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The King Reigns In His Kingdom Part 2

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September 24, 2021 1:00 am

The King Reigns In His Kingdom Part 2

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September 24, 2021 1:00 am

World peace will come though Christ’s rule during the coming millennial kingdom, with a calm ensured by the devil’s complete incarceration. Satan won’t be able to interfere with the rule of the Prince of Peace!

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One reason for us Jesus number one reason for wanting peace during the coming millennium kingdom. Satan will be along the whole time. Revelation chapter 20 details doubles incarceration today, more teaching on a literal thousand year reign of Jesus from the church in Chicago. This is with Dr. Sir teaching sauce make it across the finish line. Pastor needs are today's believers on the earth. The millennial reign of Christ. Dave, I think that the answer is yes, because you know the Bible says that we shall reign on the earth now. Eventually, the millennial kingdom will of course be swallowed up in what we call eternity.

But the fact is that yes we shall be with Christ on this earth and I think that the earth is going to be reconstituted. It's going to be remade, but nonetheless the real point to be made is that we will reign with Christ. What a grand vision. What a grand hope. I have to speak personally to all who listen to running to win. If you're blessed as a result of this ministry, it's because other people have invested in running to win so we can get the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people. I have to emphasize the fact that because of your involvement. We are making a difference. Would you consider becoming an endurance partner that someone who stands with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts. Here's what you do to get some info go to RTW Of course, RTW offers all one word RTW Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us consider together the Scripture and the rule of Christ and what we call the millennial kingdom as Satan is fast and unnamed angel. We don't know the world that is Jesus says to Mary angel taken here. I got a job for you and empower you take Satan and put them into the pit now. Undoubtedly, the chain is probably symbolic, but the point is, he is a chain. He is the key to the bottomless pit and all that the angel has to do is to say Satan I'm I'm under God's authority.

Now, come over here. We got a place for you. You're going to be incarcerated for a thousand years. Come on, get into the pit and Satan says if God says that I have to do it. Don't you like that, the absolute authority of Jesus and his angels were Satan and when you read this six times you read for a thousand years.

Ever wonder where did the idea come from that the millennial kingdom was a thousand years. Well it's in this passage. What I am teaching you today is called pre-millennialism the word millennial referring to a thousand years pre-millennial means that Jesus returns before the millennium now without introduction. Let's go through the passage so one of the other characteristics of this period of time is that Satan is bound by the way, this is a parenthesis I read all millennial people who believe that we are in the millennium now that's one of the ways to explain it and I have in my library a book on counseling that says if you ever encounter someone who says that he's encountered a demon or the devil can be sure he's wrong because this is the millennium and Satan is bound anybody out there believe that I have to say today that if Satan is bound in this era got a very long chain. I need to tell you know. We believe this is future. So we continue. Satan is bound and then there are a host of people who ruled with Jesus.

Verse four then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Let's stop there before we go on to this other category of people whose go to be ruling with Jesus in the millennial kingdom got your pen and paper for different categories at least number one.

The Old Testament saints. That's what it says in the book of Daniel chapter 7 verse 27 it says his holy ones are going to be ruling with him book of Daniel, so we know that they will be there for sure. There is going to be David and there is going to be Abraham and a whole host of other unnamed ones who are going to be ruling with Christ in the millennial kingdom. The apostle certainly Jesus said to them, one time he says you are going to sit with me on 12 thrones ruling over the tribes of Israel. Oh really now. That's what Jesus said so. We know that they are going to be there the 11 apostles for sure. What about us. Well, here's the good news folks, this was worth coming to church for today all present believers will also be ruling with Jesus throughout the New Testament, you have the promises that we shall reign with him. If we suffer with him, we shall reign with impulsive Jesus said to the churches of the book of Revelation. He who overcomes, to him I shall grant to sit with me on my throne, even as I overcame and sat with my father. Well, it also says in Revelation chapter 5 verse 10 that he has made us kings and priests and he shall reign on the earth as kings and I assume also as liens over the earth sitting with Jesus in carrying out the responsibilities that he gives us now at this point, your theological mind has to be expanded a little bit because you said will Pastor Luther you taught us that when the rapture takes place that we are going to have already our heavenly bodies and the people who enter the millennial kingdom during the judgment of the sheep and the goats. They're going to still be in their earthly bodies there going to be bearing children that is right that trouble you. The fact that we're going to have permanent bodies and still be involved with those who don't, it shouldn't trouble him.

Just think of Jesus after the time of the resurrection. Jesus was able to interact with the disciples.

Now mind you, he had a body, the likes of which they didn't have he could go from Jerusalem to Galilee. In a split second, but he ate fish with them. He communed with them so we are going to be ruling with Jesus Christ over certain territories carrying out certain responsibilities in the millennial kingdom and we will rejoice in the fact that God's promises were absolutely totally will fill them now we must hurry on.

Notice it says I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded. I'm in the middle of verse four. For the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God. What that means is, those who die during the tribulation are raised now also to reign with Christ, which should not surprise us. Of course they would be any simply commenting on that. It says they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. Folks the rest of the dead refers to those who show up at the great white throne judgment that is described at the end of this chapter, I have been preaching at the Moody church for more than 30 years.

I know I look a lot younger than that, but I this is the first time in my history here that I'm almost fearful of the next message that I'm called to preach in this series.

What I'm going to share with you next week is absolutely chilling the great white throne judgment at which all unbelievers are conscripted to attend and they are thrown into the lake of fire forever and ever. I want to warn you, pray for me next week, especially because it is a chilling message. So, blessed are those he says who participate in the first resurrection. The first resurrection are the resurrections that we talked about a bulb leavers. The second resurrection is the resurrection of the unbelievers, and he says blessed are those who participate in the first resurrection because over them. The second death has no power second death is the lake of fire. Now we get to the end of the tribulation.

What happens at the end. Unbelievably there is a rebellion verse seven and when the thousand years are ended. Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog don't confuse that with the Gog and Magog that is found in the book of Ezekiel that we preached about totally different circumstances. Gog and Magog sometimes used generally as nations that are rebellious against God, and you have a rebellion that happened will remember the people who go into the millennial kingdom. They have children and those children grow up and some of them trust the king under authority they are and others don't.

They still rebel against God. And so there is a brief rebellion.

This is the last war of all of history on planet Earth. After this comes eternity and that there is no other battle none. And then the Bible says that fire comes down from heaven. God takes care of it very quickly and it says Satan is thrown into the lake of fire.

Wonder who throws Satan into the lake of fire, an angel, maybe I have a friend by the name of Stephen Davies was a great preacher of the word, and he suspects though he can't prove this is speculation. He suspects that it might be Adam and maybe his wife Eve, who get to throw Satan into the lake of fire. I met the grade of a fraud all these centuries you know Adam has been pinned within the minutes is sin and the sin of his wife and got us into all this trouble. Anyway, you know, it's Adam.

That's and Adam that sin, because they were deceived by Satan. Wouldn't that be some thing if at the had the privilege of throwing the serpent who deceived him into the lake of fire and brimstone forever and ever and ever will have to wait to see if it's true maybe it is. How does the soul and well, you're gonna have to take it by faith. But in first Corinthians 15 we have the ending of this era after the thousand years. It says in chapter 15 verse 24. You can look it up later.

First Corinthians 15 it says.

Then comes the end, when the sun delivers the kingdom to the father that God may be all and in all only makes sense in eternity past to God the father said to God the son. I'm going to give you a people to redeem. Sometimes we refer to them as the elect. Jesus always referred to those as those whom thou hast given me, so Jesus comes and redeems these people he dies for them. He wins victories over Satan and shows the superiority of Jesus and shows the tremendous victory that Jesus writes the rot and when it's all done he who came to do the will of the father now submits the kingdom to the father. The Bible, what is the father going to do all the answer to that is found in other passages that say very clearly that the father then obviously gives the kingdom back to the sun because Jesus is going to rule forever and ever and ever and we will rule with him forever and ever. Which is the yeah you can clap if you want things are going to get much better, much better and ruling with him forever never actually and all that and eternity and the new Jerusalem is really the subject for the last message in this series so I want to do is to bring this down now very quickly to where we live.

Why should what we have learned today changes.

Why should we be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. First of all, the word to those of you who are believers in Jesus I'm talking especially to those of you who perhaps are slothful Christian you come to church as long as it doesn't cost you anything to be here when it's convenient.

You're here when it's convenient and you are willing to do something, but you want to put yourself out for Jesus you are not loyal in terms of your attendance and commitment. You don't give anything except of course if you happen to have something you you don't witness for Christ. You never volunteer for something because that would take some energy and you kind of slop and you saline the believers so I'm going to make it my friend. That means that your position in the kingdom will be less Jesus talked about the fact that there were those who are faithful and they could rule over 10 cities in others were unfaithful got five or three and Jesus said to him who overcomes shall I grant to sit with me on my throne, even as I overcame and sat on my father's throne. Don't take it for granted that just because heaven is going to be wonderful. You will have the same responsibilities as someone else who was faithful. That's why the way in which you live in this life matters for all of eternity. I ask you. I plead with you today. Repent of your laxity days ago, uninvolved, distantly related relationship with Jesus.

If that applies to you and every one of us should ask is that I Lord that's for those of you who are believers and unbelievers.

Please hear me.

You know why God went through all this I mean there are many reasons for the millennial kingdom, but one of the things that God wanted to show are two things. First of all thousand years of incarceration did not change Satan's heart. He came out of the abyss just as evil, with just as much in an against God, as he had before he went in probably the morning because evil doesn't change simply because you have an honest perfect worldwide ruler, and Satan in his evil nature will be evil for ever and ever and ever.

And that's one reason among the couple of others why hell is just that Satan human beings under the authority of Jesus living in the millennial kingdom. Of course, if you think of a thousand years and you have longevity. The earth's population. At this point is huge. Their children grow up and they say who is Jesus to rule over us yet. We took that field trip to Jerusalem, we saw that he is raining there and we see what he is doing. But why should he be the one to choose what mansion we get to live in. We want him to reign over us. We'd rather be free. And hell, then servants in the millennium and so they actually are going to rebel. Satan is going to be left out of his visit this and he's gonna find a lot of people who were willing to get on his bandwagon and take on Jesus one last time and all of its stupidity and futility. Imagine taking on Jesus. Satan should know better having heaven sake an angel threw them into the abyss.

If an angel can throw them into the abyss. Think of what Jesus can do by the breath of his mouth and it's all over. You've never trusted Christ the Savior. Now I'm talking to you and I hope the Holy Spirit is talking to you to you, believe on him. Would you see the difference between you and the devil is that the devil, repent, and even if he did he couldn't be redeemed because Jesus never died for him but for you as a human being. You if God has talk to you.

You repent and receive Christ.

Jesus said, unless you are born again, you will not enter the kingdom of God will not see the kingdom of God.

I don't know what else to say to you. The problem is that the children during the millennial kingdom are going to be gospel hardened. They've heard it all. They've seen it all and the more they reject the harder and the more in different they become. Don't let that be true on you today.

If you hear his voice hardened. Not your heart I'm going to pray right now and if God is talk to you. You talk to him right where you are, maybe you're listening on the Internet. Maybe by radio wherever you are. You talk to God. Now let's bound prayer.

Father, we marvel at two things two things grip our imaginations in her mind.

One is the evil of the human heart and the other is the wonder of your grace and we never get over both and we thank you that we can understand your grace, better because we understand ourselves better.

We really do have a rebellious streak in us. Would you father take that away would you overcome that in the lives of all who are listening never trusted ecstasy overcome that and now I'm talking to you. That is to say, the people who are performing and listening in other ways what you told God right now that your repenting of your sin that your believing on Jesus who paid for all who would believe on him to be saved, if you desire to come, follow that desire and believe on him help us now, Lord, we ask in Jesus name, amen.

Once again my friend, this is Pastor Luther urging you to trust Christ as your Savior.

If you've never believed on him. If you have never turned from your sin.

Do it right now. Perhaps you were a little bit confused when I ended the message talking about the fact that children are going to grow up in the millennial kingdom with hard hearts. Well, eventually that also is going to be taken care of because throughout all of eternity in heaven.

All will believe and all will worship. But the point to be made is this that the human heart is very hard and deceptive submit to Christ today, and I want to thank the many of you who help us get this message out to thousands upon thousands of people we call them endurance partners. That is, those who regularly stand with us, with their prayers and their gifts.

Would you like to investigate what it takes to become an endurance partner while you can receive some info. Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW

Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 now because this is very important for the continuation of our ministry. I'm going to give you that contact information again go to RTW Of course, RTW offers all one word RTW Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 thanks so much for standing with us. It's time now for you to ask Pastor look certain a question about the Bible or the Christian life. Understanding a single Bible verse can be difficult if you don't factor in the context in which it occurs. This may be the case for Stephen who asks.

I read in Micah 454 all the people will walk each in the name of his God.

We will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever. Pastor Luther, if anything, the Old Testament is more adamant than the new about how God will not tolerate any idols or false gods and how he will not share his glory with another.

How should this passage be interpreted well. I simply want to say that it is not that difficult to interpret.

If you look at that little word but for all people will walk each in the name of his God, but we will walk in the name of the Lord. So what the prophet is really saying is this, no matter what gods the Babylonians may walk with.

No matter what gods the Assyrians may walk with. We will walk with the Lord our God. So if you look at it from that standpoint. God is certainly not approving these other gods. The prophet is simply saying no matter what others do. This is what we are going to do so looked at in that context, I think the verse makes perfect sense.

Thank you Steven and thank you Dr. lutes are if you'd like to hear your question answered to our and click on ask Pastor Luther or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614. The idea of final judgment offends many people they can't conceive of a God who would send anyone to a fiery hell. Next time I'm running to win what the Bible teaches about the final destiny of all never believed in Jesus. Thanks for listening to our series on the return of Christ for Dr. Erwin looser, this is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church

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