Revelation 20:7 Priests in the kingdom…

Continuing our study of Revelation 20.

Revelation 20:4  ‘I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did come to life  until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them and they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.’

Christ Jesus will establish his reign on earth for a thousand years and righteous souls will be involved and play their part in this reign. They will have proven themselves worthy by remaining true to their faith. 

The righteous who have already died when Christ Jesus returns, will be resurrected so that they might be involved. They will be blessed and serve as priests within the kingdom.

The unrighteous who have died without accepting the grace of Jesus – will not be resurrected until the thousand years is over, whereupon they will be raised up for judgement.

The earth will be populated by the righteous who have received immortal resurrection bodies and also those who have survived the tribulations but have not received Christ Jesus as their saviour and still have mortal bodies. 

This latter group will grow exponentially  in number over the thousand years. Some will hear the gospel and respond:

Micah 4:2  ‘Many nations will come and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.’

Some will tragically not respond, even though the goodness of God will be surrounding them. They will curse and rebel against God, until the bitter end.

Revelation 20:7  ‘When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations from the four corners of the earth – Gog and Magog – to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people.’

At the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released and he will go back to his normal activities of leading people into deception and stirring up a rebellion against God. 

They will march against Jerusalem once more, but once again they will be defeated in a rerun of the Battle of Gog and Magog. 

Psalm 48:4  ‘When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together, they saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror. Trembling seized them there, pain like that of a woman in labour. You destroyed them like the ships of Tarshish shattered by an east wind.’

They will have good reason to tremble and try to flee in terror.

Revelation 20:9a  But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.’

Thank you for reading this…

  • Revelation 21:22 The light of Jerusalem
    Jerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
  • Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’
    This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city. 
  • Revelation 21:6 He who is thirsty
    The goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever. 
  • Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…
    Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity. 
  • Revelation 21:3 The New Jerusalem
    We discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!

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