Sunday, February 26, 2017
Thousand Year Reign with Christ Series #5 – Part 133 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
In Blog #4 I left you with the question, “Does Jesus tell us when the Thousand Year Reign with Christ on the earth ends?” Remember, we have already established scripturally when the Thousand Year Reign with Christ on the earth began – the moment that Jesus rose from the dead His Kingdom of Heaven was established on the earth. A human being must be spiritually born again in order to enter His spiritual kingdom.
We have also learned that the word thousand describes an indefinite period of time, as earthly time is determined. By this information, we can conclude that the Reign of Christ on the earth will end the day the very last human being, who desires to do so, accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. At this time, the earthly reign of Christ will cease, because His purpose for this prophecy will have been fulfilled. But, the spiritual Reign of Christ will never cease.
Our omniscient God, Creator of all things, is the only one who knows when there is no one left on the earth who desires to be born again – no one left to surrender their allegiance to Jesus Christ. The end of the thousand-year reign with Christ on the earth, immediately ushers in the end of the world. How do I know?
The Apostle Peter gives us some insights regarding the return of Jesus Christ to gather His followers to Himself and usher them to His heavenly kingdom – ending His reign on the earth. Many wonder why Jesus has never returned in 2000 years, so have rejected Him and His Bible as false. But Peter says…The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance…II Pet. 3:9.
Regarding the day the Lord returns for His people, Peter says…But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up…II Pet. 3:10.
He comes as a thief in the night, means that Jesus Christ will not be expected. A thief arrives at your home unexpected, and hidden by the darkness of night. When Jesus Christ returns, human beings will be living for themselves in spiritual darkness, having no interest in Him or the Kingdom of Heaven – so they will not be expecting Him to come. Only His kids will be watching for His coming.
…scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation…for this they willfully forget; that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water…by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water…but the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men…II Pet.3:3-7.
The Apostle Peter explains that God kept His promise to destroy the violent idolatrous and immoral world of Noah’s day – people seem to forget. But, the present violent idolatrous and immoral world is reserved to perish by fire. This time though, the earth will burn up – it will no longer exist. Does scripture reveal more about the end of the world?
Jesus spoke to His disciples in parables, many prophetic, saying…it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven…Matt. 13:11. One prophetic parable is found in Matt. 13:24-30 where He spoke in metaphors – Wheat & Tares. He explains these metaphors in the Parable of the Tares – Matt. 13:36-43. Please read them for the full story. Wheat and tares symbolize spiritual seeds to be sowed in a field. The field is the world. The good seeds – wheat – are the sons of the kingdom of God. The bad seeds – tares – are the sons of the wicked one – Satan. Both kinds of seeds are allowed to grow together in the world until the end of the world.
There is a harvest of all the spiritual seeds – human beings – at the end of the world, when God sends out his End-time Reapers to gather in the harvest – then the earth burns up. The tares – Satan’s kids (all who offend and practice lawlessness) – are cast into the furnace of fire, where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. The wheat – God’s kids – will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.
What did Jesus mean when He said…and as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man…Luke 17:26? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~