A destructive blaze swept through the forest, a crackling inferno of fire and smoke. Trees exploded in searing heat, the land was consumed and all was transformed into smoldering ash.
But after the flames died away, the shady pall cast by the older trees was gone, and the undergrowth, with its tangle of competing weeds, was removed. As a result of the devastation the growing conditions were altered. For the first time in ages, sunlight reached the forest floor. The soil was enriched as never before and the seeds so long dormant in the sod, that never had a chance to grow, sprang suddenly to life. A torrential storm embroiled the land in angry, boiling clouds. With explosions of thunder the wet wind thrashed the dark day, which was cracked by blazing bolts of electrical power. In ferocious rage the tempest battered earth and sky, drenching all in a gale of streaming rain. But then the commotion moved on, and emerging from behind the last cloud, the sun gripped the land in intense renewal. As a result of the crashing squall the air was fresh and clean, the sky was awash in brilliant blue, and the soaked and steamy ground was born anew.When the tumult of Armageddon finally subsides and the last echoes of war roll over the distant hills, a restoration will begin which will reach beyond the heights of heaven. This regeneration is called the Millennium, and it will blossom in exhilarating splendor, uninterrupted for a thousand years. It will be a period of intoxicating grandeur that will wash the creation of God. And from this new environment, enriched by ash and rain, will spring forth the abundance of resplendent life.
The Millennium is the seventh day of God’s Great Week. It is the seventh period of one-thousand years, during which God will deal with the fallen Adamic race upon planet earth. This seventh day will be like no other. It is the Sabbath of rest. It will be filled with the dew of righteousness, the warmth of peace, and the light of expanding truth. The agents of evil will be gone. Human government will be destroyed. Carnal religion will be eradicated. Satan will be chained. The minds of men will be loosed from devilish captivity, and their hearts will gratefully receive the abundant blessings of God. Throughout this new and wondrous world, the Sons of God will rule in dazzling brilliance. Standing open and visible before all the earth, they will nurture all flesh, coaxing forth healing, abundance, and virtue. Behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
The firstborn Sons of God are the Sabbath Day people– in them God will “rest” from his labors. And like the seventh day of Genesis, they will have no end.An don the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day [the Body of Christ], and sanctified it. The gestation of the firstborn Sons will consume the first six thousand years of Adam’s time on earth. At the start of th e seventh day, these Sons will enter their glory. day of the new moon. Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the on it shall be opened. And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate. The firstborn Sons of God are “The Day of the Lord.” They are the rulers of eternity. All the creation will be placed in their care. In that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
When the Millennium begins, the Sons of God will assume command of creation, taking possession of the heavens and the earth as their rightful inheritance. I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. Having been born from the genetics of God, they will receive the created realm from their Father’s hand. The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Every creature, every spirit, every star, will be given to the Body of Christ. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. The people, cities, continents, and seas of the earth, every kingdom, indeed, every place and every time will become the personal property of the Sons of God. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
As the Sons of God commence their rule, they will carry a mandate from their Father to accomplish a redemption of all things. They shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolation’s, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. This work will be a restoration of exceeding proportions, reaching from the atoms in rocks to the angels in heaven. I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; that thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves.This renewal will begin small and intense, then like fire gone wild, it will spread to cover the globe. Unstoppable as divine flame, it will ultimately transform all things into right standing with God. All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
The ascendancy of the many-membered Christ will open with a new, global government, that is founded upon righteousness. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder. This awesome administration will be a sweeping, world dominion. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. Parliaments and presidents will be guided by the omnipotent Sons. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. … The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet. All the earth will acquiesce to their rule. The whole land bows to you, with all the Pagan Tribes; because the LORD is King, He o’er the Heathen rules. They all shall eat, and bow all great on earth to Him, and all kneel in the dust, or their life will not live. Psalms 22:28-30 (Fenton).
Every nation and every creature will come under the sway of the Sons of God; nothing shall escape their grasp. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. As the government of Christ is established, a new world will begin to unfold. Their presence will create a new environment of prosperity and peace. From their rule will come revelation and righteousness. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
Omnipotent wisdom will restructure the world, bringing laws of life, rules of mutual benefit, directives of virtue, and judgments that elicit joy. Many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. For the first time ever, the people of earth will be administered by incorruptible rulers, who will have the means and desire to bless those in their care. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
The priorities and energies of man will be altered. The very matrix of human interaction will switch from narcissism to altruism- giving will be greater than greed. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Freed from the destructive influence of spiritual evil, all nations and people will strive for equity and fairness. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Every phase of earthly life will come to be governed by Godliness. At that time they will put on the bells of the horses, “Sacred to the LORD;” and the cauldrons in the LORD’S House will be like the bowls before the Altar; for every pot in Jerusalem will be consecrated to the LORD OF HOSTS. Zachariah 14:20,21 In this new world of caring and trust, disputes will be few and war unthinkable. He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
The blessings of Christ’s rule will create an economic system of joyous opportunity. Innovation and production will excel. Shortages will not exist. Thriving in this prosperity, the people of earth will flourish in the fruits of their labor. They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid. The slavery of debt will be gone, and the new system of trade will unfailingly yield abundance for buyers and sellers alike. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God. … The floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God.
Then a spiritual revival of stellar proportions will roll over the earth as a luminous wave. The Sons of God will dwell with the people, open and available to all, showing truth as the light of a summer day. All men will see them and behold their glory. Fear, doubt, and faith will cease to have meaning, for men will be convinced by the sight of their eyes. Yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it. Streaming from the Body of Christ will come waters of spiritual instruction, bathing and infusing every phase of daily life. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
In the wonderful absence of adversarial energy, the light of God’s plan will ignite in the spirits of men, setting them blazing with new revelation. I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. Understanding will flow unhindered. The clear knowledge of God will become the common food. 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 bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. The teachings of Sonship will encircle the earth, energizing the hopes of man. All will tremble with goodness, exulting with tears, and shouting for joy at the benevolence of God. For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Then the nations of Israel, the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples, will learn who they are. Those Israelites who survive Armageddon will be gathered from the continents of earth and collected to the purpose of God. He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Astonished, they will discover that they are principal players in the awesome plan of God. In bewildered amazement they will learn that the rulers of earth, the firstborn Sons of God, are their elder kinsmen. In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; and I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. Then they will all be taught of their Father’s plan and rejoice in his wisdom. Abandoning their failings, they will rush to turn their lives to the celestial calling of God. I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. … Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? The Millennium will be a much needed rest, an intermission of a thousand years. During this relative bliss the mortals of earth will live in peace and abundance, being flawlessly schooled in the teachings of God. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
The Millennium will be a time of pervasive serenity, but unfortunately, only a tiny contingent of people will be alive on the earth to enjoy it. During the Millennium nearly all of mankind will still lie cold in their graves. At Armageddon most of earth’s mortals will perish, and the general resurrection of all men is not until the end of the Millennium. For the vast multitude of those who have trod the surface of the earth, restoration will have to wait for another thousand years. The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. Another noteworthy fact of the Millennium is that during those centuries of repose, the process that produces spiritual maturity will not be able to function. Satan will be chained, and in the absence of evil, overcoming is impossible.
Spiritual gestation requires a womb of testings and trials. Spiritual muscle simply cannot be developed without resistance. During the Millennial Sabbath of peaceful plenty the spirits of men will be blessed, but not matured, and no new Sons will be born. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work. The mortals of the Millennium will be like the Israelites in the Wilderness of Sinai. They will have provision and protection, but no possession. They will enjoy external blessing, but they will remain stalled in internal infancy. Though they will bask in the abundance of God, inside these people, there will be no lasting change. They will live as little children, never appropriating the deep realities of God’s plan. They will be without autonomous strength. As the angels, they will be unaware of evil, and thus ignorant of good. They will continue as lamps, needing constantly to be replenished with oil. The people of the Millennium will remain so spiritually weak, that even after a thousand years of living side by side with the Sons of God, these people will still be able to be deceived by Satan. At the end of the Millennium, most will turn against the Body of Christ, at the battle of Gog & Magog.
For the mortals of the Millennium, the process that leads to spiritual maturity will be held in abeyance, until the Sabbath of rest is over, and evil is once again loosed upon the earth. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.
You, Reader have a part in this First Resurrection if you but fully yield and come to the call of the Father. Be not like those listed below:
When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”