Heaven, earth and sea in the symbolic language of Bible
John, in the revelation given to him by our Lord on the Isle of Patmos, was in vision carried down through this Christian Age and its changing scenes of church and state, to the end of this present evil world or epoch, and there in prophetic visions he saw Satan bound, Christ reigning, and the new heaven and the new earth established; for the former heaven and earth were passed away.
The plan of God, with reference to man, spans three great periods of time, beginning with man's creation and reaching into the illimitable future. Peter and Paul designate these periods "three worlds."
The first epoch, from creation to the flood, was under the ministration of angels, and is called by Peter "the world that was." (2 Pet. 3:6)
The second great epoch, from the flood to the establishment of the kingdom of God, is under the limited control of Satan, "the prince of this world," and is therefore called "This present evil world." (Gal. 1:4; 2 Pet. 3:7)
The third epoch is to be a "world without end" (Isa. 45:17) under divine administration, the kingdom of God, and is called "The world to come – wherein dwelleth righteousness." (Heb. 2:5; 2 Pet. 3:13)
Apostle Paul was given a glimpse of the third epoch, which he calls "the third heaven ... Paradise." (2 Cor. 12:2-4.) This will be both the third heavens and third earth, differing from present wretched conditions.
The first of these periods, or "worlds," under the ministration of angels, was a failure; the second, under the rule of Satan, the usurper, has been indeed an "evil world"; but the third will be an era of righteousness and of blessing to all the families of the earth.
The second period, the present-day world in which we live, is called "the present evil world," not because there is nothing good in it, but because in it evil is permitted to predominate." This world however is elapsing now so, how the antediluvian world elapsed, but the literal earth, formed to be inhabited, remains for ever (Isa. 45:18; Eccl. 1:4). "The god of this world", Satan (2 Cor. 4:4), has arranged this world in his own fashion. Clergy of Christianity, being obedient to him, he formed into symbolic heaven meanwhile the masses of Christian societies - into symbolic earth. Such devilish world, arranged by the prince of darkness did not give anyone neither happiness nor any peace, nor eternal life. Just the opposite. It brought about innumerable harms, killing, sufferings, diseases and the constant the death toll. That is why our Saviour, Jesus Christ said: "My kingdom is not of this world" and told to pray: "Thy kingdom, come, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven..." (Matt. 6:10).
The establishment of this Kingdom was to happen during the second presence of our Lord. The people of God, therefore, being cheered up with such hope, still was looking forward of the Lord's arrival, when his power replaces corrupted heaven of Christianity with the "new heaven" of exalted Church, whereas entire mankind is formed in spirit of love into the "new earth," and when the "sea" of angered nations is disappearing, because rule of Christ will remove all reasons of discontent. (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1)
The "new heaven" and the "new earth" of God's Kingdom
(1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.
The new heaven and the new earth ... It is illustration of altered conditions in which restitution of all mankind will be performed. As the ”new heaven” does not mean a new atmosphere containing new planetary systems or a new place for God’s throne, or a new dwelling place for angels and other heavenly beings, but new heavenly powers in control, namely the rulership of Christ and His Church in glory over the earth, so the ”new earth” does not refer to a new planet, but rather to new conditions on this present planet. The new heaven and the new earth, as symbols, are forcefully descriptive of the new organization of things ordained of God to take the place of the old order after it has been swept away. The new heaven will consist of the new unseen spiritual ruling powers, composed of Christ and his glorified Church. These will take full control of earth’s affairs and will introduce entirely new conditions, social, civil, and ecclesiastical.
Passed away … If this were literal heaven and earth, it would be a contradiction of Eccl. 1:4 "the earth endures for ever." The first world passed away at the flood. The heavens and earth "which are now," the present order of things, are reserved of God to pass away with a great fire of trouble, revolution, etc. (2 Pet. 3:7.) All present institutions, civil, social, and ecclesiastical, as described in other visions, will pass away, are to utterly perish, in the great tribulation with which this Gospel Age is now closing. In the time of trouble, the sea and the waves will roar. (Luke 21:5-36.) In Psa. 46:1-3, the kingdoms of earth will go down, overwhelmed by the symbolic sea, in an anarchistic storm.
The sea is no more … The sea is a symbol of the masses of people in a restless, unstable and anarchistic condition, just as the land represents the social order, and as the mountains represent the kingdoms of the present time. As there is no reference to the physical earth and physical heavens being destroyed, so there is no reference to the physical sea being obliterated. The symbol signifies that under the new arrangement, under the control of the new heavens or spiritual powers, the reconstructed social order will be so satisfactory, so complete, so thorough, that there will be no more sea-class, no more restless people, no more dissatisfaction, no more anarchists; everything will be reduced to law and order. Under the new power, the law and order will secure justice to every creature, obliterating the differences between classes – caste, wealth, power and poverty, etc., which now exist. Consequently, there will be no more of the symbolic sea.
(2) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven of God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
The holy city … In Scripture a "city" signifies a religious government backed by power and influence. For instance, symbolic Babylon is denominated "that great city [government] which rules over the kings of the earth." (Rev. 17:18.) The holy city represents government of God.
New Jerusalem … The New Jerusalem and the New Heavens are synonymous, signifying the new spiritual ruling power. The New City represents the Gospel Church in glory and Kingdom power, spiritual, and invisible to men, yet all powerful. Its descent to earth (Rev. 21:2) marks the fulfillment of that petition of our Lord’s prayer which says, 'Thy Kingdom come.'
"Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken." (Isa. 33:20)
"Out of Zion [the spiritual Kingdom] shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord [the divine messages, through the `princes’] from Jerusalem." (Isa. 2:3)
Coming down out of heaven of God … Its descent to earth marks the fulfillment of our Lord’s prayer: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven." During the time of trouble it will be coming down, and before the end of it, it will have touched the earth. Its ”coming” is gradual, and not sudden; it will gradually come into power, when with the passage of time the present empires break in pieces. It is believed, that the Church will be very closely associated with the earth, just as Satan's kingdom is. Satan's seat of government is in Tartarus – the atmosphere. This glorious city will not be visible to the natural eye – neither Christ nor the saints in glory can be seen by the people. Only those changed from human to spiritual nature see these matters in the full.
The same event was shown in prophetic picture: the stone, which had been cut out of the mountains without hands (but by the power of God), overthrew the image (the power of nations) and then it became a great mountain (Kingdom) filling the whole earth. (Dan. 2:34, 35)
Made ready as a bride adorned … John, after identifying the glorified Church with the holy city, the New Jerusalem, changes the metaphor; and speaks of her next, a bride. The bride is the Church in glory. She is no more the espoused virgin, because she have passed from her espoused state into the more exalted one of the Bride, married or united to her Lord or Bridegroom. The entire Gospel age has been the time of her preparation for the wedding-day, to look beautiful, pure, gorgeous, resplendent. In such a way she became "a bride adorned for her husband." Seemingly, these adornments were described by the Psalmist of old, when he declared that her clothing was of "wrought gold" (the divine nature); and her robes of "needlework" (the graces of the Spirit). However, reference must also be to that inner beauty (character – the beauty of holiness), so much desired and appreciated by the “King” (Jesus, the heavenly bridegroom). (Psa. 45:11, 13)
"'The King’s daughter (Jehovah’s daughter; for as such the Bride of Christ is owned) is all glorious within.' Her beauty is the beauty of holiness. Outwardly, before the world, she is not glorious; and, like her Lord in his humiliation, she is despised and rejected of men. But she will not always be so: having followed Him in his humiliation, she shall also share his glory. As a new creature, she will in due time be clothed with his divine nature – 'Her clothing (when glorified) is of wrought gold’ – gold being a symbol of the divine nature. 'She shall be brought to the king in raiment of needlework' – in the simple white robe of her Lord’s own furnishing, the robe of his righteousness, upon which she will have wrought, with much carefulness, the beautiful adornments of the Christian graces." (C193)
(3) And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God:
A great voice out of the throne … This expression, speaks about the Divine verity, assurance and universality.
Tabernacle of God is with man … The glorified Church, the holy city, will be also spiritual Temple, God's dwelling. God will dwell in this glorious city. It will be his Temple. Mankind will approach God as Israel approached the typical Tabernacle and Temple in their religious services. Messiah's Kingdom is called a Tabernacle because it is not to be a permanent condition of things, only for a thousand years.
God himself will be with them … God, represented in his Church (The Christ, Head and Body) will dwell with the people, mankind, during the Millennium. While the Millennial Kingdom will be the Kingdom of God's dear Son, it will also be the Kingdom of God, because God's dear Son, and his joint-heir, the Church, will be in absolute accord with the Father.
(4) and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.
And God shall … During and as a result of Messiah's reign of a thousand years. Though it will be Christ and the Church who will be doing it, nevertheless, the Heavenly Father will be recognized as the first cause. When mankind has been thoroughly submitted to the leveling processes of the great time of trouble, and has been humbled and made teachable by it, then the same wise Judge will turn to bless. God himself. It was God's plan from the very first. The Millennial work is still his. Yet he will use agencies – Christ Jesus and his Bride.
Wipe away … Wiping represents a gradual process. The sins, sorrows, pains and tears, are result of the death sentence, when Adam was thrust out of Eden. The people will not be exempt from every weakness and difficulty at the beginning. The tears will last so long as their cause – imperfection, pain, and death exists. Day by day the well-doer, walking on the highway of holiness (Isa. 35:8), will be coming nearer to human perfection. Other accounts show us unmistakably that there will be imperfections and chastisements and lashing throughout the age, while mankind is being lifted up. Then blessings will displace sin, sorrow and pain. This process will include not only of the living world at the time, but also of the thousands of millions who have gone down into the tomb. All these blessings will result from the establishment of God's residence, or sanctuary, among men. From the very beginning God had foreknowledge of all, and He planned the redemption of Adam, Eve and their children. To this end Jesus came and "died, the Just for the unjust." (1 Pet. 3:18)
All tears from their eyes … During the Millennial age, there will be a restitution of all things lost by the fall of Adam (Acts 3:19-21), and before its close all tears shall have been wiped away. Instead of groanings they may have joy and peace, through accepting the blessed arrangements of the New Covenant.
There shall be no more death … The Bible promises that "as all in Adam die, even so all in Christ shall be made alive, every man in his own order" – in his own class. (1 Cor. 15:22, 23.) The giving to all mankind the full opportunities of the Millennial Kingdom will fulfill God’s promise. Those who shall intelligently refuse God’s gift of everlasting life, by refusing His reasonable requirements, will die the Second Death. But those who at the conclusion of the Millennial Age shall have profited by the Messiah’s Kingdom will be received into God’s family and will be granted all the liberties proper to the sons of God. The opening chapters of Genesis give the entrance of the curse of sin and death, and the last chapters of Revelation reveal the success of God's plan.
Neither mourning, nor crying … Not a stain of sin mars the harmony and peace of a perfect society; not a bitter thought, not an unkind look or word; love, welling up from every heart, meets a kindred response in every other heart, and benevolence marks every act. Those who attain to life everlasting will attain bliss everlasting.
The result of the thousand years of that reign of righteousness will be the development of mankind as one holy nation or people, whose happiness will be complete and everlasting. How comparatively valueless would all the other features of blessing be, if sickness and pain and imperfection continued.
His guarantee is that sin and sinners shall not go beyond the Millennium, to endanger the happiness, peace and blessedness of the great eternity beyond. It is merciful on God's part to destroy the incorrigibly wicked because such characters, be they ever so few, would mar the enjoyment of those who do love peace and righteousness.
Any more pain … The general healing of disease will doubtless be a prominent feature of Messiah's Kingdom – not only the ailments of the flesh, but also sin and imperfection. We may reasonably assume that after perfection is reached there will be no more accidents, just as we have reason to suppose that in heaven there is no necessity for surgeons, doctors, ambulances, etc. Death conditions prevailing in the animal and vegetable world will bring no pain, neither sorrow, nor crying.
The former things … These are the former conditions brought about by Adam's transgression and penalty for it. The reign of Satan, sin, death and darkness. All the things of sin, and whom have sympathy or love for sin. Prisons, insane asylums, hospitals, doctors or cemeteries. This will mean an end of famines, an end of pestilences, an end of storms and floods and droughts. Amongst these will be present misconceptions by which we are inclined to attribute to the lower animals human feelings and sentiments – some even carrying these mistaken notions to flowers.
Are passed away … There shall be no more discontent, no more unhappiness, and God's will shall be done in the Paradise of earth as it is done in heaven itself. Messiah's great work of redemption will obliterate unsatisfactory conditions from the earth. Their abolition will be the result of Jesus' Kingdom work of one thousand years. These conditions will pass away legally thanks to the sacrifice of Christ and pass away in fact thanks to his glorious reign. The promise made to Abraham was that in his spiritual seed all mankind would receive the divine blessing – the rolling away of the curse of sin and death. From the very beginning of Messiah's reign, God's blessing will begin to come to the world; but the full blessing will not be here, and the curse not entirely removed until about the end of the Millennium. Beyond its boundary, in the ages of blessedness to follow, there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain. The former things will have passed away.
"Close your eyes for a moment to the scenes of misery and woe, degradation and sorrow that yet prevail on account of sin, and picture before your mental vision the glory of the perfect earth. Not a stain of sin mars the harmony and peace of a perfect society; not a bitter thought, not an unkind look or word; love, welling up from every heart, meets a kindred response in every other heart, and benevolence marks every act. There sickness shall be no more; not an ache nor a pain, nor any evidence of decay – not even the fear of such things. Think of all the pictures of comparative health and beauty of human form and feature that you have ever seen, and know that perfect humanity will be of still surpassing loveliness. The inward purity and mental and moral perfection will stamp and glorify every radiant countenance. Such will earth’s society be; and weeping bereaved ones will have their tears all wiped away, when thus they realize the resurrection work complete." (A191)
(5) And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true.
He that sat on the throne … "The throne of God referred to is not a material one, but refers to his supreme authority and rulership; and the Lord Jesus has been exalted to a share in that rulership. Paul declares, 'God hath highly exalted him [Jesus] and given him a name above every name.' He hath given him authority above every other, next to the Father." (A92)
I make all things new … This verse comprehensively grasps the entire Millennial age and the rule of our Lord Jesus, then in the throne of earth’s dominion. This expression does not relate merely to rocks and trees, etc., but to the great work which our Lord undertook: viz., the regeneration of humanity – of so many of Adam’s race as would, under favorable conditions of knowledge, experience and assistance, develop characters in full accord with the divine will. The end of the Millennial age will see the work completed; – all the wicked destroyed, all who will not hear the voice of that prophet, teacher, governor, cut off from amongst the people in the second death, and all the willing and obedient made new, brought to the complete perfection contemplated in the original divine plan.
Paradise will be restored – not a garden merely, but the entire earth made beautiful, fruitful, sinless, happy. Paradise, the garden of God, was applicable as a name to the garden of Eden; and the same term is Scripturally applied to the new earth when restitution blessings are brought to perfection. The perfection originally possessed by Adam, which must have been in the man Jesus, will be found in all the restored human race in the close of his glorious reign. Included in the Lord's prayer – "as it is in heaven" – is the thought that when sin and death have been effaced, the world of mankind will be as happy in God's favor as are the angels now.
Write: for these words are faithful and true … "John was to write this matter, because the testimony is true, is faithful, as is the one who has promised. This assertion of faithfulness and truthfulness implies what we see to be the case; viz., that present conditions seem so contrary to all this grand restitution outcome that it cannot be fully believed and trusted by any except those who have learned to walk with the Lord, and in their weakness to lean upon his might – to trust to his power to accomplish all the exceeding great and precious things which he has promised. To all others these things will appear untrue, and God will appear unfaithful, and the matters which we are here discussing will seem 'idle tales,' as fables and golden fancies: but to us who believe these promises are precious, correspondingly as we know him and trust him. (1 Pet. 2:7)" (R2833:3)
(6) And he said unto me, They are come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Said, they come to pass … The one enthroned declares at the conclusion of the Millennial age, 'It is done' – my contract is accomplished.
I am the Alpha and the Omega [the A and Z] … It was the Father’s good pleasure that the blessed One, the Only Begotten of the Father, should accomplish the entire program of redemption and restitution; that by his obedience in the things which He suffered that He should prove himself worthy to be forever the associate and representative of the Father, through whom and by whom all things should continue, as He was the One through whom all things were made that were made. It is this One who, during the Millennial age, will extend to all the willing and obedient the water of life, everlasting life – the privilege of perpetual existence.
Alpha and Omega … The first and last of Jehovah's direct creation. Not only was the Logos the beginning, or Alpha – but he was also the last, the Omega of divine creation, the first and only begotten Son of Jehovah, given an exclusive place. Authentic here, though not found in the oldest Greek manuscripts and properly omitted in the Revised Version of Rev. 1:8.
Him that is athirst … The table of the Lord is spread for every one that is hungering and thirsting after righteousness. The people must thirst for it, and must desire it. This desire must be manifested in obedience to the terms, the laws, upon which it will be supplied freely. Our Lord declared to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life,". Anyone who will believe in him, trusting him, though he were dead, yet should he live - attain to perfect life, escaping from death conditions, until at the close of the Millennium he shall have life in the full, unrestricted sense. And he who thus lives (attains to life) and still believes, trusts in the Life-giver, and is obedient to his directions, shall never die.
The water of life … Everlasting life, the privilege of perpetual existence. The Lord will pour out his Spirit upon all flesh, and the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the great deep. (Isa. 11:9; Hab. 2:14)
“Although there shall be no more death, neither sighing nor crying, it will not be because the victors of the Millennial age will be crowned with immortality, but because, having learned to judge between right and wrong and their effects, they shall have formed characters in full accord with God and righteousness; and because they will have stood tests which will demonstrate that they would not wish to sin if the way were opened and no penalties attached. They will not have life in themselves, but will still be dependent upon God’s provision of food, etc., for the sustenance of life. (Rev. 21:4, 6, 8; 7:16; Matt. 5:6)” (E402)
(7) He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
He that overcomes … Not the Bride class, selected during the Gospel age, but the sheep class of Matthews 25 – during the Millennial age. The salvation made possible by the ransom-sacrifice is a new trial for life everlasting, the results of which are expressed in this and the following verse, as well as in John 3:36. Those who are worthy of the perfect human life then are called overcomers.
Inherit all things … Inherit the earthly Kingdom, just as the overcomers of this Gospel age inherited spiritual things. All mankind will not be invited to inherit the Kingdom prepared for the Little Flock, but they shall inherit the earth, the purchased possession. The spiritual seed of Abraham was not to share the earthly inheritance with the fleshly seed. While in the near future the fleshly seed will sit, each man, under his own vine and fig tree, the spiritual seed already began to reign with Christ in glory.
(8) But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part [shall be] in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
But the fearful … ”If any, enlightened by the Truth, and brought to a knowledge of the love of God, and restored to human perfection, become 'fearful,' and 'draw back' (Heb. 10:38,39), they, with the unbelievers, will be destroyed from among the people. (Acts 3:23)” (A107)
Unbelieving … Those who will not trust God.
Abominable … Who, knowing the truth, yet love unrighteousness.
Murderers … Brother-haters. Not that a man who has once been a murderer might not reform and become a saint and an heir of the Kingdom. One murderer, guilty of the murder of Stephen, was Saul, who afterward became an Apostle.
Sorcerers … The instruction to Israel was very explicit, that they should not have any communion with those who work miracles by means of sorcery or incantations.
Idolaters … Such as misappropriate and misuse divine favors, who give to self or any other creature or thing that service and honor which belong to God.
Liars … In a word, all who do not love the truth and seek it, and at any cost defend and hold it.
Their part shall be … The two classes will have been completely separated – the obedient and the disobedient; those in harmony with the letter and spirit of God's law, and those out of harmony with it. Such as willfully spurn God's favor and cling to sin when able to avoid it, are fit subjects for destruction – the second death. That will not be a time for pardoning wicked men, but for pardoning those who desire to forsake their wicked ways and thoughts. No one shall be destroyed who is worthy of life, whose living would be a blessing to himself or to others in harmony with righteousness. None need suppose that God is too loving to cut some off in second death, or that if he did so, he would give them other and yet other chances. This would lead some to take advantage of God's grace and use it as a license for willful sin.
The lake that burneth with fire and brimstone … Greek, gehenna, symbol of utter destruction. More properly the "abyss of fire and brimstone." The city was pictured by Jerusalem, and the "fire" by Gehenna. As the offal of the literal city was put in the Valley of Hinnom for destruction, so all the offal of the Millennial Kingdom will be destroyed, and be kept outside of the Golden Jerusalem. As the literal Gehenna was not a place of torment or grief, but represented the utter destruction and hopelessness of those (already dead) cast into it, so must its antitype teach the same lesson. All those rejecting the ministries of reconciliation will have been cut off in the second death. "Everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels." (Matt. 25:41)
Before their destruction comes each malefactor will have had fullest opportunity to repent. Satan will have had the opportunity of seven thousand years, and yet remain incorrigible, ample proof to all. Being on as fair and full a trial as Adam was, and with greater experience, they will be as culpable as he, and as worthy of condemnation to death under the law. The death which will come upon some for willful sins will not be an enemy in God's sight, not an enemy to those in harmony with God who will rejoice to see his will done in cleansing the universe. The trial being ended, the gift of life of which these shall have proved themselves unworthy, shall be taken from them. In the end of that age Satan is to be loosed for a little season for the final testing of mankind, and at its close he and those who follow his spirit and leadership shall be destroyed. Then all the remainder he will present before the Father, perfect and blameless.
Fire and brimstone … Fire is always a symbol of destruction, and when brimstone is added in the symbol, the destruction is intensified. Brimstone is a most destructive agent against life in any form and degree. Even today, if we were making symbols, we could think of nothing that would more thoroughly, more completely represent utter destruction of life than the figure that the Lord has here used.
The second death … The term "second death" is specific and cannot refer to a figurative use of the word death. It will be literal death. There seems no reasonable question as to whether or not second death means future life or annihilation. The word itself stands for the opposite of life. When anything is called a "second" it recognizes one, and only one preceding it, of the same kind. The second death, like the first, must be a cessation of life or being. As the first death terminates the first life, so the second death may terminate the second life.
There is a radical difference between the law regulating the first death and that regulating the second. The first comes upon the entire human race, the second death will reach no man independent of his will. The first death must be abrogated or set aside in some manner, before the second death would be possible. Before there was any second death there was the second sin; before there was any second sin there was the second judgment; before there was any second judgment there was the second life. The second death is the second penalty, the result of failure during the second trial of the world, of a class not worthy of a place in the "book of life."
Every trial must reach a conclusion and have a sentence. The first trial, in Eden, ended with a sentence. The second trial is to have a sentence also. Distinguishing it from the first sentence which came upon all men as the result of the first or representative trial. If they then willfully sin, they will die for their own sin. (Jer. 31:30; Acts 3:23)
Death is the wages of sin. The first was the wages of Adam's sin. The second death will be the wages of their own, not Adam's sin. The first, or Adamic death, is called a sleep because in due time all should be made alive. The second death is not a sleep, because there is no hope of resurrection from it. From which there will be no redemption, no resurrection, no recovery. It is everlasting punishment, everlasting destruction – not everlasting torment. The second trial is final.
The first death is recorded in the first part of the Bible, and the second death is never once met with until the last part of the Bible is reached. This fact is highly suggestive. Second death will never be destroyed. Since "Christ dies no more," (Rom. 6:9) it follows that none one of such condemned ones can be redeemed or ransomed as Adam was. Second death will receive the incorrigible at the close of the Millennium. At that time Christ's Kingdom, the thousand year day of judgment, comes to an end.
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