MILLENNIUM KINGDOM USHERED IN
As we get started, we want to refresh our minds with the fact that Revelation 20:4-6 is the only Scripture that tells us how long the millennial reign of Jesus Christ will be (Revelation 20:2-7). Millennium simply means one thousand years or a period of one thousand years.
NOTE: It refers to the coming again of Jesus Christ to earth, some time in the future when He will be returning to reign over the nations and peoples of the earth; we can look forward to that time.
- Here is a quick Scripture reference to show what is meant (Daniel 7:13-14).
- Peter had definitely said that the millennium was coming and that it referred to some future time (Acts 3:19-21).
Although this is the only mention of one thousand years, the coming of Jesus Christ to rule this earth is mentioned many, many times in Scripture. Many more verses will be given later, but this gives a quick glimpse as to what is meant by the Millennium.
- 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?
We previously reviewed several reasons:
- The earth must be ruled by Christ in its present form when He comes back. One of the reasons, along with others, was “because the earth belongs to Christ; it belongs to Him by right”.
- Why is the Millennium necessary? Answer: Because God has to fulfill all the promises to man that are in His Word. The point is this: in order to bless believers upon earth and in order to fulfill God’s promises, Jesus Christ has to come back to this earth while it is in its present form.
- Why is the Millennium necessary? Because God is love; 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.
Remember that God is 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.
- What will the Millennium be like? A good way to gain some understanding of the Millennium is to ask questions and then to answer the question by giving scriptural support. In our last study we had been involved in doing just that and had reviewed questions 1-19 and answers and today we will continue with number 20.
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 defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain” (Isaiah 4:5-6).
“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 no strangers [unbelievers] pass through her anymore” (Joel 3:17). “The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more….The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:15, 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).
21. Jesus Christ will bring peace and security to the world.
“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 shall 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).
“And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof” (Zechariah 8:5).
“In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree” (Zechariah 3:10).
“And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3).
22. Christ will begin to reign right after the victory at Armageddon.
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelation 19:6; Revelation 19:11-12).
23. He, the seed of Abraham, shall be given the land of Canaan forever.
“And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, unto thy seed (Christ) will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him” (Genesis 12:7; Galatians 3:16).
“For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed (Christ) for ever” (Genesis 13:15).
“And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed (Christ) after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:8).
“The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence” (Genesis 24:7).
“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed (Christ), I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 26:3-4).
“And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham….And, behold the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land hereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed [Christ]” (Genesis 28:4; Galatians 3:16).
“And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land” (Genesis 35:12). “And said unto me, Behold I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession” (Genesis 48:4).
24. The whole earth was given to Israel’s seed [Christ] forever.
“Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, forever” (Deuteronomy 4:40).
“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world [the whole world], was not to Abraham, or to this seed [Christ], through the law, but through the righteousness of faith”(Romans 4:13).
25. The borders of Israel will be enlarged (Ezekiel 47:13-21; 48:1-7, 10-14, 20-19).
26. The city of Jerusalem will be laid out by the very exact measurements (Ezekiel 48:15-19; 30-35).
27. Who is going to be in the Millennium (see Revelation 20:4; Revelation 20:7-10).
28. What will life be like in the Millennium?
Life in the Millennium will be blessed.
- There will be a covenant or treaty of world-wide peace and security. Imagine one thousand years of peace and security.
“And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land” (Leviticus 26:6).
“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jeremiah 23:6).
“And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely” (Hosea 2:18).
“And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it” (Micah 4:3-4).
“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee” (Isaiah 54:10).
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise” (Isaiah 60:18).
SALVATION: Now let’s consider the most important event in a person’s life who chooses to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Without a doubt there are a lot of wonderful things that can happen in a person’s life, such as graduation from high school and college, marriage, having the first child [and all those that follow in birth], promotion in the first job, vacations, and other special times and events.
However, the most important event that can occur in anyone’s life is that of accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16). Why might this be considered the most important event? Because becoming a Christian affects both the individual and others [family, friends, co-workers, etc.] for all of eternity.
NOTE: Sadly, most Christians don’t really appreciate what they have by being “in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3-10) until late in life, if even then. Serving the Lord Jesus Christ would certainly be more enjoyable and productive if a person could only grasp and apply what all is involved by being a Christian.
Once one understands and applies all they have by being in Christ they also understand that they have far more than a non-Christian. For instance:
- The true Christian has God as their heavenly father (I John 3:1).
- Consider the following that pertains to a true Christian:
Note several things:
- God has promised His free gift of eternal life to all who truly trust His Son for salvation (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13, etc.).
- God is the source of every good and perfect gift from above (James 1:17).
- God provides the Christian comfort, in all of his/her afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). God simply says: Cast ALL your care on Him for He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).
- God has promised to never forsake the Christian (Hebrews 13:5-6).
- God has promised to supply all the Christian’s needs (Philippians 4:13).
- God has also promised to demonstrate His fatherly love, when needed, by chastising the Christian (Hebrews 12:5-11).
- God has promised new life to all who truly trust Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17).
FINALLY, LET’S CONSIDER SEVERAL REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE LOST AND IN NEED OF SALVATION:
- They are lost because of their rejection of biblical revelation (Acts 14:17; Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19-20).
- They are lost because of disobeying their own conscience (Romans 2:14-16).
- They are lost because of their relationship to the world (Ephesians 2:2; James 4:4; I John 2:15-17; 5:19).
- They are lost because of their relationship to Satan (John 8:42-44; 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:13; I John 3:10; 5:19).
- They are lost because of their relationship to sin (Genesis 2:17; Job 14:4; Jeremiah 17:19; Romans 5:12; 7:14; Ephesians 4:18).
- They are lost because their relationship to God is wrong (Ephesians 1:12; I John 5:12; Jude 1:19).
- They are lost because their relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ is wrong (John 3:16; Romans 10-13).
- They are lost because they have gone through the broad gate and are traveling the road to hell (Matthew 7:13-14).
- They are lost because they have missed the narrow gate which leads to heaven (Matthew 7:13-14).
- They are lost because they are trying to work their way to heaven in violation of Ephesians 2:8-9. They have rejected God’s truth that His gift of eternal life is free….one can’t work for it.
Please read John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and evaluate your own life! Have you truly traveled the road to heaven as Paul points out in Romans 10:9-13?
In our next study we will again consider the exciting fact of the Millennium Kingdom with all of its glory. If you are truly saved then you should be looking forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:1-10), but also living a purified life (I John 3:1-3).
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