When Jesus returns at the Second Coming, it will not be "the end of the world." There are two Greek words for "world." One word refers to the planet, while the other word means "the age," which is the way God deals with His people during a certain period of time. God will not destroy the planet when Christ returns, but this age as we know it will end. Then a new time period will begin called "The Millennium," which is the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth (Rev. 20:4). What are some of the things that will happen during the Millennium?
1.Satan will be bound up in the abyss for 1,000 years (Rev. 20:3).
2.The saved people who are alive at the Second Coming will enter the kingdom in their natural bodies (Matt. 25:34).
3.The lost people who are alive at the Second Coming will be cast into hell (Matt. 25:41).
4.Jesus will be king over the entire earth (Zech. 14:9).
5.The curse on the earth as a result of Adam & Eve's sin will be lifted (Zech. 14:11) Thorns, thistles, and weeds will be gone. The earth will become like the Garden of Eden.
6.The animals will be changed back to their original state when they were created. (Isa. 11:6-9). After Adam and Even sinned, many of the animals became predators. They will become peaceful again. The wolf and the lamb will lie down together.
7.Sickness will be removed (Isa. 33:24).
8.The saved people who enter the Millennium will repopulate the earth. (Matt. 19:28) The word "regeneration" in verse 28 means repopulation.
9.The 12 apostles in their resurrection bodies will rule over the 12 tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:28).
10.Many children will be born to the saved people who entered the Millennium in their natural bodies (Isa. 65:23). This is one proof that the rapture cannot happen at the Second Coming. Resurrected people cannot reproduce offspring (Matt. 22:30). We know only saved people will enter the Kingdom. But if everyone is raptured at the Second Coming, every saved person would have a resurrected body and no one would be in a natural body.
That's why the rapture must happen some time before the Second Coming. The people entering the Millennium are the people saved after the rapture, and they are the ones in their natural bodies who will repopulate the earth.
11.At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan will be loosed from the abyss and will deceive the children who were born during the Millennium (Rev. 20:7-10).
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