Most of the preachers I hear on the radio or in the pulpit teach that Jesus will reign for 1000 years, a time called the Millennium.
If that is what you believe, you are flat-out wrong!
Books on Bible prophecy, and other works about the Bible, repeat this error.
The Bible plainly says, in words which cannot be mistaken, that Jesus Christ will reign forever on this earth.
Here is the plain Bible proof for the correct view:
(1) Luke 1:32, 33
Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Some argue that the word “forever” is sometimes used in a limited sense. That is true, but not here. It cannot be used in its limited sense because (1) the reference is to the future age, the age to come, not this age; (2) the term “for ever” is backed up by an explanatory clause, “and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Jesus, therefore, will reign upon (not over!) this earth. We know that this reign must be upon this earth because it is in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant. How do I know that? The text plainly says that Jesus will reign upon the throne of David. The throne of David is on this earth, not in heaven.
This little item of needful correction changes many things that we thought we knew when it comes to understanding Bible prophecy, or even the Bible at large.
The 1000 years of the Millennium does not mark the length of the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ upon this earth. It marks (1) the length of time Satan is bound; and (2) the time between the First Resurrection and the Second Resurrection.
The reign of our Lord Jesus Christ continues on this earth for ever, not just 1000 years. It is utterly wrong to speak of “the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ.” That is NOT what the Bible teaches.
It is about time ordinary Bible reading Christians, pastors, Bible teachers, and Christian writers got this straight!
Think I am wrong on this? I dare you to prove me wrong. On this point, it is virtually certain you cannot prove me wrong, but you are most welcome to try.
You know, if you’ve read much on this site, that I can be persuaded to change my mind in the light of better or more accurate evidence.
Are you able to change your mind on the basis of the very plain and incontrovertible evidence I just presented?