One of God’s great purposes of the millennium is to restore harmony to His creation. In my study of the millennium I have found the following ten ideal conditions. But this is just an outline. In the next 10 upcoming blogs I will give you the full study.
1. Peace and justice. As with all the wonderful conditions in the millennium, they will flow down from Christ’s throne. This is especially true of peace and justice. (References: Isa. 2:4; 9:4-7; 11:5-9; 32:5-7, 16-18; 33:5-7; 42:1-4; 54:13; 55:12; 60:15-18; Jer. 23:5; 31:23, 29-30; Ezek. 28:25-26; 34:25, 28; Hos. 2:18; Mic. 4:2-4; Zech. 9:10.)
2. Joy and gladness. In that day joy and gladness will come to all the nations of the world, because crime will have ended and peace will have come at last. (References: Isa. 9:2-4; 12:1-6; 14:5-8; 25:6-9; 30:29; 42:1, 10-12; 52:9; 60:15; 61:7, 10; Jer. 31:13-14; Zeph. 3:14-17; Zech. 8:18-19; 10:6-7.)
3. Holiness. When God judges the world at the end of the seven year tribulation period, He will also rid the world of all idols and false prophets and unclean spirits. And no human left on the earth will have a proud and haughty heart; for because of all the tribulation they will endure, their hearts will be humble. And God will give them a new heart and a new spirit, and thus a new desire to serve Him and be holy as He is. (References: Isa. 1:26-27; 2:3; 4:3-4; 29:18-23; 31:6-7; 35:8-9; 52:1; 60:21; Ezek. 36:24-31; 37:23-24; 43:7-12; Zeph. 3:11-13; Zech. 13:2; 14:20-21.)
4. Protection and comfort. In the millennium God will bring comfort to all those who have been oppressed; but He will bring a special comfort to Israel. They will receive “a double portion.” (References: Isa. 12:1-2; 14:3-6; 30:26; 40:1-2; 41:1-2; 41:8-14; 42:6-7; 49:9, 13; 51:3; 61:2-7; 66:13-14; Jer. 23:6; 31:23-25; Ezek. 34; 27; Joel 3:16-17; Amos 9:15; Zeph. 3:18-20; Zech. 8:14-15; 9:8, 11-12; 14:10-11.)
5. A manifestation of God’s glory and presence, and the fullness and power of His Spirit. This condition will no doubt bring to all people the knowledge that God exists and that they are without excuse in believing Him (Rom. 1:20). His presence and glory will be seen everywhere in His creation. The whole earth will manifest His glory. (References: Isa. 30:23-26; 32:15-20; 35:1-2; 40:5; 44:3; 59:19-21; 60:1-9; Ezek. 11:19-21; 36-37; 39:28-29; Joel 2:28-29; Zech. 2:2-13.)
6. Full knowledge. I am not suggesting that in the millennium people will be omniscient. That will never be the case. What I mean by full knowledge is that the teaching of Christ will be readily available to everyone. As it says in Isaiah 11:9, “For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” As a result of this wide-spread teaching of Christ, all people will be fully aware of His truth, and His presence will be felt everywhere. (References: Isa. 2:2-3; 11:1-2, 9; 29:24; 32:1-8; 54:13; Jer. 3:15; 23:1-4; Hab. 2:12.)
7. Removal of the curse. The account of the initial curse is recorded in Genesis 3:14-19. In Romans 8:20 we have another account of the curse, but here Paul calls it a “subjection of the creation to futility.” And in this account we are told plainly why God brought the curse. We read that God subjected the entire physical universe “in hope”; that is, He did it so that man in his sinful state would have hope in better things, hope that he and all of creation would one day find redemption and deliverance.
8. Long life, health, and healing. If you were to read through the genealogy of Adam you would find that people in the beginning lived quite long: Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years (Gen. 5:5); Seth lived for nine hundred and twelve years (Gen. 5:8); Enosh lived for nine hundred and five years (Gen. 5:11), and so on. In the millennium I think people will live just as long, for I think the conditions of the earth will be the same.
9. Economic prosperity. There are numerous factors that will contribute to economic prosperity over the entire world in the millennium. First of all, because of the lifting of the curse on the earth and the restored vapor canopy, crops and gardens will flourish. Thus when seeds are planted God will bring plenty of rain to water the seeds, weeds will not choke out the plants, the increased light of the sun will bring new benefits, and the soil will be rich and fertile. (References: Isa. 4:5-6; 30:22-26; 35:1-2; 62:8-9; 65:21-23; Jer. 31:5; Ezek. 34:22-27; 36:28-31; 48:18-19; Mic. 4:1-4; Joel 2:21-27; Amos 9:13-15; Zech. 8:11-13.)
10. Unified worship. There are several factors that will contribute to unified worship in the millennium. (Isa. 45:22-24; 52:10; Zeph. 3:9; Zech. 13:2; 14:16).
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