After the last bowl judgment is thrown by God the Father to the earth, the battle of Armageddon ensues and Jesus then comes back to put an end to all of it. The Antichrist and False Prophet are the first ones to be thrown into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone.
Satan is thrown into the bottomless pit for a thousand years and all the bad and unsaved people are kept in Hades (Hell) for the next 1000 years. All of the above was discussed in my article titled "Basic Overview of Main End Time Events," so I won't repeat what was in that article. All the Scripture verses were given to you in that article on all of the above events.
Now that Jesus has returned back to our earth for the second and final time - what is He going to do? He is going to set up a 1000 year Millennium Kingdom of which He will literally rule this earth from the city of Jerusalem. Here is what the Bible has to say about what will be going on during this time period.
The Bible says that this period will be a time of perfect peace. Jesus will rule the earth from the city of Jerusalem, and He, and He alone will be the only official ruler and King of this earth. Man will no longer war with one another and even the wild beasts like tigers and lions will be tame.
All of the saints who have been with Jesus in heaven will be coming down with Him to help Him rule the nations of this world. Jesus will be the only God people will worship and serve. All other false religions and "gods" will have been done away with. People will live long lives - possibly up to a 1000 years like they did before the flood of Noah. Here are the main verses from Scripture giving us all of this information.
Jesus Will Rule This Earth From The City Of Jerusalem
Some people think that Jesus will not literally rule from the city of Jerusalem. They think He will rule from Heaven where He is at now. This view is wrong! The following Scripture verses tell us, without any other possible interpretation, that Jesus will literally rule from the city of Jerusalem - not Heaven.
1. This first verse is from Psalms. It is God the Father making a statement that He will set His Son Jesus on the "holy hill of Zion" where He will rule from. God is saying that He is going to give Jesus the entire earth as His "possession."
"He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: "Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You, thenations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalm 2:4-9)
2. This next verse says that God the Father will give Jesus the "throne of David" which is from Jerusalem and that His kingdom will last forever.
"He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David ... And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end ." (Luke 1:32-33)
3. This next verse tells us that this kingdom will never be destroyed and that it will not be left to humans to try to rule and manage. Humans made nothing but a mess of the earth over the course of human history and God will no longer be putting up with us trying to run the world. This verse tells us that Jesus' kingdom will consume all other earthly kingdoms and break them into pieces. Here is the verse:
"And in the days of these things the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." (Daniel 2:44)
4. This next verse tells us that all peoples, nations and languages will serve Jesus. Jesus, and Jesus alone, will be our earthly King, and no one else will be worshipped as a "god" or king. Jesus will be the sole supreme ruler and King of this earth forever! Here is the verse:
"I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:13-14)
5. This next verse tells us that our earthly government will be on His shoulders. It says we will have a peace on earth that will have no end! This verse also reaffirms that Jesus will be upon the throne of David and that He will rule with justice and righteousness from His throne. He will be called the Prince of Peace! We will literally have "heaven on earth" with Jesus in complete control of everything. Here is the verse:
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, ever forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:6-7)
The Saints Will Rule With Jesus
The Bible also tells us that the saints, who are actually in heaven when all this starts to take place, will also literally come down and rule with Jesus in this Millennium Kingdom. The earth will thus have a mixture of people who have survived the 7 year Tribulation who will continue to have children to keep the earth populating, and all of the saints who have died, passed on into heaven, and who then will coming back down with Jesus to "rule the nations" with Him.
1. This first verse tells us that the saints of the Most High will literally receive this kingdom and actually possess it forever and ever.
"But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom,
and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever." (Daniel 7:18)
2. This next verse tells us that the saints who overcome will be given power over the nations. The word
"overcome" may be referring to the saints who are martyred in the Tribulation and do not give into taking the mark of the
Antichrist and/or all of the saints who have ever lived who have made it through this life remaining loyal to Jesus and not losing their salvation. Here is the verse:
"And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations." (Revelations 2:26)
3. Here is another verse that basically says the same thing about he who overcomes in this life for Jesus:
"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne." (Revelations 3:21)
4. This next verse specifically tells us that the saints who are martyred during the Tribulation will also be coming back down to rule with Jesus. This verse also tells us that this era will last 1000 YEARS. This is where you get the 1000 year
Millennium Kingdom that Jesus will rule in.
"And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads, or on their hands.And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelations 20:4-6)
The "rest of the dead" refer to all of those people who are not saved. They will remain in Hades (Hell) until the 1000 years are up. After that time, they are resurrected to face God in the Great White Throne Judgment, where they will judged for their last and final time before God.
The "first death" is where the unsaved are thrown into Hades (Hell). The "second death" is when the unsaved are thrown into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone where they will remain forever. You'll notice the above verse tells us that the "second death" has no power over those who have been involved in the "first resurrection." That tells us that the only people who will have part in the
"first resurrection" are the ones who are saved.
5. This next verse from Daniel also tells us that the saints will possess this kingdom and also will be "given" this kingdom.
"...and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to
possess the kingdom ... Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High ... His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him." (Daniel 7:22,27)
6. This next verse goes one step farther and says that the saints will also judge the world.
"Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you ..." (1Corinthians 6:2-3)
There Will Be No More Wars - Ever Again!
This next verse is extremely powerful. It tells us that there will be no more wars between humans!!! Jesus will be the one and only supreme ruler of our world. This verse says that God's laws will go forth from Jerusalem to all the nations of the world. Jesus Himself will be the one to judge between the nations.
It says that we will no longer "learn war anymore." People will no longer have to be afraid of anyone or anything and everyone will be able to safely live under his "vine and fig tree." It says our "swords will be beat into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks." We will truly have "heaven on earth" in this environment. It also says the Jesus will teach us His ways and we will all learn to walk in His paths - not ours! Here is this most powerful verse:
"Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established at the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go 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 the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations far off; 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. But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree. And no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken." (Micah 4:1-4)
2. The reason there will be no more wars is that Jesus will be the only King and ruler of this world. This next verse also tells us that there will be no other "religions" other than God the Father and Jesus Christ. Differences in religions throughout history have always been the cause of a lot of wars between nations. This next verse tells us that Jesus will reduce to nothing all the gods of this earth and that all peoples shall worship Him and no one else. All other false religions as we know them today will be forever destroyed and taken out of this earth.
"The Lord will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of this earth; people shall worship Him, each from his own place,indeed all the shores of the nations." (Zephaniah 2:11 )
3. This next verse tells us what will happen to a nation or peoples if they do not come up to Jerusalem once a year to worship Jesus as King. It tells us that God will withhold rain from that nation. And you cannot live without the water that rains brings to a country.
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, on them there will be no rain.
If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles." (Zechariah 14:16-18 )
Wild Beasts and Wild Animals will be Tame
This next verse tells us that all the wild beasts and animals on our earth will be "tame." It says that lambs will dwell with wolves, calves will dwell with lions and that the lions will eat straw like the ox. Lions and wild beasts apparently will no longer be meat eating beasts and will no longer have to kill other animals for their food and nourishment! It also says that poisonous snakes will no longer be poisonous. It says children will be able to play by the viper's den. And if they can do that, poisonous snakes obviously will no longer be poisonous! This verse also specifically says that these wild beasts and animals will no longer
"hurt or destroy."
This incredible verse ends saying that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the seas. Here it is:
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; ... and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, the nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:6-9)
People Will Live Long Lives No More Weeping or Crying
This next informative verse tells us that there will be no more crying or weeping. If all the bad and unsaved people are in Hades, Satan is chained up in the bottomless pit during this entire time and Jesus is the sole King and Ruler of our earth, then there will be no more reason or cause for people to weep or cry over bad things that have always occurred on our earth. We will truly have perfect peace and a perfect environment in which to live and work. There will be no more crime or disorder on our earth!
This next verse also tells us that people will be living long lives. People will live as "long as trees", which could be up to a 1000 years like they did in the time before the flood of Noah. It also says that an infant will no longer live but a few days and no old men who will not "fulfill" their days. This verse also tells us that people will enjoy the work of their hands and that they shall not labor in vain - nor bring forth children "for trouble." Here is the verse:
"... The voice of the weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days: For the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed ... For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble." (Isaiah 65:19-23)
The above verses give us a good description of what this Millennium Kingdom will be like and what we can expect. After all the bad things that we will see occur over the last 7 years in the Tribulation, people are really going to appreciate Jesus coming back down a second time to set up His 1000 year Millennium Kingdom.
The final history lesson that we will all learn from the last 7 years of the Tribulation, and from the entire course of human history for that matter, is that humans do not have the answers or the ability to create an "utopian" society or world in which to live in. Man will eventually be setting up this world for mass destruction with the increase in technological knowledge - especially in the field of weapons of mass destruction.
Jesus Himself says that had the days of the Tribulation not been shortened by God the Father, that we humans would have succeeded in destroying the entire world. Jesus said that "no flesh would have been saved" had God not intervened and sent His Son back down a second time to put an end to all of the fighting and bloodshed.
Now that all humans will have seen what a mess we would have made of the world with the increase of technical knowledge that had been given to us, God is now going to show us what the world can be like with His Son in total charge. With God now in complete control of everything, you'll notice that He will first take out all the unsaved and bad people from this earth. They will all be kept in Hades during the entire length of the Millennium Kingdom. God also throws Satan and all of his demons into the bottomless pit during this entire period.
Bottom line - we cannot have perfect peace in this world as long as you have Satan, his demons and bad and evil people running around and wreaking havoc on anything and everything. So the first thing God does is to take out all of these bad angels and bad people off the face of this world.
God means serious business when He takes control and He will no longer be putting up with these bad and evil influences in this world. As a result, we will now truly have heaven on this earth during this time. Just use your imaginations to imagine what this world will be like once all of the above Scripture verses come true and Jesus comes back for this second time to set up this Millennium Kingdom.
Now what happens after the 1000 years are up? Believe it or not, things are going to go from better to best. We are going to get a new heaven and a new earth. But before that happens, there are 2 more events that must occur before we get our final ending with God. These 2 events will be discussed in the next two articles: Satan is Let Loose One More Time and The Great White Throne Judgment
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