This millennial 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. Fertile fields, fresh streams, and beautiful gardens will be seen everywhere. And everyone will recognize that it is the Lord’s doing (Isa. 40:5). And oh, the blossoms will be beautiful, especially in Israel. In Isaiah 35:1-2 it says of the land of Israel,
The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus 2 It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the Lord, The majesty of our God.
There will not only be a physical beauty in Israel, but a spiritual beauty, which is the beauty of Christ’s presence; for He will dwell in Jerusalem. Thus, as Isaiah 60:1-3 describes, the rest of the world in comparison will seem to be dark, and so believers from all nations will desire to come to Jerusalem.
Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. 3 “And nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
His glory and presence will not only be recognized in the land, but it will be seen and experienced within believer’s spirits. Like never before will His Spirit fill all believers and give them wonderful gifts of His Spirit: gifts of healing and miracles, and love and hospitality toward each other—all the gifts of the Spirit.
His Spirit will be especially poured out on the land of Israel and on the Jews. Because of their conversion, they will have a new heart and a new spirit (Ezek. 36:26-27). And God will no longer hide His face from them.
Ezekiel 39:29 “And I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.
This implies a transparent relationship. All Jews, I think, will be as Moses was with God, in that they will be friends and speak together face to face.
Here is something else to consider: in the millennium, all the Old Testament saints, all the saints of the church, along with the angels will be somewhere present all over the earth. I believe that our home will be in the New Jerusalem, however, we will always be with Christ. That means that we will be busy doing His work on the earth. We don’t know if those on the earth will see us or not. But I think that in our glorified bodies we will normally be invisible to mortals, and at times, be visible—as Christ was after the resurrection. At any rate, we will be somewhat like the angels! I can imagine that the atmosphere around the earth will be buzzing with His glory—especially with Satan and his angels gone. Remember, just before the beginning of the millennium they were all locked up in a bottomless pit. (References used: 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.)
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