Summary: if the rapture were to take place today, that would begin the 7 years of tribulation on earth, at this time the church saints will be judged for our stewardship as we'll be safe with the Lord.
#8~ Rev.20:1-6 THE PROMISED KINGDOM 8-10-13
Last time I talked about the "white throne judgment" of the lost found in Rev, 20:11-15, at that time I intended for that message to be the last of our study to do "Prophetic events that are still to come" but I was not at peace with that decision, so today Lord be willing, I want to talk for a little while about the KINGDOM REIGN of KING JESUS, and probably next time as well, as there's much to be said about that subject.
~ Let me point out that the Kingdom reign of Jesus is before the "white throne judgment".
~ if the rapture were to take place today, that would begin the 7 years of tribulation on earth, this will be the time that "the judgment seat of Christ" will also take place, in other words while the tribulation is under way for 7 years on the earth we, the church saints will be judged for our stewardship as we'll be with the Lord.
At the judgment seat of Christ everything that is wrong will have to be corrected. All unconfessed sin will be dealt with at that time. -- That's why we need to confess our sins regularly.
Rewards will be given out at that time, and He will cleanse the church with the Word.
>Eph. 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
~ Near the end of the 7 year tribulation, Jesus returns the 2nd time in Rev.19: at what we know as "the battle of Armageddon," there He destroys the armies of the world that will be gathered to make war with Him, and with their destruction comes the end of the 7 years of tribulation.
~ With the tribulation then over, next will come the time for the setting up of His Kingdom reign that is to last for 1000 years on this earth.
~ Let us be sure we understand that the "white throne judgment of the lost" is AFTER THE KINGDOM REIGN OF CHRIST"
~ LISTEN, after the Millennial is over, and the White throne judgment is over, and this old world has been burned up with fervent heat as we're told in 2nd Pt.3: all things will be made new, according to Revelation chapters 21 and 22.
~Also Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
~ The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said in;
Matt. 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, --
~ As I thought on these things, the 1st thing that comes to my mind to do with this old world being burned up is this; "WHAT WILL GOD DO WITH THE SAVED PEOPLE THAT WILL BE ON THIS EARTH AT THE TIME IT'S BEING BURNED UP?" I think that's a good question.
~I have search high and low for an answer and found none, but never the less, the people that are saved and on earth in their natural bodies at the end of the Millennium will have to be some where when its burned up. -- The best answer that I found or heard was from my wife.
~ I mentioned it too her and she said, "God is big enough to take care of it"-- simple, plain and true.
Jesus said in;
>John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
~ We believe that He was talking about the place that He's preparing for the Church, but He said, "in my Father's house are many mansions" so by Him saying that, I'm confident that He'll have a place for these saints also until the NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH are complete. -- All that is Gods business, He'll take care of it.
~ In the Scriptures there are more prophecy concerning the Millennium than of any other period of time.
* The Kingdom was the theme of the Old Testament prophets.
Because the KINGDOM is mentioned so many times in the O.T. scriptures, the Jews in Jesus time on earth were very familiar with the subject of the Kingdom, but they didn't know when it would be.
~What was seen in Rev.11:15 by way of anticipation is here realized.
>Rev. 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.