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According to Prophecy Ministries
The millennial reign of Christ — I love this teaching so much! As Christians every one of us will be a part of this event and we are going to see some beautiful things. At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, when Christ will literally come back, the faithful throughout history who will be living in glorified bodies will come back with Jesus and go into His Millennial Kingdom, this 1,000 year reign of Christ.
What is the millennial reign? I like to define a subject first. We will then look at the order of events leading to Christ's rule. Next, we will look at different views that are taught regarding this area. We will look at the promise of His reign, as well as the promise of the Saints reigning with Christ. We'll see the living conditions of the Millennial Reign. And then, we will close up with the scriptural basis, actually looking at Revelation 20 for the Millennium.
Millennial Reign of Christ Defined
What is the Millennial Reign of Christ? First of all, I want to define the term "millennium," because it is one of those words a lot of people may not understand. I do like the ABC's of prophecy, and I like to define terms. So, the term "millennium" is taken from two Latin words: mille which means "1,000," and anam which means "years." When the words are combined the new word simply means "1,000 years."
The Millennial reign of Christ is a 1,000 years literal reign. There are many people today who don't really believe that Christ will physically come back to reign, but we are going to see that He must come back and He will reign. You might say, "Brother Perkins, I thought when Christ comes back He is going to rule forever." Well, He will rule forever, but we've got to see that God has ordained a 1,000 year period in prophecy and that period will accomplish something in the program of God. It is going to be wonderful.
This period of time in which Jesus Christ will reign on the earth for 1,000 years is in fulfillment of many prophecies. During this rule of Christ, Satan will be bound and sealed in the Bottomless Pit, so he will have no influence on the earth to deceive mankind. I really love that part of prophecy, because during the Millennial Kingdom God is going to bind the Devil. Satan will be cast into a bottomless pit and there he will have no influence during the time of the Millennial Kingdom. Even though there will still be sin during the Millennium, Satan's influence will not be there. A man that sins in the Millennium won't be able to say, "The Devil made me do it." The Devil won't be around during that time, and I will tell you a little more about that in regards to why later.
At that time Jesus Christ will rule the entire world. He will be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will sit on the throne of King David ruling from Israel. We know that Christ came the first time and the Jews hailed Him as King. They threw the palm branches in front of Him. But, we know that Jesus never physically officiated as king and ruler on the throne of David. He never really sat on the throne of David. That is a physical prophecy that literally must come to pass, and Christ will fulfill that prophecy.
I want to quote Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, in his book, Things to Come. Listen to what he says regarding the Millennial Reign of Christ:
"The millennial period will be a period of the full manifestation of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be the manifestation of the glory associated with the humanity of Christ that will be the glorious dominion in which Christ by virtue of His obedience unto death is given full dominion to replace that dominion which Adam lost."
That will be the glorious government in which Christ as David's son is given absolute power to govern. That will be the glorious inheritance in which the land and the sea promised to Abraham are realized through Christ. This is going to be an awesome time, this Millennial Kingdom. Christ is going to literally rule and reign!
I want to quote Dr. John Walvoord. Listen to what he says:
"Advocates of this view hold that the millennial period in which Christ will literally reign on the earth as a supreme political leader and that many promises of the Old Testament relating to a kingdom on earth in which Israel will be prominent and the Gentiles will be blessed will have complete and literal fulfillment because the distinctive character of this Millennial reign of Christ is maintained in contrast to the present age. This age is sometimes designated as a dispensational interpretation."
In other words, it is a period of time that God has ordained in Scripture. This Millennial Kingdom is a 1,000 year government. This 1,000 year reign is when Christ will literally sit on the throne as the political leader. You know, we are living in a time now where we need true political leaders. The world today doesn't really understand government. We know that because we have lawmakers that make laws that are contrary to God. We need true biblical leaders. At the time of the Millennial Kingdom, Jesus will sit on the Throne of David as the leader of the world. And, again, it is going to be a blessed event for the Redeemed.
Order of Events
Let's now look at the order of events leading up to Jesus Christ's rule. We will see some beautiful things.
God has a divine order from which the Tribulation transformers into the Millennium. The close of the Tribulation period will be the Second Coming of Christ. Here the Savior Jesus Christ will literally come back physically riding a white horse. Jesus rode into Jerusalem as king during His First Coming based upon Zechariah's prophecy. He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. They declared Him King of Israel. They put the palms in front of Him. But, a few days later, they cried, "Give us Barabbas!" They killed Him. At that time Christ never officiated as king on the throne.
Many of the Jews at the time of Jesus' First Coming really wanted Christ to take the throne. They wanted Jesus to be Lord and Conqueror, but He didn't. He understood prophetic timing. As a matter of fact, in the Gospel of John chapter 6, there is an account where Jesus did some miracles. He performed the miracle of the fish and the five loaves. He feed the 5,000. The Scripture tells us down in verse 13 that when the people realized that Jesus was the Messiah and King, the Scripture says that Jesus perceived in His heart that the people would force Him to be King at that time. The Bible said that Jesus removed Himself because He realized that if he stayed there, those people would try to put Him on the throne, but it was not time yet. Though Jesus is King of Israel and was called to be King, there is a divine order for when that is going to happen. Jesus came first to die. He rode in lowly on a donkey. But, I want to say something, Saints, our Savior's donkey riding days are over! He's riding no more donkeys. When He comes back the next time, He is coming back as a man of war and He will literally reign upon the throne over the entire Earth.
As Jesus comes back at the Second Coming, it will produce an event called the Battle of Armageddon. This Battle of Armageddon will be an amazing battle because here Christ is literally taking authority. He is going to shake the earth! He is going to come as a man of war! The Scripture says that when Christ comes back at that time, He is coming back with fire in His eyes. The world has never seen Christ in this capacity. We look at Christ today and we think of Him as being Mary's little baby. We only see Him in the manger. But, when Christ returns, we won't see Him in this weakened capacity. He is coming back as a man of war to take authority over the Earth.
When Christ returns at the Second Coming, He is coming back with His administration. That is going to be everyone of us who was raptured. Those of us at the time who were raptured and glorified will go up to Christ, we will go to the judgment seat of Christ, we will go to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and as the food digests we will mount up on horse and then we will come back down to earth with Christ. But guess what, Saints? We glorified saints are literally coming with Christ to go into His administration. We will be in key positions of authority to help Christ govern the world.
Jesus is coming back with the glorified ones, and the glorified ones who are coming with Him will be like Him. We will literally judge like Him. The sin nature will no longer be a part of our being. So, at the Second Coming when Jesus comes back, we are going to come with Him and go into His government.
What I love so much about Christ coming back and setting up His government is that the world will worship Him. He will truly be King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The world will bow their knee to honor Jesus Christ as King. He will officially sit on the throne of His Father David. And, what else I love so much about this even is that we the righteous will be a part of this great event.
Different Millennial Views
I must give you some different views in regards to the Millennial Kingdom, because there are a number of views out there, and I want to give them to you just in case you may bump into some who don't hold to a view of a Millennial Kingdom.
The first one I want to give you is the Amillennial view. Let me define it for you. The Amillennial interpretation is a denial that there will be a 1,000 year reign of Christ after His return to earth. It is an Amillennial or non-millennial view because it denies such a literal reign of Christ on the earth. This view was developed in 400 AD by Saint Augustine and it was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church in 430 AD at the Council of Ephesus. It is called the Amillennial View meaning that there will not be a Millennial Reign. They don't believe that Christ will physically return to planet Earth.
I am going to tell you this, if Christ does not physically come back to planet Earth, you might as well throw your Bible away because He will fulfill every jot and tittle. This is one reason why Jesus is coming back — to fulfill prophecy. As I shared earlier, Jesus fulfilled the first prophecies that brought Him to the cross. Well, there are future prophecies that are also about Jesus' life, and He will fulfill them as well, and again we will witness that.
The next view is called the Post-Millennial view. This view basically suggests that the world will get better and better until the whole world is Christianized, at which time Christ will return to a kingdom of peace. This view was originated by Daniel Whitby in 1638 to around 1726. He was a Unitarian in England. Although he was censored for some of his heretical views, many conservative theologians rapidly embraced and propagated his viewpoint on the Millennium.
Again, this view teaches that the world will basically get better and better. Many who hold to this view believe they can get into government and basically turn the world around and make it a better place. Well, I've got to tell you something, it won't happen without Christ. God will not allow any man to have that kind of glory. As a matter of fact, the unstableness in the nation of Israel today is really by God's design. The world cannot have true peace unless the Messiah sits on the throne of peace. Jesus' return is the only way that peace will actually take place in the world. Christ must come back in order to stabilize that peace.
As a matter of fact, the Scriptures predict that the world is going to get worse before it gets better. We can't make it better. Man has tried his humanistic way to bring in a utopia, but it never works. It never works. Mankind cannot create a lasting peace, so this Post-Millennial view is not a viable view.
In the next segment we'll continue to look at the major views concerning the Millennial reign of Christ, starting with the Pre-Millennial view.