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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 171

May 7, 2003

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 1


I recently received a query from a Pastor and his wife asking the question, what will WE be doing in the 1000 year reign of Christ on the present earth, and in the age of the New Jerusalem, which continues eternally.  I am very glad they said WE, because that will allow me to answer the question in a narrow, more defined, manner.  Why? Because I do not feel qualified to address the broad subject of how Christ intends to use the much, much, much greater number who will be there, that were never members of one of the Lord’s local New Testament Churches.  That vast throng of believers will make the local church members look like one pearl among the sands of an ocean.  I was not born in the days of Enoch, or Abraham, or the tabernacle, or the temple.  I became a part of a huge family, the family of God, when I was saved at age 12.  I united with one of the Lord’s local New Testament Churches by baptism at age 23, and have been the pastor of the church at Dardanelle for 30 years.  As you read this Update, please bear one thing in mind constantly – I WILL BE REPLYING ONLY TO THIS QUESTION: “WHAT WILL THE MEMBERS OF THE LORD’S NEW TESTAMENT CHURCHES BE DOING IN THE MILLENNIAL AND HEAVEN AGES?”  I WILL BE DISCUSSING ONLY CHURCH MEMBERS ACTIVITIES IN THESE TWO PERIODS.

The word disciple or disciples appears more than 270 times in the first five books of the New Testament.  They appear in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.  The word disciple or disciples never appears in the 22 books that follow these five books.  Why?  Because the mistake of redundancy is only made by humans, never by the Holy Spirit, and it would have been redundant to use the word in any of the Epistles.  Why?  Because all of the 22 Epistles were written to churches or members of churches, and church members were supposed to live as disciples.  All men and women benefit from the entire New Testament, and all should read it, but the last 22 Epistles were addressed either to churches or church members, and should be interpreted in that context.

Since the Book of Revelation will be the source of much of my accounting of what church members will be doing in Christ’s Millennial Reign, I will point out that we are told in Revelation 1:4 that it was addressed to the seven churches of Asia.

Revelation 1:4A – John to the seven churches which are in Asia:

And, also please take note that the following expression occurs seven times in Chapters 2 and 3.

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Then, in the last Chapter of Revelation, we find once again it was written to churches.

Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.   

Please keep this in mind, since I only intend to deal with what the Spirit indicates church members will be doing during the Millennium.

What is a faithful church member?  It’s most simplistic outline is found in the fifth book that frequently uses the word disciple or disciples.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they (1) that gladly received his word  (2) were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And (3) they CONTINUED STEADFASTLY in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

(1)             They were eternally saved by putting their faith in God’s word.

(2)             Then they were added to the membership of the local church at Jerusalem by baptism.

(3)             Then they continued steadfastly in a local body that presented what the Lord had taught the apostles, assembled together in loving fellowship, observed the Lord’s Supper ordinance, and prayed for one another plus the work of the Lord.

These same characteristics for church members are also echoed by Paul and Jude.

I Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye STEDFAST, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Jude 1:3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should EARNESTLY CONTEND for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

In this series I will deal with what the church member that overcomes will be doing in heaven.  The one who is classified as overcoming meets the criteria of the three previous verses.  The one overcoming will have freedom of access to the immediate presence of Christ, who is the tree of life, and paradise is where he positions himself in his millennial reign.  He will position himself in the temple and city described by Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 40:2 – In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 48:35 – It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

Ezekiel 43:1-7 – Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: [2] And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. [3] And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. [4] And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. [5] So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. [6] And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.  [7] And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile,   

The Son of God has always been represented by the tree of life from the beginning of creation, and it has always been the desire of the Godhead that we partake of him.

Genesis 2:9A,16 – And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; THE TREE OF LIFE also in the midst of the garden, [16] And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

When we repent of our sins and put our faith in the tree of life, Jesus Christ, we spiritually eat his flesh and drink his blood, accepting them as the total offering for our sinful condition, and thereafter we are expected to continue to feed on him through his word as the source of our spiritual strength.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 6:53-58 – Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. [54] Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. [56] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. [58] This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

Jesus, as the tree of life, was not talking about literally eating his flesh and drinking his blood.  He spoke of the spiritual partaking of him as Savior through acceptance of his sacrifice as the total atonement for all sins.  He made this very clear by informing them he would soon ascend back to heaven, and, after having done so, he would not be available for them to eat his flesh or drink his blood. 

John 6:62,63 – What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? [63] It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Eleven of the members of the first church, who were with him at the time he gave this discourse, were saved, had met the criteria of having been properly baptized, had continued as steadfast church members, and still desired to continue feeding on his word of life.

John 6:68 – Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

The tree of life, Jesus Christ, initially gives eternal life to the believer, then desires the believer to feed on him to grow in spiritual strength.  This is the abundant life promised to a faithful church member.  The church member, who has the characteristics of Acts 2:41 & 42, will continue to follow the Lord as his shepherd, daily letting the Lord lead him in and out while feeding on the word he provides each day.

John 10:9,10 – I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. [10] The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The millennial reign of Christ is going to be a time of great learning by all of God’s children, and the closer a believer is positioned to the place where the tree of life, Jesus Christ, positions himself, the more he will learn from the lips of the Master, growing like a spiritual leaf on the tree, and the leaves will go out to share what they learn with the believers located outside the millennial city foretold by the prophet Ezekiel, as well as during the eternal heaven age of the New Jerusalem city that follows, which I will cover in detail in a future Update.

Revelation 2:7 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Paradise is the city where Christ positions himself in his millennial reign on this present earth. Following the millennium it is where he positions himself in the city of the New Jerusalem on the new earth.  Ezekiel 40:2 and 48:35 is the paradise of the millennium, and Revelation 21:22,23 is the paradise of the final heaven age.  But Revelation 2:7 refers to them both as representing the paradise of God where his Son, the tree of life, dwells.

Ezekiel 40:2 – In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 48:35 – It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

Revelation 21:22,23 – And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. [23] And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

The millennial reign of Christ is going to be a time of great learning by all believers.  The Lord is not going to open up believer’s glorified sinless craniums and pour in all the things from the word they could, and should, have learned after they were saved, having the God given opportunity to do so.  Christ set the example for all believers to follow.

Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

So the millennial, for believers, will be a time of being taught, learning, increasing in spiritual wisdom and spiritual stature, and then teaching others.

This is by far the most difficult subject I have ever been asked to address.  I did not attempt to address it until I had been the pastor of Dardanelle church for some 25 years, but during the last 5 years I have presented my views to its membership on millennial activities.

I am acutely aware that I will be flooded with questions as I present this particular series on the millennium, but I expect most questions will be answered by the end of the series, SO I WARN YOU, I WILL NOT REPLY TO ANY QUERIES ON THIS SERIES OR SUBJECT UNTIL IT IS FINISHED.  I have become an old man with limited capacity to conduct the harsh work schedule I have followed over the last 30 years, and must present subjects to collective audiences, rather than taking time to repeat the same thing over and over again to many different individuals.  In the future, if I receive similar requests, such as the one that prompted this series, I can simply refer the one sending it to my web site. This is the first in a long series, which I will issue on the Web Site as Prophecy Updates, Lord willing.    

 
      

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 172

May 14, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 2


Please read Prophecy Update Number 171, Part 1, in our Archives, before reading this Update.  I am dealing with a very narrow part of a very complicated subject.  I received a query from a church member asking, “What will WE (church members) be doing during the period of time known as the millennium?”  I am NOT addressing what any other group of people from Adam to Armageddon will be doing, ONLY saved, local church members from Jesus to the first resurrection.  I do not intend to discuss any other group of personages, because it is far too complicated and argumentative, and also because there is uncertainty on certain aspects of it in my own mind, even though I have studied it for many years.  I am fully cognizant that all the saved of all the ages, both faithful and unfaithful, will be in heaven, but I am dealing strictly with all of the local church members, since the time of Jesus, who were saved, then submitted to baptism by immersion acceptable by God, and continued steadfastly as local church members to the end.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  However, I will say this, what you see in verses 41 and 42 is what the Scriptures clearly teach you should do after you are saved by gladly receiving his word.

Please don’t get your feathers ruffled when you read this if you don’t fall into this category of believers I have clearly defined, because I am not referring directly or indirectly to you personally. 

The Scriptures indicate that Satan and his vast demonic hoard will be separated from mankind for a thousand years following the battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 20:1,2 – And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. [2] And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Isaiah 24:21,22 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. [22] And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

There is a clear distinction between the spiritual rulers, “the high ones” that dwell on this earth and in its immediate surrounding “first heaven,” and the flesh and blood “kings of the earth upon the earth.”  There are two kingdoms on this earth, one invisible that has   both good and demonic angels, and one visible physical kingdom made up of souls that dwell in bodies of flesh, through which the demonic angels make a continuous daily effort to keep lost souls from receiving Christ as Savior, and, if they have been saved, to keep their souls from serving Christ.  The invisible kingdom during the millennium will be void of the presence of Satan and his demonic hoard on the surface of the earth, and man’s only real spiritual problem will be the sin nature he has from birth, having received it from Adam.  If individual men and women during the millennial do not put their faith in the same Jesus I know, they will end up in the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15 – And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Our physical eyes cannot observe the actions of the spiritual beings in the invisible kingdom.  The rulers in the spiritual kingdom possessing evil characteristics are also mentioned by Paul, more than seven hundred years after the writings of Isaiah,

Ephesians 6:10-12 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness IN HIGH PLACES.

Isaiah 24:21,22 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the HIGH ONES THAT ARE ON HIGH, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. [22] And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in THE PRISON, and AFTER MANY DAYS shall they be visited.

This is the same PRISON out of which Satan will be loosed after the THOUSAND YEARS expire, which I believe is the same time span as AFTER MANY DAYS in Isaiah.

Revelation 20:7 – And when the THOUSAND YEARS are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his PRISON,

The Scriptures also indicate that some flesh and blood humans will survive the tribulation period and go into the millennial reign.

Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should NO FLESH be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

The Scriptures also indicate that the saved shall return with Christ in glorified bodies to begin the millennium.

Matthew 24:29-31 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end OF HEAVEN to the other.

So the Scripture has flesh and blood humans mingling with glorified humans on the same planet.  Or does it?  How can salvation be by faith rather than by sight if the humans in flesh and blood bodies are constantly seeing the ones in glorified bodies they received at the first resurrection?  Salvation has always been given by grace through faith and I do not believe it will be by another system of salvation in the millennium based on sight.  If we are to have lost men and women in bodies of flesh, viewing men and women in glorified bodies throughout the millennium, then who among them would not accept Christ as Savior, seeing what he had done to the bodies of those who trusted in him from Adam to the end of the age in which we now live?  No, they will also be saved by grace through faith!  How is that possible?

As I set typing this article, there is an invisible kingdom around me filled with Satan’s fallen angels, as well as some of the angels who elected to follow God in a long past confrontation between Satan and God.  About one third of the angels chose to follow Satan, and today live in this invisible kingdom that surrounds the earth in an envelop known as the first heaven.  Some of them are reading what I am currently writing.  I cannot see them, but they, along with some of those angels that chose to follow God, observe us every day of our lives.  Satan’s angels were cast down to the first heaven because they voted him to be ruler, and consequently rode down to the earth on his political coattails, where they observe, influence, and afflict us today from a kingdom our eyes do not behold.

Revelation 12:4 – And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

I Peter 1:12 – Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

We live on an earth that has two kingdoms existing on it, a physical kingdom of flesh and blood humans, who can see, taste, touch, feel, or smell each other and all the material things of which it consists, but do not have the capacity to sense the spiritual beings and scenery by the five human senses.  However, the fallen angels of God not only have the ability to see and speak to one another in the kingdom invisible to us, they have the ability to see us and hear all that we say, as well as all the things of our physical kingdom.  In Old Testament times, and in the New Testament times prior to the completion of the New Testament, angels appeared to, and often had communications with, flesh and blood humans.  They appeared as flesh and blood men to those who actually saw them, and the Scriptures did not picture them as being women or having wings.  There is no scriptural evidence that men and women saw them after the first century, and if they do still manifest themselves as flesh and blood men, we would not be aware of it.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

So, what do we have today on this earth?  We have two kingdoms.

(1)               A spiritual kingdom made up of Satan with his fallen angels, Gabriel with his messenger angels, and Michael with his mighty angels.  And it is a kingdom that contains both good and evil.  Sin exists in this kingdom due to the presence of the Devil and his angels.

(2)               A flesh and blood kingdom composed of saved and lost men and women.  The only good about it is Jesus living in the hearts of those who have been born from above by his Spirit.  Sin exists in this kingdom in the flesh of all man, and in the souls of the unsaved.

Now, what will we have on this earth in the millennium after the Devil and his angels are cast into the prison of the bottomless pit for a thousand years?  We will still have two kingdoms, but they will not have the same composition as the two kingdoms of today.

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all of the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible and able to speak to one another.  They will also be able to see and hear all that is going on in the other kingdom, and will also be able to influence its occupants without their awareness.

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison of the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make one thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us has certainly been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

And Jesus Christ will be the King of kings reigning over both kingdoms.

Zechariah 14:9 –And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

He will dwell in the millennial temple of Ezekiel 40 to 48, in the city of 40:2 and 48:35.  It will be headquarters for both the visible physical kingdom and the invisible spiritual kingdom.

Ezekiel 43:4-6 – And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. [5] So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. [6] And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

Ezekiel 40:2 – In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 48:35 – It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

Faithful church members will be given white robes and reign with him because of suffering they encountered in their obedience to him.  Those who were saved, but avoided suffering by not being obedient, will be denied the right to reign with him.

II Timothy 2:11,12 – It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: [12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Revelation 7:13-16 – And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? [14] And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [15] Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in HIS TEMPLE: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. [16] They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 

This has to be during the millennial age of the temple, because there is no temple in the final heaven age of the New Jerusalem city.

Revelation 21:22,23 – And I saw NO TEMPLE THEREIN: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. [23] And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

In future Updates on this subject I will attempt to use Scriptures, largely from Revelation, to at least give an outline of the type of work faithful church members will be doing in the millennium in, and from, the spiritual kingdom, and it relates towards the inhabitants of the physical kingdom.

  

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 173

May 22, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 3


It would be best to review Parts 1 and 2 before reading this Update.  Part 2 of Update 172 closed with the conclusions I had derived from the premises of Parts 1 and 2.  Please remember, I am only discussing what I believe faithful church members will do in the millennium, which is limited to those who meet the requirements of the following Scripture.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

As I stated in previous Parts, please don’t get your feathers ruffled by thinking I believe these are going to be the only ones in heaven, or that I should address what all the saved will be doing in heaven.  I believe the number of those that meet the criteria in Acts 2:41,42 will be less than five percent of those who have been saved in the church age.  I will only address specifically what one group will be doing – faithful members of the Lord’s New Testament Churches.

[BEGIN QUOTE FROM UPDATE 172]

“Now, what will we have on this earth in the millennium after the Devil and his angels are cast into the prison of the bottomless pit for a thousand years?  We will still have two kingdoms, but they will not have the same composition as the two kingdoms of today.

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all of the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible and able to speak to one another.  They will also be able to see and hear all that is going on in the other kingdom, and will also be able to influence its occupants without their awareness of it.

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison of the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make one thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us has certainly been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able to see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

And Jesus Christ will be the King of kings reigning over both kingdoms.

Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”   [END QUOTE FROM UPDATE 172].

The Scriptures are abundantly clear that faithfulness of the soul, after it is saved, will be of tremendous benefit to that soul in both the millennial and final heaven ages. Church members should be much more concerned as to their benefits from God in the future kingdoms, than in the present life on this earth, as the following Scriptures indicate from Ephesians, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, and Colossians clearly testify.

Ephesians 2:4-7 – But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, [5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) [6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

I Corinthians 15:51,58 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

II Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Colossians 3:1,2,23,24 – If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [23] And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; [24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

The reward of the inheritance in the millennium and final heaven age lasts forever.  The church members who do “overcome” in this life will receive all of the inheritance, and be positioned as close to Christ in both kingdoms as they allowed him to get to them in this life.  You cannot get any closer to Jesus in this life than having his Spirit in you by the new birth, and then uniting by baptism with one of his local churches that is inhabited by his Spirit, who dwells among the assembly that makes up such a local church.  And it is in such a local body that you grow closer and closer to him, ever giving more glory to him as you grow spiritually in his church that teaches his word.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The church member that runs a race here to gain the reward of Christ will be allow to live in his immediate presence, and will be treated as one who won this right by finishing the race still running, thereby having won the prize, which is to abide in the immediate presence of  Jesus  wherever he positions himself to rule.  Jesus is the prize the church member wants to win, and the prize the overcoming church members wins is to serve the person of Christ himself wherever he positions himself in his kingdom.  His personal presence as the morning star is the prize of Philippians 3:8.

Revelation 21:7 – He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Philippians 3:14,7,8 – I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [7] But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. [8] Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.

Revelation 2:28,29 – And I will give him the morning star. [29] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

In discussing the subject of what church members will be doing in the millennial and eternal heaven ages, I find that many have never thought about it, and some really don’t have any desire to do so.  They think only about the importance of a raise, a vacation, the education of their children, a beautiful automobile, building a new home, the economy, etc.,etc.,etc.,etc., and often look upon their learning the things of God as something they will find out about when they go into their “long home,” which is their eternal home.  Where they abide and what work they will be doing for the Lord, they look upon as being something that really isn’t important.  They are usually more concerned about dying of old age or cancer and leaving this “short home” behind, than they are about what they will be doing in their eternal “long home” forever.  The type of work, and the satisfaction you have in performing it in this life, is of very great importance to you, but the type of work you are given to perform for the Lord forever in eternity should be of far greater importance. Solomon tells of the dreaded characteristics of old age that immediately precede the departure of an elderly person prior to their departure to their “long home.”

Ecclesiastes 12:5 – Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

I am much more concerned about what type of work I will be assigned by Jesus in my eternal “long home,” than about my aches and pains at age 71, which tell me my time is drawing near.  I certainly wish I had been as concerned before I surrendered to preach at age 38.

God placed a desire in man that is satisfied by the awareness of being useful, loved, and worth something to somebody.  I have presented more than 1400 services in Dardanelle Nursing Home since I first arrived here. Only the Lord knows how many times I have visited it, and, considering all the visits I have made to nursing homes with other pastors while doing some 800 revivals across Africa, Europe, Africa, and the United States, I believe I am qualified to discuss the importance of this desire being satisfied, because of my observations of old persons in nursing homes.  If they are not kept active in programs that give them an awareness of worth as an individual, they just sit there unhappily awaiting that dread day when they, like many others whose bodies they have seen pass by their room door on their final trip to the funeral home, will made the same journey.  I have also seen countless numbers of church members work hard all their lives, while constantly proclaiming: “I sure will be glad when I get my house paid off, get my pension from work, start to draw my social security, and get healthcare, for then, for the first time in my life, I will truly begin to enjoy life!”  And they go on to say: “I’m just going to sit on the bank and watch the ole crawdads fry.”  But they will soon discover, after they  vacation, vacation, and then vacation, fish, fish, and then fish, watch television, watch television, and then watch television, etc., etc., etc., that they will be bored stiff if they don’t have a sense of being productive with an awareness of sufficiency.  I said all that to say this: How would you like to arrive in the millennium in your new glorified, sinless body, and then face the prospect of not being required do anything in service to please the one who got you there?  Sounds really great, doesn’t it, just footloose and fancy free to roam around heaven all day!  A marvelous glorified body, no capacity or desire to sin, in the sweet by and by forever and ever, in the far off sweet forever, gathered by the river, in the land where we never grow old, never die, are never jealous, never hate, only love, and are never angry – now, what more could a man or woman want?  How about a job assignment from the Lord?  I am quite convinced that this great reward of the inheritance is the actual degree of responsibility the Lord assigns us in heaven, and I am also certain that we will be assigned responsibilities in heaven directly proportional to the degree we did fulfilled the responsibilities we were supposed to perform in one of his local churches.  I can only speak for myself, but I want to be an “overcomer” in one of his local churches, so that I might attain an assignment from the morning star to be one of his “rods of iron” in the millennium.

Revelation 2:26-29 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: [27] 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. [28] And I will give him the MORNING STAR. [29] He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and MORNING STAR.

I want Jesus, the morning star, to work my glorified tail off in the millennium and eternal heaven ages.  I want a warm close personal relationship with him, such as the one inferred by Revelation 21:7.  I want to be a type of servant that experiences joy in knowing Jesus has confidence in him.  I know he doesn’t want me to “pay him back,” but I just want to show I love him and appreciate all he has done, is doing, and will always do for me by his grace.  I assure you, as he allowed me to perform assigned tasks for him, the joy of pleasing him would satisfy me for all eternity.

Revelation 21:7 – He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Heaven is certainly a place of retirement from physical life, but it is the beginning of an eternal rejoicing in the sinless spiritual life.  Those who serve Christ the most here will serve him the most there, and the real joy of heaven will be directly proportional to how much he assigns you to do there.  The greatest joy in heaven will be experienced by those who sense the spiritual joy of a job well done each time they please him.

Where the “rods of iron” are stationed in the millennial reign of Christ, and what they will be doing, I will cover in Part 4. 

 
      

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 174

May 28, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 4


It would be best to read Parts 1, 2, and 3 before reading this Update, in order to see the Scriptures that caused me to say there would be two kingdoms on this earth for the entire millennial reign of Christ, and to describe the two as follows:

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible to one another, and able to communicate freely between themselves.  They will be able to see and hear all that is going on in the physical kingdom, and will also be able to affect its occupants without their being aware of it, in that they will not be visible to eyes of flesh.  We will be the residents of the present spiritual kingdom that surrounds us, but it will be minus Satan and his angels.  We shall be able to view the many physical occupants of the millennium just as the angels now observe us as occupants of the same pre-millennial earth. 

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison of the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make on thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us certainly has been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able to see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

Christ will be the King over both kingdoms.  He will be king on the throne of David in the physical kingdom, in which Israel will be the ruling nation of all nations from the Abrahamic land grant of Genesis 15:18.

Genesis 15:18 – In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Luke 1:31,32 – And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] 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:

Ezekiel 39:21,22 – And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. [22] So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward.

And Christ will also be King over the spiritual kingdom made up of his angels and his saved.  In this kingdom only sinless personages will exist – there will be no sin in it.  Christ will return to end the tribulation period at the battle of Armageddon, that is, at his Second Advent, and, at that time all eyes, in both kingdoms, will see him as he comes with his elect and his angels. The Scripture is quite clear that all in both kingdoms will clearly see his bodily appearance when he comes, but it is not clear if they will see the other glorified beings that come with him, or exactly how long he will be visible to those in the physical kingdom after his arrival. This is a subject I will cover later.

Matthew 24:29-31 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30] And then shall APPEAR the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall SEE the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together HIS ELECT from the four winds, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.

Jude 1:14 – And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and EVERY eye shall SEE him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Zechariah 12:9-10 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. [10] And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications and they shall LOOK upon ME whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

So, there is no question he will be seen by all in both kingdoms at his Second Advent, and there is no reason to believe he will not be quite visible to all of the beings in the SPIRITUAL kingdom throughout the millennium as they come into his presence.  However, I believe after he enters the temple, which the Israelis build according to the precise instructions in Chapters 40 to 43, he will make a glorious triumphant entry into the temple as the parousia, God in his bodily form as Messiah the Christ, drawing near to Israel as the Old Testament Shechinah Glory of the Godhead, dwelling in Christ in all fullness, and, as far as Israel is concerned, they will believe he will dwell there forever as in the days of the Ark of the Covenant.  I doubt if they will see him again until the Devil is let loose some 990+ years later and, during that time span, they will keep reciting what they have seen to their children and to their children’s children, etc., until the millennium is finished.  They will recite the deliverance of Israel from Pharaoh out of Egypt by God, and their deliverance out of the Negev by Messiah the Prince, his Son.  As generation after generation passes, some will believe the one they say is the Son of God abiding in the Temple, is the man Christ Jesus, who paid the price for their sins, and will put their trust in the Savior they cannot see by faith, just as I did 60 years ago.  They will call on his name, and he will save them.  And they will present and teach the New Testament just as we do.  It will be a time when Jewish preachers will preach the Gospel that the one dwelling in the Temple is the same Messiah whom their forefathers rejected and crucified, but was resurrected from the dead, and has returned to dwell among his people.  Israel will preach this to all the nations of the earth.  Many will believe it, and be saved by grace through faith, but others will not believe it, and, by the end of the millennium, those believing it will be very few in number.

Ezekiel 43:1-7 – Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: [2] And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. [3] And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. [4] And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. [5] So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. [6] And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.  [7] And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile,

Isaiah 2:2-5 – 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. [5] O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Zechariah 8:20-23 – Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: [21] And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. [22] Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. [23] Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Angel appearances as men were not uncommon in the Old Testament, and this continued until the demise of the Apostles, but they still exist all around us, and we may have seen one unawares. I know they have, are, and will continue to receive assignments from God.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Luke 1:26-28 – And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, [27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. [28] And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And we know that angels minister to us, even though we cannot visibly observe them doing so.

Hebrews 1:13,14 – But to which of the angels said he at any times, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? [14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Daniel 9:21-23 – Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. [22] And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. [23] At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

Luke 22:42,43 – Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. [43] And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

I cannot speak for the angels, but I would imagine their greatest joy probably comes from being assigned a work or mission, and then completing it for the Master.  I do not mean to hint that we will be like the angels, but I do believe we will be on the same earth in the invisible kingdom they occupy and will rejoice with them in our work for the Master.  I am convinced that God has used angels to affect my life.  I do not give them the glory for having done so, because the angels themselves want him to receive all the glory, and I am thankful to God for however he has used them from the great invisible kingdom that surrounds me.  We will live in glorified bodies not unlike the one Christ moved back and forth between the two kingdoms after his resurrection.  On two occasions he suddenly appeared out of nowhere in the midst of the disciples behind closed doors, and on another suddenly vanished before the eyes of two disciples in the Emmaus road episode.  I rather doubt if we will be bouncing back and forth between the two kingdoms, but I believe our bodies are likely to have that ability.

I believe faithful church members will serve Christ, the morning star, in Ezekiel’s Jerusalem Temple complex, and will occasionally be directed to go outside the city of Ezekiel 40:2 as Christ’s rods of iron, where they will deal with problem areas in the physical kingdom as he directs. 

Ezekiel 40:2 – In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 48:35 – It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there.

Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I AM THE root and the offspring of David, and the bright and MORNING STAR.

Revelation 2:26-29 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: [27] 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. [28] And I will give him the MORNING STAR. [29] He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

It is impossible to lose your salvation, but it is assuredly possible to lose the crown of reigning with Christ.  If you fail to endure faithful to the end, you will lose the right to reign with him.

Revelation 3:11 – Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Revelation 22:12 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Timothy 2:1-5,11,12 – Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. [2] And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. [3] Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. [4] No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. [5] And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he NOT CROWNED, except he strive lawfully. [11] It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: [12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (He will deny us the right to reign with him)

Colossians 3:1-5 – If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. [2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. [4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  [5] Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, in-ordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Those church members who fail to perform verse 5 will not reign with him because they lived unjust and filthy lives, but those who did perform verse 5 will reign with him in both the millennial and final heaven ages.  Some church members live unjust, filthy lives.  They will not be given the reward of ruling with Christ in the locale he positions himself on his throne in both the millennial and heaven ages.

Revelation 22:11,12 – He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. [12] And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

And this obeying of the commandments of Christ after one unties with one of his churches, not only determines where the church member will live in the millennium, but also in the final heaven age that follows.

Matthew 28:19,20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I have COMMANDED you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

John 13:34,35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Revelation 22:14 – Blessed are THEY THAT DO his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Matthew 28:19-20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS whatsoever I HAVE commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 175

June 4, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 5


Please remember that I am addressing a subject that only involves church members.  I do not plan to inform the reader what any other group or type will be doing in the millennial reign of Christ.  The two following verses outline what I believe identifies a local church member.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

It is best to read Parts 1 through 4 before reading this Update, in order to see the Scriptures that caused me to say there would be two kingdoms on this earth for the entire millennial reign of Christ, and to describe the two as follows:

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible to one another, and able to communicate freely between themselves.  They will be able to see and hear all that is going on in the physical kingdom, and will also be able to affect its occupants without their being aware of it, in that they will not be visible to eyes of flesh.  We will be the residents of the present spiritual kingdom that surrounds us, but it will be minus Satan and his angels.  We shall be able to view the many physical occupants of the millennium just as the angels now observe us as occupants of the same pre-millennial earth. 

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison in the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make one thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us certainly has been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able to see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

There will be church members who will lose their crown for following heretical teachings.  Christ will not allow them to reign with him, for that which they taught did not come from the perfect law of liberty, which today is the completed word of God.

James 1:25 – But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Jude 1:3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and EXHORT YOU that ye should earnestly contend for THE FAITH which was ONCE delivered unto the saints.

Revelation 3:11 – Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that NO MAN take thy crown.

Departure from “the” faith by following a false teacher won’t cost you your salvation in Christ, but the person teaching it will cause your crown, your right to rule in service to Christ, to be lost as a reward.

II Timothy 2:5 – And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

The perfect law of liberty today is the completed New Testament.  The believer’s walk will not be a lawful walk if it is based on false teaching.

Titus 3:10 – A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

Revelation 3:11 – Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

The church member who receives the Revelation 3:11 crown, will dwell in the millennial temple complex with Christ, and serve him from that location.  The greatest joy of the millennial reign of Christ will be experienced by those he delegates the most authority.  They will be those who served him faithfully in his habitation abode of today, the local New Testament Church.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Revelation 3:4 – Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:12A – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:

This has to be the temple of the millennial reign, for there is no temple in the final heavenly city, which is the massive New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 and 22.

Rev. 21:22-23 – And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. [23] And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

This certainly does not mean that overcoming church members will be immobile like the support pillars that once held up the great massive roofs of the Babylonian, Persian, Greek, and Roman temples and other great municipal buildings.  Many pillars of these ancient empires are still standing, even though the ceilings and walls they supported have long since disappeared.  In ancient writings they are use as symbols to show their great ability to continue to stand on a foundation as symbols of that which endures on a firm foundation.  The leaders, Peter, James, and John, were called “pillars” in the first Jerusalem church, and they endured to the end of life, still standing tall and strong on its founder, foundation, and head, Jesus Christ. 

Galatians 2:9 – And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

They were church members who were steadfast like pillars in the local Jerusalem church, and they went out from its assembly to do the work of the Lord.  They were “overcomers.”  For those church members the Lord deems as having been “overcomers,” they will be counted worthy of living where he positions himself, and it will be an eternal position that they will continue to occupy in relation to him into the heaven age of the New Jerusalem, which is eternal.

They will serve him where he positions himself, but I believe a part of that service will be spent in functioning as the rods of iron that go out on assignments to affect the flesh and blood members of the material kingdom.   

Revelation 2:26,27 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: [27] 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.   

I believe that how close you dwell in proximity to where Christ positions himself in both the millennial and the final heaven age is determined by your conduct as a church member in this present life, and that once your soul departs this body, there is not a second chance to undo what you did, or did not do, to serve him in one of his churches.  The positioning and degree Christ allows the church member to serve him, will be basically the same in both ages.  The latter portion of Revelation 3:11 indicates that your millennial position, determined by your service as a faithful church member, will continue into the heaven age of the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 and 22.

Revelation 3:12,13 – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. [13] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

“Go no more out” means it is a permanent position, such that the overcomer will never lose it by being cast out.  It does not mean he will stay in the temple forever, never going into the world outside it.  The “name of my God” shows the continuance of it, identifying a warm, close personal relationship like that between a Father and a faithful Son, or a faithful bride who made herself ready for the one to whom she was espoused while she waited for him to come and take her to his home.

Revelation 21:7 – He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Revelation 19:7,8 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Revelation 3:4 – Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.   

Revelation 3:12B – And I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:

This is why I said earlier that the position a church member receives in the millennium, will continue into the eternal age of the city of the New Jerusalem in the final kingdom.  The writing of the name of the eternal city of the New Jerusalem is symbolic that the position held by the church member in the millennial age will continue into the New Jerusalem age.  All of the church members, who serve God from the temple complex in the millennium, will also serve him from the city of the New Jerusalem in the final heaven age.

Revelation 3:12C – And I will write upon him my new name.

This will be his eternal name, and the symbolism of it is the idea that those having it written on them will enjoy this close personal relationship with him, being forever in his immediate presence as his favored servants.  The name he is given will involve the culmination of his work, when he is eternally anointed as the MOST HOLY ONE outlined in Daniel 9:24, and, as such, it will be a consolidation of all the names of Isaiah 9:6 into a single name, and the joining together of the Godhead in one name.

Daniel 9:24 – Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Isaiah 9:6 – 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.

Ephesians 1:9,10 – Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: [10] That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Colossians 2:9,10 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. [10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Ephesians 1:21-23 – Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: [22] And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in al


    

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 176

June 11, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium? Part 6


I am repeating the beginning of Part 5 to remind the reader of the narrowness of the scope of this subject.

Please remember that I am addressing a subject that only involves church members.  I do not plan to inform the reader what any other group or type will be doing in the millennial reign of Christ.  The two following verses outline what I believe identifies a local church member.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were ADDED UNTO THEM about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

It is best to read Parts 1 through 4 before reading this Update, in order to see the Scriptures that caused me to say there would be two kingdoms on this earth for the entire millennial reign of Christ, and to describe the two as follows:

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible to one another, and able to communicate freely between themselves.  They will be able to see and hear all that is going on in the physical kingdom, and will also be able to affect its occupants without their being aware of it, in that they will not be visible to eyes of flesh.  We will be the residents of the present spiritual kingdom that surrounds us, but it will be minus Satan and his angels.  We shall be able to view the many physical occupants of the millennium just as the angels now observe us as occupants of the same pre-millennial earth.  

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison of the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make on thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us certainly has been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able to see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

Once again, I feel obligated to inform the reader I am only addressing the subject of what I believe CHURCH MEMBERS will be doing, and where THEY will be positioned in the millennium, in relationship to the immediate presence of Christ.  I believed that ALL the saved of all the ages, both Old and New Testament believers, will be in heaven in their glorified bodies, and will be joyously happy for all eternity.  But I am persuaded that some will be happier than others.  I live in what is often referred to as the New Testament church age, so I am addressing ONLY where the FAITHFUL saved in that age will be positioned, and what THEY will be doing during the millennial reign of Christ.  I believe that ALL believers of ALL the ages, whether faithful or unfaithful, will live in heaven forever, but their degree of faithfulness after they were saved will determine their position and work assignment for all eternity.  The practice of lumping all the saved into one ball of wax, such that there would be no distinction in heaven between those who lived for him and those who did not, has caused the following Scripture to be a bone of contention between theologians for a long period of time

Revelation 19:7 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

The endearing characteristic of a wife throughout the Scriptures is always best described by a single word, the word “faithful.”  Not all born again believers portray this characteristic during their earthly lives in the flesh, and, because of this, fail to “make themselves ready” by submitting to the indwelling power of Christ, never allowing him to transform them into personages he considers worthy to walk with him in his immediate presence during his millennial and heaven age reigns.

The vast majority of evangelicals believe the “wife” is made up of all believers in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  I am convinced it is indeed made up of believers, but only those who measure up to the standards set forth for a faithful wife in Acts 2:41,42.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

I was placed in spiritual union with God through Christ some 60 years ago and, consequently, I have been saved eternally by his grace.  I am espoused to Christ, but the degree of my faithfulness to him in this life will be the deciding factor as to how close he positions himself to me in the millennium and heaven ages.

II Corinthians 11:2 – For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

I have presented a picture of a rather unyielding wife in my spiritual relationship with Christ.  I did not submit as a yielding wife for 11 years after I was placed in spiritual union with him.  I failed to submit to his first command after I was placed in union with him when received the Holy Spirit by the new birth.

Matthew 28:19,20 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have COMMANDED you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 10:47,48 – Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? [48] And he COMMANDED them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.

And, much to my shame, I did not begin to submit to his will in a faithful wife role until age 38, when I began to be faithful to yield to his instructions taught out of his word in one of his local New Testament churches.   

Ephesians 5:26-29 – That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.   

I Peter 2:2-5 – As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: [3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. [4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, [5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 3:9 – For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 1:22,23 – And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, [23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Revelatrion 3:19-22 – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. [21] To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. [22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 19:7-9 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. [9] And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God

Soon the 10 horns of Revelation 17:12-14 will overrun Israel, only to be destroyed some three and on-half years later at the coming of Christ to end the battle of Armageddon.  Those in Christ’s immediate presence, when he appears in the heavens, will be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, because they were CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL.

Revelation 17:12-14 – And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are WITH HIM are CALLED, and CHOSEN, and FAITHFUL.  (WITH HIM = In his immediate presence)

I believe these three characteristics of being CALLED, and CHOSEN, and FAITHFUL, will be the character of the lives manifested by those in II Timothy 2:11-13.

Called to death with him, and to resurrection by him.

II Timothy 2:11 – It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  (Called)

Chosen to reign with him, if we suffer with him.

II Timothy 2:12 – If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  (Chosen)

Faithful to him to death as a wife is to her husband.

II Timothy 2:13 – If we believe not (are not faithful), yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.  (Faithful)

Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith WITHOUT WAVERING; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

II Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I Corinthians 15:38 – But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.


Prophecy Update Number 177

June 18, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 7


The first part of this Update is a repeat of Part 6, so that the reader will not misinterpret the particular group of heavenly personages under discussion.

“Once again, I feel obligated to inform the reader I am only addressing the subject of what I believe CHURCH MEMBERS will be doing, and where THEY will be positioned in the millennium, in relationship to the immediate presence of Christ.  I believed that ALL the saved of all the ages, both Old and New Testament believers, will be in heaven in their glorified bodies, and will be joyously happy for all eternity.  But I am persuaded that some will be happier than others.  We live in what is often referred to as the New Testament CHURCH age, so I am ONLY addressing WHERE the FAITHFUL SAVED of the church age will be positioned, and WHAT they will be doing during the millennial reign of Christ.  I believe that ALL believers of ALL the ages, whether faithful or unfaithful, will live in heaven forever, but their degree of faithfulness, after they were saved will determine the position and work assignment they will be given for all eternity.  The practice of lumping all the saved into one ball of wax, such that there would be no distinction in heaven between those who lived for him and those who did not, has caused the following Scripture to be a bone of contention between theologians for a long period of time.

Revelation 19:7 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

The endearing characteristic of a wife throughout the Scriptures is always best described by a single word, the word “faithful.”  Not all born again believers portray this characteristic during their earthly lives in the flesh, and, because of this, fail to “make themselves ready” by submitting to the indwelling power of Christ, never allowing him to transform them into personages he considers worthy to walk with him in his immediate presence during his millennial and heaven age reigns.

The vast majority of evangelicals believe the “wife” is made up of all believers in the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  I am convinced it is indeed made up of believers, but only those who measure up to the standards set forth for a faithful wife in Acts 2:41,42.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

What they will do, and how close they will be positioned to their husband, depends on how well they fulfilled the role of being a faithful wife to him after he saved them, functioning as a part of one of his local church bodies. We are espoused to him when we first receive his word.  Then we are added to one of his local churches, which represents his earthly body, through an act of baptismal submission to the will of the one to whom we became spiritually espoused by the new birth, and afterwards we are then directed to live a life of submission to him, thereby fulfilling the role of a faithful wife in one of his local churches until his coming for us by natural death, or by his coming at the rapture.

John 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

II Corinthians 11:2 – For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

The following Scriptures describe the characteristics of a born again believer who fulfills the role model of what Paul describes as the life of a “chaste virgin to Christ.”

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were ADDED unto THEM about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued STEDFASTLY in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

I Corinthians 15:51,58 – Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [58] Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye STEDFAST, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

The fifth Chapter of Ephesians directs its main thrust to the relationship that the believer is supposed to let his Savior develop in him towards him in the assigned role of becoming like a submissive wife to him.  Certainly, it can be, and is, used to counsel church members in the discipline of marital relationships, but the primary use of it was meant to illustrate the role Christ wanted his espoused one to fulfill toward him as a faithful wife.  He makes this very clear in the last two verses of Chapter 5.

Ephesians 5:32,33 – This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. [33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

The comparative word “nevertheless” makes it quite clear that, while the instructions of the chapter may be applied to relationships involving married couples in the church, its primary directives pertain to the proper role of individual church members toward the one to whom they are spiritually espoused, namely, Jesus. 

Ephesians 5:22 – Wives, submit yourselves unto your OWN husbands, AS UNTO THE Lord.

As one who is espoused to Christ, submit yourself to him, not to another who is not your husband.

Exodus 20:3 – Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

James 4:6,7 – But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. [7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Please do not lose sight of what we are discussing.  We are not talking about what you must do to ARRIVE in heaven.  But I am discussing where Christ will position you there in relation to his immediate presence, and the role you will perform in heaven, AFTER you ARRIVE.  ALL of the saved will both arrive and eternally stay in heaven, but heaven is a big place.

Ephesians 5:23 – For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Christ is not only the Savior of all individual believers that make up the vast family of God, he is also Savior of each local body, known as a church, which meets the criteria outlined in Acts 2:41,42 and Matthew 28:19,20.  He is both the Savior and head of each such individual body.

Acts 2:41,42 – Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were ADDED unto THEM about three thousand souls. [42] And they continued STEDFASTLY in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

How well you submit to the one to whom you have been espoused by the new birth, will determine how close you will be positioned to him in the millennium and heaven ages.

Ephesians 5:24 – Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Each church is a local, visible, body of Christ and, as such, is supposed to be in submission to his word, which is the true expression of his will for the body as a whole, as well as the individual parts that make it a whole.

Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Christ gave his life for all believers, and he surely indwells each one individually, and will never leave, nor forsake, a single one of them, but he also loves, and gave himself for each local church body in a special way, in that it is built together for a habitation place of his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

I Corinthians 3:9 – For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

I Peter 2:5 – Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:30 – For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Ephesians 3:21 – Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 5:26,27 – That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

This is why he also gave himself for each local church body.  How well a church member fulfills his or her role as a faithful wife in such a body will be the deciding factor in the position and work they are assigned in his heavenly kingdom.

Revelation 19:7,8 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Revelation 3:4 – Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

The church age martyrs up to the time of the opening of the sixth seal are pictured as receiving white robes in advance of their brethren who, like them, will suffer for the word and come out of the great tribulation, having washed their outer robes in life by applying the same blood that first cleansed their inner souls, in order to empower them to walk such a way of life by the power of his blood.

Revelation 6:9-12 – And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? [11] And WHITE ROBES were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their BRETHREN, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. [12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

They are pictured later with their BRETHREN serving Jesus in the millennial temple (no temple in heaven age).  

Revelation 7:13-15 – And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in WHITE ROBES? and whence came they? [14] And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [15] Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  (This must be during the millennium, because there is no temple in the final city of the New Jerusalem, which follows the millennium)

Revelation 21:22 – And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

From the instant that our souls are saved and sealed eternally by the blood of Christ through the grace of God, we are told by God to let him continue to apply the same blood to cleanse our outer life before men, that they may see the life of his Son in us shine outward in our lives lived for him and by him.  The “white robes” in heaven are to be worn by those who did while living in their earthly bodies.  The fine white linen will be worn by those who were not only saved by him, but also let him change the outer life they lived before men to give God the glory for the change he made in them.

    
   

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 178

June 25, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennium?  Part 8


Once again, I would remind the reader that I am only discussing a very limited subject, namely, members of the Lord’s churches that are faithful to him.  I am very aware that all of the saved of all of the ages will be in heaven rejoicing for their presence there, and will all live in glorified bodies.  But I am only discussing those to whom the Book of Revelation is addressed, and I have tried to limit myself to those who are faithful to the head and foundation of each local church, namely, Christ Jesus.  I have fully expounded on this in Parts 1 through 7.

Revelation 19:7,8 – Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his WIFE HATH MADE HERSELF ready. [8] And to her WAS GRANTED that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE     RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SAINTS.

II Corinthians 11:2 – For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

This is the faithful church member who fulfills the role of a faithful wife to the one to whom she was espoused and then waited for the presence of his return to her.  This is the church member he chooses to live in his IMMEDIATE presence forever as his faithful servant.  The wife made herself ready for the kingdom by seeking the things of it FIRST, as opposed to putting the things of the world as the number one priority of life.  She set her affection on the kingdom above, rather than on the things of the present kingdoms of this earth.

Colossians 3:2 – Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Matthew 6:33,34 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; and all these things shall be added unto you. [34] Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The church member, who tries to fight against the ways of the flesh day by day, taking the path of righteousness he or she is led along by Christ moment by moment, rather than following the desires of the flesh, is engaged in a never ending struggle against sin by the power of the Spirit.  Such a church member will, each day, as he or she sins, confess them, and in so doing will soon discover the daily fight is more than sufficient to keep his or her mind from worrying about he things of the morrow.  The church member who lives a dedicated life of seeking first the kingdom of God will be labeled a religious fanatic by the world, and will suffer ridicule or even persecution for it.  There is an earthly price for the fine outer linen in which the wife will be arrayed.  A church member cannot live above sin, but he or she can put a daily fight against it even though it is impossible to always win each battle, and can admit it to God, asking for forgiveness when it  when it occurs.

I John 1:8,9 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is this type of life lived daily by a church member that gives glory to God.  But rest assured that it will bring some form of persecution from those who do not.

II Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Matthew 5:10-12 – Blessed are THEY WHICH ARE persecuted FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ SAKE: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

I Peter 4:12-14 –  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: [13] But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. [14] If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

II Timothy 2:11-15 – It is a faithful saying: (A) For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: [12] (B) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: [13] (C) If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. [14] Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. [15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(A)  If our sins were buried with him, then we have been resurrected with him.

(B) If we refuse to suffer for our faith in him, then he will deny us the right to reign with him.

(C)  If we do not abide faithful to him, then he cannot be faithful to reward us for what we failed to do.  

Hebrews 10:23-25 – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) [24] And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

John 13:34,35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

So where will the faithful church member live in the millennial reign, and what will he or she do?

Revelation 3:12,13 – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. [13] He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 2:26-29 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: [27] 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. [28] And I will give him the morning star. [29] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:4 – Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 7:15 – Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

And where will the faithful church member live in the eternal age following the millennium?

Rev. 21:22,23 – And I saw NO TEMPLE therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of IT. [23] And THE CITY had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in IT: for the glory of God did lighten IT, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Revelation 22:3-5 – And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in IT; and his servants shall serve him: [4] And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. [5] And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:12-14 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [13] I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. [14] Blessed are they that DO his COMMANDMENTS, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into THE CITY.

The writer of Revelation was John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, and after Jesus directed Judas to leave the last supper table in John 13:30, the first 11 members of his church were left alone at the table.  He gave them a new commandment that Judas could not have kept.

John 13:34,35 – A new COMMANDMENT I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

And then Jesus immediately spoke this promise to his first called out church of 11 faithful members that had all traveled with him for more than three years.

John 14:1-3 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Revelation 22:3,4 – And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: [4] And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Revelation 2:28,29 – And I will give him the morning star. [29] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Numbers 24:17A – I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel,  

 
       

PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 179

July 2, 2004

What Will Church Members Do in the Millennial Reign?  Part 9

When Will Those Saved in the Millennium be Judged for Rewards?


The millennial judgment time and place is found within the consistent chronological pattern followed from Revelation 19:11 to 21:1, which begins with the return of Christ at the end of the tribulation period in Revelation 19:11 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” He deals with the antichrist, the false prophet, and finishes off their armies in Revelation 19:19-21 – “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a  lake of fire burning with brimstone. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”  Then the old Devil is cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years in Revelation 20:2 – “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” He is released when the thousand years are expired, leads a rebellion against the people of the Lord, has his armies devoured by fire out of heaven from God, and is cast eternally into the lake of fire and brimstone with the antichrist and the false prophet, as detailed in Revelation 20:7-10 – “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. [9] And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. [10] And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Thus far, a pattern of perfect chronology has been laid out before us – not one break in it.  And it continues to be picture perfect right up to Revelation 20:15 – “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  Now, we need to carefully examine Revelation 20:11-15 in this sequence of chronological events that begins in Revelation 19:11, and then continues in perfect contextual chronology for 26 verses to Revelation 21:1.  Now, let’s see if we can locate the time and place of the judgment of the millennial saved inside the contextual pattern that is perfect in chronology from Revelation 19:11 to 21:1.

Revelation 20:11,12 – “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] And I SAW the dead, small and great, STAND BEFORE God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

We see a group of men and women standing before God with the book of life and other books being opened, out of which they are judged according to their works.  The book of life is open because the names of this group are in it – they are all those men and women saved during the millennial reign of Christ.  They will be judged for rewards for their works, just as were the saved caught out more than a thousand years prior to this judgment. Following their judgment, they will be removed quickly from the great white throne locale. Then a second group will be collected from hell, the sea, and the grave and assembled before God

Revelation 20:13 – And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

The chronology has been perfect from Revelation 19:11 to 20:13, and it does not break down here.  There must be two different groups judged separately at the Great White Throne!  Why?  (Verse 12 – “And I SAW the dead, small and great, stand before God”).  (Verse 13 – “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:”).  How could John have actually SEEN the group in verse 12 standing before God to be judged, if they were not resurrected until verse 13?  The souls of all lost men and women are in hell.  The souls of all saved men and women are in heaven. The bodies of both the saved and the lost are either in water graves (the sea) or in land graves (death).  The particles of the bodies of the verse 13 resurrection, that historically held lost souls, are delivered from the dust or the liquid surface of the earth, and reunited with their souls that come up out of hell.  But the first group in verse 12 represents those who were saved in the millennium, and their souls in heaven will be reunited with glorified bodies that were resurrected before those in verse 13.  They will be judged separately from the lost.  The lost of all the ages will appear before the white throne immediately after the millennial saved.   All the lost of all the ages from Genesis through the millennium will be in the second group.  All the names of the first group will be in the book of life.  None of the names of the second group will appear there.

Revelation 20:11-15 – And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] (Group 1) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] (Group 2) And the sea (water) gave up the dead (physically dead bodies) which were in it; and death (physically dead bodies in land graves) and hell (abode of spiritually dead souls) delivered up the dead (all the spiritual dead souls and physically dead bodies) which were in them (water of the earth, dirt of the graves on land, and hell): and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

I do indeed believe that all the lost of all the ages will be judged at the final judgment of the ages at the great white throne, and that all of them will be cast  into the lake of fire.  But I believe it is clear that they are the ones at the final judgment of Revelation 20:13, while those in verse 12 were judged before them according to their works, because their names were written in the book of life, which made their works valid because they were wrought in Christ.