Earth's Golden Age
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20 Then the beast 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.
21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
4 And I saw thrones, and they 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.
5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.
9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (NKJ)
As we come to the end of the book of Revelation, we also come to the end of the tribulation period. But Then comes in earth's golden age.
The millennial age is one of the most predominate subjects in the Old Testament prophets. There are literally hundreds of verses that deal with this subject in the prophets. I had contemplated dividing today's message into several parts but decided against it. We could look at these passages and the millennium from an academic view but that is not what I want to do. There are a number of good books on the subject that I could direct anyone to who wanted to study this.
I want us to see from this that God is restoring what He created to the state in which He created it. The way things are today, is not how God made them. Some of the most difficult things that Christians have to deal with in this world are the tragedies that we face. How do you deal with the death of a child. How do you deal with the young mother who will never see her child mature. Or how do you deal with the child that loses the parents at a young age. We see those we love begin to age and loose that vitality that they once had and then we watch as they finally yield to death. Then we begin to see that it is happening to us. It seems so unfair than about the time we get it all together, we can't remember where we put it.
The best thing I can say, is God never intended it to be that way. It was Satan and man's sin that brought death and calamity into this world.
But one day God is going to take it back. One day He will put an end to rebellion of Satan and of man. He will restore His creation to what He had intended. The creation will no longer groan under the plague of the curse of sin. It will be a wonderful time. People with live to see dozens of generations of their children. Sickness and death will almost be unheard of. There will be no droughts or floods to take people's lives and turn their world upside down. The animal creation will be at peace with each other and mankind. The swords will be recycled into implements of agriculture and peace. We will not have to worry about pollution or man destroying the earth anymore. There will be no famines, no deserts for they shall bloom as the gardens do today.
A number of professions will no longer be needed. There will be no politicians for Jesus will reign and rule with a rod of iron. There will be no lawyers and judges for Jesus will be the righteous judge. No police will be needed to patrol the neighborhoods. No soldiers will be needed as peace keepers when the King of peace sits on His throne. Hospitals with their doctors and nurses will be out of business. The billions we spend on cancer research and heart disease, and a multitude of other afflictions will no longer be needed. Those who want to save the earth will be satisfied and go home. The farmers will plant their crops without pesticides or herbicides and will harvest in such abundance that cannot be imagined.
What a blessed time that will be. If you are one of God's children, you will see it, you will be there. Let us notice several things about this.
- Things that precede the Millennium
- Jesus returns to earth.
- The Anti-Christ and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire.
- The armies of the Anti-Christ will be destroyed.
- Satan is bound for 1,000 years.
- Israel as a nation is saved.
- The first resurrection takes place.
- This is subsequent to the rapture of the New Testament saints.
- This is a resurrection of both the tribulation saints and the Old Testament saints.
- The rest of the dead, the lost dead, do not live until the 1,000 years are finished.
- There is a blessedness ascribed to those who take part in this resurrection.
- On such the second death has no power.
- This would infer that those who are not a part of this resurrection will be given over to the power of the second death.
- The second death we find later in v-14 that being cast into the lake of fire is the second death.
- The nations are judged in preparation for the Millennium Kingdom Matt 25
- Purposes for the Millennium (taken from Things to Come, Pentecost)
- To fulfill God's promises to Abraham
- God made promises concerning the land and Abraham's decedents that has yet to be fulfilled.
- Isa. 1:21-22; 19:25; 43:1; 65:8-9; Jer. 30:22; 32:38; Ezek. 34:24, 30-31; Mic. 7:19-20; Zech 13:9; Mal. 3:16-18
- Israel's perpetuity, their possession of the land, and their inheritance of blessings are directly related to these promises.
- To fulfill God's promises to David
- The promises made to David concerning the king, the throne, and the royal house are fulfilled by Messiah in the millennial age.
- Isa. 11:1-2; 55:3, 11; Jer. 23:5-8; 33:20-26; Ezek. 34:23-25; 37:23-24; Hos. 3:5; Mic. 4:7-8
- The fact that Israel has a kingdom over which David's Son reigns as king is based on the promises made to David.
- To fulfill the promises made in what is called the New Covenant
- The promises of a new heart, the forgiveness of sin, the filling of the Spirit are fulfilled in the converted nation in the millennial age.
- Jer. 31:31-34; 32:35-39; Ezek. 11:18-20; 16:60-63; 37:26; Rom. 11:26-29
- Conditions during the Millennium (taken from Things to Come, Pentecost)
- Isa. 2:4; 9:4-7; 11:6-9; 32:17-18; 33:5-6; 54:13; 55:12; 60:18; 65:25; 66:12; Ezek. 28:26; 34:25, 28; Hos. 2:18; Mic. 4:2-3; Zech. 9:10
- The cessation of war through the unification of the kingdoms of the world under the reign of Christ, together with the resultant economic prosperity, since nations need not devote vast proportions of their expenditure on munitions, is a major theme of the prophets. National and individual peace is the fruit of Messiah's reign.
- Isa. 9:3-4; 12:3-6; 14:7-8; 25:8-9; 30:29; 42:1, 10-12; 52: 9; 60:15; 61:7, 10; 65:18-19; 66:10-14; Jer. 30:18-19; 31:13-14; Zeph. 3:14-17; Zech. 8:18-19; 10:6-7
- The fulness of joy will be a distinctive mark of the age
- Isa. 1:26-27; 4:3-4; 29:18-23; 31:6-7; 35:8-9; 52:1; 60:21; 61:10; Jer. 31:23; Ezek. 36:24-31; 37:23-24; 43:7-12; 45:1; Joel 3:21; Zeph. 3:11, 13; Zech. 8:3; 13:1-2; 14:20-21
- The theocratic kingdom will be a holy kingdom, in which holiness is manifested through the King and the King's subjects. The land will be holy, the city holy, the temple holy, and the subjects holy unto the Lord
- Isa. 24:23; 4:2; 35:2; 40:5; 60:1-9
- The kingdom will be a glorious kingdom, in which the glory of God will find full manifestation
- The King will personally minister to every need, so that there will be the fulness of comfort in that day
- Isa. 12:1-2; 29:22-23; 30:26; 40:1-2; 49:13; 51:3; 61:3-7; 66: 13-14; Jer. 31:23-25; Zeph. 3:18-20; Zech. 9:11-12; Rev. 21:4
- There will be the administration of perfect justice to every individual
- Isa. 9:7; 11:5; 32:16; 42:1-4; 65:21-23; Jer. 23:5; 31:23; 31:29-30).
- Full knowledge of the Lord
- The ministry of the King will bring the subjects of His kingdom into full knowledge. Doubtless there will be an unparalleled teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- Isa. 11:1-2, 9; 41:19-20; 54:13; Hab. 2:14
- This knowledge will come about through the instruction that issues from the King
- Isa. 2:2-3; 12:3-6; 25:9; 29:17-24; 30:20-21; 32:3-4; 49:10; 52:8; Jer. 3:14-15; 23: 1-4; Mic. 4:2
- Removal of the curse
- The original curse placed upon creation (Gen. 3: 17-19) will be removed, so that there will be abundant productivity to the earth. Animal creation will be changed so as to lose its venom and ferocity.
- Isa. 11:6-9; 35:9; 65:25
- Sickness removed.
- The ministry of the King as a healer will be seen throughout the age, so that sickness and even death, except as a penal measure in dealing with overt sin, will be removed
- Isa. 33:24; Jer. 30:17; Ezek. 34:16
- Healing of the deformed.
- Accompanying this ministry will be the healing of all deformity at the inception of the millennium
- Isa. 29:17-19; 35:3-6; 61:1-2; Jer. 31:8; Mic. 4:6-7; Zeph. 3:19
- There will be a supernatural work of preservation of life in the millennial age through the King
- Isa. 41:8-14; 62:8-9; Jer. 32:27; 23:6; Ezek. 34:27; Joel 3:16-17; Amos 9:15; Zech. 8:14-15; 9:8; 14:10-11
- Freedom from oppression.
- There will be no social, political or religious oppression in that day
- Isa. 14:3-6; 42:6-7; 49:8-9; Zech. 9:11-12
- No immaturity.
- The suggestion seems to be that there will not be the tragedies of feeble-mindedness nor of dwarfed bodies in that day
- Isa. 65:20
- Longevity will be restored.
- Reproduction by the living peoples.
- The living saints who go into the millennium in their natural bodies will beget children throughout the age.
- The earth's population will soar.
- These born in the age will not be born without a sin nature, so salvation will be required
- Jer. 30:20; 31:29; Ezek. 47:22; Zech. 10:8
- The period will not be characterized by idleness, but there will be a perfect economic system, in which the needs of men are abundantly provided for by labor in that system, under the guidance of the King.
- There will be a fully developed industrialized society, providing for the needs of the King's subjects
- Isa 62:8-9; 65:21-23; Jer. 31:5; Ezek. 48:18-19
- Agriculture as well as manufacturing will provide employment.
- Economic prosperity.
- The perfect labor situation will produce economic abundance, so that there will be no want
- Isa. 4:1; 35:1-2, 7; 30:23-25; 62:8-9; 65:21-23; Jer. 31:5, 12; Ezek. 34:26; Mic. 4:1, 4; Zech. 8:11-12; 9:16-17; Ezek. 36:29-30; Joel 2: 21-27; Amos 9: 13-14
- Unified Worship.
- All the world will unite in the worship of God and God's Messiah
- Isa. 45:23; 52: 1, 7-10; 66:17-23; Zech. 13:2; 14:16; 8:23; 9:7; Zeph. 3:9; Mal. 1:11; Rev. 5:9-14
- The manifest presence of God.
- God's presence will be fully recognized and fellowship with God will be experienced to an unprecedented degree
- Ezek. 37:27-28; Zech. 2:2, 10-13; Rev. 21:3
- The fulness of the Spirit.
- Divine presence and enablement will be the experience of all who are in subjection to the authority of the King
- Isa. 32:13-15; 41:1; 44:3; 59:19, 21; 61:1; Ezek. 36:26-27; 37:14; 39:29; Joel 2:28-29; Ezek. 11:19-20
- Your preparation for the Millennium
- You need to get in good with the King.
- He died in your place in a tremendous display of His love for you.
- If you refuse to accept that love and His sacrifice for you, then you will not be in the kingdom but will await the second resurrection and the second death, the lake of fire.
- It is not that God could have done more for you for He could not.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com