1000 Years of Jesus’ Rule
During the 1000 years of Jesus’ rule will the earth be restored to what it should be or would it still have all the problems of this day and age like Global warming, oil shortage, natural disasters etc. as won’t there still be many people who refuse to follow God?
But if it is restored would that mean all the Arctic ice would be reformed and the sea level fall which in turn would give back land that was flooded?
For those who have not been part of Grapevine’s End-Times Explorations, the Millennium is a thousand year period of time which starts after seven years of trouble (“Tribulation”) stirred up by the Antichrist, who Jesus will have just defeated.
Revelation 20 1-6 (Now go and look it up!) tells us that this will be a time when satan is bound up by God’s angelic forces, and prevented from exercising any control over the earth at all for the whole of the Thousand years.
God’s faithful people, who will have been removed from the earth at some point in the Tribulation, will return with Jesus in their resurrection bodies, and rule over the earth with Jesus for this whole period.
1 Chron 17 10-14 speaks of the rule of Jesus on the throne of David as an everlasting reign.
Just imagine a world without any evil forces! Isaiah 11 1-10 gives us a tantalising glimpse into this time, for example in v 6 “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.”
Jesus rules this time with strict authority, as we see in v3: “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.”
Isaiah 65 17-25 is another passage which reveals details of what life will be like in this time: eg in v20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.”
Isaiah 2 2-4 Tells us that Jesus will rule from Jerusalem, and the desire of the people of the time will be to do his will. For example in v3 “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.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”
So, not only will people HAVE to live the way God wants them to, generally they will WANT to live like that too. I suppose it will be a consequence of removing the evil influence of satan.
This will be a blessed time, virtually no sickness, no poverty or hunger and the whole world will be obedient to God.
OK. So, back to your question. Will all things ecological be restored back to a pristine condition at the start of this time? Well, I don’t see anywhere that the world itself will be restored. In fact at the end of the Millennium it will be destroyed with fire and a New Heaven and a New Earth will replace it (2 Pet 3 10, 13. Rev 20 11. Rev 21 1)
Having said that, it would be sensible to assume that any damage that humans have been doing to the earth would cease, as they will be doing what God wants.
And it would not be surprising if during this time, natural disasters were reduced in frequency, and had little effect on the community, (because, for example, God might lead people not to live in places which were subject to such events.)
Things like oil shortages may not be relevant, as oil may not be being used.
As the population of the earth will be smaller, and they will be living in a Godly way, I don’t think that the exact level of the sea, and the amount of land available for living on will be a problem.