The second exciting part about
the future 'Millennial Kingdom'.
Resurrected People on a Transformed Earth!
"THE MESSIANIC MILLENNIAL KINGDOM ON EARTH."
1. Reviewing what the 'Messianic Kingdom' is.
(Please see part I on this topic.)
> Revelation chapter 20 in the New Testament of the Bible clearly tells us about a time when, after King Jesus/Yeshua returns to this Earth at His Second Coming, He will then set up His glorious Kingdom for 1000 years. This time is briefly called, ‘The Millennium’, but should be called “The Earthly reign of Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus for 1000 years.” That includes all the main concepts of this special future time.
> Beyond that again, - is an even more wonderful time the Bible only tells us a very little bit about, because we simply could not comprehend or imagine it, with our tiny, human minds. It is described in Revelation chapters 21 & 22, and it is 'ETERNITY' ~ when there will be “a New Heaven and a New Earth, for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away.” (22: verse 1.)
[We have an article about it on our web site so look out for that, or ask for a paper copy.]
2. The Final Goal of all History!
Ultimately God’s purposes are for all God’s resurrected people to be part of one, glorious, worldwide, Earthly, Kingdom, “The Kingdom of His dear Son.” Each saint involved in administration in partnership with God. This is how Paul write about it in 2 Timothy 2: 12.
“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we die with Him, [Yeshua/ Jesus – by faith], We will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him.”
3. Starting from the Day of Yeshua/ Jesus' Second Coming to Earth and start of our 'Wedding Day'! [Revelation chapter 19: 1 - 16, Psalm 45!]
> Scripture clearly speaks of only one Resurrection Day for all Believers and it is those Believers who will reign with Yeshua on Earth. John 11:21-27 says ~ “ ‘Lord’, Martha said, ‘’if You had been here my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give You whatever you ask.
”Yeshua/ Jesus said to her, ‘your brother will rise again.’
Martha answered, ‘’I know he will rise again in the Resurrection at the Last Day.’ [This is the last day of Mankind's evil reign, NOT Planet Earth.]
> Yeshua/Jesus did not correct her, rather He emphasised that He was the One who is the “Resurrection and the Life.” Physical or spiritual, there is no real life apart from Him, but it will not be seen totally until "the last day"!
>There are more references in John's Gospel, [ch. 6, four times] to the Resurrection of all Believers being "at the Last Day" which is the actual Day on which Yeshua/ Jesus returns to this world! [Rev.19: 1-9, Ps. 45 & 72.]
> All Believers will be caught up into the air to MEET Yeshua/ Jesus, and then join Him on the way back to the Earth. (It seems it is while the Believers are meeting our LORD that, back on Earth the Antichrist and his army are quickly destroyed by the Command of the LORD, at 'Armageddon' - Rev. 19: 17- 21.)
> See wonderful description in I Corinthians 15, about the Bride's re-union.
4. Comparing the description in Revelation 19:1-9 & 14, with chapter 20.
Revelation 20:4-6 tells about those “who came to life and ruled with the Messiah a thousand years...This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is anyone who has a part in the first resurrection; over him the second death has no power. On the contrary, they will be cohanim/priests of God and of the Messiah and they will rule with Him for a thousand years.” You can be encouraged by this!
RESURRECTED SAINTS WITH RESURRECTION BODIES.
Thinking through what this means.
> To get a clear picture of what that means we need to look at a range of stories and references in all of Scripture. The best insights are from Jesus Himself. First His words in answer to the ridiculous story of the Sadducees about the Jewish woman with 7 husbands. [Matthew 22, Mark 12 & Luke 20.]
>Yeshua/ Jesus taught that God is the God of the living of all ages whose righteousness was counted for a faith-bond with the Living God, and are alive still, as they were when Jesus was speaking. "I AM God of the Living..."
> As such, in the next age they would have bodies not unlike the Angels, (Matt.22: 29-32). So there would be no 'marriage' and no 'procreation' for those with 'resurrection bodies'. Our relationship will be spiritual, but real! [An exciting Mystery!) See more concepts, below.
> So John tells us clearly in his 1st letter, “we are God’s children right now; and it has not yet been made clear what we will become. We do know that when He, (Yeshua) appears, we will be like Him; because we will see Him as He really is.” (ch.3: 2)
> Our spirits re-united with a real body, (just how, we don’t know.) We trust Him who made them in the first place, (as Psalms/Tehillim 139 tells us), but one day immortal, and clothed in beauty! Compare Psalm 45 and Rev.19!
Here are some thoughts to help us.
2. Jesus example, after His resurrection.
> A further insight can be gained by looking at the accounts of Jesus/ Yeshua’s appearances after His resurrection, in the last chapters of the Gospels. He could be where He wished to be, enter a locked room, or leave it! He could still talk, and eat fish and bread with His followers, and make Himself known, even inviting Thomas to touch His still visible wounds. “Although the doors were locked, Yeshua came, stood among them and said, ‘Shalom aleikhem!’ (Peace to you all.)
> He was not a ghost but a visible, recognisable Jewish man they knew!
> He walked with some and talked with some. He even helped some get a good catch of fish, then helped to cook the fish and ate it with them!
> He was a real person who knew their names - even their doubts and fears!
3. The story of Daniel’s three friends in the fiery furnace.
> Daniel chapter 3 clearly indicates that changes must have taken place in their bodies for there not to be even the smell of burning on them after they were called out from walking in the presence of ‘One like the Son of Man.’ >That was an amazing miracle! It seems they were given resurrection bodies temporarily. And Jesus, Son of Man and Son of God was there with them!
4. Further thoughts from the New Testament.
> It can be seen that our ‘Heavenly bodies’ will be very different, as Paul says in the fuller description in the 1st letter to the Corinthians, (ch.15). “As we have borne the image of the man of dust, so also we will bear the image of the Man from Heaven.” Amazingly like Yeshua/ Jesus!
> Perfect in every way and yet retaining the real personality within us.
> We will obviously be recognisable, even as Peter recognised Moses and Elijah, who he had never seen. Best of all, relationships will be perfected in a marvellous combination of knowledge, humility, service, song and true love! Amazing! "We shall know fully, even as we are fully known." 1 Cor. 13.
5. These ‘bodies’ will be very different, yet we will recognise everyone.
These are the explanations that the Apostle Paul was explaining as carefully as he could in his 1st letter to the Corinthians, chapter 15. No wonder it is called ‘The Resurrection chapter’! This is what it says: [from the Jewish N.T.] “But someone will ask, ‘in what manner are the dead raised? What sort of body do they have? Stupid! When you sow a seed it doesn’t come alive unless it first dies. Also what you sow is not the body that will be, but a bare seed of, say, wheat or something else; but God gives it the body He intended for it; to each kind of seed He gives its own body. Not all living matter is the same living matter; on the contrary, there is one kind for human beings, another kind of living matter for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. Further, there are Heavenly bodies; but the beauty of the Heavenly bodies is one thing, while the beauty of Earthly bodies is something else. [To vs. 42]
"So it is with the resurrection of the dead. When the body is ‘sown’ it decays; when it is raised, it cannot decay. When ‘sown’ it is without dignity; when raised it will be beautiful. When sown it is weak; when raised it will be strong. When ‘sown’, it is an ordinary human body; when raised it will be a body controlled by the Holy Spirit.” [To vs. 48b]. “People born from Heaven are like the Man from Heaven; and just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so we will bear the image of the Man (Yeshua/Jesus from Heaven!” I like the ‘picture’ of an ugly, brown bulb that goes into the ground, but a beautiful flower grows out of it! All this is so wonderful; it makes it so worthwhile to belong to God’s Royal Family of faith in Yeshua/ Jesus, doesn’t it? No other religion offers such joyous hope as our Bible does!
[David Pawson suggests all Adults will look as they were when aged 33?!]
6. But there is an extra secret for some people!
[Reading from the same chapter of 1 Corinthians 15], “Look! I tell you a secret – not all of us will die! But we will all be changed! It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye at the Final Trumpet. For the Shofar [Heb.] will sound and the dead will be raised to live for ever, and we too will be changed.” This suggests to me that the few Christian/Messianic Believers who God has kept all through the final end time judgements, perhaps some under terrible persecution, will be rewarded in this special experience of not dying physically, yet being transformed in a resurrection minute! The rest of the chapter, which you must read for yourself, ends with the words,
is swallowed up in victory!
Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?
The sting of death is sin…"
"But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua/ Jesus Messiah!”
No wonder there is also a word of encouragement for our time in this weary wicked world before Yeshua/ Jesus actually comes;
“So, my dear brothers, stand firm and unmovable, always doing the King's work, as vigorously as you can, knowing that united with the King, your efforts are not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15: 54 - 58.
THERE WILL BE OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS KINGDOM
The presence of a remnant of unbelieving, human beings.
One thing that must be made
clear and we need to notice carefully is that the resurrected
Believers will not pro-create, as Jesus explained to the cynical
Sadducees about 'whose wife would the childless lady be’ in
Matthew 22: 29 & 30. “Jesus
answered them, 'The reason you go astray is that you are ignorant
of both the Tanakh/O.T. and the power of God. For in the
Resurrection, neither men nor women will marry; rather they will be
like angels in Heaven.' " [Our bodies will
work differently, to serve God's glory.]
2. But Non-christians who will be still on Earth with human bodies, will be able to have children. This is a difficult subject, Revelation 20: 8 is a helpful clue.
> At the beginning, after all the disasters on Earth there will not be many human people left. “If those days had not been cut short no one would survive”… Jesus said in Matthew 24: 22.
> Yet it appears that some world nations will still exist in a similar way as they were before the evil, 'Last world power under the False-messiah' dominated them. This understanding comes from Daniel chapter 7, where Four world powers are described. The Fourth however, (vs.7-12) is a composite of the worst features of the three previous kingdoms, (called ‘Beasts’), and is very severely dealt with by ‘The Son of Man’ at His Coming. It tells of the total overthrow of that Fourth evil regime, but amazingly explains in verse 12, that “The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.” And may we repeat, this is clearly after, “the Coming of the Son of Man on the clouds of Heaven with great power and glory.” Daniel 7:13 & 14. This period of time is the Millennial reign of Yeshua/ Jesus when He will rule firmly and fairly. Revelation tells us He will “rule all the nations with a staff of iron.” (Chapter 12:5 & 19:15.) This will, of course, fulfil Psalms 2 & 72!
3. Believers will be able to help in the leadership.
> Other Scriptures and even the parables of Jesus, indicate that the faithful servants or ‘the elect’, (another name for ‘saints’- that is, true Believers), will be rewarded by being given positions of leadership during the Earthly Reign of Messiah. (See the great stories in Matthew 25: 14-30, & Luke 19:12-27).
> These parable stories Yeshua told ~ are very well worth studying carefully. Faithful service here in this weary world, will be rewarded later on in this Messianic Kingdom of God, not only those who are persecuted!
> Revelation 20 speaks clearly of those who “rule with Him”, in verses 4 and 6. The O.T./Tanakh describes this time in Psalms 96-99, and gives the amazing summary, repeated twice in Isaiah 2:1-5,and Micah 4:1-4, which includes the words: “He will judge between the nations, and settle disputes for many peoples” Totally just government for every racial or deprived group of today or in many past times of cruel domination!
> Believers will serve in a holy way with a total balance of love and justice.
THE WORLD WILL BE UNITED IN TRUE WORSHIP, AT LAST!
“ADONAI ALONE will be
exalted in that Day,” is
> Even though the Resurrected saints are present and ruling with Messiah over Unbelievers, in total love and justice, ~ the capacity to change the hearts of these people will not be there, because they would not be able to exercise the precious commitment which God treasures above all else: 'real faith'.
> The three essential and lasting ingredients to a relationship with God are “trust, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love”. (I Corinthians 13:13) These people will see and experience the Reign of Yeshua/ Jesus, but not trust or hope, and therefore not be capable of true godly love. Without truthful TRUST there is no LOVE! We forget so easily the importance of loving trust, which is described as 'gold' to God. Unbelief is the unpardonable sin. “Without trusting it is impossible to please God.”
> Please read the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 very carefully again - the picture gallery of TRUST! Isaiah gives another important picture in chapter 45:23. “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says ADONAI, ‘every knee will bow before Me; every tongue confess to God’.” This is repeated twice in the N.T. in Romans 14:11, and Philippians 2:11 where Paul enlarges on it by saying. “That every tongue will acknowledge Yeshua the Messiah is ADONAI- to the glory of God the Father.”
> Outward acknowledgement by Unbelievers, of God's Truth, but not by faith, which explains the events of Revelation 20:7-9. [They will be like the dominated people in many Countries, doing what everyone else does, not by their own choice, but by fear as in Communist and Islamic nations!]
> Yet these Non-believers will live long lives, (as before the flood), and “he who dies at a hundred will be thought of as a mere youth.” Isa. 65: 20
> It also seems that while at the beginning of the Millennium there will not be many people left, (after all the ‘end time judgements’) ~ but because they have natural bodies, many children will be born to them, so making the huge, fickle-minded army that cannot be counted in Revelation 20:7&8!
But all will be born spiritually blind - though
with a free will. This is sad and hard to accept, yet seems the only
explanation. [There will be no ‘second chance,’ as
they haven't Faith]. God gave many opportunities! Rev. 16: 9.
2. So it will be a world united in worship, in a truly united world!
This is what the False-messiah will have hoped to enforce in his 42-month reign, but because of the Jewish and Gentile Believers, who would not come under his worship system, he will not have been successful. But under the Reign of Messiah Yeshua and His servants, there will be harmony like never before, and by the free choice of every individual. No 'Evil One' in this world, so 'LOVE' will win! (Unbelievers will bow, and say "Jesus is LORD" – because everyone is ‘doing it’ – as explained above ~ just as today, many 'follow the crowd', so then later on they will follow Satan when he is released from the ‘Abyss.) Let us, as Followers of Jesus, now, learn to be bravely true!
A SPECIAL ROLE FOR ISRAEL AND THE 12 'APOSTLES'.
That Israel will be the Capital of this Kingdom is very clear.
> Yeshua will be assisted by those He made a specific promise to in Matt.19: 28. “I tell you that in the regenerated world, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones and judge the 12 tribes of Israel.”
> This is not only because it was promised to them, but by costly faith, the 12 'Apostles' also paid dearly to establish the Master’s Kingdom, being singled out for cruel torture and death, as they all were, in the first century. See 1 Cor. 4:9-13! Jesus had virtually prophesied this in the conversation we read in Matthew 20: 20 – 28; “Yes, you will drink My cup...”
2. The wider promise of government by Yeshua’s Jewish servants.
> This promise is repeated in Mark 10, and Luke 18, but with the added application that all who have lived sacrificially by faith, in this life will be rewarded with wonderful privileges in the ‘olam haba’ the Hebrew words for ‘the world, or age to come’. (Cp.Matt.19; 27-30, concluding; “Many who are first will be last...”) Then - the true justice of the role of ADONAI’S chosen people, the Jews, will be very clearly seen and joyfully accepted, by all.
No longer will there be any questions about the seemingly
doubtful ‘privilege’ of 'being Jewish' ~ through terrible
times of suffering, just for being Jewish' over 2,000 years. It
will be clear! God's purposes totally
THE KIND OF WORLD IT WILL BE.
The world of NATURE.
1. Here we see the restoration of the Earth to being what God created it to be. So re-reading Genesis chapter 1 and chapters like Isaiah chapter 11:1-9 is very exciting! The 'weather will be 'perfect' not too hot or cold. No rain, (just dew ). See Genesis chapter 2: 4 -14 to be able to visualise it?
The world of animals in the Millennium will be as God created
So when we have a description in detail like Isaiah 11: 6-9, we need to see it as Earthly, and yet only possible because of the key verse ending the description. We quote from verse 6: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion...together and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of a cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest."
They will neither hurt nor destroy in all My Holy Mountain, for the Earth will be full of the knowledge of ADONAI, as the waters cover the seas.”
> The notes from the NIV study Bible are so helpful. “The peace and safety of the Messianic Age are reflected in the fact that little children will be unharmed as they play with formerly ferocious animals. Such conditions are a description of the future consummation of the Messianic Kingdom.” (NIV Study Bible, page 1033) Now you can read the whole of Isaiah 12 and 35 for yourself and see a bigger picture, not only regarding the animal world but the whole ecology of nature, which will be needed to support life."
3. The world of plants and a healthy environment, for the entire world! No diseases all, and flowers that will last for months, also lovely fruit.
Keep looking at Isaiah 32:1-8, and 15 –20 and at chapter 35! The wilderness will be reclaimed for the burgeoning population of people and animals.
Water to keep them all flourishing, flowers, not only for beauty but fruit and replenishment. The beautiful trees will provide shelter and they are personified as being able “...to see the glory of ADONAI, the splendour of our God.” No 'natural Disasters' or thorns or prickles or 'noxious weeds'!
In the N.T. we have Paul’s explanation too, in Romans chapter 8:19-23. There he refers to this restoration of nature also, saying: “it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom accompanying the glory that God’s children will have.” No thorns on roses, no viruses or bacteria that would be harmful, ‘nothing that will hurt or destroy in all My holy Mountain.”
The health and healing of all PEOPLE! ALL!
A totally healthy world, without any forms of ‘sickness’.
Isaiah 35:9, “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf be unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy," (for the victims of cruelty of all kinds, and for those born with physical problems), this is just so wonderful to look forward to.
C. - A fair and just leadership by resurrected Believers.
As amazing as the physical wholeness is the very special fact that there will be no more deliberately wrong and confusing media, or twisted, lying leaders, who cause so much sorrow and oppression. No 'racism' or cruelty of any kind.
Even in ‘democratic nations’ the media is manipulated now, but chapter 32: 3 & 4 promises: (and remember this is ADONAI’S Holy Word!) “Then the eyes of those who see [but are deliberately ‘blind’] will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the rash will know and understand and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. No longer will the fool be called noble, nor the scoundrel be highly respected.” Honest, sincere, kind, respectful attitudes by all people.
A TRULY RESTORED WORLD OF HOLINESS.
Physical and political wholeness, honesty, justice- complete
No ignorance, no trickery, or manipulation. It is of course a world that is very hard to visualise; yet perhaps we all unconsciously long for it, when we say, ‘Why is life so hard?’ Hope, has been planted in the heart of every living person by ADONAI Himself. So, not only is it written in the yearning heart of mankind, - it is written about in His precious, living Word! Therefore, we believe it! Every aspect in this Millennium will be pure joy!
2. A time of vibrant, meaningful, yet restful activity.
a) It will not be a time of empty boredom. Yeshua once said: “I work, and My Father works.” And just imagine! If the record of people’s lives in the Scriptures, (and not only the known ‘heroes of faith’), have meant so much encouragement to God’s people over the centuries, what would it mean to actually meet them and hear their stories?
b) Then there are the stories of God’s people in the last 2000 years or more, after the New Testament record!
This will give cause for great peons of praise and rejoicing- maybe in beautiful out-door 'concert' venues, with perfect weather! Not too hot, nor too cold.
Ephesians 2: 7,
“God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus and seated us with Him in Heaven, in order to exhibit in the ages to come, how infinitely rich is His grace, how great is His kindness toward us who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.” [See this verse in other Translations...]
What a wonderful time to visualise!
We’ve been told, ”No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Another repeated Scripture in 1st Corinthians 2:9, from Isaiah 64:4, & 52:15.
3. A special holy HIGHWAY, with no transport problems.
This is because we will live in a world ruled in righteousness. Inter-action and the whole of life based on holiness! In fact if Yeshua/Jesus could pass through walls ~ we may also be able to travel in a similar way?
[See the stories in the Gospels about Him after his resurrection.]
But about the 'Holy HIGHWAY' ~ again, it is best you read it in full for yourself from Isaiah 35:8-10. It seems there will be a special, holy road of blessing that, “only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of ADONAI will return.” We even know where it goes to! “They will enter Zion with singing, and everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Unbelievers will have no desire to travel that way, though they will enjoy many blessings, as Isaiah 65:20-23 describes. We end by quoting from Psalm 47, of this future time!
“Clap your hands all you nations; Shout to ADONAI with shouts of joy
How awesome is ADONAI El Shaddai, The great King over all the Earth!
He subdued nations under us, Peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us-the pride of Ya’akov whom He loved...
God has ascended amid shouts of joy... amid the sounding trumpets
Sing praises to ADONAI, sing praises to our King, sing praises...
For ADONAI is the King of all the Earth...ADONAI is seated on His Holy
throne, the nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham. THE KINGS OF THE EARTH BELONG TO ADONAI!”
Also Isaiah chapter 35.
“The desert and the parched land will be glad, the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus it will burst into bloom;
It will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, The splendour of our God!
Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear,
YOUR GOD WILL COME! He will come with vengeance,
with Divine retribution- He will come to save you!”
... the eyes of the blind be opened- the ears of the deaf be unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
Burning sand will become a pool, ~ thirsty ground- bubbling springs.
A highway will be there; it will be called 'THE WAY OF HOLINESS...'
It will be for those who walk in that Way.
Only the redeemed will walk there. The ransomed of the LORD will return.
They will enter Ts’ion/ Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads! Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away!”
And from the New Testament in 1 Thessalonians 3:12 & 13 a closing PRAYER FOR ALL OUR READERS...
"As for you, may the LORD make you to increase and
overflow in love...toward everyone...
So that He may give you the inner strength to be blameless,
By reason of your holiness when you stand before God our Father,
~ At the Coming of our Lord Yeshua/ Jesus/ with all His angels."
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