Jul 10, 2012

The Coming of the Milliennial Kingdom and New Jerusalem - Part 1

This is a brief look at the coming of New Jerusalem, the celestial city from the sky, and the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on earth.  This is just an outline with some artwork added in.  I hope you will take the scriptures and study on your own.  Most of all, take firm hold of this eternal hope that belongs to all who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

As we are told in Hebrews 11:13-16: "These all died in faith, not having received the promises,  but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly one; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city."  Let's take a look at that time period and city.


THE THOUSAND YEAR KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST

1- Satan is Restrained (Rev. 20:2-3) - This means there will be no global deception, no heresies, no false religion, and no spiritual temptation to sin.

2- Jesus Christ Reigns - (Is. 9:6-7, 62:1, Ps. 72:7, Jer. 23:5-6) - Jesus will be the only world leader. He will reign in righteousness, being just, holy and true. (Ps. 45:6-7, Dan. 2:44, Is. 11:1-5, 16:5, 32:1-5, Lk. 1:32-33) There will be no end to His government.

3- Israel will be God’s Chosen Land - (Ezek. 37:25)

4- Jerusalem will be the Capitol of the World - (Is. 2:1-5, Amos 9:11, Zech, 14:10, 16). Jerusalem will be raised up as a great mountain above the rest of the world.

5- Redemption of the Earth and all Creation - (Is. 11:6-9, 65:17-25, 66:22-24, Rom. 8:21)




6- Characteristics of the Kingdom -

Joy - (Is. 9:3-4)

Glory - (Is. 24:23)

Comfort - (Is. 12:1-2)

Full Knowledge - (Is. 11:1-2)

No Sickness (Health) - (Is. 33:24)

Immediate Answer to Prayer - (Is. 58:9, 65:24)

WHY THE 1,000 YEARS?

1- To Fulfill the Covenants of God -

Abrahamic Covenant - (Gen. 12:1-3) Unfulfilled promises to date include Israel being a great nation and their possession of all the Promised Land.

Davidic Covenant - (2 Chr. 13:5, 2 Sam. 7:12-16) Unfulfilled promises to date include that the seed of David would rule forever on the Throne of David.

New Covenant - (Jer. 31:31-34) Unfulfilled promises to date include the Lord’s promise of a spiritual rebirth of the Nation of Israel.

2- To Answer the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-10) “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done.”

3- Rewards - (Is. 40:10, Matt. 16:27, 2 Tim. 4:8)

4- To Redeem Creation - (Acts 3:21, Rom. 8:21)

5- To Rebuild the Temple - (Ezek. 40-48, Acts 5:16)

6- The Ministry of Jesus Christ - (1 Pet. 1:11)

7- Some believe this is a completion of a 7,000 year period of mankind, with the last 1,000 years representing the Sabbath rest of the Lord. This idea is not clearly stated in scriptures. (Ps. 90:4, 2 Pet. 3:8)

THE FIRST DAY OF THE MILLENNIUM

1- Satan will be bound and thrown into the abyss. (Rev. 20:1-3)

2- The sheep and goat judgment will occur. (Rev. 20:1-4, Matt. 25:31-46)

3- Beheaded martyrs will be resurrected. (Rev. 20:1-4)

4- The creation of the new (renewed) heavens and earth will occur. (Rev. 21:1)

5- The New Jerusalem will come down from heaven to earth over Mt. Zion (Rev. 21:2)

THE NEW (OR RENEWED) HEAVENS AND EARTH

(Is. 65:17-18, , Rom. 8:19-21, 2 Pet. 3:10, 13, Rev. 21:1) - This will be a “radical renovation”, not something new created ex nihilo, or out of nothing. (Ps. 89:36-37, Jer. 31:35-36)

The word in the Greek used in 2 Peter is kainos, which means “something new as to (the) form or quality, that is the renewing of something old. If the Lord wanted to convey the idea of a brand new thng, He would have used the Greek word neos which would have meant something that was a brand new creation, not a cleansing or re-creation.