We need to ask question which is , ‘Doesn’t this picture of the Kingdom of God all seem rather human?’ People in the Kingdom will still be producing babies (Isa. 65:23) and even dying (Isa. 65:20). These people will still have disputes which Christ will settle (Isa. 2:4), and will still need to work the ground in order to survive, even though this will be much easier than at present. This all seems a far cry from the promises that the righteous will receive eternal life, and a nature like God’s, being made equal to the angels, who do not marry or reproduce (Luke 20:35,36) The answer lies in the fact that the first part of the Kingdom of God will last for 1,000 years – (see Rev. 20:2-7).
During this 1,000 years there will be two groups of people on earth:- The saints – those of us who have followed Christ acceptably in this life, who will have been given eternal life at the judgment seat. Note: a ‘saint’ means ‘a called out’ person, and refers to any true believer. The ordinary, mortal people who did not know the Gospel at the time of Christ’s return – i.e. they were not responsible to the judgment seat. When Christ comes, two men will be in the field, one will be taken (to judgment), and the other left (Lk. 17:36); those who are “left” will be in this second group. Having received God’s nature at the judgment seat, the saints will be unable to die or produce children. The descriptions of people experiencing these things in the Kingdom must therefore apply to the second group – those who are alive at the time of Christ’s return, but who did not know God’s requirements. The reward of the righteous is to be “kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:10). Kings have to reign over somebody; those people who were ignorant of the Gospel at the time of the second coming will therefore be left alive, to be reigned over. Through being “in Christ” we will share His reward – which is to be the king of the world: “He that overcometh…to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron…even as I received of my Father” (Rev. 2:26,27).
Christ’s parable of the pounds now falls into place – the faithful servants were rewarded with ten or five towns to rule over in the Kingdom (Luke 19:12-19). Knowledge of God’s ways will not spread immediately Christ is declared King in Jerusalem; the people will travel to Jerusalem in order to find more knowledge about God (Isa. 2:2,3). Recall, too, how the mountain of Dan. 2:35,44 (representing the Kingdom of God) gradually spreads over the earth. It will be the duty of the saints to spread the knowledge of God and therefore His Kingdom. When Israel was the kingdom of God previously, the duty of the priests was to teach the knowledge of God (Mal. 2:5-7). For this purpose they were placed in various towns throughout Israel. In the more glorious re-establishment of the Kingdom, the saints will take over the role of the priests (Rev. 5:10). The purpose of God with the earth will then have been completed. It will be filled with immortal, righteous beings. God’s Name ‘Yahweh Elohim’ (meaning ‘He who will be revealed in a group of mighty ones’) will then be fulfilled. Never again will sin, and therefore death, be experienced on earth; the promise that the seed of the serpent would be totally destroyed by being hit in the head, will then have been completely fulfilled (Gen. 3:15). During the 1,000 years, Christ will have reigned “till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death…And when all things shall be subdued unto him (God), then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him (God) that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Cor. 15:25-28).
This is “the end, when he (Christ) shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father” (1 Cor. 15:24). What will follow in this period when God is “all in all” we are not told; all we know is that we will have eternal life, God’s nature, and we will live to glorify and please God. It is presumption to even enquire further into what the state after the 1,000 years will be like.
A couple simple words in conclusion:
The Mankind is returning literally to the garden for 1,000 years of Christ’s rule on earth. We will live like Adam and Eve were suppose to live and FREELY partake of the TREE OF LIFE, which is a REAL TREE.
No one is going anywhere until Christ rules for 1,000 years. Eternal life is NOT GIVEN until AFTER the 1,000 years and the WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT OCCURS. The rapture people are out of their minds.
The Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God and of the Lamb.
The Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the Tree of Life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. …
The Revelation 28:22 But the pure spirit will bathe in the River of Paradise. And those who have washed in this spring have the right to the Tree of Life and they may go through the gates into the city of paradise and bliss. …
The Revelation 30:1,2 And the Spirit led me forth and showed me a pure river of the Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God. And the river and the land were one, and on each side of the river there was the Tree of Life, which was in paradise. And the tree bore twelve manner of fruits, and yielded up fruit every month, for the leaves of the tree were for the healing-peace of the nations (ch. 22:2).
The Revelation 30:14 Blessed are they that keep [and do] His COMMANDments, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life. And will share Divine Love and know paradise and bliss and may enter in through the (strait – Matt. 7:13-14) gates into the City (New Jerusalem).
The Revelation 30:15 For I tell you, none who do evil will come into this paradise, neither will they know the power of Divine Love. For only the sacred will live in the Temple and make to each other the sign. And they will not leave paradise. For without are dogs, and sorcerers and whore-mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. …
The Revelation 30:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of this Book of Prophecy, the Father shall take away his right to the Tree of Life and he will be cast out of the Holy City and will share not the eternal gift of paradise and bliss, which are written in this book.
The CHRIST SPIRIT FROM HEAVEN (John 1:32). CHRIST, comes AGAIN, in a human body, WITH A NEW NAME (Rev. 2:17 and 3:12), born on 4/22/1948, THE EXACT DAY that the Fig Tree RE-SPROUTED (Mat. 24). He will SHED that body (Matthew 24:28, Rev. 7:2) and RETURN on the CLOUD with the HEAVENLY HOST and reap the earth (24:30) IMMEDIATELY AFTER the nuclear war (1/3 of mankind dies in this war: THAT IS 2,000,000,000 + PEOPLE), and HE WILL RULE THIS PLANET.