Last week I was asked what I thought of the doctrine of the millennium. I had to answer honestly, “I don’t know.” I explained that I see it mentioned in the Book of Revelation and it seems to lead toward the new heavens and the new earth. But I struggle with the vision of the Hebrew prophets who see a time when the earth will be ruled by God and how the Apostle Paul seems to see this as beginning with the eschaton, i.e. Rom. 8.18-23 and 1 Thess. 4.13-18.
It was pointed out to me that it may be that Paul saw a time when a millennium is in view as well as an ending (similar to Rev. 21). The passage would be 1 Cor. 15.26-28 which read,
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”
What do you think? Does Paul see an era post-Messianic Kingdom indicating he does believe in some sort of “millennium”? If so, what is his vision of the Messianic Kingdom and what does he see as coming when God is made “all in all”?