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2.Establishment Of The Millennial Reign Of Christ.
In Revelation 1 verse 1 and 4 verse 1, Jesus Christ gave a series of revelations to John (his disciple) concerning events that will mark the establishment of His everlasting kingdom on planet earth. One notable event is the millennial age which is described in Revelation chapter 20. The millennial age is the reason why there will be a second coming of Jesus Christ. All other end time events including the Rapture and a period known as Great Tribulation mentioned from Revelation chapters 1 – 19 are preparations towards the establishment of 1,000 years reign of Jesus Christ on earth (also known as the Millennial age). While the Rapture of the Christian Church is necessary to prepare all of God’s people to reign with Christ during this time, the period of the Great Tribulation is necessary to judge, punish and purge the world from sins before the commencement of the millennial era. Click here to view topical index
Majority of prophecies given in the old testaments relates to the Millennial age. The word of God is described as double edged sword (Hebrews 4 verse 12). As a result it can be used to address any problem areas of life even though such passages might have a literal interpretation which relates to the Millennial age. For example a passage like Isaiah 9 verses 6 & 7 talks about Jesus Christ’s government during the millennial age, however because the word of God is like a double edge sword, that same passage can be used by a woman looking for a child that will be expected to become great in life. If this woman keeps believing this passage as a promise of God to her (i.e under the law of faith or double reference ,shown in Mark 9 verses 23,24 and Luke 8 verses 11 – 15) she will experience her desire in relation to her having this type of child even though that passage of the Bible was originally written to describe the establishment of Christ’s kingdom on earth. Click here to view topical index
It is therefore important to understand that a lot of promises which members of the body of Christ uses as promises assuring them of God’s protection and loving care also relates to the literal establishment of the kingdom of God on earth.
To understand the application of these scriptural passages to the era of the millennial age requires thorough study of the Bible. Sometimes, a peripheral review of these scriptures will not immediately identify their messianic connotations. For example, Daniel 7 verse 27 talks about dominion being given to the saints of God. To a casual reader, this passage of the Bible would appear to suggest that it is a promise for God’s children to dominate their current world (and yes, this is true for those believers who can believe God to promote them to place of honour in the current world according to Mark 16 verse 17a) , however when compared to the book of Revelation 5 verse 9, it is then clear that the passage is a messianic era prophecy about a time in history when all of God’s saints will literally rule and reign with Jesus Christ on earth.
The above is a good example of interpreting messianic era scriptures not just by reading a particular passage in isolation, but comparing it to other parts of the Bible which also talks about the same subject. As we interprete scriptures using this method, then we come to understand that the Bible is not just a book of the past (i.e simply telling stories about heroes of the Bible and past events), but that it is a book abundant with prophecies concerning the future of mankind. Click here to view topical index
Among the different religions in the world, there is an expectation of a period of utopia which is destined for planet earth. Each religion has its own version of this era, however what they all have in common is that this period will be characterised by universal peace and prosperity.
In Islam, the Quran believes that “Isa ibn Maryam” (Jesus the Son of Mary) will become the messiah after returning to earth to defeat “Masih ad-Dajjal” (the anti-christ). The Quran then states that Jesus Christ will establish spiritual reform and an age of peace on earth. The age is characterised by the assembling of mankind under one faith which will be Islam.
In Bahai Faith, it believes that the 1,000 year period has already begun since the declaration of Bahaullah in 1863 and that the period of peace and prosperity is gradually unfolding.
In Judaism, the Torah states that the messiah will arrive on earth after 6,000 years from the creation of Adam and Eve. The Hebrew Calendar believes this corresponds to the year 2,230. While some of these beliefs in the Torah aligns with most of the teachings found in the Judeo-Christian old testament Bible, the Torah does not however accept that the Jesus Christ, who came into the world 2,000 years ago will become the messiah.
In Christianity: there are also different concepts concerning the millennial age such as Premillennialism, Amillennialism and Postmillennialism. Premillennialism is the belief that Jesus Christ will literally and physically return to earth to establish the millennial age. This view is shared mostly by the evangelicals and Pentecostal assemblies. Amillennialism rejects the concepts of the literal reign of Christ. This view is shared by the Catholic Church and some protestant denominations. Postmillennialism believes that Jesus Christ will return to the earth, but not until after the Christian church has successfully converted the entire world and prosper materially with the entire earth experiencing an age of peace and prosperity. This view is more prominent with some protestant churches and Evangelicals and Pentecostal movements. This view is aligned towards churches who embrace the concept of “Dominion Theology”. The “Dominion Theology” teaches that Christians should strive towards taking over the world politically.
Please note that in Christianity, emphasis is placed more on the need to acquire Salvation through Jesus Christ than what dogma or doctrine each church teaches. However it is important to review scriptures (i.e and not just trust what Man says) in order to establish Biblical truths. Click here to view topical index
Irrespective of the concept, doctrine or opinion of man concerning the millennial age, it is important to establish what the Bible has to say about this period. If we believe that the Bible is the word of God and Man is required to apply all it’s principles to different areas life, then it is pertinent on us not to just focus on areas we feel comfortable with, but to focus on the entire Bible in order to gain an understanding of other areas including teachings about the millennial age.
In writing this topic you are about to go through at this website, this ministry has taken the effort to include many scriptural passages to justify what is being taught about the Millennial age. Christ Coming Ministry believes that as intelligent people, reading this subject, you should be able to come to your own conclusion about the assertions of these scriptural passages in relation to whether there will be a period called the millennial age or not.
We will recommend that you use the Kings James Version of the Bible to read the several scriptures listed below. While there is nothing wrong with other versions of the Bible, the king James Version is one of the Bibles that is best aligned to the original Hebrew text from which most Bibles are translated. Click here to view topical index