Yet, one might well ask, why one thousand years? Why not immediately create the new heavens and the new earth mentioned in Revelation 21:1, and then have Jesus Christ and His saints rule on earth forever? One thousand years is a long time, but it is not forever.
There are also many Christians who think we should focus on practical teaching for Christian living and skip all the prophetic elements since “they don’t really apply to me,” and “it isn’t really relevant to my life and my practical spiritual needs.” But the Millennium IS practical to our daily lives.
I want to start out this article by stating I am well aware of the fact that defending the Bible as a full authority is an unpopular position today. However, the fact that it is so unpopular brings me to remember something that Jesus Himself said about the way which leads to life: He said that it is a narrow way, and that there are few who find it (see Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24).
Something I have come to appreciate about the Word of God over the years is that it contains multiple layers of revelation, all of which work together for our instruction. These layers are one reason a person can spend a lifetime studying God’s Word and never quite comprehend it all.
The first thing in the morning I usually do after I get up is to look into the mirror and see what I need to deal with for the day to prepare my outward appearance in a way that I will be able to present myself to the Lord for His service and to others who have to spend any time with me.
After I became saved, I began to learn that it was the Holy Spirit Who illuminated the Word to me. Used as an adjective, the word illuminating means to “help to clarify or explain (a subject or matter): a most illuminating discussion” (New Oxford American Dictionary). The Scripture revealed to me that I had no righteousness of my own. Upon believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the righteousness needed for salvation was imputed to me by the Holy Spirit.
From the beginning of creation, Jesus has always declared His Father (or explained, or made Him known) – He is the declaration of God’s will. As God’s Son, Jesus makes known the thoughts, desires, and intentions of His Father.
Before Jesus left this earth to go to the Father, He comforted His disciples by promising them He would return again to receive them unto Himself: “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3, NASB).
Many times, Christians who believe in the full redemption of Christ through His finished work, as consummated in the Rapture of the Church (catching up to be with Him forever, John 14:3, 1 Thess. 4:13-17, 1 Cor. 15:49-54), are said to just be “escapists” and somehow want to avoid the sufferings of Christ.