The Seven Wonders of the World!
Have you ever heard the term?
No? Then you must have been asleep in class that day!
Could you name perhaps one of them?
On the other hand, you would be especially astute (correct) if you answered that friendly challenge with your own: “Which world … the ancient world or the modern world?”
Even more perceptive if you asked, “Aren’t there also Seven Natural Wonders of today’s world?”
From Wikipedia: “Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and human-built structures. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity; it was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim and in Mesopotamia.
“The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it represented perfection and plenty, and because it was the number of the five planets known anciently, plus the sun and moon. Many similar lists have been made.”
Although the ancient Greeks produced philosophers and philosophies, they were also pagans. In fact, the Greek culture, with its pantheon of gods, fits the classic two-fold definition (dichotomy) of a pagan as well or better than inhabitants of the two world empires which preceded Alexander the Great’s Grecian empire: Babylon and Persia. And as much or even more than its successor, the mighty Roman Empire.
Webster’s Dictionary defines Pagan: “1: a follower of a polytheistic religion. 2: one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods…”
Whether by accident (coincidence) or by the counterbalance influence of Jews—particularly the Hellenistic Jews of the time—the Greek reverence for the number seven reflects the prominence of that number in the Hebrew and Greek Bibles … Old & New Testaments.
Seven: The Divine Number found throughout the Scriptures constitutes the completeness, conclusiveness, and providential sovereignty of God’s interaction with humanity. Beginning with setting aside the 7th day as a day of rest, remembrance, and recognition of our awesome God and his majestic creation. And other sets of seven such as the God-ordained Jewish festivals throughout the calendar year. The 7th of those (Sukkot—Feast of Shelters) just ended yesterday.
With the God of the Bible declaring in no uncertain term that He, alone, is the true and living God. That all other gods are idle (idol) inventions of alleged deities made in the image of man.
Indeed, both the Greek and Roman gods had more human than godly characteristics. As entirely opposed to the Bible’s declaration:
Moreover, the God of the Bible issues challenges for any other “god” or idol or prophet of any other religion to do what He alone has done and continues to do to this very day: (1) perform miracles; (2) fulfill prophecy (hundreds in Scripture) with 100% accuracy.
“Present the case for your idols, says the Lord. Let them show what they can do, says the King of Israel. Let them try to tell us what happened long ago so that we may consider the evidence. Or let them tell us what the future holds, so we can know what’s going to happen. Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead. Then we will know you are gods. In fact, do anything—good or bad! Do something that will amaze and frighten us. But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all. Those who choose you pollute themselves” (Isaiah 41:21-24).
Another Divine number is the number three. We are only twenty years into the 3rd Millennium since the birth of Jesus Christ changed time itself … from B.C. to A.D. (before Christ to the year of our Lord). Or if you prefer: the modern secular replacement of BCE and CE (before the common era, common era). But if you do, then shame on you! Just kidding … only partially. Besides, there was nothing common about Jesus of Nazareth. Not in the traditional sense of the word, e.g. everyday or ordinary or commonplace.
Furthermore, this 3rd Millennium is also considered by many Bible commentators/teachers (including me) to be the 7th Millennium of recorded time as relates to God’s plan for humanity. With this 7th millennia soon to experience the beginning of a New World Order, but not the New Age that mankind currently wishes would occur. Certainly not the Age of Aquarius!
I’m speaking of the Millennial Reign of God’s Son, who is the Messiah … Jesus of Nazareth!
With this final epoch (that merges into Eternity—as described in Revelation Chapters 21-22) filled with awesome Wonders of the World never seen or experienced. All centered around one Person who will fashion these Wonders into the most wonderful thousand years imaginable. Essentially, there are seven of them. A case could be made that there are more than seven; however, any extras are aligned with one or more of these seven.
Ironically, during the seven-year Great Tribulation, many people from the religions, cults, and political systems of this world (Catholicism, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Islam, Socialism, Atheism, Communism, Capitalism, and more … including Protestantism for those denominations that have diluted, distorted, and even denied the authority of God’s Word, the Bible) will yield their allegiance—to the extent of worship—to one man known as the Antichrist.
Before we get to the Seven Wonders of the Millennium, I won’t leave you wondering about the three sets of Seven Wonders of the World, to the extent that you would take the time to look them up. Alphabetically, they are:
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- The Colossus of Rhodes
- The Great Pyramid of Giza (the only one still standing)
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- The Lighthouse of Alexandria
- The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
(Depiction of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in ancient Greece)
Seven Wonders of the Modern World
- Chichen Itza (Mexico)
- Christ the Redeemer Statue (Brazil)
- Great Wall (China)
- Machu Picchu (Peru)
- Petra (Jordan)
- Roman Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
- Taj Mahal (India)
(A structure at Chichen Itza)
Seven Natural Wonders of the Modern World
- Aurora Borealis (winter skies over N/W Territories & Alaska)
- Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA)
- Great Barrier Reef (Queensland, Australia)
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, where Christ the Redeemer statue is located)
- Mount Everest (Himalayas, China/Nepal borders)
- Paricutin Volcano (Mexico)
- Victoria Falls (Africa, Zambia/Zimbabwe borders)
(Christ the Redeemer Statue at Rio de Janeiro Harbor)
The Messiah of the Millennium and of The Ages … Who Is He?
Despite the undeniable historical record, there are far more people on Planet Earth who do not believe that Jesus of Nazareth is who he said he is—God’s very Son, the Messiah—than those who have believed and received him as Personal Savior. Most of those who have trivialized, ignored, or rejected the indisputable evidence belong to one of the “isms” cited earlier.
That convincing evidence is found in four amazing accomplishments during Jesus’s short time on this earth … approximately 33 years.
(1) His Unparalleled Wisdom: Expressed mostly through his phenomenal teaching. You only need read the four Gospels to fully appreciate just how profound (but simple to those sincerely seeking the truth) his message was … still is to this day.
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law” (Matthew 7:28-29).
(2) His Marvelous Miracles … Hundreds (if not thousands): Some specifically portrayed, most just summarized by (for example): “Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:29-31).
Here is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy Article, The Incomparable Power & Authority of Jesus Christ (Posted 5-28-16):
“When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’
“But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, ‘What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!’
“Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, ‘Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, Your sins are forgiven, or Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.’ Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!’
“And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this before!’” (Mark 2:1-12).
By the very fact that Jesus had read their minds (what they were thinking), you would think that the religious leaders should have realized immediately that Jesus was no ordinary man. When Jesus asked them whether it was more difficult for him to tell the paralytic that his sins were forgiven or to instantly heal the man’s untreatable condition, he knew how they would react. They would affirm that it’s easy for anyone to say someone’s sins can be forgiven. Those are just words, and in this case words of blasphemy, for only God can forgive sins.
Which was exactly the point! By merely speaking the words, Jesus right in front of them told the crippled man to stand up and go home. Only God has that kind of power! And only God has the authority to forgive sins.
So, then, just who might Jesus be?
(3) His Stunning Resurrection from the Dead: Said the angels to the women who came to Jesus’s tomb. “…Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day” (Luke 24:5-7).
Wrote the Jewish Apostle Paul, who (when still named Saul) had a personal encounter with the risen Jesus that forever changed Paul’s life and destiny:
“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me: Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church” (I Corinthians 15:3-9)
How can anyone who claims to have an open mind refuse to accept the fully documented facts not only found in the historical Biblical record, but also through secular reports of the 1st century?
Answer: It is a matter of the heart, not the head.
Said Jesus to the Jewish religious leader, Nicodemus, immediately after telling him that God so loved the world…: “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him (Jesus). But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved (matter of the heart) the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil” (John 3:18-19, parenthesis mine).
On the other hand: “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved… Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect… For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:10 & 12-13, quoting Joel 2:32).
As we have neared the last days of the end times in the 20th and now 21st century, many thousands of Jews the world over have acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah foretold in the Scriptures and have accepted him as their Personal Savior. Sadly, most Jews (and Gentiles) have not. What John wrote in the 1st century is true today (as is all of Scripture):
“He (Jesus) came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:10-13).
(4) His First Appearance … Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled: The fourth accomplishment of Jesus of Nazareth was equally spectacular: an accumulation of one extraordinary fulfillment of a Messianic prophecy after another. First, as the suffering servant (Isaiah 53) to provide the once for all substitutionary sacrifice for sin and its penalty.
Here is another passage from the prophet Isaiah in which God issues more challenges to gods (idols) or (false) prophets, followed by a message to Israel.
“This is what the Lord says—Israel’s king and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: ‘I am the First and the Last; there is no other God. Who is like me? Let him step forward and prove to you his power. Let him do as I have done since ancient times when I established a people and explained its future. Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? You are my witnesses—is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock—not one!” (Isaiah 44:6-8, emphasis added).
The italicized words in this passage emphasize that God (the Father) several times explained to Israel (and the world at large) her future and his purpose for his chosen people … the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The most vital of those was the coming of the Messiah from the lineage of King David, who God (through King David) said was His Son (Psalm 2; Psalm 110).
God is speaking about His Messiah: “…You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).
This is referred to as the First Advent of Messiah Jesus. Who, as John the Baptist proclaimed when pointing Jesus out to the crowd, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me’” (John 1:29-30, emphasis added).
John the Baptist knew the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) well. The phrase existed long before me undoubtedly echoed the well-known prophecy regarding the birthplace of the coming Messiah. Also, his ancient origin.
That is one of the (many) Messianic prophecies accomplished by Jesus. Let’s list seven more prophecies of Messiah’s first appearance (birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension) in preparation for our examination of the Seven Wonders of the Millennium following his Second Advent—the glorious return of Messiah Jesus to this worn-out and wicked world.
Time/space does not permit quoting each passage … only the reference of the Old Testament prophecy and New Testament completion:
- Born Through the Tribe of Judah: (Genesis 49:10; Hebrews 7:14)
- A Prophet Like (Greater Than) Moses: (Deuteronomy 18:15; John 7:15-17)
- The Son of God: (Psalm 2:7; John 3:16-17)
- Silent Before His Accusers: (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:12-14)
- Unjustly Tried & Condemned: (Isaiah 53:8; Matthew 27:1-2)
- Crucified: (Psalm 22:16; John 19:23-24)
- His Garments Divided: (Psalm 22:18; John 19:23-24)
And, as pointed out in reason #3, Jesus’s magnificent resurrection (Psalm 16:10; Luke 24:1-7).
Even if Messiah’s resurrection hadn’t been predicted by the prophets, the event itself is proof positive that Jesus was/is Divine—Son of God and God the Son. That his First Appearance to humanity was for the Messianic purpose of providing God’s final, once for all sacrifice for sin.
Moreover, all the other Messianic prophecies concerning his rule and reign forever as King (of all kings) apply specifically to Messiah Jesus’s Second Coming. In fact, most observant Jews—who still disregard the compelling (conclusive) evidence that Jesus is the Messiah, and who are in denial that not only are the Temple sacrifices gone (the means of daily and annual atonement), but so is the Temple—are so puzzled by the ostensible paradox between the suffering Messiah (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53) and the conquering Messiah (Isaiah 2 and other passages) that many rabbis believe there are (will be) two Messiahs.
See Eye of Prophecy article: More Than One Messiah? (Posted 12-5-15). Also, God’s New Covenant with Israel … Minus the Temple, Part I & Part II (September 2018). And the two-part series, The Cross and the Torn Curtain (February 2016).
From the following magnificent Messianic passage, can there be any doubt that the Messiah is both human and divine, both man and God:
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
A Sequence to Further Establish the First & Second Advent of The Messiah (Jesus)
Let’s return to Micah Chapter 5 for a moment. Immediately after we learn of the ruler (Messiah) to be born in Bethlehem but whose origins are from the ancient past (meaning he already existed), we read:
“The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies until the woman in labor gives birth. Then at last his fellow countrymen will return from exile to their own land” (Micah 5:3).
In context, the operative words until and then strongly suggest—to the point of certainty—that this is a sequential set of events … chronological.
First, the Messiah is born in Bethlehem and, as Isaiah said: he would bring “salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). Which is exactly what Jesus did when he, through his own life’s blood, purchased and sealed God’s New Covenant of Grace (Jeremiah 31) to not only the Jews, but also to the Gentiles.
Yet, it is clear (exceptionally so now that 2000 years have passed) in Micah Chapter 5 that this (first) appearance of Messiah would precede, “the people of Israel … abandoned to their enemies.” This occurred some 40 years after Jesus arose from the dead and ascended back to heaven awaiting the appointed time of his return. The descendants of those Jews, who several generations earlier had returned to Israel from their Babylonian exile, populated Israel at the time Jesus came on the scene.
Although Micah lived and prophesied before the Assyrian then the Babylonian conquest of Israel and exile of the Jews to those countries, he is not referring to those enemies of Israel.
Why? Because the woman hadn’t yet given birth.
Furthermore, after the woman gave birth, “then at last his (Messiah’s) fellow countrymen will return from exile to their own land” (Verse 3). Plus, it’s crystal clear that the Messiah didn’t arrive during or near the time of the Babylonian exile.
Micah is prophetically referring to the final conquest of Israel by the Romans in A.D. 70, followed by world-wide exile and total “abandonment to their enemies” (time of the Gentiles’ domination of the Jews, until the Six-Day War of 1967, when that supremacy ended).
(Photo of Weary Israeli Soldiers at the Western Wall After Their Recapture of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War)
The abandonment of the Jews to their enemies would (begin to) cease when “the woman in labor gives birth.” Many Christian scholars believe this is referring to the birth of Jesus (Messiah). But it couldn’t be, because his “countrymen” hadn’t even been exiled yet, let alone “return from exile to their own land.”
The only possible contextual (including the chronology) rendering here is that the woman who gives birth is not the Virgin Mary; rather, it is Israel herself, reborn as a sovereign nation in 1948. Followed by, “then at last (meaning nearly 2,000 years later after Rome’s utter conquest of Israel) his fellow countrymen will return from exile to their own land.”
This application is reinforced by the remarkable prediction near the end of Isaiah’s book with its many Messianic prophecies, when he announces the rebirth of Israel.
“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born. Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it? … No! I would never keep this nation from begin born, says your God” (Isaiah 66:7-9)
Continuing in Micah to further demonstrate that Messiah–the same one born in Bethlehem before his countrymen were exiled (for the last time) and after Israel was reborn and the Jews began to return to their Promised Land in great numbers–we read:
“And he (Messiah) will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. Then his people will live there undisturbed (during the Millennium), for he will be highly honored around the world. And he will be the source of peace” (Micah 5:4, parenthesis mine).
Isaiah further established this two-part (now separated by 2,000 years and counting) arrival of the Messiah, i.e. the suffering servant followed by the conquering king.
“The Lord, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, says to the one who is despised and rejected by the nations, to the one who is the servant of rulers: ‘Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the faithful one, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you” (Isaiah 49:7).
Before we examine the Seven Wonders of the soon-to-come Millennial Reign of Christ Jesus, let’s first do a:
Summary Review of Messiah Jesus’s Actions that Ends the Great Tribulation and Ushers in the Millennium
In Eye of Prophecy article, Armageddon and Messiah’s Return … An Amazing Sequence of Events (posted 2-3-18), the stunning Second-Coming events of Messiah’s arrival in Jerusalem as depicted in Zechariah Chapters 12-14 are correlated with the equally spectacular scene of Revelation 19, which is a graphic portrayal of the final battle of Armageddon.
Leading up to that finale is a sequential list of nine events and commentary for each episode.
Such as: (1) Antichrist Nero breaks the seven-year treaty with Israel. (4) The King of the South will march on Antichrist. (6) Invasion of the Kings of the East. (8) Messiah’s first phase (of his Second Coming) on the Mount of Olives.
Here is an excerpt from that article:
The immediate catalyst for Messiah’s return will be the Antichrist’s attack on Jerusalem, which will most likely begin in the final 3-4 weeks of the Great Tribulation.
“Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem. The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the woman raped. Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city” (Zechariah 14:1-2). *Note: These are the remaining Israelis; the others have escaped to the wilderness out of harm’s way at the mid-point of the Tribulation.
Continuing with Zechariah 14: “Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west … You will flee through this valley…” (Zechariah 14:3-5).
Based on Zechariah 14, nearly all Bible scholars and students (including me), even non-Messianic Jews, correctly believe that Messiah will arrive on earth by first stepping foot on the Mount of Olives. With, of course, believers in Christ proclaiming this to be the return of Messiah (Second Coming) and non-Messianic Jews believing this will be Messiah’s initial arrival.
At this juncture, I’m going to propose something I haven’t mentioned in any Eye of Prophecy article until now. Why? Because it was only during this week’s article that the Lord gave me this insight! This premise leads to a more complete, clarified, and sequentially accurate scenario. In bold print for emphasis it is:
Christ’s Second Coming to earth will happen twice … on two separate occasions!
First, he will arrive on the Mount of Olives as we just read in Zechariah. Then (a few days later) he will descend again from heaven on a white horse, but this time with the host of heaven (Raptured believers) as we will soon read in Revelation Chapter 19.
Then under the final episode of these startling series of events, I wrote:
(10) The Grand Finale
Zechariah 14:5 tells us that: “…Then (later, sometime after Jesus steps foot on the Mount of Olives) the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him.”
This matches perfectly with what we’re about to read in Revelation 19, which clearly shows that the holy ones are the “armies of heaven” on white horses who will accompany Messiah in his final victory over Antichrist. Whereas Zechariah Chapter 12 explains that it is the Israelis who will be fighting alongside Messiah.
With the clear implication and deduction that the “holy ones” (believers taken in the Rapture, seven years earlier) with Jesus were not with him when he first returns to Israel on the Mount of Olives.
That and the stated fact in Zechariah 12:9: “For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” The final victory isn’t won during Messiah’s initial (first phase) return to the Mount of Olives. Plus, there’s no indication in Zechariah that Messiah arrives on the Mount of Olives on a white horse. For that matter (as a reminder) Scripture tells us exactly how Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives from whence he departed after his amazing resurrection.
The angels said to the disciples: “Men of Galilee … Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” (Acts 1:11).
Did Jesus leave the Mount of Olives on a white horse? Easy answer: No, he did not. If he is to return in the same manner (and he will) to the Mount of Olives, then it must be on foot. “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem…” (Zechariah 14:4).
…First: to the Mount of Olives to, alongside the Jews, begin the fight against Antichrist in Israel and Jerusalem. Second: a subsequent return to completely vanquish Satan, Antichrist, the False Prophet, and their massive military in the valley of Megiddo (Armageddon).
With a literary drum roll, here is the awesome grand finale:
“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations … On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
“…Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and worshipped his statue. Both the beast and the false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies” (Revelation 19:11-16 & 19-21).
Seven Wonders of the Millennium
Sorry. As you have probably already surmised, they will have to wait until next week’s article (Part II). Rest assured, I didn’t deliberately mislead you!
Rather, my intention was to list the seven with only a little commentary in today’s article.
But, after further consideration, it’s evident that each one deserves a little more quantity (commentary) which, in turn, will provide more quality exposure.
Although next week’s article will be substantially shorter than this week’s post, it will still contain sufficient and significant material to hopefully do justice to the colossal changes that will take place during Christ’s magnificent Millennial reign.
Things to Ponder
Although the remarkable rule and reign of the Messiah during the end-times Day of the Lord is found in many Old Testament prophecies, the duration of that era is found only in the New Testament. And just in one chapter, albeit the “thousand years” is mentioned six times. Which further emphasizes and solidifies this length of time as literal, not symbolic as some suggest.
The 1000 years is as time-dedicated as the 400 years of the Hebrews bondage in Egypt prior to the Exodus; the Israelites sojourn in the wilderness for 40 years; Moses on Mount Sanai 40 days and nights; 12 ½ months of Noah and his family in the Ark … so forth and so on!
“Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection (at the Rapture and a few years later when the Tribulation saints will be raised from the dead). For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6, parenthesis mine).
The Millennial Reign of the Messiah (Jesus) is such a well-known phenomenon that Webster’s Dictionary defines millennium as: “a period of 1000 years; the thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20 during which holiness is to prevail and Christ is to reign on earth; a period of great happiness or human perfection.”
Before we focus next week on the Old Testament where we find most of the details on the fantastic features of this (1,000-year) epoch, let’s again acknowledge the One Person (God’s appointed and anointed One … that’s what Messiah means) who will make all this possible:
Which leads into the first of the Seven Wonders of the World during Christ’s Millennial Reign. In which he will physically on earth continue his Global role as the spiritual Mediator between God and humanity, but also arbitrate (settle) major disagreements between nations … in Person!
Don’t miss next week’s Part II article, in which these Seven Wonders will be identified, with some pertinent commentary.
May the Lord bless and keep you!