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by Dr. John Thomas
He will know, doubtless -- and who after that the knowledge of the Lord shall have covered the earth for a thousand years will not know? -- that "he must reign till he have put all his enemies under his feet": but he will no more believe that it will be so than the Old Serpent, the founder of his dominion, believed that God would subject Adam to death in the day of his transgression though He had declared it.
He will persuade the nations that the King of Israel shall not reign for ever, and that the overthrow of his government is possible.
Thus deceived, we find them enrolled under Satan, or the Adversary, and "encompassing the camp of the saints, and the beloved city," full of savage exultation at the expected destruction of the best of kings.
But fallacious will be the hopes of the rebel multitude, and dreadful the vengeance to burst upon them.
The trembling earth and the blackening heavens warn them of a coming tempest.
The dark vapours and thick clouds of the sky, curling in dense and lowering masses, suddenly hiss forth the forked lightning, and the heaven is rent by the deafening roar of the voice of God. Hail, and fire mingled with hail, pour down upon them, and they are destroyed from the face of the land. Thus God will deliver His King; for "fire shall come down from God out of heaven, and shall devour them".
Thus, though corruption of the flesh, nationally expressed, was restrained by the overthrow of Gogue, the Dragon-chief, at the pre-millennial advent of the King of Israel, it is finally subdued only when the head of the Serpent-power is crushed at the end of the thousand years.
After this victory, another enemy remains to be destroyed to perfect the work of the Son of Man.
Death is the last enemy. The power of death is the corruption of the flesh, which is the consequence of sin. But, the wicked all being destroyed by fire, there remain upon the earth only the faithful and true, who are rewarded for their fidelity with the inheritance of the ages.
The "law of sin," or law of their flesh, is abolished in the change they undergo from corruption to incorruptibility and life. This is the abolishing of death from the earth, so that its inhabitants can die no more. This being brought to pass, the saying will be fulfilled, and the work accomplished, that "the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the Devil"; and "him that hath the power of death, that is the Devil".
Such is "the end, when the Son shall deliver up the Kingdom to the Father, that God may be all and in all".
The separation between God and Man began with the transgression of the first Adam; it continues till the end of the 7,000 years, when sin and death are utterly eradicated, and harmony again established in this orb of His glorious universe.
Earth will have been delivered from moral and physical evil by His power administered and displayed through the Lord Jesus Christ, who, though "subjected to the Father," will have the pre-eminence over all "his brethren" through the endless duration of ages.
The last resurrection, which is employed in the development of "the end," will bring up from the dust the sleeping dead of the previous thousand years.
Those who are accounted worthy of eternal life will receive it, and be added to the saints of the "first resurrection".
Thus a population will have been provided for the earth, which, instead of being destroyed, will be renovated, and all things belonging to it made new.
The earth and its inhabitants will be incorruptible undefiled, and unfading.
God, according to His word, will have made "a full end of all nations," except that of Israel; which will be the sole occupant of the globe, and every Israelite, "an Israelite indeed," "equal to the Elohim," and crowned with glory and honour throughout all ages.
During the thousand years their nation will consist of three classes, Christ and the saints, righteous Israelites in the flesh, and those who die "accursed"; but when perfection comes there will be but one class, and all will be immortal.
The purpose of God, in the formation of the earth, will be accomplished; and "the headstone of the creation will be brought forth with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it".
[1 Cor.xv.24-28; Rev.xxi.3. Rev.xx.6. Rev.xxi.5.]