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The Millennium On A New Earth? YES

Updated on December 18, 2016

New Evidence At The Right Time In History

The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls | Source

Serious Questions That Started My Quest

For the first 20 to 25 years of being a Christian, I believed it was common knowledge that the new heavens and earth along with the New Jerusalem came into existence following the Great White Throne judgment. In the early 90's when I began to actually study the book of Revelation some questions that bothered me arose when I came to chapters 21 and 22; such as:

  1. If eternity has no death, sorrow or pain (Luke 20:36; Isaiah 35:10; Revelation 21:4) then why are the leaves of Revelation 22:2 needed for the "healing" of the nations?
  2. Speaking of nations, why are they even mentioned in chapters 21 and 22 if this is eternity?
  3. If all sin, sinners and anything evil has been cast into the Lake of Fire, how do you explain chapters 21:24-27 and 22:14-15? Remember, I Corinthians 15:50-54; flesh and blood cannot inherit eternity!
  4. Why are months mentioned in Revelation 22:2 if this is eternity?
  5. What is the need for an identity check at the New Jerusalem's gates (Revelation 21:27)?

Lastly but of great importance to me was a quote by Schofield in one of his earlier "reference Bibles" concerning the great millennial passage in Isaiah 65:17-25 and specifically addressing verse 17. Paraphrasing; it stated that verse 17 should be verse 25 and verses 18 to 25 should become verses 17 to 24. For if verse 17 is correct, then we must believe in a millennial new heavens and earth which we know is not correct. At the time he wrote this (1909, revised in 1917) there were no complete copies of the book of Isaiah, even to the point that Jewish scholars believed that chapter 53 was was a hoax inserted by anti-Jewish Christian scholars. However an amazing event occurred in 1946 when an Arab boy searching for wandering goats threw a rock into a cave near the Dead Sea.

Enter the Dead Sea Scrolls

From Wikipedia: "The Dead Sea Scrolls, ...... are a collection of some 981 different texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves from the immediate vicinity of the ancient settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the West Bank." One of the discoveries was the COMPLETE book of Isaiah and that verse 65:17 was between verses 16 and 18. Also chapter 53 was there. The following is the newly abridged quote from the current Schofield reference bible trying to keep Scholfield's original intent. "Isaiah 65:17 looks beyond the kingdom-age to the new heavens and the new earth (see refs. at "create"), but Isaiah 65:18-25 describe the kingdom-age itself. Longevity is restored, but death, the "last enemy" 1 Corinthians 15:26 is not destroyed till after Satan's rebellion at the end of the thousand years. Revelation 20:7-14." I wonder if Schofield would have approved such a change or would he have changed his belief to that of a new heavens and earth for the "kingdom-age".

Infinite Art in the Heavens

A New Heavens
A New Heavens | Source

A New Earth Beyond Our Imagination

Behold, I Create ALL Things New!
Behold, I Create ALL Things New! | Source

My Case from the Word of God

note: i will address the new jerusalem in part 2 and its relationship to the new heavens and earth. I pray it will cause you to examine the evidence with attention to its detail. it may just change your approach to our future!

The following are the highlights of why I believe that the millennium (the kingdom-age) shall be lived out on the new earth surrounded by a newly created heavens with the New Jerusalem present. There are so many scriptures that take on a new life when seen through the eyes of a Creator God as we understand what He means when He says, "Behold, I make all things new."

  • The 70th week of Daniel is the promise of judgment upon unbelieving Israel and all the nations of earth. Daniel 9:24-27; Joel 3:9-15; Isaiah 26:20-21
  • The millennium is the promise of restoration to the Jews as His people. Joel 3:16-18; Psalms 89:3-4,34-36
  • The millennium is the promise to the Bride, the Martyrs, and the 144,000 to rule and reign with Christ and the sheep of Matthew 25 to inhabit a world prepared for them. Daniel 12:13; Revelation 5:9-10; 20:4-6
  • The day of the Lord, in both the O.T. and N.T is always associated with the 70th week and the return of the Messiah to set up His kingdom. Isaiah 2:12-19; 13:6-13; Hosea 2:16-20; Amos 5:18-20; Zephaniah 1:7-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3; Revelation 6:15-17
  • The destruction of the heavens and earth is always associated with the day of the Lord. Isaiah 13:6,13; 24:1-23; Matthew 24:29; Romans 8:18-22; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 6:12-14

The Destruction Will Be Total

Un-"inheritable"
Un-"inheritable" | Source

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: WHICH EARTH DO YOU DESIRE TO INHERIT?

  • During the 70th week, the seas and the springs of fresh water are destroyed along with the air, the sun, moon and stars; God's judgment has affected all of creation. All things need restoration. Psalms 46:6-8; 75:2-3; 97:3-5; 2 Peter 3:10
  • Revelation 20:11 states "..from whose face the earth and heavens fled away". A sin ridden creation cannot stand before a holy God. Romans 8:21-22
  • Ask yourself another question: why would Jesus heal and restore this earth for the millennial period only to destroy it completely when the thousand years have passed?



Addressing the New Creation

  • The new creation, heavens and earth, is to coincide with the revelation of the new creation of God's children. 1 Corinthians 15:49-52; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:19,21
  • I contend that the teaching of Isaiah 65:17-25 is that the millennium will be lived upon a perfect earth under perfect skies.

Concerning Christ and His Bride

  • Christ must remain in heaven until the times of restoration of ALL things which will occur on the day of the Lord (Acts 3:19-21) Note that the word "restoration" which only found in Act 3:21 (apokatastasis605 - the restitution of a thing to its former condition) cannot mean to the earth we know; for why would God restore the heavens and earth to their previous dying state? It can only mean being restored to the earth as a form before the fall of man in the garden of Eden; a perfect heavens and earth.
  • We are the Bride of Christ and are identified with the New Jerusalem for the Word says, "..prepared as a Bride adorned for her husband." We and our King are identified as one with the New Jerusalem. Ephesians 2:19-22
  • The symbolism of the Jewish wedding and from John 14:1-3, our Lord will not return until the New Jerusalem is completed for it is our wedding chamber.
  • In Revelation 20:7-9 when the armies of Satan surround the "camp" of the saints and as camp means castle, citadel, barracks, etc.; it is speaking of the New Jerusalem.

Speaking Geological

  • When the armies of Satan in Revelation 20:9 come upon the broad plain of the earth to surround the "camp", it is not a geological feature that now exists. The connotation is that the earth is a broad plain probably very similar to the original creation which was destroyed during the flood.
  • The millennial temple of Ezekiel 40 to 48 is too large for the current location and as Ezekiel 40:2 states, it will sit upon its own very high mountain; another geological feature that does not exist. It will be a well lit beacon in the land of Israel and for the annual pilgrimage required of the nations of the earth. Also the land divisions of Israel set forth in the Ezekiel passages will require a major remodel to accommodate the future Israel.
  • Ezekiel 47:12 parallels the Revelation 22:1-2 passage for the river flowing from the throne of God will run through the land of Israel.

i have more but i believe i have stated my case with conviction. you may want to read the great "tribulation" chapter of Isaiah 24 and pay close attention to verse 19. KJv words "clean" & "dissolved" are the same hebrew word parar6565 . it is EQUIVALENT to our idiom of repeating a word for emphasis, i.e. really, really sorry or please, please may I.

How Do You Describe An Infinite God?

Eye Has Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard
Eye Has Not Seen, Nor Ear Heard | Source

Who Can Comprehend Eternity?

1 Corinthian 2:9 "But as it is written, eye hath not see, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." If someone should say to you that they have seen or have been to heaven, the Truth is not in them. Paul was caught up to Paradise and heard unspeakable words which are unlawful for a man to utter and of course John in the courts of heaven receiving the Revelation of Christ. One thing both have in common: they were NOT allowed to see into the eternal future. That is reserved for our God to show His holy ones when all sin and death are destroyed. We are such easily bored creatures; I cannot imagine being in constant state of wonderment and perfect joy; it boggles the mind.

Coming soon - God willing: using a little trigonometry, some good old fashioned logic and some help from the American Society of Civil Engineers, I will piece together some amazing and staggering numbers when I address the New Jerusalem and its relationship to the new earth.

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      David Campbell 

      3 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Question #1 - Yes Dan will be there. If you look closely at Revelation 7; two names are missing: Dan and Ephraim. Remember, Joseph received a double blessing with Manasseh & Ephraim receiving a portion of the promised land; so when you hear them mentioned it speaks of God's faithfulness to Joseph. Judges 18:30 - Dan introduced idol worship to Israel and in Hosea 4:17 - Ephraim is joined to idols. But in Ezekiel chapter 48, the millennial land divisions of the new land of Israel both Dan and Ephraim are back; Dan is even mentioned first of all the tribes. 2 Timothy 2:13 says that even if we are unfaithful, our Lord will remain faithful for He cannot deny Himself. God promised these tribes an eternal inheritance and even though the two "bad" boys tried hard to blow it, God's promises will NOT return void. Dan is a lost tribe to us, but not to God. Dan and Ephraim will be fully restored with their names in lights forever.

      Question #2 - They refer to angels. The Holy Spirit is only addressed in the singular, for He is God Almighty also. (More in a minute) 2 Chronicles 16:9 "the eyes of the Lord move to and fro upon the earth to support those whose hearts are loyal to Him." Zechariah 6:1-7 speaks of a vision of 4 chariots with 4 different color of horses and an angel (malak - messenger) states that they are the four spirits (Hebrew version of the Greek - breath, wind, that which cannot be seen) of the heavens and verse 7 ends with..So they walked to and fro through the earth. Probably the same 4 as in Revelation 7 that hold the winds of judgment at bay until the 144,000 are marked. We know that angels have various ranks, powers and duties; mankind over the centuries has only seen a "micro-count" of examples. I believe that when we arrive in heaven we will amazed beyond belief of various orders of angels and "other" living spirits at His and our service. So many of us have known a time when something miraculous kept us from sin and/or harm. Remember, we do not contend with flesh and blood but with the spiritual wickedness in high places and without God's holy angels we probably would be fighting a losing battle. Not because God in himself is not capable, but because He has chosen it to be so. Why did God choose weak humans to be His witnesses?; because He chose it to be so.

      Question #3 - Chapter 1 verse 1 - "The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God - theos in Greek, the only word used for God in the New Testament. Hebrew uses 2 words El (singular) and Elohim (plural). The word theos in Greek can carry the idea of either the singular or plural and the septuagint (the Greek O.T. LXX) easily translates either El or Elohim as theos. Genesis = "In the beginning God" -Hebrew is Elohim the plural form and translated in the LXX as theos. In Revelation 1:1 it is the Trinity that wants the book of Revelation to center around our Lord Jesus Christ. Father has an appearance to the eye as does Jesus, but the Holy Spirit will be busy convicting the world of sin during both the 70th week and the millennium, for people will seek salvation then also. Whether we will ever see Him with our eye or not will make no difference to us, for we will know His power perfectly and will commune with Him and the Father as we will Jesus.

      These are great questions and I could go on and on, but I hope this gives you and idea where I am coming from and more importantly, where I am going. May God bless.

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      graceinus 

      3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      One interesting point I have. In Revelation chapter 7 you'll find the tribe of Dan is missing from the list of the 144.000 of the twelve tribes of Israel which amounst to 12,000 from each tribe. Does this mean the name of Dan will not be on any of the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem? In Revelation 21 it explains that each gate of the New Jerusalem will have one name each from the twelve tribes of Israel and there will be twelve gates.

      Next question is, What are the "seven Spirits of God" mentioned in Revelation 1:4 , Rev 3:1, Rev. 4:5 and Rev. 5:6 ? Who and what are these seven "Spirits." what is their purpose?

      And last but not least, Why is the Holy Spirit never mentioned in the Book of Revelation? Will the Holy Spirit also be with God and Christ in the New Jerusalem?

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