What Is the Millennium?

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The word Millennium is not found in the Bible. It is of a recent origin, dating back to the 1630's A.D. The word itself is composed of the Latin "Mille" which means 1,000 and "annus" which means year. Its Christian usage refers to the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth spoken of in Revelation 20.

. . . and they (those in the first resurrection of the dead) lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years (Millennium) . . . they shall be priests of God and of Christ (Revelation 20:4, 6, HBFV throughout)

Before the Millennium can begin, however, Jesus Christ must return to earth a second time (Second Coming) to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14, 19:16). As he returns, Satan and his human forces will wage war on the returning Savior. The ensuing battle will be unlike any war humans have ever fought.

Fighting Jesus

In spite of all the planning, preparation, weapons, etc. humans will use to fight Christ, the outcome is guaranteed to be a perfect defeat (Revelation 19:11 - 21). With humans, even those who lose a war inflict a certain degree of loss, pain, suffering, trials, etc. on their enemies. While those who try to stop Jesus from starting the millennium will suffer immeasurably, the forces of righteousness will not suffer ANY loss whatsoever.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather yourselves together to the supper of the great God so that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of chief captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all, free and bond, and small and great." (Revelation 19:17 - 18, HBFV).

Unbroken Peace!

The millennium will be an unparalleled and unbroken period of peace and prosperity. Satan will be spiritually bound for the entire time (Revelation 20:1 -3) and therefore unable to deceive mankind. Jesus and His resurrected saints will rule the earth from Jerusalem, where mankind will flow to seek and pray to God (Zechariah 8:20 - 23).

Animals will have a peaceful demeanor in the millennium and nothing will be hurtful or destructive (Isaiah 11:6 - 9, 65:25, Ezekiel 34:25, 28, Hosea 2:18, Micah 4:1 - 4). The truth of the Bible will flow out and reach all humans no matter where they live.

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 11:9).

But it shall be in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it . . .

And He shall judge among many people, and will rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. (Micah 4:1, 3, HBFV).

And they will no longer teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, "Know the Lord" because all will know Me . . . (Hebrews 8:11).

After the Millennium, God will release Satan out of his spiritual prison. The Adversary will try to fight him one last time. The devil will not only experience, yet again, a total and complete failure to take control of the universe, he will have his life extinguished forever.

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