The Millennial Kingdom is a shadow of Heaven. The Bible uses that word shadow to mean a smaller example of some future event. God is represented in the Sun and his light shines and illuminates future events in such a way that the events, sort of, cast a visible shadow that arrives before the real event, as it were. The Millennial Kingdom is like that. This next verse shows us what the Millennial Kingdom Age will be like.
“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. (NIV)
This prophecy was given to Daniel some six hundred years or so before the birth of Christ. Daniel was told that for his people, that is, the Israelites, a 490 year time was given before the things that the above passage speaks of would take place. I have written about the nature of this time in previous blogs so I won’t go into that now. What you should see now is what will happen for Israel after this time of waiting is over.
- Finish transgression
- Put an end to sin
- Atone for wickedness
- Bring in everlasting righteousness
- Seal up vision and prophecy
- Anoint the Most Holy
Wow, what a list! This sounds very much like heaven. This will be fulfilled before the Millennial Kingdom starts. This is how things will be for Israel during the Millennial Kingdom Age. I found it interesting when I learned that Adolph Hitler’s Nazi political system was supposed to bring this into existence. The Nazi’s were always going on about their 1000 year kingdom of German supremacy. Remember in an earlier blog how I said that Adolph Hitler was like a shadow of the coming Antichrist/Beast-man? It wasn’t a mistake that he was like the Antichrist/Beast-man. Hitler’s goings-on occurred as a warning to the world so that the world might see and understand. Some do, many do not.
When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. 7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, 10 if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (NIV)
I have shown this passage some time ago. This is (in my opinion) one of the most important prophecies in the Bible. Before Israel even entered the Promised Land (a shadow of heaven) Moses told them that they would be kicked out because of sin and that after they had learned their lesson they would repent, totally, and be restored to the Land. Please read the above passage very carefully.
Now the question is; when does Israel repent and seek God correctly with all of their hearts? Has this ever been fulfilled? No, it has not, for the above passage says that after they do this repentance that God would make them more prosperous than at any time before that. Israel was pretty prosperous under the reigns of David and Solomon. They have never even come close to that prosperity. No, this prophecy from Deuteronomy has not yet been fulfilled. Israel has yet to repent correctly and follow the Lord.
Present-Day Israel is still in rebellion. They still reject Christ, that is, Jesus. They still rely upon their own military might and upon their own hands for everything. This might be a little hard to see because the Church has so fallen from its obedient place that the Church too is guilty of gross disobedience. I don’t mean to say that everyone in the Church is grossly disobedient and neither is everyone in Israel disobedient. There are truly faithful Christians and it is very likely that some of the 144,000 obedient Israelites are alive today. I am talking about the many in both the Church and in Israel.
Anyway, something must happen to the world soon if thousands of years of rebellion are to be put to an end. Remember that prophecy above in Daniel chapter nine. Something huge and dramatic and worldwide must happen that will change the whole world. That something is the Day of the Lord, the Time of God’s Wrath, the Fiery Furnace, and/or the Great Tribulation; that 1260 days; 3 ½ years; time, times and half a time; and/or the 42 month period. All these are the same thing and it is a very big thing. Jesus, when talking about this time said…
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. (NIV)
Never has the world seen anything like what is coming. Some 50,000,000 plus people were killed as a direct result of World War II, but that is nothing compared to what is coming. By my estimation, from reading the Scriptures, I see at least four billion people dying as a direct result of the Tribulation. The passage above says that the effects of the time will be so devastating that not one person would survive it if the Lord did not intervene. In the past, the Lord has not done anything ‘supernatural’ (evidently) regarding the world’s ecology, but the effects of the coming trial are so devastating that if the Lord doesn’t fix the natural world then the world would finish off the remaining people, but, as the above passage says, for the sake of God’s chosen people he will come and fix the world. This next passage is about this recreating the world.
“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. (NIV)
Now, as for the purpose of the Day of the Lord: I see it as having two main purposes. The first is to rid the earth of the faithless and disobedient people. As the Millennial Kingdom is a shadow of heaven, then it stands to reason that the disobedient will not be allowed. No faithless and disobedient people will be allowed entrance into heaven. Politically correct or not that is a fact. The second reason for the Day of the Lord is to purify God’s chosen people.
“His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.
33 “Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered. 34 When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them. 35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time. (NIV)