Divine Government-The Millennium (Rev. 19:11-20:15)

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Age To Come (Gen. 19:11-15)

THE AGE TO COME is that time from the second advent of Christ to the New Heaven and the New Earth. It takes in only one dispensation--the Millennium. This will be the last age before the eternal perfect state when God will again be all-in-all as before rebellion started in the universe.
In Rev. 20:1-15 we have the expulsion of Satan from the Earth, the Millennial Reign of Christ and His saints, Satan's post- Millennial career and doom, and the final judgment.
 
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Expulsion Of Satan From The Earth
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit , and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season" (Rev. 20:1-3).
This passage is the continuation of the Scripture on the battle of Armageddon of Rev. 19:11-21 and shows the confinement of the dragon in the abyss. After Armageddon an angel will come down from Heaven having the key to the abyss. How and angel or a spirit can be bound a literal chain and be cast into a material place is only understandable when we see that angels have bodies and can be localized and confined to material places. If this is not true, how are demons that are now bound in this Abyss to be loosed under the fifth and sixth trumpets? How can angels be confined to tartarus in chains (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6, 7) and how will all wicked men, demons, fallen angels, and rebellious creatures of all kinds be confined in the lake of fire forever? (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 14:9-11; 19:20; 20:10-15).
This angel mentioned in Rev. 20: 1-3 will lay hold on Satan, overpower him by actual combat, bind him with a great chain, cast him into the Abyss where he will be for a thousand years and " set a seal upon him " or literally, seal the Abyss over him to keep him there so that he cannot deceive the nations until the Millennium is over. Thus we see that Satan is a literal person, his doom is literal, he is to be bound by a literal angel, with a literal chain, cast into a literal Abyss, and sealed with a literal seal for the period of the Millennium.
In Rev. 12 we have seen that the dragon and his angels will be cast out of Heaven to the Earth in the middle of the Week, where they will remain until the Battle of Armageddon when they will fight against Christ and His angels and saints. It is not stated whether Satan's angels will cast into the Abyss with him or not. In Isa. 24:21, 22; 25:7 it is clear that they will be cast into the pit with Satan and will be loosed with "After many days" to help him deceive the nations again (Rev. 20:1-10).
 
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Millennial Reign Of Christ And His Saints
"And I saw thrones and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. this is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years (Rev. 204-6).
This passage shows that the tribulation martyrs will also have a part in the reign of Christ in the Millennium and forever. If there no other passage in the Bible to teach the doctrine of the Millennium this one would be sufficient, for the word millennium simply means "one thousand years," which term is repeated six times in the first seven verses of Rev. 20. Before you take up this subject of the Millennium in other Scriptures, let us take note what Rev. 20 says about it.

Satan must be bound before the Millennium can begin (Rev. 20:1-10). This certainly implies the fulfillment of all the events of Rev. 4-19. Therefore, the thousand years cannot come until these things are fulfilled.

Satan will be bound during the Millennium (Rev. 20:3).

After the binding of Satan, John saw "thrones" and their occupants (Rev. 20:4). The occupants of the thrones will be the tribulation martyrs. They will reign as kings and priests with Christ as will all other redeemed heavenly peoples.

In Rev. 20: John shows that the tribulation martyrs have a part in the first resurrection, which is before the Millennium and includes all different companies of redeemed saved and resurrected from Adam to the binding of Satan. This verse also implies that the tribulation saints will be the last redeemed company resurrected and translated. The first resurrection ends with the rapture of this company and of the two witnesses. All other passages on the resurrections in Scripture, except a few on the rapture of the church, speak of the first and second resurrections as being one, and as occurring at the same time. However Rev. 20:5 and 1 Cor. 15:20-23, 51-58; Phil. 3:10-14; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; 2 Thess. 2:1, 6-8; 2 Cor. 5:1-6; Eph. 5:26, 27; Heb. 11:35; 1 John 3:1-3 speak of a resurrection from out of the dead, or the dead and living saints up to the rapture and only those who get saved and die in the tribulation. In Rev. 20:11-15 the wicked dead, who have no part in the first resurrection and who will be resurrected after the thousand years, are pictured as standing before the great white throne to be judged. This will be the second resurrection. It includes all the wicked dead from Adam to the end of the Millennium.

Next, a blessing is pronounced upon all who have part in the first resurrection, for " on such the second death [ the lake of fire, Rev. 2:11; 19:20; 20:10-15; 21:8 ] hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign one thousand years " ( Rev. 20:6).

When the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them " against God (Rev. 20:7-10). Then fire will come down out of Heaven to devour his armies, and he himself will be cast into the lake of fire, where the beast and false prophet are and where they have been for the one thousand years (Rev. 19:20; 20:7-10).

Then, the wicked dead will be resurrected and there will be the final judgment, after which the renovation of the heavens and of the Earth will take place. The result will be a New Heaven, and New Earth, as pictured in Rev. 21, 22.
Now, in view of these basic facts, we can understand the many other Scriptures which speak of the reign of the Messiah without distinguishing between His reign during the first thousand years and His reign forever.
 
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Definition of the Millennium
GENERAL TRUTHS ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM
This dispensation is called Divine Government because God Himself along with the Son and the Holy Spirit will set up a divine government on Earth over all nations forever. The first thousand years of God's reign is called the Millennium which simply means one thousand years. It is from mille ( thousand ) and annum ( year ).
Scripture terms for this Age are:
1. " The thousand years " reign of Christ ( Rev. 20:1-10 ).
2. "The dispensation of the fulness of times " ( Eph. 1:10 ).
3. "The day of the Lord " ( Isa. 2:12; 13:6, 9; 34:8; Ezek. 30:3; Amos 5:18; Joel 2:1; Zep. 1:7, 8, 18; 2:2, 3; Zech. 14:1-21; Mal. 4; 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Thess. 2:1-8; 2 Pet. 3:10).
4. " That day " ( Isa. 2:11; 4:1-6; 19:21; 24:21; 26:1; Ezek. 39:22; 48:35; Hosea 2:18; Joel 3:18; Zech. 12:8-11; 13:1; 14:1-9; Mal. 3:17 ).
5. " The world [age] to come " ( Matt. 12:32; Mark 10:30; Luke 20:35; Eph. 1:21; 2:7-14 ).
6. " The kingdom of Christ and of God " ( Mark 14:25; Luke 10:11; 22:14-18 ).
7. " The kingdom of heaven " ( Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 5:3, 10, 19, 20; 7:21; 8:11; 10:7; 13:43; 18:1-4; Luke 19:12-15 ).
8. " The kingdom of God " (Mark 14:25; Luke 10:11; 22:14-18 ).
9. " The regeneration " ( Matt. 19:28; Eph. 1:10 ).
10. " The times of the restitution[restoration] of all things " (Acts. 3:20, 21).
11. " The consolation of Israel " ( Luke 2:25 ).
12. " The redemption of Jerusalem " (Luke 2:38).
 
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Length Of The Millennium ( REV. 20:1-10 ).
This dispensation will last 1,000 years ( Rev. 20:1-10 ). The expression " thousand years " is mentioned six times in this one passage. Although the length is mentioned only in this passage the age is referred to in all parts of Scripture, it will begin with the binding of Satan at the return of Christ to the Earth to re-establish the throne of David and set up God's kingdom on the Earth ( Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-20:7 ). It will last until the loosing of Satan, the last rebellion, the renovation of the Earth by fire and the great white throne judgment ( Rev. 20:11-15; 2 Pet. 3:8-13 ).
One thing we must emphasize in connection with the 1,000 years: that this will only be the first 1,000 years wherein Christ will reign on earth. He will continue to reign over the same kingdom eternally; and the first 1,000 years will be for the express purpose of ridding the earth of all rebellion, destroying all enemies, destroying death and sin, and restoring this rebellious part of God's universal kingdom to its place over all other creations, as it was before sin entered through Lucifer and Adam who headed the rebellions of their respective kingdoms. In this, the Millennial age God will gather together all things in Christ, both the things which are in heaven, and which are on the earth ( 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 22:4-5 ).
 
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Favorable Beginning
In this age man will have a beginning more favorable than in any other dispensation. besides having many of the wonderful benefits of other ages, man will have the God of Heaven for a ruler and enjoy all the privileges that such rulership will bring. The following points concerning the divine government and the blessed conditions on the Earth during the Millennium will clearly reveal the favorable conditions in this dispensation.
 
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The Kingdom Foretold
God's covenants with Abraham and David guaranteed to Israel an everlasting earthly kingdom and that they would be the channel of blessings to all the families of the Earth. It seemed that these covenants and promises would fail when Israel was divided into two kingdoms about 1009 B. C. After this time, God raised up many prophets who continued emphasizing to Israel that God would still bring to pass His promises to them, but that He would have to use different means to complete them than would be necessary if they would but submit to His righteous requirements.
Sixteen of these prophets left writings concerning the coming King and kingdom. Note in the following passages, that because of the rebellion of Israel, they were to go into captivity and be scattered among the nations where they would be "many days" without a king, sacrifice, or a knowledge of the true God, and that after this they would be gathered back to their own land and be brought very low because of the oppression of the Gentiles. Then they would be delivered from the nations by the Messiah who would come from glory to set up the kingdom ( Isa. 1:2-9, 25-28; 2:2-5; 9:6-7; 11:2-16; 27:12-13; 32:1-5, 15-19; 34:1-17; 63:1-6; Jer. 33:17-26; Ezek. 24:11-30; 36:16-38; 37:1-28; Dan. 7:12-27; 8:16-27; 9:24-27; 11:36-12:13; Hosea 2:14-23; 3:4-5; Joel 2:28-3:21; Micah 4:1-13; 5:1-15; Zech. 8:1-14:21; Mal. 3:1-4:6; Luke 1:30-35; 21:20-24; Acts 15:13-17; Rom. 11:25-27; Rev. 1:5; 5:10; 11:15; 20:1-4). Men looked for the kingdom through the ages ( Heb. 11, 2 Sam. 7; Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 4; Mark 15:43; Heb. 12:25-28; Acts 3:19-21 ).
 
The Kingdom Foretold
God's covenants with Abraham and David guaranteed to Israel an everlasting earthly kingdom and that they would be the channel of blessings to all the families of the Earth. It seemed that these covenants and promises would fail when Israel was divided into two kingdoms about 1009 B. C. After this time, God raised up many prophets who continued emphasizing to Israel that God would still bring to pass His promises to them, but that He would have to use different means to complete them than would be necessary if they would but submit to His righteous requirements.
Sixteen of these prophets left writings concerning the coming King and kingdom. Note in the following passages, that because of the rebellion of Israel, they were to go into captivity and be scattered among the nations where they would be "many days" without a king, sacrifice, or a knowledge of the true God, and that after this they would be gathered back to their own land and be brought very low because of the oppression of the Gentiles. Then they would be delivered from the nations by the Messiah who would come from glory to set up the kingdom ( Isa. 1:2-9, 25-28; 2:2-5; 9:6-7; 11:2-16; 27:12-13; 32:1-5, 15-19; 34:1-17; 63:1-6; Jer. 33:17-26; Ezek. 24:11-30; 36:16-38; 37:1-28; Dan. 7:12-27; 8:16-27; 9:24-27; 11:36-12:13; Hosea 2:14-23; 3:4-5; Joel 2:28-3:21; Micah 4:1-13; 5:1-15; Zech. 8:1-14:21; Mal. 3:1-4:6; Luke 1:30-35; 21:20-24; Acts 15:13-17; Rom. 11:25-27; Rev. 1:5; 5:10; 11:15; 20:1-4). Men looked for the kingdom through the ages ( Heb. 11, 2 Sam. 7; Isa. 9:6-7; Matt. 4; Mark 15:43; Heb. 12:25-28; Acts 3:19-21 ).
 
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When Will Christ's Kingdom Be Set Up
At the return of the king from glory ( Matt. 25:31-46; Isa. 9:6, 7; Dan. 2:44, 45; 7:13, 14; 8:18-22; Zech. 14; 1 Thess. 1:7; Jude 14; Rev. 17:14; 19:11-20:7 ).
After the church is raptured ( 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-17 ), for the church comes back to Earth with Christ to help Him set up the kingdom and reign over the nations ( Zech. 14:1-5; Jude 14; Rev. 1:4, 5; 5:10; 17:14; 19:11-21 ). It is not until after the days of the church that Christ comes to build again the house of David ( Acts 15:13-18; Isa. 9:6, 7; 11:11; Hosea 3:4, 5; Luke 1:32-35 ). The church is raptured before the coming of the Antichrist ( 2 Thess. 2:7, 8 ). And Antichrist makes his appearance before Christ comes ( 2 Thess. 2:1-6 ), so Christ's kingdom cannot be set up until these events take place.
After the future tribulation, for Christ does not come to the Earth with the saints until then ( Matt. 24:15-31; Zech. 14:1-21; Dan. 12:1-13; Rev. 19:11-21 ).
After the great apostasy and the revelation of the Antichrist, for Antichrist is destroyed at Christ's coming to Earth, so he must be here when Christ comes ( 2 Thess. 2:1-12; Rev. 19:11-21; Dan. 7:18-27; 8:16-27; 9:27; 11:36-12:13 ).
After the time the Antichrist is destroyed and Satan is bound for 1,000 years ( Rev. 5:10; 20:1-7 ). During the Church Age and the future tribulation period Satan is loose ( 1 Pet. 5:8; Rev. 12:12-17; 13:1-8; 20:1-7 ). The devil is still loose, so we are still in the Church Age and will be until Christ comes to bind the devil.
After the first resurrection, for the saints reign with Christ on Earth for 1,000 years (Rev. 5:9, 10; 20:1-6 ). Therefore, the saints must first be resurrected before they can reign with Him. This is the period of suffering for Christ, not the period of reigning with Him ( Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 15:20-58; 2 Cor. 5:6; Phil. 1:23; 3:20, 21; Col. 1:24; 2 Tim. 2:12; 3:12 ). The 1,000 years are between the resurrection of the righteous and that of the wicked ( Rev. 20:4-6, 11-15 ).At the time Ezekiel's temple is built ( Ezek. 40:1-43:7 ). The reign of Christ will be set up in Jerusalem in Ezekiel's temple ( Ezek. 43:7 ), therefore, the kingdom cannot be set up until then. Christ will build this temple when He comes, but the kingdom naturally will not and cannot be set up in the temple until it is built ( Isa. 9:6, 7; 52:1-8; 62:6-14; Ezek. 36:24-36; 41:1; 43:7; Zech. 6:12, 13; 14:1-21; Luke 1:32-35; Acts 15:13-18 ).
After Israel is gathered back from all countries ( Ezek. 20:33-36; 36:17-38; 37:1-28; Hosea 3:4, 5; Dan. 9:27 ).
When the Jews are delivered from the armies of the nations and become a blessing to all the families of the Earth ( Gen. 12:1-3; Ps. 2:6-8; Isa. 9:6, 7; 25:6-9; Zech. 9:9-11; 14:1-21; Acts 15:13-18; Luke 1:32-35 ).
In the day of the ten kings of revised Rome and revived Grecia ( Dan. 2:40-45; 7:18-28; Rev. 17:8-18 ).
After all of Rev 4-19 is fulfilled, for Christ comes in Rev. 19-20 to set up the kingdom.
According to these facts mentioned above the kingdom is yet in the future and will follow all these events. Christ Himself taught in the following passages that the kingdom would follow His second advent ( Matt. 16:21-27; 19:28; 20:2-23; 23:37-39; 24:3-31; 25:31-46; 26:29, 64; Acts 1:6, 7; 3:19-21; John 14:3; Luke 9:26; 19:11-27; Rev. 5:9,10; 11:15;20:1-7 ).
The apostles taught that the kingdom was to be in the future following the second coming of Christ ( Acts 1:7-11; 1 Pet. 1:7; 5:4; 2 Pet. 1:16; 3:3, 4; James 5:7; 1 John 2:28; Jude 14; 1 Tim. 6:14, 15 ).
 
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Will It Be a Literal Earthly Kingdom ?
The kingdom will be as earthly and literal as any other one that has been on the Earth. It will be the ninth of the following kingdoms mentioned in Daniel and Revelation: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Revised Rome, Revived Greece, and the Kingdom of Heaven ( Isa. 9:6, 7; Dan. 2:44,45; 7:13, 14, 17-27; Zech. 14; Rev. 17:8-18 ). As all the preceding kingdoms have been literal so must the Kingdom of Heaven be literal.
The Seventh Day Adventist and others teach that the Earth will be desolate during the 1,000 years and that this Earth is the bottomless pit where the devil will be bound for that period. There is not word of truth in this theory. The bottomless pit is a department in the underworld for the confinement of certain demon and angelic spirits.
 
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The Form Of Government

The government in the Millennium will not be monarchic, democratic, or autocratic, but a theocratic form of government; that is God reigning through:

1. Jesus Christ His only begotten Son ( 2 Sam. 7; Ps. 2; 89:35-37; Isa. 2:2-4; 4:2, 3; 9:6, 7; 11:1-15; 16:5; 24:23; 32:1-4; 40:9, 10; 42:1-4; 52:7; Jer. 23:5-8; Ezek. 43:7; Dan. 2:44, 45; 7:13, 14; Mich. 4; 5:1-7; Zech. 6:12, 13; 14:1-21; Matt. 25:31-46; Luke 1:32-35; Rev. 11:15; 20:1-10 ).

2. David, the king of Israel ( Jer. 30:9; Ezek. 34:24; 37:24-28; Hosea 3:4, 5 ).
3. The Apostles and ALL saints from Adam to the Millennium, or those who have part in the first resurrection ( Ps. 149:5-9; Dan. 7:18-27; Matt. 19:28; 1 Cor. 4:8; 6:2; Eph. 2:7; 2 Tim. 2:12; Heb. 11; Rom. 8:17; 2 Thess. 1:4-7; Rev. 1:6; 2:26, 27; 5:9, 10; 11:18; 12:5; 20:4-6; 22:5 ). All saints will be judged and rewarded according to the deeds done in the body and will be given places of rulership according to the degree of their rewards, not according to the company of redeemed they are a part of, or the age in which they were redeemed. This is the only true and just basis for giving rewards. If some New Testament saint is rewarded and given a greater place in the kingdom than some Old Testament saint on the mere grounds that he is redeemed in a different age, this would be unjust. But if all are rewarded " according to their works " regardless of the age in which they are redeemed, then God cannot be accused of injustice or of being a respecter persons. It is up to every man to make good in every age and prove true to his own particular test. From the above passages in points (2) and (3) we learn that David will have a greater rulership than any one of the apostles. He is to be king over all Israel under Christ while the apostles will have only one tribe each.

Some Old Testament saints did more for God and had more power than the average New Testament saints. Take an ordinary professed follower of the Christ today and compare his life and works with Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Shall the New Testament person be given a greater degree of reward and responsibility in the eternal kingdom than these men just because he is saved in a different age? This would not be just and it is contrary to the doctrine of personal reward according to a man's works, as proved in Prov. 24:12; Ps. 62:12; Jer. 31:16; Rom. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10, 11; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; James 2:21-25; Rev. 14:12; 20:12-15; 22:12. Certain classes of men will not have part in reigning with Christ ( Matt. 18:1-13; Luke 9:62; 14:27; John 3:3-5; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 5:5; 2 Tim. 2:12; Heb. 12:14; 1 John 3:10; Rev. 20:15).
Earthly judges and kings will be restored , but as subordinate to the heavenly rulers (Isa. 1:25-28; Ezek. 43:7-12; Rev. 21:24).
 
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Where Will the Seat of Government Be?

Jerusalem rebuilt and restored to a greater glory than ever before, will be the seat of the government , the world capital and the center of worship forever. ( 1 Chron. 23:25; 2 Chron. 33:4-7; Ps. 48:8; Isa. 2:2-4; 11:11-12:6; Jer. 17:25; Ezek. 34:1-35; 43:7; Joel 3:17, 20; Micah 4:7; Zech. 8:3-23; 14:1-21; 15:1-18 ).
 
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The Territorial Extent of the Kingdom?

It will be world-wide and will forever "increase" in population and blessings (Isa. 9:6, 7; 11:9; Ps. 72:8; 97:9; Dan. 7:13, 14; Micah 4:1-3; Zech. 9:10; 14:1-21; Rev. 11:15).
 
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Who Will and Will not be the Subjects of the Kingdom.

Various classes of people will be excluded from the kingdom ( Matt. 5:20; 13:49, 50; 24:45-51; 25:25-28, 31-46; Rev. 14:9-12 ). Some men of all nations now in existence on the Earth will continue as natural people in the kingdom forever and ever. "All people, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" ( Dan. 7:13-14, 18, 22-27; Isa. 9:6-7; Zech. 14:1-21; Luke 1:32-35; Rev. 11:15 ).
After the battle of Armageddon and the judgment of the nations at the return of Christ, there will be many left of all nations who will go up from year to year to worship the Lord of hosts and keep the Feast of Tabernacles. It is these people and their children that will populate the Earth during the Millennium ( Isa. 2:1-2; Zech. 14:16-21; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 11:15; 20:1-10 ).
The Russellists teach that the atonement of Christ was for Adam only, that one man could only atone for one man, that all the sons of Adam must remain dead until the Millennium when they will be resurrected and given a second chance, and that all who will not accept God during this second probation will be annihilated. This is one of the most erroneous and unscriptural teachings ever set forth. It denies the very heart of the gospel, for Jesus died for every man, as proved in Matt. 1:21; 26:29; Luke 24:47; John 1:12-16; 3:5, 16-19; 6:37-40; 14:6; Acts 2:38; 4:12; Rom. 1:16; 5:6-11, 15-21; 6:23; 8:1-4, 32; 2 Cor.5:14-21; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14, 20-22; Heb. 1:3; 2:9-10; 9:11-28; 10:4-22, 29; 1 Pet. 1:18-23; 1 John 1:7.
What is it in all these passages that makes God just in forgiving every man today who repents and believes the gospel ? It is the one sacrifice of Christ for all men of all times, and not for Adam alone. If one man could only atone for the sins of one man, then to be redeemed every man that has ever been born must have God die for him individually. God would then have to do what He did in Christ a countless number of times. Such a thing is absurd. If men are going to have another chance in the Millennium the basis of their reconciliation must be the same as it is now. Thus, their teaching that Christ died for one man only is contradicted by their teaching that all men will have a second chance during the Millennium, because how are they to be saved then unless Christ dies separately for each individual as they teach must be the case in the doctrine of the atonement ?
The Bible teaches that all righteous dead will be resurrected before the Millennium and the wicked dead after that period ( Rev. 20:4-15 ). Therefore how could the wicked be resurrected and given a second chance during the Millennium, if they are not to rise until after the Millennium? In no place does the Bible teach that men have a second chance. On the contrary it says, "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" ( Heb. 9:27 ). The Bible does not say "after this a second chance, and then annihilation if they fail again." The Bible does not Teach annihilation for any man. Men during their natural lifetime have hundreds of chances to get right with God, and if they fail to do so they will be cut off and "that without remedy" ( Prov. 29:1 ). So it is clear that the subjects of the Millennial Kingdom will not be the wicked dead who will be raised to life again after the Millennium, but men of the nations who will be on Earth at the coming of Christ with the saints to set up the kingdom ( Isa. 2:1-4; 11:11; 66:17-21; Zech. 14:16 ).
The Adventists, instead of believing that there will be inhabitants on Earth in the Millennium teach that the Earth will be desolate of all human, animal, and plant life during this period. They teach that the devil will be bound on Earth at this time, but this is disproved in the facts of Rev. 20:1-15, as listed in thread #3 above.
 
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Laws for the Subjects of the Kingdom ?

There will be laws in this kingdom for the same purpose as in any other kingdom. There are laws even in Heaven and in all the universe. Adam was given laws to keep before he fell. Men will have laws to keep in all eternity after mankind has been redeemed from the fall, so why not during the Millennium ? There will be sinners during the Millennium so God of necessity will have laws to make known His will to His subjects. It is necessary to have laws to set up certain standards for free wills, else there would be no need of a free will to choose between right and wrong. The very nature of a free will demands law and revelation of the will of God in order to be enlightened as to his duties to society to which he is a part and to cause his will to be exercised as to his moral obligations.
The Millennium kingdom will be a literal earthly one with earthly subjects, many of whom will be rebels at heart against the rule of Christ and they will openly rebel at the first chance they get when the devil is loosed out of the pit at the end of the 1,000 years ( Rev. 20:1-10 ). Anyone who has really been "born again" and baptized in the Holy Spirit and has fellowship with God during the 1,000 years certainly will not rebel with Satan at that time. That there will be sinners here during the Millennium is clear from Isa. 2:2-4; 11:2-4; 11:3-5; 16:5; 65:20; Ps. 2:6-9; Micah 4:3; Zech. 14:16-21; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 20:7-10.
Many unsaved people will be permitted to live and go through the Millennium because they will keep the outward laws of the government, but in their hearts they will be rebellious against the government. On the other hand, many will be executed during the Millennium because of committing sins worthy of death ( Isa. 11:3-5; 16:5; 65:20 ). There will have to be laws to govern such people during the Millennium else there could be no transgression of the law to bring judgment, if there were no basis for judgment.
 
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What Laws Will There Be
The laws of God revealing His will in detail as given by Moses and Jesus Christ will be the laws of the kingdom. This includes the laws of both Old and New Testament. The outward laws, of course, will be the only ones enforced upon man. Outward laws alone could never govern the desires of a free will. It is clear from Isa. 2:2-4; Micah 4:2; Ezek. 40:1-48:35 and the books of Moses that the law, or at least part of it, will again become effective during the Millennium and forever, as far as Israel is concerned.
The writers of these passages knew only the law of Moses when they wrote, so when they mentioned "the law" they could have had in mind only the law of Moses. That law revealed the governmental plan and laws of Godin detail which were sufficient to govern natural men regardless of their attitude toward spiritual things. When God gave the law to Moses He gave it in eternal terms thus emphasizing the truth that such law is eternal and should be observed by Israel forever. The law will, in some details, apply only to Israel in their land, for some of it was made only for Israel. The moral and governmental laws concern all nations alike, but the laws that apply to the nation of Israel to be obeyed in their own land only will apply only to Israel. The laws of the gospel will apply to all men alike, while some of the laws of Moses concerning typical worship will apply in particular to Israel in their land, as taught by Ezekiel 40:1-48:35. Certain of feasts of Israel will have to be observed by all nations or they will not get rain ( Zech. 14:16-21 ). God will adjust all matters when the kingdom is set up. The Jews naturally will enjoy certain blessings more that others due to the fact that the temple, with its worship, the world capital, and missionary headquarters will be located in Palestine.
Israel, or no other nation, has ever kept the law, yet the law was given for them to keep forever. If they ever keep it as God intended it will yet be in the future.
 
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Besides these outward laws for the natural man in the kingdom, there will be laws governing the spiritual man; that is, the man who will desire spiritual things and live in the Spirit. This kind of spiritual man will have to keep the outward laws just as much as the man who rejects spiritual things, and as long as either kind of man obeys the outward laws he will not be punished because he has broken no law. The same thing is true in any government today. A man does not have to accept spiritual things to escape the clutches of the law. He may be ever so rebellious as far as spiritual things are concerned, but as long as he keeps the outward laws he is not apprehended by the law. On the other hand, the man who accepts Christ as his Savior and walks in the Spirit must also keep the outward laws, for besides being under the laws of the government he is under the laws of Christ ( Matt. 5-7 ).
In these laws of Christ governing the spiritual man there are laws which would not affect the natural man. For example , the law concerning adultery affects both spiritual and natural men; but the one, "whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" ( Matt. 5:27-30 ), would kill the spiritual man in that he would be cut off from God and become spiritually dead. However it would not affect the rebel in his relationship to God and spiritual things because he is already dead spiritually.
 
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Who Will Execute These Laws

Christ and the glorified saints, who have been made kings and priests as well as earthly rulers, will execute these laws forever, see above thread #12 last paragraph.
 
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