CLICK HERE! A Thousand Years feat. Alison Brook
I’m talking about the millennium, that thousand-year period after Jesus comes, before the earth is finally made new. It will be a powerful, enlightening, and dare I say, therapeutic time.
Heaven will feature several dramatic, healing reunions. Imagine this one: David and Uriah. You remember how David lusted over Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, ultimately taking advantage of her and when she came up pregnant, secretly having Uriah killed? Uriah, knowing nothing of the murder plot, loved and revered David till his dying breath. Can you imagine their first encounter in glory?
Uriah- David! My king! Praise God!
David- Uriah! I’m glad to see you too (embrace). But, uh, we need to have a chat. There’s something you don’t know. Remember Joab’s command that you fight in the forefront of the hottest battle?
Uriah- Yes! It was my honor to lay down my life for my God, my king and my country!
David- Yes, I know, Uriah, but there’s something I must confess . . .
Can you imagine the reunion between Paul the Apostle and the martyr Stephen, stoned because of Paul and other instigators, Paul standing by watching in satisfaction?
Stephen- Wh. . . you? You’re here? You??
Paul- Yes, me. And it all began with seeing your face, Stephen. No shred of resentment on it though we rained down rocks upon you.
Stephen- I saw the Jesus standing at the right hand of God, Saul.
Paul- I saw Him too, a little bit later on the road to Damascus. Do you have a minute? I’ll tell you about it . . . oh, and call me Paul . . .
Heaven will be a time of great rejoicing. But some things will need to be “processed.” For instance, have you ever considered how God will deal with unresolved tensions between His people? Most of our stories aren’t so dramatic; conflict of a more ordinary nature arises between us—a theological argument here, an interpersonal disagreement there. Most of them don’t involve adultery, murder or martyrdom. Still, they eat away at our peace and beg to be resolved. But what if we fail to resolve them before Jesus comes? Will we avoid each other in heaven? Say, “I forgive you but I just can’t trust you!” and take the long way around the Holy City so as not to have to see a brother or sister?
This happens all the time at church, retreats, and Christian conferences. We do fine sitting side-by-side, listening to sermons or music. We say “Amen” in remarkable synchronicity. But walk down the hall and accidentally lift your eyes at the moment your ex-friend or theological opponent looks at you, and suddenly the peace and harmony dissipate. Perhaps you’d like to resolve the conflict but untimely death prevents it. Or, try as you might, no resolution can be reached. Or perhaps the other is unwilling.
God has planned a therapy session. It will last a thousand years. It’s called the Millennium. Not as in y2k, but as in the thousand years between the coming of Jesus and the earth made new. Read about it in Revelation 20 and 21. It’s all there. Several significant things will occur during it, including the imprisonment of Satan (Rev. 20:2), the resurrection of the just (Rev. 20:6), and collaborating with God in reviewing the cases of the lost and fallen angels (1 Cor. 6:3). I personally believe God will work with us to answer difficult theological questions. I think He’ll also sit down with those of us who have wounded feelings toward one another and patiently help us to resolve those issues for time and for eternity. It is after the thousand years that, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes,” (Rev. 7:17).
Am I saying we should postpone our duty to “live in peace”? (2 Cor. 13:11) Should we procrastinate on that tough conversation or heartfelt apology? No! That would be cowardly. But let’s face it, there are Jesus-followers who, for one reason or another, don’t—and can’t—experience the full relationship healing they long for.
If I as a counselor held a thousand year therapy session, I would earn about 438 million dollars. Jesus will do it like He does everything—without money and without price. Praise our Heavenly Therapist, our Divine Psychologist, our Wonderful Counselor!
PLEASE watch this lovely video entitled “A Thousand Years.” That’s my dear daughter, Alison Brook, singing. I wrote the song. A.J. Pastor plays violin, Justin McLaughlin shot the video and Delon Lawrence engineered. Stay tuned for our The Lamb Wins kickstarter campaign, due to start in just a few days. Don’t know about The Lamb Wins? Check it out (and like it!) on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thelambwins?fref=ts
Here’s the video again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn1URINJJeM