The Three “Lives” of a Christian
Christians have three “lives,” depending on your views of the Millennium and somewhat figuratively speaking, to look forward to: this life (possibly Heaven for a short duration when the rapture occurs), the Millennial Reign, and finally the New Heaven and New Earth.
Do you think this life is it and there is no afterlife? Well, I’m here to tell you that is not the case. If you haven’t checked out the home page of this website for reasons as to why there is a God and why it is Jesus Christ, you can click Here to do so.
The life we are currently living is really just the beginning of an eternal life with God, if you are a follower of Christ. And, it also appears that this life is the hardest “life” many will have due to the curse of sin. Though there certainly still can be good times during this life, the Millennial Reign and then the New Heaven and New earth are really the best times ahead for certain believers; that is, if I can even use the word time for the New Heaven and New Earth since it is for eternity. It appears that time may still exist according to this verse:
“[D]own the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (New International Version, Rev. 22.2).
Those who have died as believers and those who will die, are raptured, or those who make it all the way through the tribulation have the Millennial Reign (1,000 year reign with Christ) to look forward to. As I discuss in my other article, there will still be sin but by the minority not majority – Click Here to find out more.
Since God is just, it is safe to say that many who have suffered greatly in this life will be rewarded during this time period. I’m talking about those who have starved to death (such as kids) and/or those who have faced severe atrocities, diseases, etc. At the same time, those who worked hard and accomplished quite a bit will likely also be rewarded. It makes sense that it’s not their fault that they were successful if they did it in an ethical manner. As Rev. 20.12 states, “[a]nd I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”
In summary, us believers have this life (possibly Heaven for a short duration when the rapture occurs), the Millennial Reign, and the New Heaven and New Earth to look forward to, in this order. And again, this is dependent on your views of the Millennium and is somewhat figuratively speaking.