During the thousand-year reign of Christ, what will life be like for those who are alive?

I am curious about the people who are given a second chance during the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth. Will life be the same as today? Will human life spans be the same? Will children be born? Will humans interact with spirit beings on a regular basis? Will people alive during this time know about the thousand-year time period? Will people remember their past?


Answer:

This thousand-year reign of Christ, also called the Millennium, offers people who have not known Christ or His true expectations an opportunity to respond to Him. It is important to note that this is not a second chance. It will be the first and only chance for these people. The Bible teaches that everyone will have an opportunity to come to God (2 Peter:3:9). 

For those called today, the firstfruits, the opportunity (judgment) is now (1 Peter:4:17). Others will have this opportunity during the Millennium.

As for those who are alive at the start of the Millennium, these people are ones who will have lived through the cataclysmic events of the return of Jesus Christ—called the "day of the Lord" in the Bible. Their physical lives will continue as the Kingdom of God is established here on earth (Revelation:5:10).

As to what the life span of human beings during the Millennium will be, the Bible doesn't explicitly say. It probably will be at least as long as people live today, and perhaps longer (see Zechariah:8:4). People will have children (verse 5). One important change in human life during this time, however, will be the interaction of the spirit world with human beings.

During the Millennium, Satan will be bound (Revelation:20:1-2) and the firstfruits, God's people who will have been changed into spirit at Christ's return (1 Corinthians:15:52), will be actively teaching people God's ways.

Commenting on this time, Isaiah:30:20-21 says: "And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left."

Satan's constant influence to cause people to sin, which is part of this present evil world, will be replaced by spirit beings who will help guide people into godly paths.

Because of this positive teaching and guidance by spirit beings and the fact that God's law will be going out to all the earth from Jerusalem (Isaiah:2:2-3), it seems that people living in the Millennium will know about this period of time and that this is their opportunity to respond to God.


nchronister

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So in light of this teaching, please explain the verse in Rev 20 that states that the Righteous are in Heaven and reign with Messiah for a 1000 years...

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power....

It goes on to say, that when Satan is loosed (after the 1000 yrs), he will deceive the nations to battle assembling a GREAT ARMY (the number of whom is as of the sand of the sea) to take the beloved city and he and they are destroyed by fire from heaven.

So, who are those we are teaching during that 1000 years, and where does it say that we will do so on the earth.
The Bible says that at Messiah's 2nd coming, he calls the dead out of the graves and translates the living righteous and destroys those who did not believe. Isaiah:11:4 , 2 Thess 1:7-10.. others..

How is Satan bound for the 1000 years? Exactly how can the god of this present evil world, be bound... is he (and his demons) cast into some spirit realm so that the people on the earth (and who are they since it tells us that the rest of the dead live not again till the 1000 years are expired) can learn about God?

I just don't understand your teaching on this and what I read in the Word of God does not match up with what you say.




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Hi,
You stated that Revelation 20 indicates that the righteous are in heaven; there is no mention that the righteous are in heaven, or rule from heaven. “Heaven” is used in Revelation 20 twice: “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand” (Revelation:20:1). “They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them” (Revelation:20:9). Neither verse references the saints ruling in heaven. One scripture defines where the righteous kings and priests will rule. Jesus Christ will return to the earth to set up the kingdom of God here, “And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation:5:10).

Who the teachers are during the 1,000 years of the millennial reign can be found in Revelation:20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” This righteous and faithful group in the first resurrection will reign with Christ as the Kingdom of God is established, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation:20:6). The people that physically survive until the return of Jesus Christ will be the ones that the resurrected saints rule.

We also read that the rest of the dead did not live again until after the 1,000 years (Revelation:20:5). This refers to all people who have ever lived and not understood the truth of God and Jesus Christ.

Your last thought concerned the ability of God to confine Satan in an abyss. Never limit the power of God (Isaiah:55:8-9). God will bind Satan for 1,000 years (Revelation:20:1-2).

That time of binding means that Satan and every demon will not have the ability to harm those on the earth with their deception; this is specifically part of God’s plan (Revelation:20:3).



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