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The Millennial Kingdom

 

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The Kingdom of  Christ on Earth –  Read Revelation 20 and Isaiah 9:6, 7 – “Millennium” means “one thousand years.” It is mentioned six times in the first  seven verses of Revelation 20.

Let us study the details of these thousand years:

A. Satan Will Be Bound – “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Revelation 20:1-3) The tempter of the saved and unsaved, the accuser of the brethren, will be bound 1000 years in a bottomless pit. He will not be able to deceive the nations (people) during this time.

B. Christians Will Rule and Reign – “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not whorshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4) God’s promise to let believers rule and reign with Christ will come to pass.

C. Believers Will Be Resurrected and Will Also Be Priests – “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.” (Revelation 20:6) Those who die in Christ during the tribulation are resurrected to be with and reign with Him. We will not only rule and reign, but we will also be priests of God and Christ. “And Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5, 6) Also Revelation 5:10 “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.”

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A priest is one who makes intercession, a go-between, one who prays for another. Why will we need to be priests during Christ’s Kingdom? Because…

D. Lost People Will Still be Living on Earth – “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelation 20:7, 8) Remember, about half of the world’s population survives the tribulation and makes it into the millennium. By today’s account that would be over 3 billion people.

E. Man Will Procreate and Die During the Millennium – “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” (Isaiah 65:20) Some take this to mean that the righteous will live to a ripe old age (hundreds of years), but the sinner (those who, even during Christ’s reign, will reject Him as their Lord and Saviour) will die young at a hundred years old. It does say to me that those who die at a hundred years old will be a very young. Because there will still be sin and sinners, there will still be death (Romans 6:23a). What could the world’s population explode to in 1,000 years if death were very limited?

F. Life Will Go On – “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.” (Isaiah 65:21)

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G. We Will not Lose what We Work For – “They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.” (Isaiah 65:22, 23) Neither the government nor anyone else will take what we have worked for, for God is a giver, not a taker.

H. We Will receive an Answer Before We Pray – “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

I. The Nature of Animals Shall Change – “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25) See also Isaiah 11:60-8 These animals will be awesome pets for us.

J. There Will Only be Peace – “For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: …” (Isaiah 66:12a) See also Isaiah 11:9.

K. The Whole Earth Shall be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord – “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)

L. God’s People Will Have Rest – “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10)

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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The Judgment of Nations

 

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A. The Judgment of the Nations Before the Millennium –  It is Prophesied that…

1. Christ will Rule the Nations of the World Someday – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6, 7) Read also Psalms 2; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 12:5; Revelation 19:5, 6; Revelation 19:15.

2. Christ Will Share His Reign – “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” (Matthew 24:46, 47) See also Matthew 25:14-23 and 2 Timothy 2:12. We must be found faithful, wise, and suffering for His sake. See 2 Timothy 3:12. Christ will be the Head, but we will share this reign:

a. We shall reign over the nations with a rod of iron – “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” (Revelation 2:26, 27)

b. We shall reign on the earth – “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9, 10)

c. We may be placed in authority over cities or perhaps a nation (Luke 19:11-19)

d. We shall reign for 1000 years – “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 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.” (Revelation 20:4-6) Those who will rule with Christ as priests are not restricted to those coming out of the Tribulation period, but will include all the faithful in Christ from every age. The second death is being cast into hell – “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” (Revelation 20:14)

B. The Judgment of the Nations After the Millennium

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1. The Nations Shall be Judged – “When the Son of man shall  come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he  sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered  all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” (Matthew 25:31, 32) See also Psalms 9:17 and Romans 11:26.

2. Individual Cities Shall be Judged – “And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence… And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.” (Matthew 10:11, 14, 15) Read also Matthew 11:21-24. This judgment of cities could take place during the tribulation period. Christians should strive to be the salt of the earth where they live.

 

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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