A Millennium is a period of one thousand years. How long the earth has been in existence we cannot say but the book of Genesis 4:2 tells us the earth and the heavens existed for generations before Adam was created. Gen 1:26- 31 makes us
know that God created man on the sixth day and 2 Peter 3:18 tells us that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. Scientists agree that man has been on this earth for more than six thousands years and know that this civilization is about to come to an end.
I will like to quote from the writings of one of the ancient writers named Irenaeus -
"For in so many days as this world was made, in so many thousand years shall it be concluded.... And God brought to a conclusion on the sixth day the works he had made".
In six days created things completed; it is evident they will come to an end at the sixth thousandth year(entering Millennium). Just as on the seventh day God rested from all he had created. The seventh day (2Peter 3:18) being the period of the millennium.
We shall go back a little into the period of time associated with the great tribulation to understand the time period between the battle of Armageddon and the Millenium. The book of Daniel 9:27 made us to understand that the Antichrist was going to make a Convenant with the nation of Isreal and many nations for a week( seven years) to guarantee their safety. This convenant marks the beginning of the last seven years that leads to Armageddon. At the middle of this seven years (three and a half years) the rapture takes place and we are left with the remaining three and a half years of great tribulation.
Read Rev 12:5-6.
The books of Rev 12:6 tells us the period of time for which the remnant of the woman's seed(tribulation saints)were being persecuted is 'a thousand two hundred and sixty days'. This time period is the same as the period of 42 months (thirty days to a month) spoken of in Rev 11:2.
Let's read Daniel 12:11-12
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
We can see two time periods; 1290 and 1335 days.
When is the daily sacrifice taken away and the abomination of desolation set up?
These two things mark the beginning of the great tribulation. The difference between 1290 days and 1260 days is 30 days, this 30 days is the cleansing period, probably of the temple Or of themselves and there we have the 1290 days. The 1335 day period is just 45 days from the 1290 days and this serves as a waiting period to the beginning of the Millennium. So from the time period of the great tribulation which is about 1260 days(42 months) to the start of the Millennium is a period of 75 days. As Dan 12:11 said, blessed is he that waited till that period. At the end of this great tribulation prior to the beginning of the Millennium is when they are blessed and God comes to them.
Anyone that witnesses that return of Christ is surely blessed.
What Happens at the Beginning of Millennium
(1) I will like to begin with what happens to Jerusalem. Let's look at Micah 4:1-2
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
God reestablishes Jerusalem as the religious attraction of the world and all nations go there to worship him. God will restore the glory of Jerusalem. The significance of Jerusalem to the world, as the place where God chose to dwell. Zech 8:3 tells us Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. God will restore it to been the spiritual attraction of the world, the scripture above says all nations will flow to it. The place of his habitation, place of his holy mountain, dwelling etc.
The original plan of God was for the Israelites to be the ones to teach the nations the Commandments of God (Exodus 19:6, Deut 14:2) and that eventually happens at the Millennium. In fact at this time the Jew becomes about the most favored man on earth (Zech 8:23). Also as the scripture above says, the Law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the lord from Jerusalem. Jesus returns to be the king of not only Jerusalem but of the whole earth, Zech 14:9. The same king the Israelites once rejected in 1 Samuel 8:7 and he begins to rule the earth from Jerusalem.
(2) Zech 14:20
"In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD(JESUS), and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
This takes into view a temple; the Millennium temple in Rev 11:2 & Ezek 43:3-7. It also speaks of the worship of Jesus being restored.
Dan 9:24 spoke about a period of seventy weeks( 7 years to a week) for six things to happened;
* To finish the transgression,
* To make an end of sins,
* To make reconciliation for iniquity,
* To bring in everlasting righteousness,
* To seal up the vision and prophecy, and
* To anoint the most Holy.
To finish the transgression
Isreal had transgressed throughout their long history and finally it climaxed in the crucifixion and rejection of the Messiah. Matt 23:32.
To make an end of sins
The death of Christ was the one perfect sacrifice of sin forever. Hebs 10:12.
To make reconciliations for iniquity
This also took place and was accomplished at the cross. 2 Cor 5:18, Eph 2:16.
To bring in everlasting righteousness
The Sun of Righteousness to shine, watch. In the plan of redemption, Christ also became our righteousness. Christ Jesus, who of God us made unto us righteousness. I Cor 1:30.
To seal up the vision and prophecy
The sealing of the word of God to the Jews was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet. This was sealed up and they didn't understand it. Isaiah 29:9&14. This event took place at the crucifixion and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.The sixth of those events happens at the end of the Daniel seventieth week, after the Armageddon.
The anointing of the most holy
This is speaking about the Millennium temple where the worship of Christ is being restored. The anointing of the most holy also speaks of Christ being received as King over the Jews.
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