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The Millennial Kingdom: In Heaven? Or on Earth?

WLC has long taught that the millennium will take place in Heaven. A new understanding of Scripture has revealed that the millennium following Yahushua's return will actually take place on earth.

 

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Scripture overflows with promises for every situation: promises for good health; promises for protection and assistance; promises for wisdom and guidance. There are also promises that give glimpses of the reward that awaits all who accept the gift of salvation.

The saints shall rule

One of the rewards promised the saved is that they will get to “rule.”

And he who overcomes, and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— “He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels”— as I also have received from My Father. (Revelation 2:26-27, NKJV)

Ruling with Christ! What’s not to like? But the question is: Who are the saints going to rule over? The angels work for Yah. They are obedient to Him. They do not need humans to rule over them. They certainly will not be “dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels.”

Only the wicked are dashed to pieces. Therefore, the people over whom Christ and the saints shall reign must be sinners. And since no sinner shall ever enter Heaven, the only other place for the saints to reign is on earth.

 

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Reigning on earth

If this is a new idea to you, please keep reading. Our beliefs must always be brought into conformity with Scripture, not the other way around.

Revelation 5 quotes a song sung in Heaven by 24 elders. These elders are humans who have been saved and are, even now, in Heaven.1

Now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to Yah by your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.” (See Revelation 5:8-10.)

The redeemed shall reign on the earth! There is nothing in Scripture that says the thousand years following the Saviour’s return are spent in Heaven. Rather, Scripture states that the kingdom of Yah is set up on the earth, and that is where the saints shall rule.

The reward of the righteous

As great as the reward of the righteous shall be, it will be given in the earth. That is their inheritance. Yahushua declared: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Isaiah 65 and 66 also contains a description of the reward awaiting the righteous, and what it is describing is Yah’s millennial kingdom on the earth.

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
And joy in My people;
The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her,
Nor the voice of crying.

No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
For the child shall die one hundred years old,
But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.

They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and another eat;
For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

They shall not labor in vain,
Nor bring forth children for trouble;
For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of Yahuwah,
And their offspring with them. (See Isaiah 65:17, 19-23.)

The fact that sinners are even mentioned in this passage brings a startling point to light.

The sinners & the righteous

The inheritance of the righteous is a newly made earth, but during the millennium they shall rule over sinners, some of which will, ultimately, repent! This surprising point is made clear in Zechariah.

Behold, the day of Yahuwah cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Then shall Yahuwah go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

And Yahuwah shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, Yahuwah of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. (See Zechariah 14:1-3, 9, 16-17.)

This is describing events that occur at and following Yahushua’s return to earth. This is an important passage because it reveals that saints and sinners will be living simultaneously on the earth.

Shortly before his death, Yahushua said:

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (See John 14:2-3.)

This place is the New Jerusalem which shall be the capitol of the earth made new, the eternal home of Yahushua and the saints.
 

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1 This does not mean that believers immediately go to Heaven when they die. Rather, the Bible teaches that, certain righteous individuals were raised at the time of Yahushua’s death. (See Matthew 27:52-53.) These resurrected saints may have been taken to heaven with him at his ascension to become the 24 elders mentioned in Revelation.