What Happens During The Millennium?
Question: Hi Brandon, thank you in advance. Will the 144000 will be the only that will be saved? I know that after the Millennium there will be the white throne judgment where the gentiles and people without chance of knowing God will have one.
In the Millennium only those who have been strong in the faith and have been killed keeping the faith will be with God enjoying and learning with The Father. The rest of the people is in the white throne judgment isn’t it?
I am learning and I know I have some things little loose. So please bear with me.
And the 7000 elect?? What they have to do?
Answer: Rodrigo, you are doing fine, thank you for the question.
The Time Periods
From our present age forward, we have three time periods.
- The Present Day
- The Goal: Share God’s Word with the world, (Matthew 24:14).
- How Does It End: The Tribulation.
- The Millennium
- The Goal: Teach those who failed God or never had the opportunity to hear His Word.
- How Does It End: The White Throne Judgement.
- The Eternity
- The Goal: Live in peace with God, forever.
Our present day will carry on until the Return of Jesus Christ which occurs after the Tribulation. That brings us to the Millennium. After the Millennium, we have the Eternity which is an Everlasting Paradise with our Father.
In between all of that, there are a lot of events that will take place.
The 144,000 And The Tribulation
The 144,000 are not the only ones that will be saved, thank the Lord. The 144,000 are the Saints who are Sealed with the Word of God. They will be Sealed before the Four Winds are let loose which occurs just before the Tribulation, (Revelation 7:1-3).
4 “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”
The 144,000 Saints who are Sealed come from the Twelve Tribes of Israel. 12,000 from each of the Twelve Tribes make up that total (12,000 x 12 = 144,000). You can document that in Revelation 7:5-8.
The Saints are Sealed with the Word of God so they cannot be deceived or harmed by Satan, and so they can proclaim the Testimony of Christ during the Tribulation, (Revelation 9:4). This will be the moment in time when many of them are brought before “kings, rulers” and even Satan. It will the moment when the Holy Spirit speaks through them providing a witness to the entire world that no one will be able to deny, (Luke 21:12-15).
This event will turn many back to God, and this is why after the Tribulation,
9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”
This verse documents, the 144,000 are not the only ones who will be in good grace with our Father during the Millennium.
Are There 7,000 Saints?
You will notice we never read anything about 7,000 Saints. The Bible never documents any select group of 7,000 during the Tribulation. We can only find 7,000 mentioned once in the New Testament.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
4 “But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.”
This verse is actually quoting 1 Kings 19:18 which concerned ancient Israel and their worship of Baal. During those days of old, God simply set aside a group of Saints that would not bow to Baal.
5 “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”
Notice, Paul made it clear, as there was a “remnant” (Strong’s: G3005) which means “remainder” in the days of old, there was an unnumbered “remainder” or set aside group of Saints in Paul’s day, and this has carried on even to this day. But that does not mean it is 7,000. That is reading a bit much into the Scriptures.
God’s Word made it extremely clear, the number is 144,000 who are Sealed for the Tribulation.
What Happens During The Millennium?
The first thing we must understand is Millennium simply means “a thousand years”. Again, the Millennium begins after the Tribulation, when Christ Returns to the earth.
The first thing that occurs during the Millennium is an angel (probably Michael) comes from Heaven,
2 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”
We now have Satan bound in chains and placed into “the bottomless pit” where he will have no influence over mankind for this 1,000 year period of time, (Revelation 20:3).
4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Notice we have a little judgment day here.
All of the people who have been killed for Christ and the Word, and all of those who did not accept the Mark of the Beast “lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”. During the Millennium the Saints will walk with Christ here on earth, our Father does not come to earth until the Eternity, (Revelation 21:3-4).
5 “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”
Those who were rewarded have taken part in “The First Resurrection”, they were granted Eternal Life, a soul that cannot perish.
“The rest of the dead” is simply a reference to the state of one’s soul, a soul that can perish.
Anyone who was not rewarded on the first day of the Millennium is considered “spiritually dead”. They simply have a mortal (Strong’s: G2349) soul, which means “liable to die”. Obviously, they are alive, everyone goes to Heaven when they die. The only question is, which side of the gulf in Heaven are they on?
6 “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
Those who stood with God all throughout time and during the Tribulation on Day 1 of the Millennium will take part in “The First Resurrection”. They will receive Eternal Life, and also be priests of God and Christ. These Priests will then teach “the rest of the dead,” the “spiritually dead” about God and help them turn from their ways of sin, and to educate those who never truly heard the Word of God.
At the very end of the Millennium, Satan is released from his chains. He then goes “out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth,” and Satan is very successful unfortunately. Just as Satan and his armies approach the camp (Jerusalem) of the Saints God consumes them instantly, (Revelation 20:7-10).
They just suffered the fate of the Second Death, this occurs literally moments before the White Throne Judgement.
The White Throne Judgement
11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”
We have now arrived at the White Throne Judgement which occurs at the very end of the Millennium.
12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
We are not talking about literal dead people, God “is not a God of the dead, but of the living,” and dead people do not stand, (Luke 20:38). All we are talking about is “the rest of the dead”, the “spiritually dead” of Revelation 20:5 who will be judged by their works. If they did not change their ways and accept God and Christ, they are quite literally done for.
14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Not only are “the rest of the dead”, “the spiritually dead” permanently destroyed if they did not turn to God, but death itself, and hell (Strong’s: G86) which simply means the “grave” will be permanently destroyed.
This will be the moment in time when 1 Corinthians 15:55 is fulfilled.
The moment when God will “make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).
The moment when,
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. – Revelation 21:4