Jesus said to
them (the Disciples), "I tell you the truth, at the
renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious
throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve
thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Matt.
He (Jesus) must remain in
heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he
promised long ago through his holy prophets. (Acts 3:21)
He who was seated on the throne said, “I
am making everything new.”
Then He said, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End.” (Rev. 21:5-6)
The desert and the parched land will be
glad; the wilderness
will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God. (Isaiah 35:1-2)
The End times judgments will be devastating
in the extreme, and the Lord warned that if He didn't bring them
to a close at the appointed time, not a single soul would
survive (Matt. 24:22).
But for the sake of the elect, He will bring them to a
close and when He does the restoration will begin.
I believe one of the ancillary functions of
the end times judgments will be to begin the process of
returning Earth to the condition it was in just after the
creation, as if the Great Tribulation is the demolition phase of
This is hinted at by phrases like “every island fled away and
the mountains could not be found” (Rev. 16:20) and
“there was no longer any sea” (Rev. 21:1).
Comparing verses like these with the return
of long life spans indicated in Isaiah 65:20, I
have concluded that Earth will once again become a single land
mass surrounded by water, the way Gen. 1:9 described it.
Scientists call this
original land mass Pangea, and Genesis 10:25 makes
mention of its division into today's continents.
We can see other evidence of how radically the Earth's
topography was changed during and after the Great Flood, and now
it will be time to put things back the way they were.
I think most of the present seas will either return to
their underground origins or rise into the upper atmosphere to
re-establish the water vapor canopy that once surrounded Earth (Gen.
1:6-7) and enabled the long pre-flood lifespans.
The mountains will be lowered, the sea
floor elevated, and the continents rejoined at their seams.
Streams and rivers will flow through lands that have been
parched for thousands of years.
The great desserts will become verdant plains again.
I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set pines in the wasteland,
the fir and the cypress together,
so that people may
see and know, may
consider and understand,
that the hand of the LORD has done this,
that the Holy One of
Israel has created it.(Isaiah 41:18-20)
The current tilt of the Earth's axis causes
extreme differences in the world's weather and makes large areas
believe this will be corrected at the time of the 2nd
Coming. The axis
will become upright again and the year shortened to its original
360 days. Earth will
once again enjoy a world wide sub-tropical climate like it did
before Adam lost it and the terrible effects of sin were loosed
upon it. This is
something the creation has been waiting for ever since.
The creation waits in eager expectation
for the sons of God to be revealed.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own
choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself will be
liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the
glorious freedom of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21)
When the Lord Returns in glory the wait
will be over, and
soon afterward the creation will once again resemble a lush
garden. He will make her deserts like Eden, her waste lands like
the garden of the Lord (Isaiah 51:3)
Some people are troubled by all this
because they're so in love with the creation as it currently
appears. I even read
a book review recently whose author is asking God to be left
behind at the rapture because she can't imagine anything being
more beautiful than this present Earth, not even Heaven. People
like this are limited in their thinking. In the first place,
they don't stop to think that if the Earth is this beautiful
while under a curse how much more so will it be when the curse
is lifted and it's restored to its original condition?
they don't realize that the Lord has spent the last 2,000
years “preparing a place for us” in His Father's house (John
Church will no longer call Earth home but will dwell with Him
there. Do these
folks really think that after the rapture, when we see all
eternity spread out before us, we'll be disappointed with our
future and long to go back into this fallen creation? Is that
what they think the Lord has in store for us?
But our focus here is the restoration of
Planet Earth, where Israel will once again be the pre-eminent
nation. One of the
clues we get that the Kingdom Age on Earth features Israel and
not the Gentile Nations, or even the Church, is that almost all
the descriptive passages are in the Old Testament, and for the
most part center around Israel.
From them we learn of the desert bursting
into bloom (Isaiah 35:1-2), of the land being so fertile
that before they can complete the harvest it will be time to
begin planting again (Amos 9:13).
Peace will flow like a river and the wealth of the
nations like a flooding stream (Isaiah 66:12) In
Jerusalem men and women of ripe old age will sit in streets
filled with playing children (Zechariah 8:4-5).
And in the country side, “Every man will sit under his
own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them
afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.” (Micah 4:4)
Peace will prevail in the animal kingdom as
well. Predators and
prey will live side by side, and their young will lie down
together, all of them existing in perfect harmony with each
other and with
mankind again (Isaiah 11:6-8).
This will be another reversal of a post-flood condition,
when fear and dread of man fell upon all the beasts of the earth
and the birds of the air
And so the time of restoration will have
come, and in every way Earth will be like it was in the
ever one goes there will be peace on Earth and good will toward
men, like the angel Gabriel promised to the shepherds so long
ago. The Lord
Himself will rule, assisted by the Church.
The mountain of the LORD's temple will
be established as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will
stream to it. Many
peoples will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his
The law (Torah) will go out from
Zion, the word of
the LORD from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations and will settle
disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares and their
spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will
they train for war anymore.(Isaiah 2:2-4)
But like it was at the beginning, the seed
of rebellion will still exist in the heart of natural man. Even
though he's been given every conceivable advantage in this, his
last best chance to live in peace with God,
within a generation or two that seed will begin to
germinate as the children of Tribulation survivors come of age.
Some will choose to follow their parents to the foot of the
cross and receive their personal redemption. But with each
generation an increasing number won't. This will happen even
though Satan will be bound, the Lord Himself will be their King,
and God's Law will be their law.
You see, there is no condition or
circumstance that will allow natural man with his sin nature to
live in peace with God. As the end of the Thousand Year Kingdom
approaches, unbelievers will vastly out number believers again,
especially among the nations. When Satan is released they will
mount up as one and march across the breadth of the Earth to
surround the camp of God's people and the city He loves in a
final attempt to kick the Lord off the planet. But fire from
Heaven will devour them, and Satan will be captured again, this
time to be thrown into the lake of fire forever. (Rev.
And so for the seventh time, God will enter
into covenant with man in an attempt at coexistence.
And for the seventh time all but a remnant will refuse
and the covenant will be broken and end in judgment. These seven
attempts by God to live among His creation are called
dispensations, and if this is a new idea for you, here's a brief
description of each.
The first attempt has been called the Age
Between the Creation and the Fall of Man God interacted freely
and personally with man. Man was created immortal and while he
had agency (the power of choice) he didn't have a sin nature.
God placed Adam and Eve in His garden and gave them only one
restriction. But they violated this restriction and were
expelled from the Garden. Adam, Eve, and the Serpent who
beguiled them were all judged, the Creation was cursed, and sin
entered the world.
Then came the Age of Conscience. From
the Fall of Man to the Great Flood, God allowed man's conscience
to rule without Divine interference. Because of man's newly
acquired sin nature, the result of this was
"the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually." (Genesis
6:5) After repeated warnings, God destroyed all but 8
members of the Human race in the Great Flood.
Next there was the Age of
Human Government which lasted from Noah's Flood to
the Tower of Babel. After the Flood, God allowed man to
establish his first system of government. But the people
disobeyed God's commandment to go forth and replenish the Earth,
setting about instead to build a great city and a tower to
protect themselves from another flood. They also used the tower
to study astrology, a corruption of the Gospel that God had
written in the stars using the names of 12 constellations. So
God gave each of the 70 families of man a unique language that
other families weren't able to understand. This caused confusion
and distrust among the people and they drifted apart to be
scattered through out the world, and God destroyed the tower.
The fourth attempt was called the Age of
Promise. God set
Abraham's descendants apart as His Chosen People and promised
Abraham and Sarah a son through whom He said He would bless the
world. But they grew tired of waiting for Him, and they produced
a son on their own, calling him Ishmael. Later, when God gave
them Isaac, the son He had promised, Ishmael was sent away
causing bad blood between Ishmael (Arabs) and Isaac (Jews) that
continues to this day.
Number five was the Age of Law which
lasted from Mt. Sinai to Pentecost. After God brought the
Israelites out of Egypt, He gave Moses the 10 Commandments and
offered the Jews the land He had promised to Abraham along with
a life of peace and plenty if they obeyed His Law. After 2000
years of vacillating between obedience and rebellion that
resulted in them rejecting the Messiah, God finally had enough,
expelled them from their land, and dispersed them throughout the
world. (But not forever. The Dispensation of Law was
interrupted seven years short of its allotted time while God
created the Church.
After the Rapture, the final 7 years, also known as Daniel's
70th Week Israel will have one final chance to live in obedience
to God and accept their Messiah.)
The Age of Grace,
also known as The Church Age, was God's sixth try. No longer
requiring that righteousness be earned through obedience to the
Law, God imputed His own righteousness to man by grace through
faith in the completed work of the Lord Jesus, promising eternal
blessing and a place in His own house to all who accept. It was
the most outrageously lavish gift ever bestowed, free for the
asking. But by the end of the Age of Grace most of humanity will
have rejected His gift, choosing instead to live on their own
terms, betting that either God doesn't exist, or if He does
He'll allow them into His kingdom anyway. After removing the
relative few who have accepted His gift so they'll be safe with
Him, He'll punish the rest through the most severe time of
judgment ever visited on Earth.
And finally the Kingdom Age, number
seven. This is the
1000 Year Reign of the Lord, also known as the Millennium, that
we've been discussing. And like the previous six, it will end in
failure and judgment.
Seven attempts, seven failures, seven judgments. Enough
After the Millennium, God and man will enjoy
a new beginning, called Eternity.
We're not given any information about this because the
Bible effectively ends at the end of the Millennium.
In Rev. 20,
John skipped ahead after verse six to describe the final
destinies of Satan and all unbelievers while he was on the
20:7-15) Then in Rev. 21:1-27 he went back to the
beginning of the Millennium to show us the New Jerusalem, and in
Rev. 22:1-6 gave us a glimpse of Millennial life on
Earth. We know this
because Rev. 21:1 is a direct quote from Isaiah 65:17
where the context is the Kingdom age in Israel and Rev.
22:1-6 is a summary of Ezekiel 47, also a millennial
As part of the Church we'll effectively have
a head start on Eternity, as will resurrected believers from
both Old Testament times and Daniel's 70th Week.
But we'll have to wait at least until the rapture to see
what it's going to be like. All we know for now is that it'll be
the greatest adventure ever designed for mankind, and we're at
the head of the line. 08-14-10