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Do people die in the Millennium?

by Stephen Davey

Gary from North Carolina asked: Will people die during the Millennium?


There will be two kinds of people in the Millennial Kingdom. One group will never die and the other group will possibly die. I’ll explain what I mean.  

The first group consists of everyone who becomes a Christian prior to the rapture of the church. That would include us, all Christians before us, and all Christians after us until the rapture occurs. All of those believers will return with Christ to reign and rule during the Millennium. We will have immortal bodies and will not be subject to death. 

The second group consists of people who trust Jesus Christ after the rapture, survive the Tribulation, and enter the Millennial Kingdom having never died. That group will be mortal. They will marry, have children and have mortal bodies that will age. In addition, all of the children born during the Millennium will be mortal as well.

One interesting thing to note, however, is that God is going to greatly expand the life expectancy during the Kingdom period. Isaiah tell us this: 

“No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his days; for the youth will die at the age of one hundred and the one who does not reach the age of one hundred will be thought accursed” – Isaiah 65:20.

Isaiah is telling us that during the Millennial Kingdom, if someone dies at the age of 100, they will be considered to have died young. But they could die. 

Thanks for your question,


Here is an extended article:

Will There Be Death in the Millennium?

The millennium is a topic that has fascinated theologians and believers for centuries. The idea of a thousand-year period during which Christ will reign on earth and Satan will be bound is a prominent feature of the book of Revelation. But what will this period be like? One question that arises is whether there will be death in the millennium. In this article, we will explore this question in more detail.

Defining the Millennium

Before we can discuss whether there will be death in the millennium, we need to define what we mean by "the millennium." The term refers to the thousand-year period described in Revelation 20:2-7. During this period, Christ will reign on earth and Satan will be bound. This period is also referred to as the "thousand-year reign of Christ" or the "millennial kingdom."

Different Views on the Millennium

There are several different views on the millennium. One view, and the one we hold, is premillennialism, which teaches that Christ will return before the millennium and establish his kingdom on earth. Another view is postmillennialism, which teaches that the millennium is a period of time during which the gospel will gradually spread throughout the world, resulting in a time of peace and prosperity. Finally, there is amillennialism, which teaches that the millennium is a symbolic period of time that began with Christ's ascension and will end with his return.

Biblical Evidence on Death in the Millennium

So, what does the Bible say about whether there will be death in the millennium? There are several passages that suggest that death will still exist during this period. For example, Isaiah 65:20 says, "No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed." This passage suggests that there will still be death during the millennium, although people will live longer than they do now.

Other passages, however, suggest that death will be abolished during the millennium. For example, 1 Corinthians 15:26 says, "The last enemy to be destroyed is death." This passage suggests that death will be abolished at some point in the future, which could refer to the millennium. Similarly, Revelation 21:4 says, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." This passage suggests that death will be abolished at some point in the future, although it is not clear whether this refers specifically to the millennium.

We hold to the first view - that there will be death during the millennium.

Implications of Death in the Millennium

If there will be death in the millennium, what are the implications for believers? One implication is that we should not expect the millennium to be a perfect utopia. While Christ will reign on earth, there will still be sin and suffering. Another implication is that we should not put our hope in the millennium itself, but in Christ who will reign during that period.

Practical Application

So, what does all of this mean for us as believers? How can we apply what we've learned about death in the millennium to our lives? Here are a few practical suggestions:

  1. Keep our focus on Christ. Regardless of whether there will be death in the millennium, our hope is in Christ and his promises, not in any earthly kingdom or period of time.

  2. Live with a sense of urgency. The millennium is a literal 1,000-year period, and we are closer to its beginning than ever before. We should live with a sense of urgency, sharing the gospel with those around us and living for Christ every day.

  3. Trust in God's plan. Whether there will be death in the millennium or not, we can trust that God has a plan for our lives and for the world. We may not understand everything that happens, but we can trust that God is in control and working all things together for good.


Regardless of what the millennium will be like, as believers, our hope is in Christ and his promises. He is the King of the millennium. We should live with a sense of urgency, sharing the gospel with those around us and trusting in God's plan for our lives and for the world.

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Dwight Osborne says:
According to Isaiah 11:3, 4 and 29:20, 21 people will also experience capitol punishment who continually rebel against the authority of Christ.
Sister In Christ says:
Shalom Stephen, RE: Gary from North Carolina asked: Will people die during the Millennium? I think you accidentally left out what happens to the people that believe in Jesus after the rapture but die during the tribulation?
Arun Easter.M says:
Dear Brother Stephen, I have the same thoughts too, but the question I have is, since they were believers who did not take the mark of the beast after rapture, and the Bible says, once satan was let loose after 1000 years he formed an large army to fight against the Lord, are you saying these believers became unbelievers or may be their descendants were unbelievers?, if you say these believers became unbelievers, then are you saying even those who did not receive the mark of the beast will still burn in the lake of fire, and if you are saying that their descendants, did not believe in Jesus, then what do we do with the verse, that Apostle Paul said, He said if any one believes in Jesus then he and his household will be saved? Kindly share your thoughts.
Dwight Osborne says:
Pastor Davey neglected to mention a third group. There will be those who will rebel against the Messiah's reign. Their egregious sin will result in immediate justice and punishment, capitol punishment, the death penalty as foretold by Isaiah in 11:3, 4, 29:20, 21 and 65:20. It's an important fact to know
Richard says:
When someone dies, where do they go? If Jesus/God is ruling on earth, do people still go to heaven? Can they return to earth? I know there's still he'll, but my question is about believers. Thanks, Richard
Steven says:
Yes, but when they die, what happens to them...? Are the resurrected to a glorified body, not resurrected? No one seems to be clear on this. (maybe we just don’t know, ya?)!
Manuel says:
Thanks for this question and answer. Where is the biblical poof (concrete Bible verses) of these statements? Thanks in advance for your helpful response, stay blessed and warm greetings from Switzerland, Manuel
Samuel Nkadimeng says:
Hi, I'm Samuel from Johannesburg south african. I wish to ask if: 1. Immoral group of belivers would be marrying and given into marriage as we know it now? Are we going to be families as we currently are now? 2. How will the earth be like? Will there be new civilization? Are we going back to our hometowns and possibly our houses as we know them now? 3. Are we going to be working in industries as we do now, have the same modes of transportation etc. 4. Is the whole world be governed the same way with the same currency
Alicia says:
Hi Stephen, I agree with your timeline (pre-trib Rapture, literal 1000 year earthly kingdom, etc) and the fact there will be death during the Millennium. Isaiah 65:20 and several verses in Ezekiel 40-48 make that fact clear. However, I believe death only occurs as an immediate judgment for the sinner as part of Jesus’s Rod of Iron rule (Ananias and Sapphira style), otherwise you have the very real dilemma of placing a bodily resurrection for believers who die during the 1000 years because at that point only the Great White Throne resurrection/judgment is left.
Dwight Osborne says:
There's a third group in the millennial kingdom. The first generation born in that time and subsequent generations all have to make a decision to choose or reject Christ. They possess sin natures and those who reject Christ may commit sins egregious enough that Isaiah 11:3, 4, 29:20, 21 and 65:20 will enter the equation and the penalty of capital punishment will be carried out swiftly and without any appeal.
Bill says:
Satan will be bound during the millenium, so the offspring of those who became believers after the rapture will have freewill to accept or not accept Christ? Many of those offspring will join Satans armies when he is loosed at the end of the millenium for a short period correct?
Harold patterson says:
Hi, when people die during the millennium where will their soul go? To heaven? The lost I believe I know,. At what point would they get a glorified body?
Martina Rodrigues says:
When will be the resurrection for those who die during the Millennium period? Was very blessed with the teaching. Thank you!
Lynn Beaver says:
Hi this is Lynn from Waxhaw North Carolina USA. I am very curious also about the thousand year millennial reign of Christ. I love reading the various ideas and interpretations that people have of that blessed time. I personally believe that the thousand year millennial reign of Christ will be wonderful obviously with Christ Being our king here on earth during that time. There will be sin during the millennial reign obviously because with Satan being loose at the conclusion of the thousand years, he is able to raise an army of existing individuals to fight against Christ for a moment. In order to have those foot soldiers as it were , he would have to convince that large number of people to follow him. much as when he was cast out of heaven, when a third of the angels followed him. But I think it would be better served if we just believed everything that Jesus has to say in the holy scriptures, and let it play out the way he sees fit , that our blessed savior is perfect. May God have mercy on us all.