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The Millennial Kingdom (Rev. 20:4-6)
I. The Kingdom of God is coming in fullness to earth for 1000 years.
A. Jesus as King of kings will personally govern a worldwide kingdom from Jerusalem.
(Isaiah 9:6; Jer. 3:17).
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.
B. Satan will be bound and unable to influence mankind for 1000 years.
The thief comes not but for to steal, kill and destroy…(John 10:10).
…And he shall rule them with a rod of iron…(Revelation 19:15; 2:27).
C. The earth will become a paradise as the Garden of Eden
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
D. The animal kingdom will function as God intended
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
Genesis 1:29-30 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so."
In Genesis 9:2-3 God says to Noah, "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."
E. Life Spans Increase and blessings abound
"There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf & the lamb shall feed together, & the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: & dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD."
F. There will be universal world wide peace. War no more!
G. There will be unprecedented blessing for the whole earth with health, prosperity, joy, longevity, people living for the entire 1000 year period .
II. What about the raptured saints during the 1000 year period?
A. We will reign on the earth as Kings and priests with Jesus (Rev. 5:12).
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
1. Judge the lost who have survived the tribulation, but received the mark of the beast.
2. We will govern nations with Christ on the earth (Isaiah 32:1; 2 Timothy 2:12).
3. We will teach God’s word and His ways to the Millennial population (Isaiah 11:9).
"the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
B. We will work on the earth and vacation in heaven (John 14:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:9).
Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me. 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. And if I go I will come again… (John 14:1-3).
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
III. How do you prepare yourself for work in the Millennial Kingdom?
A. Sacrifice (Matthew 19:29-30).
Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; & the last shall be first.
B. Service (Mark 9:35)
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
C. Faithfulness with your time, talent and your service (Matthew 25:23;Luke 16:10-12).
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own