The 1000 year Reign of Christ

Loutzenhiser's picture

A study on the Reign of Christ after his return to earth. This study will cover all aspects of that reign to include it's beginning and ending.

Note: This is not a study on the entire book of Revelations.

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Kingdom and Millenium

I would certainly not want to claim I can give a clear presentation of this subject from "the post-millennial position" since, in my dealing with the Bible, exhaustive exegesis is only a means to an end. I am concerned to find out what the voice of God is saying to the Churches in our era.

So, when I find Jesus saying we are not given to know the time or the season when his Father would "restore the kingdom to Israel" the first question I want to answer is what did the disciples understand by the question they were asking? That's important because it might be the same as we (in the 21st Century) would mean by the same phrase.

To answer that question requires some serious study about the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament as well as a reminder that, to those of the First century Jesus Christ was not a proper name. We often find the writers saying "Jesus, the Christ." Because to them the word "Christos" is the equivalent of "Messiah."

I think Johannes de Silentio has it right that we cannot understand the kingdom of God (and the rule for a 1000 years) without at the very least some idea of what Daniel's prophecy says of the end times. Times which the Disciples had in mind when they asked the question.

Daniel, in explaining the king's vision, pointed out the coming kingdoms - the head of Gold (King Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom), the torso of silver (Darius the mead's or possibly Alexander's - lesser as silver is less than gold), the legs of Brass (Alexander's Hellenistic one or Rome in its heyday) and finally the legs of brass and clay (definitely understood as Rome in the time of Christ - together but not adhering to one another). Now comes a stone not made with hands which smashes the statue in pieces by striking the feet and then it grows until it fills
the earth.

The stone was I believe what the disciples of first century understood as referring to the kingdom of God. We note that of this kingdom there would be no end. Jesus did not say they were wrong to so interpret the Scriptures but he did imply that spending time on when and how the kingdom of God would overcome the kingdoms of the earth was likely to lead them astray. Their task was to "be his witnesses" and leave the rest up to God. This is a reiteration, I think of the Great Commission.

So, I think we have to see the kingdom of God as Christ's rule spreading over the whole earth and being irresistible until the time that "every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess him Lord to the glory of the Father." We have to understand that it comes into being by the conversion of sinners who then turn from their wickednesses to serve the Living God - in every area of life.

From this I think we draw a few conclusions:
1. The kingdom has not yet reached its full extent - there are many who have yet not bowed the knee to Christ. So our task of witnessing has not yet finished.
2. The kingdom is spiritual in that it comes about, not by wars and battles of the flesh but by pulling down the spiritual powers in high places.
3. That there is a physical component in that as people become Christian they will seek to understand how God would have them serve. If in Church, by living in peace and harmony with those who are part of the same body; in office, that will mean changing or enforcing laws; in schools, teaching from God's perspective; in the office, finding our ethics based on God's Law and so on.

I know this is inadequate, but hope it is a helpful sketch of what I think is the biblical position. Whether pre- post- or a- I wouldn't like to judge.

Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith