The Millennium (cont)
Not only the land but the sea also shall be affected. The Dead Sea shall be healed and fishermen shall spread their nets on its banks. Ezekiel 47 says that "fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many" (v.10). Zechariah 14.4 indicates that "his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north (the Great Sea), and half of it toward the south (the Dead Sea)". Verse 8 adds that "living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former (eastern, Dead Sea) sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea (Mediterranean): in summer and in winter shall it be".
As for man on the earth he shall enjoy longevity. "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands" (Is 65.20-22). How different to the words of Psalm 103.15: "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field".
Israel shall be restored and regathered (Ezek 36-37); Israel and Judah shall be reunited (Jer 3; Ezek 37); the land shall be divided between the twelve tribes (Ezek 48) and Jerusalem shall be rebuilt (Is 60; Ezek 48). Not only so but the gates of Jerusalem shall continually open, and "There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof" (Zech 8.4-5). The temple too will be rebuilt (Ezek 40-46) and will be called the "house of prayer" (Is 56.7). All of these things must not be spiritualised.
The Necessity of the Millennium
The millennium, the seventh age, is a must. The ages previous to it are the ages of innocence, conscience, government, promise, law, and grace. The seventh age is the age of glory. These ages ended in the fall, the flood, drunkenness, bondage, crucifixion, and "spueing out". The millennium will end in rebellion against the land and the beloved city. That golden age will be the fulfilment of Gods oath and promise to David, when all Israels wanderings will be over, its transgressions finished, its sins ended, its iniquity atoned for, and the righteousness of the ages brought in.
It will also be mans final test. Today, heavenly things are invisible (indeed God refuses to make heavenly thing visible) and are known only to faith. This is not the age for signs. Then, however, Christ and His people shall be visible. Men say, "If only I could see I would believe". There will be no excuse for millennial unbelief. Today Satan is permitted to tempt. Now we are to beware of his wiles and be on guard as he walks about "as a roaring lion". We are to put on the whole armour of God to protect ourselves from his attack in the "evil day". The whole world is still in his lap and he still blinds the minds of those who do not believe. He still snatches away the seed of the Word and deceives the nations. He is still the prince of the power of the air and the god of this world. In that day, however, he will be bound and banished. There will be no wiles, no darts, and no roars. Today there are uncongenial circumstances such as poverty, sickness, and wars, but all such will then be gone. Today there are false religions, cults, and systems all of which increase, but in that glorious day all shall know the Lord from the least to the greatest.
The millennium will also furnish conclusive proof that God will have lost nothing. At both the beginning and end of the Bible there is a garden, with a river and a tree. Here is Gods vindication of His Son. In the very place where He was put to shame He will reign supreme.
(The material for this helpful series was kindly supplied by Ian Jackson, Eastbourne).