It’s easy for me to get excited about spending eternity with Christ in
heaven. But I’m also excited about something that comes before that:
The Millennium. It’s the 1,000 years that we’ll get to live on earth with
Christ in charge.
Scripture tells us it will be a peaceful time.
Christ will set His foot (and establish His headquarters) on the Mount
of Olives in Jerusalem.
When we return with Christ to the earth at this time, we’ll have our
heavenly bodies. Remember after His resurrection when He
appeared to hundreds of people before He ascended? He had a
heavenly body. He wasn’t limited by physical obstacles such as
doors, walls or distances.
He simply appeared to the disciples.
He was suddenly in the room with them.
Then suddenly He wasn’t.
Then He appeared to groups of people.
Then the disciples again.
When we have our heavenly bodies and live with Christ on earth for
1,000 years, we won’t be bound by physical obstacles, either. And we
won’t get sick or tired.
Isaiah 11:6 tells us the animals will be peaceful toward each other.
“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the
goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child
will lead them” (NIV).
Scripture goes on to say that cows and bears will graze the same
pasture and the lion will eat straw like an ox.
Animals won’t be fighting each other, because they’ll be vegetarians
during that time. They’ll simply eat off the land. Planet Earth will have
gone through cataclysmic and catastrophic changes during the
Tribulation. God will be creating a NEW earth.
Can you imagine such a new and peaceful earth?
“Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill on my holy mountain”
(Isaiah 6:8 The Message).
Isaiah 65:20 tells us that people will still be considered young at 100
years of age. Can you imagine this scenario? Johnny is still living at
home. His parents say, “Don’t you think it’s time you get your own
His response: “Gimme a break. I’m only 100.”
We’re also told in Scripture that infants will play in the snake’s hole
and not be harmed.
What a day!
“The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive,
a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide”
(Isaiah 6:9 The Message)
And check this out:
“The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be
one LORD, and his name the only name” (Zechariah 14:9 NIV).
It will be glorious.
But even as amazing as that will be, heaven will be even better!
Beyond our imagination.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what
God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT).
I can’t wait!
While many Christians disagree on the details of the end times, here
are two things we can ALL agree on:
1. Christ IS coming back.
2. We need to be sure our hearts are ready.
Go ahead and ask Him if there’s anything in your life that’s standing
in the way of your eternity with Him.
Please pray for me as I speak in El Reno, Okla., this weekend.