The end times judgments will be devastating in the
extreme, and the Lord warned that if He didn’t bring
them to a close at the appointed time, not a single soul
would survive (Matt.
24:22). But for the sake of the elect, He will bring
them to a close and when He does the restoration of
Earth will begin.
I believe one of the ancillary functions of the end
times judgments will be to begin the process of
returning Earth to the condition it was in just after
the creation. It’s as if the Great Tribulation is
the demolition phase of the restoration. This is hinted
at by phrases like
“every island fled away and the mountains could not be found” (Rev.
16:20) and“there was no longer any sea” (Rev.
21:1). And speaking of the Lord’s current
whereabouts, Peter told the people,
must remain in
heaven until the time comes for God to restore
everything, as he promised long ago through his holy
Comparing verses like these with the return of long life
spans indicated in
I think most of the present seas will either return to
their underground origins or rise into the upper
atmosphere to re-establish the water vapor canopy that
once surrounded Earth (Gen.
1:6-7) and helped enable the long pre-flood lives.
The desert and the parched land
will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will
rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon
will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our
The burning sand will become a
pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the
haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and
papyrus will grow (Isaiah 35:1-2, 7).
I will make rivers flow on barren
heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the
desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into
springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the
acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in
the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that
people may see and know, may consider and understand,
that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy
One of Israel has created it.(Isaiah
The mountains will be lowered, and the sea floor
elevated. Streams and rivers will flow through
lands that have been parched for thousands of years. The
great desserts will become verdant plains again.
The current tilt of the Earth’s axis causes extreme
differences in the world’s weather and makes large areas
uninhabitable. I believe this will be corrected at the
time of the 2nd Coming. The axis will become upright
again and the year shortened to its original 360 days.
Earth will once again enjoy a world wide sub-tropical
climate like it did before Adam lost it and the terrible
effects of sin were loosed upon it. This is something
the creation has been waiting for ever since.
The creation waits in eager
expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the
creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own
choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in
hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its
bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom
of the children of God.
And this restoration won’t be limited to the Earth
alone. A massive spontaneous healing will correct
all the imperfections of fallen mankind.
But for you who revere my name,
the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its
wings. And you will go out and leap like calves
released from the stall (Malachi
4:2).The eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
The lame will leap like a deer and the mute tongue will
shout for joy (Isaiah
When the Lord returns in glory the wait will be over,
and soon afterward the creation will once again resemble
a lush garden. He will make her deserts like Eden, her
waste lands like the garden of the Lord (Isaiah 51:3).
Some people are troubled by all this because they’re so
in love with the creation as it currently appears. I
remember reading about a person asking God to leave her
behind at the rapture because she can’t imagine anything
being more beautiful than this present Earth, not even
Heaven. People like this are limited in their
thinking. They’re basing the future on the past
instead of on the promises of God. They don’t stop
to think that if the Earth is this beautiful while under
a curse how much more so will it be when the curse is
lifted and it’s restored to its original condition?
In my Father’s house are many
rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I
am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take
you to be with me that you also may be where I am
Besides, people who think like this don’t realize that
the Lord has spent the last 2,000 years “preparing a
place for us” in His Father’s house. He’s not coming
back to be with us here where we are, He’s coming back
to take us there to be with Him where He is. The Church
will no longer call Earth home but will dwell with Him
in His Father’s house. Do these folks really think
that after the rapture, when we see all eternity spread
out before us, we’ll be disappointed with our future and
long to return to this fallen creation?
But our focus here is the restoration of Planet Earth,
where Israel will once again be the most favored nation.
One of the clues we get that the Kingdom Age on Earth
features Israel and not the Gentile nations, or even the
Church, is that almost all of its descriptive passages
are in the Old Testament, and for the most part center
From them we learn of the desert bursting into bloom (Isaiah 35:1-2), of the land being so fertile that before they can
complete the harvest it will be time to begin planting
again (Amos 9:13).
Peace will flow like a river and the wealth of the
nations like a flooding stream (Isaiah
66:12). In Jerusalem men and women of ripe old
age will sit in streets filled with playing children (Zechariah
8:4-5). And in the country side,
“Every man will
sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and
no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has
Peace will prevail in the animal kingdom as well.
Predators and prey will live side by side, and their
young will lie down together, all of them existing in
perfect harmony with each other and with mankind again (Isaiah 11:6-8). This will be another reversal of a post-flood
condition, when fear and dread of man fell upon all the
beasts of the earth and the birds of the air (Gen.
And so the time of restoration will have come, and in
every way Earth will be like it was in the beginning.
Where ever one goes there will be peace on Earth and
good will toward men, like the angel Gabriel promised to
the shepherds so long ago. The Lord Himself will rule,
and people will come from all over the world to learn
The mountain of the LORD’s temple
will be established as chief among the mountains; it
will be raised above the hills, and all nations will
stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let
us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of
the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we
may walk in his paths.”
will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from
Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will
settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their
swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning
hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor
will they train for war anymore. (Isaiah
But like it has always been, the seed of rebellion will
still reside in the heart of natural man. He’ll be
given every conceivable advantage in this, his last best
chance to live in peace with God. But within a
generation or two that seed will begin to germinate as
the children of Tribulation survivors come of age. Some
will choose to follow their parents to the foot of the
cross and receive their personal redemption. But with
each generation an increasing number won’t. This will
happen even though Satan will be bound, the Lord Himself
will be their King, and God’s Law will be their law.
You see, there is no condition or circumstance that will
allow natural man with his sin nature to live in peace
with God. As the end of the Millennial Kingdom Age
approaches, unbelievers will vastly out number believers
again, especially among the nations. When Satan is
released they will rise up as one and march across the
breadth of the Earth to surround the camp of God’s
people and the city He loves in a final attempt to kick
the Lord off the planet. But fire from Heaven will
devour them, and Satan will be captured again, this time
to be thrown into the lake of fire forever. (Rev.
After the Millennium, God and man will enjoy a new
beginning, called Eternity. We’re not given any
information about this because the Bible effectively
ends at the end of the Millennium. A careful
reading shows that in
Rev. 20, John
skipped ahead after verse six to describe the final
destinies of Satan and all unbelievers while he was on
the subject. (Rev.
20:7-15) Then in
he went back to the beginning of the Millennium to show
us the New Jerusalem, and in
gave us a glimpse of Millennial life on Earth. We
know this because
Rev. 21:1 is a direct quote from
Isaiah 65:17 where the context is the Kingdom age in Israel and
is a summary ofEzekiel
47:1-12, also a millennial passage.
As part of the Church we’ll effectively have a head
start on Eternity, as will resurrected believers from
both Old Testament times and Daniel’s 70th Week. But
we’ll have to wait at least until the rapture to see
what it’s going to be like. All we know for now is that
it’ll be the greatest adventure ever designed for
mankind, and we’ll be first line when the time comes to
begin enjoying it. You can almost hear the
footsteps of the Messiah. 01-19-13