This article introduces a new Prophecy Q/A series, where I do my best to answer questions from readers like you.
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Q: Doesn’t 2 Peter 3:10 teach that there won’t be a Tribulation or Millennial Kingdom?
Context is key! Peter is not laying out the various details of the Day of the Lord but the ultimate result of it. In the Old Testament the Day of the Lord is sometimes referring specifically to the Tribulation period, sometimes the Millennial Kingdom, and sometimes the entire end-time time frame. Context is key. Broadly speaking I believe the Day of the Lord encompasses everything from the Tribulation period through the destruction of the current world/universe when God creates a new Heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21).
So, 2 Peter 3:10 is speaking of the same event recorded in Revelation 21:1. We can’t take one verse (2 Peter 3:10) and develop an overarching conclusion without considering all other related verses (including Revelation and all of the OT prophets).
Q: Where will the Church be during the Millennial Kingdom? In Revelation 20 the martyrs of the Tribulation come back to life and reign with Christ for 1000 years. But there seems to be no mention of where those believers will be who got raptured before the Tribulation. What is your view on that?
We believe the Church will be raptured prior to the Tribulation period, then at the end of the Tribulation period we will return with Christ (Revelation 19:14) to witness him defeating the armies of the antichrist. After that, we will reign with Christ and the martyrs and the remnant of Jewish believers who will be protected (then saved) during the second half of the Tribulation period (Revelation 12:14; see also Romans 11:26, Zechariah 12:10). So, we (along with the resurrected/glorified martyrs and OT saints) will be in our glorified spiritual bodies. We will enter the Kingdom along with believing survivors of the Tribulation period (perhaps primarily the protected Jewish remnant) who will be in their natural bodies (still with a sin nature). We will rule and reign with Christ in our glorified state. At the end of the 1000 years, many of the descendants of those who entered in their natural bodies will quickly rebel against Christ when given the chance (Revelation 20:7-10).
Q: When we who are Christians come back with Christ at the start of the millennial reign, do we actually live on earth or do we go back and forth between Heaven and earth? How would we all fit on the earth during the thousand years?
We’re not told exactly how that will work out, but I (Todd) have heard some theologians speculate that we may be living in our “living spaces” (“mansions” in some translations) as mentioned in John 14:1-3.
Again, we’re not told specifically, but to me it makes sense that these custom-built living spaces will likely be in the New Jerusalem. In Revelation 21:2 we read about the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven to the new earth.
So, I believe (depending on rewards/roles during the Millennial Kingdom), those of us who will be living in our glorified spiritual bodies may be traveling back and forth between Heaven and earth. Jesus, in his glorified body was able to travel at the speed of thought, move through walls without opening doors, etc. It would make sense that our glorified bodies will have these same qualities.
The Millennial Kingdom will be unlike anything we have imagined. I can’t wait to find out!
Q: During the Millennial Kingdom, will there still be marriage? What type of relationships will we have with people we knew on earth, before the Millennial Kingdom?
There will be marriage in the Millennial Kingdom among those who are still in their natural bodies (those who come out of the Tribulation period), but those of us who will have been raptured will be in our glorified spiritual bodies and will no longer marry or be married. We will know who everyone is (including our earthly family from this era), but it seems that in our glorified spiritual state we will not be hindered by our sin nature and all of our relationships will be better than anything we can comprehend now.
Love is eternal and it will be perfectly expressed and understood in our future glorified state. I believe it will be better and more perfect than we can imagine, though we do not know all of the details. We must trust God’s sovereignty and his perfect plan. However, it works out, we have nothing but great things to look forward to!