Q. Here’s a question that has bothered me for some time: if the nations in which Israel had been living for some 2000 years are to be destroyed, what sort of “wealth” are we talking about that would be brought into her during the Millennium? Consider that there would in all likelihood be NO world economy at all, and even if there were a few commercial aircraft, that would be capable of flying, who would be left to even repair or maintain them? I am assuming that no boats would be available as Revelation speaks of their destruction, and to go by land from America would be a stunningly arduous journey if the seas were all dried up and only land travel would be possible.
A. You’re thinking as if the Millennium will be an extension of what we know now, with similar capabilities and limitations to those we have today, but with the added burden of being recently destroyed. But you should consider the possibility that it may be different in ways we can’t even imagine.
For example, how productive will the creation be after the curse is gone, as Rev. 22:3 explains. Amos 9:13 says, “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.”
And Isaiah 35:1-2 tells us, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.”
If the world reverts to an agrarian economy, which seems likely, harvests will reach a level of abundance never before seen. And with a substantially reduced population, there could easily be much more than enough to go around.
Let’s not forget that the Lord Himself will be running things. Remember, He transformed the creation from an uninhabitable ruin into a mature, productive garden in three days. And as for transportation, we have no idea what kind of capabilities might be available. He has moved mortals around in ways we don’t understand in the past. Who knows what He might do in the future.