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?
A. 1 Cor. 15:24 reads, “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”
The Greek word translated destroyed means to render idle, inactive, or inoperative. The word translated dominion means origin or beginning, authority means the power of choice, or the freedom to do as one chooses, and power means ability or strength.
What this means is that Jesus will make everything and everyone subject to the will of God. No matter what our origin, whether angel or human, we’ll no longer desire the freedom to go our own way or do our own thing, but will be totally subject to the will of God to act in His strength alone.
This means we will all voluntarily and happily accomplish the will of God for us, doing those things He wills when He wills them. The reason some people think it doesn’t sound like much fun is because our sin nature causes us to be rebellious. Once that’s been removed we’ll realize that by fully submitting to His will, we can finally have unlimited use of the talents and abilities He’s given us.
The main difference between the Millennium and Eternity it the presence of time. The Millennium has a beginning and an end separated by 1000 years of time. Eternity had no beginning and has no end. Although some things can transcend time, time and eternity are not the same.