The Millennial Reign of Christ - Part 2
This study includes:
• The 7 events between Christ's return and His millennial reign
2. The Antichrist and his right-hand man, the False Prophet, are cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 19:20 NKJV20 Then the beast (that's the Antichrist) was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
3. Satan is put in chains and cast into the bottomless pit
Revelation 20:1-3 NKJV1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
4. The fourth thing that takes place after Christ returns to earth is to deliver the Jews from their persecutors.
Romans 11:26 NIV26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob."
5. The fifth thing that takes place is the resurrection of Old Testament & Tribulation saints.
Revelation 20:4 NIV4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
6. The sixth thing that takes place is the judgment of the nations.
WHAT IS ANOTHER NAME FOR THIS JUDGMENT?
The Sheep and the Goat judgment.
Matthew 25:31-34, 41 NIV
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
In just two of the many events mentioned in the Book of Revelation, more than half the world's population will be destroyed. One-fourth of the worlds population die during the judgment of the 4th Seal. One-third of those remaining will die during the 6th Trumpet. Possibly up to a half-billion people will die during the Battle of Armageddon. Two-thirds of all the Jews will not make it into the Millennium. At the judgment of the sheep and goats, most of those still alive will be placed among the goats.
But there will still be a goodly number of believers who will continue to live on into the Millennium.
When Christ returns to the earth, one of his first orders of business will be to preside over the judgment of nations. We will probably study this judgment in greater detail in a future lesson. But let me make this one comment here. Whereas there were no saved, that is, righteous people, on earth at the beginning of the Tribulation, there will only be believers on earth at the beginning of the Millennium.
Joel 3:2 NIV
2 I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.
Ten verses later, Joel adds:
Joel 3:12 NIV
12 Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side.
Earlier I said this event and the next event will take some time to accomplish. Daniel's writings indicate a brief periods of time will come between the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Christ's reign. In Daniel 12:7:12, 3 time periods are mentioned.
In verse 7, we have a reference to 3½ years, or 1260 days. We know this to be the last half of the 7-year Tribulation.
We are also told that all 3 periods begin at the moment the Antichrist places his image in the Jewish Temple and stops the Jewish sacrifices. That occurs at the mid-point of the 7-year Tribulation.
The 1290 days includes a 30-day period following the Tribulation.
I do not want to be dogmatic on this point, but I think the judgment of nations - the sheep and goat judgment - takes place during the first 30 day period. I have, however, read a number of other proposals by good theologians.
That covers the sheep and goats judgment. We will come back to the 45 days in a moment.
7. The seventh thing that takes place is the setting up of His (Christ's) kingdom here on earth for 1,000 years.
Revelation 20:4 NKJV
4 And I saw thrones, and they [that] sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Again, I can't be dogmatic about this, but I propose that the second interim period of 45 days is how long it will take to set up the kingdom.
We must remember that Jesus Christ could establish His administration instantly, without any time delay. However, Jesus is not reigning alone. We are reigning with Him, and even though we will have a more powerful body and a more agile mind than we have at present, we will not be all-powerful or all-knowing. We will still have limitations just as the angels have today.
In addition to these seven events, there are several other impacts of Christ coming to earth.
WHERE DOES CHRIST PUT HIS FEET WHEN HE ARRIVES ON EARTH?
The Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4)
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HIS FEET TOUCH THE MOUNT OF OLIVES?
Zechariah 14:4 tells us that a great earthquake will cause the mount to split in two. Half the mount will move north and half will move south. A great valley running east and west will now exist between them.
Zechariah 14:8 tells us that the earthquake and physical changes to the Mount of Olives will unleash an underground water supply.
Zechariah 14:8 NIV
8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea (Dead Sea) and half to the western sea (Mediterranean Sea), in summer and in winter.
As a result of these physical changes in the earth, Jerusalem to be the source of a river. The river will connect the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea through Jerusalem. Notice in this verse that the water is "living water." Ezekiel 47:8 tells us it will heal the Dead Sea. We will say more about that passage later.
In our first lesson on the Millennial reign of Christ, we took note of several issues.
1. The length of Christ's reign on earth is 1,000, according to Revelation 20:1-7.
WHO WILL BE REIGNING WITH CHRIST DURING THE MILLENNIUM?
Last week, we learned, through a number of Bible passages, that all who are resurrected prior to the Millennium will reign with Christ. That includes:
o Church-age Christians
Let's now begin to look at what the Bible says will be conditions and characteristics of the Millennium. Let me ask you a question to introduce the first thing I want to discuss.
WHEN CHRIST SETS UP HIS KINGDOM, WHAT WILL HE DO ABOUT THE LANGUAGE BARRIER THAT EXISTS TODAY?
According to Wycliffe; there are more than 6809 known languages in the world today. Speech is a means of communication. It can be expressed by the spoken word, the written word, or by signs. Without these methods of expression, understanding what others are trying to communicate would be severely handicapped. The history of language uses in the Bible is worthy of consideration. After all, these many languages had their origin in an event some 4,200 years ago, and is recorded in the Bible
Unlike the rest of mankind, Adam and Eve were never children and never attended a school. They appeared on the scene as young adults, and apparently never studied the grammar of any language. And yet, Adam was able to supply names for every animal.
Genesis 2:19 NIV
19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to Adam to see what he would name them; and whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
Except for a few species that have resulted in cross-breading, Adam named every animal on the earth. It would be interesting to know what language he used.
We also know that Adam and Eve had fellowship and conversations with God. God also gave them a commandment about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, located in the midst of the Garden of Eden. What language was used in their communications.
Was the language identical with that spoken by Jehovah when He said, "Let their be light!" Was it the same language as was used between the members of the Godhead before time began? While we may not know the answers to these question, we are given some biblical information about languages in man's early history.
Genesis 11:1 NIV
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
AT WHAT TIME IN MAN'S HISTORY IS THIS VERSE REFERRING?
Genesis 11 is after the flood, and reflects the well-known story of the Tower of Babel. Let me show you a genealogy chart from Adam to Noah (10 generations). If you accept the genealogies and ages given in the Bible, it was 1656 years between the creation of Adam and the Flood. The chart also shows that the 1st and 9th generations overlapped by 56 years.
Noah had three son - Ham, Shem and Japheth. Ham had a son named Cush, who had a son named Nimrod. That makes Nimrod the great-grandson of Noah. By the time of Nimrod, cities were being built, and Nimrod was the founder of the city of Babel.
I have gone through all this genealogy to show that during approximately the first 1,800 years of mankind's history there was only one language in the world.
Genesis 11 describes how Jehovah thwarted the schemes of the people by confounding their languages. The people were unable to understand each other's speech. This cause men and women to scatter in all directions.
One question I have is this: Among all the languages created by God at that time, was the one language that was common for the first 1,800 years still in use after the confusion brought on by many languages? If so, did that language become the official language of the Hebrew nation?
This entire subject is filled with speculation, and it would be unwise to become dogmatic about thing of which God has not spoken. But I do wish I could speak to the apostle Paul right now, and ask him: "When you were caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable word, what language were they spoken in?"
Now, back to our original question. "How will Jesus take care of the language barrier?" I believe we find the answer in the book of Zephaniah.
Zephaniah 3:9 (NKJV)
9 For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.
How the Living Bible renders that verse may be of interest to you.
Zephaniah 3:9 TLB9 At that time I will change the speech of the people to pure Hebrew so that all can worship the Lord together.
Two Groups of People on Earth
Now let's turn our attention to the people who are going to be on earth during the millennium. There are going to be two groups of people here at that time. I am not speaking of Jews and Gentiles. Neither am I talking about believers and unbelievers.
WHAT ARE THE TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE?
1. Glorified Saints
Let's first discuss the glorified saints.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE GLORIFIED SAINTS.
Glorified saints are all who had already been resurrected from the dead. When they were resurrected, they were given glorified bodies like the body which Christ had after his resurrection.
From the moment man is born, he has to wage a running fight with sickness and death. But that will all change for us at the Rapture, which includes the resurrection of believers who have died.
Philippians 3:21 (NIV) speaks of Christ,…..
21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Isaiah 35:5-6 (NIV) also speak about the changes made in the bodies of resurrected saints.
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy
According to 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, our bodies will have been changed incorruptible at the moment we have been caught up to meet Jesus in the air. At that moment we will become what God originally intended us to be.
It is this group of people - glorified saints - who will reign with Christ. Under the direction of their Savior, these transformed believers, with glorified bodies, will provide the leadership necessary to create a just society for mankind.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THE NATURAL PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE?
These are those still in their natural bodies, who have survived the Tribulation without dying. They have also survived the judgment of the nations. These mortals are composed of both Jews and Gentiles. They will occupy themselves with normal human activities, not much unlike how we live today. But there certainly will be some great pluses.
According to Isaiah 65:21-23, the mortals will basically live normal human lives at this time. They will plant crops, build houses, hold down jobs, have weddings, bear children. They will probably drive cars to work, take airplane trips, continue their education, etc..
The non-glorified citizens of the millennial age won't be either a physical or mental match for the saints. But those "ordinary" millenniumites will still experience great bonuses from the new era. There are at least three pluses for the non-glorified people living during the millennium.
1. Jesus will be present on earth.
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Last Updated: Thursday September 08 2011