What description does the prophet Jeremiah give of the earth during this time?
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld
the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man,
and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the
cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger!' Jer. 4:23-26.
The millennium is the closing period of God's great week of time. A great Sabbath of rest to the earth and
to the people of God. It follows the close of the gospel age, and precedes the setting up of the everlasting
kingdom of God on earth. It comprehends what in the Scriptures is frequently spoken of as "the day of the
Lord." It is bounded at each end by a resurrection.
Its beginning is marked by the pouring out of the seven last plagues, the second coming of Christ,
the resurrection of the righteous dead, the binding of Satan, and the translation of the saints to heaven; and
its close, by the descent of the New Jerusalem, with Christ and the saints, from heaven, the resurrection of
the wicked dead, the loosing of Satan, and the final destruction of the wicked. During the one thousand
years the earth lies desolate; Satan and his angels are confined here; and the saints, with Christ in heaven,
sit in judgment on the wicked, preparatory to their final punishment.
At the close of this period, the wicked are raised; Satan is loosed for a little season, and he and the
host of the wicked encompass the camp of the saints and the holy city, when fire comes down from God
out of heaven and devours them. The earth is cleansed by the same fire -that destroys the wicked, and,
renewed, becomes the eternal abode of the saints. The millennium is one of "the ages to come." Its close
will mark the beginning of the new earth state.
NOTE- At the coming of Christ the earth is reduced to a chaotic state-to a mass of ruins. The
heavens depart as a scroll when it is rolled together; mountains are moved out of their places; and the earth
is left a dark, dreary, desolate waste. See Isa. 24:1-3; Rev. 6:14-17.
What was the result of this great miracle?
What is the love of God declared to be?
What is it that makes a thing holy?
What has the Pope commanded all Catholics to do?
Under what authority were its decrees published?
What did Christ say would be the moral condition of the world just preceding His advent?
What is to be the reward of those whose works are good?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle