conditions will characterize the Millennium?
teaches that after the return of Christ, He will set up an earthly
kingdom of 1000 years in duration. The constituents of this earthly
kingdom will include both saved and glorified individuals as well
as saved and non-glorified individuals. The saved and glorified
individuals will consist of all the saved of all the ages from Adam
to the last beheaded martyr. The saved and non-glorified group will
consist of a remnant of Israel (who is saved at the conclusion of
the 70th Week of Daniel) and some Gentile believers who survive
to the Day of the Lord.
the battle of Armageddon, Christ will sit in judgment of those remaining
alive on the earth in what has been called the Sheep and Goat Judgment
(Matt. 25:31-46). Those Gentile believers, who
evidenced their faith by how they treated the Jews during the Great
Tribulation, will enter the Millennial kingdom along with the saved
many Scriptures which give us insight into the conditions on earth
during the Millennial reign of Christ. These include Isaiah 35,
60-62, 65; Ezek. 40-48; Micah 4; and Rev. 20-22.
passages we understand that the Millennial kingdom will be an earthly
kingdom, with Christ ruling from the New Jerusalem which will descend
from heaven and reside above Mt. Zion. Christ will rule in righteousness
over the inhabitants of earth. During this time the earth will have
been restored to conditions similar to before the Fall of Adam:
wild animals will be tame, there will be no war, trees will give
abundant fruit, sin will be punished. Ezekiel 47 points out the
fact that fishermen will fish in the waters of the rivers and will
catch "very many" fish. So the activities of life continue
in a normal fashion, only with righteous government, peace and perfect
but non-glorified group of individuals will enter the Millennial
kingdom in natural, human bodies and so will be subject to death
and disease. Revelation 22 and Ezekiel 47 tell us that the leaves
of the trees that grow along the river of life are for the healing
of the nations. Isaiah 65 tells us that people on earth at that
time will live long lives, and if someone dies at 100 he will be
considered accursed. Evidently, similar to those days prior to the
flood, people will live hundreds of years.
1000 years, Israel will be the chief nation of the world and will
be restored to the full dimensions of her land which God promised.
Mt. Zion will be raised up as the chief mountain in the world and
it is from here that Christ will reign from the New Jerusalem (Ps.
68:16; 132:13-14; Micah 4:1-8). King David will be resurrected and
will be the chief prince over the nation of Israel (Jer. 30:9; Ezek.
37:24-25). All other nations will honor Israel and will worship
God in Jerusalem. Zechariah 14 tells us that those nations who do
not come up to Jerusalem every year to worship God will be punished
with no rain.
the saved, but non-glorified individuals who initially enter the
Millennial kingdom will be believers, we understand that during
the millennium there will be many people born. Some of these will
choose to not follow the leadership of Christ and will be rebellious
in their hearts. Those born during this time are born with the same
sin nature that humans now are cursed with. Thus, when Satan is
released at the conclusion of the 1000 years, he is able to amass
a great army to come against the "beloved City", Jerusalem