"Yehovah, the King in His Glory."
This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org
When this time comes to pass, all the nations are done away with forever and ever. It is because there is a new nation with a new King, and there are no elections in that new kingdom. This is the time of the return of the King of kings and the Lord of lords and He and His ways will be in total control. In that kingdom He is the supreme judge, and there will be no crooked judges, or altering of the laws in that nation.
All those that will live in that kingdom of Jesus Christ will have complete use of their mental processes, and will know the laws and commandments. There will be no excuses like today, blaming their actions of the actions of their parents, the schools, the community or any other excuse, for all souls that exist in that kingdom will be in their new spiritual bodies, not the frail bodies of the flesh. The King that shall rule in this Millennium kingdom is a God of love that is concerned about each of those in His kingdom, and He does not want any of his children to fail, thus this thousand year kingdom will be a time of strict discipline and instruction, which was not given in the age of the flesh.
Of course we are talking about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and what shall happen after that day of vengeance comes to pass. Starting on that day, there shall be a change that shall never go back to the ways of the flesh.
Isaiah 35:1 "The Wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose."
There is going to be a great change at the coming of Jesus Christ, and even the creation itself will adopt to God control. We will have a rejuvenated earth at this time.
Isaiah 35:2 "It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God."
"Carmel" in the Hebrew text means "a paradise, or fruitful garden"; and "Sharon" in the Hebrew means "a fruitful plain". The one thing that we noted of these places back in Isaiah 33:9, was that they all surround Jerusalem. It is from Jerusalem that both the father and the Son shall dwell and rule. The word "Lord" is given in the upper case in the Hebrew text and thus is in reference to YHVH, the Father, and the "excellency of our God" is in reference to our Lord Jesus Christ, who became man in the flesh and went to the cross of your sins and mine.
Notice that God will be here on earth during this time of the Millennium age, and it is reaching over into the new earth age. The common belief today is that Christians are going to be removed from the earth to fly away to some location in outer space, however God is telling us that He, His glory and His kingdom will be right here on our rejuvenated earth. Friend, where ever God is that is where heaven is, and where ever the House of Israel is, that is also where Israel is.
Israel today is where ever those ten tribes of the old house of Israel migrated to, and became nations, that is where Israel is today. That tiny nation in the middle east, no bigger then some counties in America, is another nation which is made of a mixture of Arabs, Judah, and mostly Kenites, the offspring of those that took over the Levitical priesthood as recorded in I Chronicles 2:55. However when that tiny nation became established, it started the countdown of the final generation; and the events that God said must come to pass before the end of this earth age of the flesh. We are witnessing those events daily, and the nations join themselves to receive their messiah, Satan the false Christ.
When our Lord Jesus Christ comes at the sounding of the seventh trump; Carmel and Sharon are descriptions as to how things will be with Christ in our midst. Those words mean paradise and a fruitful plain, and that is exactly how it shall be. This is documenting to you that God's paradise will be right here on earth. This is why the city of Jerusalem the holy city is described in Revelation as a fifteen hundred mile cube, that goes out as well as above. God is whatever He wants to be, "I AM THAT I AM", and He will be wherever He wants to be. Where He wants to be, He has declared in His Word and you and I are now reading it.
As God is describing the earth, and the city of Jerusalem we had better grab on to the wisdom of this Word and note that there is a reason that this planet earth is so special to God, and that is because God expects to reside here and rule for eternity. When our Lord Jesus Christ returns to earth and makes all things right, the imperfections of the earths orbit, and all the climate problems will be corrected to make this a completely rejuvenated earth. This is the paradise that our Lord is going to set up for His children to reside in, with their new incorruptible bodies. There will be no sickness nor thugs walking the streets then. There will be no death for that thousand years, but a time of loving and discipline; preparing each soul for the eternity that shall come following the Millennium [thousand year] age.
In Ezekiel 16:8 God made an eternal covenant with Jerusalem; "Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread My skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto the, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest Mine."
"I spread My skirt over thee", is to marry the city of Jerusalem and take it to Himself. To make a eternal covenant with that location. God calls this His favorite place in the universe, and in Isaiah 35 He is committing to return to earth and make it a paradise. This is giving us a look into the very excellency of God's glory.
Isaiah 35:3 "Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees."
We are to go out to those around us and comfort those that are weak with this good news. God is returning and His kingdom shall be established right here on earth. We are going to be changed into our spiritual bodies at His coming whereby there will be no sickness nor feebleness of mind or body.
Isaiah 35:4 "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you."
This is what we are to say to all those that have a "fearful heart", which is to say that love God. We are even to tell them that are afraid that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to earth with vengeance, and this is a absolute happening. He is coming to make all things right and rid the earth of all things that are evil and idolatry. God loves His children, and the Millennium age is a time of teaching.
God chose His election [elect] before the foundation of this earth age, as it is written in Ephesians 1:4, and in Romans 8, as well as many other places; because they stood firm in that first earth age at Satan's rebellion. God's elect earned the right and position that they will have then. All souls were created at the same time, and all souls were required by God's eternal plan to enter this earth age through the womb of woman, for the purpose of salvation, because of the deception of Satan from the first earth age.
This then is a question: If God chose the election while still in spiritual bodies when they had one hundred percent capacity of mental thinking, which we do not have in the flesh; Why would it be fair for a just God to condemn another soul to hell when He has placed them in a sinful flesh body? It is the Millennium age then that gives each soul that did not have the opportunity, if they did not have that understanding to make the choice in this flesh age for salvation. They were not taught the Word of God, but only the traditions of men, and the man made dogma that came from the minds of men. They were led right into the bed of the Antichrist, and were taught that he would fly them out of this earth.
So God is telling us in Isaiah 35:4 to go to these souls and tell them that Christ is coming to make all things right. That is why every knee will bow on the first day of the Millennium age. Those souls that just can't get the picture after the Millennium age, and side with Satan when He is released for a short season, will walk with Satan into the hell fire, and all memory of their existence will be gone.
Isaiah 35:5 "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped."
We have the opportunity to search the "Book" today and gain the knowledge and wisdom that only comes from God. That knowledge will give you the stability to stand when it will be needed, for God has a destiny and purpose for you in this life.
When our Lord returns, not only will nature be restored here on earth, but our souls will move into a new incorruptible body that will not age, nor have sickness. We know from Romans 11:7-11 that in the time of the end God is going to send a spirit of slumber upon many Christian's spiritual eyes for their own protection. For if they could see and refused the Holy Spirit at the time of Antichrist, there would be no forgiveness for them.
Romans 11:7 "What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded"
Romans 11:8 "(According as it is written, "God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear";) unto this day."
Romans 11:9 "And David saith, "Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them:"
Romans 11:10 "Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway."
This "spirit of slumber" that comes upon these Christian souls, and allows them to worship the Antichrist, will be removed upon the return of Jesus Christ. At that time each of these souls will be very ashamed for what they have done, and that is why the Millennium age is so very important. Salvation is there in the Millennium age, however it will come only by their works, for Christ is here then, and the salvation by faith simply doesn't exist. What faith is there when you can see and hear it first hand? How can you have faith in a future paradise, when you are already living in it? "Faith" is something that you believe in and have enough confidence in to act on, without seeing. It is accepting something sight unseen.
If this seems too far out for your understanding, don't worry about it, just go about your business. The point to this verse is that the Millennium age is the time that you don't have to ask your neighbor what is in the Word of God, for God will plant in the minds of all souls. All spiritual eyes shall be opened and have the understanding. So this then is the time for what you chose to do with what you know to be right. That is what we call works, and those works that you do are what is recorded in God's books. It is from those books that the souls that bowed to Antichrist in this earth age will be judged.
Revelation 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
The "book of life" is the "Lamb's book of life" which records only the names of those that are redeemed by the blood of Christ. They are the names of those that did not bow to Satan the Antichrist, thinking he was the True Messiah. The other books were the works that were committed during the Millennium age.
Revelation 20:13 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."
The dead are the spiritually dead, not the physical, for at the coming of Jesus Christ all souls left their physical bodies and were changed instantly into their incorruptible bodies. Their souls still remained dead through the Millennium age to the time of the great white throne judgment, when they would be judged worthy by their works only. Then salvation comes to them, and they enter into God's eternal city, and those judged unworthy will enter into hell fire.
Revelation 20:14 "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
Revelation 20:15 "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Many times you have to close your physical eyes before you can see through your spiritual eyes, because things that seem so right to the physical eyes that are just the opposite to your spiritual eyes.
Isaiah 35:6 "Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and the streams in the desert."
An "hart" is a deer, and all those things that restrict you while in your flesh body will be gone. All of the very nature itself will be restored to life and beauty.
Isaiah 35:7 "And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragon, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes."
Those parts of the earth today that only a desert jackal could live in, will be completely restored for habitation. It takes an abundance of water before reeds and rushes can grow, and God is telling us that even in those parched places there shall be an abundance of water.
When we look up the Hebrew word for "parched" in the Massorah text, it is "sherebyah", and is talking about "a glow of the air, especially a mirage." When you look across the desert in the heat of the day you can see a mirage; it looks like you see water, only there is no water. God is telling us is that the mirage is going to become a reality. The water will be there, and so much more that even reeds and rushes can exist there.
Isaiah 35:8 "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."
Jesus Christ is the only way, He is the sacred way that shall exist in the Millennium age. This verse loses a lot in the English. The word fools as we use it in English just doesn't fit here. In the Millennium age when Christ is the highway and the only way, even the simple ones will not go astray. So it should read: "...and it shall be for those, the way faring men, though simple ones shall not go astray in that way." This is because everyone will understand the way of the Lord. The test of those souls comes only after the thousand years is over, and then many will be led astray when Satan is released out of the pit for a short season to test those souls.
Isaiah 35:9 "No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:"
In that special way that God has prepared during this Millennium age, only the redeemed can go there. Those are the elect of God, those that He has chosen. They are those that made that stand in the first earth age, and chose to make a stand against Satan. They were chosen before the foundations of this earth age of flesh man.
Ephesians 1:4 "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:"
Ephesians 1:5 "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,"
God's elect were chosen by God in the first earth age at Satan's rebellion, and by that stand, God judged the elect then, and foreordained them to make a stand in this earth age, and in the Millennium age to come. They earned the right by their actions.
Isaiah 35:10 "And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
The "ransome" are the elect of God and they will be singing that great song of Moses, which is recorded in Deuteronomy 32:1-43. This song that is sung is about how God will destroy all those evil rudiments and things that go against His Word. There will be everlasting joy because the things of Satan will never bother God's elect again. Even when Satan is released to war against God, Satan and those that band with him will have no power to do anything, except go into the lake of fire when that short season is over.
At the end of the Millennium age all those things and souls that are opposed to God will be destroyed and gone forever. This is what our Heavenly Father is promising to each of us that have put our faith and trust in the blood of Jesus Christ. The full Godhead does not transpire on this earth until after the end of the Millennium age. So this shows us that it is then the full glory of God, all offices of the Godhead, which will begin on earth.
The office of the Son of God stays in power until all of His enemies are put away for good, and then in fact, the full Godhead is come to earth, as recorded in the full chapter of Revelation 21.
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