MILLENNIUM REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST
This passage is the only Scripture that tells us how long the millennial reign of Jesus Christ will be (Revelation 20:2- 7). What does millennium mean? It simply means one thousand years or a period of one thousand years that Jesus will reign upon earth.
NOTE: It refers to the coming again of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth. His return is some time in the future, but we do not know the exact time or date when He will return. However, at that time He will return to reign over the nations and peoples of the earth.
NOTE: Because we do not know the time of His return, Scripture constantly reminds us to be ready for His return. When He returns, He wants to find His people (the saved) being busy about work He left us to be involved in.
For example, see Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:10, etc. These passages contain commands which the believer should have memorized and daily seek to complete. They explain that He expects the believer to be active in evangelism, missions, and good works etc. while He is gone back to heaven; and when He returns, He will be expecting to find the fruit of such activity.
Commands of Christ:
- Deuteronomy 6:5: Love the Lord your God.
- I John 3:11: Love one another.
- Leviticus 19:18: Love your neighbor as yourself.
- Matthew 5:44: Love your enemies.
Why is it important to carry out His commands? Pretty simple, He has given us the principle with which we should be concerned. For He said, “If you love me keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
WE do not have to be ashamed:
- Let me never be ashamed – Psalm 71:1.
- Let me never be ashamed of God’s Word – Mark 8:38.
- Let me never be ashamed of the Gospel – Romans 1:16.
- Let me never be ashamed of suffering as a Christian – I Peter 4:16.
Good Question: Do you truly love Christ? If you do you WILL keep His commandments and you will not be ashamed at His coming.
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).
Peter definitely told us that the Millennium was coming and that it referred to some future time.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive UNTIL the times of RESTITUTION of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).
Although this is the only mention of one thousand years, the coming of Jesus Christ to rule on this earth is mentioned many, many times in Scripture. Many more verses will be given, but this gives a quick glimpse as to what is meant by the Millennium Kingdom.
As indicated before, the Millennium simply means the rule of Jesus over the earth, over all the nations and peoples of this earth for one thousand years. Why is a Millennium necessary? Why does Jesus Christ not just end everything when He comes back to earth? Why is He coming back and ruling over this earth for one thousand years? There are at least four major reasons:
1. The earth must be ruled over by Christ in its present form. Why? Because the earth belongs to Christ; it belongs to Him by right. Jesus created the world and man. But man gave the world to Satan.
FACT: Man obeyed Satan instead of God. When man committed sin, he brought evil to earth. Therefore, Jesus Christ has to reclaim the earth and bring righteousness to the earth, and He has to do it while the earth is in its present form.
NOTE: To destroy the earth would be giving up this earth and dooming it to destruction. It would mean that God failed with the present earth. Of course, God cannot fail. Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ must reclaim this earth and rule over it before He moves the world and believers into the perfect world.
2. Why is the Millennium necessary? Because God has to fulfill all the promises to man that are in His Word. But why would God make such promises that apparently COULD NOT BE FULFILLED IN SINFUL MAN?
However, God knew that man would fail and that the promises would not be able to be fulfilled in or by man. So why make the promises? Because God loves man and He wants to bless man. God would rather create man and have a few who will believe in Him and bless them than not to create man and have no one to bless.
The point is this: in order to bless the few believers upon earth, in order to fulfill God’s promises, Jesus Christ has to come back to this earth while it is in its present form.
Now God made some wonderful and great promises all through the Scripture that have not yet been fulfilled, and they cannot be fulfilled without Christ Himself ruling and reigning and bringing them about. Therefore, He is coming back to complete the promises, coming back while the earth is still in its present form.
3. Why is the Millennium necessary? Because God is love, and He wants to see more and more people saved despite the terrible evil of past history and the horrible evil of the end time under the Antichrist.
God is still merciful.
- Therefore, in the Millennium God is going to give man the very presence of His Son in His majestic glory ruling and reigning from Jerusalem.
- God is going to give man his utopia upon the earth: peace and prosperity–He will be giving man every opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation period (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13; Hebrews 11:6).
- The Millennium is necessary because of the love of God for man, a love that longs for more and more people to be saved.
4. Now let’s ask the question, what will the millennium kingdom be like? A good way to gain some understanding of the Millennium is to ask questions and then to answer the questions by giving Scriptural support. Any minister or serious lay believer can do the same study that you will find here in this one.
- For one thing the study is needed because there are so many erroneous ideas going around about the Millennium and the reign of Christ.
- This brief study is given so that the reader will have some idea of what the Millennium will be. Now note the questions and points about the Millennium.
What are some verses that will tell us that Christ is coming back in glory to rule and reign over the earth?
1. He shall rule over and govern the nations.
Why? Because the Scripture says so and it is clear in its statements.
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:7).
“Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people” (Isaiah 55:4).
“O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth” (Psalm 67:4).
“For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations” (Psalm 22:28).
2. He shall rule and judge over the whole earth, to the ends of the earth.
“The adversaries of the LORD SHALL be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed” (I Samuel 2:10).
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Psalm 72:8).
“And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion Shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth” (Zechariah 9:10).
3. He is coming to rule the earth.
“Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psalm 96:13).
“Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity” (Psalm 98:9).
4. He shall be made higher than the kings of the earth.
“His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed” (Psalm 72:17).
“Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity (fairness)” (Psalm 98:9).
5. All nations shall come and see His glory and every knee shall bow.
“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isaiah 45:23).
“For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory” (Isaiah 66:18).
6. He shall be exalted over all rule and authority in this world and in the world to come.
“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:21).
7. God shall subject the world to come to Christ.
“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou has put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:5-8).
8. The kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of God.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
9. Christ the Stone shall fill and rule the whole earth.
“Then the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35).
10. Christ alone has the right to the crown.
“I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:27).
11. Kings shall bring gifts to Jesus Christ and serve Him.
“The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him: all nations shall serve Him” (Psalm 72:10-11).
12. His enemies shall be made His footstool.
“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” (Hebrews 1:13).
“From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool” (Hebrews 10:13).
“Till I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Luke 20:43).
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?” (Matthew 22:44).
13. The people will obey Him.
“Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day” (Deuteronomy 27:10).
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6).
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (The Messiah, Jesus) come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10).
14. The people shall gather and obey and serve Him.
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10).
“And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).
15. The people will glorify and fear Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee” (Isaiah 25:3).
16. He shall be given the throne of David.
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:32).
17. He shall rule in Zion (Jerusalem) upon His throne.
“Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion” (Psalm 2:6).
“Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both” (Zechariah 6:13).
18. Jerusalem will be the place of the Lord’s throne.
“At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart” (Jeremiah 3:17).
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner. And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath” (Jeremiah 31:38-39).
“It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, the LORD is there” (Ezekiel 48:35).
“So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall be no strangers (unbelievers) pass through her anymore” (Joel 3:17).
“Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain” (Zechariah 8:3).
19. The kingdom of Israel shall be the Lord’s.
“And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S” (Obadiah 21).
20. The millennial kingdom will be centered in Jerusalem and the Shekinah glory will dwell there.
“And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain” (Isaiah 4:5-6).
There will be more statements on the return of Christ to reign in the Millennial Kingdom and forever.
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