The Millennium: Heaven on Earth? (Video 1 of 2)

If the earth is destroyed and the heavens pass away at the second coming of Jesus, then what will there be during the Millennium? What is the beloved city that Satan will attack after the thousand years? Why is the New Jerusalem called the bride of Christ? When do the new heavens and earth come to be? The biblical evidence demonstrates the new heavens and earth come about at the beginning of the thousand year reign of Christ, not after as is commonly thought.

The placement of the new heavens and new earth traditionally comes after the Great white throne judgment. The trouble is there are too many verses that argue against that. In this short expose, we will consider some verses, that if taken literally, prohibit the above interpretation.

The first thing we need to consider is that the earth will be in such havoc that the Lord must recreate it at (or shortly after) the second coming because it will be uninhabitable; all the oceans will have been turned to blood and be full of rotting dead corpses of all the sea creatures — certainly not a nice place to live!

Therefore, we see that the heavens pass away and the earth is utterly devastated at the second coming and thus a new heavens and new earth are absolutely necessary. In Isaiah 65:17 God declares that He will make new heavens and a new earth which from reading the passage is occurring at the beginning of the millennium/messianic age.

The basic chronology therefore is as follows:
The great tribulation
The second coming
The judgment of the nations (separation of the sheep and the goats) (Mat 25:31-41, Joel 3:2)
The new heavens and and the new earth (possibly before the judgment of Joel 3:2)
The millennium, Jesus ruling with a rod of iron (Isa 11, Rev 20:1-10)
The Great White Throne Judgment
The rethinking of when the new heavens and new earth occur takes time to accept. It took me a while because I kept thinking that no thinks that and therefore I shouldn’t believe it either. But then I just kept seeing it in Scripture. In the end, the plain interpretation of Scripture won.