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The Millennium and Jesus Christ

July 17, 2020

Reverence              Job 26:7-14                                            July 17, 2020

“He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps up the waters in His clouds; and the cloud does not burst under them, He obscures the face of the full Moon, and spreads His cloud over it. He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters, at the boundary of light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble, and are amazed at His rebuke. He quieted the sea with His power, and by His understanding He shattered Rahab. By His breath the heavens are cleared; His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent. Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; and how faint a word we hear of Him! But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”

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                                           The Millennium and Jesus Christ Part 1 of 3

1. satan thrown into the Abyss.

1. And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2. And he lay hold of the dragon, the serpent of old who is the devil and satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3. and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time,
Revelation 20:1-3

2. What time of year do these things start to happen?

1. Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branches has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 2. And He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. Even so you, too, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away untill all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 3. But the day or hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, be on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time is.
1. Matthew 24:32-33, 2. Luke 21:29-31, 3. Mark 13:32
This is the time of year that the Passover is celebrated every year. This year Passover was on April 8th. The Passover was a perpetual term the Bible uses. With the Millennium the Passover mark Christs death and resurrection. With Him now coming as conquering King, There are three feasts that will be celebrated in Christs kingdom.
3. What will be happening when Jesus Christ comes.
1. And it will come about in that day that a great panic from the Lord will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of the one will be lifted against the hand of the other. 2. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just as the days of Noah. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark. Even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. and they did not understand until the flood came and took them away; so shall the Son of Man be. Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one shall be left, two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one shall be left. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house has known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

1. Zechariah 14:13, 2. Matthew 24:36-44                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       People will be doing everyday work when the Lord comes. One day is like another, until the trumpet sounds and He appears. In the twinkling of an eye.

4. How is the Son of man coming.

For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. Matthew 24:27-31
There has to be total darkness over the whole earth, in order for everybody to see Christ’s coming, If there is not total darkness over whole earth, as it is right now, there is always light somewhere.
1. Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. 2. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken; and one shall be left. 3. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 4. But be sure of this, that is the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 5. For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming when you do not think He will. 6. then is the faithful and sensible slave whom the master put in charge of His household to give them food at the proper time? 7. Blessed is the slave whom His master finds so doing when He comes. 8. Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all His possessions. 9. But if that slave says in his heart, My master is not coming for a long time, 10. and shall begin to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards. 11. the master of the slave will come on a day when he does not expect him at an hour which he does not know. and He shall cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; weeping shall be there and the gnashing of teeth.
1. Matthew 24:27-31, 2. Matthew 24:40, 3. Matthew 24:41, 4. Matthew 24:42, 5. Matthew 24:43, 6. Matthew 24:44, 7. Matthew 24:44, 8. Matthew 24:45, 9. Matthew 24:46, 10. Matthew 24:47, 11. Matthew 24:48-51

Does God and His thunder and lightening draw attention to Himself, yes, I am here, look as He displays these wondrous works in the heavens? Do you think about what God is thinking when this happens? Or do you ever think about God at all? If you have not thought about God and Jesus Christ before then, it will to late.

5. The second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 14:3-8 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.
Now having been questioning by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, look here it is! Or there it is! For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” And He said to the disciples, the days shall come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they shall say to you, look there! Look here! Do not go away, and do not run after them. Luke17:20-23
Zechariah 14:9 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. And you will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, My God will come, and the holy ones with Him! And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but will come about that at evening time there will be light. And it will come about in that day that living waters will flow from out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.

The Millennium is the reign of the Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. The first peace in 6,000 years where there is peace all over the whole world. The seventh milllennium starts with Christ having an angel putting satan into the abyss and locking him in place, away from tempting people any further for a thousand years. During this time people will see what true peace is. Christs peace will be mandatory. There will be no disention For 1,000 years. Man has had the choice of not following and believing in God and Jesus. Now if you do not agree to obey there will a penalty for your disobedience. I have come to understand that there will be people alive in the Millennium that have accepted Christ at sometime during their life, but never did anything with it. There will be people on earth that accepted Christ and now do not believe the very things they accepted at one time. There will be babies born that will have to learn of Jesus Christ.
There are some in Christian circles that believe that once saved means always saved. I think that people will get complacent, and go their own way. But with Christ if they come into the millennium, everyone will get more than their share of opportunities to come to the saving knowledge of Christ. This will be the very last chance anybody will ever have. At the end of the millennium, there are hundred of millions of people who will not. When satan is released they will align themselves with satan to fight against God, but they are killed by the fire that came down from heaven.

6. Be ready in any season or time.

Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight. And be like men who are waiting for their master when He returns from the wedding feast, do that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when He comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether He comes in the second watch, or even the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. And be sure of this, if the head of the house has known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. You too, be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.
This was a parable given to His disciples. Then Jesus goes on to answer the parable for them.
And the Lord said, who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of His servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is the slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says in his heart, My masterwill be a long time in coming, and begins to beat the slaves, both men and the women, and to eat and drink get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will did not get ready or act in accord with his will, shall receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him the will ask all the more. Luke 12:35-48

7. There is a cost of being a disciple of Christ’s

Christ said; “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three. They will be divided, father against son, and son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53
At first this made no sense to me. I had ask my self a question, would I ever get mad for something a brother or sister would do to me, or me to them? I said no. Then one day I was telling my brother about Jesus. There came a look of puzzlement on his face, he said, I have not made my mind up. I know God is a higher power but I do not know about Jesus. He never did want to talk to me about Christ again. This very thing will happen in your family, friends, relatives. I know several families that do not talk to each other because one has given their life to Christ, and they do not feel close anymore. It is like one putting a line on the ground, that belief that is not familiar is one reason to exclude instead of embrace. Think about what some politicians think about christians, other religions think against Christianity. Do you see Jesus’s point now? Jesus says I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

8. People who come through the tribulation into the Millennium Revelation 20:4

a. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them, b. and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, c. and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; d. and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
b. All the people that made it through the tribulation period that did not take the mark of the beast will go into the Millennium. (20:4 b.)
a. The people who were standing around God’s throne that has been beheaded and are matyrd because of their testimony for Christ. (20:4a)
c. All others will not be resurrected until the marriage super of the Lamb. Who are all the others? They are the people who had died a natural death from the time they accepted Christ as their savior. (20:4c)
During this thousand year reign of Christ, this will give everybody in the millennium a chance to see Christ for who He is. There will be many who will reject Christ at the end of this time of peace. Then when satan is released, they will go join the final rebellion against Christ.
What my personal belief is, all christians will go through the tribulation. Some believe that there is a mid tribulation rapture of believers. I do not believe that. The bible never mentions that, some say this is a secret rapture. Have you every read about God or Christ ever hiding anything from His believers. It would be in the Bible if it were so.

9. Resurrection of Old Testament and dead church saints

                                                                                                                                                                 1. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, those to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. And those who have insight will shine brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 2. Your dead will live; their corpses will rise, you who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for the dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the earth will give birth to the departed spirits. Come, My people, enter into your rooms, and close your doors behind you; hide for a little while, until indignation runs its course. For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place to punish the habitants of the earth for their iniquity; and the earth will reveal her bloodshed, and no longer cover her slain. 3. But to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,”When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men. 4. Thou hast ascended on High, Thou hast led captive Thy captives; Thou hast received gifts among men, even among the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there. 5. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. But to each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming. 6. But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord , shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 7. All those that share in the first resurrection are called are blessed and holy. 8. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
1. Daniel 12:2-3, 2. Isa 26:19-21, 3. Ephesians 4:7-8, 4. Psalm 68:18, 5. 1 Corinthians 15:22-23, 6. I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 7. Revelation 20:6, 8. 1 Corinthians 15:25

10. All those that belong to Jesus will be changed in twinkling of an eye

Behold I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead shall be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this imperishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swalloded up in victory, O death, where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

11. The Gathering of Israel from across the World.                                                   Prophecies of Christ bringing Israel back into the land God gave them.

1. Then I myself shall gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and shall bring them back to their pasture; and they will be fruitful and multiply. I shall also raise up shepherds over them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor terrified, nor will any be missing, declares the Lord. 2. And I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile. 3. The Lord God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered. 4. Go through, go through the gates; clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples. Behold , the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, low your salvation comes; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him. And they will call them, “the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord;” and you will be called, “sought out, a city not forsaken.” 5. Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice, and the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is judge. 6. I will gather all the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land. 7. For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the gentiles come in; and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” From the stand point of the gospel they are enemies for you sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now you have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, in order that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the LORD, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
1. Jeremiah 23:3-4, 2. Jeremiah 29:14, 3. Isaiah 56:8, 4. Isaiah 62:10-12, 4. Isaiah 62:10-12 , 5. Psalms 50:5-6, 6. Joel 3:2, 7. Romans 11:25-36

1. As I live, declares the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand and with an out stretched arm and with wrath poured out. I shall be king over you. I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you from lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an out stretched arm and with wrath poured out; and I shall be king over you. And I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you were scattered, with a mighty hand and with an out stretchted arm and with wrath poured out; and I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I shall enter into judgment with you face to face. As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the Lord. And I shall make you pass under the rod, and I shall bring you into bond of the covenant; and I shall purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I shall bring them out of the land where they so journ, but they will not enter the land of Israel, thus you will know that I am the Lord. As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord God, go serve everyone his idols; but later, you will surely listen to Me, and My Holy name you will profane no longer with your gifts and with your idols. For on My holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel, declares the Lord God, There the whole house of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land; there I shall accept them, and there I shall seek your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your holly things.
2. Therefore prophesy, and say to them, thus says the Lord God, “Behold I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people, and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. And I will put My Spirit within you, and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.
1. Ezekial 20:33-40, 2. Ezekial 37:12-14

Their are christians and christian organizations the believe that the church has replaced Israel as the apple of God’s eye. It is called Replacement Theology. After reading what God has said about Israel, that is a false belief. Jerusalem, Israel will be the city Christ rules from in the millennium. We are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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