Q. I would like some clarification on Isaiah chapter 65, verse 20. “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.” I know this is referring to the time of the Millennium when Jesus reigns. Does this mean that someone that does not accept Jesus as their personal savior will die prior to or at one hundred?
A. Some interpret the passage this way. Since the context is the extended lifespans, I think it just means that a 100 year old will be dying at such a young age compared to those around him, it will seem as if the Lord has cursed him with premature death. It’s the opposite of our attitude today that people who live long fulfilling lives are blessed.
Since this verse speaks of death, we know it’s describing the Millennium and not Eternity, and that the setting is on Earth because in the New Jerusalem there will be no more death. (Rev. 21:4)