Jesus gave the Book of Revelation to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos. While the Book lays bare the end time devastating events of near extinction levels, it also gives great HOPE to those who are absolutely faithful to him. Notice the future of the saints!
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth, Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And has made us KINGS and PRIESTS unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen’. (Revelation 1:5-6).
Jesus will make US unto the Father KINGS and PRIESTS! He will apportion rulership and the teaching of his way of life to the saints. Note Jesus’ words to the Thyatira church: “And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; AS THE VESSELS OF A POTTER SHALL THEY BE BROKEN TO SHIVERS: EVEN AS I RECEIVED OF MY FATHER” (Revelation 2:26-27). The nations of this world are where the problems lie. There is a great future for the Philadelphia church. “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your CROWN [of rulership]. Him that overcomes will I make a PILLAR in the temple of my God … (Revelation 3:11-12a).
Jesus even identifies the exact location of our reign! “… for you were slain, and has redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nations; And has made us unto our God KINGS and PRIESTS: and we shall REIGN ON THE EARTH” (Revelation 5:9-10). Once again, the earth where human beings reside is the problem area. While the evil spirit Satan and his fallen angels reside on the earth to act upon human nature, there will be no peace.
Satan and his angels must be stopped before mankind can be taught God’s truth. He is the deceiver of the world. “And he [God’s angel] laid hold of the dragon [Satan – Rev. 12:9], and Satan, and bound him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2).
A dramatic scene is then described. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and REIGNED with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4). “ … This is the FIRST resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall REIGN with him [Jesus] a thousand years” (Revelation 20:5 last-6).
Why will some be trained to reign now over the nations? “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son … Moreover whom he did predestinate … “ (Romans 8:29-30). The word predestinate in the Greek Strong’s Concordance is # 4309. It means to limit in advance. God is limiting in advance the number of people he is calling today to become kings and priests to reign in his kingdom. The remainder of humanity has been blinded to this truth until Christ comes at the 7th Trump to set up his kingdom, along with the saints.
Hebrews 11 tells us of saints in olden days. They had faith. They also looked forward to the coming kingdom of God along with New Jerusalem. That chapter tells WHY they remained faithful to God no matter what circumstances they faced. “… that they might OBTAIN A BETTER RESURRECTION:” (Hebrews 11:35b).
The BEST resurrection is the first. According to I Corinthians 15:50-57, the faithful saints will become IMMORTAL, just like the Father and Son. In the Book of Daniel we see prophesies of the saints who have overcome. “But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever” (Daniel 7:18). There will be persecution of the saints and war made with them “Until the Ancient of days [the Father] came and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the SAINTS possessed the kingdom” (Daniel 7:22). God, through Jesus and the saints, will establish utopia on this earth for 1,000 years. Who will contribute to building this wonderful kingdom, other than Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords? “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be GIVEN to the people of the SAINTS of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him” (Daniel 7:27).
Do you want to be a part of God’s kingdom? Repent and be baptized, and start living God’s ways!!! We can help you if you seek his kingdom first.