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. Isaiah 14:7 declares, “The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; they break forth into shouts of joy.”
Joy will come especially to the Jews and to all believers living in Jerusalem; for Jesus will live with them in Jerusalem, and they will rejoice in His presence and in their salvation. They will be glad also in their new prosperity, security, and comfort that He gives them continually.
It appears from Scripture that there will be much singing in the millennium, especially among the Jews who will be joyous witnesses to the nations of the world about how God saved them. Isaiah 12:1-6 says,
Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord; For although Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, And Thou dost comfort me. 2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” 3 Therefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.” 5 Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. 6 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Now unbelievers in that day will reap the benefits of God’s blessings, but they won’t have the same joy that believers have. I can imagine the great turmoil they will experience; for as we know, those who walk in darkness hate the light, and deep down they hate all believers (Jn. 3:20). (References used: 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.)
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