THE THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN OF CHRIST BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
7th May, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE THOUSAND-YEAR REIGN OF CHRIST
Revelation 20:6 (KJV)
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
We established in our previous devotion, that, the first resurrection will begin with all believers who will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air at the rapture. Seven years afterwards, believers who will be beheaded or killed during the great tribulation will also be resurrected. These two sets of resurrection, together, comprise the first resurrection.
Our theme Scripture says, “Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power…” In other words, those who will partake of the first resurrection will die no more. Death means, separation. Those who will partake of the first resurrection will forever be inseparable from Christ; they will always go wherever Christ goes; when Christ comes to reign on earth, they’ll reign with Him. Glory be to God! But woe betides those who will experience the second resurrection, which will take place after the thousand-year reign of Christ. The second death has power on such folks. In other words, anyone who will experience the second resurrection is most likely going to be eternally separated from God; they will be resurrected to appear before the White Throne Judgement, to confirm why they must be a part of God’s eternal program in the world to come. And because they never had any relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, such folks will spend eternity in the everlasting fire, which is the second death.
The second part of our theme Scripture says, those who will partake of the first resurrection, “shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” Bear in mind, we shall be in our glorified state, in which our bodies will no longer be subject to decay and death. Christ, together with all the glorified saints, will reign over the natural people who will survive the great tribulation. The essence of the reign of Christ will be to subdue and destroy all forms of rebellion, and to establish the government of Christ on earth, so that God will be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:25-28 (NKJV) says, ‘ 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 excepted.  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.’
God has put all things under His Son, Jesus Christ. But when Christ reigns on earth for a thousand years and brings all things in subjection to Himself, then, He Christ, will subject Himself to God who has put all things under Him, so that God will be all in all. In essence, the reign of Christ is to make God take His proper place, just as it was before sin entered the universe.