By Nathan Jones
What will life be like during the Millennial Kingdom?
On June 18, 2014, I was interviewed by Vic Batista, senior pastor of the Miami-based Calvary Chapel Aventura on his radio program "The Truth Will Set You Free" via TWave Radio. "Pastor Vic" (as he likes to be called) was born in the Dominican Republic and is as active in planting churches and helping orphans there as he is in southern Florida, reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to both the English and Spanish speaking audiences.
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" episode, we discuss the different views concerning the Millennial Kingdom and a little on what life will be like during Christ's thousand year reign. The first half of the discussion is in English, while the second half is translated into Spanish.
Life During the Millennial Kingdom
Vic: Do you know what's so exciting about Heaven? The fact that there's so much there that awaits us there. So many people have the mentality, "I'm a Christian and when I die I'll go to Heaven and just fly around as a spirit playing a harp forever." But, that's not what the Bible says, right?
Nate: No, not at all. The Millennial Kingdom to me is the most exciting part about Bible prophecy, and certainly the eternal state after that as well. The Bible, except in Revelation 21 and 22, doesn't give us too much information about what our eternal life will be like. However, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is talked about throughout the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament.
The book of Isaiah is a great example of a teaching on the Millennial Kingdom. Isaiah 65:17 says, "See, I will create new heavens and a new earth." Now that is not talking about the the New Jerusalem or the New Earth as in the eternal state, but it's saying that the Tribulation will trash the world so badly that when Jesus comes back He will have to rebuild the earth. He will set up Jerusalem as His capital city on the earth. He will revitalize it so that it's fresh and bright and clean again from the wars and ravages of the Tribulation.
Isaiah also says, "The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind." In other words, our human history up to that point, which is filled with evil, strife and death, will totally be forgotten during the Millennial Kingdom.
Verse 18 says, "But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people." From that we know that Jesus is going to set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem, which literally means the country of Israel and Jerusalem will be there during the Millennial Kingdom.
Vic: How awesome is that?
Nate: Isaiah says, "The sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more." Just think about that. All the suffering of this world will be gone. No more weeping and crying will be heard anymore, because we will know such joy in the Lord.
Vic: That's so cool! I pray people will understand what this means, because this is really something to be excited about. The time will come when God will wipe away every tear, and the world we will live in will be like nothing we've ever experienced. It's going to be so awesome and beautiful. This is why we want people to understand that this is what we are looking forward to when we talk about Bible prophecy. The Millennium is going to be a period where illness, sickness and war will be no more.
Nate: That's exactly right.
Another amazing fact about the Millennial Kingdom is that people's life spans will increase. The people who will populate the Millennial Kingdom are those believers in Christ who survived the Tribulation in their earthly bodies. They are called the Tribulation Saints. However, there will very few left after the Tribulation because the Antichrist — the one world ruler who is coming — will martyr many of them. But, after the Tribulation, there will be enough believers to populate the Millennial Kingdom. They will be in earthly bodies. Without all the sicknesses and diseases we have today, the populations will spread greatly.
We read in Isaiah 65:20, "Never again will there be an infant who lives but a few days, an old man who does not live out his years, the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed." We know from the Mosaic books that before the Flood the life spans of humanity were very long. Consider Methuselah. He lived to be almost 1,000 years old. During the Millennial Kingdom, humanity will live hundreds and hundreds of years again, just as in those ancient days.
Vic: That's so encouraging, and something I know a lot of people who understand the Bible are looking forward to. Just look at all the people today trying to extend their lives. They go through all kinds of weird treatments to try and prolong their lives.
Nate: But, you know we can't beat the elements. Every day we are blasted by radiation from the sun. The body just can't keep fixing itself all the time, so we age and get old. But, during the Millennial Kingdom, the life spans of the people will be how they once were.
For those of us who were Raptured before the Tribulation, that is you and me and all the believers in Christ, we get our glorified bodies as we go up to Heaven. During the Millennial Kingdom we will be in our eternal, glorified bodies. We won't age. We'll serve the Lord as teachers and administrators. We will be on the earth for a thousand years with all the people born during that time, teaching them about Jesus Christ.
Vic: That's so exciting that we'll get a new body. So, Nathan, when people get to Heaven and during the Millennium, they shouldn't be looking for a short Dominican like me who's balding, right?
Nate: Right, but I'd bet you'll have a full mane of hair then.
Vic: Oh, yeah, a full mane of hair, wow, Man! You're going to be totally transformed, too, right?
Nate: Hopefully I'll be a few inches taller. But, no, the Bible says that in the afterlife we will be recognizable. So, hey brother, you might look perfected, but I'll be able to look at you and say, "That's definitely Vic Batista." Maybe baldness is a big thing up there in Heaven. I don't know. Well, I'll still have my hair, by the way.
Vic: Oh, no, that's right. Well, we're going to have to touch on some of these topics on other programs about the Kingdom of God — the Millennium Kingdom — and the things to come because there's just so much to talk about.
God has a wonderful plan for your life, and it doesn't end here. When you come to know Jesus personally, true life just starts to develop and open up for you. And so, we want to encourage everyone that the main thing is that you have to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in order to have eternal life. That's where it all starts.
Nate: Yes, the key to life is having a relationship with Jesus Christ. That's why humanity was created. We were created to have fellowship with God. We can choose God. He made a relationship possible through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Or, we can reject God and He will leave us alone, but we are still under the punishment for our sins, and that punishment is Hell. So, yes, life begins with Jesus Christ.
In the third and last part of Pastor Vic and my discussion on the views of the Millennial Kingdom, we'll continue our look at how wonderful life will be like during that time.