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.
Jesus will teach primarily from the temple in Jerusalem, which will be the learning center from where His teaching will go out to the world. As Isaiah 2:3 states, “For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” We don’t know the technology that will be used then, but I can imagine that it will be an advanced technology that will allow Jesus to be clearly seen and heard by everyone.
All teaching, of course, will be the truth of God and of Christ. There will be no other doctrine or theology in the world except what Christ brings. And He will always be the main speaker and teacher. Whatever teaching goes out into the world, I think the teacher that people will see or hear on the air waves will be Christ.
But of course there will be other teachers and shepherds. I’m sure Jesus will have a great discipleship program where He will teach and train many in His ways. And most of them I think will be Jews. They will be the primary teachers.
I suppose the top teachers (those directly under Christ) will be the glorified twelve disciples. And of course there will be many under them. These will not only be teachers, they will be wise shepherds (pastors) after God’s own heart` who will tenderly care for their flock (Jer. 3:15; 23:1-4).
Now, as to the content of the teaching, since the Word of God is eternal and will not change, we should have no suspicion that there will be any other doctrinal teaching besides what is in the Bible. Yes, I believe that Jesus will teach from the Bible. And like no other time in our history, He will make it clear and understandable to everyone. For He Himself is the “Word” (John 1:1), and the “truth” (Jn. 14:6). There could be no better teacher then He.
Besides teaching doctrine, He will teach reproof and correction (2 Tim. 3:16). And He will see to it that all those who personally need reproof and correction will get it—I suppose through His many shepherds.
In addition to the teaching of doctrine from the Bible, Jesus will also educate the world in all other branches of learning, such as history, science and mathematics. But I think He will give us a whole new system. There will no longer be a separation between what we now regard as religious education and secular education. It will all be tied together, having a Christian basis, and with the Bible will be the primary textbook. All other books will be considered subordinate and supplementary.
Now here is another aspect of “full knowledge” that I believe will exist on the earth besides what we have already discussed. I believe there will be a new quality and completeness of knowledge. Since Christ’s teaching will be everywhere, and His Spirit and truth will be everywhere present, the opportunities for learning will be endless—and I believe most people will take advantage of those opportunities. Moreover, because of the Spirit of wisdom and discernment, which God will generously give to all, and because evil forces will not be present as they use to be, people I think will generally be more receptive to Christ’s teaching, and thus more able to discern and understand (Isa. 32:3-4). In short, people in the millennium will be a whole lot smarter and wiser. (References used: Isa. 2:2-3; 11:1-2, 9; 29:24; 32:1-8; 54:13; Jer. 3:15; 23:1-4; Hab. 2:12.)
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