This corresponds to the Millennial Reign which is described in the Book of Revelation chapter 20.
Revelation 20 is the New Testament passage which tells us that there will be a Messianic Kingdom in which the Messiah will reign on the Earth.
A lot of details there which I haven’t time to go into. Just to say that this prophecy tells you that there will be a time when the Messiah Yeshua / Jesus will reign on the earth for a thousand years.
During that time, there’ll be that peace and justice which Isaiah wrote about, and there’ll be a time for the fulfilment of all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messianic Kingdom age.
It’ll be limited to a period of a thousand years because, during this time, Satan is going to be bound, unable to influence the nations for a reason which is not quite explained. However, it’s there, in the scriptures.
Satan is loosed for a little while at the end of the thousand years, gathers his people for the last battle against the Lord, at which point he is thrown into the Lake of Fire and you have the end of the world and the end of this universe.
This is followed by the eternal state as we read in 2 Peter 3.10,
The final destination, according to this passage, and as we see in Revelation 21, is that this present world will be burned up, and that will be, literally, the end of the world.
The Second Coming of Christ to the earth is NOT the end of the world, it’s the End of the Age, the beginning of the Messianic Age which lasts a thousand years.
After the thousand-year reign of Messiah Jesus, this world, and not just this world but also the heavens, will be burned up and God will make a new one: a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
How can God do that? Well, God is good! If you believe Him in the beginning, He can do what He likes with what He has made. And this is what the scripture says is going to happen.
Therefore, this world will come to an end but NOT at the Second Coming of Christ. This current age will come to an end at the Second Coming of Christ. That’s why people need to be ready now to meet with Jesus.
Whatever happens, you need to be ready to meet with Jesus because you don’t know when you’re going to die.
The fact is that this prophecy speaks about the New Jerusalem which we also read about in Revelation.
This is again speaking about the fact that this present heavens and earth will pass away. God is going to create a new one in which believers will be forever in glory with Him and then, we will be dwelling with God and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There’ll be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying, no more pain. Everything former will have passed away.
Do you want to go there? I hope so because that’s what’s on offer in the Gospel.
One of the really puzzling things is that so many people don’t want to go there. They prefer this present world!
Well, that’s their choice. But the fact is that this offer is there from God, that you can be there with Him forever, and that He’s going to have the last word. He made the world, is going to bring it to an end, and, if you trust in Him, you have a glorious future and a glorious hope.
One little illustration which I find interesting. We look at what is called ‘the mountain peaks of prophecy’.
One of the difficulties which people have when they read the Hebrew Prophets is to understand the order of events and to see how it fits in together. And sometimes the prophets themselves seem to see all the events which I’ve spoken about, of both the First and the Second Coming of Jesus, all coming together, at the same time.
Somebody compared it to a prophet looking at these events and he is seeing these mountain peaks in the distance.
First, all he sees is the mountain peak which is the First coming of Jesus, he sees the cross of Jesus Calvary, Jesus dying on the cross as a sacrifice for the sin of the world, and then, he sees the mountain peak which is the Second Coming of Jesus.
When you think about it, from afar, it looks like they’re together, but actually, when you get up close there’s a Great Valley of Time, a Valley of 2000 years or so which is the time which we’re living in now, the time of the church.
The prophet can’t see that Valley of Time, he can only see the mountain peaks.
Then, there’s another Valley of Time, the thousand years of the Messianic Kingdom age, before you see the third mountain peak which is the end of the world, and the burning up of this present ‘heaven universe’ and ‘earth universe’ before the creation of the new heavens and the new earth.
It is all there, in the Bible, and we can see it now. Looking back, we can see that there is plenty of time between the First and the Second Coming of Jesus. A lot of Christians fail to see the next one, the Millennial Reign, but it’s there in the Bible. And the challenge which God gives us is:
Do we believe what men say, even what some churches say, or do you believe what God says in his Word?
I believe what God says in his Word, and I believe it’s there, in the Bible. It has either happened or it will happen, or it’s in the process of happening.
As we look at this subject of the Second Coming of Jesus, we can see that the goal of the believer is to be there with Jesus, and be there with Jesus in the Millennial Kingdom, and be there with Him in the eternal state, in the new heavens and the new earth.
That is another thing we don’t like to think about. Yet, it’s there in the Bible, and it reminds us that there is a choice.
There are two ways you can go, two paths: one which leads to life, one which leads to death, and the Second Coming of Jesus is going to be the day in which God judges the world in righteousness, according to how we have responded to the message of the Gospel. So, it’s important that we believe in Jesus.