Psalm 97:1 says, “The LORD reigns! Let the earth be happy! Let the many coastlands rejoice!” As I’ve been studying through Psalms this semester with about 150 other local women, the declaration that the LORD reigns is common in the Psalms. I know in my head and believe in my heart that God is ruling His creation. It is hard to see in real life, though, in a practical sense. He tolerates more rebellion and disobedience than any earthly king or dictator I’ve read about in history or current events. If left to evidence alone, we could easily think that God’s rule is “hands off” and passive and that Satan is really the ruler. I have to remind myself that God hasn’t gone to sleep (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 121:4), that He is King. I read in the New Testament that Jesus is Lord and King now over everything and will one day be the King on Planet Earth. In person. In Jerusalem. In charge. What an amazing thing to consider what Jesus’ earthly Kingdom will be like one day and the human “Future Millenials” who will experience it!
I’ve caught myself thinking about this a lot this year. Based upon my understanding of Scripture (from what I’ve read and been taught by wise teachers), when Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom (Revelation 20), He will be bringing His people with Him. I’m thinking that would include me. Whether someone died on earth or had been raptured, they’ll be in resurrection bodies—immortal bodies without sin. So, when Jesus the King declares something for us to do, we will immediately obey it. No arguing, fighting back, or ignoring. No doing our own thing. That will be different, huh?!
Frankly, it strains my brain to picture what it would be like to live on the earth with Jesus as King way over there in Jerusalem (assuming I am sent back to live in a newly organized Texas ). Will we get a daily email or text from Jesus or direct Word through the Spirit (who is with us forever) with our instructions for the day? The resurrected saints will be ruling in various ways (Matthew 19:28), given authority to judge (Revelation 20:4) and overseeing others. All the governors and local rulers will be resurrected saints always doing the right thing in submission to King Jesus. But, who are the “others”?
Apparently, some earthly humans who have trusted in Christ during the Tribulation will live on past the battle of Armageddon described in Revelation 19. The Future Millenials—humans living in the Millenial Kingdom. They will be mortal humans dealing with the whole change of rulers always doing the right thing. The Future Millenials will also be dealing with their own tendency to sin without the devil or demons or the world system influencing them. What does human free will look like in an environment where the Healer will be healing and extending life way beyond our experience now? The Creator will be overrulling some of sin’s effects on His creation? The Judge will be exercising perfect justice? The King will not tolerate oppression?
People and animals still need daily food, water, shelter, work, etc. So, will there be farmers and builders? Will we drive down streets in cars just like we do now (except without wrecks)? Will we (the resurrected saints) be the ones teaching the Future Millenials all about who Jesus is and how to live dependently on Him? Will there be Bible studies?
I remember reading Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven a few years ago, reading it twice because I enjoyed his approach so much. But, he didn’t cover the Millenial Kingdom at all. So, I think I will pick up John Walvoord’s The Millenial Kingdom book or access his articles here on Bible.org (the one on the “Social and Economic Aspects” really intrigues me) and do some studying on my own for a couple of months. I am really looking forward to thinking more about what it will be like if Jesus is ruling this whole planet from Jerusalem.
I probably won’t even get half of my questions answered. But, one thing I know for sure. If we are practicing living life today as though Jesus were our King ruling on earth, living dependently on Him each day, considering His presence and His will throughout the day (not just in the morning or evening), we will be a whole lot closer to understanding what real Kingdom living is all about. Looking forward to it!