Wonderful though it will be, however, the Millennium is not the ultimate kingdom that the prophets foretold: “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end…” (Isaiah:9:7). It ends after 1,000 years—tragically and violently—in war. The Millennium is, in fact, the final proof of mankind’s incorrigibly sinful and selfish nature. The theories of psychologists and sociologists, which blame “society” and “environment” for mankind’s ills, will be laid to rest. Just as Satan incited Eve to rebellion in the perfect Garden of Eden, so he will, when released after 1,000 years, entice the nations to attack Christ: And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. (Revelation:20:7-9)
God’s ultimate kingdom is far more wonderful than human imagination can even conceive: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians:2:9). The entire universe, so contaminated and debilitated by Satan’s cosmic rebellion, will vanish in one huge nuclear explosion, to be replaced instantly by a “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter:3:13).
The new universe will be inhabited by those who have repented and received God’s remedy so that He could create them anew (Ephesians:2:8-10). In perfect bodies, no longer susceptible to temptation and sin, and filled with Christ’s love, theirs will be eternal bliss in God’s presence and the inconceivable adventure and joy of the wonders He has planned for all eternity.
At any moment it could be too late to respond, but as yet, Christ’s gracious offer of pardon and eternal joy is still open: “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John:5:24). “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new!” (2 Corinthians:5:17).