The Full Life Study Bible: This prophecy foresees God’s future kingdom on earth. Isaiah blends the age of eternity where sin and death shall be no more (vv. 17-19) with the Messianic age (i.e., the millennial kingdom) that precedes it (vv. 19-25; Rev 20:4-6).
behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and
the former shall not
be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice
for ever in that which I
create: for, behold,
OUR PERSONAL ENTRANCE INTO THE MILLENIUM (MESSIANIC AGE)
ON THIS EARTH 1,000 YEARS PRIOR TO THE END-TIME ADVENT OF
THE “NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH”
(1 Cor 15:51-53) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [Gk: be dead], but we shall all be changed [Gk: made different], In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible [Gk: undecaying: immortal], and we shall be changed [Gk: made different]. For this corruptible [Gk: decaying, perishable] must put on incorruption [Gk: unending existence], and this mortal must put on immortality.
(1 Thes 4:14-18) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep [Gk: be dead] in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the [second] coming of the Lord shall not prevent [Gk: precede] them which are asleep [Gk: be dead]. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
(Rev 20:4-6) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them : and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned [as “kings and priests” Rev 1:6; 5:10] with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead [the unsaved masses] lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign [as kings] with him a thousand years.
Commentary: Summation = The dead in Christ and we which are alive and remain (i.e., all the past and present redeemed children of God) shall be changed immediately into immortality “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor 15:51-53), at the moment of our “rapture” (1 Thess 4:15-18), which is also “the first resurrection” (Rev 20:4-6). Once assembled together (Gk: sunago) to meet the Lord in the air, we shall enter into the 1,000 year Millennium – the Messianic Age, having each received, in the twinkling of an eye, the full mind of Christ and a new immortalized glorified physical body as exemplified by the resurrected body of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:36-43). Only the body can die and be resurrected, the spirit and soul are immortal and cannot die. Why would Jesus Christ exemplify in Himself something that we ourselves will not experience?
LIFE WITHIN THE 1,000 YEAR MILLENNIUM (THE MESSIANIC AGE)
(Isa 65:20-25) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed [die the curse of death, having had ample time for conversion and having rejected Christ] . And they [the redeemed] shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [hundreds of years] are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them . And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear [because of My 100% intimate presence within and about (the Glory) them]. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock [as vegetarians eating herbs (grains) and fruit as it was prior to Gen 9:1-3]: and dust shall be the serpent's meat [the serpent shall remain “bound” (ineffective) for the thousand years in the bottomless pit: Rev 20:1-3 of the Messianic reign]. They shall not hurt nor destroy [indicating great peace] in all my holy mountain [but not inclusive of the then present world], saith the LORD.