In the last section we covered key events leading up to the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom. Remember - the 10 nation confederacy will be comprised of governments in both Europe and the Middle East - and will ultimately have the political clout to control the Mediterranean.

Some of these 10 countries may be from Western Asia and North Africa, but most of them will probably be from Europe. The final leader of this Mediterranean confederacy will overthrow three (3) of the 10 nations by a political, military and governmental takeover.

Today, in addition to disease and famine issues, the leaders of the dominant nations are concerned with three (3) primary factors:

       1. Attaining peace among nations and ethnic groups;

       2. Guaranteeing the flow of oil; and,

       3. Stopping terrorism and conflict in the Middle East (especially between Israel and the Palestinians).

The CHIEF bargaining factor will be the city of Jerusalem!

Any peace settlements between Israel and the Palestinians you see now or in the future are, and will be, only temporary on the part of the Palestinians: with the motive to place themselves in an advantageous position to later wage war on Israel. This has to be, because the radical Palestinian groups will never agree to a permanent settlement.

The new leader of the Mediterranean Confederacy will seek world wide recognition by coordinating the grand peace settlement between Israel and her enemies. However, the supposedly final peace will be the same: it is designed to deceive the Jews and to be broken. Remember ... the KEY to getting the Jews to sign a treaty of peace with the Palestinians and the Arab nations is a COVENANT for seven years, which will most likely allow the Jews to build their temple on or near the Holy Mount.

In the middle of the seven years, 42 months before Messiah returns to earth to establish His kingdom, the covenant is broken by the false messiah: the world dictator. The temple will be desecrated by this dictator like Daniel foretold 2,600 years ago and Jesus foretold 2,000 years ago. [Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15-27; Revelation 13:3-8]

A few months previous to Messiah's second appearance to earth there will have been millions of people killed in fighting and terrorism. Jerusalem will be under attack, with plunder happening from house to house, women being raped, and half the city of Jerusalem going into captivity. [Zechariah 14:2] It will be a time of trouble worse than the Nazi holocaust. [Jeremiah 30:5-6] The Jews will actually start experiencing extreme persecution after the world dictator takes over control: 42 months before Messiah returns. There will be NO permanent peace until the Prince of Peace, Messiah Jesus, returns and establishes His Kingdom: the Millennial Kingdom.

The spirits of demons, performing signs and counterfeit miracles (lying wonders) will be sent out by Satan to the leaders of the whole world and gather them to the great day of El Shaddai (God Almighty) at Mount Megiddo (Armageddon). Just previous to this, the Euphrates River in Iraq is dried up, to make passage for military forces from the east to attack Israel. [Revelation 16:12-14]

The whole world will be amazed by the shaking of the earth: an earthquake so great that every island will move away and mountains will disappear. God will pour out the fierceness of His wrath upon Babylon. [Revelation 16:17-21]

The false messiah (the anti-Christ) and the leaders of the nations, with their armies, will gather together to fight against God's Messiah, Yeshua ha Meshiach (Jesus the Christ). The leaders of the world will be deceived by the counterfeit miracles of the demons, and they will be influenced to do only what an idiot would even think about doing: fighting against the Lord!

At this time, Heaven is opened, and the King of Kings and Lord of Lords comes back to earth to fight against His enemies. He takes complete control.

The Beast (the anti-Christ) and his false prophet (the religious leader of the world) are cast alive into the Lake of Fire and the rest of the rebels are destroyed by the command issued by the Lord (which is symbolically represented by the sword out of His mouth). The dragon, the serpent of old - who is known as the Devil, or Satan - is then bound for 1,000 years in the bottomless pit, and shut up with a seal upon him, so that he should deceive the nations no more until the 1,000 years are finished. [Revelation 19:11 through 20:3]

After this, the Messiah begins to set up His earthly kingdom. What is it like? The kingdom of God is BOTH a literal and a spiritual kingdom. Messiah Jesus will rule during the Millennium and His rulership will extend into eternity after the Millennium. [Editor's note: We have capitalized the word Millennium in our writing to identify it as the scriptural reign of Messiah and to honor it as the Kingdom dynasty on Planet Earth.]

The Millennium achieves three (3) primary purposes:

1. Peace and righteousness upon earth.

"He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." [Isaiah 2:4]

2. Establishment of Messiah's Kingdom.

"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory." [Matthew 25:31]

3. Fulfills God's promises to Abraham, to David, and to Israel.

Abraham's descendants would be a great nation in a literal land [Genesis 15:18-21] and David's throne would be established forever. [2 Samuel 7:16]

The Millennial Kingdom will be a WONDERFUL place to LIVE and WORK. God created the Garden of Eden to be such a place, but then sin entered. That's why Jesus came to earth the FIRST TIME: to pay for our sins and redeem us from the curse. Next, He will came back the SECOND TIME to redeem the planet and rule from Jerusalem. Henry Thiessen in his book Lectures in Theology lists seven (7) reasons for the SECOND APPEARANCE of Messiah to Planet Earth.

1. So we can see Him like He is.

"Yes, dear friends, we are already God's children, and we can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when He comes we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is." [1 John 3:2 NLT]

2. To judge the anti-Messiah (the coming world dictator) and his false prophet and their armies.

"Then I saw the beast gathering the kings of the earth and their armies in order to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet ... Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur." [Revelation 19:19-20 - NLT]

3. To bind Satan.

"Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon - that old serpent, the Devil, Satan - and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished." [Revelation 20:1-3 - NLT]

4. To deliver Israel.

Even though Jesus came to earth the first time for His own people, the people of Israel, they rejected Him. But God has NOT rejected His people. Saul (Paul) tells us that when Messiah Yeshua comes back again (the SECOND time), the Jews will accept Him. "Did God's people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! His purpose was to make His salvation available to the goyim [the Gentiles], and then the Jews would be jealous and want it for themselves. Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the Jews turned down God's offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when the Jews finally accept it." [Romans 11:11-12 - NLT]

5. To judge the nations of the living.

After Messiah has judged the anti-Christ and his followers, He will then gather all the nations before Him for judgment. The LIVING nations will be judged BEFORE the Millennium. [Matthew 25:31-46] All of the DEAD will be judged in the skies at the "great white throne" AFTER the Millennium. [Revelation 20:11-15]

6. To deliver and bless creation.

The Planet Earth will be a mess after the 42 months of the "time of Jacob's trouble" [Jeremiah 30:6], also known as "the great tribulation." [Matthew 24:21-22] Jesus will remove the curse of sin from the earth and restore creation to its original glory.

"The creation itself will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." [Romans 8:21]

7. To set up His kingdom.

The Millennium is just ONE PART of the Kingdom of God. The prophets wrote about this kingdom in the Tenach (the Old Testament) and also about the Messiah who would be King.

"For a child is born, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this." [Isaiah 9:6-7 - NLT]

Messiah Jesus will literally sit on David's throne in the city of Jerusalem!

Listed below are some of the benefits of living in the Kingdom. There will be:

[] No sickness or disease.

"And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." [Isaiah 33:24]

"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert." [Isaiah 35:5-6]

"Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days. In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound." [Isaiah 30:26]

After six millennia of being under the curse of sin, the entire Planet Earth will be healed. Notice ... it is talking about LIGHT in this scripture ... NOT heat! And it talks about bruises and wounds being healed. Scientific research has proven that the ultraviolet rays of ordinary light produce healing!

[] No war.

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." [Isaiah 11:9]

"He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." [Isaiah 2:4]

[] No poverty.

"And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things." [Zechariah 8:12]

[] No sadness.

"For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 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." [Isaiah 65:18-19]

[] No inclement weather.

"Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days." [Isaiah 30:26]

" ... the ground shall give her increase and the heavens shall give their dew." [Zechariah 8:12]

[] No bondage, witchcraft, magic or Satanic influence.

"And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over the nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all the faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it." [Isaiah 25:7-8]

[] Extremely long life.

People will live much longer than at present. Only sinners will die as young as 100 years old.

"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." [Isaiah 65:20]

[] Increased productivity.

"For the seed shall be prosperous: the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things." [Zechariah 8:12]

[] A house for everyone.

"They shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them." [Isaiah 65:21]

People will be born and die in the Millennium. They will have to be introduced to a saving knowledge of Messiah Jesus like anyone: they will have to make their own free will decision as to whether they want Messiah to be Lord of their lives. Israel will be especially commissioned as evangelists to the nations. [Isaiah 66:19]

From the births of new babies during this time will be people who will have to make a decision as to whether to receive Messiah as Lord or reject Him: just like people today! And ... from the group who do reject Him, Satan will gather a band of rebels at the end of the Millennium to rebel against the Lord. [Revelation 20:8]

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison, and will go out to deceive the nations once again, to gather them to battle. The devil and his deceived people surround the camp of God's people and the city of Jerusalem. Then fire comes down from God out of Heaven and destroys them.

The devil, Satan, who deceived them will then be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast (anti-Christ) and his false prophet have already been for 1,000 years. And they will all be tormented day and night forever and ever: ages upon ages, never ending. [Revelation 21:7-15]

"And then shall the earth be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." [Isaiah 11:9] One of the GREATEST aspects of the Millennium will be the opportunities to serve Messiah. Actually, our service on earth here will probably dictate HOW and WHAT we get to do for Him! Almost all of the parables Jesus taught while He was here on earth the FIRST time were about PREPAREDNESS and the KINGDOM. Read them in the Gospels.

If we have been FAITHFUL in certain areas of our lives and ministries here on earth before Yeshua returns the SECOND time, we will probably get to serve Him in those same areas - the areas where our hearts desire to serve and help - when He comes back and establishes His Kingdom!

"His lord said unto him, Well done, good and a faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of your lord." [Matthew 25:23]

Notice: Make sure you teach regularly about the End Times. It will awaken your people!


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