Morning Bible Study
We have arrived
at the climax of history. Let’s review the major events that are in our future:
1. Gog War (Eze. 38-39)
This is what we’re beginning to see develop in the Middle East. In this
war, nations Russia, Iran, and Libya will be forming a coalition to invade
2. The Rapture (1Th. 4:17)
All those who have died before the rapture will receive their glorified
bodies at that time. Up until the rapture, they are spirits without bodies.
All believers living on the earth will be taken to heaven with Jesus and
receive brand new glorified bodies.
3. The Tribulation (Rev. 6-18)
That terrible seven year period where the antichrist rules the world and
God’s wrath is poured out on the earth.
4. The Second Coming (Rev. 19)
Jesus comes back on His white horse, with us behind Him.
All the unbelievers alive on the earth will be put to death by Jesus.
5. The Millennium (Rev. 20)
That’s this week. Jesus sets up His
kingdom rules for a thousand years.
20:4-6 One Thousand
:4 And I saw thrones, and they 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
worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their
foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a
– krima – a decree, judgments; judgment; a
matter to be judicially decided, a lawsuit, a case in court
– didomi – to give; to give something to someone
– proskuneo – among the Orientals, esp. the
Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an
expression of profound reverence
:4 I saw thrones, and they sat on
We will be a
part of the “they”.
Look at what Jesus promised to the churches:
26And he who overcomes,
and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— 27
(Re 3:21 NKJV) To him who
overcomes I will grant to sit
with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and
sat down with My Father on His throne.
:4 judgment was committed to them
Sitting on thrones doesn’t mean you have won the big prize and you get to
eat bonbons all day.
Sitting on a throne puts you in a place to make decisions, to handle
When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he rebuked them for their own lack of
“judgment”. They had problems within the church where believers were suing
other believers and Paul thought they ought to be wise enough to learn to
settle these things in the church instead of going to court.
(1 Co 6:2
NKJV) Do you not
know that the saints will
judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you
unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m don’t make
the wisest decisions.
Sometimes when people ask me for a decision or a “judgment”, I feel about as qualified
as if I was Ernest P. Worrell sitting on a jury …
Ernest goes to Jail
would you like to be on trial in court with Ernest on the jury?
And yet sometimes we’re no better than Ernest with some of
the decisions we make in life.
I think that this life we have now is where we get our training for these
“thrones” we’re going to be sitting on.
I want to learn this “wisdom” stuff. I want to be ready for the job ahead
Solomon wrote that we ought to make wisdom a priority in our lives:
NKJV) Wisdom is
the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all
your getting, get understanding.
from a correct relationship with God.
Solomon, the wisest man, wrote,
(Pr 9:10 NKJV) “The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge
of the Holy One is understanding.
Having a proper, healthy respect for God is the starting
place for wisdom.
It’s when you’re close to God that you will find He has tons to share:
(Col 2:3 NKJV) in whom
are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Three things that grow us in wisdom:
James wrote that getting wisdom involves asking God for it:
(Jas 1:5–6 NKJV) —5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without
reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,
for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
When you realize you need wisdom, learn to ask God for
The key to receiving God’s kind of wisdom is “faith”,
learning to live a life where I am trusting God.
Do I believe God knows what He’s doing in my life? Do I believe
that God has the answers I need? These are the kinds of questions that tell me where
my “faith” is at.
The Psalmist wrote that wisdom is found in God’s Word:
(Ps 119:99 NKJV) I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your
testimonies are my meditation.
God’s Word gives me my standards for knowing what is right
and what is wrong, and sometimes that’s what I need to be reminded of.
I can learn wisdom by seeing how people in the Bible made
An important way of growing in wisdom is how we learn through our
experiences in life.
That means that when we make mistakes, we learn from them.
this picture off of my niece’s post on Facebook: “Everything happens for a reason, but
sometimes the reason is that you’re stupid and you make bad decisions”
There was a college student trying to earn some pocket money by
going from house to house offering to do odd jobs. He explained this to a man
who answered one door. “How
much will you charge to paint my porch?” asked the man. “Forty dollars”
“Fine” said the man, and gave the student the paint and brushes. Three hours later the
paint-splattered lad knocked on the door again. “All done!” he says, and
collects his money. “By the way,” the student says, “That’s not a Porsche, it’s a Ferrari.”
I hope that kid learned
When we go through hardship, we face a
choice. We can grow wiser or we can grow
(Pr 14:6 NKJV) A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands.
You can scoff at your troubles
and you won’t learn anything. But if you decide to learn from your troubles and
failures, you will grow in wisdom.
(Pr 11:2 NKJV) When pride comes, then comes shame; But
with the humble is wisdom.
It takes humility to fail and learn from the experience.
like to live life as “safe” as possible.
We don’t want to make any mistakes, so we don’t make any
better to make a decision, be wrong and grow from it, than to avoid
making any decisions and never gain in wisdom.
13Who is wise and
understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are
done in the meekness of wisdom. 14But if you have
bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the
truth. 15This wisdom does not
descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
16For where envy and
self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17
:4 those who had been beheaded
John sees those who had been martyred during the seven year Tribulation.
They had lost their lives for three reasons:
They did not
worship the antichrist.
:4 And they lived
They came back
They were given new bodies.
Believers who have already died will get new bodies at the Rapture.
We will have new bodies at the Rapture.
Now all those who were martyred during the Tribulation will receive their
What are the new bodies like?
They will be
like Jesus’ resurrected body.
(1 Jn 3:2 NKJV) Beloved, now we are children of
God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when
He is revealed, we shall
be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
After Jesus rose from the dead, He could walk through
walls. He could keep others from recognizing Him. He could fly.
:4 reigned with Christ for a
“Millennial” or “Millennium” means “1,000”.
We will sit on thrones and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.
When C.S. Lewis
wrote his “Chronicles of Narnia” for children, he painted a picture for us of
what this will be like. In his story, the hero is a Lion named Aslan, who is a picture of Jesus. When the war between the
White Witch and Aslan is over, the children are shown
“Narnia Thrones” clip from The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe
Some facts about the "Millennial
1. The kingdom of heaven
is the kingdom referred to so much in scripture.
It’s there much more than we are aware of.
In the book of Matthew alone, the word “kingdom” appears some 52 times,
most of which could and does apply to this kingdom.
There is a sense in which “the kingdom of heaven” refers
to that territory that God has staked out in your life (Luke 17:21), almost as a
foretaste of heaven itself, but I believe most references apply to this
Here are some samples (just from the Sermon on the Mount!):
the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
NKJV) For I say
to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness
of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
What’s the only way to have that kind of righteousness? To
have Jesus’ righteousness given to us!
NKJV) Your kingdom come. Your will
be done On earth as it is in heaven.
NKJV) But seek
first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all
these things shall be added to you.
2. The capitol is Jerusalem
Don’t lose sight of the fact that this kingdom is in fact the Israel that
God intended it to be.
NKJV) Many people shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His
ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Much of the problems that people get in with interpreting these passages is that they think that Israel no longer is going to receive
all the promises that God had for it, but that somehow the church has taken its
(Ro 11:1 NKJV) I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not!
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant
of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in
part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The
Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
Jesus will be ruling in Jerusalem, on the throne of David.
Some nations of the world will still be intact through the
Millennium, but Jesus will be ruling the world from the land of Israel.
3. No more curse
When Adam and
Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, all sorts of things got ruined in creation. But
that will all change during the Millennium.
11:6–8 NKJV) —6 “The wolf
also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie
down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall
eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child
shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child
shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
If there’s no more curse, then there will be no more thorns on roses. There
will be no more pain in childbirth.
This is why all creation groans for this day to come (Rom. 8:19)
For the earnest
expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
4. Live long (Long life and health)
There will be people in the Millennium with the new glorified bodies like
There will also be people who came to believe in Jesus during the
Tribulation and somehow were able to survive without being killed.
They will enter the kingdom in their old bodies, but things will change…
65:20–22 NKJV) —20
“No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor
an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred
years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 They shall build
houses and inhabit them; They shall plant
vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so
shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of
If someone dies at age 100, they would be considered a child. I believe
that people will be living the entire length of the millennium, just as those
in Adam’s day lived almost to be 1,000 years.
5. And prosper (Material prosperity)
NLT) “The time
will come,” says the Lord, “when
the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the
terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine!
The harvest will be so great, that the reapers will still be harvesting the
fields, when the plow comes along to plant more crops!
6. True justice
NKJV) But with
righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with
equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His
mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
There won’t be any questions about police brutality, sexual abuse, or
whether or not the glove fits.
You might wonder, “How could there be any bad things happen in a place like
Even though the kingdom starts with all believers, those
who have their natural bodies will be able to have kids, and those kids will
not necessarily be doing the right things.
There will still be a need for justice.
NKJV) He shall
judge between the nations, And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning
hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn
Weapons will be turned into farming implements.
This verse is
inscribed on the United Nations building, but it won’t happen by the efforts of
the United Nations, it
will only happen when Jesus comes back on His white horse.
:5 But the rest of the dead
did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the
:5 the rest of the dead did not
Who are the “rest of the dead” who are not raised from the dead at this
All those who have believed in Jesus have been raised from the dead by this
All that’s left
are the dead unbelievers.
They too will be raised from the dead and be given new bodies, but that
won’t happen until the end of the 1,000 years.
:5 the first resurrection
This is referring
to the Tribulation martyrs who have just been given their new bodies.
It is in contrast with the “second death” mentioned in the next verse.
14So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He
presented him to his mother.
43And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with
graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose
him, and let him go.”
Some have suggested that the “first resurrection” is not a single event,
but a “category”, meaning the resurrection of all believers, starting at the Rapture with us,
and on to these folks.
:6 Blessed and holy is
he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him
a thousand years.
:6 the second death
Being sent to
the place called the “Lake of Fire” is the second death.
NKJV) Then Death
and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
A person’s “first death” occurs when their physical body dies, when their
spirit and body are separated.
When a person rejects Jesus, they will suffer the “second death”, eventually
being sent to the Lake of Fire and being eternally separated from God.
When Jesus died
on the cross, He paid the price of our “second death”.
As Jesus was
dying, He cried “It is finished”. The words He used are words that talk about
paying a debt in full.
He paid for our sins to keep us from this second death.
:6 they shall be priests
A priest is a “go-between”
between a person and God.
A priest represents God to man, and man to God.
doesn’t teach that just a select few men are priests, but that all believers
(1 Pe 2:9 NKJV) But you are a chosen
generation, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim
the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
We are already priests.
function as representatives of God to people as we witness.
God has things He wants to say to people, and one of His
favorite ways of speaking to them is through you.
(Mt 5:14–16 NKJV) —14
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill
cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the
house.16 Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your
Father in heaven.
Our witness is not just the words we say, but the things
We function as
representatives of man to God when we pray.
One of the coolest things you can do for your friends who
don’t know Christ yet is to pray
And when you’ve been praying for them regularly, sometimes
it is okay to let them know that you have been praying for them.
They might tease you now for being a “God-freak”, but when
they are in trouble, they will come to you and ask for prayer. That’s a great
time to share Christ with them.
:6 Blessed and holy … the first
Holy = “pure”
If you are a person who has trusted in Jesus to pay for your sins, then you will be a part
of the “first resurrection”, whether it’s at the Rapture, or at the end of the
You will be “happy” beyond what you could ever dream of.
You will no longer be guilty or dirty
When we put our
trust in Jesus, God applies Jesus’ death to our debt, and we no longer will
face the second death, but will instead have everlasting life with Him.
(Jn 3:16 NKJV) For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life.
Let today be the day that you let Jesus into your life.