There is a teaching making the rounds in some Christian circles. It’s called: amillennialism. It’s a belief that God’s promises regarding the end times are figurative and will not be literally fulfilled, particularly the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ on the earth after the Tribulation (the Day of the Lord). Some even teach that we are living in the millennium now and have been for some 2,000 years. But what does the Bible say?
Revelation 20:1-10 says that satan will be bound and will not deceive the nations for a thousand years. Those who survive the Tribulation, who do not take the Mark of the Beast, will live with Christ on the earth. The duration of this earthly kingdom will be one millennium.
During this time, the Temple and the law will be in force. The sabbaths and feasts of Israel will still be kept including the Passover, the feast of unleavened bread (Ezekiel 45:21), and the feast of tabernacles (Ezekiel 45:25). It will be a time of peace and no wars. Animals will be tame and no longer carnivorous, but will eat plants and vegetables like they did prior to the Flood.
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25)
Does this sound like life today? Have wild animals stopped being predators? Is satan currently bound? We live in a world that is rotten to the core. World governments are largely corrupt. Is the earth flooded with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea? (Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14) Are the nations in subjection to the Lord and glorifying His name? (Psalm 22:27-31). If the Lord is reigning over the nations of the world today, He is doing a very poor job of it. Isaiah says that when the Lord reigns, the world will be characterized by peace, righteousness, and justice (Isaiah 9:7). Is this happening today?