Time, Truth, & Wisdom

Chapter 24---The Millennium

     There will be just a few things happening on this first day of the Millennium and if you are one of God’s Election then just sit back and relax because you’ve earned it. Remember back in chapter six of Revelation when that fifth seal was opened:

     Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

     How many souls were under the altar?

     Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

     Ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands. That’s a figure of speech that means that there are so many souls there that you almost cannot count them. These are the souls that overcame in this lifetime and what were they waiting for?

     Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

     Well, people, their time for waiting is over.

     Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

     Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

     Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

     This would be our Lord and Savior.

     If you will remember, there was another rider on a white horse back in chapter 6, verse 2 of this same book:

   Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

     This “bow” is toxon and it is a cheap imitation fabric, not the bow or rainbow, which is a representation of the Shekinah glory of our Lord so we know that this rider in 6:2 is Satan and not our Lord. Satan is always a great imitator.

     “…..and his name is called The Word of God.

     Who is the Word of God? Jesus Christ, of course. He is the one coming back on this last day of this dispensation. Every human being that is alive on this earth, on this day, will transcend into their spiritual body, the spiritual body that they will retain throughout the Millennium and the eternity.

     The spiritual war of Armageddon will be fought in the Valley of Hinnom and the spiritual war of Hamon-Gog will be fought in the North.

     Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

     These are not Satan’s armies; these are the armies of God. These are the souls and spirits of those that have passed on before us; our family members, our friends; all those people that overcame and resisted the temptations of Satan.

 

     Every fiber of the fine linen that they wear is made up of righteous acts that they did while in the flesh and the reason that this fabric is white and clean is because all of their sins have been washed away by the gift of repentance given to us by Jesus Christ when He died on the cross, offering salvation to all mankind.

     Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

     Both battles will last for mere minutes if it can be stated that way, for in the spiritual sense there will be no calculation of time as it used to be in the physical sense.

     And when these two battles are over the Archangel Michael will lock Satan, spiritually, in the abyss and his role of Antichrist will be over. All doubt will have been removed as to who the “Antichrist” actually is or was and the first day of the Millennium age will have begun.

     Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

     Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

     The dragon; the serpent; the Devil and Satan. Those same four roles of Satan that we talked about in the chapter on the Antichrist.

     Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

     During these thousand years, Satan will have no influence whatsoever in our lives; he will no longer be able to tempt and deceive.

 

     At the moment that we change from our flesh bodies into our spiritual bodies we will have, not only total recall of our actions in the first heaven/earth age, but we will have full knowledge of the Bible and all the truths that it holds. You will not have to go to your neighbor and ask him or her what the truth really is. You won’t have to ask your pastor or preacher. You will already know it.

     ….and after that he must be loosed a little season. That little season will be another five-month period. Just as it was at the end of this dispensation; so it will be again at the end of these thousand years.

     This will be a one thousand year period between the second heaven/earth age and the third heaven/earth age, which of course, is the Eternity. It might seem strange that most of the information found in the Bible concerning the Millennium age is not found in the New Testament but rather in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, chapters 40 through 48.

     As St. John was taken “in the spirit” by our Lord to be shown the events and prophesies that will happen at the end of this dispensation and to record them in the book of Revelation; so Ezekiel was shown a vision by our Father of what the Millennium age would look like as he was taken:

     Ezekiel 40:2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

     That city is Jerusalem and God has placed Ezekiel on the highest point around so that he can see the entire area:

     Ezekiel 40:3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

     Suffice it to say that there will be many measurements made throughout the next nine chapters and it is not my intention to go into them at this time.  

 

     You could probably get a pretty good blessing from our Father if you took the time to do even a cursory study of these chapters because I can pretty much guarantee you that not too many people have taken the time to do so lately.

 

     They are too busy listening to preachers telling them how great they are and how prosperous they can be and how they can help you get the anointing and money and prosperity and riches and big houses.

 

     Oh well. Ask for repentance of your sins first, before you read these chapters; set the table for the blessing.

     Many people are told that during the Millennium we will all be able to sit at the feet of Jesus and we will sing and give praises unto the Lord. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

     There is structure and order and rules and regulations for this is not the Eternal age, this is a thousand years of teaching and discipline for only those that did not overcome in this life. You didn’t make it, “probie”; get the smile off of your face.

     The Millennium will be for those souls that fell short because they listened to some ignorant preacher/pastor or they were too lazy to study God’s letter to them on their own. They listened to the traditions of men and although the Millennium will not be a second chance, for them it will be their first chance to learn the truth of God’s Word.

     Will there be some souls that will not participate in this age of discipline and instructions? The book of Romans lists just a few of them:

     Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

     Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

     Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

     Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

     They knowingly, they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, in the deep recesses of their minds that what they were doing was against God’s laws. They willingly disobeyed, they willingly sinned, and they willingly snubbed their nose at the Scriptures and God Himself. They chose to follow Satan and they loved the ways of the world and not our Father:   

     James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

     “But have pleasure in them that do them.” They look around for others that think and act the same way that they do. Birds of a feather and all that. Is it worth going to hell for? Apparently, to them, it is because they will not be present during the Millennium; they have already been separated out from the rest.

 

     Oh, before I forget, do you have any idea what without natural affection means in Romans 1:31 above? It has something to do with same-sex-marriage that a lot of states are passing legislation to support nowadays.

     The souls spoken of in these four verses of the book of Romans are currently on the left side of the gulf in Paradise and are awaiting final judgment. No opportunity to participate in the Millennium. The death spoken of in verse 32 of Romans is spiritual, not physical; the death of the flesh is the first death; the death of the soul is the second death:

     Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Let’s go back to Ezekiel and continue:

     Ezekiel 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.

    Only the Lord Jesus Christ will sit in the Millennium Temple during this time. House means the Temple. Heaven will be shut during this period of time; all souls will remain where they are until after this age is complete, including those on the left side of the gulf.

 

     They had their chance in this life, they understood and they chose to follow Satan. However, let me insert a qualifier here: the souls on the left side of the gulf that rejected the truth will remain there; the souls that were deceived will participate in the Millennium.

     Ezekiel 44:2 Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.

     This gate in verse 2 is the East gate, the gate that looks out directly towards the Mount of Olives. This is the same Mount on which Jesus taught. This gate is closed until the Millennium is over. It was closed when the Lord entered through it. Closed to whom? The people. I mentioned earlier that there will be specific rules and regulations during this time:

     Ezekiel 44:5 And the Lord said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.

     Discipline and teaching begin with the preachers and pastors who misled the congregation with false teachings and traditional church beliefs:

     1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

     There will be billions of souls being taught during this time. Will they all be allowed to sit at the feet of Jesus? And if so, will Jesus teach them? Not by a long shot.

 

     The only ones permitted within the inner and outer courts; the inner Temple and the areas closest to the Temple where Jesus will sit will be the Zadok:

     Ezekiel 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God:

     The Hebrew word Zadok simply means “the just”. The justified ones. God’s Election. Those souls that stood with God in the first heaven/earth age at the time of the rebellion, the katabole’. They were justified without even having to be born in a flesh body.

 

     These are the ones that will minister unto the Lord Himself for a thousand years; these are the justified ones; these are the ones that will teach and render discipline:

     Revelation 20:4 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.

     Let me make something crystal clear to you, right here, and right now.

 

     Anyone can be one of God’s Election, one of His Zadok, if you quite simply know that the false christ comes before the True Christ. If you understand that simple truth then you have the seal of God in your mind and not the mark of the beast. My whole purpose for writing this book was to put that one little piece of information before you and let you take it from there.

     Who was sitting on the thrones and making judgments in Revelation 20:4? God’s Election. You can be one of God’s Election by rejecting Satan and his ways and following our Father and our Lord. That will make you a part of the first resurrection.

     Revelation 20:6 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.

     This second death can only be accomplished at the end of this Millennium age for with all of the teaching and having full knowledge of the Scriptures many will still choose to follow Satan and it will be the death of their soul.

     Are you one of the justified ones? Do you know the difference between the fake messiah and the true Messiah?

     There are rules concerning how the Zadok will be dressed when approaching Jesus:

     Ezekiel 44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.

     The clothing that the Zadok, God’s Election, wears throughout the day as they teach and instruct the masses will be taken off before they enter into the inner court to minister unto the Lord.

 

     The multitudes are unclean and are not privileged to see the royal garments that they will put on before entering the inner court. What kind of garments will they wear?

     Ezekiel 44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.

     Have you ever worn a shirt or blouse made of linen? Maybe not because, even today, clothing made from linen is more expensive than clothing made from cotton but even at that, the basic reason for wearing linen or cotton clothing is because it “breathes”.

 

     It allows body heat to filter through the fabric whereas wool or synthetic fabrics will hold body heat close to the body and during hot summer months this becomes very uncomfortable.

 

     Linen is woven from the flax plant; the plant was dried in the sun and then beaten to separate the fibers. The Egyptians were experts at weaving flax into a cloth and it carries through to today because if you go out and buy bed clothing made of cotton we know that the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets.

     The deeper meaning that we are to take from this analogy of linen is that the only thing that you can take with you after the death of the flesh is your good works, they do follow with you:

     Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

     And these works are what makes up the fabric, the linen of the robe that you will wear in eternity.

     Revelation 7:9 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;

     What it boils down to is that the analogy is that when you enter the inner court to minister to our Lord there is no tension; there is no reason to sweat. It is peaceful and calm. The word bonnet means ceremonial head-dress.

     Now, here comes the teaching part:

     Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

     This word discern is yada’ and it means to “know”. They allowed themselves to be misled in this life, they didn’t take the time to understand the difference between the holy and the profane; the true Messiah and the fake messiah, which is what got them here in the first place.

 

     But that’s alright, by the time that this thousand-year period is over they will know the difference. Does that mean that when this Millennium age is over that they will all overcome? Have they received special treatment and redemption and now they will be with us in the Eternal age?

     We were created at the beginning with free will and that is quite apparent from the rebellion of the first heaven/earth age. During this heaven/earth age, free will was necessary for us to make that decision as to whom we will follow; our Father or Satan.

 

     During this Millennium age, we will continue to have free will. The time of the Millennium is not an indoctrination program, some brain-washing scheme to make sure that all who participate will be overcomers when this age is over.

 

     There will be some testing at the end of this age and after all of this has been accomplished some will still reject our Father and continue to follow after Satan and that will be the gravest mistake they will ever make.

     Will many souls be saved during the Millennium? I don’t really think so, the nature of ones’ soul and spirit being what it is.

 

     Take a look around you. Do you see all those lazy sluggards that go from day to day doing no more than the absolute minimum to exist in this life? Those who will go through the Millennium are there by the skin of their teeth. It’s not a time for these people to have a second chance; it’s a time for these souls to stand up and take responsibility for their own actions.

 

     And they better have enough sense to understand that this is the last act of the play called Life or existence.  In the flesh body, they were content to sit on the sidelines and let someone else take responsibility for the condition of their lives, not to mention their very soul. It was easier for them to say:

 

     “I’ll just let the government and the taxpayers take care of me”

 

     or

 

     “Well, that’s what my preacher told me”

 

     or

 

     “Well, everybody else believes that way”.

     It really irritates me when I drive by a church on a Tuesday morning and see this vacant building sitting there with all of the windows and doors locked up tight. It looks like a dead building and that is exactly what it is.

 

     It reminds me of the dry bones of Daniel. Can’t somebody get off of their butt and open this place up and do something with it? I mean, you have to make a mortgage payment on this place for the month anyway, why not do something with it?

 

     Don’t just let it sit there! Offer a Bible study program at 10:00 every morning Monday through Friday.

 

     “Well, you don’t understand, brother, our preacher has to work a 40-hour a week job roofing houses to pay his bills.”

 

     Then find another preacher or pay this ‘ole boy enough money every week so that he can spend 100% of his time doing what he must have had a calling to do in the first place.

     And I’m not talking about your local mega-watt churches that shine so bright that you can see them from outer space at night. This is big business to them; these churches are corporate enterprises.

 

     I’m talking about the "country road churches". There are housewives and retirees and people that work night shifts that would gladly come to church on a weekday morning if there was something going on there that might interest them. And what might that be?

 

     Wait a minute. I have an idea. Why not teach them the Word of God? Why not teach an entire Book from start to finish over a short period of time, giving them some sense of continuity in the Scriptures? Pretty much the reason that I’ve written this book; to give you some idea of continuity, some sequence, some order to the Plan of God instead of just one or two verses from the New Testament every Sunday morning that nobody remembers after church is over anyway.

 

     And everybody, including the preacher, feels sooo good because their “religious duty” has been performed for another week.

     Many people wonder if they will be able to recognize their loved ones during this time. Will they be able to see Momma or Dad or Grandma or Papa?

 

     Let’s refresh our memories before we read the Scriptures that will explain this to us.

 

     In the first heaven/earth age, we were in spiritual bodies with an associated soul and spirit and we were collectively called the “sons of God”. And, yes, there is implied gender in those three words as can be evidenced by the influx of the fallen angels because without some sort of male appendage they could not have impregnated the daughters of Adam.

 

     Get over it; it is what it is.

     In the second heaven/earth age, we are in physical, flesh bodies and of course, we have male and female for the dual purpose, not to just have a helpmate, but to replenish the earth.

 

     You must also understand that the spiritual body, whether in the first heaven/earth age, the Millennium age or the third heaven/earth age (the Eternal age) is uniquely young in appearance. Some have said that we appear to be in our mid-twenties with fair skin and wavy hair.

 

     That being said let’s read the verse that applies to whether we can recognize our loved ones during the Millennial age:

     Ezekiel 44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.

     Now, before you get too bent out of shape, the sister that hath had no husband is a Hebraism and it doesn’t exclude an unmarried sister from being recognized by other family members.

 

     Since we are all in spiritual bodies during this time the word “dead” doesn’t mean physical death but rather a current condition of the soul.

 

     The Apostle Paul explains to us that a soul can be either mortal or immortal: mortal means liable to die, that is, it can still perish and go into the Lake of Fire, and immortal means that the soul has put on deathlessness; it will not perish and go into the Lake of Fire.

     In the Millennium, the souls of the Zadok, God’s Elect, have put on deathlessness before they get here, they will not die in the Lake of Fire. They have overcome if that word makes you feel more comfortable.

 

     Quite the reason that they can approach Christ and minister to Him during this time. All other souls in the Millennium will be mortal; they are still in danger of walking into the Lake of Fire. The reason that they are here for teaching and discipline with the ultimate goal of putting on deathlessness and becoming overcomers.

     So, yes, we are able to recognize our loved ones; father, mother, son, daughter, brother, and sister but we will not recognize them by outward appearance but rather by the part of them that was not physical, that being their soul.

 

     I don’t love my wife because she is pretty or shapely or has a degree from a university; I love her because of what is in her heart, her soul.

 

     That is how we will recognize them and we will be able to go to them during this time because we know that they did not overcome in this heaven/earth age and because they still retain free will Christ will allow us to go to them to point out that if they are still screwing up we can tell them to get their act together. Time is running out.

     Do we pay a penalty for being allowed to do this?

     Ezekiel 44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.

     For one of God’s Elect to approach someone that is spiritually “unclean,” they will have defiled themselves and after cleansing, they will be unable to approach the Temple or Christ for a period of seven days. You might say that this is a small penalty but imagine, if you will, being cut off from the presence of the Holy One for even one second of time.

          Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

     These waters are healing waters that flow from the Temple and eventually these waters would form a river, a torrent that Ezekiel could not cross.

 

     From this, we are being told that there will be a division in the Millennium, a division of which may separate the Hebrew nation from those of the ethnos. This river will be mentioned again in Revelation, chapter 22 and that makes it a part of the eternal age.

     So, what happens at the end of this thousand-year period?

     Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

     Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

     Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

     In Revelation 20:3 it states that Satan will be loosed a little season and the length of that season will again be a five-month period.

 

     All of the souls that did not overcome in this heaven/earth age; all the souls that were taught the true Word of God without the distortions and lies of Satan during the Millennium will be tested and tempted by Satan. This is his last chance to take as many souls with him into that Lake of Fire as he can. And many will follow just as they did in the past.

     Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

     This is only the judgment of Satan. You must also understand that day and night forever and ever is a figure of speech and it simply means the utter end. Here comes the judgment for the rest of the souls:

     Revelation 20:11 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.

     There will be no more earth as we have known it for billions of years.

     Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

     If you thought that I was full of it when I said that there would be no everlasting, burning hell in chapter 17 then this verse should take care of it. Death mentioned here refers to Satan for he is death:

     1st Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

     And the second death is the death of every soul who chose not to follow our Father but rather chose Satan.

     Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

     Did that verse say that they would be cast into an everlasting hell? If it did then please point it out to me because I seem to have missed it.

 

     All of the souls that did not overcome will experience that second death when they walk into the Lake of Fire along with Satan and the seven thousand fallen angels. They will be turned to ashes from within and those that did overcome will not be blotted out:

     Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

     This word “blot” in the Greek is exaleipho and it means to obliterate completely, as a drop of fat on a lump of hot coal; and what is left after that? A small whiff of smoke that is dissipated by the wind. Never to return. There could be no eternal peace in heaven if hell was full of souls burning day and night.

 

     No, even the memory of them will be blotted out.