What will it be like to live under Christ’s 1000 year reign?

Matthew 24:30 – 35 – “’And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.   And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.”   

 Matthew 25:31 – 33 – “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.   All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.   He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.”  Once they are separated, Matthew 25:26 tells us those on the left will go to eternal punishment but the righteous will go to eternal life. 

Revelation 20:6 – 8 – “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.    When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.”

Once the war of Armageddon is over and Satan is sent to the Abyss for 1000 years along with all others whose names were not in the Book of Life.  Jerusalem becomes the world capital.  Poverty is unknown and prosperity is evident everywhere.  Most people will have every need met.  There will be no prisons, no hospitals, no mental institutions and few graveyards for some may live to be as old as Methuselah.   The earth will be filled with the knowledge of God.  Jesus is Lord and rules with an iron rod.  His reign is righteous and the nations obey His directions. 

We believe generation after generation will be born and the earth flourishes as it did in the Garden of Eden before man’s sin.  To live longer lives we have been told we will have a new body.  A body that is not as lustful and carnal as our present ones.  We will have a different mind-set and most likely stress and fear may not be a factor.  If Christ chose one of us to do a job, would we question whether we could do it or not?  Would Christ ask us if He knew we couldn’t do it?  What would it be like with everyone having a positive attitude? 

God cursed creation because of the sins of Adam & Eve.  It is believed that once Christ returns the earth’s ecology and environment will be as it was prior to the flood.  No one knows how this will happen but the Apostle Peter said, “If God promised it, then He knows how to do it.”  

History tells us that the early church leaders believed without exception that Christ would return after the Tribulation to reign.  In A.D. 375 Augustine taught that the 1000 year Millennium began with the birth of Christ.  Many continue to believe that it is between the resurrection and when Christ returns the second time.  They believe the reign of Christ is in the hearts of Christians until Jesus’ return.  They also believe the Tribulation occurs throughout history and that we have been going through it since Christ’s death.  They do not believe that Christ will rule on this earth for 1000 years.  I continue to believe that when Christ returns believers will be raptured and those saved in the Tribulation period and the Old Testament saints will live to rule with Jesus.  

The Jews expected their Messiah would come as a world leader.  This is why they could not accept a spiritual Jesus as their Messiah.  Therefore, we believe the Old Testament and the New Testament agree that there will be 1000 years when Christ actually rules as a benevolent dictator on earth and it hasn’t happened yet. 

Once the 1000 years are over, Satan, non-believers and this earth will be destroyed by fire.  There then will be a new heaven and a new earth that we will live within, a paradise greater than anything man could ever imagine.  It will have the capacity to accommodate over one billion people.  What on this earth could be more important that living God’s ways planning for eternity?

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