The Millenium is Literally a 1000 Year Period
The Millennium speaks of the literal 1,000-year period where Jesus rules all the nations on the earth. He will rule every sphere of life from Jerusalem. John said in Revelation 20:4-6: “And I saw thrones, and they”—saints of Revelation 19:14—“sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not worshipped the Beast,”—Antichrist—“or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads, or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for 1,000 years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the 1,000 years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priest of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him, 1,000 years.”
I added for “they” the “saints of Revelation 19,” as they are the saints from a couple verses earlier. They sat upon the thrones, and judgment was given to those saints. The Lord is going to give real decision-making to the saints. Judgment does not just mean negative. It means the process of evaluating, and setting things in order on the earth. I want to mention it again. Judgment, instead of the word judgment put the word decision-making; decisionmaking will be committed to the saints.
Now here is an important idea: we, the saints, will not be automated robots anymore than they are now. It is like people have this idea that they are just going to be on automatic pilot, and we think, “I have a sphere of the earth to govern. I do not think anything. I am blank staring into the blank. If an idea comes, I will do it.” We say, “Lord, what do you want me to do there?” He answers, “Well, what do you want to do there? We answer, “Well, Lord, come on, I have only been in the Millennium a couple days. I am a little disoriented. What do You want me to do there?”
He says, “I will tell you; I will give you the broad strokes. I want righteousness and justice in that area of the earth. I am going to help you, but I want you to go get your team together, get an action plan, and come back to tell Me what is on your mind.” “Well Lord, what about letting me just be one of those automatic pilot where I do not think, I just do it?” He answers, “No, I am committing judgment to you. You must obey My commandments. You must do My will. Here is what I want. I want righteousness, justice, and love in that geographic area of the earth that I have put under your leadership, even a small one or a large one. I will help you, but I want to know what you are thinking right now.”
We have this idea of judgment that we are just robots. Beloved, you are not robots now. Why would you be robots in the fullness of grace, if you were not robots now? Judgment will be committed to you, and you will be committed to the lordship of Jesus. He will actually allow the expression of your personality, as you fulfill ruling and reigning with Him, just like now. It is very much like now. Your personality comes out even as you fully obey the Lord. You read the books of the Bible. The personalities of the authors of the guys who wrote the Bible are so different. God did not change His personality. God worked through the real human personality of real people. The Word of God is eternal. It is infallible. We think, “How did You do that, God? How did you use those funny little quirks in those guys’ personalities?” The Lord says, “I know how to do it. I know how to work with My people. It is the passion of My heart to do this.” Well they are going to reign for a 1,000 years.
Period of gloval blessing is initiated with the Second Coming
Jesus’ will initiate this global blessing second coming. They have righteousness, prosperity, unprecedented blessing as Jesus restores life on the planet to the conditions of the Garden of Eden, but it will not happen in one day. At the second coming, He is not going to wave His hand and everything will be made right. The reason the Millennium is 1,000 years is because it takes 1,000 years for the whole process to be set into place, to be fully matured, to be tested in different ways, and to stand true to the Lord.
The 1,000 years is as if, “OK, Lord, we did it in the first few weeks. Now what are we going to do for the next 999? What are we going to do?” We are going to be building this thing for some hundreds of years and then establishing it. It is going to be tested, and it is going to have to be seasoned and matured under the weight of pressure to be true.
Then, at the end of the 1,000 years, 1 Corinthians 15:24-26: “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:24-26 states that Jesus takes the kingdom; He takes the whole world and it is completely Christianized—every single sphere of life, and every agricultural area of the earth is in obedience to Jesus’ wisdom and Jesus’ way. The animals, economics, art, athletics of people with natural bodies, all of the spheres of life will be brought under the wisdom and blessing of Jesus. Billions of people will be walking them out without violating their free will. We are talking about the government of the earth will set these things into place, and real people will really do them. They will really walk them out after 1,000 years of this kind of leadership. No man could pull this thing off. All of these different guys have been leaders over nations, and the nations are just a wreck afterward.
Jesus’ leadership is perfect
One Man can pull this off—not just for a nation. He will take all the kings of the earth and will set the thing up. He will train them, cause them to understand, and then impart it. He will not just give them a shot, and they will be in an automatic, robotic state. They are going to learn, impart, and do. They are going to feel. There are going to be people with resurrected bodies, and there are going to be saints with unresurrected bodies—those who are still alive on the earth when the Lord returns. He is going to establish His kingdom on the earth. He is really coming back to the planet, and we really are going to have a role when He comes.
Saints will be given leadership roles to reign
All at this time, all the kings of the earth will be born again—the natural kings. Maybe I lost some of you. “Who are these natural guys?” There are three groups of people when the Lord returns: Number one group: believers who are all raptured. All the believers are raptured, so that leaves two groups left. Number two group: the second group took the mark of the beast—they are reprobate. They cannot be saved. They cannot repent, and there might be one or two billion of them. I do not know the number, but it is lots. Number three group: there is another group. I call them the resistors. They are the ones, who are not born again, but they resisted the Antichrist, and that will be tens of millions, if not several hundred million. Just like in Nazi Germany—the French Resistance Movement did not like Adolf Hitler. It was not because they loved Jesus, but they did not like Adolf Hitler. They did not think about Jesus; they simply just did not like Adolf Hitler. It was not religious. Their resistance was not religious; it was patriotic. It was nationalistic, and it was self-preservation. It was not even very nationalistic. There were people in all kinds of resistance movements in WWII.
End-Time resistors will resist the Antichrist
Stalin had the same thing: his own Russian citizens resisted him. They hated him. Many of them loved him, but many of them hated him. Millions and millions of them resisted him and got killed—not because they loved Jesus, but because they did not like Stalin. There will be tens of millions, possibly hundreds of millions of people who do not take the mark of the beast, and when the Lord returns, they are the unsaved survivors of the Great Tribulation. There are plenty of Bible verses on this—not specifically the term, but the word rapture is not in the Bible. The term trinity is not in the Bible. The term resistors are not in the Bible, but they are the ones who resist the Antichrist. I make a joke: just imagine some of those old redneck guys down in Texas, “We are not worshipping some guy over in Europe. It is just not going to happen.” They are told, “Well, just worship, and you will get your food.” The Texans say, “We will get our food, but we are not worshipping him, and we are not religious either.” You could just picture that old guy with that truck, gun, dog, and boots.
He says, “That guy wants me to go worship him and take his mark. It is not going to happen.” Beloved, millions of people will take that posture, and there are plenty of Bible verses talking about the nations that are left, the people who are left, and what they do. Scripture describes so many dynamics. We have been teaching on the Millennium. We teach on Saturday night. You can tap into it on the Internet on these types of subjects. We have been doing it every Saturday night for about four years. We just do it, a bunch of our team comes together, and we just go topic after topic. There is so much information in the Bible about these subjects. It is obvious that I am not going to go through it all right now; we have been doing it for four years. I have over 200 messages on it. There is tons of information on this subject.
Jesus will be King over the other kings in the millenium
Jesus will be King over all the kings. It is Revelation 19:15: “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it, He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.” He is King of kings. He is King over all kings, meaning He will govern a worldwide kingdom from Jerusalem in partnership with two sets of kings. There are two totally different types of kings that He is King over if you read the Scriptures. You will see it.
Jesus is King over Kings in the Millenial Kingdom
Number one: He is King over the millennial kings. These are men and women who have natural bodies. These are the unsaved resistors who get saved. Someone says, “They cannot be saved after the Lord comes.” I say, “Why?” They answer, “Well, I saw that one movie. You cannot get saved after the Lord comes.” Sure you can! You cannot get saved after you die, but you can get saved after the Lord comes.
Lord led a lot of people to Himself at the first coming. Lots of people got saved at His first coming. He went right up to them, and they said yes. Likewise, many people get saved at His second coming. As a matter of fact, there will be a great revival before He returns, but the whole world will become Christian after He comes and are under His leadership; every nation of the earth will be discipled fully. I am not talking about an evangelistic crusade in every nation. I am talking about agriculture, media, economics, technology, medicine—every single area will be in full obedience to Jesus’ ways in every nation of the earth, every village, and every remote place. It will take a lot of time to get this work done because though the supernatural dimension will be there, He is not going to just wave His hand and make it happen. He is going to do it through people. This is His glory. He wants to do it with people because He loves to work with people.
Jesus is King over resuurected Kings
The second category of kings He will rule over is the resurrected kings, which are some of you. Possibly, they will be some of you in this room. Who knows? But before you think in unreality about it, right now there are 210 nations on the earth, or 262 if you count territories and things like that. Let’s just say 210. I am just guessing; I am not claiming any inspiration on these numbers, but I am guessing by the time of the second coming, there will be two to three billion believers. There are one to two billion between the ones in heaven and the ones on the earth right now—something like that. One study says that there are a billion believers on the earth right now. Others who are more conservative say, “There are about 500,000 believers;” so I do not know. There are somewhere between 500,000 and a million on the earth right now, depending on which survey you read, and there are quite a few surveys out there. Additionally, there is about that number throughout history, so one or two billion are either in heaven, or on the earth. I am praying for God to send a billion souls in the great harvest and great revival at the end. So let’s just say that there will be about two to three billion believers. Beloved, there are two to three billion believers, but there are only 210 nations. So there will only be about 210 kings. I am sure that the Lord will add some nations and subtract some nations. There may be 300 or 500 nations. I do not know. It does not matter, but there are not going to be three billion nations. I do not know the number, but is a small number.
There will be three billion people in a couple hundred nations; so there will only be a couple hundred kings, but there is going to be infrastructure just like there is infrastructure in the spirit realm. DANIEL 10:12-14 Daniel 10:12-14: “Then he said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But, the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21- days: and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now, I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
Daniel had the most amazing revelation in Daniel 10. Here he is praying, and this angel comes in Daniel 10:12-14. This angel basically says, “Hi, Daniel!” Daniel answers, “Wow! Awesome.” The angel says, “I would have gotten here sooner, but the demonic power over Persia”—which is Iran today—“resisted me. A demon over Persia resisted me. The demon over Iran resisted me, but when you prayed and fasted, I kept coming. Your prayer and fasting touched the governmental center of heaven—God’s throne—and God sent reinforcements. Michael came, pushed the demon of Persia out of the way, so I got through.
Here is what I have to tell you.” Daniel is thinking, “Wow.” Beloved, there is hierarchy in the spirit realm. Every city and nation has angels, demons, and there is a hierarchy over them right now. It has been all throughout history. Well, in the age to come, the Millennium, the saints are going to be the primary hierarchy, or spiritual hierarchy over cities and nations. They will have more influence than kings with natural bodies. The demons and angels over nations have more power than the kings over those nations in terms of influencing things. It works together in a way that I do not, obviously, know all the mechanics of; but the Bible is clear that there is a righteous and unrighteous group of people. Some live in darkness with dark powers, and some people live in light with powers of light, which is the angelic realm. There is cooperation between them, and there is interplay right now. Angels do things if we pray and obey. Demons do things if people call on demons, and live in darkness. They really do, and it really matters.
Authority over angels and demons
I think of the president of a nation. The presidents of nation just do not fully understand. The presidents think that they are just making their decisions. They have so much oppression, or blessing hitting them. In Daniel’s day, what happened is that the king whose name was Cyrus, this king of Persia, which is Iran, wakes up one day because the angel broke through and said, “Hey, I am going to free all the Jews because they are all in work camps there in Iraq and Iran.” That was 586 B.C., and now it is 539 B.C. Daniel has this experience where the angel breaks in and touches the king. The king said, “I am going to free all slaves from the work camps and send them back to Israel.”
The people say, “What? You are talking about the Persians. They are free labor.” The king Cyrus answered, “No, I am going to send them back.” The Persians ask, “What kind of mood are you in this morning?” Beloved, I assure you that we call it a mood because men might call it that, but this man woke up with a bright idea, and that idea would not have entered into his spirit if that oppression had stayed on his mind the whole time. An angel touched the king of Persia or some version of it because Michael came through. We do not know all the details. His guys thought that he was in a crazy good mood for the Jews; but I assure you that that was not it at all. It was a divine breakthrough that touched him. The kings of the earth in the age to come are going to be influenced by angels and demons. There is a veil between the natural and the supernatural realm right now, but that veil is going to be lifted at the second coming. I am not saying that that veil will be lifted entirely in every way, but that hindrance between the two realms is going to be lifted at the second coming. That is one thing that Jesus is doing. He is bringing the two realms together. We will really—we as the saints—we will really have the primary government in the spirit realm over the people who have government in the natural realm. Jesus’ government will affect the presidents of those 200-500 nations to the people at each and every level of society’s infrastructure worldwide. There are going to be millions of people in the infrastructure worldwide, just like there are millions of people right now on our current infrastructure. We are going to be involved in it. Jesus is coming back, and that is what He is going to do when He returns. He is going to be King over all the different kings—both sets of kings—the kings in the millennial kingdom and the kings with resurrected bodies.
Two functions most emphasized are Kings and Priests
The two functions most emphasized are the kings and priest. The saints will function in these two capacities, though this will not be the only two that we do, but these are the two that have the most emphasis in the Bible—we will function as priests, and we will function as kings. We will function in government because, again, all three billion will not be kings, but we will be in the governmental sphere and in the priestly sphere.
Priests will worship, intercede and communicate
As kings, as government, we will have judicial responsibilities—all the saints. When I say “we,” I am not talking about me personally. I do not know where I am going to be in any of it, none of us do, but I know one thing: it will be a reflection of how we have obeyed God in the least areas of our life. That is a fact. The role will involve evaluating the past. When it says judgment, so many times over and over it says, “you will judge.” I have a bunch of these verses. There are so many of them all over. It says, “You are going to judge,” look at that in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3: “Do you not know the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do not you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” The saints will judge the world. Do you not know that you will judge angels? That does not mean that we are condemning angels to hell. We are going to evaluate and have reviews with angels and people of the earth. Paul says, “Do you not know that?” The Corinthians say, “No, actually we do not.” The next passage Matthew 19:28: Jesus said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the Throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the tribes of Israel.’”
Ruling as Kings
We are going to evaluate. We are going to have reviews of people. We are going to determine the action plans for the future of geographic areas, or spheres of life whether it is economic, transportation, water supply, food, or agriculture. The ruling saints will appoint people. We are going to rule the earth. You might ask, “Well, how are those people going to get appointed?” I do not know. That has never happened yet in history. Beloved, we are going to judge and set in order. We are going to have a real hands-on ministry for real in the age to come. We are going to train people. We are going to manage people. Beloved, there is hierarchy in the angelic demonic realm—all kinds of hierarchy. Everything in God’s order has hierarchy in it.
Having a right view of authority in Millenial Government
Most people have an idea of authority that they are going to be over people, and they are going to be strutting that authority around. They have a pride paradigm of authority. They say, “I do not even want it.” It is not a pride thing. It is a partnership of working in proximity with the Son of God. We are going to want to work closely with Him in bringing order to the earth. I want to be in authority because I want to be near Him, doing what excites Him, and what is dear to Him. I want to be deeply involved in what is exciting to Him, as He is doing this glorious mandate of the Father of bringing all of the nations under the Father’s authority. Nobody for 6,000 years could pull this thing off since Adam, but there is one Man who says, “Father, when I go, I will bring the nations under Your authority.”
1 Corinthians 15:24-28: “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death for ‘He has put all things under His feet.’ But when He says, ‘all things are put under Him, it is evident that He who put all things under Him is accepted.’ Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” Jesus brings all of His enemies, and they submit to Him. There is no rebellion anywhere on the earth. Every single nation on the earth is Christianized. The glory of God, the knowledge of God is over the earth. Then Jesus takes all the nations of the earth, and He submits them to His Father. He says, “One Man, Father, has been able to pull this thing off under Your authority,” and He gives all of the nations to His Father at the end of the millennial kingdom. Then the eternal age breaks in after that. Everything has been submitted to the Father, and every man and woman has chosen of his or her own free will to be submissive and to live under the leadership of Jesus. This is a glorious reality. We are on the real front end of human history.
People sometimes say, “Wouldn’t it be great to be in the days of the apostles?” I answer, “Well, until you went to the dentist, and then it would not have been that great as there were no dentists.” People say this about the days of David, and other times. Beloved, there is a big skyscraper called human history, we are still in the basement. Honestly, this age before the second coming, we are still in the basement of human history. The main stuff has not happened yet. We are deciding what role, if we want to have a role in that in this age. The Sermon on the Mount is the way into it, and it is real. Some people have this idea, “Jesus is going to come. OK. He is in the clouds with all the angels, He waves His hand, and all the bad guys die. They just fall to the ground. Let’s imagine one billion people die. Their bodies must die, and they evaporate.” OK, what happens to the other people who did not take the mark of the beast? The saints are raptured. They receive Jesus, and they get saved. Many will get saved when they will see Jesus in the sky and pray to receive Christ.
I tell you that when Jesus is in the sky, that old guy is going to say, “Hey, did you see that? What on earth was that? My goodness. That is awesome. What does it mean?” They are not going to get saved in a minute. They are going to get saved like everyone else gets saved. Truth has to enter into their heart, and they will make a real decision. Nothing will be automatic. OK. Now they are saved. Now what happens? Who is the leader of the nations? How do they eat that night? They have natural bodies. Remember the other million people with the mark of the beast had all of the economic markets and food. The people with the mark of the beast just died. My point is that there are real, natural issues. After World War II, or any war, there are many problems in the natural with death, disease, and dead bodies. I have just been an energetic student of World War II for some years because it is such a clear scenario of the end of the age with the reconstruction of the cities, the water systems, the electricity, the food, the communications, and establishing government. It was chaotic all through Europe and Asia. It took years and years for some of it to get set up. Well, this is not going to be Europe. The entire earth is going to be cleansed; all of the bad government is going to have to be taken out. All of the good government is going to have to be trained, organized, and not just trained. They have to obey the Word of God. The people are trained. The saints are judging, ruling, setting in order, training, and Jesus disciples the nations issue by issue, city by city, and region by region. They are all brought under the obedience to Jesus For 1,000 years, it is all matured and tested, and Jesus offers it to the Father.