Promise of Victory #3: The Millennium (Continued)
3) To the Nations — God has also made some promises to the nations. He has promised that the day is coming when the nations will enjoy what they've always dreamed of, what every summit conference has always hoped for, and that is peace, righteousness and justice. It doesn't matter how many times the leaders of this world meet in summit conferences. There will never be peace on this earth until the Prince of Peace returns, and that is Jesus Christ.
Here is one of those promises, though there are many, many of them. Micah 4:3 says, "He (the Messiah) will judge between many peoples and render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war."
Oh, how I have yearned for those days! They are coming. We will win in the end.
4) To the Jews — There is a fourth reason that God is going to have a Millennium. He has made many, many promises to the Jews that have never been fulfilled.
One of the worst apostasies taught by the Church for the last 2,000 years is that the Church replaced Israel. God has washed His hands of the Jews and has no purpose left for the Jews. You have to avoid three chapters of the Bible to believe that, and that is Romans 9, 10 and 11 which says God still loves the Jewish people.
God still has a purpose for the Jewish people. God is going to fulfill every promise He has ever made to the believing remnant of Jews who will turn to Him and accept Yeshua as their Ha'mashiah. And, that's going to happen.
The Jews are going to be honored during the Millennium as the prime nation of the world. Again, there are many, many Scriptures about this in the Old Testament. I just want to show you one of the most glorious, and that's in Isaiah 60. Look at what it says God is going to do for the Jews during that time.
"The glory of the Lord will appear upon you Israel. And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. The wealth of nations will come to you and the sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you and all who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation. The days of your mourning will be finished. Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever."
This is going to be fulfilled during this Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.
God is going to take the world and just turn it upside down with regard to the Jews. Today the Jews are hated. Today the Jews are mocked. Jokes are made of the Jews. The Jews are persecuted now, but soon Jesus will make the Jewish believers at that time the prime nation of the world. The whole world will recognize the glory of God flowing through the Jewish people and coming out to the world, and the whole world will honor the Jews.
Here's a good example of this promise to the Jews in Zechariah. What an image this is! In Zechariah 8 beginning with verse 22 reads, "Many peoples and many nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of Hosts, in those days ten men of all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'" When a Jew walks by in the Millennial Kingdom, ten Gentiles will grab his robe and say, "Please let us walk with you because we know that God is with you."
What a day that's going to be when God fulfills the promises He has made to the Jewish people!
5) To the Church Age Saints (you and me) — There is another reason for the Millennium. During that time God is going to fulfill the promises He has made to you and me — the Saints.
God has promised that we are going to rule over all the nations of the world. That's a promise that has not been fulfilled, but it's going to be fulfilled during that time. Take for example Daniel 7:27, "Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms and the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions will serve and obey Him.'"
We are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ. There's many, many passages that talk about that. For example, in Revelation 2:26, "And he who overcomes, and he who keeps my deeds until the end," this is Jesus speaking, "to him I will give authority over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces as I also have received authority from my Father."
We are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ over all the earth.
Promise of Victory #4: Heaven
The final stage of God's plan for the ages will come at the end of the Millennium when we will be presented with our heavenly home, the home that Jesus Christ is preparing for us right now. The Redeemed will be removed from this planet at the end of the Millennial Kingdom and we will be put into that heavenly home that is waiting for us.
I suspect that from that vantage point, though I can't prove this but I suspect it, from that vantage point we will be able to watch the greatest fireworks display in all of history as God superheats this earth to burn away all the pollution of Satan's last revolt. Out of that fiery inferno, we are told, God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth which will be our eternal abode.
That's right! Heaven will come to Earth in eternity. Heaven will come to Earth. We always think about going up and living in Heaven eternally, but the Bible says, no, Heaven will come to Earth and we will live on the New Earth in our new bodies in the New Jerusalem eternally. The New Earth will be Heaven. The New Earth will be our home and we will live in the city called New Jerusalem.
One of the most comforting Scriptures to me in all the Bible is Psalm 2. It says that while all the political leaders of the world plot and connive against each other and against God's Word, God sits in the heavens and laughs. His laughter is prompted not by a lack of concern, rather it is motivated by the fact that He has everything under control. You see, the message of Bible prophecy is that God has the wisdom and the power to orchestrate all the evil of mankind to the triumph of His Son. Jesus is returning and He will be totally victorious over all the evil in this world.
Look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near!