Paradise Restored During the Millennium
Mark Balmer - Sunday, October 6th 2019 - 2 Thessalonians 2
- Paradise: A place of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be
Ephesians 1:9-10 (NLT) God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
Revelation 20:1-2 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
- No FEAR - Satan is not an equal to God
Revelation 20:3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceivingthe nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
- Satan’s goal is to steal, kill and destroy by deceiving people
1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Isaiah 2:4 (NLT) The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.
- The millennium – a 1000-year reign of Real World peace
Micah 4:4 (NLT) Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has made this promise!
Revelation 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:5-6 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
- Sin’s curse on nature will be removed - Isaiah 11:6-8
Isaiah 11:6-8 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.
- The length of life will be increased (Isaiah 65:20)
Isaiah 65:20 "Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
- There will be no more birth defects or sickness (Isaiah 35:5-6)
Isaiah 11:4 (NLT) He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.
- One reason for the millennium is to reveal man’s sinful nature and that everyone needs A Savior’
- Another reason for the millennium is to fulfill the Lord’s prayer – “Your will be done on earth”
Revelation 2:27 He shall rule them with a rod of iron……..
Revelation 20:7-8 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.
Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
- Our inherent nature is sinful.
- Man sins because he is a sinner.
- The conditions on earth are perfect but man’s heart is still wicked
- The ONLY solution to our sin nature – be born again.
John 3:3 Jesus replied, “I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God.”
Revelation 20:9-10 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
All Bible references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. NLT = New Living Translation.