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Different Millennial Views (Continued)
Let's look at the Pre-Millennial view. This is the view that I do hold to and teach on. This view holds that Jesus Christ will return to earth literally and bodily before the Millennial age begins and that by His presence a kingdom will be instituted over which He will reign and that all of Israel's covenants will literally be fulfilled. The Kingdom will continue for 1,000 years after which it will be given by the Son to the Father when it will be merged with His Eternal Kingdom.
Generally speaking, ones view of interpreting the Scripture depends on whether or not he or she is a Pre-millennialist. For the most part, all who believe the Bible to be literal are Pre-millennialists.
Again, I want to just throw this in here, but I do believe that the Pre-millennial view is the right view. The reason why is because this view stands the test of Scripture. It gives a clear and balanced perspective on God's end time program with clarity. It makes plain sense of the Scriptures. As a colleague once said, "When the plain sense makes sense, there is no other sense, unless you wind up with nonsense." And, that is so true.
Many people hold crazy views, you know? Some people teach that we are in the Millennium now. I have met many people who hold to that view and I say to them, "Wait a minute, Brother, we can't be in the Millennium now since first of all Christ isn't ruling on the Throne of David."
We are going to see a little bit later that during the Millennium Kingdom God is going to change the whole nature of our whole society, even the nature of the animals as the animal kingdom will change. You've heard the lion will eat straw. So, again, we are not in that Millennial Kingdom yet, but it's coming and again we will be there to experience a wonderful, wonderful event.
Promises of Christ's Reign
I want to give you some promises of Jesus' reign. There are some promises to Christ's literal reign that apply to us all. Let's look at some Scriptures related to those promises.
Let's look at Acts 1:6-7. This takes place right after Jesus' resurrection but before He ascended to Heaven. Jesus was spending time with His disciples and the disciples were wondering, "Okay, Lord, you died on the cross and you have been resurrected and now you are with us. So, Lord, at this time are you going to set up the Kingdom?" Look at verse 6, "When they therefore come together they asked of Him saying, 'Lord will thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?' And He said unto them, 'It is not for you to know the times of the seasons which the Father has put in His own power.'"
The Jews there did something that we today do the opposite of. Let me explain what I mean by that. See, Israel wanted the Kingdom. They wanted Christ to bring in the Kingdom. Now, Jesus came first of all to die to provide any who accepted Him as Savior eternal life, and then He would bring in the Kingdom. Well, they had Christ. He died. But, they wanted the Kingdom. They longed for the Kingdom and not for Christ. We do just the opposite today. Do you know what we do? We want Christ, but we don't want His Kingdom. We do just the opposite. We want Christ, but we don't want anything to do with a physical reign of His Kingdom. We look at Christ and we have Him today. He is seated in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father. We believe we are seated with Him spiritually in the heavenly places, that the Kingdom is here in the Church, and that is as far as we go. We don't want a physical return of Christ. We don't want a physical Kingdom. We don't want Jesus to come in and set up a physical government.
But, guess what, Saints? Jesus must physically reign in order to fulfill prophecy. The Jews had Him, but they wanted the Kingdom. We today have Him, but don't want the Kingdom. How sad!
Let me give you another verse. I love this verse. It's in the book of Isaiah chapter 9. I call Isaiah 9 the "holiday verse" because it is the only time we really use this verse. In Isaiah 9:6-7, the Bible says:
"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 Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this."
When we read verse 6 — "For unto a child is born, for unto us a son is given" — we normally at Christmas time just stop there. We don't read any further into the prophecy. We look at Mary's baby and we see the baby in the manger and we see those things, but we never go further into the prophecy. We know that Christ came as a child, we know that, but we never have seen Him officiate as ruler. The Bible says here, "The government shall be upon his shoulders." In other words, the responsibility of ruling will literally be on Christ. He is going to be King. Again, this is a physical prophecy — a promise of Jesus' reign on the earth. Christ will do it.
Here's another promise of Christ's coming reign from Scriptures. Zechariah 14 is used all the time. This Second Coming text is a literal prophecy concerning Jesus coming back to planet Earth. In verse 4 it says:
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee."
At the Second Coming, Jesus is coming back with all the Saints. But, look at verse 9. Verse 9 is a millennial verse which belongs to the Millennium. "And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." At the Second Coming, it says here Jesus is coming back to set up His government.
I just can't help saying it again, I love that we are going to be a part of that administration. The Saints are going to be a part of what Christ is doing.
Daniel 7:18, 27
Let me give you some prophecies showing you not only that Christ will reign, but we the saints will literally rule and reign with Him as well. Daniel 7 verse 18 promises, "But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever." And, in verse 27 it continues, "And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him."
Now, we do know that though there is a 1,000 year reign of Christ, the 1,000 year reign is really a precursor to the eternal world. The rule and reign will just begin with that 1,000 years. God has put a time limit on the 1,000 year reign since it's a precursor to the eternal world.
John is told that those who are saved and are in glorified bodies are going to literally rule and reign with Christ. Revelation 2:26-27 holds a promise to the Church. Listen to what Jesus says, "He that overcometh, and keep my works until the end, to him will I give power over the nation." This is a promise that we will reign. We will rule under Christ. If you are an overcomer as a member of the Church, Jesus has promised you that he will give you power to rule and reign over the nations. Jesus shall rule over all of them with a rod of iron, and we too will literally rule and reign in service of our Savior.
Revelation 5:10 declares, "And have made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth." Believers are going to reign on planet Earth with Christ. We are going to literally rule and reign with Him.
And, last here, Revelation 20:4 says, "And which have not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received the mark upon their foreheads are in their hands and they lived and reigned with Christ 1,000 years." This passage deals with the people who were martyred in the Tribulation. Just prior to the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom, God is going to resurrect them and then they will also reign with the glorified saints during the 1,000 year reign of Christ.