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Life after the Tribulation
Enough Tribulation. More Twirling!
By Craig C. White
What will life be like after the tribulation period? When Jesus returns to earth after the 7 year tribulation period he will restore the land and nation of Israel. Things will be quite different then. This entire passage contrasts the difference in day to day life between the Tribulation period, and post tribulation Israel. Some verses may apply to the period after Christ’s millennial reign. I have literally translated many verses. They will be indicated by “Lit”.
Isa 65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
The word translated “earth” can refer to the whole earth or a particular land. In this case we are talking about a specific land. Previous verses reference locations in Israel, which indicates that this passage is directed toward the land of Israel. It is specifically directed to the city of Jerusalem in Isaiah 65:18, 19, & 25. Jesus will live in Jerusalem and things will be much different (Zec 8:3). So Lit; the person who will be blessed in Israel will be the person who honors God. A person won’t be blessed through business or government, but through loving God. The phrase “of truth” is the word “amen”. Lit; the person who takes an oath (swears seven times) will make that promise by God. This will happen on account that the life of adversity of our ancestors will be forgotten. The old adversity will be concealed from God’s sight.
Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
The word “new” doesn’t necessarily mean not in existence before, but it probably means refreshed or restored. “Not be remembered” doesn’t mean that you are incapable to remember; but instead that old troubles will not be mentioned, neither brought to mind.
Isa 65:18-19 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
You might say that instead of thinking about the old troubles you had, you will be happy and show it by Lit; twirling about with joy! You will do this “for the duration of eternity”. God will personally remake Jerusalem into a wonderful place of mirth.Lit; the loud outcry of sorrow or the loud shriek of terror will not be heard anymore, as they had been heard in the past. They had been heard recently during the Great Tribulation.
Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
This entire passage has been contrasting the difference in day to day life between tribulation period, and post tribulation Israel. OK folks, here is something that is quite different. Lit; There shall no longer be accomplished there at that time a baby of a few days old (or a baby will not die as an infant), nor an old man who has not fulfilled his own days (an old man will not die before his entire natural life span is complete). During the tribulation period many babies and old men are killed in Israel. It will be different in the days following the Tribulation. Lit; the young (pre-adolescent) child shall die when he is one hundred years old. Wow, this seems to be saying that it will take over one hundred years for a child to reach adolescence. Perhaps this was the way of life after Eden? If we take a more figurative view (although I don’t see any reason to do so) perhaps this passage is saying that a one hundred year life span will be considered very short. Let me state the obvious. Children will be born during Christ’s reign on earth. Lit; but the person who misses the mark when they reach one hundred years of age shall be brought into contempt. If a person doesn’t honor God by the time they reach one hundred years old they will be judged by being sent to the lake of fire.
Isa 65:21-23 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
God will plant Israel in their own land and care for them. The people will bless God and nothing will disrupt them forever (Mic 4:4).
Lit; they will begin to build houses and settle in them. Their vineyards seem to be attached to their homes. Lit; God’s chosen people will eat the fruit of their own gardens. Foreigners will not consume their fruit. They will build houses and foreigners will not take them. This contrasts life today. Israel has given much land and houses to foreigners, most notably on the west bank of the Jordan River and in Gaza. They most likely will give up much more during the tribulation period. During the millennial reign of Christ the Jewish people will Lit; wear out the consuming of the fruit of their labors. They will not work to exhaustion for nothing in return, neither will they bear children to bring them into terror or destruction; they are the planted ones who bless God, along with their own children who are near to them.
Isa 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
God will Lit; interrupt their prayers by answering them. While they are arranging their words, God will consent to their requests. God will be attentive to the desires of their hearts (Psa 37:4).
Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Wolfs and lambs will feed together in the flock. They will peacefully cohabitate. The lion’s diet will be hay just like the cattle eat. Snakes will eat dirt. No wild animals will hurt anything at all in Jerusalem (Isa 11:6-9). In those days God will make Jerusalem into a high mountain (Mic 4:1). His people will live on the sloping plains all around (Zec 14:10-11).
These promises are given to God’s chosen people, Israel. By faith and repentance every believer shares in their blessings.
Gal 3:6-9 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Ladies and Gentlemen: If you find yourselves in Israel after the tribulation, you either went through the horrors of the tribulation or you have just arrived in Israel with Jesus Christ. Church age believers were taken to heaven during the Rapture 7 years earlier. As a Church age believer you have returned to earth from heaven with Jesus. You do realize that believers will spend eternity on Earth and not in Heaven. What will life be like after the tribulation period? Life after the tribulation will be heaven on earth!
Psa 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
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Craig, there was one thing that really bothered me when reading Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkin’s ‘Left Behind’ book ‘Kingdom Come’. The book spoke of literal animal sacrifices made to God during the millennium period. But if Christ became the ultimate once and for all sacrifice for our sins… they why would LaHaye & Jenkins write that animal sacrifices will happen during the millennium? I know that ‘Left Behind’ is a largely fictional series which has popularized dispensational eschatology for the masses… but this detail bothered me nonetheless.
God established animal sacrifices as an everlasting covenant with the nation of Israel.
Lev 16:33-34 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. 34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Animal sacrifices do not take away sin but they are actions of trust and obedience towards the God of Israel.
Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Animal sacrifices symbolize the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross.
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Jesus gave his life in place of our lives to pay our debt for our sins. The wages of sin is death.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Animal sacrifices will be an everlasting memorial to remember God’s provision for reconciling condemned men with a holy creator.
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Jesus Christ is our sacrifice for sin.
I understand the animal sacrifices symbolize-d the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus for our sins. And the ancient Hebrews sacrificed animals out of obedience and trust to God. But will you and I, as born again believers in Christ, redeemed by His blood, make animal sacrifices during the millennium? Please forgive my confusion. Are animal sacrifices obsolete now for us in the millennium due to our faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus for our sins? Will the Jews of Israel still sacrifice animals? You stated that “will be” an everlasting memorial to remember God’s provision… Please bear with me, Craig.
Will gentiles offer animal sacrifices during the millennium?
Israel’s enemies will!
By Craig C. White
The following verses apply to the nations that will gather together to fight against Jerusalem during the battle of Armageddon. In Zechariah we are told that all of these nations will be required to come to Jerusalem once a year to keep the feast of tabernacles. If any one of them don’t come then that nation will not receive rain.
Zechariah 14:16-19 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
As Zechariah tells us; The feast of tabernacles requires eight days of bringing an animal sacrifice to the temple.
Lev 23:34-36 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
My guess is that not every person from every nation will be required to come to Jerusalem during the feast of tabernacles. It is more likely that once a year a representative from each nation that fought against Israel will be required to offer sacrifices on behalf of their own nation.
We still haven’t answered the question, will Christians offer sacrifices during the millennium? I don’t know. This verse refers to the time after the millennium. There is no temple in the city called new Jerusalem.
Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.