Can you address these questions concerning the millennium?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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So, hello. We’re here with a special recording. We have two questions that are both related to a very complex yet very important topic and we didn’t want to be rushed during a live stream. So we’re going to go a little bit deeper, have some more visuals, and really take a nice great deep look into Revelation, especially on the topic of the millennium. So we’ll now bring up two questions and dig into this.

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All right, so the first one is from Robert and he’s asking I read that the Rapture will happen. I read that in Revelation 1919, we come back to fight a war with Jesus leading the charge. Then in two, Peter three, God destroys the earth. And Anne is asking jesus said that he will raise up believers on the last day. John 640 for my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. And I will raise them up at the last day.

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So I want to thank you, Robert and Anne, for asking these excellent questions because again, I know lots of people are struggling with both of these concepts. Number one, what are all these events leading to Jesus’s coming and his reign? And then questions about the resurrection and the timing of that. And we’ll see that both of these questions actually revolve around the same event, the same thing, which I’m going to refer to as the millennium. And as you will see, the millennium is going to make sense of everything, or at least this approach to it. It’ll make incense of the Lord’s day, the last day and the Lord’s reign. All these things are buttoned up into this beautiful concept, this beautiful narrative of the millennium. And there’s so much confusion on this topic. I know there’s all pre millennialists, post millennialists, so much at times people get upset, but I think you will realize after watching this, that what I’m going to show you, it might be new to you, but when you see this, you’re never going to be able to unsee it. And when you go through and read the Bible, even those little prophets like Joel and Amos and Isaiah and Jeremiah, everybody is now going to be making so much sense.

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And you’ll look at Daniel, you will look at Revelation, you’ll read Jesus’s prophecies and you’ll see how they all fit together, how they all make sense and they’re all telling us about the same thing. And you’ll be just so much more grateful because you can make sense of all these things. So without much further ado, let’s dive into the millennium and we’re going to use lot more visuals, as I mentioned, to help you dig deeper and understand what is going on here. How does it all fit in? So this is a really high level look at the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is giving us this period of history spanning from around 30 31 Ad. All the way through till even the future, up to the millennium and the end of the millennium. And you see things like the seals, horsemen, the trumpets, the plagues, all these. And you’ll notice often they all have the number seven associated. There’s seven seals, seven trumpets, seven plagues, and there’s also seven churches. And they all line up for the most part in a beautiful sequence with each other. But the seven less plagues actually are often a group by themselves happening just before Christ’s return.

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And most everything from the fifth seal and back has already happened. These are historical events. And then when we come to the 6th seal, there are things that may have already happened and then are yet to come. And then we’ll see with the 7th seal, it’s clearly pointing to Christ’s return and the 7th trumpet is pointing to Christ’s return. And if we go a little bit deeper towards the period just before Jesus return, we see, we have there the Tribulation, the mark of the beast, the judgment of Babylon, we see the last plagues and then the second coming. And we’ll be looking at these different things, the same period from different approaches. So this won’t be the last. Don’t worry, you don’t have to memorize this. We’ll come back to it. And right after Christ’s return is going to be the millennium. Now this is a look at the second coming. If we focus and center on the second coming, what are the events that are just before it and those that are just after it? And as you can see, events preceding the second coming are often referred to as last days or the latter days.

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And the time after Christ’s return is going to be referred to as the last day. Maybe it’s a little bit confusing, but the Bible is generally consistent on this. There’s a little bit of variance, but when you have this in mind, the last days, often apostles will talk about their time and even our time today, where we’re at. But they are all looking forward to the last day, which is going to be Christ’s return, the second coming. And as I will show you, in fact, it also is the whole millennium. How can 1000 years be? One day? We will talk about that. So again we see the Tribulation, mark of the beast, the judgment of Babylon, the last plagues, all these things are happening leading up to Christ’s return. Revelation six, Revelation 16 are talking about this giant earthquake, a devastating earthquake, where like the mountains are going to be leveled, they’re going to melt like wax, the islands are going to be moved, the earth is going to be completely devastated, the cities are gone, everything’s ruined, destroyed. And then we look at again, we’re going to see it throughout. We’re going to be looking at multiple times how Revelation six, isaiah, Matthew, all these books are telling us about how the sun and the moon will be darkened, the sky is going to be rolled back like a scroll, and the earth is going to just plunge into total darkness.

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So the earth is totally destroyed and again plunging into darkness and, and then we have Christ triumphant return, which is very much the subject of Revelation 19. And then we transition a little bit to, okay, what’s happening with Christ’s return? We see his glorious reign will begin. This is very much the topic of Revelation eleven. Then we see the silence in heaven for half an hour. This is the sounding of the, I believe, the opening of the 6th seal. Sorry, I’m getting wrong on that one. But we hear about how one of the things are open and then there’silence in heaven for half an hour. Why is that? Why is there silence in heaven? Well, the answer is because Christ is on his way with all the angels of heaven on one giant cloud and tons of angels. In fact, the angels kind of are making the cloud. Maybe we hear about this in Matthew chapter 24. Again starting at verse 30 to 32. 1st, thessalonians four and 17, Revelation 19, and the book of Joel, especially the whole second chapter of Joel, they’re all telling us about this event of Christ showing up with his gigantic, massive army of angels.

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And they are going to do two things. They’re going to gather the righteous and they’re going to devastate the earth, devastate the humans all on it. So we heard from Anne. She asked, but isn’t the Lord going to raise the righteous on the last day, at the last day? And the answer is yes. So the righteous get raised at this point, at the second coming. So John 529, John 640, John 1124, and one thessalonians four, verses 15 to 17, all these are talking about that same event where the righteous are raised. And then they’re gathered up to meet Christ in the clouds. And it’s important to remember that Christ stays in the clouds. His feet are not going to touch the earth at this point. He is gathering up to the clouds and then will take his people to heaven where God’s domain is. And this gathering is often referred to as the harvest. And so the earth is reaped and the reaping is going to be of the righteous. And then you also will have, in a sense, the reaping of the sickle going through and slashing the wicked. And they will go through the wine press, they get crushed and they’re all killed.

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The wicked are all killed, all dead. No wicked person will survive this period, will survive the second Coming. The Bible is so clear on this. So as you can see here, the giant earthquake, sun and moon being darkened, the righteous being raised, the dead being completely wiped out, and Christ appearing in the clouds. Is there anything here showing that somehow there’s a secret rapture. I mean, there is a rapture. We talked about the righteous being taken and gathered up together in the clouds. But is it secret? Absolutely not, right? There’s absolutely not a single person who’s going to miss this. Nobody will miss it. It is going to be the most horrific, terrifying, fearful thing that will have ever happened to our planet. Period. And there will never, ever be anything like it ever again. And there’s kind of two feasts that are captured in Revelation 19 to sort of capture what’s going on. So the wicked are going to be a part of the feast of the birds. And we get multiple verses here. Revelation, Luke, Jeremiah, multiple times in Jeremiah talk about this feasting by the birds. And the thing is, with the feast of the birds, the food at it will be the wicked.

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It’s human flesh. That is the key main appetizer. And then the other feast is the wedding feast of the lamb. This is the one that you want to be at. Bless. Are they right? So you want to be there at the wedding feast of the lamb. This is the beautiful, wonderful meal and gathering reunion and just this big breath of fresh air like we have made it, we’re survived. No more being tempted, no more feeling pain, no more dying, no more on and on. All the suffering is gone and now they can rest and we will come back to that. Here’s the verse, Luke 17, verse 24. It says, for as the lightning out of the one part under heaven shineth unto the other part under heaven, so shall also be the Son of man be in his day. So flash of lightning, everything lights up. We see it even when we are in our homes. We see our homes light up and we could tell there was a thundercrack. It is going to be the same thing for the coming of the Lord. Notice that language here. His day. This is talking about his day.

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What is his day? Two peter 310. It says, but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. So notice here. So the day of the Lord we’ll talk about. What is this day of the Lord? It will come as a thief in the night. What does that mean? What does it mean we’ll come as a thief in the night? Does it mean it’s going to be secret and nobody’s going to know it happened? It says, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt the earth and works and it burned up. So this is not an event that people are just going to miss and oh, that was secret, it just happened. And now it’s done. No, it will come in as a thief in the night because it’s unexpected. You do not know when the thief will break into your home and rob you. That’s the key aspect that the Bible is always pointing to when it says thief in the night.

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It’s not the thief is coming in. We’ll grab some people and then take them away in the secret rapture. No, it’s that day of the Lord will come upon us when we least expect it. We have no idea when it’s going to happen and then boom. All of a sudden now, all these gigantic events that are just shattering the foundations of the earth and raising people and others dying, it is going to be a day like none other. Then we come to first thessalonians five. It says for you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. So here’s Paul talking, the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night. For when they say peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. Great analogy. Right? Does a pregnant woman know exactly the hour when she’s going to become pregnant? No. All sudden it comes on her and then she knows I’m going to be delivering this baby. Same thing. We don’t know when the day of the Lord is going to be, but then when it comes, we know it has arrived.

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It says, and they shall not escape. No one’s going to escape it. Those who are alive at that time are all going to pass through it. The righteous will be gathered up and then the wicked will meet their fate. But you, brethren, are not in darkness. And we’ll talk about this darkness so that this day should overtake you as a thief. So we don’t want this day to surprise you as a burglar might do, breaking into your home. Now I’m going to be showing you how the millennium, this 1000 year period after the second coming is this day of the Lord. And it should say it includes the second coming. So the second coming up to actually the third coming is one day, the day of the Lord. How do we get this? Now, you could actually break up all of the earth’s history into seven days. Where do we get seven days? Well, we have here with Peter two, Peter three eight, he says, and he’s quoting the Old Testament here actually with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. So to God, yeah, so much time can pass by yet to him it can compress, it feel like a short amount of time and then it can also stretch out.

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But it’s so interesting that maybe this verse is also telling us and by the way, the second Peter three eight he is talking about this is in the context of the millennium. He is telling us also that maybe this millennium is a day and let’s look at it. So if we back up, you look at all of Earth’s history from creation to the time of the flood to the Jewish exile up to the second coming. It’s about 6000 years, six days. We have about first couple of days or first couple of thousand years were the time for the flood and post flood like Noah and Babel, all that. Then we have Abraham and Jacob and the Israelites coming about and the Jewish people. And that continued till about 80 30. Then at the time Christ’s death and the persecution of the early Christians reenter now a new era, the Christian era. And by the way, eventually I think around 80 70, the Jewish temple is destroyed and the Jews are scattered. Clearly they’re brought in and their era is over. As Jesus said, behold, your house is left unto you desolate. And now we’re in the Christian era.

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You could call it the Bible doesn’t necessarily give a name for it, so scholars will all give it a different name. Or some people might point out like the first era is the era of the patriarchs. Then you go to the era of Christ and then to now the era of the Messiah, to now, then the era of the Holy Spirit, even a different disposition. And then there’s this one 7th day that’s dangling out there by itself and this is the millennium. Now that first chart I showed that was basically covered in Revelations chapter two to 19, revelation two to 19 sort of spanning the whole Christian era. And then Revelation 20 is focusing on the millennium. And we have done several videos in Bible ask where you can see us walking you through the different events of Revelation 20, what that means, what this GOG versus Magg? What is going on with Satan being chained to the planet and then the destruction of the wicked? I’m not going to go today into Revelation 20 other than it is a foundational part for understanding the day of the Lord. That’s some of the best details of what happens in the millennium is in Revelation 20.

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As I mentioned earlier, the whole Christian era is often referred to by Christians as the last days. We see that in Acts 217. Two Timothy three, one to two, hebrews one, one to two. You can always go back, read these for yourselves, but they’re often referred to the last days. We are in the last days. But they are also pointing forward to and talking about the last day, such as we saw in John 640, quoted by Anne. And then we have that day that you might see, for example in Isaiah and Zechariah and Joel for example, talks about the day of the Lord. All these are referring to the same thing. They’re all referring to the millennium and they might be bounced around to different times. Sometimes they might be talking about the Second Coming. Sometimes they might be talking about events that happen at the end of the millennium, like the final total destruction of the wicked, or as Peter was talking about the fervent heat, the melting of the elements. That again happens at the end of the millennium. So all these things, the Bible is not being inconsistent when it’s talking about that day.

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It’s because that day is the millennium. It is one whole thousand year day. I really hope this gives you so much more clarity. And what’s really interesting is we talk about the millennium is the 7th millennium. What we call the millennium is really the 7th millennium of Earth’s history. And there’s a lot of significance to that, because when it comes to the land and the land resting the land, getting a Sabbath, we have something in the Old Testament that God gave to the Hebrews. If you look at Exodus 23, starting at verse ten, it says, six years you shall sow your land and gather in its produce, but the 7th year you shall let it rest, and life follow. So six years work your land. The 7th year, don’t touch it. Let it just rest and do its thing. Leviticus 25 four. Similarly, it repeats the 7th year, there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. Leviticus 25 four. And during this time we’re told, like for example, in Isaiah 14 seven, as clear as you could get, the whole Earth is at rest and quiet.

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Remember how I mentioned the giant earthquake? The sun and moon are darkened, all the wicked are destroyed, with the exception of Satan and his angels. I should clarify, besides that everything is wiped out. It’s barren, it’s desolate. God has returned the Earth to basically its same destroyed, desolate form as it had been before creation. Maybe it’s covered by waters, maybe not quite there, but this concept of just destroyed, broken, chaotic, this is Earth during the millennium. Jeremiah 426 says, the fruitful land was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord by his fierce anger. For thus says the Lord, the whole land shall be desolate, yet I will not make a full in, for this shall the earth mourn and the heavens above be black, because I have spoken. Jeremiah 426 to 28 so the whole land desolate, the whole Earth, all the cities are broken. And notice this the heavens above be black. We’re going to keep seeing this again and again because it’s so important for understanding the millennium. Joel Two one to two talks about for the day of the Lord is coming, a day of darkness and gloominess.

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Of course, this could be talked about spiritual gloominess, spiritual darkness. That is true too, but it’s also talked about literal darkness as well, because the sun, the moon, the stars are darkened. And it’s really interesting. Genesis one, it talks about, and there was an evening and there was morning one day, a day begins with darkness, and then the first half is darkness, and the second part is going to be in light, and we will actually see this happening. So the millennium begins with darkness, the light of the sun and the moon is put out, and then we’ll see there will be light later on when God moves in and provides the light. This interesting verse in Isaiah talk about says the morning comes and also the night. And you can think, well, okay, morning comes and it’s followed by night. But this verse, I believe, is actually talking about both happening at the same time. How can you have morning and night at the same time? Well, the Earth itself is darkened. The earth is in darkness. The wicked are in darkness. In fact, Amos five eight talks about the shadow of death. And that’s actually a term used throughout the Old Testament, the shadow of death.

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The wicked are in the shadow of death. They are all in darkness, not seeing, not thinking, not living anything. The lamp of the wicked is snuffed out, as I think Job uses that language. So they have darkness. Earth has darkness. But God’s people, the righteous, are reigning with God. They are in heaven, they are surrounded in his glorious presence. They are in light, they have the day. And so we see this in Isaiah, I think, summarizing, this event says, the sun shall no longer be your light by and day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light, but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light. Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord will be your everlasting light. So the righteous, yeah, they don’t need the sun anymore. They don’t need the moon anymore. Being in that glorious presence of God gives them the light. There’s never going to be any more night for them, and they’re not going to be hit by the sun anymore. Revelation 716, the sun shall not strike them. And so God is able to control temperatures perfectly, control the lighting perfectly.

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This is how paradise will be. Paradise, like perfectly temperature and light controlled all the time. It’s going to be remarkable. And again, there’s not going to be a sun to produce that light. It’s almost like Earth with God’s presence on Earth, we’ll talk about how God comes to Earth is the now center of the universe in a sense, and it’s now the great light source. It’s going to be remarkable. It’s going to be totally different than how it is now. So we come to the end of millennium, and this is the time where then the holy city, actually the new Jerusalem, is going to be brought to Earth. This is imagery that we see actually in Revelation 21 is coming down, it lands on earth and then you have the wicked being raised up at this time. So Jesus talks about there’s a resurrection of the righteous and then there’s also a resurrection of condemnation for the wicked, two different ones. And again, Revelation 20 is also clear, there’s two different resurrections. There’s a resurrection for the righteous, there’s a resurrection for the wicked. You want to be with the first resurrection. You don’t want to be in the resurrection of the wicked because those people are raised up, then they receive judgment.

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Their fate is going to be proclaimed to them. They also will, satan will lead them into greater rebellion against the holy City. And I’m not necessarily saying these things in the correct order. And then in the midst of that rebellion, fire will stop them and they will be destroyed. They’re sort of all thrown into the lake of fire. The whole earth is actually covered, encoded in fire, like there was a flood that destroyed the earth previously, now it is just magma and lava, who knows what is that fire? Probably it’s the fire of God’s presence in fact, that’s surrounding and filling and just purging the whole earth. Because as Moses says, our God is a consuming fire, god’s glory, just wrapping around the earth and just purifying it, destroying all that is wicked, all that is impure, all that is sinful, just melting all the elements as Peter says. And now you just have this char broiled earth that ends kind of this millennium. This is the end. But light has come to the earth because God is now on the Earth and his glory is there, his people are there, his capital, the new Jerusalem is there now light has come, day has come to the earth.

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And we go on to read in Revelation 21 about now there being a new heaven and a new earth and God has purge it, gotten rid of sin, and now we get a fresh start with a new heaven and a new earth. And as it’s written there in Revelation 22, and there shall be no more night, there neither light of the sun for the Lord God giveth them light. So it’s going to be glorious, it’s going to be amazing. No more gamtain, no more suffering, no more death. Because Revelation 20 talks about death is also thrown into lake of fire. And Hades representing the grave is thrown into lake of fire. Nobody else after this point is ever going to die. There’s never going to be any sin anymore. Everybody’s going to live forever and ever in paradise, getting enjoy infinity. Think about what you can do over trillions of years, what you can learn, what you can accomplish, what you can enjoy, the places you can go, the types of food you can raise and learn how to cook, and what you can do with music. I mean, it’s just going to blow our minds.

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It’s going to be so amazing. But before we get to that new heaven, new earth, there has to be this 7th day, this millennium where the earth will be at rest, where the wicked will be judged by God’s people. As Jesus said, you will judge even angels. So the righteous during this time will have a chance to even look at what the evil angels have done, what fate God has planned for them. And we can all see how God is transparent. God is good. He is such a fair judge, he knows what he’s doing and there really couldn’t be a better way of doing this. So God is not going to be setting up like a temporary government and giving people second chance. And all this stuff that you hear from a lot of the millennialists, that’s just not there. There’s no second chances. When the day of the Lord comes, that’s it. When Jesus shows up with his army of angels, that’s it. He’s gathering up his righteous people and destroying the wicked. And they’re going to lie and wait. They’re kind of going to be imprisoned in the grave until the end of millennium when judgment will come to them.

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Hope this has given you so much clarity now on what is the day of the Lord, how this works, and give you some things to look forward to about God and just more clarity reading the Scriptures. I hope this really will open up the Scriptures to you now. And you just start reading. Even those guys like Joel and Amos, like, oh wow, now I get it. They’re talking about the millennium and I know where in the sequence of the millennium this goes. And now the entire Bible just comes together. It all makes sense. One consistent whole book and God’s telling us again and again and again about what the future is going to be like for his people and for the wicked. Because as God says, he doesn’t do anything until he first reveals it through his prophets. So maybe blessed and I pray that God will continue to reveal his truth to you and bring you into a closer walk with Him. We’ll see you next time. Bye.

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