Do you know what the Millennium is (Part One)? Well, do you remember when we were going to begin the “new millennium” in the year 2000? Many predicted the end of the world and other nonsense like: all computers will stop working; the banking system will not be able to operate; the economy would crash and we would have a severe depression; airplanes and automobiles will not work and/or crash if they were in operation at midnight; the fictitious “Left Behind” series became very popular.
A millennium is simply a 1,000 year period. Mille=thousand, annum=year.
When Jesus comes in His glory to take us home (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 KJV), then the millennium begins. The millennium referred to in the Bible is a special period of time because of two simultaneous events that occur during that period of time; one on earth and one in heaven.
The Bible speaks of two resurrections: The resurrection of Life and the Resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29 KJV). Let’s look at the sequence of events for the resurrection of life: Jesus’ comes like lightning (Mt 24:27 KJV); He rewards every man according to his works (Mt 16:27 KJV); the dead in Christ rise from the grave and the alive in Christ follow them to meet Jesus in the air (1 Th 4:16-17 KJV); the earth is harvested (Rev 14:15-16 KJV); now we become immortal, incorruptible (glorified) (1 Cor 15:52-53 KJV); the wicked are consumed by the brightness of His coming (2 Th 1:8; 2:8 KJV).
Some believe that they will have a second chance, another seven years of tribulation, after Jesus comes, to get their lives in order and then still have a chance to get to heaven. However, that is not what these Bible texts say. The dead in Christ and righteous living are taken to heaven, but what happens to those who are “Left Behind?”
The Bible says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up…all these things shall be dissolved” (2 Peter 3:10-11 KJV). Nothing remains and now begins the 1,000 year millennium (Rev 20:1-3 KJV).
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