From the End to Eternity

From the End to Eternity

Chapter Two

The 1000-year Reign of Jesus Christ

Every day, millions of Christians the world over pray the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” But most don’t really appreciate the significance of that prayer and how literally it is going to be fulfilled. It will physically be God’s Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven. And it will be truly universal! “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and … to the ends of the Earth” (Psalm 72:8).

Peace at Last!

The current cruel, selfish, dog-eat-dog world where the strongest and often most unscrupulous prevail will be gone. Then, under the supreme and powerful rule and reign of Jesus Christ, wars will cease and the world will at last be governed fairly and well with true justice, liberty, peace, plenty, and happiness for all!

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

Isaiah 2:2–4; Micah 4:1–3

Then the world’s first genuine disarmament will occur, all weapons being converted into instruments of peace. There will be peace on Earth under the reign of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Prince of Peace. Today’s warmongering will be stopped as God “destroys those who destroy the Earth” (Revelation 11:18). He’s going to stop all war and abolish the military-industrial complex that thrives on it.

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before [Him]. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations. He makes wars cease to the end of the Earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the Earth. For God is the King of all the Earth; sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.

Psalm 22:27–28; 46:9; 47:2,7–8; 72:4

The world is going to have a righteous Judge and a righteous King Who will have a righteous government.—No more corruption, vice, crime, or crooked judges and politicians, but a righteous government and righteous, honest justice for all. “The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers. ... The whole Earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing” (Isaiah 14:5,7). “All kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him. ... And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole Earth be filled with His glory” (Psalm 72:11,19).

There’ll be no more ruthless and exploitive powers and oppressed poor—only the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, dispensing fairness and justice for all, and eternal happiness forever.

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.” Let the heavens rejoice, and let the Earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the Earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the Earth; He shall strike the Earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.

Psalm 96:10–13; Isaiah 11:1–5

The greatest thrill of all will be that Jesus Himself, God’s Son, will personally be here visibly and powerfully ruling and reigning over the entire Earth. God in the person of Jesus Christ is going to run the world fairly and well, and His angelic helpers and saints are going to assist Him.

There’s a Job for Everyone

As explained in Chapter 1, God will engage the services of His saints to help Him run the world during His rule on Earth. But they won’t be the only ones in His employ. God’s going to use everybody He can, including those who were not saved before His Second Coming, but who did not actively follow the Antichrist and survived into the Millennium, who have the skills and know-how to handle a lot of the practical running of the world. God will know who among the survivors can be trusted with positions of responsibility. Among them will be those who, though they did not know the Lord or receive Him, in the days before Armageddon were good, honest, and fair officials.

The world will be administered by those who are guided by attributes which modern society considers weaknesses: love, meekness, forgiveness, and faith in God and His Word. Yet they will also have the power and authority, when needed, to enforce God’s laws and compel the nations of the Earth to obey His rules of life, love, health, and happiness for a reign of peace on Earth toward men of good will (Luke 2:14).

You’ll Use Then What You Know Now

Some people have strange ideas about their future in Heaven: “Oh, I’m going to know everything then, speak any language, be able to do anything.” Some people imagine that they’re going to suddenly be catapulted into positions of great responsibility, even though they’re doing nothing for Jesus and their fellow man now. That’s not how it’s going to be. God is going to take the talents that He’s already given people and that they have already developed, He’s going to take the knowledge they have already learned, He’s going to take the experiences they have already been through, He’s going to take the languages they already know, and use all these things.

Knowledge is not just going to be handed out on silver platters in the afterlife. People are not going to suddenly receive some gift of omniscience so that they know everything like God—not even the angels have that. Judging from the Bible, the near-death experiences many people have had, and just common sense and logic, people are going to carry their experiences from this life into the next life. And they’ll build on that knowledge and experience as they continue to learn in Heaven.

In addition to the experience and talents and languages that God’s people know now, God will grant them access to His supernatural wisdom, as well as other miraculous powers. In many ways they will start out very much as they are right now. Everything the Lord has ever taught them during this life and the things that they are learning now are going to come in handy then. If the lessons of being a faithful and dedicated follower are learned today, then God can trust and bless with a place of usefulness to Him and others tomorrow.

Jesus is going to use people who lived godly lives who understand this world and its people to assist Him in running the world to come, governing it as it ought to be. God’s people will do their best to teach God’s love to those who have survived the horrible holocaust of the Plagues of the Wrath of God and the Battle of Armageddon. They will be among the administrators and judges who will oversee and adjudicate with God’s loving rules as their rulebook.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Judgment of the Saints
  3. The 1000-year Reign of Jesus Christ
  4. Superhuman Bodies!
  5. Renewing the Ravaged Earth
  6. Life for the Survivors
  7. Why the Millennium?
  8. The Battle of Gog and Magog
  9. The Great White Throne Judgment
  10. The New Earth
  11. The Heavenly City