Some say eternal life has begun for the believer. However, the Bible says Eternal life will begin after the end of the 1000 years (the Millennium) of Jesus’ reign on earth when God brings down the New City of Jerusalem.
5 Things Happen Before This End:
- All rebellious rule, authority, and power must be put down (1 Cor. 15:24; Eph. 1:23; Heb. 2:6-9; Rev. 20:7-10)
- Death must be destroyed (1 Cor. 15:26; Rev. 20:7-15; 21:3-5)
- Christ’s work of ridding the earth of rebellion must be accomplished and accepted by the Father (1 Cor. 15:27-28; Rev. 20:1-15; Eph. 1-10).
- The millennium Kingdom must be delivered by Jesus and turned over to God (2 Peter 3:1—13; 1 Cor. 15:24; Rev. 21:1-22:5)
- God becomes all in all again (Sole Ruler), as before the rebellion came by Lucifer in the pre-Adamite world, and by Adam in the Adamite+ world (1 Cor. 15:28; Rev. 21:1-22:5).
This is the purpose of the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth: To rid the earth of rebellion, death, Hades, Satan, and to re-form the earth to receive the New Jerusalem and God. When this is completed Jesus will turn the reins of the new kingdom of heaven over to God and it will be received by the Father as part of the universal kingdom of God, as before rebellion began.
It was rebellion by Lucifer and Adam that made it necessary to send Christ to re-establish the kingdom of God over all again. Then at the second coming of Jesus Christ the Son will come to earth with an army large enough to take the kingdoms of this world in one day (Zech. 14; Rev. 19:11-21). The Son is authorized to reign for the first 1,000 years (aka: the millennium) of the eternal reign to rid the earth of all evil, rebellion, Satan and death. Then Jesus will destroy the earth with fire and reform it back to its original formation as it was before Satan sinned and God flooded and cut the light off from the earth. Afterwards, the Father will move in His capital city , the New Jerusalem, from heaven to earth to be among men forever, then God will accept the work of the Son and receive the earth again as part of the universal kingdom (Rev. 21:1-22:5). After this happens, then and only then, can the beginning of the Holy God’s reign begin for eternity.
In 2 Peter 3:10-13 we get a good explanation of when the day of God or eternity will begin.
2 Peter 3:10-13
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary of 2 Peter 3:10: When the Lord does come, it will be both surprising and catastrophic: like a thief. This simile was used by Jesus (Matt. 24:42–44) and repeated by others (1 Thes. 5:2; Rev. 3:3; 16:15). The day of the Lord describes end-time events that begin after the Rapture and culminate with the commencement of eternity. In the middle of the 70th week of Daniel (which is also the 7 Years of Tribulation) the Antichrist will turn against the people of God in full fury (Dan. 9:24–27; see comments on 1 Thes. 5:2; 2 Thes. 2:2–12).
In the catastrophic conflagration at the end of the Millennium, the heavens (the earth’s atmosphere and the starry sky, not God’s abode) will disappear with a roar, which in some way will involve fire (2 Peter 3:7, 12). The elements (stoicheia, either stars or material elements with which the universe is made) will be destroyed by fire (and will melt, v. 12), and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare (eurethēsetai). This Greek word could mean that everything will be exposed for what it really is. Or it could suggest a question: “The earth and everything in it—will they be found?” Others (on the basis of some Gr. mss.; niv marg.) say the word eurethēsetai should be substituted with katakaēsetai, “shall be burned up.” Perhaps the first of these views is preferable (as rendered in the niv).
3:11. Peter sees all this as a strong motivational expectation which should provoke holy living. The question, What kind of people ought you to be? is rhetorical. But in case someone should miss the point, Peter answered it: You ought to live holy and godly lives. “Holy lives” (en hagiais anastrophais, lit., “in holy conduct”) refers to Christian separation and sanctification—apart from the world, apart toward God. “Godly” (eusebeiais; also in 1:3, 6–7) refers to piety before God. The word “live” (hyparchein) is in the present tense, indicating that these qualities are to be constantly present in light of the Lord’s return. Scoffers, questioning the Lord’s coming with its ensuing judgment on them, lead ungodly lives (2:7, 10, 12–15, 18–20; 3:3). By contrast, Jesus’ followers, anticipating His return, are to be godly (v. 14; cf. Titus 2:12–14; 1 John 3:3).
3:12. Holiness and piety (v. 11) not only cause God’s people to look forward to (from prosdokaō, “expect and anticipate”; cf. vv. 13–14) the Lord’s return but also to speed its coming. How do believers hasten it? The godly lives of the Lord’s people, their praying, and their witnessing help bring others to repentance. Peter then repeated for emphasis the fact that at the commencement of eternity (here called the day of God) the heavens will be destroyed by fire and the elements will melt (cf. comments on v. 10). That event concludes “the day of the Lord” (v. 10) and commences “the day of God.”
3:13. The old cosmic system will then give way to a new heaven and a new earth and this is what believers are looking forward to (cf. vv. 12, 14), not to the earth’s destruction. The new heaven and new earth, given by the promise of God, will finally be the home or dwelling place of righteousness (lit., “in which righteousness dwells permanently”). It will be the home of righteousness because the Righteous One will be there (Jer. 23:5–7; 33:16; Dan. 9:24; Rev. 21:1, 8, 27). What a contrast this will be to the world’s unrighteousness!
You will find that if you show your love, honor and devotion to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you will receive their love back in so many different ways now and for all of eternity.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, hallowed is Thy Name. I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “When does Eternal Life Begin?” I praise You for Your caring, Your loving kindness, and Your generosity. Only Your graciousness and love could forgive the sins of mankind and still allow him to become a Son or daughter of Yours. Please bless those who have read this article for they too seek Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving ha in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,