The “restitution of all things” will begin at the Millennium.
One of the most startling aspects of the Millennium – the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ from the city of God, Jerusalem – will be creation brought back to its Garden of Eden state. Isaiah speaks often of this age and tells of a time when the “curse” brought on by Adam’s sin will be reversed.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. (Isa. 11:6-8)
Isaiah prophesied that the 2nd Coming will bring the dawn of the world’s greatest age; what Jesus called the “regeneration of the world” (Mtt 19) and Peter termed “the times of the restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21).
“No longer will you have the sun for light by day, Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And your God for your glory. Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over. (Isa. 60:19-20)
Unfortunately, the church has been so little taught in this area that they believe this to be “poetic exaggeration” and miss the whole meaning of the text as a Millennial scene! Thankfully, Jesus didn’t miss the true interpretation. He echos Isaiah’s words and tells His disciples that the “regeneration” (Mtt 19:27) will begin with the onset of the Millennium when He comes to sit on His throne.
Presently, Jesus sits at the right hand of His Father on HIS FATHER’S THRONE, waiting until all His enemies are made as a footstool for His feet (Ps 110). When the appointed time comes, Jesus will leave heaven one last, final time and will descend to earth, where He will rule and reign from HIS THRONE in Jerusalem as the son of David. (Rev 3:21)
Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones [on earth], judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:27, 28)
Paul, similarly, wrote of a time when creation would be freed from its slavery to corruption. Of course he did not call it “the Millennium” (a point that frustrates so many Bible scholars) because no one before John the Beloved in Revelation was given the length of this “age of regeneration”!
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Rom 8:21)
In this regeneration of the world the twelve disciples will sit on thrones on earth, not in heaven.
But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Luke 22:28-30).
After the 1000 years of Jesus bringing all things under His feet, “when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power” (I Cor 15), God, the Father, has purposed to allow Satan free reign again, just like in the Garden of Eden. Remember that earth at this time will be very similar in all facets to the original Garden of Eden. Yet the Father will extinguish Satan’s last revolt before it can even get started (Rev 20) and will wipe all evil, in any form, off the planet. Then, at last, the Father will once again be united with His Son on this earth (which will be “renewed by fire”) and together, from the New Jerusalem, they will live in intimate and unbroken fellowship with redeemed humanity and creation forever. (Rev 21-22)
The last page of your Bible takes you right back to the first page! Yet this time around the devil and all his angels are locked up in the lake of fire forever…
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.(Rev 22:20)
Yours for the soon coming King,