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The Millennium is Real
January 19, 2015

If we are going to understand the Millennium it has to become real to us, and no longer some idea in the Bible that seems odd, far off, and ethereal.  The Lord gave us many verses to help us see into the future of how life will really look and feel in the next age.  These passages describe daily living and the activities that will continue on into the 1000-year reign of Christ.  As we look at these verses, they provide us with some of the ground rules of how things will look that we are very much accustomed to when we think about life.

There are some significant upgrades in the next age for the Earth, but we want to remember that the Millennium is real; there will be real people with real lives doing real things (Re. 20:1-6; Is. 2:1-4, 9:6-9, 11:1-16, 32:18, 51:1-8, 60-62, 65:17-25; Ps. 2:6-12, 110:1-7; Mt. 5:5, 6:10, 17:11, 19:28; Ac. 1:6, 3:21).  We should do everything we can to imagine life looking similarly to how things look now as opposed to thinking of a version of life that operates according to a completely new rulebook. 

“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest (Is. 32:18).”

We will still have relationships in the next age.  We will remember our old friends and we will make new ones.  Friendship is one of the most intrinsic parts of human life and it will continue on forever. Relationship is so close to the heart of God that we will not cease to have friendships in the next age, or any age to come.

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings (Lk. 16:9).”

The process of human reproduction will continue on for those with natural bodies just as it does now (Ps. 45:16, 87:4-7, 103:17; Is. 11:6-8, 34:10, 17, 45:18, 54:3, 59:21, 61:9, 65:9, 20, 23, 66:22; Je. 30:20; Ez. 36:10-13, 37, 37:25-26, 47:22; Jo. 3:20; Zch. 8:5, 10:8; Re. 20:8). This is a foundational part of life, and the only way by which the human race can repopulate the Earth after the near complete annihilation of the population from the Great Tribulation period.

“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days…They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them (Is. 65:20-23).”

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the LORD, "so will your name and descendants endure (Is. 66:22).”

People will continue to eat and drink and do daily life in the next age (Is. 65:21-22; Am. 9:14; Is. 25:6, 62:9; Is. 32:20; Is. 27:6; Re. 22:2; Ez. 47:9-12; Is. 4:2; Ez. 36:8, 29-30, 34:27-29, Is. 30:23, Is. 33:16; Ps. 72:3, 16, 65:9,13).  This is important because it explains so much of the activity that in the Millennium that we find people doing related to food production.

“I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit (Am. 9:14).”

“I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you.  I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine (Ez. 36:29-30).”

When we see these aspects of normal life continuing into the Millennium they help to make the Millennium feel more real to us. There are many things that will shift dramatically in the Millennial Kingdom (Satan locked up, renewal of all things, longevity of humanity, etc.), but it is vital that we are just as aware of the aspects of life that will remain the same. 


Brad Stroup
Director of The Prayer Room Missions Base
Arlington Texas