Questions: (1)Will “raptured” Christians live on earth during the 1000-year reign? (2) Will non-believers still be living on earth and continue to live normal life spans, etc? [paraphrased]Discussion: Those are difficult questions because there’s not much information in the Bible about the 1000-years. However, I will try to explain my opinion and reasoning. (Ironically, it seems as though less information requires more writing, lol.) The multitude of Christians standing before the Lamb, after the rapture, have white robes.(Revelation 7:9) Then, the armies of heaven, following Jesus into battle, on white horses, also have white robes. (Revelation 19:14) Could these be the same? I tend to believe they are, especially since the “bride” is mentioned in Revelation 19:7 as making herself “ready”, right before Jesus leaves for Armageddon and the “armies” follow. Note: That would be at the conclusion of the wedding supper of the Lamb (more about that below). Therefore, it is my opinion that we come back to earth with Jesus and stay for a thousand years. Of course, our situation will be much nicer with Jesus reigning and Satan locked away. A second view could be that the “armies of heaven” are angels. In that case, we would stay with God and wait to be re-united with Jesus after the thousand years were over. However, that seems less likely to me because God makes it a point to say, after the 1000-years are over, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” (Rev 21:3) Why would God say that if there had been a multitude of humans living in heaven for the last 1000-years? For that statement to make since, Christians would have to be dwelling in a separate part of heaven, which means a separation from God and Jesus for 1000-years, which does not sound right to me. The Bigger Picture: I think it helps to consider what we will be doing during the 2300-days, between the rapture and Armageddon. I know we meet Jesus in the air and appear in heaven in Revelation 7, holding palm branches, signifying arrival. I know there is a banquet called the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9), which is only mentioned right before Jesus returns to earth to fight the beast. In my opinion, the wedding supper of the Lamb could last almost the entire 2300-days. It might be hard to imagine a 78-month feast but there are no rules of day and night in heaven. To me, the feast is like the last formality in heaven before Jesus defeats the beast and sets up His kingdom on earth. It’s like a natural progression of things. Right now, Jesus is waiting to gather His bride and then we will enjoy a long wedding feast while perilous things are happening on earth. Then, Jesus and everyone else will mount their white horses and ride back to earth. So, it’s not as though we set up residence and then leave heaven; it’s a banquet to celebrate and prepare for what’s coming next, Armageddon. When you think about it, since God creates a new heaven and new earth, at the end of the 1000-years, and the “new Jerusalem” is described as coming “down out of heaven from God” (Rev. 21:2), the 2300-day banquet will be one of the rare times that humans will see the old heaven. That might be why John was specifically told to write, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.”(Rev. 19:9) On a side note, where do post-tribulationists put the wedding supper of the Lamb? It obviously takes place before Armageddon in Revelation 19 but they think Armageddon is the same as the rapture. Therefore, it would have to take place before the rapture but that makes no sense because the guests would not even be there yet. Or maybe they think it happens instantaneously like everything else in Revelation? [sarcastic] Back to the question of where we will be: I just have a hard time thinking that the bride (Christians) could be united with the bridegroom (Jesus) for only one, 2300-day banquet and then be separated for a thousand years. Then again, a thousand years is not that long compared to eternity. It would be like a soldier getting married before going off to war, which has been known to happen. However, the soldier does not set up residence in the foreign country, after winning the war, and leave his bride alone. Further Details (mostly opinion) As I said, I think we go with Jesus into battle and reside on earth but that raises even more questions that are harder to answer. One question I have is: How much land around Jerusalem does a multitude occupy? I’m guessing there will be plenty, like the days of Solomon when everyone was safe and had their own vine and fig tree. (1Kings 4:25) I imagine it will be similar to the Garden of Eden, except better, because that was God’s original plan. Recall that God can block the entrance so that others cannot enter. (Gen. 3:24) There is also a parable called The Rich Man and Lazarus where the two can see each other but “a great chasm” separates them so that no one can cross. (Luke 16:26) [I know the details are different in the parable but the principle is eerily similar.] Whatever the case, I’m sure it will be infinitely better than what I can imagine because Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1Cor. 2:9) After all, we will still have the “new heaven” and “new earth” to look forward to. Yet, what happens when “God’s people” continue to live forever and other nations do not? I can see how that might be a source of jealousy but what can they do about it? I have to assume that other nations will still be having babies to populate the earth, for the next 1000-years, but they will certainly be judged in a different way. I mean, we have the unique opportunity of being saved through “faith” because Jesus died for our sins but that option will not be available when Jesus is reigning on earth. Theoretically, some people could live through the rapture and Armageddon but I think they will eventually die and be judged as one who had “no faith”, at a time when they had the chance. Others, born after the rapture, must have a different set of rules because faith alone will not be an option any more. Theoretically, many generations could come and go during the 1000-years. Paul said, “All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.” (Rom 2:12) I figure the other nations will have some sort of law, perhaps like the OT, but they will be judged according to something at the Great White Throne Judgment, along with those who lived before Jesus. I don’t know how many will be accepted to heaven during the 1000-years (if any) because it was very hard in the OT. I mean, without forgiveness through Jesus Christ, I certainly wouldn’t make it. Of course, Satan was meddling in the affairs of earth, in the past, but he will be locked away. That raises another question: With Satan locked away, will the other nations even have the desire to disobey Jesus? If not, how can they be judged? I imagine that old habits will be hard to break such as pride, greed, jealousy, and hatred, even though Satan will be locked away. I imagine that people will be shocked and want to follow Jesus, at first, but successive generations will fall away, just as they did in the generations following Joshua, who had not seen the miracles in Egypt. How quickly people forget. It may be slow at first and accelerate towards the end, like the past century has. I think, by the time the 1000-years are over, the other nations will be thoroughly corrupt, on their own, and be ready to follow Satan. No one will be forced. Yet, they will be destroyed by fire, once and for all. The Bible says that during the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:12), people will judged by “what they had done” - not by “faith” as we are.That’s why I’m thankful to Jesus for what He accomplished. Final comment Of course, I did not mention the ones who come back to life after being beheaded for not taking the mark of the beast and become “priests” during the 1000-years. (Revelation 20:4-6) As I said on the website, I think that only means the 144,000 Jews, who will become a tribe of “priests” like the Levites in the OT. That’s why I mentioned the possibility of OT-type laws for the other nations (not Christians) but the Bible does not say what role the “priests” will take. Nevertheless, I see no indication that anyone else, including other Jews, get a second chance by refusing the mark. Many churches teach that principle but I just don’t see it in the Bible. Well, I probably posed more questions than I answered but I hope I gave everyone something to think about. Q & A:What about the 1000-years?