In earlier messages in this Kingdom series, we have dealt with the present aspect of the Kingdom as Christ rules in the lives of Christians; but we must not ignore the literal Millennial reign of Christ for one thousand years on this earth.
Not only do we presently live in Christ’s Kingdom as Christians, but the Bible clearly prophecies of a future Millennial Kingdom when The Lord Jesus Christ will personally reign over the entire earth from Jerusalem for one thousand years.
God does not delight in trying to confuse us. He does not say things He does not mean. The Bible is not a complicated book. Certainly there are depths of spiritual truth that we cannot fully grasp now. But basically, the Bible is a simple book for simple people. Whenever we can take the Bible literally, we ought to do so. When metaphors are intended, they are usually quite obvious. When Jesus declares that He is the Bread of Life, He is not implying He is a loaf of bread made from flour. When He says He is the Door, He does not mean that He is a wooden door. Those are obviously metaphors. But when the Bible speaks of God creating the world in six days, He does not mean six-hundred, billion years. When Jesus spoke of being in the grave for three days and three nights, He was not speaking of an undetermined period of time. When the Bible speaks of Jesus reigning over this earth for a period of 1000 years, it means just that; 1000 years. Six times in Revelation 20, the major chapter that deals with the reign of Christ on earth, God’s Spirit inspires John to specifically describe the reign of Christ on this earth as lasting one thousand years. If the Millennium began with the Resurrection of Christ, what’s this about one thousand years? It’s been over 2000 years now since Christ returned to Heaven.
How long is 1000 years?
Imagine going back in history five hundred years to the time of Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. Now go back another five hundred years to 1000 AD. This was the time of the Anasazi Indians of America’s Southwest. who lived in cliff dwellings. This was the time of Leif Eriksson, the Norse Viking who discovered North America. This was the time of Otto I of the Ancient Roman Empire. Try to imagine from that period of time to the present. That’s one thousand years and that’s how long the Lord Jesus is going to reign on this earth.
A Description of the Millennium
Survivors of the Great Tribulation described in Revelation 6-19 will enter the Millennium. They will still have natural bodies and bear children through the entire one thousand years reign with Him. Isaiah 65:19-25 adds interesting details about this coming reign of Christ.
All Christians will have glorified, resurrection bodies which we received at the Rapture when Christ returned to earth for us. Psalm 2 tells us that Christ will rule the world with a rod of iron. No one will dare to defy Him. No one will get away with crime. Those who have served Christ and suffered for His sake in this present church age are going to reign with Him, II Timothy 2:12 tells us. Isaiah 11 tells us that righteousness and peace will be the outstanding characteristics of Christ’s reign.
Wild animals will live together peacefully. Nothing will hurt God’s people. Imagine living in a contaminate free world! The whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of God. Isaiah 35 describes the earth as beautiful during Jesus’ reign. The blind, deaf and lame of this age will enjoy perfect vision, hearing and ability to walk, leap and run. Zechariah 12-14 further describes the Millennium. In that day the Jews will recognize Jesus as their Messiah. Holiness will be evident everywhere.
Satan’s Last Rebellion
You would think that after one thousand years of perfect peace and prosperity, every unsaved person on the face of the earth would be a Christian; but such is not going to be the case. The natural man’s heart is so wicked that even in a perfect environment he will still rebel against Christ. At the end of the Millennium, Satan will be released from his prison where he had been bound for one thousand years. In his hatred for Christ he will stir up the multitudes of this earth in one final rebellion against Christ. This rebellion will be short-lived. Revelation 20:7-10 tells about it. Christ will instantly destroy Satan and throw him into the Lake of Fire that was prepared for the devil and his demons. Praise God! That will be the END of sin and Satan.
A Sober Warning
If you are not yet a Christian, you need to read the following verses in Revelation 20:11-15. They are the most sobering verses in all the Bible. There you will read of your fate and your eternal destination, unless you turn from your sins now in this Age of Grace and put your trust in Christ.
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