Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 25, 2015

Thought For The Week August 30, 2015

We are nearing the end of our journey through sixteen Biblical truths which the Assemblies of God regards as basic beliefs of Christian faith. We’ve covered the inspiration of the Bible, the nature of God and the deity of Jesus, the fall and salvation of mankind, ordinances of the church, baptism in the Holy Spirit, the church and ministry, divine healing, and our hope of Jesus’ soon return. This week we want to peer into the future and discuss what we believe the Bible says about the the culmination of history and the end of the earth as we know it. Number 14 of our truths is “The Millenial Reign of Christ”.

Biblical prophecy points to a time when Jesus returns to take the church out of the world, which we call the rapture (last week). After that time there will be a period of trouble on the earth unlike any in history. Revelation actually says the length of the time will two periods of three and one half years each (Revelation 11:3; 13:6). Daniel also speaks of a 70 weeks (weeks of years) with reference to the Messiah (Jesus). 69 weeks or 483 years would elapse between the decree to restore Jerusalem’s walls and the coming of the Messiah, who would be “cut off” (killed). The 70th week is set apart and points to the seven year tribulation discussed in Revelation (Daniel 9:24-27).

At the end of the seven year tribulation period, Jesus returns as the conquering King; I saw heaven opened, and…a white horse…He who sat on him was called Faithful and True…in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns…His name is called The Word of God…the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses…out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations…He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron…n His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16). The rest of the chapter says Jesus will defeat the beast (the devil) and all the evil-doers that followed him.

The next chapter says that after the devil is sent to the bottomless pit for 1000 years, Jesus will reign along with His followers for 1000 years (Revelation 20:4). During this time the earth will exist in universal peace, The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard lie down with the young goat…the calf and the young lion…together;and a little child shall lead them. The cow and bear shall graze…the nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole…They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain…for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9) and Israel, as a nation, will finally come to the Savior (Romans 11:26-27).

This is a vital belief because it reminds us that, though the world is currently enslaved by Satan, and it appears that God may have lost the battle, God is not dead! He actually told us that world conditions would get increasingly worse just before He comes to take His own and sets in motion the end time events. God’s Word has predicted what we are seeing today but also tells us without a doubt that He will be the Victor in the end.

Jesus’ 1000 year reign will prove that God’s kingdom and government is perfect as it replaces all the failed systems of human governance. Biblical prophecy also indicates that Israel, as a nation, has a continuing place in God’s plan for mankind.

Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus is really in charge and that one day we will be the ones following Him on the white horses to establish His rule? In case you are wondering, the 1000 year reign of Jesus isn’t all there is. After this period there will arise a brief time of rebellion when Satan is loosed for a short time, then Jesus takes over and establishes His kingdom for all the rest of eternity. We’ll discuss some of the events that take place during that time in the next two installments. For now, rest in the knowledge that we who trust Jesus now, will live and reign with Him forever. What a thought!

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