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 World Report-8 - The Millenium


THOUGHTS ON THE COMING MILLENNIUM!

The coming of the year 2000 represents many things to many people.

To the non-Christian, the New Ager and the secular humanist, the millennium represents the ushering in of "The Age of Aquarius". It is a time of celebration and a time for them to worship the world, the forces of nature and themselves and their very existence. The non-christian does not believe in the existence of God, his creation of the earth, the Bible, or in His son, Jesus Christ. They however do believe in worshipping the forces of nature, evolution and the random happenstance of the existence of the earth and everything on it. The millennium represents a milestone for the natural forces that they believe are taking them for a journey to what the New Agers call "Nirvana" or their evolution to becoming one with nature and gods of their own. They believe that they will all become gods of their own in the millennium, and be joined together in peace and harmony one with the world and the universe.

For the Christian, the Millinium represents a renewing of our faith in God and to hold steadfast to the faith. The Chriatian believer believes in the Living God the creator of all things and in His Son Jesus Christ. It is a time to recommit ourselves to the sovereign rule of God over our lives. It is a time for church renewal and recommitment. It is a time for evangelism to bring as many people to the saving knowledge of God and His son Jesus Christ. It is a time to encourage and facilitate church growth and to bring as many people into the church as they can. It is a time to watch and wait steadfastly for the establishment of God's kingdom upon the earth and for the return of Jesus Christ to set up and administer that kingdom. It is a time for prayer and supplication and to live in holiness and purity.

This coming world millennium is not the same millennium that is described in the Bible. The world's time table is not the same as God's timetable. The millennium reign of God doesn't start until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to establish God's millennial kingdom on earth.

For no man knows the time or the hour of Christ's return to earth--except God Himself. However we can know from world events, that the time is very near, even at the door.


AN ARBITRARY COUNTDOWN


David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, engages Steven Jay Gould, professor of zoology and geology at Harvard University. He’s the author of Questioning the Millennium: A Rationalist’s Guide to a Precisely Arbitrary Countdown.


DAVID GERGEN: Steve, millennium madness is almost upon us as the year 2000 approaches, but our forebearers--many generations ago--had a very different view of what the millennium was all about. Tell us about it.

STEVEN JAY GOULD, Author, "Questioning the Millennium:" It is a strange change of meaning because the original millennium has nothing to do with counting periods of human history in thousand-year intervals. The original millennium is a prediction about a grand and glorious future, when the devil will be bound for a thousand years, and Christ will come again to reign on Earth. It’s a prediction in Chapter 20 in the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelations, since millennium means "a thousand years," literally, that makes sense. In other words, it’s the thousand-year period of future bliss after Christ returns when He will rule with his saints upon the Earth.

DAVID GERGEN: If you go back--refresh us just a little bit more in Revelation and the 20th verse there because there is a second coming. What was foreseen was at the second coming there would be an apocalypse.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Yes, this is going to be the grand battle. The devil is cast into the bottomless pit. Jesus comes to reign for a thousand years. After that period is over, then the devil is released. He teams up with Gog and Magog--there’s another grand battle and then comes the true last judgment. All the bodies are resurrected, and the good ones go up, and the bad ones go the other way.

DAVID GERGEN: Well, for a long, long time people thought the apocalypse was almost at hand, and Christ, Himself, told his apostles that the apocalypse might happen even in their lifetime.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Indeed. I think that’s why the transfer got made to counting periods of a thousand years because Jesus says in the three synoptic gospels quite explicitly that this end is going to come soon, the second coming, the millennium. He says there are some of you who will still be alive--some of you standing here today will still be alive when the Son of man comes into His Kingdom. And then it didn’t happen. So when you’re faced with that situation--which by the way is the only constant feature of the history of apocalypse--is every predicted date for Armageddon hasn’t come to pass, and people have to come down off their mountaintops in disappointment and that’s exactly what’s happened. In fact, the first major Christian apocalyptic movement known as the Modenists, was I think in about 150 AD, so this is very early in the history. It’s been part of the history of Christianity right from the beginning, but, of course, it never happens, so then you have to ask the question: Well, where did we go wrong? Why didn’t it happen? We thought there was going to be this grand second coming in the millennium, and what arose out of that in trying to explain when it would come, since they were wrong about the first predictions, was a kind of complicated argument that we wouldn’t find satisfactory today because it’s only based on metaphor and analogy but was important to folks at that time--they reasoned as follows: The Bible says in many places--Psalm 90 and very explicitly in Peter’s 2nd Epistle--that one day with the Lord is as a thousand human years. So they reasoned as follows: If God created the world in six days and then rested for a seventh, and each of his days is like a thousand of our years, that meant that the Earth could endure for 6,000 years, six of God’s days, after which would come the grand Sabbath, the thousand year millennium, God’s day of rest; therefore, you see, if you could only figure out when the world began, then you would know when it has to end, because it can only last 6,000 years. That’s when people started counting human history in millennia, that is, each thousand year period is one of God’s six days. After they’re all finished, the world ends.

DAVID GERGEN: And then they figured out, I guess, around the 16th century or so, that if you look back from Christ’s birth and you went through all the begats in the Bible and measured back, you could date the beginning of time from about four thousand years before--

STEVEN GAY GOULD: That became the most common way to try to do it. You have to assume the Bible is absolutely literally true.

DAVID GERGEN: You will hear from our viewers on that.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Nonetheless--but if you take the Bible absolutely literally, you can make a pretty good estimate there’s still some doubts because not every date is filled in, and there are some overlaps, but a lot of people played that game, and they came up with about 4,000 B.C., the most popular date was Archbishop Usher, 17th century English cleric, who had October 23rd at 12 noon in 4004 B.C.. Let us not accuse him of any imprecision. Other estimates came up with the venerable B in the 8th century--something like 3950--the Hebrew Bible counts 3761, I think. But everybody pretty much agrees.

DAVID GERGEN: So if it goes back 4,000 and there are 6,000 years before the apocalypse from the beginning of time until the seventh day, when you get the apocalypse and the second coming, that gives you 4,000 years before Christ was born and then 2,000 years after.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Oh, indeed. If you believe that system, we’ve either gotten there or are getting there very soon--if Jesus was really born in the year zero, and, therefore, the Earth began in 4000 BC, then that gives you a reason to think under that system that it’ll end in 2000. The problem is Jesus was not born then. That is, the man who developed our modern BC/AD system of time, a man named Dionysus Exiguous, a monk.

DAVID GERGEN: Dennis the Short.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: --made a little mistake in Jesus’s birth. It turns out that Herod died in 4 BC, and that’s well attested. So if Jesus and Herod overlapped, which is certainly a requirement of the biblical narrative, or you wouldn’t have stories like the slaughter of the innocents and the return of the magi to their own country--then Jesus must have been born in 4 BC or earlier. So if Jesus was born in 4 BC and the Earth was created 4,000 years before--that’s where Usher got his 4,004--then it should have ended--you would think--in 1996 on October 23rd, but really in 1997, because little Dennis made another mistake. He didn’t include a year zero. Shouldn’t blame him. There was no zero in western numbers at the time. And therefore, 6,000 years after 4,004 BC is October 23, 1997, last month, and it didn’t happen.

DAVID GERGEN: That mistake by Dennis the Short--there was no zero in the mathematics of his time--has caused enormous confusion about when to celebrate the end of a millennium. We now think of a millennium in the more secular terms--a thousand years--so when should we celebrate the end of this millennium--December 31, 1999, or December 31, 2000?

STEVEN GAY GOULD: A wonderful unanswerable question because it’s not about the world out there, it’s about our somewhat arbitrary systems for ordering, but it all arises from little Dennis’s business of not having the year zero. We shouldn’t blame him. There was no zero in western numbers at the time--didn’t come in till the 10th century--but because there wasn’t a year zero, AD time began on January 1st , year one, it’s like having a ruler that begins at 1 instead of zero.

DAVID GERGEN: So logic says that this millennium, this century ends on December 31st, year 2000?

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Right. And the beginning is 2001, which is why Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick call their book and movie that. Yes. If you follow out Dennis’s logic, you see the year 100 if you want each century to have a hundred years has to go into the first century, and the problem never goes away--1800 goes with the 1700 years--1900 goes with the 1800 years--and 2000 is sadly not the beginning of the millennium but the end of the 20th century.

DAVID GERGEN: You say in your book, though, that at the end of the 19th century and the turn of the 20th century the high culture of our society dictated and we all agreed that the 19th century ended and the year 1900 came to an end, 1901 started, but you say this time around we’re going to end this century on December 31, 1999.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Yes. There’s a big debate in the 1890's, but there was a meaningful distinction between what you might call high and pop culture then and the folks who controlled things, the official celebrations, the newspapers and magazines, high cultures; they accepted Dennis’s mathematical necessity, and every official celebration at the beginning of the 20th century was January 1, 1901. But you see the man in the street--pop culture--has always favored the zero zero. It just looks more interesting. 1999 to 2000 is much more interesting than 2000 to 2001. So pop culture has always wanted that solution but never had any power. In this century it’s one of the outstanding sociological phenomena of our time. There is no distinction anymore between pop and high culture--Benny Goodman, Wynn Marsalis--playing jazz band--symphony orchestras--it’s fine, since pop culture has always favored the zero zero year and high culture doesn’t exist to impose a different solution anymore, this millennium is going to turn in 2000 by popular decree, and Dennis’s whole problem is going to be solved because the 20th century gets only 99 years that began on January 1, 1901, when high culture was still in control and will end by popular proclamation on January 1, 2000.

DAVID GERGEN: Well, we can understand millennium madness, indeed. Steven Jay Gould, thank you very much.

STEVEN GAY GOULD: Thank you.


APOCALYPSE NOW?

December 22, 1999

Paul Solman takes a look at religious and secular visions of the millennium's meaning.

ANNOUNCER: In moments, the year 2000 will arrive. In moments, the celebration will reach a fever pitch. In moments, an unprepared world may be plunged into chaos as technology decimates the 2000 time clock.

PAUL SOLMAN: The Y2K crisis, as depicted in a cable TV infomercial. The main catalyst was expected to be what many people feared: A computer bug that would fritz out our technology-driven world economy. Of late, however, the focus of such ads has shifted to less mundane causes. But it's still January 1 as an apocalypse.

ANNOUNCER: The impending worldwide panic could signal the end of the age, and Christ's glorious return.


The end of the world as we know it?

PAUL SOLMAN: Such prophecies aren't restricted to cable TV in America. In Israel, there's talk of rebuilding the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, potentially triggering a holy war with Islam. In China, there's the Falun Gong religious movement. And there's at least one expert who thinks these movements are all related to the phenomenon of millennialism. Medieval historian Richard Landes began as a Y1K expert. His latest book is about a monk who lived at the turn of the last millennium, in the year 1000. But four years ago, Landes founded the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University to chronicle the coming of Y2K. In offices at BU, Landes has built a new millennium archive, bulging with everything from scholarship to schlock. We asked perhaps Y2K's most diligent chronicler to explain the connection between technology and those with apocalyptic visions. Richard Landes, welcome.

RICHARD LANDES: Thank you.

PAUL SOLMAN: We first ran into your work when we were covering Y2K, the computer bug, and you were writing about it as a millennial phenomenon. What do you mean?

RICHARD LANDES: Well, I first heard about it in the fall of 1996, and what struck me was the similarities between Y2K and various kinds of apocalyptic prophecies. And apocalypticism means the expectation that this radical transformation or the end of the world as we know it, is about to happen. And the other thing that struck me was that not only was Y2K in its own right a kind of an apocalyptic prophecy-- true or false, we don't know-- but it was a gold mine for the religious apocalyptic prophets. In other words, one of the basic arguments that religious millennial apocalyptic prophets make is that modernity is Satan's work, that this new world order that's coming is the work of the antichrist, and that all these things that come with modernity like the market and all these new toys and things are all forces of evil in this world. And Y2K was ideal because it not only appealed to their perspective, but it was also something that they could get to non-Christians or non-believers with.

PAUL SOLMAN: In terms of the Y2K computer bug, it's not just an apocalyptic fantasy.

RICHARD LANDES: No, no, no. That's what's so phenomenal. The point is that to some extent, the... the irony of having our magnificent obsession with the measurement of time, which among other things produced these computers which produced this incredible global culture that we have, but also this Achilles heel to this incredible global culture -- all of that should come down to a knowably dangerous moment at the nanosecond between 1999 and 2000. You know, I'm sorry, that's... that's millennial as far as I'm concerned.


Millennial moments

PAUL SOLMAN: To Landes, history's millennial moments haven't always been date related -- moments when, for example, an eclipse would foretell the end of the world. What's different now, Landes thinks, is that people the world over will be fixated on the same moment in time, and one that has long been associated in western culture with apocalyptic visions.

SPOKESMAN: It's here. Get ready to meet the lord. He's coming.

PAUL SOLMAN: The popular televangelists, Jack and Rexella Van Impe, have attracted an audience of millions with their vision of the 2000th anniversary of Christ's reign on earth.

JACK VAN IMPE: When it's here, that's the beginning of the end, the conclusion.

REXELLA VAN IMPE: Okay.

PAUL SOLMAN: To the Van Impes, it's made explicit in the New Testament, and one of the key events to expect is the sudden departure of true believers for a better place.

RICHARD LANDES: There's going to be a seven year tribulation. Terrible time. You know, read the Book of Revelation, the opening of the seals, the stars fall from heaven, disastrous catastrophes -- millions of people dead, and so on and so forth. Just before that, according to one version, we get raptured. The believers get raptured. They get literally physically taken off the planet.

SPOKESPERSON: A million conversations will end mid-sentence. Can you imagine that? Mid-sentence. People on television mid- sentence, they're gone.

RICHARD LANDES: Halfway through, the antichrist comes, establishes the one world government. At the end of the period, the end of seven years, Jesus returns, destroys the forces of antichrist in the Battle of Armageddon and establishes the millennial kingdom.

PAUL SOLMAN: And that's the second coming?

RICHARD LANDES: And that's the second coming. And what's nice about Y2K is that if you begin the tribulations in 2000, they end in 2007, which is 40 years after the reunification of Jerusalem in the 1967 war which is their other great millennial time clock. There are no coincidences. Everything is planned by God and everything is a message. And if you know how to read it, you know what to do.

PAUL SOLMAN: Now, there are signs galore of the apocalypse. The word means "unveiling," in the new testament's book of revelation: The four horsemen of the apocalypse, the tortures of the dammed, the whore of Babylon, the seven-headed beast, whose mark is 666, the cunning antichrist, who will look a lot like Jesus himself, Satan's agent who conquers the world before losing to Christ himself in the battle of Armageddon. All these have been popular images in western culture, from the renaissance to "the omen." That's Satan's 666 on the scalp of Gregory Peck's son.

ACTOR: There is a war going on between angels of light and dark.

PAUL SOLMAN: Recently "the omega code," first promoted through evangelical Christian groups, was a hit at the box office, as is the "end of days," in which Arnold Schwarzenegger tangles with the ultimate terminator.

ACTOR: How can you expect to beat me when I am forever and you are just a man?


Clash in the Middle East?

PAUL SOLMAN: Now all of this should come as no surprise, considering a recent "Newsweek" poll, saying 40 percent of Americans believe the world will end, as revelation describes, in the battle of Armageddon. And many see that battle beginning in the Middle East. In part, that's because some fundamentalist Christians see the founding of the state of Israel as a key precondition for the second coming. Another one is the rebuilding of King Solomon's first Jewish temple in Jerusalem which, according to legend, was rebuilt as the second temple, then destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Only its western or wailing wall is left, where Jews wail over the temple's destruction. These days, some fundamentalist Jews want to rebuild it as the so-called third temple, on the same location as the other two, Jerusalem's temple mount. But that also happens to be the site of one the holiest places in Islam. The mosque on the temple mount, the dome of the rock, built in 687, marks the spot from which, Muslims believe Mohammad ascended to heaven. Now, some say the third temple could be built alongside the mosque, but according to many extremist Jews and Christians...

RICHARD LANDES: The mosque would have to go.

PAUL SOLMAN: And if that happened?

RICHARD LANDES: I think you could expect a major war.

PAUL SOLMAN: A major war.

RICHARD LANDES: Oh, yeah.

PAUL SOLMAN: As a betting man who's slightly disturbed by some of what you're saying here, if I say that Y2K computer bug from the people I've talked to has a degree of seriousness of 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, how serious is the likelihood of a major war in the middle east?

RICHARD LANDES: I think the odds that the third temple crowd is actually going to go ahead and try and build the third temple is small, but the odds that we're going to get some serious incidents in Jerusalem, that weird things are going to happen, I think are fairly large.

PAUL SOLMAN: Israeli authorities are bracing for the worst next year, when millions of millennial celebrants are expected to visit Jerusalem. Already thousands of devout believers have flocked to the city, among them, members of a Denver- based doomsday cult, concerned Christians, led by Monte Kim Miller, who has predicted that he will die in Jerusalem in December, and be resurrected three days later. Landes and his followers are keeping tabs on such groups.

SPOKESMAN: I believe a modern prophet may have an element of manipulating society.

PAUL SOLMAN: To those at the center for millennial studies, the biggest fear is that cult leaders could use violence to hasten their dire predictions.

RICHARD LANDES: The danger comes when you make a prophecy and it doesn't come about. How do you deal with that? If you've got a sense of humor, you can laugh it off. If you don't, and megalomaniacs tend not to have a good sense of humor about themselves, if you don't, then you feel an enormous amount of aggression. Is that aggression directed inward or outward? If it's inward, you can end up committing suicide, which is aggression against the self. If it's outward, you can end up like the nazis wanting to destroy whole races of people as a way to bring about what isn't happening.

PAUL SOLMAN: But if on January 1, 2000, nothing happens, and we don't see people becoming extremely aggressive when their prophecies fail them, then are we okay?

RICHARD LANDES: Yeah. See, it's not going to happen right away. I mean it's like that cut that, that doesn't bleed immediately. Because God hasn't delivered the punishing blow the way you handle the delay, God's delay, is you're his agent. You have to deliver the punishing blow, you have to set off the mass destruction that God wants -- Armageddon as proof of prophecy.


Millennium mayhem

PAUL SOLMAN: And so millennial scholars like Landes worry that the self- fulfilling prophecy of Armageddon could spell disaster for millennial believers and cultists of many persuasions, many lands, as we all reach a significant date at the same time: The year 2000.

PAUL SOLMAN: Is there something about the way the world works scientifically in terms of the powers of destruction that now exist-- nuclear war and so forth-- that makes the year 2000 quite a different matter than previous times?

RICHARD LANDES: Yeah, yeah, no absolutely. I mean, in the year 1000, in order to believe the end of the word was coming, you had to believe in God. In the year 2000, you don't have to believe in God to be apocalyptic. And there are all sorts of good scientific reasons to worry that we could self-destruct and what's really sad about it is that at least for the religious, the millennium has an upside as well as a downside. The secular apocalypse is essentially destruction without redemption.

PAUL SOLMAN: Richard Landes, thank you very much.

RICHARD LANDES: Thank you.


The Good News - Revelation’s Predictions for the New Millennium

The new millennium is here—and with it a new interest in prophecy. Millions wonder: “What will happen next? Where are we headed?” Interest in the future is at an all-time high. One expert says that over the past 30 years more scholarship has been devoted to last-day events than in the last 300.

People are desperate for answers. But seers and psychics like Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and others have utterly failed to deliver dependable prophecies. At best, the psychics are guessing the future. At worst, they are demon inspired.

Yet the Bible has proven reliable throughout the centuries. Its prophecies have been fulfilled with uncanny accuracy for thousands of years. In fact, one of the clearest evidences of the Bible’s divine inspiration is its ability to foretell future events. Fulfilled Bible prophecy verifies the authenticity of God’s Word.

One of God’s greatest attributes is His unique ability to foretell the future. God does not guess—He knows! We read in Isaiah 46:9-10 - “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done.”

The prophet Amos adds these incredible words: “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7. That word “surely” means certainly, definitely, without a doubt. God’s Word is sure. We can safely trust Him!

Of all the books of the Bible which shed light on the last days, the Bible’s last book, Revelation, is the most complete. In Revelation God unfolds amazing last-day events that will dramatically affect you and me. Revelation’s incredible predictions guide us through the maze of false prophecies so common today.

Note how the Book of Revelation opens in chapter 1, verse 1. It’s called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave Him to show His servants— things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His servant John.” Did you notice the divinely-appointed chain of communication?  Look:

Then John wrote it in his book called Revelation to “show God’s people what must shortly come to pass.” (Revelation 1:1-2).

Thus the Book of Revelation is not mere personal opinion or human guess-work. It’s not some psychic’s view of the future. Its prophecies come directly from God. It bears the signature of heaven and reveals God’s final message for this world. The Lord Himself offers a triple blessing for those who study His book: Revelation 1:3 promises, “Blessed is he who reads, and hears, and keeps the things which are written in it.”

The central theme and major focus of Revelation is Jesus—the One “who is and who was and who is to come.” Revelation 1:4. We can trust Him who conquered death and is coming to take us home. All history is moving to one grand climax. All creation is standing on tiptoe awaiting the coming of the King. That’s the theme of the Bible’s last book.

This planet has a date with destiny. Revelation 1:7 tells us: “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye shall see Him.” Those lacking this end-time hope need to be reminded we are not cosmic orphans. Earth won’t be reduced to some spinning globe of ash from a nuclear holocaust. Famines and earthquakes won’t dash our hopes of a happy tomorrow. Revelation can lift our spirits and gladden our hearts, giving us hope to hold onto in a hopeless world.

Every one of Revelation’s prophecies end in the same place—with hope. The Book of Revelation is a Revelation of Hope. For beyond natural disasters, beyond conflict between nations, beyond ethnic hatred and escalating worldwide political tension, beyond an uncertain economy, there is hope:

The 13th Chapter of Revelation foretells the rise of the powerful Antichrist/Beast. It unfolds a time when no man can buy or sell. It discusses the Mark of the Beast and the mysterious number 666.

But in Revelation 14:14, at the end of this sequence, the Apostle John shouts for joy, “And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.” John looks away from the Beast and sees his loving Lord returning in glory.

Revelation 7:14-15 pictures those who were Left Behind at the Rapture, have now come to Salvation and “who have come out of great tribulation, and . . .are before the throne of God.” The tribulation does not bring them to condemnation, as they refused to accept the Mark of the Beast, and are martyred. Their Souls are intact and unscathed with their faith stronger, praising God. The Seven Last Plagues are not directed at God’s people, and when they’re over, a voice from heaven proclaims, “It is done!” (Revelation 16:17, 21:6).

Earth’s heartaches are over. Divorce, disease, and disaster are over! Worry, war, and want are over! Pain and pollution, sickness and sorrow, death and dying are all over! And the Almighty God triumphantly declares throughout the whole universe: “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:5). The God who will create a new world can make all things new in your life—new joy, power, and purpose—a new heart and happiness.
 
Revelation’s Predictions for the New Millennium:

Our heavenly Father has so much He longs to teach us!


The Millennium: Beginning or End?

"Millennium: Beginning or End?" is destined to make a phenomenal impact on the work of the Church at large. I believe it is going to cut through the error that has inundated Christianity since 431 AD-a period covering almost 1570 years. Christians have been bombarded down through the centuries with a fabricated teaching about the Millennium. Today, far too many people have mistaken notions about what will  happen after the Rapture, the Tribulation, Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ.

You Need Not Be Confused Any Longer!

The following information  is so vital that I feel every believer must read this. We can prove that six "end of the world" texts of the New Testament are mistranslations of the Greek [They should read "End Of The Age" Not "End Of the World"]. Furthermore, there are 121 Biblical proofs that our world will go on forever and ever, even after the thousand year reign of Christ, because it's a world without end. I believe this work to be the most important and unusual presentation of facts released in the 20th Century. You must have this information in order to help other believers who blindly accept as fact that the end of the world error, propagated for 1570 years, is unscriptural. The earth will abide forever, so beloved, sleep well tonight.

The following excerpts from "Millennium: Beginning or End?" should whet the appetite of all who desire to know the truth.

Comedian Woody Allen once quipped that the Millennium would be a period in history when the lion might lie down with the lamb, but that the lamb wouldn't get much  sleep. Allen is wrong. Why? First, it's a wolf that lies down with the lamb, and secondly, the lamb will sleep because Christ is in control (Isaiah 11:6). The Millennium will be a thousand years of universal peace, utopian in the extreme. It will be a period when "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks" (Isaiah 2:4). Why? Because the Prince of Peace is present (Isaiah 9:6).

The great historian Edward Gibbon, author of the eighteenth century literary masterpiece The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, reminds us that the ancient and popular doctrine of the Millennium was carefully taught by a succession of Church Fathers.especially Justin Martyr and Irenaeus who conversed with the immediate  disciples of the apostles. This is crucial live testimony, the sort of "verification of the  facts" any court of law would welcome as key evidence in a trial.

During the first 300 years of Christian history, the Church Fathers taught that Christ would come back for a thousand-year reign. There were no other options. First of all, the great church historian Irenaeus, AD 140, said that he bore witness to the testimony of Papia, a close friend of the Apostle John who wrote the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation, informing the world that John had told him all the apostles, mentioned in Matthew 10:1-3, with the exception of Judas, believed that Christ would come and set up His thousand-year kingdom.

In AD 325, at the Council of Nicea, 318 bishops gathered together from around the world, and reaffirmed the doctrine of the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth. In fact, there was not one dissenting voice.

A-millennialists say the idea of a wolf and a lamb coexisting in peace is tantamount to the remarkable change that took place when the vicious persecutor Saul of Tarsus, a ravaging and destroying wolf, became a lamb through conversion. This is how ridiculously some scholars do away with the literalness of God's Holy Word. We might say to these theologians, "Nice try." But it simply does not hold water with the rest of the counsel of Scripture. Instead, it is symbolization to the extreme.

Dr. J. Vernon McGee, now present with the Lord, once made a statement that has stayed with me during all my years of ministry. He wrote: "There can be no kingdom  without the king being present. If this doesn't happen, millions of Christians for  hundreds of years have wasted their time and prayers by obeying Jesus who taught  his disciples to pray, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Christ's eternal kingdom will be realized on this planet as well as in heaven."

Armageddon is not a sad ending at all, but a glorious beginning under the rulership of our Lord Jesus Christ, who puts down all earth's angry forces as He creates a thousand years of utopian peace upon earth.

When Christ returns, the Antichrist realizes he has finally met his match. As it turns out, he is not God after all, but rather a frail, insignificant man who had spent too much  time poring over and believing his own press releases. It was all a setup! Now it's  over. He's doomed eternally, and with his demise, the Lord of Glory sets up earth's golden age and gives all humanity one more glorious opportunity to live life to its fullest.

Christ must rule the nations with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9, Revelation 19:15) to keep people in line even when there's no devil to tempt them, even when there's no worldliness allowed, no riotous living, because of Christ's control over the subjects of His kingdom. Imagine. Millions go into His kingdom as righteous people but bear children who turn away from the Lord. I've always felt if the Lord can't convince people of His power and majesty after a thousand years of earthly reign, it's nothing short of amazing that when we preach the gospel in our day, people are actually saved and begin their walk with the Lord. I have always seen this as one of the greatest miracles of all.

Christ heals the planet's wounds when he establishes his Millennial Kingdom. At that time, there will be a massive rebuilding program; it will not be presto chango, poof-all is now well! This would be an impossibility because one third of the earth was recently destroyed by fire (Revelation 8:7). So how will Christ revive, revitalize, and restore the earth? What will be His divine strategy, and what will He use to return earth to it's original status? The greatest restoration program in history called "the times of refreshing" (Acts 3:19), "the time of restoration" (Acts 3:21), and"the regeneration" (Matthew 19:28).

As the Millennium begins, all armaments will be scrapped. Finally, the promise of the great spiritual I ain't gonna study war no more will become a reality. The mere physical presence of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, ruling and reigning, will bring universal peace to earth. For centuries, men and women have promised peace to humankind. Politicians have guaranteed a "chicken in every pot." Every conceivable system of government has come and gone-all promising some degree of utopia. "The next election will make all things right," one promises. "Vote for me. I am the one who can turn the tables right side up. Put me in office and things will be different," says another. How foolish for us ever to believe a word of their hollow promises. It simply never happens. It will take the return of Christ to this earth to deal  with the challenges of the insane and dangerous international situation in which the  world finds itself today.

There will be a shift in the operation of the celestial bodies, possibly even a dramatic shifting of the poles of the earth, resulting in a universal climate that will eliminate the extremes of cold and heat we experience today (Isaiah 30:25). The physical health of humankind will so improve that today's "fitness craze" will go the way of the unused treadmills and exercise bikes. If a person dies at the age of one hundred, his neighbors will shake their heads in despair, lamenting that their friend died in mere infancy (Isaiah 65:20). Such will be the Golden Age of the earth to be ushered in at the Second Advent of the Lord of Glory and governed righteously by our precious Lord Jesus.

The "New Jerusalem" is a city so bright that its glow will light the world both by day and by night. It is where we will live in new spiritual bodies that allow us to walk through walls, disappear and reappear at will, and travel at the speed of our own desires, just as Jesus did in His resurrection body (Luke 24:36-41).

This spinning, heavenly city is for real, and at the appointed time, believers will become inhabitants of this sublime, celestial place. First, during the one-thousand-year reign of Christ as it hovers over the earth, as announced in Revelation 21:9-22:15, then eternally as this heavenly palace descends to earth and becomes situated on terra firma forever and ever.

So the good news is that Jesus is returning, and this time, He will remain on earth to rule personally for one thousand years-ten incredible, unrivaled centuries that will be as no other in the history of mankind. However, there is even more excitement as we contemplate the fact that following the one thousand years, Christ is recommissioned to continue His earthly kingdom forever-in a world without end (Isaiah 45:17; Ephesians 3:21).


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