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The Truth About The Millennium
by Dr. L. McCutcheon

The millennium! ... an intriguing subject to talk about. But you know what? That word isn't even in the Bible! It means, a thousand years. When someone says Millennium, some people get "carried away on cloud nine," and think, there's coming a day, when the Messiah's going to return, and set up a Kingdom. And you know what? They're two thousand years behind times! When He came to set up His Kingdom, it was at the first advent, and not at the second! And I want to tell you, how "they" anticipated the Kingdom coming, and the Messianic age, when "they" were talking about it, in the Old Testament days. In Old Testament times, there were two magnificent books that were esteemed with great glory and honor. One was the Holy Torah! And in the Torah, there were prophecies, "The Messiah is coming! The Deliverer of Israel is coming! " And then, there was the Talmud. And it was the explanation in human terms, of what they thought was going to happen when the Messiah would come. And they had a carnal, mystic, kind of materialism; that Jesus Christ the Savior would bring when He came into the world. And He would set up a literal Kingdom, and deliver them from the "foot hold of wrath!" It was an old grandfather, who would take a little child on his knee, and whisper in his ear and say, "My little one, pray to God, that the Messiah be born soon. For when the Messiah comes: Oh! ... When the Messiah comes ... one grain in a field, will make a bushel from a grain of wheat! And one grape will make a gallon of wine! (They must have been from Texas!) In any measure, when the time came, that the Messiah was born, and the Messianic age was ushered in, the words from the Torah were all fulfilled! Isaiah had said, "When the Messiah comes, lions and lambs will lie down together!" I heard a minister say to a large audience, "Now, don't you come to my church and sing "Peace in the Valley! "...For already, God has taken His lions and lambs, and made them lie down together! " Already! Those "old wolves," that used to whistle at the gals, have been changed into "lambs!" Already! Those "streaked things" on the back that had a bad smell now and then, have been changed into "lambs! " Why, the Lord of heaven DIDNT COME TO THE EARTH TO CHANGE ANIMALS! He came to CHANGE PEOPLE! THAT ACTED LIKE ANIMALS! And it HAPPENED! When He came and died on Calvary, He died to CHANGE OUR NATURES: and give us a nature like His own glorious nature!

We are the sheep of His pasture ... feeding together at the same table ... and a little child's GENTLENESS is known in the midst of us! And then, Isaiah said, "Oh! When the Messiah comes, the dessert will blossom like a rose!" You know what that meant? That meant, the "parched dessert, barren ugliness" of the soul of man, had no beauty of the "Rose of Sharon." It had no fruit of the Spirit. When the Living Water would come into the world, in Jesus Christ, and it would irrigate into the dessert souls of men ... we would blossom with the beauty of "the Rose of Sharon. " And in my heart there is the "Lily of the valley! " And there is a beauty of the fragrance of the blossoms that bloom within my breast! ... until the fruit of the Spirit is known throughout the world! ... And IT HAPPENED! ... At the beginning of the Messianic age ... When the Messiah came to make the dessert blossom as a rose! "OH! But you don't know!" they say... "When the Messiah comes…there's going to be a new creation!" OH! ... Don't ya know, 'we' sing the song... "From heaven He came and sought her! To be His holy bride! With His own blood He bought her! And for her sake He died! She is His new CREATION! Washed with water by the Word." What, is the new creation? ... YOU ARE! Old things have passed away, and all things are become new! And the NEW BRIDE, is the NEW EVE, and isn't it exciting!?

Over in the Old Testament, at the beginning of the creation; God created a woman and called her Eve. And gave her to Adam, which was the first Adam. But when the second Adam came, just the same as He put Adam to sleep 'over there,' and took a rib out of his side, and formed the physical women ... When Jesus Christ died in the sleep of death at Calvary ... OUT OF HIS SIDE He took the blood that was flowing ... and formed a beautiful bride! ... Which is the Church! And gave it to the new Adam! Oh! But you say, "I thought that peace was going to be everywhere!" Ah! The greatest peace that could ever be known; was sung in the angel chorus, when Jesus came at His birth, "peace on earth! The kind of a peace that makes it right between you and God, the Father! And IT HAPPENED! ... At the first advent! And you know why so many people are pointing to the second coming of Christ, for some great things to transpire? THEY HAVEN'T REALLY RECOGNIZED WHAT HE DID WHEN HE CAME THE FIRST TIME! (*-*) Now, we're talking about that Millennium! Millennium means one thousand. OH, you must turn to the Bible to find the meaning of the word thousand. There are significant things! ... Three times in the last book of your Bible, it talks about thousand. One time, it is talking in the seventh chapter about a hundred and forty four thousand, that are the saved, the redeemed of the earth! Now, if that's a literal number, we're missing it ... because a hundred and forty four thousand sure went before us. So you know, that it doesn't mean a literal thousand, when it talks about it in chapter seven, and repeats it in chapter fourteen. It means, that it's encompassing the whole known redeemed of all ages, and twelve is the number of the church, and you square it, and then you put thousand; it means the innumerable company. For in Revelation 7:9 it says, "and I saw a great multitude that NO MAN COULD NUMBER." Now, you'll find it again, whenever you turn over to chapter 21. And it's using thousands of cubits, when talking about the size of heaven. Now, if those numbers are literal, heaven is just a cube ... big enough for a hundred and forty four thousand people! It isn't big enough to get you in! =) So, you know, that it isn't literal when it's talking about a Thousand: over in the 2 1st chapter, describing heaven! And now you know, it's not literal when it talks about it in chapter 20! Anybody that tries to make a literal interpretation of the last book of their Bible ... certainly finds it very difficult! I'd like to see the lady, big enough to wear the sun for her dress =). You men thought that was strange, and you thought a man was the first one on the moon...you're mistaken! John saw the lady on the moon a long time ago! =) Whenever you talk about a symbol for Jesus, you know what it said? It said, "there was a lamb, and the lamb had seven horns." Now, who wants to go around saying Jesus has seven horns? But he said, "the lamb of God; and had seven horns." You know what that meant? Seven is the complete number ... and horn means power. You find that over in the book of Psalms: "He is the horn of my salvation, he is the power of my salvation." And when you find seven of them; He is all power: in the lamb. And it also said, "He had seven eyes, and He was full of eyes, before and behind." That means, He could see everything in the past, and everything in the future, and wisdom and insight ... wisdom and knowledge ... He had all wisdom and knowledge and insight from the past, present and future. And all of it was in Christ! But it doesn't talk about Jesus being a little wooly creature running around here with seven horns and seven eyes. Now, when you come to that word thousand...what does it mean? Well, we talk about thousand, when we talk about spaces of time!

Do you remember when it's talking about the days in the Old Testament? It talks about...the day of creation! Oh, somebody said, "That day means it was twenty four hours. Well, really there was no sun to rise or set ... you kind'a have a hard time count'n the hours. There wasn't any sun- dial, ya know, because there wasn't any sun. And somebody else says, "Oh no! ... That means, a day of creation; every day was a thousand years, and it took seven thousand years to create the earth. " Well, did it? Somebody else says, "You know how long a day is?" I KNOW HOW LONG THE DAY OF CREATION WAS! ... FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE ENDING! =) Now, it talks about the day of creation. OK...When I talk about the day of my father; My father's day was ... from when he was born into the world, until he left and went out of the world. Now, in the writing of the book of Psalms, it says, "The day of the Lord is as a watch in the night when it is past." Well, how long is that? No measure of minutes. When we talk in figures of speech, and your wife says to you, "I'll be ready in a minute! Dear!" You know ... not to count sixty seconds! =) And, whenever you get to the "figure of saying," as Peter picks it up in 2 Peter 3: 10, and He's talking about the day of the Lord ... and in verse 8 he says, "but the day of the Lord will come," and he goes on and he says, "a thousand years with the Lord is as a day, and a day is as a thousand years," Now, what day is a day as a thousand years? And were those days literal? You remember, when Jesus talked in figures of speech ... and Jesus was talking about how many times you have to forgive. And they said, "Lord, do we have to forgive ... seventy times seven?" And the Lord said, "seventy times seven." Did He mean that if I forgave you four hundred and ninety times, I wouldn't have to forgive you any more? That meant an unending, continual forgiveness! OK! I know a day, that began when Jesus came into the world, and it will never end until He comes back again! And it's the day of Salvation! The day of Grace! The day of the Church! The day of the redeemed! The day of the victory of God's people over sin and Satan! ... And that's called the DAY OF GRACE! Well, what happened in that day? And how long is it? The day of grace started at Calvary, at the birth of Jesus, when He came the first time! ... And that day will end when He appears in the sky! Now, how many years? Well, we've already gone two thousand, if you were counting it in literal ones. But you count, from when the Church was brought into the world, until the Church is taken up out of the world ... and that's the Gospel Day! Now, what's gonna happen in that day? He said, "In that day, we would reign on the earth!" And somebody says, "OH! We don't believe in a thousand years reign on the earth. Bless your heart, it says in Revelation 5: 10 "And they shall reign on the earth. " Well, who's gonna reign? Now, we turn to Rev. 20, and in the fourth verse it says, "And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, that had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither received his mark in their forehead, or in their hand, and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead; lived not again 'till the thousand years were finished; this is the first resurrection. Blessed and Holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, for on such, the second death hath no power." Now, who are these people; that are the souls beheaded for the witness of Jesus? Well, first of all, he's talking about people that have died before they could be resurrected, in the first resurrection. Well, who is that? You remember, when Paul is talking in Galatians 2:20; he says, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me!" He was saying, "I died; crucified to my sin!" Now, what is John saying? "I saw those souls;" and instead of saying crucified, he says "beheaded." They died to sin! Who are the people; that have not got the mark of the old beast? Who are the people; that haven't got the mark of his power in their hands; in fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness? Who are they? Well, who was the "old beast?"... Satan! They are the people; that have died to sin; beheaded for the witness of Christ!

My own life is dead! I do not worship sin or Satan! I don't have his marks anywhere on me! No iniquity! No identification with his chain of bondage! No identification with his spirit of evil! No identification with any of his own likeness! Or image! No! I'm not under the rule of devils and Satan: that would take all the souls of men. I have no fellowship! He doesn't own me! ... I'm not marked as his slave! I don't even have anything to buy from, or sell to him! He doesn't have anything that I wanna buy. And I sure don't have anything to sell! So, I have no dealings with him. I have no "markings" with him...old Satan! Well, what does that mean? When you have died to your sin; been "beheaded," "crucified," and you have come to a "resurrection" with Christ! Why, you say, "You mean; you already have your "resurrection?" SURE THING! YOU'D BETTER HAVE YOURS TOO! =) Now, Jesus talked about two resurrections, and they're separated from the great day of His salvation. When He came the first time, He came to resurrect your SOUL! ... When He comes the second time, it's to resurrect your BODY! Now, the first resurrection ... Jesus preached a sermon about this. In the fifth chapter of the writings of Saint John, in chapter 24, Jesus is saying, (look at the crowd! We're in the crowd!) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my words, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life!" Didn't He say, "I have come that ye might have life, and have newness of life ... you've had your first resurrection; the resurrection of your soul! That He bought at Calvary! That's why you have a Baptism. Baptism means, my old life is dead! ... It's been beheaded! ... It's been crucified!

I don't serve sin anymore! Is it not written by Paul..." and sin shall not have dominion Over You?" Isn't it written; "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world?" Is it not written; "If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him?" Did not Jesus say, "I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it?" All down through the period of the gospel day; the Saints would reign! They reigned under old Nero! There were Saints in Nero's household! They reigned under the old Pontiff of Rome! ... And sin and powers of Satan could not defeat them! They reigned under the days of false Prophets of which we live now! They are reigning ... they're reigning over sin ... they're reigning over self and they're reigning over Satan ... they all have a "sss"...sin, "sss"…Satan, "sss"...serpent, "sss"...self. And they lived and reigned with Christ for the whole Gospel Day! Now, the rest of the dead (dead in trespasses and sin) lived not again 'till the thousand years were finished. You know what he's telling you? That, there have been people; all down through the centuries: that never found new life in Jesus Christ. And even "till when He comes again, there will be people without their first resurrection. NOW, YOU HAD A CHOICE ABOUT YOUR FIRST RESURRECTION, BUT THE SECOND RESURRECTION, NO ONE HAS A CHOICE! Now we come to where He said, "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection." Blessed means happy! No wonder I'm happy! ... I have died to sin, and I'm alive to Christ! What more could you ask ... for a great millennial day of the Messianic age? The Satan that once held me hostage; is bound! He can never make me sin! There aren't enough "devils" in hell, to make you sware! There aren't enough "demons in all the powers of earth, to ever make you commit adultry! There aren't enough powers of sin, to ever make you backslide! For the God of heaven said His Saints shall reign on the earth! And if they don't reign on the earth, they're not gonna reign in heaven either. Here's where we learn to reign! And He said, "blessed and holy"...NOW, THAT TELLS US WE WERE RIGHT IN OUR INTERPRETATION! For, the only way you become holy, is by not worshiping the powers of the old beast Satan. Ya see; beast is in contrast with lamb. And when you don't serve the old beast, and the Christ lives within you, and you say like Paul, "I'm crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me! … I am resurrected! … and I am holy!"

Holy means without sin! Why, the only resurrection that can make you holy; is the resurrection from your old sins, to a new life in Jesus Christ. No wonder Paul wrote to the Colossians and said, "If ye then, be risen with Christ, set your affections on things above, and not on the things of the earth. We've had our first resurrection ... and the Revelation goes on to say, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection, on such the second death hath no power." Why ... bless your heart, when I close these eyes in slumber, and they have it written across the obituary that I've gone to be with the Lord ... don't you think I'm dead! I'm not! =) My life is eternal! Death means to separate. And when you have physical death; that separates the soul from the body. But the second death, of being eternally separated from God ... that'll never happen to the Saint, because we're in his bosom. I get all excited! I just get a real "tingly feeling" all over ... when I remember; when the Bible says that we bow our knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. God has one great big arm, and all those that have gone to His bosom to be "absent from the body and present with the lord"...He holds them in His arm and draws them to His bosom..., but He has another hand, and His family on earth; He draws in this hand ... and we are all one; the family in heaven and the family in earth! We are all one in Christ Jesus!

Well, what's gonna happen at that second resurrection? WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN, HE ISN'T GOING TO SET UP A KINGDOM ... HE DID THAT WHEN HE CAME THE FIRST TIW! WHEN HE CONES AGAIN, HE'S GOING TO DELIVER UP THE KINGDOM! Now, please turn to Paul's writing in the first Corinthian letter, chapter 15 and verse 23; he is talking ... and he is saying, "even as Christ died and was the first fruit of them that slept, even so we who are His at His coming." Well, what's gonna happen when He comes? He went on, and He said, "then cometh the end!" And in the end, He shall deliver up the Kingdom to God, even to the Father! HE'S NOT COMING TO PUT IT DOWN HERE ... HE'S COMING TO TAKE IT UP THERE! And in that 50th verse of that chapter, He said, "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. My Lord will never be mortified to put on a house of clay, and live in the bondage of the flesh! You know what? HE CAME THE FIRST TIME TO WEAR A BODY LIKE MINE, SO WHEN HE CONES AGAIN, I CAN WEAR ONE LIKE HIS! =) That's the reason John said, "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God. And it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him! ... For we shall see Him as He is!" Now, when this great gospel day has come to its end ... you know what He said? Why, in His parables He wanted everybody to understand, so He said, "For you fishermen, I want you ta know, I want you to leave all the bad and the good fish in the net ... until the end, and then I will separate the good from the bad." You fishermen understand that. Now, He said, "You men that are sheep herders, I want you to understand, so I'm gonna tell you a story ... and I want you ta know that the goats and the sheep will all be together until the end, and at the end of this great Gospel Day ... at the end of the time of the day of grace...then, I will separate the sheep from the goats. And you who are farmers, I want you ta know too. So I want you to understand that, there are wheat grains, and there are tares, and the disciples said, "Lord, shall we uproot the tares? OH no! ... You leave the wheat and the tares grow together until the E N D! Hey! That means; THERE'S NO SECRET RAPTURE OF TAKING ALL THE GOOD WHEAT AWAY! He said ta let them grow together until the end, then, "I'll send forth my angels, and they will separate the wheat from the tares, then gather first the tares, and they'll burn, and then the wheat into the garner when I deliver it up to the Father! "

Now, that's what Jesus said! Now, you say, "Well, how many times is He coming?" He only promised to come one more time. And when is He gonna do that? Someone says, "Well, you don't know when He's coming! " YES I DO! HE'S COMING ON THE LAST DAY! =) And on the last day; when the Lord comes; you know what's gonna happen? I'm gonna give it to ya ... as a "bang, bang, bang!" =) When the Lord comes, I Thess. 4:16, "For the Lord Himself shall descend with a shout; with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God. The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we, which are Alive, and remain; shall be caught up together in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord." TRUMPET SOUND? When the trumpet sounds, it isn't going to be a "sneaky old thing," it's gonna make enough noise to awaken the dead! And the very moment that trumpet sounds, all the dead ... that's the SECOND RESURRECTION; and everybody will come forth from their grave. Now, Jesus said this: in the writings of St. John, the same chapter where we were talking about the FIRST RESURRECTION. In verse 28 He said, "Marvel not at this, (don't you be surprised) for the hour is coming, when ... aaalll! (all) that are in the graves, shall come forth. They that have done good, to a resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, to a resurrection of damnation." Now, for somebody that says, He's gonna rapture the Saints before He comes back with them and reign for a thousand years. YOU JUST REMEMBER, Jesus said He wasn't coming but one time ... and He's gonna come on the last day, and when He does...He's gonna make enough noise that all the dead will rise ... and ALL will stand before Him ... every eye will see Him ... and every knee will bow; and every tongue will confess; that Jesus is Lord! Now, we've looked at what's gonna happen. The trumpet! The resurrection! And then, "It is appointed unto man, once to die, but after that ... the Judgment."

And we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ! And so He wrote, in the 25th chapter of the book of Matthew, at verse 31, "And the son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with all of His holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory, and before Him shall be gathered all nations, and He shall divide them as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. But that isn't all! Peter ... Oh, it would be Peter who would remember this, and Peter says, when he's writing about "a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as men count slackness, but is long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come, as a thief in the night, in the which, the heavens shall be on fire, and the earth shall melt with a fervent heat. And the elements and all the things that are therein shall be burned up! Seeing then, that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought you to be in all manner of holy conversation and godliness." And then, the final thing that transpires; when the world is swept away; when the earth is no longer visible; and the planet is gone; and the sun is burned to a cinder; and the moon gives no more light than if it were as blood; and the untimely figs that fall from a tree ... even as all the glories of men are diminished and gone. In that moment, He said; when He had separated them, one to one side and one to the other; and the thousand years shall be fulfilled, and all the gospel day is passed; and that day ends with the glorious victory of those that have reigned since He came the first time until He comes again; the rapture of God's Church is caught away! Some may say, "We don't believe in a rapture!" OH, YES! When the Lord comes and catches that bride away; and that little bride is on His bosom; and they enter into the Father's house ... THAT'S RAPTURE! But it doesn't last just seven years ... It's forever! FOREVER! ... NEVER TO END! So, when that sweeping moment comes; and He delivers up the Kingdom to the Father; and the Angels begin to sound their trumpets ... And the Angels begin to open the big gates ... then ya know what the psalmist was saying, when he said, "Oh, lift up ye gates ye everlasting doors, that the King of Glory may come in." And with all the redeemed of all ages; and all those that have reigned with Christ on earth...go to abide and reign with Him forever! While those, who have believed in a materialistic, carnal kind of a kingdom...They have forgotten that He said, in Pilate's judgment hall, St. John chapter 18 verse 36... "MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD. IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, MY SERVANTS WOULD FIGHT, AND I SHOULD NOT BE DELIEVERED UNTO THE JEWS. BUT MY KINGDOM IS NOT FROM HENCE." OH! The TRUTH! A "TREASURE OF PEARLS!" IT NEEDS TO BE SOUNDED WITH TRUMPETS! And in that day; when the Kingdom is delivered up to the Father; and the Angels begin to sing; and the trumpets begin to blow; and the everlasting doors are raised up! IT'S A PALM SUNDAY! IT'S THE DAY OF VICTORY! VICTORY! AND FOREVER! WE ABIDE IN HIS PRESENCE! AND; THAT'S THE MEANING ... OF REIGNING WITH CHRIST ... FOR A THOUSAND YEARS; AND FOR ALL ETERNITY.

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