Zechariah has more to say about the coming kingdom than any other minor prophet. The last three chapters of Zechariah describe in vivid detail the final days of the great tribulation and the first days of the millennial reign of Christ. Zechariah’s vision is of a future kingdom where everything, from the temple altar to the cooking pots to the bells on horses’ bridles, is holy.
The minor prophets offer numerous small glimpses into the future kingdom. Of these, Zechariah by far has the most to say. All twelve prophets agree that Israel will be blessed with a greatness it has never known before, when her appointed Ruler comes to claim his kingdom.
The Millennium: The First Days of Forever – Lesson 8 The final chapters of Ezekiel describe a mysterious prince who will lead sacrifices and have authority in the land. We also see the geographic restructuring of the land for the building of a massive 640-acre temple. This temple has a river flowing out of it that replenishes the Dead Sea and the entire land with it. Finally, we see the reconstituted tribes of Israel living in the land. Not one of them is lost.
The Millennium – The First Days of Forever: Lesson 6 In the final chapter of Isaiah, we get a glimpse at both the New Earth and the Millennium. Prophecies of the two are interwoven, as the Millennium is a time of expanding righteousness and peace that leads seamlessly into the New Earth, yet the distinguishing factor is the presence of sin and death in the Millennium.
The Millennium -The First Days of Forever: Lesson 5
No Old Testament book speaks more of the coming kingdom than Isaiah. In Isaiah, we also get what is probably the Old Testament’s most detailed look at the 1000 year reign of Christ in chapter 65.
In these familiar passages, we should look to see an intermediate state in which death and sin are still present, yet are minimized through the righteous rule of the Messiah. Blessings abound where sin and the curse once abounded.
In this lesson, we take a brief look at the three main views of the millennium and compare their strengths and weaknesses.
The Millennium: The First Days of Forever – Lesson 1
Rev 20:1-6 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.