new Millennium — what will it bring? Will it bring
the second coming of Jesus Christ? Will world wide troubles
come, or perhaps the end of the world itself? Will it
be the year in which God’s Kingdom is established
on earth? The answers to these questions are vitally important.
As Christians, we must consult the Bible to know the truth
on these matters.
as defined in Webster’s dictionary, is a period
of 1000 years. Only two scriptures in the New Testament
mention a 1000-year period (a millennium). The first is
2 Peter 3:8. The last is Revelation 20:4. We will examine
these Scriptures after considering whether the coming
year 2000 AD is the third millennium from the birth of
Was Jesus Born?
Many Bible commentaries have placed Jesus’ birth
at 4 BC (BC means "before Christ"). Two thousand
years from then brings us to the year 1996 AD, four years
earlier than the year 2000. The most accurate dating for
Jesus’ birth is 2 BC (see The Time Is At Hand, pages
54-62 ). Two thousand years from then leads to the year
1998 AD, which is still 2 years shy of the year 2000.
In reality, the BC and AD calendar division is a rather
arbitrary time measure used only for convenience but is
not useful for accurate measurement of Bible chronology.
Have We Learned?
The year 2000 AD is a date of great concern and curiosity
for the world, but has no real Biblical significance.
The Bible Millennium DOES NOT begin with the year 2000,
that year is not 2000 years from the birth of Christ.
Furthermore, the Word of God does not tell us to watch
for the 2000th year from Christ’s birth.
1000-Year Period Are We To Look For?
Careful study of the Scriptures teaches that the Bible
Millennium is the seventh 1000-year period from the entrance
of sin and death upon the human family through father
Adam. That is to say, since Adam sinned, 6000 years of
suffering, dying and finally death have passed over his
descendants, the entire human race. When considering creation
(Genesis 1), we notice that God worked for 6 days (six
periods of time, each equal in duration) and then He rested
on the seventh day. In like manner, the nation of Israel
was required to work six days a week and rest on the seventh
day or Sabbath. This pattern of six days labor ending
in a seventh day of rest is very helpful in locating the
Long Is A Day With The Lord?
We are not left to guess. The Apostle Peter supplies us
with the answer in 2 Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, be
not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the
Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one
this Scriptural definition to the divine pattern, we perceive
that six 1000 year "days" of human bondage and
labor under sin and death are to be followed by the seventh
1000 year day of rest in which the burdens of sin and
death will be removed from the human race. We see then
that 7000 years were allotted in the divine plan for the
entrance of sin, its reign of death and, ultimately, its
complete eradication. This same 1000-year day is spoken
of in Revelation 20:4 as the time in which the saints
will reign with Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us that
the purpose of the 1000-year reign is to put all enemies
under his [Christ’s] feet and the last enemy of
mankind, as a result of sin, which will be destroyed is
death. (1 Corinthians 15:25, 26)
1000-year period or millennium is described in Acts 3:19-21
as ‘the times of restitution of all things."
In other words, this is the era in which mankind will
be brought back (restored) to their original condition—that
is, made perfect. (See Genesis 1:27, 31)
Does This Millennium Begin?
By carefully considering the chronological evidences of
the Bible, we are able to pin-point the very year of Adam’s
sin and subsequent death sentence at 4126 BC. Adding the
following 6000 years reign of sin and death to that date
brings us to the year 1874 AD—the year for the great
seventh 1000-year day, the Bible Millennium to commence.
(see The Time Is At Hand, pages 33-63 for a detailed presentation
of this chronology). Let’s consider the Scriptural
evidences that we are in the Bible Millennium.
Events May We Expect In This 1000 Year Day of the Lord?
Peter states that , "The day of the Lord will come
as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall
pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up . . . Looking for and hasting
unto the coming of the DAY of God, wherein the heavens
being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall
melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein
dwelleth righteousness." (2 Peter 3:10, 12, 13) The
thousand year day of 2 Peter 3:8, is also characterized
as the day of judgment (vs. 7), the day of the Lord (vs.
10) and the day of God (vs. 12). These terms define various
aspects of God’s work during the Millennium.
and many other scriptures reveal that this 1000-year day
does not begin peaceably, but with trouble—terrible
trouble. The millennial day arrives as "a thief in
the night." That is, it comes quietly, unobserved
by the world, which is in a state of spiritual slumber.
We are, in fact, living in the beginning of the Day of
the Lord. Jesus has arrived as a thief (Matthew 24:43)
and the world is unaware of it. Why? Our Lord returned
to earth’s atmosphere not again as a man, but as
a glorious invisible spirit being. Peter reveals that
our Lord was "put to death flesh, quickened [resurrected]
spirit." (1 Peter 3:18) Paul clearly teaches that
our Lord is no longer in the flesh for "flesh and
blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians
What Great Work Does the Lord Jesus Engage upon His Return?
His first work is to bind Satan, who is the god of this
present evil world. (Revelation 20:1-3; Galatians 1:4;
2 Corinthians 4:4) Satan must first be bound if his house
(dominion—the present evil world) is to be spoiled
or destroyed. (Mark 3:27) This means the removal of false
religions and oppressive governments (the "heavens")
along with the present social order (the "earth")
which is largely based upon selfishness.
Is Satan Bound?
Does our Lord use a literal chain and throw Satan in an
actual pit? No, of course not. Satan is not a flesh and
blood being, he is a spirit being. Since he can’t
be physically restrained his great influence, by which
he rules mankind, will be bound. God, in His wisdom, has
determined to restrict in a gradual manner Satan’s
usual method of operating.
chain he is using to render Satan powerless is Truth.
Yes, the Truth, which has shone forth from the time of
our Lord’s return at the beginning of the Bible
Millennium, is dispelling the ignorance, superstition
and errors of the dark ages. Light (knowledge, understanding
and truth) shining upon earth’s spiritual and temporal
matters, is exposing and weakening the influence of the
ruler of darkness —Satan.
Has the Prince of Darkness Reacted to the Increased Light
of the Millennial Day?
Like a wounded animal, caught in a trap, Satan is fighting
for his life! His weapons are the new errors of higher
criticism, greed, evolution, rampant immorality and sadistic
violence. These weapons have been forged in an attempt
to fight off or diminish the increasing light of the Millennial
Day. This is the reason that unprecedented troubles are
sweeping over the world. The wicked one, Satan, is being
destroyed with the spirit of [our Lord Jesus’] mouth
—the Truth! Satan will not go down in defeat without
a fight. He will respond with all power, signs and lying
wonders. (See 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12)
Spoke of This Millennial Day
Daniel called this day "the time of the end [when]
many will run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
(Daniel 12:1-4) Have these two signs identifying the time
of the end had their fulfillment in our day? Is mankind
running to and fro? Has knowledge ("light,"
which is used to bind Satan) significantly increased since
1874? A resounding, "Yes!" is the answer to
both questions. These two signs have had a remarkable
fulfillment and confirm that we are in the dawning of
the Millennial Day.
Does the Millennium Start With Trouble?
In the beginning of the Millennium, the Golden Age of
blessing, God establishes His kingdom "in the days
of these kings." That means that earthly kings and
kingdoms must be removed from power—and that spells
trouble. (see Daniel 2:44) How does the world react to
the setting up of God’s glorious Kingdom? Do they
rejoice and receive it with open arms? No. On the contrary;
they are angry and fearful because they do not understand
why their world is crumbling around them. Their flawed
laws, governments and erroneous creeds are being exposed
as failures. (Revelation 11:15-18) Neither do they recognize
that it is Christ (earth’s rightful King) who is
taking the reins of power—therefore the nations
Lord indicated that the great trouble associated with
this time of transition will be greater than any other
mankind has ever experienced. (Matthew 24:21) Paul likened
it to a woman in birth pains, "For when they shall
say peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall
not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Considering today’s
headlines regarding world wide economic troubles, governmental
corruption, civil unrest, pollution etc. confirm that
we are in a time of trouble without precedent. We are
living in the time of transition from the present evil
world into the Bible Millennium.
God’s Time Clock
Our Lord Jesus said that in this time we would begin to
see the restoration of the nation of Israel, an indication
that the Kingdom of God is at hand. (Luke 21:29-32) Prior
to 1874 AD, the nation of Israel had been scattered and
persecuted throughout the world for over 18 centuries.
Since 1874, beginning at 1878 with Petah Tikvah (the first
permanent settlement for returning Jews) to the proclamation
of Israel in 1948 and to the present, this sign hails
the dawn of God’s Millennium.
Is Next On the Prophetic Time Line?
One prominent event that we expect in the near future
is the coming cooperative effort between churches and
the state to maintain the status quo—to resist the
establishment of God’s Kingdom. This powerful allegiance
will resemble the Holy Roman Empire of old (a civil and
religious government). We expect that this nominally Christian
government will have the power to persecute all, including
true Christians, who do not cooperate with them—receive
the mark of the beast. (Revelation 13:16, 17) The movement
toward union between various religious groupings as well
as the rising tide of political influence from the "Christian
right" is documented almost daily in news headlines.
climax of the great time of trouble is an event referred
to as "Jacob’s trouble." (Jeremiah 30:7)
At this time all nations will come against the restored
nation of Israel. (Zechariah 12:2, 3; 14:2) However, He
who restored Israel will not allow her to be destroyed.
God will fight, victoriously, for Israel as He did in
the days of old. (Ezekiel 38 and 39; Zechariah 14:3) After
this great victory, God will establish His New Covenant
with the nation of Israel. (Jeremiah 31:31)
Dead Will Live Again!
Sometime after the establishment of the New Covenant with
Israel, the resurrection of mankind will begin. They will
be raised up in a world which has a beauty, peace, justice,
righteousness and love that far surpasses the world they
formerly knew. This will be a time when the dead must
return to life—when all who are in their graves
will hear the voice of the son of God and come forth.
ALL will come forth because Jesus died for ALL. (John
5:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 15:22; I Timothy 2:4, 5)
risen dead will then be educated. They must overcome their
old habits and sinful characteristics which they practiced
in their former lives. Developing along this line, they
will also be learning the benefits of keeping God’s
perfect law. (Isaiah 26:9) In Isaiah’s vision of
God’s Kingdom, this process of education and personal
growth is characterized as a highway leading to holiness.
(Isaiah 35:8-10) In that day (the peaceable portion of
the Millennial Kingdom) God’s educational program
will be so complete that "all will know the Lord,
from the least to the greatest." (Jeremiah 31:34;
Final Test Is Necessary
At the end of the 1000-year Millennial Day, mankind will
have been perfected by God’s program of education
and discipline (Revelation 2:27) Then a final test will
be supplied to prove all mankind to see whether, after
experiencing both evil and good—blessing and cursing—they
obey of force or their own free will. (Revelation 20:7-9)
The vast majority of mankind will pass the test and go
on to life eternal. The disobedient minority will die
the second death (going into oblivion, extinction), from
which there will be no resurrection.
Glorious Ending to the Millennial Day!
When the Bible Millennium is complete, all things will
once again be in harmony with the great Creator. God will
have wiped away all tears from mankind’s eyes. The
oft repeated request of the Lord’s Prayer, "Thy
kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth—as it is
done in heaven" will be fulfilled. From that time
forward mankind will enjoy enduring peace, health, happiness,
security and life everlasting. (Revelation 21:4; 22:17;
Isaiah 2:4; 33:24; Micah 4:4)