Is there a difference?
There is no difference.
God created this world for a purpose.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
God intends to fill the earth with his glory
Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
He created man with free choice rather than as a robot. Adam chose to disobey God, bringing sin and death upon himself and his descendants.
God chose to provide a redeemer by fathering a Son Jesus Christ from Adam’s descendant. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and gave it in sacrifice to redeem those of Adam’s descendants who wanted to be redeemed from sin and death. He did this by living a life of perfect obedience in humility and love. Following Christ’s death and resurrection those who want to be part of God’s glory in the earth must believe and obey the gospel preached by Jesus and his apostles.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
To be ‘in Christ’ they must believe the Gospel and be baptised into him.
They will be redeemed by resurrection from the dead to eternal life when Christ returns.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
They will be part of God’s glory in that they will be given the divine nature and God will live in them and with them forever.
The kingdom of God will be established on the earth in two stages.
1. Christ will return to restore the kingdom of David as the kingdom of God.
Luke 1:32-33 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
He will raise and judge the responsible dead.The faithful will receive eternal life and reign with Christ over the mortal population of the earth for 1000 years.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Isaiah 2:1-4The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
2. After the millennial reign there will be a second resurrection and a final judgment.
Sin and death will be eradicated and all who live on will possess the divine nature. The unfaithful will be condemned to die again and perish forever. God will live in and with the faithful forever.
Paul explains what is going to happen:
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign (the millennial reign), till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Revelation describes this time:
Revelation 21:3-7 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
This will be the fulfilment of God’s purpose.
I hope you find this helpful.