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Revelation Of Jesus Christ, Millennial Rule As Priests, Ruling With Jesus Forever, New Heavens And Earth, New Jerusalem The Heavenly City, Members Of God's Household
What we also need to remember is that the Book of Revelation is not just John speaking; it is the Lord speaking as well. Almost the entire first three chapters are printed in red letters showing that this is the Lord speaking, and not John himself. In chapter twenty-two, after all of the prophecies and visions have been recorded, Jesus again gives His closing words. Consider some of the following Scriptures which show that this is the Lord speaking through His angel to John:
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:"
Revelation 1:1, KJV
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
Revelation 1:8, KJV
"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."
Revelation 1:18, KJV
"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."
Revelation 3:3, KJV
"Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
Revelation 3:11, KJV
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."
Revelation 3:21, KJV
"Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."
Revelation 22:7, KJV
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
Revelation 22:12, KJV
"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
Revelation 22:16, KJV
All of the above verses clearly demonstrate that the Book of Revelation is indeed Jesus Himself speaking to us directly. So, in addition to the various parables in the Gospels, we have the Lord speaking in the Epistles, as well as in the Book of Revelation. Clearly then, He wants us to know all about the Millennium, and many other things as well. Besides what we have already covered in chapter twenty, here are a few more verses from the Book of Revelation which demonstrate how we will rule on the Earth as kings and priests of the Lord:
"And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Revelation 1:6, KJV
"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
Revelation 5:10, KJV
"And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."
Revelation 22:4-5, KJV
Thus, with this article, not only have we now discovered the possible purposes of the Millennium, but we have also answered the question concerning what will happen to the Saints after they have ruled with the Lord on the Earth for a thousand years: We will continue to rule with God the Father and Jesus His Son from within the Heavenly City for ever and ever on the New Earth! God is going to make all things new! There is going to be new people on this New Earth! Consider the following verses which confirm this:
"And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
Revelation 21:24-27, KJV
"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
Revelation 22:2, KJV
These verses clearly reveal that only the saved people of the new nations of the world will be allowed to enter the Heavenly City. The fact that these people will still require healing is a strong indication that they are normal human beings. They are not we the Resurrected and Reigning Saints. We will have already made the grade many years before when we first became the adopted sons and daughters of God. We will be a part of the Household of God who will be permitted to dwell within that City of Golden Light with God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Older Brother. Consider these wonderful verses:
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;"
Ephesians 2:19, KJV
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
Revelation 21:7, KJV
In that day -- which is hopefully not too far off into the future -- we will finally -- and fully -- understand the significance of what John wrote in the very first chapter of his Gospel when he said:
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"
John 1:12, KJV
If you would like a clearer understanding of what it really means to be a son of God, I invite you to read my series "Is Jesus the Only Begotten Son of God?". I believe it will thrill your heart! Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour so that you too can become an adopted son of God? I certainly hope so! Time is certainly growing short with each passing day! I pray that this series has been an inspiration and a blessing in your life. It won't be long!