Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Revelation Chapters 21-22 Discussion Continued 2

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We'll end our great journey through the Book of Revelation with our teachers leaving us with great hope in the very last promise Jesus gave in Revelation 22. Feel free to watch, listen, or read along by clicking one of the icons below.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapters 21-22

[Read Chapters 21-22 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]

McGee & Pollock


Jesus' Promise

Dr. Reagan: Jesus says two times in Revelation 22, "I am coming quickly." What in the world did He mean by that? It's been 2,000 years!

Don McGee: He meant "how" not "when."

Dennis Pollock: Another word is "suddenly" as in "coming suddenly." A lot of times when we were kids we couldn't wait for Christmas to come and it seemed to drag so slow and take so long, and then suddenly — suddenly! — it was here and it was gone. Jesus saying "I'm coming suddenly" meant very quickly.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, in fact, in one passage it even talks about like lightening across the sky. It's going to be "BANG!" just like that. Certainly He is coming quickly, and I think He is coming soon. I think He's coming very soon.

We talked about the signs of the times, the Jews are back in the land, they're back in their city, the whole world is coming together against them over the issue of Jerusalem. The Bible says that when all those things come together and that the European Union rises from the dead, Jesus will be at the very gates of Heaven. And, let me tell you, when you know that, you know the Rapture is right around the corner!


The Overcomers

Dr. Reagan: Revelation 21 and 22 contain a lot of glorious promises such as eternal life in a beautiful New Jerusalem on a New Earth in the presence of our Creator and our Savior. Revelation 21:7 says, "All these promises will be inherited by those who are overcomers." Don, give us a definition of an Overcomer.

Don McGee: An Overcomer is a person who has overcome the penalty of sin by placing his or her faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. A good definition of an Overcomer is to be found in 1 John 5:1-5 where it says that, "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. And whatever is born of God overcomes the world." The passage then concludes with a summary question, "And who is the one who overcomes the world?" The answer John gives is — he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Dr. Reagan: Dennis, tell us specifically what must a person do to become an Overcomer?

Dennis Pollock: Glad to. I have some good news and some bad news. Let's go with the bad news first. You have a mighty army of enemies arrayed against you. This wicked world, the demons that flit through the air, the Devil himself, and your own sinful flesh are all working together to keep you from God and from inheriting His promises. The Devil's great desire is to drag you down to the same Hell that is his own destiny. That's the bad news.

Now, for the good news, there is a God in Heaven who loves you with an everlasting love and He's provided a way for you to escape — God's provision is His Son Jesus Christ. He died on the cross as your substitute. He took all the wrath, all the judgment, all the agony that you and I deserve. God says that if you will trust in what Christ did on the cross, and believe that He was raised from the dead and receive Him as your Savior, every sin you've ever committed will be blotted out and you will receive eternal life as a free gift. You'll find a place reserved for you in the New Jerusalem. Your name will be found in the Lamb's Book of Life and you will enjoy fellowship with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever and ever.

Take hold of that provision today. Receive Jesus as your Savior before the judgments from the book of Revelation soon begin.


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Revelation Chapters 21-22 Discussion Continued

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We'll continue on in our journey through the great book of Revelation as our teachers try to solve one of the greatest biblical mysteries from Revelation 21. Feel free to watch, listen, or read along by clicking one of the icons below.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapters 21-22

[Read Chapters 21-22 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]

McGee & Pollock

Dr. Reagan: In Revelation 21 we have one of the greatest mysteries of Bible prophecy. In verses 24-27 it mentions that on that New Earth there are going to be nations living outside the New Jerusalem on the New Earth. There's going to be sin it appears among these nations, and they will not be allowed to come into the New Jerusalem. It even mentions that there's going to be the leaves of the Tree of Life which will be used for their healing.

Who in the world are these nations living outside the New Jerusalem on the new planet? This is a great mystery of Bible prophecy.

Dennis Pollock: We don't have any idea, and you know we don't, but I will say this — it shows us something exciting. It shows us that in God's process of creation and working and all that He's doing doesn't come to an end when we go to be with the Lord and reign with Him. There's going to be an ongoing work of God, both in the New Earth and who knows, throughout the universe. God is a creative God and He's a busy God. He's going to be doing stuff for all of eternity.

There's one other word that we need to throw in, in terms of talking about serving Him. We talked about seeing His face. One other thing that the scripture mentioned — we will reign with Him. R-E-I-G-N. We will reign!

Dr. Reagan: We're told that over and over. We're going to reign with Him eternally. Doesn't that imply that you have to reign over somebody?

Dennis Pollock: Well, that's right, there's going to be somebody to reign over. It implies government. It implies administration. It implies activity. So, it's going to be more than just singing. It's going to be more than just playing a harp. There's going to be all kinds of stuff to do. Believe me, we will not be bored.

Don McGee: I think we could go back to Matthew 25 and at least get a glimpse of what this might be like. We can't be dogmatic about it, but I think it can give us some room to think about this. In that chapter there's the judgment of the Sheep and the Goats, and Jesus is going to say to those of you who gave me water when I was thirsty and clothes when I was naked, I want you to come over here at my right hand, and those of you who didn't at my left hand. The Sheep will be on the right, the Goats on the left.

I've heard some folks talk about this judgment and say that's the Great White Throne Judgment. Well, it's not the Great White Throne Judgment, and the reason is because, number one, believers are present in that judgment in Matthew 25 and you don't see any believers at the Great White Throne. And, number two, there's a third group of people there, the "my brethren." I believe that it's possible that the Sheep nations of Matthew 25 could be associated with the nations that we find here in the book of Revelation because of the way they treated the Jewish people, Jesus' "my brethren" during the terrible time of Tribulation that's coming on.

Dr. Reagan: Well, no one knows for sure. This is going to be one of those things that we'll only find out when we stand face to face with the Lord, where we look through that mirror dimly right now.


In the final part on this series on Revelation, our teachers will leave us with a great hope in the very last promise Jesus gave in the Bible.


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Revelation Chapters 21-22 Discussion

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We'll continue on in our journey through the great book of Revelation by getting our teachers back together to discuss Chapters 21-22, particularly concerning the New Earth. Feel free to watch, listen, or read along by clicking one of the icons below.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapters 21-22

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McGee & Pollock


The New Earth

Dr. Reagan: Let's get into our discussion of Chapters 21 and 22 by taking a look at the New Earth that's described in Chapter 21. What would you have to say to those who spiritualize this particular concept by saying that the New Earth is just a code word for Heaven?

Dennis Pollock: I think I'd start with a two word question, "Says who?" How do people come up with that?

This comes from the attitude that says we cannot possibly take these things to be literal. A lot of people have a problem with the physical aspects of eternity. A lot of people have a problem with, for example, the golden streets in the New Jerusalem or the gates made out of pearl. They say, "That can't be! Really, pearly gates and transparent gold?" My response is: "Why not? Why can it not be?"

God is a God of beauty. He has created a beautiful eternity for us and it is a physical eternity. One of the proofs of that is Jesus in His resurrected body. He went out of His way to show His disciples that he is a physical person, not just a spirit. He said touch me, grab me. He said a spirit doesn't have flesh and bone. So, if Jesus is physical, there's no reason to think eternity won't be physical. The Bible calls Him "the first fruits." He's the prototype of the resurrection. We're going to be just as physical. Now, if we're physical beings — spirit, soul and body — we're going to need a physical place to inhabit and the New Jerusalem will be that. The New Earth as well will be physical places as well as spiritual.

Don McGee: If you think back to when you were a kid, remember the caricatures and cartoons and things that you saw of Heaven? What were they? Well, they were based upon some guy's opinion of what Heaven might be like. You see this cloud out there and you see somebody sitting on this cloud playing a harp with wings sticking out of their shoulders. That's based upon a wrong concept of what Heaven is. And, it was taken into areas where education was offered and people would view this and look at it and read Bible stories and this is the mindset that people developed. When you say "Heaven," a picture forms in people's minds and it's based upon those caricatures.

Dr. Reagan: Very much like the concept that most people have of Hell, that people are in big boiling caldrons and Satan and all of his demons are poking them with pitchforks. In reality, Satan and his demons are the ones who are going to be tormented there because that place was created for them, though they're going to take a lot of people with them. But, they're not going to be in charge of it, that's for sure.

It's amazing how these ideas get into our mind. You know, Dennis, concerning Heaven, I think that probably the invasion of eastern religions into the United States and the Western Hemisphere in recent years has served to reinforce this idea that there's not going to be anything tangible about eternity, that it's just going to be spirits floating around becoming one with the great spirit of the universe and all. That's so much more ethereal and spiritual than the idea of a city with gold streets and bodies and all that sort. Don't you think that eastern religions had an impact?

Dennis Pollock: Yes, I do. It's a shame, because you know what I find? I find that when I go out and hold prophecy conferences and I teach what it's really going to be like and the physical dimensions and what the New Jerusalem is and the New Earth, I find Christians get very excited because suddenly it becomes real to them. If they think it's just a lot of ethereal stuff and playing harps and running around clouds, it's so unreal, it's so mystical. It's hard to get excited about that. So, it's exciting to realize we have a very tangible future. It's going to be very physical, very real, as well as spiritual. Just as Jesus was physical, yet He could go through walls and He could appear and disappear. So, it's going to be both.

Don McGee: I think we need to emphasize this one more time. If you look at the people who are doing the teaching in churches today, you will see why people believe what they believe, because the people who are actually doing the teaching really don't have an understanding of what this means. And, if they don't understand, how can we expect people who view us who read books and publications, how can we expect them to understand?

Dr. Reagan: That goes back to the problem of seminaries, not only in America but around the world, where there as been a major rejection of Bible prophecy. I've had many people tell me that they'd go all the way through a seminary course on Isaiah, for example, and never once consider its prophetic implications. It was just reading Isaiah and talking about who Isaiah was and that sort of thing, but not having anything to do with the prophetic implications. It's just not taught.

Dennis Pollock: What a disservice to the people of God.

Dr. Reagan: That's right! One thing that's always been intriguing to me is the fact that the Bible tells us a lot about the Millennial Reign of Jesus. For example, the whole book of Isaiah's about it from beginning to end, and there's a lot in the Bible about what nature will be like, society will be like, the spiritual atmosphere, and so forth. But, it tells us almost nothing about the eternal state. It tells us that we'll be in glorified bodies, in a New Jerusalem, on a New Earth, and it tells us two things beyond that in that we will see God's face and we will serve. Maybe that's so exciting and so great we don't need to be told anything else.

What do you see is the significance of those two promises in particular, that we'll see God's face and we'll serve Him?

Don McGee: To see His face means that we're going to be in His presence.

Dr. Reagan: Intimate fellowship.

Don McGee: That's right. That's the greatest thing that I've drawn out of this. We're going to actually be in the presence of God. Now, my Dad's been with the Lord for a number of years now, and I long to see him and to be in his presence. I have memories of him and I have pictures and I see things that he had written years ago, but those cannot take the place of actually being in his presence again. It's the same thing with God, we're going to be where He is.


The Ultimate Goal of Heaven

Dennis Pollock: You know, Don, speaking of that reminded me of something that I sometimes hear that I think is really sad. Sometimes you hear about an older person who has lost their spouse and the surviving spouse will say, "I just want to go be in Heaven so I can be with my loved one again." Well, that's understandable, but believe me, that's not the ultimate goal of Heaven to just rejoin a loved one, although that's going to be great.

The ultimate goal is to be with God and be with Christ and to see Him again. He's the star of the show in Heaven. When you think about the beauty that's in this world like the mountains, the trees, streams, and all the things that are so beautiful and lovely, those are all simply pale reflections of the beauty and the glory that is found in God and in Christ, and we are going to see Him face to face. It shows we're going to be changed, because there's no way you could do that in our present state. But, we are going to be so admiring His beauty and His glory that it's going to take a long time just to kind of catch our breath at that point.

Don McGee: If we think back, God hasn't been in the presence of man since the Garden of Eden. It's been a long time since humanity has had the experience of being in the very presence of God.


What We'll Do in Heaven

Don McGee: We're going to be able to serve Him there. The idea of serving God in His presence is not the idea of toil, it's the idea of work, and work is not bad work. It's good. What was in the Garden was work, but the problem after the Garden with the curse was that work became toil.

We're going to be in His presence and we're going to serve Him. We're going to have obligations and responsibilities and things that we're going to do. They're going to just help us to grow spiritually with us learning more and more about God every day while we're in His presence. We're going to actually sit at His feet and learn.

Dr. Reagan: That gets me excited! When I was growing up in the church, I was basically told I was going to spend eternity floating around on a cloud playing a harp, and I couldn't get excited about that. I mean, there was nothing about that, and that made me cling to this world. But, when you begin to read the tremendous promises that God has about the future, you understand why Paul said that, "The sufferings of this present time are not even worthy to be compared to the glory that is yet to be revealed to us." Or, when he said, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has the mind of man conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." But, the next verse says, "He has revealed those things to us through His spirit."


In the next part on this series on Revelation, our teachers will try to solve a great biblical mystery from Revelation 21.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

Revelation Chapters 21-22

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We'll continue on in our journey through the great book of Revelation by exploring the believers' eternal, future home — the magnificent New Jerusalem — in Chapters 21-22. We'll also get a special promise from Jesus Christ Himself.

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Revelation Revealed: Chapter 21

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Dr. Reagan: Chapter 21 introduces us to a vision of the eternal state, something we're not told a lot about. But, what we're told here is very interesting.

John says, "I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth." What happens is that God burns up the old earth. We're told in 2 Peter 3 that He will burn away all the pollution of Satan's last revolt. He will take this earth and reshape it like a hot ball of wax, and out of that fiery inferno will come the New Heavens and the New Earth, an Earth that will be refreshed and beautified and perfected to what God originally created before it was polluted by sin and changed by the curse. It will probably be greatly enlarged because it is going to serve as the foundation for a gigantic city — the New Jerusalem.

Just think of it! As God creates that New Earth, we will most likely be suspended in the heavens inside the New Jerusalem watching the greatest fireworks display in the history of the cosmos. And, when it's all over, and the Earth is refreshed and renewed. Then the Lord will lower us down to the New Earth inside the New Jerusalem.

We are going to live eternally inside that glorious city located on the New Earth. That's right! The Bible never teaches that we will spend eternity in Heaven. It teaches that we will spend eternity in new bodies in a New Jerusalem on a New Earth.

It further teaches that God will come down to that New Earth and live among us: "I heard a loud voice," says John, "a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them.'" He's going to wipe away every tear from our eyes, and there will no longer be any suffering: no pain, no death, no sorrow. He is going to make all things new, and we are going to live in perfect bliss in the New Jerusalem.

The rest of Chapter 21 describes the incredible New Jerusalem that Jesus is preparing now. It will be shaped like a cube — 1,500 miles in every direction. It will be a city of incredible beauty. Its foundation will be made of precious stones, its gates will be giant pearls, and its streets will be made of gold. God the father and His son will live in the city with the Redeemed, and the Shekinah Glory of God will illuminate the city.


Revelation Revealed: Chapter 22

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In Chapter 22 we move inside the New Jerusalem. We are told that, "a river of the water of life" will flow from the throne of God. This river is most likely a symbolic manifestation of the Holy Spirit. This river will run down the middle of the city's main street, and the Tree of Life that was in the Garden of Eden will grow on each side of the river, "Bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month."

There will no longer be any curse, for when God recreates the Earth, the curse will be abolished. All of creation will be restored to the perfection that God intended when He created the original Earth.

And so, we have a great glimpse of that eternal state where we will live eternally with God in new bodies in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth. It's only a glimpse, but it's enough to make us yearn for the glory that is to come, particularly when you consider what is said in Revelation 22:4. That verse says, "That we shall see God's face." The Bible tells us that no one has ever seen the face of God, but one day we the Redeemed will see His face. That means we are going to have intimate, personal, eternal fellowship with our Creator!

Revelation 22 says we are also going to serve the Lord eternally. The Bible does not get specific as to the nature of that service, but I know it will be meaningful and fulfilling. I can imagine, for example, that He will magnify and perfect our gifts. I can imagine that vocalists will sing as they have never sung before, and artists will paint with a majesty they never thought possible, and all will be done for the glory and honor of our Creator.


Jesus' Promise

In Revelation 22:6, the focus shifts very suddenly from the eternal state to the promise that Jesus will return again. Jesus says, "I am coming quickly," and then He adds, "Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." Now notice, He says not only the one who hears the words, but the one who heeds the words.

He then begins to tell us some things that we're to do as we wait for His return. As I outline these for you, I want you to ask yourself: "Am I doing these things?"

  1. Verse 9 — We are told to worship God.
  2. Verse 10 — We are told, "Not to seal up the words of the prophecy." That means we are to share it with as many people as possible.
  3. Verse 17 — Exhorts us to yearn daily for the Lord's return.
  4. Verse 18 — Commands us to protect the integrity of God's Word by not allowing anyone to add to it or take away from it.

In verse 12, Jesus repeats the wonderful promise that summarizes the book's whole theme. He says, "Behold I am coming quickly."

He then adds a warning. He says, "He will reward every man according to what he has done." Jesus is coming back, and when He returns there is going to be a judgment of works for both believers and unbelievers, but it will not be for the purpose of determining their eternal destinies. That is determined in this life by whether or not we place our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Believers will be judged at the time of the Rapture to determine their degrees of rewards. Unbelievers will be judged at the end of the Millennium at the Great White Throne Judgment to determine their degrees of punishment. Yes, there are going to be degrees of rewards for believers, both during the Millennium and during eternity. Jesus said we would have various degrees of reigning authority during the Millennium. And, the Bible says that special rewards are going to be given to soul winners, martyrs, elders, those who exercise self-control, and those who live looking for the coming of Jesus Christ.

The final words of Jesus spoken on this Earth are recorded in Revelation 22:20. He says to John, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Jesus left us with a glorious promise — a promise to return soon. And, notice John's response. He cried out from the depths of his heart, "Amen, come Lord Jesus!" That's the attitude we should have about the Lord's return, one of hopeful expectancy any moment.


The Period of the Lord's Return

There are many indications that we are living in the period of the Lord's return. One of those is found in Matthew 24 where Jesus told the people to watch the fig tree, which is a symbol of Israel. He said when that fig tree blossoms again we will know that He — Jesus — is at the very gates of Heaven, ready to return.

Well, for the past 450 years prophetic scholars have told people, "Watch Israel, watch Israel, watch Israel." And, people have responded with laughter, scorn and ridicule. They have said, "Israel will never exist again." Well, nobody is laughing now because Israel was re-established on May 14, 1948. We know Jesus is at the very gates of Heaven because He said in Matthew 24 that the generation that sees the re-establishment of Israel is the generation that will see all these things come to pass. That means we are the terminal generation.

Another sign is found in Luke 21:24 where Jesus said He would return when Jerusalem is no longer under Gentile control. Well, Jerusalem fell to the Romans in 70 AD. They were followed by the Byzantines, then came the Arabs, the Crusaders, the Mamluks, the Turks, the British, and finally the Jordanians. But, on June 7, 1967, praise God, the Jews re-conquered the city of Jerusalem for the first time in 1,897 years.

My friends, let me say it again — we are living on borrowed time! Jesus is coming soon! He said He would, and that promise of His means all or it means nothing at all. If you have rejected Him, it means nothing to you. If you have accepted Him, it should mean everything.

All I have to say in conclusion is "Maranatha!" That's the prayer of the early church recorded in I Corinthians 16:22. It is an Aramaic expression that means, "Our Lord come!" Oh, yes, come quickly Lord Jesus!


In the next part on this series on Revelation, we'll get our teachers back together again to discuss Chapters 21-22.


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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20 Discussion Continued 3

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

Our teachers have been discussing the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. They'll continue their discussion of Chapter 20 by looking at a very serious subject — the Second Death.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapter 20 (Continued)

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McGee & Pollock

Dr. Reagan: Revelation 20 says that those who die outside a faith relationship with Jesus will be condemned to what the Bible calls the "Second Death." Is it possible for a person to die twice? What in the world is this passage talking about?

Don McGee: Yes, it is possible for people to die twice. Listen to me carefully. If you're born once, you will die twice. If you're born twice, you will die only once.

Now, at this point, many of you are probably scratching your heads and thinking, "Is this guy nuts? What does this double speak mean?" Let me explain.

All of us experience natural birth, and all of us will experience natural death if the Lord doesn't return first. The Bible says that no one can be saved and expect to live eternally with God unless they are born again. That happens when you put your faith in Jesus as your Savior and your spirit which is dead to sin is rejuvenated. If you're born again, the only death you will ever experience is physical death. But, if you refuse to put your faith in Jesus and you remain dead in your sins, you will one day be resurrected, judged and condemned to Hell, where you will experience what the Bible calls the "Second Death." The Second Death is eternal separation from God.

Dr. Reagan: Dennis, what specifically must a person do in order to avoid this Second Death?

Dennis Pollock: Death is a terrible thing. If you've ever watched someone you cared about go through the process of dying, I know you'll agree with that. But, there is something worse. In fact, it is far worse that physical death — it's the Second Death the Bible speaks about. That death as Don indicated is the everlasting destruction of the soul, a process so horrible that Jesus tells us if you have to cut off your hand or pluck out your eye to avoid it, by all means do so.

Now, there are diseases that cause physical death and they are terminal. Likewise, there is a disease of the soul that leads to this Second Death. That disease is called sin. No amount of positive thinking, turning over new leaves, or pop psychology can make the slightest difference in that condition.

But, there is a remedy. God has provided an answer for our condition, and that answer is in the death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ. Jesus took all the penalty of our sins on Himself at the cross, and He says that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Repent of your sins. Believe in Jesus Christ. Receive Him as your savior today!


In the next part of our study of the book of Revelation, we'll look at the final phase of God's plan for the ages in Revelation 21 and 22.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20 Discussion Continued 2

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

Our teachers have been discussing the binding of Satan's influence during the Millennial Kingdom. They'll continue their discussion of Chapter 20 by celebrating in Jesus Christ's Millennial reign right here on Earth.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapter 20 (Continued)

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McGee & Pollock

Dr. Reagan: I'd like to go back to a point you made earlier, Don, about a fellow that said to you, "God only says 'thousand years' once in the Bible and so it's not going to be a reign of Jesus Christ here on the earth, and therefore it really couldn't be all that important or it doesn't really mean what it says." As if God has to say something over and over! I've had people say the very same thing to me many times, and that's just as false as it can be.

Revelation 20 is not the only place in the Bible where it says that Jesus is coming back to reign. The Bible is full of Scripture that talks about Jesus coming back to reign. People who say that Revelation 20 is the only place are people who primarily don't know the Old Testament. You can turn over to the Old Testament and you can find all sorts of references. In fact, the whole book of Isaiah from beginning to end is primarily about one thing — the reign of Jesus Christ.

You don't read the book of Revelation to find out about the reign of Jesus Christ. You read the book of Revelation to find out about the Tribulation. That's what it's about. But, if you want to find out the reign of Jesus, you'd better go over to Isaiah. Isaiah tells about the sociological aspects, the economic aspects, the political aspects, everything concerning Jesus' reign. And so, the Bible is full of information about the reign of Jesus.

Dennis Pollock: Yes, Revelation describes the fact that there will be this Millennial reign. Isaiah goes into detail. He gives us some of the pictures of what it will be like with the animals getting along together, and the lamb and the wolf feeding together, and so forth.

Dr. Reagan: Beating the swords into plowshares.

Dennis Pollock: Yes, Isaiah describes a little child putting his hands into a snake's den and it's no big deal because the snakes are no longer poisonous and they no longer will bite. An incredible story! But again, some people say, "Hey, that really can't be can it? I mean, would God do that? It just doesn't seem right to me." But, as we know, God doesn't need to ask us how to do these kinds of things. He said that's how it's going to be and the safest thing we can do is simply believe God's Word.

Dr. Reagan: I've had people actually quote to me Luke 24 and they say that Jesus said there in Luke 24:44, "These are my words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about me in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." And they said, "See, all prophecy has been fulfilled." I've heard people use that over and over and over. They'll say, "Jesus Himself said that all prophecy has been fulfilled, therefore there are no prophecies left to fulfill."

Don McGee: That's not what Jesus said. He said all prophecy MUST be fulfilled.

Dr. Reagan: Amen!

Don McGee: And, they miss that little four-letter word. All prophecy MUST be fulfilled, but there is nothing anywhere that says it must be fulfilled prior to His ascension into Heaven. Everything didn't end in AD 30. I promise you.

Dennis Pollock: The First Coming prophecies were fulfilled, but the Second Coming prophecies haven't been fulfilled, and the Bible is filled with prophecies that have not yet come to pass. They will.

Zechariah 14 is a great example. The Lord's going to go forth and fight against the nations that are coming against Jerusalem. His feet are going stand on the Mount of Olives. Has that happened yet? No, it has not happened. Also, it says the Mount of Olives is going to split in two, waters are going to gush forth, and has that happened yet? No, it has not happened. It will happen because God says it will. God's going come and be king over the whole earth and in that day the Lord is one. His name is one. Has Christ ever come and become King over the whole earth? Has that been fulfilled? No. Will it? Absolutely!

Dr. Reagan: In Peter's first sermon on Pentecost, the whole sermon from beginning to end was prophecy, just one prophecy after another concerning the First Coming. And he says, "Jesus has fulfilled all this." And the people responded by asking, "What must we do to be saved?"

Peter's second sermon recorded in Acts 3 begins to get into Second Coming prophecies. He says that, "Jesus has been sent and that Jesus was appointed for a time for you." And he says, "He's gone to Heaven, and he says Heaven must receive Him until the period of the restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of the Holy prophets from ancient times." He's talking about future prophecies yet to be fulfilled. Jesus will stay until it's time for the restoration of all things.

Don McGee: A man asked a preacher one time about that passage that you were talking about, about Jesus doing all of these things on the earth. He asked about Zechariah 14, about the cleft there in the Mount of Olives. And this older gentlemen asked this guy and he replied, "Well, is there a cleft in Jerusalem in the Mount of Olives?" And the preacher said, "Why, of course there is! Absolutely there is!" Now, here is a man who knew better, who actually lied to this old man, knew that there was no valley on the Mount of Olives today, and because he could not answer this man's question in the context of what he believed, he lied to this guy.

Dr. Reagan: Well, you don't need to do that. The Scriptures are just as clear as they can be.

Don McGee: Very clear, very plain.

Dr. Reagan: Sometimes people refer to 2 Peter 3, where it talks about how the world was once destroyed by water and is being saved up for wrath to be destroyed once again by fire. They say it says here that when the Lord comes the Earth will be consumed by fire, and they conclude since there's no mention of a millennial reign, therefore there is no millennial reign.

Dennis Pollock: If that was the only verse in the Bible, you would probably conclude that there wouldn't be, because it talks about the Earth being destroyed by fire when the Lord comes back. When I teach this, I use this illustration: Imagine that you found a note that I had written referring to my wife saying she's crazy. You might conclude that I thought my wife was insane. But, suppose you had a longer note that was all mushy and just filled with words of love and all the rest and you had to compare the two. So, you say, "Well, you know, I think that because of this longer note that is much more detailed talks about how much he loves her, and this little note says she's crazy, I think we're going have to make the little one blend in with the larger one.

Now, the truth of course would be that I said she's crazy in the sense that she's funny, she hilarious, she's a joker. Well, yes, 2 Peter for a few verses does have this little section that does seem to indicate that the world's going to burn up when Christ comes. But, when you compare it with a longer section such as Revelation 20 and in Isaiah and you put it all together, you have to conclude that we're going to need to make the smaller section mesh with the larger, in which case, Peter was simply given an overview of the whole scenario from start to finish. There are time gaps in between.

Don McGee: Every Scripture has to be interpreted in context of the whole idea. You can't take one verse out and stand on it and say this is everything that God has said about the matter. When you do, you get into big interpretation trouble.


In the next part, our teachers will continue on in their discussion of Revelation 20, addressing the Second Death.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20 Discussion Continued

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

Our teachers have been discussing the importance of taking Revelation 20 literally and not spiritualizing it into anyone's preconceived theology. They'll continue their discussion of Chapter 20 by addressing the binding of Satan during the 1,000 years.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapter 20 (Continued)

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McGee & Pollock

Dr. Reagan: At the beginning of Revelation 20 it says that the first thing Jesus Christ is going to do when He comes back is bind Satan for a thousand years. Those who argue that we are in the Millennium right now, who argue the Millennium began at the cross and will continue until Jesus returns, argue that Satan is bound. Is Satan bound?

Don McGee: I don't see how in the world Satan could be bound, at least, not in my life he's not bound. I don't know about anybody else. Peter warned us about this in 1 Peter 5:8. Peter said Satan is like a roaring lion. He's running around trying to find somebody that he can consume, devour, eat up.

Think of all the other warnings, too. Does God warn us for nothing? Look at all the times we are warned to be careful of Satan. He appears as an angel of light even. Are those empty warnings, or did the inspired writer's know what they were talking about? I think they did.

I think the threat's real. One of the things that Revelation 20 goes on to say, not only is Satan bound, but it says he will deceive the nations no more. Yes, he's going be bound in a special way. So, the deception is going to cease to exist. Look around at the nations, including this particular nation we happen to live in, there is a whole lot of deception going on. Satan is very much busy deceiving the nations.

Dr. Reagan: As one fellow once put it, "If Satan is bound, he is bound on a very long chain because he's always gnawing on my leg!"

Don McGee: That's right, that's right. I think Christians should consider this when they're considering a church where they're going to worship, where they're going to work, where they're going spend their time, their effort, their money. The leadership of that church, what do they believe? Did they come out of a seminary background where these things are being taught? Where they taught that you can't take these things literally, that everything has to be spiritualized? One of the reasons there is such ignorance among Christian people today, especially in the western world, is that they've been taught by people who've come out of seminaries believing this kind of stuff.


In the next part, our teachers will continue on in their discussion of Revelation 20, addressing the magnificent reign of Jesus Christ.


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Monday, June 21, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20 Discussion

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We've been looking at Revelation 20 and life in the Millennium for those in glorified and those in earthly bodies. Our teachers have returned for a discussion on whether to spiritualize or not Chapter 20.

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Revelation: Discussion of Chapter 20

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McGee & Pollock

Dr. Reagan: Let's begin our discussion with the Millennium itself. What would be your response to those people who claim that Chapter 20 should be spiritualized and therefore we are living in the Millennium right now?

Dennis Pollock: You wonder what gives a person the right to take the plain words of the Bible and turn them into symbolic things that aren't really what it says. Now, there are cases where the Bible can get symbolic, but the general rule is this: "unless the words of Scripture are just patently absurd and just make no sense as read, it's much safer to take them for the way that they say." And, in this case, what is so absurd about Jesus reigning on the Earth for a thousand years? What is so crazy about that?

Some people say, "Well, it just doesn't really fit with how I think it should be." But, God I don't think needs to ask you about that. There's nothing absurd about that. If the Bible says that's how God will do whatever, then why should we think differently?

Don McGee: One of the reasons we should think differently in the minds of some folks is that God only said it one time. A man told me that. He asked, "Why should we believe that there is going to be a Millennium because He only says it one time that He's going to reign for a thousand years?"

Dr. Reagan: How many times does God have to say something?

Don McGee: That was my question. I answered, "Well, my friend, how many times does God have to say He's going reign for a thousand years for you to believe that He's going reign for a thousand years?" He replied, "Actually, this thing needs to be spiritualized." So I asked, "What is your precedent for spiritualizing? How do you know when to spiritualize something and when to take something literally? What about the virgin birth? Are you going take that and are you going spiritualize it? Well, what about Jesus being born in Bethlehem? What about the great promise in John 14 where Jesus said I'm going to prepare a place for you and if I'm going do that I'm going come back and take you to be with me. Let's spiritualize that. If we do that then we have no hope in his return."

Dennis Pollock: Some people have even spiritualized the resurrection of Jesus. They said, "He didn't physically resurrect, He just resurrected in spirit." Well, that's crazy! Typically, the farther away you get from a relationship with God, the more you tend to say, "I don't really believe this. It's got to be meaning something else."

Dr. Reagan: Well, of course! The reason for that is because when you start spiritualizing Scripture, you become God. Scripture can mean anything you want it to mean, instead of what God intended for it to mean.

I don't understand why people want to spiritualize Chapter 20. Why would somebody want to say that Chapter 20 doesn't really mean what it says? When it says that Jesus is coming back and He's going to reign over all the nations of the earth and the Earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice as the waters cover the sea — hey, Man, I want to see that!

Don McGee: One of the reasons is because it doesn't fit with their preconceived idea of theology. But, it goes a little bit deeper than that. What does it mean if I believed all my life that this did not mean what it said and then one day I'm confronted with the truth and I have to make a decision? What about all those people that taught me like my mom and my daddy and my grandma and my grandpa? Am I going to say that they're wrong? I think that has a lot to do with it.

Dennis Pollock: That was exactly the argument against Martin Luther when he came out with the idea that we're justified by faith and not by all kinds of sacramental works and so forth. They said, "You little monk, are you going to tell us for a thousand years the Church has been wrong? All these great thinkers and church leaders have been wrong for a thousand years and you're right?" Well, he was right because he happened to believe what the Bible said literally. As long as you stay with the Bible, it doesn't matter how many people have told you otherwise.

Dr. Reagan: When you start talking about spiritualization, the fundamental argument I use about it is that the only way we can really determine for sure how the Second Coming prophecies are going to be fulfilled is to look at how the First Coming prophecies were fulfilled. The First Coming prophecies meant what they said.

People say, "Oh, well, they don't mean it in an apocalyptic book." I used to think that was a disease or something, but apocalyptic is a style of writing. They declare, "In an apocalyptic books things never mean what they say." Well, listen, the book of Zechariah is an apocalyptic book. The book of Zechariah says the Messiah will come on a donkey, He will be hailed as a king, He will be betrayed, He will be betrayed by a friend, He'll be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, the 30 pieces of silver will be used to buy a potter's field, that He will be lifted up and that He'll be pierced. And guess what? Every one of those prophecies meant exactly what they said. If that's true, then why don't the Second Coming prophecies mean what they say?

Don McGee: One of the reasons I think is because people who started with this, going back to Origen and Augustine and those guys, is because they came out of a Greek background where nothing could be taken literally, and nothing in the physical world especially. So, when they looked at the Millennium they said, "This can't be because this has to do with the physical world, so it must mean something else."

Dr. Reagan: Don, that's a very important point and I'd just like to develop it a little bit because the Greek mind and philosophy taught that everything that is tangible and everything you can see is evil. The ultimate thing is for the spirit to be released from this evil body and for the spirit to be released into the spirit world. And so, when they began to read these verses and they says you're going spend eternity in a new body on a new earth, they reply, "Oh, that can't be! We've got to spiritualize that because nothing pure and holy can be in a body and on a new earth or whatever because the whole material universe is evil." The Bible teaches the opposite. The Bible teaches that God created the whole universe in absolute perfection and has been corrupted by the sin of man, and one day God's going to put it back the way He originally created it, and it's going be perfected again.

Dennis Pollock: It shows us the danger of taking your presuppositions when you go to read the Bible and study the Word of God. You've got to lay those down. You've got to ask, "What does the Bible say?"

One of the safest things to do in studying Scripture is to ask yourself, "If I knew nothing about anything and I just picked up this book and read it, what conclusions would I draw?" It's very difficult to do that, and you need to ask the Holy Spirit to help you to do it, but that's the safest way to study the Scriptures.

These people are coming along with this preconceived idea that the physical matter is evil and it's wrong, and that God surely is not going to have us in physical bodies — that's just crazy! It's crazy because of their presupposition that the Bible cannot mean what it says. Well, who says? The Bible does mean what it says.


In the next part, our teachers will continue on in their discussion of Revelation 20, addressing the binding of Satan during the 1,000 years.


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20 Continued

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We last looked at Revelation Chapter 20 as it related to life for the glorified believer living in the Millennium — the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ over all the new nations of the world. As we continue exploring the Chapter 20 and the Millennium, we'll switch to looking at life for those living in fleshly bodies.

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Who will be saved in the Millennial Kingdom?

Dr. Reagan: You may think, "Well, of course everyone will accept Jesus during the Millennial Kingdom. After all, they will be able to see Him in His glorified body, and they will experience first-hand the blessings of His rule." But remember, Jesus was here once before, and all He did was love people and heal them and feed them, and they responded by nailing Him to a cross.

The heart of man is going to be no different during this Millennial period. Sin will be less because Satan and his demonic hoards will be restrained, but there will still be sin and rebellion in people's hearts because we are born with a sin nature. According to Jesus, the evil that is in the world comes from within man. All Satan does is multiply it through temptation. In fact, that's one of the purposes of the Millennium. God is going to use the Millennium to prove that Satan's religion — humanism — is wrong when it says that the way to change the world is to change society. Humanists take that position because they believe that evil is rooted in society. But, the word of God says that evil is rooted in the fallen nature of man and that the only way to change the world is to change people's hearts.

So, God is going to put all of mankind into a perfect environment for a thousand years, and at the end of that time He's going to let Satan loose. Satan will then expose the seed of rebellion that is in people's hearts. He will do this by convincing the nations to rebel against Jesus.


How can man rebel while in a paradise?

At this point you are probably wondering, "Well, why would people rebel after experiencing one thousand years of peace, righteousness and justice?" Well, think for a moment, think what it would be like to live under "the rule of the rod of iron" in the flesh. The flesh would want all the pleasures of the world: drugs, gambling, illicit sex, and pornography. But, these things would not be allowed under Jesus' rule of the rod of iron. Any attempt to indulge the flesh would be met with swift and sure justice. Violators would be tried before judges in glorified bodies, and there would be no appeal, because the judge's decision would be perfect.

And so, people on the surface will say, "We praise you Jesus!" But, there will be seething rebellion in their hearts. Satan is going to expose that rebellious spirit.

We're told in Revelation 20:7 that Satan will be let loose to test mankind, and he will rally the nations of the earth against Jesus. This will be man's last revolt against God, and through it God will prove conclusively that we do not change people by simply changing their environment. It is their hearts that must be changed, and that can be done only through the power of the Holy Spirit.


What is the final judgment?

The Millennium will conclude with God pouring out His wrath upon Satan and those who follow him. Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire to join the Antichrist and the False Prophet.

And then, God will resurrect and judge all the unrighteous who have ever lived, whether in Old Testament times, the Church Age, or the Millennium. This judgment is called "The Great White Throne Judgment." It is the judgment of the damned. All those who ever lived and died outside a faith relationship with God will be judged of their works to determine their eternal destiny. And, since no man can be justified before God by his works, all those who come before the Great White Throne Judgment — all of them — will be condemned to the Lake of Fire to experience what the Bible calls the "Second Death."


In the next part on this series on Revelation, we'll gather our teachers back together again to discuss Chapter 20.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Revelation Chapter 20

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We're going to take a look at the most controversial chapter in the book of Revelation — Chapter 20. It's the one that tells us about the Millennium — the one thousand year reign of the Lord over all the nations of the world. We'll particularly look at what those of us in glorified bodies will be doing during that peaceful thousand year time.

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Revelation Revealed: Chapter 20

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Dr. Reagan: As Chapter 20 opens, Jesus is ready to begin His reign here on Earth. But, there's one last piece of business He's got to take care of. He has taken care of the Antichrist and the False Prophet. He's defeated them and their armies, and He has thrown them into the Lake of Fire, which is Hell, where they will be tormented forever and ever. But, there's still one last rebel left, and that's Satan. So, the Lord's first business in Chapter 20 is to bind Satan and put him into a great abyss where he will be confined for the next thousand years. During that time, Satan and his demonic hoards will not be allowed to roam upon the Earth.


Who will reign?

Then, Chapter 20 says that we the Redeemed are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years. That reign is not described here in great detail. You will find the detailed description of it in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Isaiah. We are told that Jesus will rule with a "rod of iron," and we are told that some people will reign with Him, specifically, those to whom judgment has been given.

Now, who specifically will reign with Jesus? According to Daniel 7, Old Testament saints will be included in this group. "The saints of the highest one will receive the kingdom, then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the highest one."

The apostles will also be included. In Matthew 19:28 Jesus promised his apostles that, "In the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

Those of us who have become saints during the Church Age will certainly be included. That promise is made in several places in the New Testament. For example, in Revelation 2 it states: "and he who overcomes, to him I will give authority over the nations; and He shall rule them with a rod of iron."

Finally, the Tribulation martyrs who die for Jesus will be included, according to Revelation 20. "And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years."


What will we do?

Some of us will be administrators serving as mayors, governors and kings. Jesus made this point in one of His parables that degrees of reigning authority would be part of the rewards that believers would receive, based upon their faithfulness in this life. Others of us will serve as judges. Most of us will serve as teachers. That's right, we're going to provide the worldwide educational system, serving as shepherds and priests of God. It will be our responsibility to bring each person born during the Millennium to salvation through a saving faith in Jesus.

None of us will be legislators — none of us — because the government of the world will be a theocracy in which Jesus will be both the spiritual and governmental leader. The offices of priest and king will be combined in Him. He will give the law and we will teach it and enforce it.


Who will the Redeemed be ruling over?

Where will the millennial population come from? The people who will be allowed to go into the Millennium in the flesh will be the small number of Jews and Gentiles who live to the end of the Tribulation who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. You see, when Jesus returns, we're told that He will judge immediately all those left alive. The Jewish judgment is described in Ezekiel 20 and the Gentile in Matthew 25. Those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior at the end of that Tribulation period will be consigned to death.

You and I — the Redeemed — will be in glorified bodies, like the body Jesus has now. And, just as He mingled and interacted with His disciples after His resurrection while He was in a glorified body and they were in fleshly bodies, in like manner, we who will be in glorified bodies will live among and rule over those who are in fleshly bodies.

Jesus will reign in His glorified body as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords from Jerusalem. We're told in the Old Testament that David in his glorified body will rule as the king of Israel. And, as I said before, some of us will be administrators and some of us will be judges, and most of us will be teachers. We will be scattered all over the earth reigning over those who are in the flesh.

We're told in the book of Isaiah that life spans will be returned to what they were at the Fall in the Garden of Eden, that is, a thousand years. That means the people who enter the Millennium in the flesh and the children born to them during the Millennium will live the entire time. And, because death will be curtailed and life spans will be extended, the earth will experience a great population explosion. Most likely, by the end of the Millennium, there will be more people on the face of the earth than ever before in the history of mankind. And, it will be the responsibility of the Redeemed to bring those born during that time to salvation in Jesus Christ.


In the next part on this series on Revelation, we'll continue to explore Chapter 20 and life for those living in fleshly bodies during the Millennial Kingdom.


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