Who will populate the coming Millennial Kingdom?
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Israel’s Millennial Kingdom
Part 3 – Others Present in the Kingdom
With national Israel’s position and role established (as seen in my previous article), we can now look at the other inhabitants of the Millennial Kingdom. Everyone who enters it will be saved. They will have trusted in Jesus. So, who are they?
The first group consists of Old Testament saints and Tribulation (seventieth-week) saints who died before Jesus’ return. They will be resurrected in glorified bodies at the time of Christ’s Second Coming (Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2). This event is referred to as the “first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4-5).
The second group consists of those who were saved during the Tribulation and survived it. They will enter Jesus’ kingdom in their earthly bodies.
The third group consists of New Testament believers (Church saints) who will have been raptured and will accompany Jesus from heaven to earth, also in glorified bodies (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 19:14). As this kingdom begins, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will have taken place and the Church will have become the Bride of Christ. The worldwide body of believers will now be “married” to Jesus as He rules over the earth as the Conquering King. As the king’s wife, believers will be like the queen, ruling along with the king.
We are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
Now perhaps these and other verses about ruling and reigning with Christ make more sense. Jesus (Yeshua) is ruling over the entire world, including national Israel, and so are believers. I believe this shows the stark difference between the heavenly Church and earthly Israel. While Israel will be elevated to the number one position among nations, Christ and His bride (formerly the Church) will be ruling over every person in every nation, including Israel.
While the different resurrections and glorifications can get very confusing, the thing to remember is that God made a way for believers of all time to enter into the promised kingdom and enjoy its blessings. Despite the reign of Jesus and the ideal conditions, the sinful nature of man will eventually emerge again, most likely increasing with successive generations.
After Satan is bound forever in eternal agony, the unbelieving dead are raised to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment. Regardless of whether their bodies had been cremated, dismembered, or had completely decomposed, all their parts will somehow be reassembled, allowing them to stand before Jesus at the final judgment of all time. Here, the degrees of their punishment will be determined as their deeds are reviewed. All will realize that their punishment is deserved and that they had refused every offer of salvation. With their names not found in the Book of Life, they will be thrown into the lake of fire, along with death and Hades.
The present creation will then be destroyed to cleanse it from the effects of sin (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12). God will create a new heaven and a new earth. In the New Jerusalem, believers will behold the glory of God forever.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
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