Whatever diviners, astrologers, and other such sorcerers may say about
the dawn of a New Age, the True and ultimate fulfillment of this new age
will come when Yeshua is ruling on the earth with a rod of iron as the Bible
states. This page focuses in on this millennial reign of Christ.
The term millennium does not appear in the Bible, it is just used to
represent a period of 1,000 years. In Latin mille means “thousand,”
which is where the term millennium comes from. I’m sure there are many different
definitions as to when that time starts, but I will present my beliefs and
why here from my understanding of scripture.
I heard a great explanation of the idea of the three Biblical ages
that ties in with the millennium as well as, I think, another
interesting insight. This
Lion and Lamb Ministries of Monte Judah is focused on the rapture
timing questions and his thoughts on them,
which I don’t agree with.
However, I wanted to lay out the ages piece here because I think it’s
applicable and interesting. There are 3 Biblical ages of around 2,000 years each totaling 6,000
years of history.
Creation - 2,000: Adam to Abraham
The emphasis in the first age was the fathers from the first Adam
through to father Abraham and his sons that would become the nation of
2,000 - 4,000: Abraham to Yeshua
The emphasis of the second age was the growing children of Israel,
the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and their journey through history
to the ultimate fulfillment of the Son of God at His first coming. There
was a lot of foreshadowing with Abraham offering his son Isaac to God in
the transition from the first to the second age as the ultimate
fulfillment of that foreshadowing in the transition from the second to
the third age.
4,000 - 6,000: Yeshua’s first coming to Day of the Lord (second
The emphasis of the third age is the Spirit. God’s church was given
the Holy Spirit and in this period of Christ’s physical absence as He
goes to prepare a place for
John 14:1-6 the Spirit of God is working in
His people to grow and lead us in preparation for
So over these first 6,000 years of history we see a trinity of two
millennial periods leading to a final 1,000 year period. This also
mirrors a millenial version of the Sabbath day of rest from creation
that we are to mirror in rememberance of creation, because it’s a good
thing and because it’s a foreshadow of the Day of the Lord in which the
Earth will rest under God’s just rule.
The 1,000 Years and the “Day of the Lord”
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not
ignorant of this one thing, that one
day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as
one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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.
I believe the passage above hints at the
day of the Lord being the “millennium” and defines the scope
of this period, but being “as a thousand years” and “as
one day,” would seem to represent a general length of time and not
necessarily 1,000 years to the day.
The beginning of this approximate 1,000 year period will start unexpectedly
for those not watching. For those that have accepted Yeshua’s sacrifice
and obey Him, this unexpected time coincides with the
away of the
bride of Christ, the blessed hope, and the escape from the
of God. For those left behind on Earth, it begins like the days of Noah
(Matthew 24:36-41 | Luke 17:24-27) and the days of Lot (Luke 17:28-36),
with a short approximately 3.5 year period where the wrath of God is poured
out from the
first trumpet to the last bowl and extends to the end of Yeshua’s
reign over all the earth, a theocratic monarchy, whose rule will be righteous
As we can see in 2 Peter 3:8, the end of the millennial reign of Christ
on the earth will be followed by the destruction of this heaven and fallen
earth to make way for a new heaven and new earth in eternity.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create
new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered,
nor come into mind.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the
first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Christ’s Return in Glory
Christ’s reign is the time period immediately after the end of God’s
wrath when Yeshua will return in glory from heaven with His bride and defeat
False Prophet upon His return. This would be around 3.5 years into the
millennium, or the Day of the Lord.
Revelation 19:11-21 And I saw
heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was
called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make
war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;
and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he
was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The
Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white
horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his
mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations:
and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:
and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty
God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in
the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that
fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto
the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and
the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of
horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both
free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings
of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against
him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And
the beast was taken, and with him the false
prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived
them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped
his image. These both were cast alive into a
lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant
were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword
proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their
Here we see the return of Christ with His bride to rule with a rod of
iron and casting the beast and false prophet, who have been given power
to rule for the past 42 months, or 3.5 years (Revelation 13:5), into the
lake of fire. The next verses, noting there were originally no chapter breaks,
bring in the timeframe of this event being at the beginning of the 1,000
year reign of Christ marked with the emprisonment of the dragon for the
duration of that time.
Revelation 20:1-6 And I saw an
angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and
a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that
old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal
upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand
years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little
season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was
given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for
the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped
the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their
foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest
of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that
hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death
hath no power, but they shall be priests of
God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
I believe this time is also present in the prophecy below from Zechariah,
which continues explaining some more details during the millennial reign
of Christ. Toward the middle of the chapter it seems to jump back to describe
how the Word of God affects the armies at Armageddon.
Zechariah 14:1-5; 12-15 Behold,
the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil
shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations
against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses
rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth
into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from
the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations,
as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in
that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the
east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward
the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley;
and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of
it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains;
for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall
flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah
king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with
thee. And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite
all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall
consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall
consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in
their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult
from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one
on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the
hand of his neighbour. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and
the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together,
gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. And so shall be the
plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and
of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
Ruling with a Rod of Iron
During this 1,000 years, Christ will rule the Earth from Jerusalem and
all the nations will make pilgrimages to Jerusalem to worship Him and keeping
of Tabernacles. This gives some insight into what the millennial period
will be like after the
70th week of Daniel is concluded.
Zechariah 14:6-11; 16-21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that
the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one
day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but
it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
And it shall be in that day, that living waters
shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and
half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall
it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the
earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of
Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from
Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner
gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction;
but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
And it shall come to pass, that every one
that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even
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 whoso
will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to
worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain;
there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen
that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the
punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not
up to keep the feast of tabernacles. In that day shall there be upon
the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the
LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every
pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts:
and all they that sacrifice shall
come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day
there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
I believe this “one day which shall be known to the LORD” is the millennium,
or day of the LORD. (2 Peter 3:8-10 | Psalm 90:4) At this time, Christ is
here to stay. It is the beginning of the millennium, Christ’s 1,000
year reign on the earth before it’s destroyed and the new heavens
and new earth created. Revelation 20-21 gives this account.
What’s interesting is that the whole 1,000 years that Christ is
here with us ruling from Jerusalem, there will be no nighttime because Yeshua’s
glory will be the light of the world. His presence will literally light
up the atmosphere. I can’t imagine how, but I believe that’s
why His coming is associated with lightning from east to west. (Harpazo:
Matthew 24:23-27; Luke 17:24-37 | return in glory:
Matthew 24:30) We can also see that Yeshua will be residing in Jerusalem
and it will be dwelled in safely. I think this is a key point in placing
Gog and Magog, at the end of the millennium. Ezekiel 38:11-16 | Ezekiel
Whoever is left over of those who fought against Jerusalem will be required
every year to worship Yeshua and keep the feast of tabernacles. If they
don’t, they will not get rain and have plagues. This brings up another
point regarding Christ’s rule. It seems clear that not everyone will
appreciate Christ’s reign. The mentions in scripture of ruling with
a rod of iron and breaking the potters vessels would seem to indicate there
will be reason to judge. I’ve already mentioned Revelation 19:11-16
in relation to Christ’s concern, but there are a couple others.
Revelation 12:5 And she brought
forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and
her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
This passage just identifies who will rule with a rod of iron. Metaphorically,
is the woman who gives birth to the Messiah, as laid out in the lineages
from the Old and New Testaments. Yeshua is the Messiah who will rule with
a rod of iron.
Psalm 2:7-12 I will declare the
decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I
begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them
in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now therefore, O
ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with
fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,
and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
This is the first and only mention from the Old Testament and speaks
to the inheritance of the Son of God of the heathens and the Earth. Note
that He will break and dash them, indicating there will be no tolerance
for the kinds of strife and war we deal with now as swords will be turned
to plows and spears to pruning hooks.
Revelation 2:25-29 But that which
ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth
my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And
he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall
they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will
give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith unto the churches.
This passage to the church of Thyatira seems to speak to the shared inheritance
Christ will give his church in doing His will to rule during the millennium.
Indeed this would seem to be reinforced by those who are resurrected upon
Christ’s return that went through the time of temptation.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones,
and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw
the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for
the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his
image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their
hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Hosea 3:4-5 For the children of
Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and
without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and
without teraphim: Afterward shall the children
of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king;
and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
It would seem to state here that David will be the king of Israel in
the latter days.
Jeremiah 30:2-9 Thus speaketh
the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have
spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD,
that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah,
saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave
to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words
that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus
saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not
of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child?
wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman
in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for
that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the
time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For
it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will
break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers
shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve
the LORD their God, and David their king, whom
I will raise up unto them.
This is clearly written to Israel and Judah and as we see many times
the promise in the latter days is to bring them from all the nations into
the land promised. This is placed in the last days by the reference to an
unparalleled time of Jacob's trouble from which they're saved. Note
that God will raise up David their king for them.
Ezekiel 34:11-14, 22-24 For thus
saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and
seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he
is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep,
and will deliver them out of all places where they have
been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will
bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries,
and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains
of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel
shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat
pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. Therefore will
I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge
between cattle and cattle. And I will set up
one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant
David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among
them; I the LORD have spoken it.
This passage is part of the prophecy of Ezekiel 33-39, which includes
Gog Magog attack. It speaks of the ingathering of Israel to the land
when Christ will rule on the Earth. This is repeated a few chapters later.
Ezekiel 37:22-26 And I will make
them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king
shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations,
neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor
with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions:
but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have
sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will
be their God. And David my servant shall
be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they
shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant,
wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even
they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and
my servant David shall be their prince
for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with
them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place
them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them
This again is placed in the millennium after Israel has repented and
70th week of Daniel is completed and Israel will no longer have idols
or defile themselves and they will be cleansed. This places the timeframe
for this again in the millennium.
Temple and Sacrifices
Ezekiel 40-48 is about the
fourth temple during the millennium. As a transition to discussing this,
there is one more passage about David being their king that seems to solidify
that these passages of David ruling Israel in the millennium is indeed not
speaking of Yeshua ruling as a descendent of David.
Ezekiel 44:1-3 Then he brought
me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward
the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall
be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because
the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall
be shut. It is for the prince; the prince,
he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he
shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by
the way of the same.
As Wayne Turner pointed out in his article, Yeshua will be known as “the
mighty God” and “the everlasting Father.” Isaiah 9:6-7
However there's a distinct difference between the LORD and the prince who
will eat bread before the LORD.
Ezekiel 45:7-8, 16-17 And a portion
shall be for the prince on the one side and on the other side of the
oblation of the holy portion, and of the possession of the city, before
the oblation of the holy portion, and before the possession of the city,
from the west side westward, and from the east side eastward: and the
length shall be over against one of the portions, from the west border
unto the east border. In the land shall be his possession in Israel:
and my princes shall no more oppress my people; and the rest of the
land shall they give to the house of Israel according to their tribes.
All the people of the land shall give this oblation for the prince in
Israel. And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and
meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons,
and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall
prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering,
and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.
Dr. Michael Heiser also pointed this “prince”
out in greater technical detail in
Naked Bible 156: Ezekiel 40-48 Part 1 |
Part 2. Here is the excerpt from
his podcast, which I recommend checking out. He does not take a literal
view of Ezekiel 40-48 and seems very opposed to it with a
The “prince” (Hebrew: nasiʾ)
It seems that Michael misses the passages presented above that Yeshua
will raise up David, the actual David, to be king over Israel during the
millennium. This seems to me to resolve the issues brought up with
taking Ezekiel 40-48 literally.
These chapters also have several places with sacrifices taking place.
There are some, like Michael Heiser, that say because Christ died once for
all that sacrifices are not consistent. At the same time it seems in several
places that it's a part of the millennium. Even Michael mentions that in
podcasts on Leviticus that Old Testament sacrifices were not about
atonement for sin, but about purifying objects and purifying sacred
space, which would still be a part then of a millennial temple.
I could assume things, but I would likely miss the mark so my take
is that it seems pretty clear there will be a physical temple and recognizing
the feasts of Israel and David will be king of Israel as separate from the
Similarly, when it comes to the future
third temple sacrifices some are
offended and say the Bible doesn't mean it literally because the sacrifices
were done away with. In this case the Bible is just telling what will take
place similar to the passages about the millennium. In the case of the temple
it is about unbelieving Jews following tradition, being blinded to the foreshadow
that was fulfilled in Christ and not accepting Yeshua as their Messiah.
We will just have to wait and see what God's will is when we can ask
Him face to face.
Review of Characteristics of the Millennium
Yeshua rules with rod of iron, judging and rebuking (Revelation
19:11-16; 12:5; 2:25-29, Isaiah 2:2-4)
Annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem for feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah
14:16-21, Isaiah 2:2-4)
Anyone who refuses the pilgrimage will have no rain on their land
and suffer plague (Zechariah 14:17-19)
There won’t be day or night (Zechariah 14:6-7)
Living waters will go out from Jerusalem year-round to the East
and West (Zechariah 14:8)
From Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem the land will be lifted up
and be a plain. (Zechariah 14:10)
Jerusalem will be inhabited safely. (Zechariah 14:11)
Millennial Temple - Ezekiel 40-47 describes in extreme detail the
exact measurements and descriptions of this temple.
Satan Loosed: Gog and Magog
The end of the millenium is marked by the releasing of Satan to deceive
the nations one last time and come against God before the great white throne
judgement and eternity.
Revelation 20: 7-10 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan
shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive
the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog,
to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand
of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed
the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down
from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived
them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and
the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever
Given the scriptures that speak of the Messiah’s “rod of
iron” rule during the millennium it’s not hard to believe that
when the Dragon is loosed at the end of the 1,000 years he will be able
to deceive and amass a large army of those who didn’t rebel before
only because they had no power or influence to. Given this is the only other
place in scripture that mentions Gog and Magog, aside from geneaologies,
I also believe this time is related to
Ezekiel 38 & 39.
(Earth History 6,000 years + 1,000 years of rest during Christ’s
rule = 7,000 years)
Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens
and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh
day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh
day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh
day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his
work which God created and made.
Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day
is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work,
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant,
nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six
days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,
and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day,
and hallowed it.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of
an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a
shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
2 Peter 3:1-10 This second epistle,
beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds
by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were
spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the
apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall
come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying,
Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the
heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in
the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment
and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this
one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 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.
So here we see in the original creation, the introduction of the Sabbath
day. Then in the 10 Commandments, we are told to keep this Sabbath day holy.
Then in the New Testament, we see that these are shadows of things to come.
We are now at almost 6,000 years of earth history according to the details
by lineage in the Bible. Christ will rule the earth for 1,000 years with
a rod of iron and it will be a just rule.
Can you see the Sabbath millennium there? With that understanding, we
can see how being raised “at the last day” is a reference to
the beginning of the day of the Lord. The day of the Lord marks the beginning
of the 1,000 year period of time. The day of the Lord comes like a thief
in the night with sudden destruction. Matthew 24:29 places that immediately
after the tribulation of Matthew 24:15-28, and therefore in the middle of
the 70th week of Daniel.
See this study as to why.
So to be raised “at the last day” would speak to being raised
when the day of the Lord comes. The day of the Lord is God’s wrath
to which we’re not appointed. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Therefore, I
would expect that the just would be raised before that wrath comes since
they are resurrected before we’re all caught up together to meet the
Lord in the air. In keeping with the 1,000 years = 1 day to the Lord, I
found this passage interesting.
Hosea 6:1-3 Come, and let us return
unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten,
and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third
day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall
we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared
as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter
and former rain unto the earth.
“Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
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