What will the saints be doing during the Millennium?

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The concept of the Millennium, a period of a thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20:1-6, has intrigued theologians and believers for centuries. During this time, the saints, those who have accepted Christ as their savior, will be in heaven participating in various activities. Let’s explore these themes and activities, drawing upon references from the Bible.

The Millennium

John 14:3 (NKJV): “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

The disciples were directed to the time of the second advent as the moment when they would be reunited with their Lord. There is no hint here of the popular doctrine that believers go to be with their Lord at the time of death. Nor is this doctrine upheld elsewhere in the Scriptures. Paul also directed the attention of believers to the time of the second advent as the moment of grand reunion (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

Reigning with Christ

One prominent aspect of the saints’ activities during the Millennium is their participation in reigning with Christ.

Revelation 20:4 (NKJV): “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 thousand years.”

Here, the saints are depicted as seated on thrones, signifying their participation in rulership and judgment alongside Christ. Their faithful witness to Jesus and refusal to compromise their faith during times of persecution qualify them for this role.

Participation in the Judgment

During the Millennium or the 1,000 years, every soul who has ever lived on earth will be in one of two places: (1) on the earth, dead and lost, or (2) in heaven, taking part in the judgment. the saints will participate in judgment.

Revelation 20:4 (NKJV) states that “judgment was committed to them.” This suggests that the saints will have a role in administering justice and righteousness under the authority of Christ. The righteous will not decide who is saved or lost, because God will already have that decided but they will simply confirm the Lord’s judgments. They will declare, “Your judgments have been manifested” (Revelation 15:4, NKJV). The purpose of this judgement is to remove all doubt concerning the destiny of every individual before God actually sends His hell fire to destroy the wicked.

1 Corinthians 6:2-3 (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? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”

This passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians indicates that the saints will have a role in judging both the world and angels. Their participation in judgment reflects their alignment with God’s righteous standards and their authority as co-heirs with Christ. The fairness of God’s punishment for the lost and His rewards for the saints will be seen understood by all (Revelation 22:11, 12). The cases of all who are lost, including the devil and his angels, will be reviewed. In the end, everyone will realize that the wicked are lost based on their own choices. Then, all will testify, “For true and righteous are his judgments” (Revelation 19:2, NKJV).

Worship and Fellowship

Worship and fellowship with God and fellow believers will also characterize the saints’ experience during the Millennium. As participants in the heavenly realm, they will engage in perpetual worship and communion with God.

Revelation 7:9-10 (NKJV): “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'”

This passage depicts a scene of worship in heaven, where a multitude of saints from every nation praises God and the Lamb. Their worship acknowledges God’s salvation and sovereignty, reflecting the eternal fellowship enjoyed by believers in the presence of God.

Learning and Growth

During the Millennium, the saints may also engage in learning and growth as they deepen their understanding of God’s purposes and truths.

Isaiah 2:2-3 (NKJV): “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 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.”

This prophecy from Isaiah foretells a time when people from all nations will seek to learn from God and His ways. The saints, as inhabitants of the heavenly Jerusalem, may play a role in teaching and guiding others in their spiritual journey.

The Events and Conditions During the 1,000 years

  1. Earth is in battered condition from huge hailstones and devastating earthquake (Revelation 16:18-21; 6:14-17)
  2. Earth is in total blackout/bottomless pit (Jeremiah 4:23, 28)
  3. Satan and his angels are forced to stay on the earth/bound (Revelation 20:1-3)
  4. The righteous are in heaven participating in the judgment (Revelation 20:4)
  5. The wicked are all dead (Jeremiah 4:25; Isaiah 11:4)

Conclusion

The saints’ activities during the Millennium encompass a range of responsibilities and experiences, including reigning with Christ, participating in judgment, engaging in worship and fellowship and learning and growth. These activities reflect their exalted status as co-heirs with Christ and their ongoing participation in God’s purposes for creation. As believers anticipate the fulfillment of God’s promises, they look forward to the joy of reigning with Christ and experiencing the fullness of fellowship with God and one another for eternity.

For the chronological order of events at the beginning, during, and the end of the millennium check:

What are the chronological events for the millennium/ 1000 Years?

In His Service,
BibleAsk Team

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