1000 Years of Peace

Mankind will be given an opportunity to start fresh in a perfect world with no devilish temptation to deal with, and for one thousand years will live in a society that honors God.
The following is an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books. Permission is given to copy, distribute and transmit this work for non-commercial use only. All other uses must have written permission from the author.

1000 Years of Peace
The feast of Tabernacles foreshadows a time of rest and rejoicing that will take place while Christ tabernacles with men during the first 1000 years of his reign here on earth (Leviticus 23.35, 40, Isaiah 11.10, Hebrews 4.8-9, Revelation 20.4).

The First Resurrection
The mortal survivors of Judgment of the Nations along with all of the Children of the Resurrection will enter into this rest. The Children of the Resurrection will consist of the New Testament saints (the Body of Christ—his Church), Old Testament saints, the 144,000 Jews (who are redeemed from the earth) and the tribulation martyrs (Matthew 25.34, 1 Corinthians 15.22-23, 1 Thessalonians 4.16, Daniel 12.13, Job 19.25, Hebrews 4.8-9, Revelation 164.1-4, 20.4-6).

The unsaved dead will remain in their graves until the first 1000 years are finished (Revelation 20.5). After the judgment of the nations is complete, and all things that offend and do iniquity are removed from the earth, the establishment of Christ’s worldwide government will be complete (Matthew 13.41-42, Isaiah 9.6). This government will be like no government the world has ever known. Judges will judge righteously. Justice will be done. Dirty politics where the strong oppress the weak or the rich oppress the poor will be gone forever (Isaiah 32.1[1-5]). For the first time since the garden, there will be worldwide peace (Isaiah 9.7). Christ’s resurrected and caught up saints will administrate this glorious government. But who, exactly, will they be governing?

Mortals in Christ’s Kingdom
The physical survivors of the Judgment of the Nations will enter Christ’s kingdom in their mortal conditions. Their bodies will not be gloriously changed like the Children of the Resurrection. One of the scriptural evidences for this includes the fact that survivors of the Judgment of the Nations will marry and bear children. They will reproduce and repopulate the earth—some will even die (Isaiah 11.8[68], 40.11, 65.20-23).

In contrast, Jesus specifically said the Children of the Resurrection will be as the angels and will not marry in the resurrection (Luke 20.35-36). The mortal survivors of The Great Tribulation are not the Children of the Resurrection. This is yet another evidence of a pre-tribulational rapture. Those, in Christ, who are alive at the Resurrection of the Just will be changed and become like Christ, the angels, and the resurrected saints. The Children of the Resurrection will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ—in Heaven—before he returns to earth at the Battle of Armageddon, not at the Judgment of the Nations, which will take place on earth, or at the White Throne Judgment that will take place at the end of the 1000 years (1 John 3.2, 1 Corinthians 15.51-52, Luke 14.14, Revelation 19.11-14, 20.5, 11-15).

Death in Christ’s Kingdom
Christ’s Kingdom will be primarily an agricultural society (Isaiah 2.4, 65.21). Death will not be abolished during this time; it will not be completely done away with until the first 1000 years are finished, but life spans will be greatly increased, and death will be rare (Revelation 21.4[1-5], Isaiah 65.20,22). Satan will not be around to instigate evil, and the entire world will be at peace. Peace and safety will be taken for granted to such an extent that locks, bars and gates will not be used in the Kingdom of Christ (Ezekiel 38.11, Jeremiah 30.10, Isaiah 32.17-18, Revelation 20.13).

Mankind will be given an opportunity to start fresh in a perfect world with no devilish temptation to deal with, and for one thousand years will live in a society that honors God.

To What Extent Is Chapter 20 Symbolic?

Revelation

There are those who contend that the one thousand years spoken of in Revelation chapter twenty is not a literal time period but rather representative of an obscure or unlimited period of time. The scriptures, however, do not bear out that conclusion. The one thousand years cannot represent an unlimited period of time, as it has both a beginning and an end. Revelation 20.5 specifically tells us the one thousand years will come to an end—not only that, but the one thousand year time period is mentioned repeatedly in this chapter, and the events that are to take place when the thousand years are expired are clearly outlined. Revelation Chapter 20 is not a symbolic chapter. Everything in it will happen—literally—just as described. Sadly, even without the influence of Satan, there will be some who will dare to sin during the first one thousand years of Christ’s Kingdom. But sin will be dealt with so swiftly the peaceful society will not be threatened. Corruption of any sort will not be tolerated. If anyone sins during this time, they cannot claim the devil made them do it (Jeremiah 17.9, Isaiah 65.20, Matthew 12.32).

The writer of Hebrews made reference to the wonderful rest that will take place in the Kingdom of Christ—which is the age to come. It is important to note that the word world, used in Matthew 12.32, is more literally translated age. Jesus Christ truly will be ushering in a new age (Hebrews 4.8-9, Matthew 12.32).

Chapter Review
What does the feast of Tabernacles foreshadow (Leviticus 23.35, 40, Isaiah 11.10, Hebrews 4.8-9, Revelation 20.4)? How long will the unrighteous remain in their graves (Revelation 20.5)? When will world peace be accomplished (Isaiah 9.7)? List one scriptural proof that survivors of the Judgment of the Nations will enter Christ’s Kingdom in their physical, mortal condition (Isaiah 11.8[6-8], 40.11, 65.20-23)? What differentiates the Children of the Resurrection from the mortal survivors of the Judgment of the Nations (Luke 20.35-36)? Will death be completely abolished during the first 1000 years of Christ’s reign (Revelation 21.4[1-5], Isaiah 65.20, 22)?
Are you reading your Bible daily, always picking up today where you left off yesterday? If not, the book of John is a good place to start. A King James Bible with no chapter headings or footnotes is recommended.
This has been an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her informative, challenging and often provocative radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her

latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books. Permission is given to copy, distribute and transmit this work for non-commercial use only. All other uses must have written permission from the author.

Jesus said by our words, we will be justified, or by our words, we will be condemned. That is a frightening thought for most of us. During the course of a lifetime we speak many words, and we do not always choose our words wisely. The wisest choice of words we can ever make is to confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God. If we come to God on those terms, with a truly repentant heart, we are promised eternal life. A broken and contrite heart, he will not despise. Here is what it all boils down to. Our God is merciful and loving. He does not unnecessarily complicate things. We read in Romans 10. 9, 10, and 13, that if we confess with our mouth, words, that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, and call on God to save us according to those terms, We, Will, Be, Saved. Is it well with your soul?

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