REVELATION CHAPTER 20 AND VERSE 1 OF 21
There are two distinct great physical catastrophes, one associated with the coming of Christ just before the Millennium that He reigns over Heb 12 with Rev 20:11 and the 2nd upon the completion of the Judgments of the Great White Throne Rev 21:1 with 2 Pet 3:7.
One might be compared to “re-birth” the second to “sanctification”…..
Christ has come the anti-Christ destroyed… “Whom the Lord shall consume by the breath of his mouth , and strike powerless with the manifestation of His presence” 2 Thes 2 with Rev 19:20.
Now Satan has been chained and locked into the Bottomless Pit… Rev 20:1-3.
On earth surviving Nations appear before that Throne who came not up against Christ and are now judged Matt 25:31-46.
THE FIRST RESURRECTION IS OUT FROM AMONG THE DEAD Luke 20:34-36 Phil 3:11, IT IS THE RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE MILLENNIAL REIGN
Here may lay the greatest need for the modern day Christian’s enlightenment.
In all things we know that earthly things are copies of those things heavenly.
Heavenly and Earthly priests intercede. We have that understanding from Scripture… patterned for us in the OC and New…. Christ is the ultimate intermediary between God and man. Hebrews the first Chapter gives us the insight of His great authority. We see this millennial reigning exampled in the Patriarchs, and Melchizedek and Moses and the Kings of Israel…. all point towards a single authority with those appointed by Him with authority to rule.
God declared His will from the Exodus in that all Israel were to be priests, and that before the giving of the Law, although not all obtained unto the privilege.
Moses and Aaron then filled that authority with the Levites being the appointed priests of Israel. SO those in the anti-type of the First Resurrection shall rule in authority as king priests appointed by Christ the King and High Priest, and that dynamic both in the heavenly realm and in the earthly.
As it has been for millennium, Angels have been given the ruling authority over this God’s Creation so men will take that authority in the future over the ministering and administrating of God’s will to mankind. Heb1 with Rev 20:6, 1:6.
In His literal return with His reigning we may find also His Bride’s literal accompanying Him and then reigning with Him…..
Among these named resurrected ones are justly those who have physically died for Him.
In that Christ called His disciples to die for Him, both physically and soulishly is easily found in Scripture, Matt 10:21,28,30 24:9 Rev 1:13 6:11 13:15 Luke 12:4,5 with Matt 16:24 Luke 9:23 etc.
Life surrendered equals life restored and advanced in resurrection,… not just the martyrs have their part in the Kingdom, but so do the meek, persecuted, poor in spirit and pure in heart…so say the beatitudes and many other places that the doers of God’s will and losers of their own soul,…. and these from both Covenants are counted worthy to rule with Christ.
To the one who suffers in this World for righteousness sake shall receive reward accordingly Matt 5:12 1st Pet 2:19.
He that enjoys the Millennium bliss does so because he has been accounted worthy Luke 20:36 and seeing as it is the time of “JUSTICE” he then reaps what he has previously sown….. to the degree of death that he experienced he now receives life AND LIFE MORE ABUNDANT in resurrection.
It’s a new dispensation the Age of Grace has passed…. the Nation/people for His name have been taken out of the Gentiles Acts15:14. The Nation of the New Man (Eph 2) is now heavenly and the Age or dispensation then has the distinction between Jew and Gentile once again.
God’s promises are now being fulfilled to the Jew brought back to life from the dead Roms 11:15. Jerusalem has been rescued from the Gentiles and is once again the Holy City of God, with festivals and worship in around Ezekiel’s Temple Ezk 37-45.
The RESURRECTION BRINGS THAT FUTURE DISPENSATION WHEN POWER TRANSFERS FROM ANGELS TO MEN
“For not to angels put He in subjection the future habitable earth of which we are speaking, but one in a certain place testified saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” … “Thou didst put all things in subjection under his feet:” Heb 2:5,8.