POST MILLENNIUM REIGN – REIGN FOREVER
Some believers are disappointed when they find out they’re going to spend eternity on earth instead of “in heaven.” But what would be the purpose of God’s renovation if no one was going to live in it? While it requires a shift in thinking for many believers, we can look forward to “heaven on earth” finally becoming a reality after the Millennium. The earth will be burned completely with a purifying fire. That sounds grim…but here’s where the final happily-ever-after begins. In Isaiah 65:17 God says, “For I will create new heavens and a New Earth; and the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.” The New Earth will be our eternal home, the way God intended it from the beginning.
Yeshua taught His disciples to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2). Have we ever wondered when and how this prayer will reach its fulfilment? When God destroys sin and death, the Lord’s Prayer will find its satisfaction.
The eternal state is characterized by a new heaven and a new earth. When John says that the first heaven and the first earth passed away, the Apostle is not saying that they become extinct, but that they will be changed from one condition to another. The old heaven and earth are completely renovated and recreated by fire. The present earth is mostly covered with water, but the new earth will have the oceans eliminated. The new heaven is partially described as “a city.” That is, the New Jerusalem will be a kind of capital city in the realms of Heaven and the foundations of the heavenly city will rest upon the new earth (Revelation 21:1-3).
2.0 The New Jerusalem
The saints have always looked forward to such a city. Abraham looked for a city having foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Hebrews 11:10). The writer of Hebrews says, “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:14). The Bible says that the great city let down out of heaven is made of real materials. Why would God tell us of streets of gold and gates of pearls if it were not a real city? Heaven will be a real place. It is not going to be a cloudy, hazy mixture of nothing.
The city will be enormous in size. John saw an angel measure the city and learned that it will be 1500 miles long and 1500 miles wide and 1500 miles high. It will be a place of great magnitude—and without knowing all the details, we can be sure that the city will be large enough to accommodate all who are destined to live there.
The city will be God’s home. Revelation 22:4 says, “And they shall see his face.” There will be no need for a temple because the inhabitants of Heaven will have direct access to God. There will not be any need for lights because the radiant glory of God will illuminate the city. There will be no night. God himself will be there and His radiant glory will light the city at all times.
The city will be indescribably beautiful. The walls are jasper; the gates are pearl; each of the twelve foundations is a gem of unusual brilliance. The city will be beautiful beyond words. Chalcedon will be a sky blue; emerald will be a bright green; sardonyx will be red and white; chrysolyte will be a transparent stone with a golden hue.
3.0 Life in the City
The city will be free from tears and sorrow. Revelation 21:4 says, “And God shall wipe away all tears.” Human hands are poor at drying tears. Neighbors and friends can try and sympathize and bring comfort, but only God can stop the fountain of tears. Every tear that has been shed on earth will be wiped away and forgotten in Heaven.
Furthermore, there shall be no more death. In the circle of every family—a mother, or wife, or a husband, or a son, or a friend—has been taken by death. Every home has its vacant chair. But over in Heaven death will be a thing of the past.
Revelation 22:1-5 tell us that the curse is going to be removed. Something happened in the Garden of Eden that blighted the entire human race, and as a result of the curse pronounced upon Adam and Eve in the Garden, there have been broken homes and hungry children down through the years. But over in Heaven the curse will be removed. The “river of life” will flow down through the middle of the city and the tree of life will be large enough to span both sides of it. The vocabulary of man is not capable of depicting what God has prepared for those who love Him.
4.0 Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men
Whole earth will be restored in such a way that all things, animate and inanimate, will declare God is love! So there will be no more pain and suffering, and they will be surrounded by God’s love through every detail of His creation. They will live in the presence of God Himself forever! Isaiah 11:6-9 tells us that all of creation will live in harmony:
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, … the cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together, … the nursing child shall play over the hole of a cobra, … They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain’ for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
What a beautiful picture to look forward to!
- Eden will be restored.
- Inhabitants will eat the 12 fruits from the Tree of Life.
- The River of Life will flow through New Jerusalem.
- There will be no night due to God’s glory.
- There will be no more death, sadness or pain (Revelation 21:4)
- Inhabitants will see God face-to-face!
It is also told the saints “will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (Isaiah 35:10). There will be singing and everlasting joy! They will reign over earth with Him forever! “And you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10).
All of creation will be in harmony. Eden and the Tree of Life will be restored to men. God will reinstate men’s dominion over the earth again as they reign with Yeshua forever. They will then be ready to perfectly tend the New Earth for eternity. God the Father Himself dwells among them: “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation 21:3).