Chapter 8: Millennial Life and Health
During the Millennium there will be happy marriages and children among the multitude of mortals, and millions upon millions of happy, active, healthy families. Billions of children will be born, and the population will multiply. This is how the earth will be replenished after the judgments of God have removed the rebellious, incorrigible element who refused to honor the laws and mandates of the New Government. (Two thirds of the old populace will have been destroyed by God’s cleansing judgments—Zech. 13:8).
But the survivors will find life far superior to any experience of mortals during the history of the earth, and they will delight in the normal functions of healthful living in a vastly superior environment. The sexual aspect of human relationship, so abused for centuries, the most perverted of all God’s marvelous designs for humankind, will be wholesome under the control of Divine law and will be respected by all.
God’s purpose being to “fill” the earth with righteous people (Num. 14:21; Isa. 60:21), all family life during the Millennium will be focused toward that one goal: to develop a race of people worthy of living—of living both during the Millennium and through Eternity. Not all will qualify for the latter, but all will have opportunity. Says the Prophet, “I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried” (Zech. 13:9). All will be instructed in the ways of the Lord.
What an advantage the children of that age will have! They will not grow up to die in war or live in meaninglessness; they will not even have to face the evil influences of a corrupt society, for in that age “thou shalt not see evil any more” (Zeph. 3:15). From their earliest impression they will be taught the ways of God, and the morally fittest of them—those who measure up to the standard God has set—will be selected to live on forever and ever, filling the earth with the glory of God.
They will be a blessed people, enjoying vibrant health and prosperity. They shall “build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them” (Isa. 65:21-23).
They will be a righteous people. “the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations” (Isa. 61:11), when “the Lord God shall…call his servants by another name”; when “he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten” (Isa. 65:15-16).
How many mortals will there be during the Millennium? Revelation 7:9 describes them as a “great multitude, which no man could number.” this is an expression of a very great number, a number not revealed (see “Millennium Superworld,” part 4).
The number will also be controlled, through the goodness and mercy of God. Another text in Isaiah 65 reveals this thought: “They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them” (65:23). The people of the Millennium will not bring forth children for trouble. Therefore, at some point toward the end of the Millennium, child-bearing will cease; God will control it. if He did not, there would be children brought forth for trouble—there would be a multitude of little children and infants at the close of the Millennium who would have no time in which to develop the character God requires in all He will perpetuate.
There is a limit to the time for the development of the millenarians. The Millennium itself, though a longer span of time than anyone today experiences, has a limit. The thousand years will close, and there will be no further opportunity.