also mean renewed or restored, and includes circumstances and
conditions along with appearance. It’s the same word used
in Rev 21:1 referring
to a new heaven and a new earth. And Rev. 21:1 is
a reference to Isaiah
new heavens and a new earth are also mentioned, along with one
of the better descriptions of life in Israel during the
Millennium. The Hebrew word for new in Isaiah 65:17 comes
from a root meaning to rebuild, renew, or repair.
Since Jesus described His 2nd Coming as the renewal of all
it’s reasonable to interpret Rev. 21 as
describing Heaven and Earth being restored to the condition they
were in before the fall; refreshed, renewed, repaired and
rebuilt for Messiah’s Kingdom. It will be like God hit the
reset button to put everything back the way it was at the
beginning, giving the Creation a fresh start for the Millennium.
The context of Rev. 20 also
supports this interpretation since Rev. 20:7-15 is
actually a parenthetical explanation of the ultimate destinies
of Satan and the unbelieving world. John was simply
bringing his subject to its conclusion before returning to the
beginning of the Millennium to describe the New Jerusalem.
We know this because John skipped forward to the end of the
Millennium in Rev. 20:7 and
then returned to open both Rev. 21 (Isaiah
65:17) and Rev. 22 (Ezekiel 47:12)
with millennial quotes from the Old Testament.
And The Church In The Millennium
noticed that there’s a lot more information about the nature of
the coming Kingdom in the Old Testament than in the New? That’s
because even though Christians talk more about the Millennium
than Jews do, the fact is that the 1000 year Kingdom of the
Messiah is intended for Israel not the Church, and for Earth not
Major glimpses of life in the Millennium are found throughout
4, 35, 54, 55, 60, 61, 65, 66)
and Zechariah (14)
with other smatterings through out the Old Testament. All we
know from the New Testament is found in Rev. 20-22,
and even there, portions referring to New Jerusalem describe
only our physical surroundings, not our life style.
In the rest of the New Testament, we find only a couple of
hints, such as Matthew 19:28and Acts 3:21,
because the New Testament concerns Christian life in phase one
of the Kingdom of Heaven (before the rapture), not phase two
(after it). So we can read much more about life on Earth during
the Millennium, than we can about life in New Jerusalem. Those
passages are important because they describe the fulfillment of
God’s promise to Israel, a promise that includes peace (finally)
prosperity, land of their own and long happy life with God in
their midst, but they’re not written for us.
Descriptions of life in New Jerusalem are limited; no more
death, or mourning, or crying, or pain (Rev
Sounds great, but what do we do all day? On Earth folks will be
building houses, bearing children, planting vineyards, tending
sheep and otherwise enjoying the works of their hands (Isa
Do we just spend our time in some endless worship service?
Though it’s not likely, no one knows for sure what we’ll be
doing. But even though the Bible doesn’t answer our
questions about our everyday activities, it does speak of
our state of mind.
Jesus said that in order to enter the Kingdom, we would have to
change and become like little children (Matt.
What does that mean? Behavioral Scientists have determined
that the average child is much happier than the average adult,
partly because children spend most of their time learning and
doing new things, and partly because they haven’t yet acquired
the fears and worries of adult life. By the way, Science has
also discovered that while for all practical purposes the
creative potential of the human brain is limitless, the average
adult uses a mere fraction of that potential working toward and
achieving life goals.
reasonably successful life in the US has always been beyond the
wildest dream of most non-Americans, but even that can be
reduced to such a predictable routine that once learned it’s
quite possible to “live the good life” without much mental
effort at all. Most people invest more of their creativity in
hobbies and leisure activities than in career goals.
In short, our Creator has endowed us with limitless creative
but since very little of that potential is needed to live
successfully, we become bored and unhappy, searching for
something to stimulate our creativity and get us excited again.
Such is life, at least on Earth.
suppose we were suddenly thrust into an environment filled with
endless opportunities for exploration and the acquisition of new
experience and knowledge without any fears or worries, just like
being kids again. Suppose each of us would see this
environment as if it was created especially for us, to stimulate
our unique blend of talent and creative ability, even to the
extent of being designed around our favorite shapes and colors.
Suppose it was a dynamic environment, growing as we grow, to
provide endless opportunity for discovery without any
possibility of defeat, disappointment or failure.
suppose we were gifted with boundless energy, always feeling
better than our best day on Earth, without a hint of fatigue,
sickness, accident or injury. Ever.
notice how curious kids are, asking all kinds of questions about
what we’re doing and why? Suppose we were given full use
of the dimension of time, able to observe all of history first
hand and understand how everything came to be and why it
happened the way it did.
had been divested of all fear, hatred, jealousy, envy, greed and
worry, our minds filled instead with happiness, gratitude, joy
and satisfaction for self and others. Suppose there were no more
misunderstandings, arguments, or betrayals, and that everyone
around us was just as concerned for our well being as we were
for theirs. Perhaps this is what the Lord meant by
becoming as little children.
Graham was once asked if there would be golf courses in heaven.
“If they’re necessary for our happiness,” he replied, “they’ll
be there.” I believe everything necessary for our happiness has
been created and installed in the New Jerusalem, and that even
with our supernatural abilities we’ll live endless lives of
exploration and realization, joy and happiness. This is
what the Millennium will be like for us.
doesn’t the Bible go into more detail about it? Well, the
Bible was written to and for Earth bound humankind in our
natural state. Even if there was a detailed description of
what awaits us, it would be so different from what we’re used to
that our limited minds couldn’t comprehend very much of it.
And what little we could understand would make us so miserable
here that we’d do anything possible to hasten our departure. In
short it would make our lives here intolerable.
As it is written,