Families in the Millennium
Sabbath Greetings Everyone,
To talk about the families in the Millennium and what they will be like compared to the families of this present world, again we need to go back to Genesis to when God made the first man and woman.
We have to keep going back to the book of Genesis for it contains the key as to why the world and our societies are the way they are. If we watch a movie but miss what happened at the very beginning, it is nearly impossible to understand the rest of the story. So it is with the story of man.
The story of the human family (which includes all of us who have ever lived) began in the first few chapters of the Bible hence the name “Genesis”, for it records man’s “origins”. It also is a account of what happened at the very beginning that put us on the track that we have been on for the last (almost) six thousand years.
In Greek, the word “genesis” (Strong’s #1078) means: origin, birth, genealogy. From the same as genea; nativity; figuratively, nature — generation, nature(-ral).see GREEK genea. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
All of mankind is descended from Adam and Eve, therefore all men and women’s genealogy traces back to the same first couple. It helps us to understand about the world (and God’s plan for humanity) if we realize that all peoples on earth are, in truth, all members of one huge family that dates back to Adam and Eve.
And as the descendants of the very first parents, we all have been affected by the choices that Adam and Eve made in the Garden of Eden; and that all the families on earth, even to this day, have reaped the consequences.
Within Adam and Eve were the seeds of all future generations; therefore, not only was Adam and Eve the first two people on Earth, they were also the first family. They had many children after leaving the Garden of Eden, and every human being is descended from the very first family.
God first created Adam, and then He created Eve and gave her to Adam to be his wife. He then gave them both the command to work and to take care of the earth, but also to be fruitful and to have many children; thus all the children that would come from Adam and Eve would become a huge family that would eventually fill the earth.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
God designed marriage and families from the beginning and it had a divine purpose not only for the present physical time we have here in this life, but also for the purpose of producing and rearing the children that would eventually make up the spiritual Family of God; children that one day would be in God’s very spiritual nature as well as the physical; and thereby become the “sons and daughters of God.”
1st Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
God created Adam and then from Adam’s own piece of flesh (one of his ribs), God created Eve to be his wife. God created within man and women the need for each other and the desire to have a lifelong partner of the opposite sex. “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18) God also put within both men and women a natural desire to have children.
The Creator designed the sacred ordinance of marriage to be between one man and one wife and it takes a wife and a husband (no other combination) to make up a marriage and begin a family. Right after God created the woman He presented her to the man:
Genesis 2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Adam probably out of great awe and wonder, exclaimed out loud what had just happened to him and using this experience, God revealed to him the definition of marriage and how the two were to become one: for Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh“. Genesis 2:23-24)
Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
From the beginning God purposed that men and women would marry and then love, nurture, protect, and help each other; and remain faithful in their marriage until death.
It was His intention that godly marriages would produce godly children with the brothers and sisters and all family members getting along with each other. And if all family members are getting along, there would be peaceful harmonious relationships extending to all peoples of the earth, helping and nurturing each other, realizing that they are all of one family.
This was God’s divine plan for the human race and is still His plan even though there has been a six thousand year detour. His purpose is going to happen and be the reality in the Millennium and in the Main Harvest of Humanity. And then for those who qualify; they will become members of God’s own spiritual family that will live with Him and the other saints in peace and harmony throughout eternity.
Physical marriage and family is metaphoric for what will take place spiritually for those who are born into the Kingdom of God and become God’s own sons and daughters made into His spiritual image.
But as we know, in the beginning God’s purpose of marriage and family under His rule did not last very long, for in Genesis 3 Satan beguiled the woman to take of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and then she gave to her husband.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they determined for themselves what was right and how they would conduct their lives and the whole course of humanity was changed. As the result of Adam and Eve’s partaking of the forbidden fruit that God had warned them not to eat, a curse was pronounced upon the couple that God had created that would have detrimental effects upon themselves, their family, and all who have ever lived to one degree or another.
Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Adam and Eve were expelled from the beautiful Garden of Eden and their lives went from blessed to wretched. When they sinned, something happened to their heart; their attitudes became warped and their mindset toward God and each other changed.
So we see that with the very first couple Satan was able to not only deceive them and convince them to sin against God, but he also instilled in them a type of antagonism toward each other in his attempt to destroy and sabotage their marriage relationship.
This attempt to destroy marriage and family began in the Garden and Satan has been hard at work to destroy every last vestige of what comprises God’s divine purpose for the family.
For almost six thousand years the family institution has been under attack, and now in these latter days it has culminated to the point that all kinds of aberrations are now being promoted and tolerated as to what constitutes marriage.
In recent years laws have been passed that accommodate those who seek to desecrate God’s divine purpose for men and women and for families. And not only that: those who do believe in godly marriages are being prosecuted for refusing to acknowledge these unions as legitimate or for even speaking out against them. As time continues, this will get even worse.
In our previous Sabbath studies we saw that the curse placed on Adam (representative of all men who would come after) was on the growing of food and the struggle he would have in working the soil which is actual, but is also metaphoric of all the trials and pain in this life.
The curse that God pronounced on Eve (who represents all women that would come after her) was specifically associated with marriage and family; with the first part dealing with the bearing and rearing of children:
Genesis 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception…
God said that because she had sinned, Eve’s sorrow would be increased in having children, meaning that it would be painful for women to bring forth children. The curse would also entail an increase of the sorrow associated with the whole child raising experience for when our children sin and live in rebellion to God’s laws (and especially because of the close bond between a mother and her child) their sin breaks the heart and causes incredible emotional pain [sorrow] to both mothers and fathers.
As a result of this curse, what should be a joyous anticipation in bringing children into the family would be now under this curse and a woman’s joy of having children would be somewhat diminished and replaced by a measure of apprehension because of the sin that is in the world.
In chapter 4 of Genesis we read the account of Cain and Abel showing how sin was now being manifested in Adam and Eve’s children. The first murder was perpetrated by Cain against his brother Abel; and, oh, how this horrible event must have grieved Adam and Eve to see this happen amongst their own children.
From the time of Seth, out of millions (perhaps billions of people that have lived since Seth) we read of only a small number who did walk with God and sought to live for Him. Scripture attests to the fact that the sins of our children brings us much pain and grief.
Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
The second part of the curse pronounced on Eve directly affects the marriage relationship between a woman and her husband.
Genesis 3:16 …and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, the relationship between husband and wife, beginning with them, was damaged; whereas before their sin, their relationship had been harmonious and equitable. A spirit of antagonism and competition entered the marriage and also family life and when people sin in this way marriage becomes a curse.
This has been the norm more or less down through history, but there have been many good marriages in the present and in the past who did (and who do) have wonderful families.
There are marriages where both husband and wife have been blessed in their marriages, but even then it takes hard work on both parts. Even in the best of marriages between true believers who have God in their lives, there can be struggles.
Even though Adam and Eve were given separate judgments applicable to each gender, we know that the curses to the man and woman (even though given separately) effect both partners when they come together to form a family. For the curses essentially cover both aspects of the marriage union; the man as the bread winner and the woman as the manager of the home and children.
Taken together both sexes come under all the curses that God imposed on both Adam and Eve on the day they chose to reject His rule over them.
When God is out of the picture, the man fails to rule his wife and family properly, and the other half of the coin is that the woman fails to be cooperative and to submit to her husband.
Carnal people can be selfish and self-centered and this has a detrimental effect on a marriage relationship and upon the children born in a hostile, carnal environment. In essence, the curse pronounced on Eve is about how women would not fare so well in their relationships with their husbands (because of sin on the part of both).
It is about a spirit of competition that could be between husband and wife which would bring contention in the marriage relationship resulting in all kinds of marital troubles that would then effect the children and bring great strife within families.
It takes BOTH the husband and wife working together to make for a harmonious family, if just one is trying, it will not work.
We all see the curse placed on the institution of marriage and family everywhere in our world in the numbers of divorces, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, addictions, and betrayal; and most of us know the great emotional pain and scarring because of what we experienced in our childhood and in our own families.
The breakdown of families and the perversion of the God-ordained institution of marriage is a blight upon any society. And there have been marriage problems and abuses throughout history, it is not just in modern times. But it does seem to be more and more prevalent as we approach the end of the age especially in recent years in the homosexual and transgender arena.
Satan hates marriage and godly unions and he is trying to blend the genders to the point where they cease altogether. It seems that our culture in the Western nations want to obliterate marriage altogether and there are segments of our society that are working tirelessly under Satan’s influence at destroying every vestige of the sanctity of marriage and family, and even gender roles.
All the confusion and dysfunction that is going on is part of this curse, and is the consequence of sin and rebellion against God’s holy and righteous relationship laws on the part of both men and women which started with Adam and Eve and the choices they made in the Garden. It was prophesied long ago that this would only get worse in the end times. (1st Timothy 4:1-3, 2nd Timothy 3:1-4, Daniel 8:23)
God has a ordained a family structure with assigned orders of responsibility for the man and woman; it is not based one being more or less important than the other (or superior), but this structure is reflective of His plan and purpose for all mankind. The family structure is intended to mirror the divine spiritual structure with Christ submitting to God the Father, and the Ekklesia submitting to Christ.
1st Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
God has purposed that according to the family structure, the husband submits to Christ and the wife submits to her husband. As Christ loves the Ekklesia, the husband is to love his wife, just as he loves his own body (for she is a part of him), sacrificing for her and protecting her. The wife is to submit to her husband and is to seek to be his loyal partner at his side.
He in turn, just as the Father with Christ, needs to regard her as his best friend and his chief counselor. Both need to be cooperating and helping one another in achieving their goal of maintaining a godly environment and in helping each other to emulate God in all that they do, encouraging each other to strive to fulfill their full potential as future kings and priests for God.
A husband should be leading his wife and their children toward God and all of His ways, rather than being a hindrance to spiritual growth, and the woman should be complementing him in this regard.
A husband must never be a domineering tyrant toward his wife and children but rather he is to be a godly leader making wise choices and decisions that reflect Christ’s relationship to the Ekklesia, wanting the highest good for his marriage and for his family.
It is imperative that men assume their proper roles as leaders of their families, and when they do they will tend to be good leaders in the Ekklesia and also in their jobs and communities.
If men abdicate their responsibility of being the leader in the home, women feel that they are forced to fill the leadership vacuum, which is not God’s intended purpose for them. This causes confusion, chaos, and all kinds of problems, so God expects men to not take their leadership role lightly and not to ever put that burden on his wife.
And in addition, as men and women fulfill their God-ordained family roles, this in turn helps to prepare and to qualify them to become future joint heirs with Jesus Christ ruling over the earth in the Millennium.
Conversely, when families crumble, so does society; as God’s called-out we must take our God-given roles and responsibilities within those roles very seriously. God wants men to be men and women to be women, and not to go along with the modern day trends, but rather to repudiate anything that is contrary to God’s assigned roles.
If we need help in our marriage and/or in our family we can always cry out to God to help us to be all that we can be in our homes and to be the kind of leader or partner that He wants us to be.
From Dysfunctional to Glorious Families
But those in the Millennium will be blessed in their marriages and families for Scripture tells of what it will be like for those who conduct their marriage and family in accordance to God’s righteousness, who do things God’s way.
God says He is going to take away the curse and then His original intent for family and marriage will become the reality for the physical people who survive the tribulation and for their families.
Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Zechariah paints a happy picture of community life with the old and the young together, streets full of children playing (happy and safe from harm).
Zechariah 8:4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 8:5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
The God Fearing Family
To get a more detailed look of what godly family life will be like in the Kingdom of God we can go to Psalms 128 which is an outline of the kind of family that fears the Lord and walks in His ways, and also Psalm 127 which teaches us about how vain it is to live life without God being at the center.
Both of these psalms are about families and are two of the 15 Songs of Accent that the children of Israel would sing as they journeyed up to Mt. Zion to keep the festivals. The annual festivals depict the time when Christ will be reigning on earth when Satan is no longer in the picture and all of each of these psalms depict aspects of God’s Great Plan. The Levite singers would also sing these 15 songs as they ascended the steps of the courtyard leading to the Temple during the feasts of the Lord.
As families made their way to the holy city for the annual festivals, they would encounter other families and they would mutually sing with great joy of the greatness of God and of the things that He had done for Israel.
Psalm 127’s theme is how vain it is to build anything without God as the Master Builder being a part of it. That is exactly what mankind has been doing since the rebellion of Adam and Eve; we have built our societies, governments, education, financial institutions and especially family life and sexuality according to our own ideas and not based on God and His laws.
Carnal men do not want God involved in what they do and have kicked Him out of all of arenas of life. As we see, everything is getting more and more corrupt, polluted, perverted, desecrated and our world is a mess.
But a time is coming, very soon now, when this will no longer be the case. This song addresses this vital principle: that it is vain to build strong families or anything else without God at the helm; and that our children are supposed to be a blessing and not a curse.
Psalm 127:1 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 127:5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Because parents will be taught to live God’s way during the Millennium, they in turn will train their children and in this way the children will grow up to respect God’s law, walk in God’s Word, and they will no longer bring disgrace to their mothers (and fathers).
If children grow up learning to respect and to please their godly parents and their Creator, they will no longer be a curse but a wonderful blessing.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 23:25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
Psalm 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.
Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
The theme of Psalm 128 is: a blessing on those who fear the Lord and walk in His ways and then it describes how they will be blessed in their families and in the work of their hands. It calls for a blessing on Jerusalem and the blessing of long life and it ends with a call for blessings of peace on the whole nation.
This psalm describes the kind of blessings in the home and family when God is at the center of those families and how when families are righteous, they not only are a blessing to themselves but their righteousness will extend out to the whole community, and even brings peace and righteousness to the whole nation.
Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 128:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. 128:5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 128:6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.
Psalm 127 talks of children, the fruit of the womb, as an inheritance from the Lord. Psalm 128 picks up on that theme and describes them as olive plants round about their parent’s table.
The previous psalm tells us the way in which a house or home is to be build with God as the real Builder; Psalm 128 shows us what that type of home (whose builder is God) looks like.
Psalm 127 ended in the last verse with a pronouncement of “happy is the man” and begins in the first verse of this song with “blessed” which also means happy indicating that the two psalms are joined in this theme of happiness or blessedness manifested in a God-centered marriage and family life.
Psalm 128 progresses upward from the previous psalm indicating an ascent; advancing from building a house and having children, to more rewards for fearing God and walking in all of His ways.
This is a song in praise of the Godly family, a song of ascent for marriage and the precious fruit (children and children’s children) that comes from a godly union of two people who focus their home life around the worship of God and all of His ways.
These Songs of Accent are highly descriptive images of what physical and spiritual Israelite families are to emulate within a nation that submits and obeys the very God that made families and is seeking a godly family for Himself.
As the pilgrims and their families made their way to the Holy City for the annual festivals they would sing this song of degree that celebrates family life.
The subject of the song is about the physical blessings of the man who walks in the fear of the Lord and lives a righteous life; he receives the goodness of God in his life by being blessed in the work of his hands and his family life is a blessing to him.
This is a prophetic picture of what family life will be like in God’s Kingdom. But this is also something that those who are called out by God should be striving for even now in this life.
If we are seeking to glorify God in our families and how we treat them and things still are not working out, we will still be blessed spiritually if we are patient and continue in the fear of the Lord. For all who seek and obey the Lord and whose sins are covered by applying the sacrifice of Christ, will receive bountiful spiritual blessings in this life; and if they die without ever having these kinds of physical blessings, they will be rewarded immensely in attaining to eternal spiritual life and being a part of God’s spiritual family.
The work of our hands will eventually be rewarded and we will experience tremendous blessings of having a loving spiritual family surrounding us; first the Father and Christ our elder brother, and then all our spiritual brothers and sisters living and working together in God’s Kingdom.
Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
We will be blessed if we fear the Lord, put Him first above all else and seek to live God’s ways. Psalm 128 shows how important this is and is the first thing it talks about, that when a God-fearing man is the head of his family and along with his godly wife at his side teaching their children, and when the whole family is following the lead of God, they will be blessed!
* Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
For the man who fears the Lord, he shall be happy and in the context of this psalm that happiness is in the fulfillment of providing for his family and bringing godliness to the family as well. Whereas one who refuses to work and provide for his own family is under a curse and not a blessing.
1st Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
The Creator of all things is our Provider and Protector and he wants His people to emulate Him in these areas as much as it is possible in their families. For those of us who make up the Israel of God, we too must provide and care for our families in whatever capacity we can. In this way we are in training to help Christ in providing and caring for those who will be placed in our care when we are in the position of kings and priests as co-workers in the Kingdom of God.
God through the prophet Jeremiah, said to the people of Jeremiah’s day, that if only they and their children would walk in all the ways that God commanded them; that it would be well for the nation of Israel.
There were some periods in the history of Judah and Israel when the nations were faithful but those times were short lived until God had to remove them from their lands and they went into captivity. God, through Jeremiah, warns the people of what will happen if they refuse to keep His commandants.
Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. 7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Joshua also admonished the children of Israel to take heed and do all God’s law and to serve Him with all their hearts and with all their souls.
Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
The fear of God is the foundation for all true blessedness [happiness] that comes to a person including in his family life.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
If a man is abiding in the Lord and seeking to please Him in all his ways, then God will shower His blessings on that one. We must bless Him with our obedience to Him before we can expect be blessed ourselves in our lives.
*Psalm 28:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
This verse describes how a godly wife is compared to a fruitful vine by the sides of the couple’s house. She herself is a blessing to her husband and will help him to increase in blessings, and then the two together will share in being blessed in their marriage and in their family.
One way she is fruitful is to bring forth children to add to the family and children are to be considered blessings. A good wife is not only fruitful in producing children but she bears fruit in other ways. Even if a godly wife is not able to have children she bears fruit by her godliness, by being kind and affectionate, by being industrious and contributing to the household, and by being a helpful partner at her husband’s side. [See Proverbs 31:10-31]
“Thy children like olive plants round about thy table“. In the previous psalm in verse 3, it states that “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward“. And here in this verse children are compared to olive plants round about the table.
This is an allegory of how in nature young olive plants spring up around the parent tree and just as young olive plants surround a goodly well rooted olive tree, the psalmist uses this metaphor to depict children surrounding their parents, perhaps at the dinner table where they are being fed and nourished; (a depiction of both physical food and spiritual food) they are healthy and this, too, is a blessing from the Lord.
The wife is busy feeding and taking care of them along with the “sides of the house” (meaning she is a good keeper of the home) and this pictures a joyful bounty of God’s blessing on the whole family.
God gives us in this psalm a beautiful mental image of a growing orchard of olive trees with little olive plants nurtured, cared for, and thriving in a household that is living according to God’s plan for families.
There is nothing more rewarding in this life than to have a blessed family life; it is more rewarding than having riches and fame. Some of the most richest, most famous and “successful” men and women have sacrificed their families to attain riches and fame only to lose everything when they get old and die.
Families are a blessing because they teach us how we are to love as God loves us; just as our heavenly Father loves us, we are to be nurturing our mates and children. Loving our dearly beloved mate and our children and teaching them in the ways of God, is what God wants us to be devoting our lives to if we have been blessed to have a spouse and children.
We are to work, to protect and to provide for those that God has given to us, and in this way it will insure that many children will be inducted into His divine family some day. We can work to have money, fine houses, expensive items, but we cannot take any of those things into the Kingdom with us. But if we have diligently brought up children in the love and admonition of the Lord, and if they respond in a positive way to embrace all of God’s ways; they, too, will some day be with us in the Kingdom of God and we will enjoy their fellowship for all eternity.
This song of degrees depicts a celebration of God’s sacred ordinance of marriage and family and if all the members are living in the fear of the Lord, this is God’s greatest delight; for this produces the kind of children that will thrive and that will bring forth righteousness when they are eventually resurrected to form His spiritual family. Godly families are like gardens on earth which are really God’s gardens that are producing fruit for the future Family of God.
*Psalm 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
This verse reiterates the blessings that come to the man who fears the Lord, but this is not to infer that if we are not being blessed in a family setting that we are necessarily outside of God’s favor.
This psalm was meant to be a song of “general” blessings for the people of Israel and how they would be blessed in their domestic settings if they would consecrate their households to be God centered.
But we do need to put all the Scriptures together realizing that sometimes devoting our hearts to obey and to follow God can disrupt our homes and bring strife and division and sometimes even abandonment by our family members.
Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
This seems to be the norm for now in this present evil society, for it seems that many individuals are called and their family members are not. This can be a real test for us but if we remain faithful, we will some day be tremendously blessed when our beloved family members are finally called, embrace God and all of His ways and will join us in being a part of God’s family.
A godly marriage can be a blessing from the Lord but God says that singleness can also be a blessing as well if it is use to dedicate our time to pursue His purposes. (1st Corinthians 7:32-35)
Sometimes because of our trials or our own set of circumstances, we may think that the blessing of having a happy family life has passed us by, that it happens for others but not for ourselves personally.
For those in the Ekklesia living in these evil times, many have had to sacrifice having a loving spouse and/or children in this life for the sake of putting God and His kingdom first. If we live to please and obey God no matter what our circumstance is and persevere in it, God will richly compensate us with eternal life and with a place at His table in His family for all eternity.
And what a great blessing out of Zion that will be and well worth the goal that we set before us even for those who had to endure in loneliness of not having the blessings of a spouse or family during this present time. When Christ returns He will reward us if we have remained faithful to Him in spite of our trials and circumstances.
What matters the most in life is the keeping of the commandments of God (1st Corinthians 7:19) and seeking to please God in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in.
The picture that is painted in this song of degrees of domestic bliss is something we can aspire to and should, but there is no guarantee in this present evil world that we will find happiness and peace within our families for it takes the whole family working together walking in the ways of God to make this kind of blessedness happen.
We live in very evil times and most people are drawn to the ways of this world and are not walking in God’s ways. When our family members are not living for God it is usually impossible for us to live in peace and harmony with those who do want to live contrary to the ways of God.
When families do have this kind of blessedness described in this psalm, it comes from the Lord and depicts the kind of family that will be the norm, not the rarity, in the coming Millennium and then in the Main Fall Harvest of Humanity when the rest of humanity is raised up.
This psalm that the pilgrims sang as they ascended up to the mountain of God’s righteousness and holiness portrays the kind of holiness that we are to have in our family life and will someday be the kind of family life all people on earth will enjoy.
Family blessedness comes from the Lord as a result of walking in all of His ways, and is a part of His design for the preservation of a holy people and for the maintenance of proper worship of Him and the proper keeping of all His commandments, statutes, judgments in the land.
The principle that is being taught, is that only through God and by the man or woman looking to Him and walking in all of His ways, will that man or woman and their family be blessed. Also their children will receive blessings that come as a result of godly parental influence and is the consequence of holy righteous living. That is what this psalm is basically about.
Deuteronomy 5:29 Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!
*Psalm 128:5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
In this verse the psalmist pronounces a blessing for the pilgrims who seek to obey God and who fear Him all the days of their lives. The blessings will come from Zion referring to where God will set up His headquarters and that is where the law and teaching of how to fear God will come from in the very near future.
Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
This psalm shows what it would be like if all the people of Israel would obey God’s laws and His ways; they would live to see Jerusalem prosper and experience it’s goodness during their lifetimes. In like manner those who are the spiritually called-out and who continue to walk in the ways of God in their physical lives will be given eternal life and they will see (experience) all the good (all the blessedness) that will be the inheritance of those living in the New Jerusalem that is also called Zion.
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
*Psalm 128:6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.
Those of us who are grandparents know the great joy of having grandchildren. Of course we love and cherish our children, but there is something special about having grandchildren, the little children of our children.
Perhaps it is because we are older and more settled in our old age than when we were having our own children. Or it could be that as we see that our time is becoming shorter, so we sense in our grandchildren that they will extend our legacy even after we are gone. At any rate, Solomon succinctly stated that “children’s children are the crown of old men” (Proverbs 17:6).
One of the rewards of attaining to the resurrection of the just is that we will not only see our children’s children, but we will see and be able to cherish generation after generation as more children are born as time goes by during the Millennium. If these children eventually respond positively to God’s call, then we will be able to enjoy them forever.
I cannot think of any greater joy than to see the little ones that come into our lives as precious infants, grow up and embrace all the ways of God, choosing the paths of righteousness as they, too, come to fear God and walk in His ways. We can have a part in that process as we teach them and as we endeavor to serve as godly examples for them to emulate as they grow to maturity.
This last verse implies the promise of long life for the faithful and obedient people of Israel if they are God-fearing and walking in His ways. They then will be blessed to live long enough to see their grandchildren.
This can also be a reference to eternal life for those who attain to the resurrection of the just. In their righteousness and fear of God the pilgrims will be diligent to teach their children and their children’s children all of God’s ways; and will live to see the fruits (results in their children) of a good life lived for Him and implementing His ways in their families.
To teach and admonish them in the nurture of the Lord will assure the continuation of that man’s progeny and he will derive great joy of being an example of righteous character and teaching Godly values in the lives of his descendants. This worthy cause motivates that man to teach his children of God and to show them the path to life everlasting so that God’s ways continue throughout all generations.
Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Psalm 78:6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
This last verse is implying that the man who walks in all of God’s ways will have long life and brings to mind the fifth commandment that also talks about having long life if we are obeying our heavenly Father. Because he lives a righteous life, the man who fears the Lord will live a long life to see that righteousness extended to even his grandchildren.
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
“And peace upon Israel“, when all people are finally obeying God and keeping His commandments, their children will be blessed, the community will be blessed and there will be peace upon Israel.
Psalm 128 is a celebration of a life lived God’s way and a celebration of families that seek to live according to God’s righteousness and have Him at the center of their homes. It starts with the one “man” and if he is seeking to walk in all of the ways of God, he will conduct himself in a godly fashion and he will influence and lead his family to righteousness.
The principle implied in the blessing of peace upon Israel, is that if each FAMILY in Zion is seeking to walk in all the ways of God, then the peace will be extended to their communities and then encompass the whole nation of Israel; thus the pilgrims sing in the last stanza; “and peace upon Israel“.
In the same way, one member of God’s people (the spiritual Israel of God) can become a beacon of light to those who live and work with him or her. His or her family is blessed because of their righteousness and their righteousness tends to have a ripple effect to those who come under their leadership or to those who see an example of godliness in their lives.
But we must remember this is not always the case, though, as many of us have experienced; for even Jesus said that it will be members of our own family that will reject us.
But even if they reject us, the godly person is still making an impact on those that refuse to acknowledge him as a true man of God at this time. Perhaps at a later date those who reject him will remember and it may be then that the seeds that were planted years earlier will take root, sprout, and grow as a result of what they had witnessed in this person years before; and it may be that they will respond to God’s call even more enthusiastically because of that one person’s example. We never know how God is going to use us and our examples.
1st Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
When all the families of Israel are living in the fear of the Lord and walking in all of His ways then there will be PEACE in ISRAEL. Eventually as God’s PLAN of SALVATION plays itself out, that peace will branch out from Israel (which is Zion) shining as a great beacon of light to all the world.
As a result, the rest of the world will eventually come to fear God and will want to walk in all His ways and then the whole world will finally be at PEACE. The blessing that is pronounced upon the nation of Israel shall be upon the house of the God-fearing man or woman and they will be bright lights for God’s WAYS for those who come into their homes or come into contact with them in any way.
This Psalm of Ascent is about God’s ideal for a family and what families will be like in the Millennium, but it is also a metaphor of Christ and His Collective Bride. For Christ will have His wife at His side, she will be a fruitful vine as she helps Him to bring all the families of the earth into their household, nurturing them, feeding them the Words of life, watching them grow into spiritually mature children of God, and then blessing them out of Zion as the Family of God grows to fill the whole earth filling it with contentment, laughter, joy, love.
And there will be wonderful peace in God’s Holy and Righteous Family because every single one of the members of that Family will be walking in the fear of the Lord!
What Will Families Be Like in the Millennium Kingdom of God?
At the end of this age, the saints who are in Christ, both the dead and the then living, will be resurrected to glorified bodies.
1st Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
Jude 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints.
When they are raised up, they will ascend to heaven to be part of the wedding ceremony.
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
After this they will return with Christ and assist Him in establishing His Kingdom on earth.
Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
There will be two distinct groups occupying the earth during the millennial kingdom: those with glorified bodies, and those with earthly bodies who lived through the tribulation and on into the millennial kingdom and also those who are born after the tribulation.
Satan will be restrained and put away at the beginning of the Millennium so there will be no more Satan nor his demons ruling the people and poisoning their hearts with their rebellion and perverseness.
Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season
The physical people will learn the truth about God perhaps for the very first time ever and will need to repent and accept God’s rule over their lives. They will continue to live out their lives in the Kingdom as human beings but in lieu of living the way of carnality and sin, they will be required to live as God commands.
Their lives will be a time of learning, growing, testing, overcoming just as it has been for those who were called during the six thousand years of man, but with no Satan around nor His constant influence.
The resurrected saints will have the job of assisting the people in how to live all of God’s way, including the way that God has designed for marriage and family life. Men and women will marry and will bear children and they will be taught the proper way a marriage and home life should be conducted. This will produce godly offspring that will grow up to be spiritually mature adults.
In this way these people, too, will learn love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control within family life which will prepare them to become members of God’s family when it is time for their resurrection to immortal life.
The Kingdom of God will grow and expand and eventually the whole earth will be filled with individuals and families that are living righteously. This will be a time of great joy for families living at that time.
The book of Joel prophecies of this time that is coming. In chapter 2:1-11 Joel describes what the tribulation will be like and then in verse 12 God implores the people who survived the tribulation and have been humbled to repent and to turn to Him in heartfelt repentance.
Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 2:14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
God wants to see genuine repentance for their sin that brought on the tribulation and to pray that God would save them from their captors and from complete annihilation.
Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
God is going to bring a halt to the carnage that is taking place on earth; the world will not come to complete destruction. Christ will return and establish His righteousness throughout the earth and He will banish the evil doers who refuse to repent.
Joel then goes on to show how God will have compassion and will show His mercy after the time of correction when the people have been humbled and are truly sorry for the kind of sinners they have been. The men and women delivered out of captivity will be given every opportunity to repent of their sins and embrace Jesus as their Lord and King.
Joel 2:18 Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
The rest of the chapter talks of what the Lord is going to do for the people, saving them from war and from their enemies, and then He is going to cause the whole earth to become fertile and to blossom again.
Joel 2:19 Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
The following is a fabulous picture of the earth transitioning from Satan’s rule and from destruction he has wrought, to a time of incredible beauty and righteousness with the people rejoicing over the great things that God is doing.
Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things. 2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
One of the most incredible things that God is going to do at that time is that He is going to POUR out His Holy Spirit on all those who are turning to Him which will be “all flesh”. This means it will not just be a few like it has been up until this time, but all the men and women who are living on earth will receive God’s Spirit and they will show forth the fruits of a holy and righteous people in lieu of sinful and vile people that we all have been under the reign of Satan.
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
The next two verses revert back to the things that have been going on and reiterate that this indeed will be at the time when God begins to intervene into the affairs of men.
Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.
The last verse of this chapter is a promise that God is going to call the remnant of His people and if they call out to Him in sincere repentance He will deliver them.
Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
After repentance and having the gift of the Holy Spirit bestowed upon them, then these people will help in the clean up operation; they will build homes, cities, schools, universities, offices, and plant crops, orchards and vineyards.
At the same time, they will be in the process of internalizing God’s divine nature through the power of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within them. They will come to see how very important it is to have godly marriages, the kind that God ordained from the very beginning.
Jesus expounded and quoted Adam’s definition of marriage when the Pharisees challenged Him with a question about marriage and divorce.
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
In God’s Kingdom husbands and wives will come to know God’s laws in regard to relationships and their marriages will flourish; they will truly be blessed in their unions. Having God’s Spirit, they will be exhibiting the fruits of God’s Spirit toward their mates and their children.
Can we even image a time when, there will be no more sexual immorality, before and after marriage, and spouses will be faithful to each other until death. There will be no more abuse of any kind, no more screaming and yelling, no hitting or calling each other names, but families will be taught how to “love” each other, not with the love as we define love in our time, but truly love as God loves with agape love.
The men and women in the Millennium will be keeping God’s commandments (which is the true way to love) and they will learn to practice God’s laws in the spiritual intent as well and in how they should treat each other. They will come to understand what it means to love the way God loves:
1st Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
If husbands and wives are treating each other with this kind of love and respect, their marriages will be blessed once more, with the curse placed on Eve wiped away. Read the Song of Solomon to get a glimpse of marital love between a man and a woman who truly love each other and cherish each other for their godly character and uniqueness.
Faithfulness and fidelity will bind couples people together that will produce stability for themselves, their children, and the whole community. Marriage is supposed to be a blessing, it is supposed to reflect the love that Christ has for His Bride.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Marriage is very much a blessing when two converted people are operating in their marriage with mutual love and respect toward each other in total faithfulness and oneness.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all…
When this happens, both partners will be on the same page and are willing to keep the line of communication open between them when they do disagree or there are misunderstandings. And when both are striving to put God first and to obey Him in all things, the natural outcome will be that they will be blessed in their marriage and family life (just as we saw in Psalm 128).
In the Millennium this will be the norm for marriage and family life not a rarity like it is now.
During the Millennium, all rebellion and evil will be exposed and punished by Jesus, sin will not be tolerated. But if all are walking in the spirit then the people will not want to sin anymore. Generally, the world will be a utopia or perhaps we should say like the Garden of Eden again, only better.
People all over the earth will go to the millennial Temple and Holy Mountain in Jerusalem during the Feasts (or send their representatives for their nation) to worship the Great King every year. God’s law will go out from Jerusalem throughout the whole world and the people will celebrate God’s laws rather than curse them like most do in our day.
Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
All who acknowledge and embrace the rule of Jesus as King of kings over the earth and who accept and obey His commandments, will be greatly blessed and prosperous (physically and spiritually).
Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 14:9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. 14:10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. 14:11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. 9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
All peoples and families will get along with each other just as the animals will do; no one will be allowed to hurt nor destroy any more. Throughout the earth, there will be great love for Jesus their Lord and King and for His wonderful compassion, mercy, and benevolence that He has shown to all His people.
We can read of this glorious time in Isaiah 11 which paints a beautiful picture of what it will be like in the Millennium when all the families are worshiping their Lord and Creator and there is peace throughout the land.
Isaiah 1:11 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 1:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 1:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 1:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 1:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 1:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 1:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 1:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 1:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. 1:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. 1:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 1:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 1:13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
It will be harmonious and peaceful because only those who keep God’s commandments and want to live in peace with God and others will be allowed in God’s Kingdom. Therefore, there will be no more wars and neighbors will get along in peace with whole neighborhoods supporting and helping one another.
There will be no more predators snatching children who are outside playing, no one will be allowed to hurt little children anymore, and there will be no more abortion. Infants will be wanted and will be cherished right from conception.
The children will be taught of the Lord and about all of His laws and about God’s marvelous true purpose for their lives. They will attend schools that teach right knowledge and wisdom based on God’s Word with the best of godly teachers.
I am sure there will be so many opportunities to learn about creation, botany, science, agriculture, history, astronomy, physics, physiology, etc., etc. with no satanic spin on God’s truth in any of these areas. Many of the things that have been kept hidden will be revealed, perhaps like cures to diseases, or there may be much more technology that has not been discovered to this day that God will reveal when He feels the people will be able to handle it in the Millennium.
Life will be so exciting for the young people who are growing up in such a world and they will learn that playing and doing things in a godly fashion will be so much more fun than doing things of a sinful nature like the world teaches and portrays in this present evil world.
During the Millennium, the people will live all over the earth and all races and the families of the world will be valued and will be encouraged to have their uniqueness, but according to God’s laws and not according to the false traditions of men. And all families of the world will worship the one true Almighty God, their living Creator.
Isaiah 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
The promises made to our forefathers of the coming time when the whole world will be filled with godly seed and when all the families of the earth will be blessed will be realized in that day:
Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
What a glorious promise that is coming to those who love God and want to live for Him and conduct their lives and family life God’s way.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Hebrew 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. 12:18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 12:19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 12:20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
In the Millennium the curse of dysfunctional families will be replaced with families that are truly blessed for those who choose to place themselves and their families under God’s rule and who seek His purpose for the family. We pray that day come quickly!
The Day of Pentecost depicts the future time when God begins to establishes His kingdom on earth. He is going to pour out His Spirit on all flesh and at that time and “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28)
Families will no longer be cursed but be what God had intended all along when He created Adam and Eve almost six thousand years ago. The signs of the times show that the allotted time is almost up and we can be a part of all this if we remain faithful and follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes.
We live in an evil society and it is getting even more evil as we approach the end times and sometimes it can seem like a curse to be living in this present evil world. But for those who have been called now and have come to fear God and want to obey Him in every aspect of their lives, then God’s favor and blessing will be upon that person.
If we have God’s Holy Spirit, we will be filled with the fruits of His Spirit and we can live in godly peace and joy even in the midst of this present evil world. And it is because we have the very spirit of God which springs up into our lives from His WELL of goodness and blessings that enables us and gives us the strength to trust and obey God.
We desperately need His help in dealing with our marriages and families for many of us were not brought up in families that were living God’s ways, we did not learn how to be good husbands and wives from the examples we grew up with and we are being tested in that area more than any other it seems.
But if we call out to God for help and persevere to the end, it will be those who overcome and stay faithful no matter what our family members do; they will be the pioneers for those who are going to be called later.
God’s Spirit is going to be poured out on all flesh when He establishes His Kingdom and then the families of the earth will no longer live under the curse of unstable and dysfunctional families.
Even though we have trials and hardships we have the hope of His promise for a continuation of life as resurrected spirit beings and as a joint heir with our Lord and Savior. We know that we have a wonderful inheritance not only for ourselves, but eventually for our whole family. Some of our family members may not be called now, but they will be called when their appointed time comes and then they, too, will finally come to know God’s plan of salvation and be given the chance to repent and become a member of His family.
This truth gives us great joy and even if we sorrow at this time because our family rejects us, we must make the most of each day living for Him in His presence and seeking to grow even more in His grace and knowledge.
For those who are the called and who are faithful; they have the chance now in their lifetimes to seek God with all of their hearts and to learn to walk in all of His ways. In a sense we are the pioneers of learning how to fear God and then walking in all of His ways, incorporating them into our lives now at the present time. It is to our advantage to take every opportunity to do so while we can while we are still alive and before Christ returns.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
If we are fortunate to have a godly family in this life, we as a family can be lights to the outside world who have no clue about how to have a blessed and happy home life.
But even if our family rejects us we can still be lights of being among those who are faithful to God even when all some or all of our family members choose to go in the opposite direction. Remember the story of Joseph!
We will receive physical blessings to a certain degree now in this lifetime depending on what God knows is best for us, but most significantly we will have spiritual blessings poured down upon us as we learn to walk in all of God’s ways and they will carry over into eternity.
If we do remain faithful now, at some point our families will be blessed at a future time. If we compromise our values to please our loved ones that walk contrary to God’s truth, we will jeopardize and possibly forfeit our calling if we do not repent.
The people of the world who after living a lifetime of experiencing marital and family discord because of the curse placed on mankind will in the Millennium have the opportunity to do it the right way.
After living under the curses placed on mankind at the time of Adam and Eves sin, most will want to live God’s ways after they have been taught to keep God’s commandments and as they live their physical lives during their allotted life span at in the Millennium. It will be at that time when they have been give another chance at life that will give them the opportunity to make the choice to live God’s way, to form righteous families and then go on to become part of God’s spiritual family as well.
Our chief joy and fulfillment is to love and adore God and then to love and adore our family members, whether they are members of our physical family or of our spiritual family. When we think of the commandments, the first four are directed in our relationship to God and the remaining six are directed in the way we treat fellow human beings.
Most of humanity at this time do not know that the key to abundant and joy-filled living is contained in the keeping of God’s commandments in tandem with the grace that is offered through Jesus Christ. The God-fearing person seeks to be pleasing to God and God will bless him, now and in the life to come and that man or woman will be rewarded.
If we have happy families and marriages, we are reaping the benefits of keeping God’s commandments and walking in them especially the fifth and seventh commandments. The Bible is full of promises of rewards if we keep ALL of God’s commands.
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [See also Psalm 19:11, Proverbs 11:18, Matthew 6:33, Revelation 11:18]
1st Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
God’s people, who fear Him and who know these things, can sing of these blessings on this up-coming Day of Pentecost with the realization that God is going to shower these blessings upon those who remain faithful and eventually on those family members who rejected us if they, too, at a later time repent and choose to fear God and walk in His ways.
The meaning of God’s festivals illustrate for us that eventually all of the peoples of the world, if they choose to repent and become the children of God, will receive these blessings from Zion as well. For this, we can rejoice on our Feast days (and every day of the year for that matter)!
One who fears the Lord and is faithful will be among the many who will make up God’s inheritance; that one will be a glorious member of God’s own family.
Jeremiah 31:1 At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 31:2 Thus saith the Lord, The people who were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.
Have a wonderful Sabbath everyone,