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Edition 443: November 13th 2018
Wonders of the Millennium:
We are getting closer to the end of this age, and then the tribulation period begins lasting for seven years, and then the Millennium. In many ways the Millennium will be like Eden. It will see the earth restored to the way it was meant to be, before the fall of man.
We must bear in mind that God’s creation includes, nature, wildlife and environment. It includes the entire world of animal species, as well as the great physical landscapes. It also includes every inch of the entire universe and worlds we had no idea existed.
The wilderness is a fragile treasure, with many hidden messages revealing God (Romans 1:20), and showing the heart of man. Environment, biodiversity, and all things natural are inextricably linked.
Nature and environment is God’s art, His music, and His poetry and must be seen as such. When you do, you impute required value to the wilds! Man by nature, preserves and protects what he values.
We are all well-aware that man has made a mess of his job as custodian and steward of nature. But what is coming will blow Satan’s plans to hell, and blow your socks off in wonder and awe!
Deliberate environment destruction is Satan’s attack on God. That’s all about to end.
God’s concern and love of nature is about to be revealed in a spectacular new world.
There are a number of words translated - “beauty” in the Bible. But one of them has an incredible, insightful meaning. It applies to our Lord and to you – in resurrection! Only those born-again of God will soon be exquisitely beautiful, forever!
Beauty: Strong’s H1927 “Hadarah.” Meanings: Adornment of glory, holy glory, splendour, perfection.
Psalm 96:9 “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth.”
Psalm 50:2 “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.”
Isaiah 33:17 “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is far off.”
Believers have a glorious, beautiful future ahead in all respects. Now, we are like grounded eagles.
Habakkuk 2:14 “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,”
The Millennium will be part of the kingdom of God.
Romans 14:17 “The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Note the word “righteousness” in the verse above. It means right standing or being right with God by justification through the new-birth. It is exclusive to the new-birth. Note the fruits of peace and joy.
The essence of Satan’s kingdom is: unrighteousness, false peace and temporary happiness.
The outcome of your choice to go with God, or go with world will have eternal consequences.
Worlds to come:
This present world-system will soon be destroyed and a new glorious, pure, holy and righteous world will come about. This is the Millennium. After that, comes the “eternity of eternities, which we know very little about.
2 Peter 3:13 “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
Hell, in a sense is an eternal world as well.
Yes there are other worlds out there with life on them. The Bible hints at them.
The original word used for “worlds” is aion and can be translated “age.” It has a number of applications making it plural, and is better translated “worlds” as it is in the two verses below.
Hebrews 1:2 “He made the worlds.”
Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed, by the word of God...”
Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Born-again, resurrected believers will not be confined to this earth in the Millennium. It is those who were saved in the tribulation who will go through into the earthly Millennium, with longevity restored, but in natural bodies.
Those who have returned from the marriage of Lamb in heaven will be set up in the New Jerusalem, which will “fly” mysteriously above the earth. Believers will be engaged in ruling and reigning on earth as well, and wherever else we are commission to in the universe!
Of course there may be variations to all of this. We can’t be absolutely sure of the little details, but there is enough in the Bible to set our hearts on fire in faith for this grand future.
How the earth got into such a mess:
God created the earth in perfection as a dwelling place for man, the pinnacle of His creation.
Psalm 115:16 “The heaven even the heavens are the Lord’s; but the earth, He has given to the children of men.”
Then came Satan, who infiltrated Eden and its residents. The great fall of man was followed by an all-encompassing curse. Man rejected God’s way and chose his own. That developed over time into godless humanism.
We see it characterised in: ●Darwin, representing creation without God. ●Freud, representing the soul without God. ●Marx, representing the socio-political / economic world without God. All are a godless failure.
All attempts by the world to make the world a place of world peace have not only failed, but been destroyed by God, all for the reason that God and His ways were excluded!
Isaiah 24: 4-6 “The earth mourns and fades away; the world languishes and fades away. The haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate...”
Hosea 4:1-3 “Hear the word of the Lord you children of Israel, for the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth, mercy or knowledge of God in the land...therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air, even the fish of the sea will be taken away.”
Way back in my teenage years I developed a love and passion for the great wilds. I did much work, most of my adult life for endangered species and the preservation of environment. Soon after I was saved in 1976, the verse below sprang to life for me personally.
Jeremiah 9:10 “I will take up a weeping and a wailing for the mountains and for the habitation of the wilderness a lamentation, because the are burned up, so that no one can pass through them. Both the birds and the beasts have fled; they are gone.”
I have a close affinity with the wilds. I used my position in the media to bring awareness and support for wildlife and the environment, for many years.
Proverbs 31:8 “Open your mouth for the speechless.”
It’s important to understand the position of wildlife, wilderness, environment and nature in the earth because it is all part of God’s creation, and He puts great value on it.
Psalm 50:10-11 “Every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine.”
Psalm 104:24-25 “O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom, You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions – this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things, both small and great.”
Satan will be bound in the Millennium, the curse on mankind and on nature will be gone. But just before we get to the Millennium, in the soon-coming seven year tribulation period, nature itself will become man’s worst enemy!
Surprise, surprise... nature will be changed, but it will be no friend of man. It’s almost as though God himself gives nature the chance for incredible revenge in a rampage of terror on this world.
The tribulation will be a time like no other! (Matthew 24:21, Daniel 12:1, Joel 2:2)
The world will see the “wrath of God” the “wrath of man” the “wrath of Satan” and the “wrath of nature” all manifesting at the same time. The same sort of massive demonstrative judgments of the Old Testament will be back, but much worse.
So, before the Millennium begins the earth will see nature’s last stand in revolt against man!
The earth mourns:
War, politics, greed and ignorance have already plunged huge numbers of species into extinction, reflecting the evil heart of man and the course of the world.
The loud, living wilderness is fast becoming a silent desert in many places. The world will soon end up where it is headed. You can see how Satan in many false religions disrespects, hates, misuses and kills God’s creation. The plight of the rhino being a case in point!
Mankind was ordained to be stewards of God’s creation. He has turned that stewardship it into cruel domination. The wolrd will pay the price!
Because of new-age involvement in all things green, that does not mean that we relinquish our own responsibility to manage God’s green, living art. Oh, did you know God is green?
Job 39:8 “The range of the mountains is His pasture, and He searches after every green thing.”
The earth gets excited!
Romans 8:18-22 “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...The creation itself will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now.”
Can you hear creation groaning? I can! But it also has within the groan a growing excited, and an earnest expectation. What is this great expectation of creation? It is the revealing and manifestation of the glorified saints in the Millennium!
The groaning of creation is starting to turn to a hum. Soon it will be song, and then a massive orchestral celebration!
There are so many things in the Millennium that will be truly wonderful and amazing. One of these things will be some sort of new covenant with nature and all of creation. Here is a hint of it:
►Hosea 2:18 “In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beast of the field, the birds of the air and the creeping things. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely.”
►Job 5:22-23 “You shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth, for you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field; the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.”
Note that the two verses above are the opposite of the verse below showing the result of the curse originating with Adam.
Genesis 9:2 “The fear of you (man) and the dread of you shall be on every beast, and bird of the air, on all that moves on the earth and in the sea.”
So God brings us, the church into the New Covenant. He brings Israel into the New Covenant and He brings nature itself into the New Covenant.
By the way, the crown of thorns was in fact payment for the curse on nature, which originally manifested in the environment springing forth in thorns. (Genesis 3:17-18)
The excitement of nature in Israel:
Isaiah 35:1-6 “The wilderness and the desert shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose...Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped...Waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.” (See Isaiah 27:6)
This portion of scripture above (and many more) speaks of the anticipation of nature ahead of the coming salvation of the Jews. In fact this has all been happening for a while already. The deserts of Israel began to spring to life just after Israel’s independence in 1945, which is a precursor to their soon-coming salvation.
Israel, the head of the nations:
Jeremiah 31:7 “Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief (Lit=head) of the nations; proclaim, give praise and say, O Lord save Your people, the remnant of Israel.”
Israel will be a blessing to all nations and bring peace to the world in the Millennium.
The world’s god, Satan knows that Israel will become holy, righteous, and redeemed of God in the tribulation, and will be the agent of salvation to the world. This is why Satan’s people hate Israel.
Isaiah 4:2 “In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. It shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and he who remains in Jerusalem will be called holy.”
Isaiah 52:9-10 “...The Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has revealed His power in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”
In Israel there are two significant eagles of note: The Imperial Eagle and the Golden Eagle. The former speaks of kingly rule and the latter of royalty.
Here are some amazing characteristics of eagles:
●They don’t flap around excessively. ●They mount up on their wings. ●They soar above the world. ●They stir up the nest and throw the young out teaching them to fly. ●They fly and hunt alone. ●They are the highest fliers. ●Their call is a piercing scream. ●They attack when the sun (Son) is behind them. ●They fly staring into the sun (Son) with their two eyelids generating strength into their cylindrical bones. ●They have incredible eye sight. ●They have one enemy, the serpent. ●Eagles represent power, freedom and transcendence, beauty, honour, grace. ●They are true riders of the storm!
Isaiah 40:31 “Those who wait on the Lord, shall renew (Lit=exchange) their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Ezekiel 36:35 “So they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden...”
Isaiah 51:3 “For the Lord (when) will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
Isaiah 11:6-9 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat. The calf and the young lion; a little child shall lead them...The lion shall eat straw like an ox...They shall not hurt nor destroy in My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”
Isaiah 32:15-16 “When the Spirit is poured out from on high, the wilderness shall become fertile...Then justice will dwell in the wilderness. The work of righteousness shall be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.”
The verses above give a wonderful insight into what’s coming – and soon!
All creatures great and small:
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
At the end of the day, all creatures will praise and worship our Lord of all. That includes many strange heavenly creatures too.
There are strange fiery, living creatures inside flying “wheels within wheels”, the colours of “awesome crystals” (Ezekiel 1:19-28)
There are Seraphim, Cherubim , six-winged creatures full of eyes, four winged creatures and more! (Isaiah 6:2) There are creatures with four faces, flying like eagles (Revelation 4:7) Multitudes of angels and celestial beings, the heavenly host, and the mighty ones. (And you too!)
Seraphim means “the burning ones” and points to purity, power and judgement.
Numerous verses speak of the colours of heaven, and the New Jerusalem. They include: Gold, blue, purple, silver and green. Others speak of incredible supernatural trees and spectacular plants.
By contrast the Bible reveals the creatures of hell: Devouring locusts and scorpions with special tormenting powers (Revelation 9:3-10). Leviathan (Isaiah 27:1) a serpent-like dragon, or sea monster of chaos. Horned beasts and monsters (Revelation 13:1)
This is a huge very exciting subject. I will deal with other aspects further down the line.
The Millennium will be characterised by Kingly rule, and the full manifestation of glory in our Lord, in His people in the earth and in the universe. It will be characterised by all truth.
Psalm 85:10 “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth.”
There will be a unified language. (Zephaniah 3:9) And not before the Millennium!
The purpose of this edition is to give you a glimpse into the near-future and the glory that lies ahead for the saved of God. Be encouraged and look ahead with your eyes of faith.
2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is just for a moment, is working for us, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
1 Corinthians 15:49 “And we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the form of the heavenly Man.”
Psalm 37:11-13 “The meek (humble) shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plots against the just and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs, for He sees his day coming.”
The final enemy, death will be destroyed forever.
We are about to witness the kiss of God on all creation. No it’s not a princess kissing a frog. It’s the Prince and His kiss will do a lot more than transform frogs!
I took this picture of the giant baobab tree in the Limpopo region and the flowers in the Namaqualand Desert. I created the picture above in the main body from a picture I did in the Drakensberg Mountains, mixing it with a picture I took at Augrabies Falls and a fish eagle.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!