WHAT THE MILLENNIUM IS LIKE. Isaiah 65:20-25 is a brief description of the Millennial Kingdom in which there will be longevity but also death. One who will die at one hundred years will be considered still in one’s youth. Note that the curse of death is not removed in the age to come. Rebellion is still possible. In fact, the new heavens and new earth will be created after the final rebellion, the resurrection of unsaved and the Great White Throne Judgment according to Revelation 20:7-15.
During the thousand-year reign of Christ, the earth returns to conditions prior to the Fall. Animals and nature will have been redeemed as well as man. It will be a time of great joy and rejoicing and deliverance for the people of God, but death and sin will still be present. Christ will “rule all the nations with an iron scepter” (Revelation 12:5), suggesting that all rebellion will be squashed immediately.
The greatness of Christ’s Kingdom will be characterized by universal change in the structure and operation of society in seven areas:
SPIRITUAL IN NATURE. God’s laws will be written on the hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit as the New Covenant is realized in the areas of forgiveness, righteousness, spiritual cleansing, regeneration, and direct knowledge of God (Isaiah 59:20-21; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:24-27).
ETHICAL CONDUCT. Spiritual orientation will bear fruit of ethical conduct. There will be a proper recognition of moral values. The vile person will be recognized for what he is (Isaiah 32:5), and good men and things will be approved. The adjustment of life’s inequalities will occur (Isaiah 40:4; Psalm 73) and retribution for sin will become wholly an individual matter (Jeremiah 31:28-30).
SOCIAL RELATIONS. Christ’s Kingdom will restore perfect social relations. In this society war will be eliminated (Zechariah 9:10) and an era of peace will be ushered in that will last forever (Isaiah 9:7). The arts and industries of war will be turned to uses for the blessing of mankind (Isaiah 2:4). The antipoverty program will work (Isaiah 65:21-23).
PHYSICAL WHOLENESS. Not only spiritual healing will occur, but tangible effects on the physical will be experienced also. There will be the healing of physical ills (Isaiah 33:24; 35:5-6), restoration of long life (Isaiah 65:20, 22), elimination of physical hazards (Isaiah 65;23; Ezekiel 34:23-31), great geological changes from the Tribulation along with changes of climate (Isaiah 32:15-16; 35:7), increased fertility (Isaiah 35:1-2; Amos 9:13), and changes in the animal world (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25). All creation fell with man and will be restored to Garden of Eden like conditions at the return of Christ (Romans 8:19-22).
POLITICAL CHANGE. The form of government will be a theocracy. God Himself will rule over the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of David. There will be a central authority for the settlement of international disputes (Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3). National security will be assured (Isaiah 32:18). Israelites will be restored permanently to the Promised Land (Amos 9:14-15), resulting in the reestablishment and unification of the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 37), and the place of priority among the nations (Isaiah 60:10-14). It will be a government of peace, tranquility and blessedness, but on the other hand, it is instant destruction of the insubordinate or rebellious (Isaiah 11:1-4).
RELIGIOUS PURIFICATION. The Ruler of this realm will be both King and Priest (Psalm 110). A central sanctuary will be established in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 37:27-28). The Shekinah glory will return to the Temple (Ezekiel 43:1-7). Israelites will become the leaders and teachers in religious matters (Isaiah 61:6). There will be universal worship of Yahweh (Isaiah 66:23), and this worship of the true God will be compulsory (Zechariah 14:16-19).
EXTENT OF RULE. “The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and His name the only name” (Zechariah 14:9). His Kingdom will include all nations of mankind (Psalm 72:8-11). It will last until it merges into the eternal state and goes on forever (Micah 4:7; Psalm 45:6; Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 22:1-5).
Other Characteristics of the Millennial Kingdom
Psalm 72;6; Isaiah 2:5-6; 30:23-26; 32:2; 61:3, 7; Ezekiel 34:26-27, 29; Joel 2:23; Micah 5:7
Isaiah 9:3; Hosea 1:10; Micah 2:12
Isaiah 9:3; 42:10-12; 61:3, 7
Psalm 72:2, 7; Isaiah 9:5-7; 49:13; Ezekiel 34:25; Micah 5:10-11; Haggai 2:9; Zech 3:10; 9:10
Isaiah 4:1; 30:23-26; 35:1-2; 62:8-9; 65:21-23; Jeremiah 31:5, 12; Ezekiel 34:26
Isaiah 32:3-8; Ezekiel 37:23; Micah 5:12-14
Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16; Ezekiel 34:27-28
Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16; Ezekiel 34:27-28; Micah 5:4-5
Isaiah 59:20-21; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27
Ezekiel 37:21-22, 24; Micah 2:12