When Pilate asked Jesus if He was King of the Jews, His answer should cause a Pondered Question for Pre-Trib! Jesus said to Pilate, "My Kingdom is not of this world" (Jn.18:36). Pre-Trib could explain this by saying that Jesus was actually saying His Kingdom was not going to be at that time, or at that age.
AION or COSMOS
The King James scholars translated both "aion" and "cosmos" as "world." Aion means "Age" or "Time Frame." Cosmos means "Planet" or "Earth" or "World." Thus when we see the word "world" in the King James Version of the Bible, sometimes it means, "Age" and sometimes "Planet" or "Earth." If the original Greek word Jesus spoke is "Aion," and is translated "World," the meaning is always "a Time Period." If, however, it is the Greek word, "Cosmos," the meaning is always, "World" or "Planet." Had Jesus said, "My Kingdom is not of this AGE," we'd have a reason for saying Jesus meant that His Kingdom was not for that particular time, but rather for a future age. But Jesus said, "My Kingdom is not of this Cosmos," meaning, "My Kingdom is not of this PLANET; this EARTH; this WORLD." The first thousand years of Christ's Kingdom will be in Heaven, then, when God brings New Jerusalem down to this earth, Jesus destroys this planet and creates the New Earth. New Jerusalem is a massive City approximately 1500 miles long, wide, and high. Christ's Kingdom, New Jerusalem, is not disturbed in the least after that first thousand years. His Kingdom continues on past that thousand years, forever and ever. Those "Mansions" that Jesus went to Heaven to prepare for His People are all peacefully inside this massive City as it descends to earth. John prophesied about this relocation: "And I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven..." (Rev.21:2)! The Kingdom of God will spend the first thousand years headquartered in Heaven, in New Jerusalem, and then forever here on this New Earth. When Jesus takes His people to Heaven, to the, "Mansions" He promised them, these homes are inside New Jerusalem and God's people will own and occupy these homes forever, throughout eternity! Jesus purifies our earth with a massive fire, after which earth will once again be, "Without form and void," similar to the way it was before Creation Week. Jesus then creates a New Earth while New Jerusalem is here on earth. Christ's people will be able to sit in their "Mansions" and watch Him create this New Earth. I took Jesus 6 days to create Adam's and Eve's Paradise Earth, and He and they rested the seventh day, so, perhaps He will do the same for us. We have no Biblical evidence as to the size of this, "New Earth," but we can speculate a little. We know that this New Earth will have no need of the Sun (See Rev.22:5), and we know that New Jerusalem is, and will continue to be, the headquarters for God Almighty (Ibid), and we know that New Jerusalem is a City approximately 1500 miles square, thus, it might seem likely that the "New Earth" will be the largest of all planets. We also know that the Redeemed will build houses of their own (Isa.65:21-22) in addition to the, "Mansions" Jesus has built for them (Jn.14:1-3) in "His Father's House," which is New Jerusalem. WOW!! A City home in the Holy City of New Jerusalem, and a country home we build ourselves in Christ's New Earth! The real truth about Christ's Kingdom is FAR better than the speculated, earthly Millennial Kingdom that we hear about from most of our TV Ministers!! To see more about what the Bible says about Planet Earth during the Millennium, see God's Millennial Kingdom and Satan's Millennial Kingdom
Thank you SO much, Dear Reader, for your time.
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.
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