Something Old, Something New

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, O God.’” (Psalm 40:6-8, from the Septuagint translation. Attributed to Jesus in Hebrews 10:5-7).

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When Does The New Jerusalem Appear?

Q.  I had a discussion recently with my pastor about the new Jerusalem. I said I thought the new Jerusalem came at the beginning of the millennium, he thinks it comes at the end of the millennium. Any thoughts on this?

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No More Sea. Before Or After The Millennium?

Q. In your study on the  Revelation,  I believe you said you think all of Rev. 21 and Rev. 22:1-6 fit in between Rev. 20:6 and Rev. 20:7.  My question is regarding the sea. In Rev. 21:1, it says there will be no more sea, and if this happens at the beginning of the Millennium, how does the sea give up its dead in Rev. 20:13, at the end of the Millennium during the GWT judgment?

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Confined To The New Jerusalem?

Q.  In Revelation 3:12, it is written that “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.”  What does this mean when Jesus says “he shall go out no more”?  Will we spend eternity in the New Jerusalem without being able to go out?  I fully believe the New Jerusalem is awesome beyond imagination, but it would be nice to take a walk on planet earth every now and then.

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Abolishing The Rule Of Kings

Q.  Does 1 Corinthians 15:24 imply that nations and kings will be abolished including the rule of the saints after the millennium? I know that the millennium and eternity are so intertwined together. I would not say there is no mention of life in eternity but rather that Revelation 21 is both the millennium and eternity together because New Jerusalem is eternal.  Will our talents and the arts exist in the millennium and eternity? Will I be able to use the things I love in the millennium and eternity?

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1400 Miles Or 1500?

Q.  My bible, which is a New King James translation, describes the size of the New Jerusalem as 12,000 furlongs high, deep and wide.  All the conversions I have found tell me that 1 mile is equal to 8 furlongs. Therefore, 12,000 furlongs is equal to 1,500 miles. I notice that your writings on the New Jerusalem describe it as 1,400 miles high, deep and wide.  Praise God there will be enough room for all of us whatever the size!  I am just curious how you arrived at your 1,400 mile conclusion.

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More On Sin In The Millennium

Q.   In your email today regarding ‘revival’, part of your answer was that when the Lord returns to earth there will only be believers…if there is sin in the Millennium, how can all be believers?  Have I missed something or got something wrong?

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The Millennial Shekel

Q.  My friends and I recently watched a documentary that outlined the foretold biblical prophecies both fulfilled and to be fulfilled.  One of the prophecies was the reinstatement of the shekel based on Ezekiel 45:9-12.  Israel has already reinstated the shekel, but this verse seems unclear to me as to how this is a prophetic claim.  Can you clarify?

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Will People Sin During The Millennium?

Q. I was Having a discussion with several of my friends about the millennium. We all agree that the earth will be restored to a Paradise. What we don’t agree on is will there be sin? I believe that Man will still have a sinful nature and sin will be limited due to Satan being absent for the 1000 yrs and because Jesus will be reigning with an iron rod. My friends believe that their will be no sin period. Can you Guide us to the correct understanding about sin in the Milennium?

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A Question About 2 Peter 3

Q. I’m enjoying reading your site, especially your comments on what I consider tough passages. My question is about “the day of the Lord/day of God” mentioned in 2 Peter 3:10&12. I always associated the destruction by fire of the heavens and earth in these verses with the new heaven and earth in Revelation 21:1. But the reference to these events coming as a thief in the night would seem to be about the Second Coming. I know that there will be major geographical renovations when He comes, but if that is the time-frame for the fervent heat Peter mentions, that would mean that the heavens and earth will be recreated twice, both before and after the millennium. What are your thoughts on this?

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