Many of us are at present undergoing trials that never seem to end, or when they do, another replaces it. There is method and purpose in this. As a nation, Christianity along with the rest of our Earth are on the verge of the most difficult time in history. YHWH is preparing us for it. Nevertheless, we may be comforted with the knowledge that, although the final SEVEN YEARS is almost upon us, on its heels will be the Thousand-Year Millennial Reign of Messiah.
Prior to the Cultural Revolution in China last century, Christians there looked for the rapture to whisk them away from their problems and out of harm’s way. We know it did not come. How many must have felt abandoned by Yahshua when thrown into prison and martyred? The rapture is too tenuous a doctrine on which to stake one’s life. Look ahead instead to the Millennium whilst preparing for every eventuality: being raptured, hidden in the wilderness, killed, or beheaded. Let YHWH’s peace and joy to come help us keep to the narrow path, focus on Him, and continually surrender.
The Millennium is seldom discussed in Christian circles. Most of us know little about it but that the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb of ISAYAH 11:16. The Bible however has a lot to say about it. And all of it incredible.
A NEW COVENANT
The very first and most important is the new covenant YHWH will make with His people, Israel. The covenant we have now is merely a shadow of the one to come. We are virtually still using the original Sinai covenant minus the sacrifices and Levitical priesthood, though most of Christendom would not agree with me on this.
YEREMYAH 31:31 and HEBREWS 10:16 speak not of this new covenant in OUR time TODAY but in OUR time in the thousand-year period. For all things will be made new, necessitating a new agreement. And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts (demons) to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods (EZE. 34:25).
There will be no sin to speak of, not even the temptation to sin, for Satan will have been locked up. Why would we need a law with penalties for sins if there ARE no sins?
Remember Adam and Eve? They had a covenant with Father with ONE law – don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they would die. There were also instructions to multiply and subdue the earth, tend the Garden of Eden, and so forth. Such will our new covenant be. We will be instructed to go up to Yerushalem at least once a year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (ZEC. 14:16). Instead of rejoicing over the escape from Egypt, we will celebrate our coming through the end-time tribulations. No doubt there will be plenty more instructions. We won’t really know what has hit us–waves of wonder. I can barely imagine such a time.
RENOVATION AND CLEANSING OF YHWH’S KINGDOM
Since Adam and Eve’s creation, the Kingdom of YHWH has been a real kingdom encompassing the entire universe and Heaven. On Earth it is a government ruling over its citizens, the ekklesia or called out (separated)ones: …His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation (DAN. 4:3).
In the Heavenlies it never fails, but in the hands of earthly, fallible men this kingdom can be brought pretty low. From the time Yahshua came as Saviour and king, however, the Kingdom of YHWH was never to be brought low again: And in the days of these kings shall YHWH of Heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and destroy all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever (DAN: 2:44).
It is made plain here that YHWH’s Kingdom is as literal a one as the Chaldean and Roman Empires. It was to take over the governments of the nations of the world just as did these empires the kingdoms before them.
The King of this newly exalted Kingdom went, as we know, on a journey to a far country. The earth, as it were, was leased to its inhabitants–all who live, have lived, or will live here until the King’s return. While away, a portion of that population became totally apostate and set about building a kingdom of their own in a futile effort to overthrow YHWH’s Kingdom. Others remained in the true Kingdom but committed fornication with the second kingdom. They established direct political union with the enemy kingdom rather than separating from it according to their King’s command. This spiritual prostitute relied on the evil worldly government instead of on their King in Heaven.
Out of foolishness, ignorance, and pure evil, the beautiful earth YHWH created was changed and destroyed by the enemy government. Before they rise to the pinnacle of their power, annihilating the planet completely, the almighty righteous Judge starts to act. He must renovate and cleanse the earth of their evildoers and their corrupt environment in preparation for His final return.
This cleansing and renovation starts, as we know, towards the end of our era when the Great Tribulation strikes. Then: …The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of YHWH, and of His Messiah; and He shall reign for ever and ever (REV:11:15); in the midst of the LAST SEVEN YEAR PERIOD. The whole scenario of the beast’s One World Government and the great whore is part of Father’s plan simply to sort out what is to be levelled and what should be saved for the true new age–of Messiah: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of YHWH; And He shall send Yahshua Messiah… Whom the heaven and the earth must receive UNTIL THE TIMES OF RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS which YHWH hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (ACTS 3:18-20).
Restitution means restoring to a former state. Let’s look at what will be restored. There are conditions in man and conditions in his surroundings.
We know the Law will be reinstituted, new in some ways but a law nevertheless. The nature of man itself will be restored to that of Adam and Eve before their fall. And the physical, geographical environment will be set aright as if the gates of Eden were reopened: For YHWH shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of YHWH; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody (IS. 50:3).
Imagine the King of Glory coming in all His splendour, power, and majesty to usher in that long-awaited and prayed for world peace, abundance, well-being and joy. Gone will be wars, destruction, genocide, poverty, suffering and pain. In the twinkling of the eye in some cases. There will be no gods but YHWH Almighty. Children will be raised to honour and obey their parents and righteous authority. No killing, no murder, no hatred, no bloodshed at all. Marriages that last in love for one thousand years in purity and faithfulness. No need for locks and keys for there will be no stealing. Everyone will have more than enough. Covetous thoughts will not enter their minds. Truth, honesty, sincerity, openness will be on all lips and in all hearts. There will be so much giving and receiving in proof of Yahshua’s adage It is more blessed to give than to receive (ACTS 20:35) that money will probably be unnecessary.
Satan will no longer be able to inject his nature into men, women, children, babies, born or unborn, through thoughts, sins, or curses. Think about it: no divorce, juvenile delinquency.crime, no need for jails, police, or military establishments. No sickness or accidents. Doctors, hospitals, and medicine will be obsolete. People will be filled with vibrant good health, vitality, energy, enthusiasm, interest in life.
No longer will animals hunt, kill, or be wild. The satanic nature will have vanished from them leaving leopards, wolves, elephants led around and played with by children (IS. 11:6-9). They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of YHWH, as the waters cover the sea (IS. 11:19).