Chapter 8: Millennial Life and Health
Perfect health will have an immediate effect on the span of life. The prophet Isaiah reveals this fact by mentioning that a person one hundred years old in that new realm will be considered still a child. “Every boy shall live his hundred years before he dies” (Isa. 65:20, NEB). “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed” (Isa. 65:20, KJV). Those who die at one hundred years will be reckoned as children, or as prematurely cut off because of sin (the law of righteousness will be enforced as “with a rod of iron”—Rev. 2:26-27). The wording of Isaiah’s prophecy in the Moffatt Bible is clearer: “No babe shall die there any more in infancy, nor any old man who has not lived out his years of life; he who dies youngest lives a hundred years; anyone dying under a hundred years must be accursed by God.”
Isaiah gives another illustration of the new longevity: “For as the days of a tree are the days of my people” (65:22). Palestine had many long-lived trees. The olive, the oak, and the cedar all live for centuries, some even as much as a millennium. These were considered the most enduring of living things at that time, though of course they did not live forever. Likewise, says the Prophet, the people of the Millennium will live for centuries and enjoy the fruit of their labors all during that time.