Will believers and unbelievers die in the Millennial reign?

Will believers and unbelievers die in the Millennial reign?

All who enter the Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus will be believers (Matthew 13:41-42). The provisions of the New (Jeremiah 31:31) or Everlasting (32:40) Covenant with Israel will produce in those believers a new heart and inward submission to God’s moral law (Jeremiah 31:33). God promises, "I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes" (Ezekiel 36:27). In an environment where the devil is inactive (Revelation 20:2,3) and the world encourages and supports this inward bent of the believers, the effect will be remarkable. This does not mean these believers will not sin, for they will still have the flesh within as we do in this age. Nonetheless, they will obey from their hearts the glorious King.

In contrast, a person born during the Millennium will be "born of the flesh" (John 3:6) and, unless converted, will obey only externally. He may cover his rebellion for 100 years, but, when the rebellion of his heart flares into action, "the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed" (Isaiah 65:20).

Justice will be perfect during this time (Isaiah 11:2-5) and the punishment will fit the crime. Those who refuse to acknowledge their indebtedness to the Lord for their harvest will suffer drought on their next planting (Zechariah 14:16-19). Therefore, the Lord will not punish every sin with death. The degree of sin which He punishes with death would appear to be blatant acts of rebellion, likely including a rival worship to that of the living God.

Unbelievers are capable of such rebellion during this period; in fact, a great multitude will rebel when Satan is freed at the close of the thousand years (Rev 20:7-9). The blessings of the New Covenant will most likely preserve believers from such rebellion ("I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: . . . and lay no famine upon you" Eze 36:29, see also Romans 11:26, 27).

Apparently, therefore, the judgment of death will fall on unbelievers, but not believers during the Millennium.

D. Oliver