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.
Jesus has fulfilled every single Messianic prophecy, through His birth, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection; with the exception of one. God promised David that the Messiah would sit on the throne of Israel and rule over the earth. (See Psalm 132:11-13, Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:32-33 Acts 2:29-36) This prophecy will be fulfilled, after Jesus’ Second Coming to defeat the forces of the Antichrist.
During His first earthly appearance, Jesus came as a humble servant, who came to change the world forever via his ministry, death, and resurrection. At His Second Coming, He will be the conquering King, who reigns over the Earth with a rod of iron. This Earthly reign will last for 1,000 years, and the great news is that those who have chosen to follow Him in this mortal life, will each have a role in the King of Kings’ administration.
I Corinthians 6:2-3
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
II Timothy 2:12
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
Our responsibilities within Christ’s Millennial administration will be based upon how faithful we have been in utilizing our God given gifts and talents in this mortal life to witness to the lost and bring glory to God. (See also my BLOG Post: “Awards Day”)
LIFE DURING THE MILLENNIUM
There will be two types of people living during the Millennium.
Survivors of the Tribulation: These are Christians, from all of the nations, who have managed to survive the Tribulation(including children who haven’t reached the age of accountability). They still will possess a sin nature, and as the children grow to adulthood and begin having kids of their own, they will have to be witnessed to and decide whether to reject or accept salvation.
Saints with Glorified Bodies: This group is comprised of every believer, throughout the history of the world who was Raptured. Christians who were killed, during the Tribulation will also be included in this group. Revelations 19:14, informs us that this group will return with Christ, to witness firsthand His defeat of the Antichrist’s regime. This group will comprise Christ’s world government. Now housed in glorified bodies, this group will be free from the sin nature, and will therefore be able to always make righteous decisions when governing over the mortal citizens.
Satan will be captured, and imprisoned for 1,000 years, which will prove that the comment some unsaved individuals give for their sinful deeds of: “the devil made me do it.” Truly has no merit. Because even with no devil in place there will be those who will choose to reject Christ, because of the pride of their inward sin nature.
Isaiah 11:1-10, 6517-25, reveals to us that under Christ’s leadership, the world will experience its greatest prosperity. The nature of animals will also be changed, and creatures that were once natural enemies will live in peace. Can you imagine being able to keep a lion or tiger as a domesticated pet, without the fear of it turning on you. This could very well be a reality during Christ’s 1,000 earthly reign.
WHY MUST HE RULE?
Prior to the introduction of the Ten Commandments, mankind lived by their human conscious, but could not govern themselves in a holy manner. God then supplied the Ten Commandments to man, to demonstrate that we could not live up to His standards, even with laws in place. Jesus Christ then came, and offered Himself as the once and for all sacrifice for sin, thus ushering in the age of grace, however people still choose to reject the gift of salvation to this day. Soon Christ will rapture His church, and shortly afterwards a period will begin known as the Tribulation; in which God’s wrath will be poured out upon the earth, in an effort to encourage the wicked to turn from sin and embrace salvation. Satan will actually get his shot at running things, via his possession of the man of sin, during the final 3.5 years of the Tribulation. And finally, Jesus Christ will physically reign over the earth, from Jerusalem, yet even with the Son of God visible for all to see, there will still be those who will ultimately choose to rebel against His administration.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 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.
So we plainly see that even with the Son of God physically on earth, and a very prosperous world system; there will be mortals who still choose to rebel against God. This will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a person’s unbelief is not based upon the evidence of being able to see God, but instead on the sin nature influencing them to resist God.
There is but one way that men and women can be saved and exonerated from the consequences of their sins, and that is by: acknowledging that they are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness, asking the Lord Jesus to come into their heart and begin to change them from their wicked ways, believing that Christ can and will help them, and sincerely committing within their heart to doing things that are pleasing in God’s sight.
In this life we will face persecution from other people. People may laugh at us, and call us ugly names. You may get passed over for that work promotion, because of your good morals, however Jesus has a promotion with your name on it. You may never get a chance to shake hands with your country’s president, but one day you will shake the nail scarred hands of the King of Kings.
Black or white, rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, no matter what you’ve done in the past; if you will receive the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and live for Him in this mortal life, He will not reject you, but will welcome you with open and loving arms into His future earthly administration and eternal kingdom.
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;