of the world, but it also ends the evil reign of sinful man - especially one evil man, the False Messiah, ‘at the end of the age’. Revelation 12: 10 says,
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Messiah, for the Accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night, has been hurled down.”
Please stop and read Revelation 19: 17 - 21 ~ then you will know more.
2. Restoring the rulership of mankind, under ~ yet in partnership with God's chosen King! Psalm 2. (Theocracy is far better than Democracy!)
> You see, Elohim/God took the great risk at Creation of giving mankind the very precious gift of freewill- the ability, and right to make moral choices for himself. This was meant to be total dominion of the world under God’s powerful and benevolent reign, in a partnership of wisdom and righteousness.
> Sadly, man used that gift of freewill to choose to come under the cruel, stupid and evil rulership of Satan. Since then, mankind as a whole has continued to choose that Usurper’s wicked ways. This is of course the answer to the often-asked question, “Why does God allow so much awful suffering in the world?" ADONAI God never wanted or intended all the wars, pogroms, holocausts, murders, persecutions, natural and man-made disasters, personal and national tragedies, pollution and corruption of all kinds!
Never! Sadly however ~ Individually and as a total race of people descended from Adam and Eve ~ we sin!
> But, having given such a precious gift; of freewill, in His righteous justice, ADONAI God has been patiently redeeming, refining, and preparing individuals to again choose Him as their Sovereign 'El Shaddai' - yet also their loving, Royal Abba/Father! This is why He will not return until every people group has been given an opportunity to turn to Him for salvation. “This Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven must be made known in all the world and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14.)
3. ADONAI still has a special yearning in His Heart for the Jewish People,
God longs for them individually, but as a Nation to call out to Him as He said they would: “Baruch Ha Ba B’Shem ADONAI. = Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD.” (See the last verse of Matthew chapter 23, coming immediately before the record of chapter 24, perhaps very significantly, in this Jewish Writing!)
> When Israel chooses to make Yeshua their King, by repentance and faith [not by seeing Him] He will soon turn to them, gladly restoring the world through all Believers. Perhaps we need to pray, "Your Kingdom Come"- into our hearts and onto this wicked, weary world more urgently!
> We certainly long for the reign of evil to end forever, and we know it will,
as the Scripture clearly says! The saints, (all God's people), sing very loudly about it:
“Like the roar of rushing waters, like loud peals of thunder, saying,
“HALLELUJAH! ADONAI, God of Heaven’s armies has begun His reign!”
See the whole of the song in Revelation 19: 1-7, and rejoice in it!
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THIS TIME OF THE MILLENNIUM
Therefore, time-wise Messiah's Return is clearly, 'at the End of the
Age'. [Scriptures using this phrase are: Matthew 13: 39,
24: 3, & 28:20.]
> It is necessary for us to understand the term used in several Scriptures, and indeed by Jesus Himself, about 'The End', but especially 'End of the Age'. We take it to mean the end of the period of mankind's' sinful dominance, marked by the return of Jesus to this Earth, (not the end of the planet).
Sometimes it is called 'the Church Age' as it started from Pentecost to the present, and to the Return of Jesus the 'LORD of the Church', His Bride.
Planet Earth will be renewed like it was at Creation!
2. Messiah's Return and our Resurrection Day are at the same time ~ [the first] Resurrection of Believers, of all time. [There is a second resurrection Day for ALL Unbelievers ~ Revelation 20: 11-15.]
> So it is also the time of the resurrection of all who have trusted in Him, throughout the whole of history. God sets the time and only He knows when He will send Yeshua/ Jesus back to this Earth.
> However for us at this time in history as we see a serious Endtime 'SIGN': "the INCREASE of wickedness" ~ the world deteriorating in every area, with declining moral values, fear of terrorism or natural disaster, plagues, and sorrows of many kinds, it is good to know God has a time of conclusion.
3. The Loving LORD GOD Most High is the "Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End", [Revelation: 1: vs 8, & 17.] will complete it all.
It is so comforting to know that, although He is so patient, He will step in and fulfill every good plan and promise He has made for those He loves so much! (Read Revelation chapter 1 again!)
> It is interesting to notice that it was the Disciple Peter, who emphasised these thoughts in his first letter. He had hoped that his friend, Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah would bring the long hoped for Kingdom that his Jewish friends expected would come while Yeshua/ Jesus was still with them – overthrowing the cruel Roman control. But Peter quickly learnt, in that crucial time between the crucifixion of His Lord, and Yeshua/ Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, that it was for another time, in the future. 2 Peter 3: 8 & 9...
> So Peter understood how the suffering Christian/ Messianic Jewish Believers of his day felt. So he wrote to them: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Messiah! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Yeshua/ Jesus Messiah from the dead. [This will bring us] into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept [at present] for you who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” We can be comforted to know that there will not only be an end to all evil in this world, but a wonderful, joyful time of enjoyment of all that God originally intended for us.
[In the second study we will learn more great details!]
WHO WILL BE IN THIS GLORIOUS KINGDOM?
the saints from every age are included in this Kingdom, [but not
fully until Messiah Comes!]
> This writer believes that Yeshua/Jesus died and rose victorious over death and hell to make all His children, spiritually to be one. One ‘body’, one Kingdom of priests, one ‘Bride’, one chosen people, one ‘olive tree’, ALL ONE IN MESSIAH! YET ~ just as saints, both of Israel, such as Abraham, Moses, and all the saints of the Tanakh/O.T. (even some who were not of Israel), were reckoned righteous by trust in a future perfect sacrifice; so all the saints by trust in that sacrifice after it was made by Yeshua/Jesus and in the 2,000 years since, are counted as members of God’s royal family, also.
(We do hope that includes you who are reading this! Simply trust Him today.)
a) All Believers being joined together, will partly start here on Earth, when God makes Israel an 'Ark of safety, (during the Time of Tribulation) for SOME Gentile Believers. There are teachings that separate the ‘church’ from Israel in a tragic way. Others (wrongly we believe) say all Christians are literally 'Israel', now, with promise of lands, etc. At present we have the amazing privilege of SPIRITUAL oneness in God's Olive tree, only.
b) Yet we will not be totally one in every way until * the Millennial Reign of Yeshua. Even then Jerusalem will be the World's capital, and the Apostles (probably including Paul) will reign from Israel, with Yeshua.
c) Yes! God has dealt with each in a separate way *over the past 2000 years. But Israel will yet glorify God in a most precious way in a separate Holy nation * here on Earth before the Return of their Messiah. They "will be a blessing on the whole world" as Isaiah 19: 23 - 25 says, before the Second Coming of Yeshua/Jesus. Also, in the time of Messiah’s reign Jews will have a special place in the Land of Israel as promised to them.
formation of the modern State of Israel is only the first step!
But at that time of the Millennium, all the resurrected Believers * will be ONE in their relationship with Yeshua/Jesus with personal access to Him and with each other. Psalm 133 will actually be true!
Neither will there be some special elevated group of Christians, but just all God’s saints who lived honest, godly lives day by day, in their day- whether it was 3000 or 300 years ago, just where they lived at that time. In Daniel and Revelation, though there are clear references to Israel and the Jews at significant places, other Scriptures refer to; ‘the saints of the Most High’. So the clear implication is, of true Believers, ‘saints’ or ‘the elect’ finally being all God’s people in His Kingdom of Love.
SAINTS REIGNING WITH THE KING.
The exciting part is that Yeshua/Jesus will not reign alone!
This is just what we would expect, as we dimly understand the Love that made us in the beginning.
He wants to be with us, to work with Him, fellowship with Him, to rule with Him in love. Part of one of Yeshua/ Jesus’ parables says, “It will be good for that servant who the Master finds doing [good service] when He returns. I tell you the truth, He will put him in charge of all His possessions.” Luke 12:43 & 44.You may like to look closer at some other of Yeshua/Jesus’ parables. They make so much sense when we understand this time.
Someone wrote a wonderful book, about not wasting our sorrows, or experiences in this life, because we are ‘destined for a throne’ and this life is as he put it, ‘on the job training’.
[Paul Bilheimer’s books are published by Bethany House Publishers.]
hope these thoughts are an encouragement to you,
as it is such a special time to look forward to!
In a separate article 'Heaven on Earth', we will write about: what having a "resurrection body" will mean. [Maybe you could share these studies, with others?] In the next study we will look at what kind of world it will be!
Written by Suzanna for the' Gethsemane Olivet Fellowship',
PRAYER & INFO Group in N.Z.
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