We don’t know exactly how the millennial kingdom will be set up—by what method and how long it will take. But we do have some details in the scriptures of some key parts of the kingdom and what that kingdom will look like. Here are five stages to the set up of the kingdom:
1. The government will be installed. The government in the millennium will be a theocracy—a government ruled by God. But as with all things on the earth, God the Father delegates His rulership to God the Son. Daniel 7:13-14 shows us this delegation.
“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
2. The borders of Palestine will be enlarged. After the government is put in place I think the next thing Jesus will do is order the enlargement of Palestine to its promised dimensions. The first mention of this land covenant is in Genesis 15:18.
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
This description, as you can see, is quite general and a bit vague. A more specific border description is in Numbers 34:1-12. It is the description that was given by the Lord to Moses just before the Jews entered the land. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the border description in Ezekiel 47:13-20, though worded a bit differently, is exactly the same.
Thus says the Lord God, “This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel; Joseph shall have two portions. 14 “And you shall divide it for an inheritance, each one equally with the other; for I swore to give it to your forefathers, and this land shall fall to you as an inheritance.
15 “And this shall be the boundary of the land: on the north side, from the Great Sea by the way of Hethlon, to the entrance of Zedad; 16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazer-hatticon, which is by the border of Hauran. 17 “And the boundary shall extend from the sea to Hazarenan at the border of Damascus, and on the north toward the north is the border of Hamath. This is the north side. 18 “And the east side, from between Hauran, Damascus, Gilead, and the land of Israel, shall be the Jordan; from the north border to the eastern sea you shall measure. This is the east side. 19 “And the south side toward the south shall extend from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribath-kadesh, to the brook of Egypt, and to the Great Sea. This is the south side toward the south. 20 “And the west side shall be the Great Sea, from the south border to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This is the west side.
3. The land will be redistributed. After the land is enlarged and given its new and promised borders, it would seem logical that Jesus will next order the redistribution of the land. Ezekiel 48:1-29 gives us the outline of how it will look.
4. The temple and the city will be built. Since the temple and Jerusalem will be the center of worship and government, it will be important to begin construction of these places as soon as possible. Ezekiel 40:2 tells us that it will be on a “very high mountain”; and in Isaiah 2:2, we read that it will be on “the chief of the mountains.” Ezekiel 40-43 gives you details of the temple.
5. A new system of worship will be set up. There are several items that have always been in the temples and that were part of the Mosaic system of worship that will no longer be used in the millennial temple and system of worship. And this is understandable, for some of the former things such as the ark and the veil were designed to shut out people and protect them from the wrath of God against sins; but now (and forever), since we are under the new covenant, we may approach the throne of God boldly (Heb. 4:16)—and so, many of those former things are made obsolete.
But there are some things, some rituals, sacrifices, and observances from the Mosaic system that will continue to be used in the millennial temple—but with a new and different emphasis (Read Ezekiel 46).
In the next five posts I will give you a more thorough description of each of these five parts.