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What Can We Expect During the Millennium, Part 9?

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:27
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Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective

In our previous article in this series, we covered the topic of A Renewed Heavens and Earth. Considering what is happening to this earth and the way people have been abusing it, I’m not sure we can fully appreciate what’s coming during the Millennium until we arrive to that point. Think about what many corporations and companies have done to this earth. Monsanto alone has been busy trying to “create” their own fruits, vegetables, and grains by using methods to hybridise plants. Once they come up with something, they patent it and do what they can to virtually destroy what God created in nature. Of course, the jury is still out on the dangers of GMOs, but there are good scientists on both sides of the issue and there is no real consensus.

We can be assured however, that all plants growing during the coming Millennium will be ones that God has planted. In fact, it is very doubtful that companies like Monsanto will even exist during that coming time of peace and true prosperity.

In this article, we want to go over the redeemed and the possibility of sin during the time of the Millennial Kingdom. This includes the redeemed of Israel and those who are Gentiles. What will those folks be like? Will they be much different from people now? Let’s see what Scripture has to say about it and we’ll start with Israel.

Israel will be forgiven, cleansed, purified, and made righteous (Isa. 1:25; 2:4; 33:20-24; 44:22-24; 45:17-25). Judah and Israel will be reunited as one nation under one King (Isa. 11:13; Jer 3:18). The Lord will remove His covenant discipline from Israel (Jer. 24:6) and bestow His covenant blessings (Isa. 29:17, 23; 30:23-25). Israel will fulfill its commission to be a kingdom of priests (Exod. 19:5-6) by praising YHWH and promoting the Word of God during the kingdom (Isa. 2:2-3; 9:9; 12:4-6). Israel will be exalted to rule over all nations (Isa. 11:13-14; 14:1-2; 49:22-23). Israel will never again be removed from the land or exiled (Jer. 24:6). [1]

The picture painted above from Scripture provides us with God’s testimony concerning the nation He created and chose. While many today (even within the ranks of Christendom), argue that God is done with Israel, the Scriptures appear to say otherwise. With respect to the passages cited above, there has never been a time in Israel’s history where the things highlighted have occurred. There have been bits and pieces of these promises that have found fulfillment, but certainly and by no means all of the promises and to their fullest extent have taken place. This is for the future beyond the Tribulation.

The Millennial Kingdom will elevate the nation of Israel to the status that God originally envisioned. It was to be through Israel that the gospel would eventually be disseminated. Unfortunately, due to Israel’s constant rebellion against God Almighty, God set the nation aside and began working through His Body, the Church. During this time, we do not need to approach God with blood sacrifices because of the finality, fullness, and completion of Christ’s once-for-all atonement. Had Israel been obedient, salvation would only have been offered to the world through the nation. As such, people would only find salvation by joining themselves with Israel as proselytes. This would have meant that each proselyte would have had to participate in the sacrificial system given to Israel by Moses directly from God Himself.

I want to be absolutely clear here though. This would not mean that salvation was found in the sacrificial system. Salvation has always been through faith in God and His promises. Long before God introduced the sacrificial system to Moses, it was faith that saved people. That faith was still the very thing that saved people even after Israel was created.

However, since God’s judgment of Israel in AD 70, God has temporarily set the nation aside to work to bring people to Himself through the Church. The Scriptures above tell us that during the coming Millennial Kingdom, Israel will finally and with permanence, take its exalted position over all the nations. In order for people to worship the Lord during that time, it must be done through or under the auspices of Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, from where Jesus Himself will physically reign.

The Gentiles of the coming Millennium will also be very different from the average Gentile today. In today’s world, many Gentiles (and Jews) are often leftists. They are bent on the destruction of western civilization and nothing is off-limits because they are so anti-God. They act like demons in bodily form. They are so opposed to righteousness and truth that the term political correctness has been used to describe how “truth” is determined. Fortunately, there will be no political correctness, Cultural Marxism, or emotional virtue during the coming Millennial Kingdom. People will speak the actual truth, understanding what it is. No one will kowtow or cater to politically correct principles that are based on untruths.

Since the inauguration of our 45th president, we’ve seen some absolute despicable forms of expression by hate mongers on the left. This is normal for them because they are so depraved in their thinking (darkened in their mind, cf. Romans 1), but these individuals will not exist during the Millennial Kingdom because they will be purged from human ranks prior to the beginning of the Millennium (Sheep and the Goats of Matthew 25:31-46). They will simply not be allowed to enter.

Moreover, no other religion will exist than the worship of the One, True God of Glory, Jesus Himself. Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, the many cult philosophies, and of course Islam, will not exist. They will not be allowed or tolerated. All will willingly bow to Jesus, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Remember, those Gentiles living during the Tribulation and who make it out alive will be judged. Those who pass God’s judgment will enter into the Millennium. The only ones who pass God’s judgment are those who will have exercised faith in God. Those who do not pass will take up residence in hell awaiting their final day of judgment at the Great White Throne. The Gentiles who go into the Millennial Kingdom will see and experience God’s glory and His acute holiness (Isaiah 40:5 44:23). These Gentiles will already be redeemed, unlike those who are rejected.

Because God’s holiness and glory will be evident during the Millennial Kingdom, many born during this time will come to know Him through salvation they will ultimately receive. Remember, people born during the Millennium will still be born in corruption, or with a sin nature. They will need to come to terms with this and receive salvation during this time. Unfortunately, as we know, many will not and will side with Satan once he is released from the pit (Revelation 20:7-10). These individuals, along with Satan will be destroyed by God.

Generally however, the average Gentile will come to God in faith and obedience. During this time also, God will “restore the fortunes of the Gentile nations which will repent (Jer. 46:26; 48:47; 49:7, 39). Redeemed Gentiles will share in the salvific blessings with Israel (Isa. 19:24-25; 42:10-12; 56:3-8; Ps. 72:17; 110:1-2, 5-6).” [2]

The people who inhabit the coming Millennial Kingdom will be far different from the average person living today. We can expect the individuals living within the Millennium to express the following traits based on numerous passage of Scripture (Psalm 72:7; Isaiah 4:4; 29:18, 24; 30:20-21):

  • holiness
  • repentance
  • righteousness
  • humility
  • wisdom
  • spiritual enlightenment

This will occur because of God’s promise to literally pour out His Spirit on all people during this time. The result of this will be an outpouring of obedience to God, which will be humanity’s greatest gift to the Lord of lords.

None of this means that people will not be able to sin. It will happen, which is also why a form of the old Mosaic sacrificial system will be instituted during the Millennial Kingdom. This system will be a way for people and nations to seek one another’s forgiveness in a very tangible way. It will be far more than simply saying “I’m sorry” and will be a concrete way of proving intent to make things right.

We will deal a bit more with this subject next time and hopefully finish up with The Final Judgment of the Wicked.

[1] Dictionary of Premillennial Theology, Gen. Ed. Mal Couch (Kregel, 1996), p. 271

[2] Ibid, p. 271

Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective



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