October 6, 2011
Who Lives during the Millennium?
-- Going into the Millennium it is Christ coming to conquer as "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Re19:16) And Jesus explained how that will be on earth when He comes "in His glory and all the angels with Him" (Mt25:31)
--The Millennium is specifically -for- and -about- Israel, as they are wailing and welcoming back the one "whom they pierced" (Zec12:10) And it will be the "third part"; those who survive the 70th week. (Zec13:9)
--And as Messiah judges the nations, the "sheep" nations will be welcomed "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Mt25:34)
--Those who, through the 70th week, refused to bow to the image and were martyred, it says, "and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not done homage to the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years." (Re20:4) That would presumably be both Jew and Gentile Believer...those who were saved after the Rapture.
--And then, there is "And Jehovah my God shall come, and all the saints with You" (Zec14:5)
In addition to Re20:4, these are also those from the first two-phases of the Resurrection. The OT saints were raised when Jesus was: "and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and were manifest to many." (Mt27:52-53) And also the Church, Believers are "called saints" (Ro1:7, 1Co1:2), who were resurrected and raptured. (1Th4:14-17)
And so, it will be
Returning from Heaven: