1542 End Times-The Conclusion

In this final episode in our series on the End Times, Robert reviews the things we learned and appeals to us to be ready for that coming Day of Judgment.

ROBERT >> Thank you for joining us this week on The Truth In Love. For the last many weeks we have been studying Bible Prophecy and the Last Days, examining popular end time teachings with the Bible. This Sunday we want to review those teachings, and we want to summarize what the Bible really says about the end times. I hope you’ll stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> What have we learned about Bible prophecy and the last days?

Well, let’s remember that the last days of Bible prophecy refer to the last period of history. This began with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit recorded in Acts chapter 2, and it will continue until Christ comes again on the last day of the last days at the end of the world.

We also learned that there will be no signs of Christ’s coming at the end of the world. The signs that so many talk about mentioned in Matthew chapter 24 would precede the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. They had nothing to do with the end of the world when Jesus comes again. Only God knows when Christ will come at the end of the world. He will come suddenly and unexpectedly like a thief in the night. And therefore, we must always be ready for his coming.

We learned that Christ will not come secretly to rapture just the church, leaving all others behind, no; but rather, when Jesus comes, every eye will see him. The dead will be raised, all will be judged, and this world will be destroyed. There’ll be no great tribulation led by the antichrist destroyed in the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the world. There have been many antichrists in the world since the first century, and there always will be, according to the scriptures, those who are against Christ.

The world and the church have suffered great tribulation many times, including the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The Battle of Armageddon that we read about in the book of Revelation is a symbol, but it’s a symbol for the fall of Rome, the enemy and persecutor who brought great tribulation upon the church in the first centuries. And the many prophecies concerning the restoration of Israel and Judah back to Palestine to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, those were fulfilled in their return from captivity in Babylon long before Christ ever came, and they were fulfilled in the first coming of Christ and the building of his church.

Christ will not come again to the earth to establish the kingdom of God and reign on David’s throne for a thousand years. His kingdom is not an earthly, military, or political kingdom, but a heavenly, spiritual kingdom.

He established his kingdom upon his first coming, after his crucifixion and resurrection when he ascended into heaven to sit on David’s throne at God’s right hand, ruling over his kingdom, the church; and he will continue to reign until the last enemy, death, is put under his feet at his coming and the resurrection of the dead. Then he’ll turn the kingdom over to his Father.

The vision of Gog and Magog in Revelation does not refer to a great military war launched against Christ’s kingdom at the end of the world. It refers to the spiritual battle between Satan and the church. And it assures us that no matter how great an attack Satan may bring against God’s people, he will not be successful.

So let us summarize for just a moment what the Bible really says about the end times. And let’s notice that most of the prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled before or with the first coming of Christ and the establishment of his kingdom, the church. This is what Jesus was trying to teach his apostles when he was with them here on the earth after his resurrection.

Read with me in Luke chapter 24 beginning in verse 44. Here it says, “Then He said to them, These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the scriptures. Then He said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you’re endued with power from on high.”

Yes, the Old Testament prophets were speaking of Christ and his first coming, his suffering, his resurrection, and the establishment of his kingdom on this earth, the church, with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit recorded in Acts the 2nd chapter.

Something else we need to notice: The last book of the New Testament, the book of Revelation. It is especially concerned not with things at the end times, the very end of this world, but things that are going on in the first centuries after Christ.

Notice what we read about it in Revelation 1:1-3. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants – things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

So John said at the very beginning of his book that these are things which must shortly take place. These are things which are near, they’re at hand, they’re close by. And you read the book of Revelation, and you see indeed it was about the persecution of the church by the Roman empire in the first centuries after Christ. And not only that, but it assures the fall of that enemy and the victory of the faithful.

In Revelation 1:4 it says, “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia.”

This book was originally written and directed toward those churches of the first century that were then being persecuted.

Look what he said in Revelation 1:9. “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, who was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

It’s clear from this passage that the kingdom of Christ had already been established, that John and those to whom he was writing were fellow companions in this kingdom, and they were going to share in the tribulation of that day.

In Revelation 2:10, notice this promise from Christ: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Jesus was promising victory to those who would be faithful in the face of the persecution that they were then experiencing and that was only going to get worse.”

We read in Revelation chapter 17 and 18 and 19 and 20 about that great persecutor, Rome, and how that great empire would fall into the dust of the earth, totally and completely defeated; but how that God’s people, who were faithful through all of this persecution and tribulation, would be victorious and share in the reign of Jesus Christ from heaven. I especially want you to notice Revelation chapter 22, and look at verse 6 as John closes out this great story of victory over the enemy of Christ’s church.

He says in Revelation 22:6, “Then he said to me, These words are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.”

Just as at the beginning John made it clear the things he was writing about were shortly to take place, so now having gone through the entire message, he comes to the end and emphasizes that very same point.

We read it also in chapter 22 and verse 10: “And he said to me, Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.”

It was not to be sealed up for some future generations. It was needed for that first-century church and those who would follow soon, suffering the persecution of the Roman empire. It was at hand. It was close by. Something else that we need to emphasize today, and that is that many New Testament passages make reference to the final coming of Christ.

Let’s notice some of those and what they clearly teach us about the second coming of Christ.

Notice John the 14th chapter and the first three verses, where Jesus is with his apostles, and he wants to comfort them, encourage them, and assure them as he is about to go to the cross, and ultimately having died and been raised, to ascend back into heaven and leave them here on the earth. And so this is what he told them before they faced seeing him being tortured and put upon the cross.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 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

It’s clear, yes, Jesus Christ is coming again, and he is going to receive us so we can be where he went, into that heavenly realm; not upon this earth, but to live with him forever in that place called heaven.

In Acts 1:9-11, you read where they were gathered with Jesus after his resurrection, and he gave them his last words, and they saw him go up into the clouds. And having seen him disappear into the clouds in the air, the angels standing by told the apostles that he would come again in that very same manner. And so we look for that day when Jesus will return again in the clouds to receive us home to glory.

Read about it with me in 1 Thessalonians 4:16. “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Yes, Jesus will come again, and he’ll come himself. He’s not going to send a chauffeur to pick us up. But he himself will descend from heaven, and he’ll take us back home to glory.”

All of these passages we’ve been looking at remind us that Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament prophets, and that having done so and made a way of salvation for us through the cross, being raised again that third day, that he will come again to receive us home. But the Bible also clearly teaches us that no one but God will know when Christ will come again.

In fact, Jesus explicitly said so in Matthew 24:36. He had just said in verse 35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” And then he says in verse 36 concerning this day, the end of the world when he comes again, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

It is true that his coming will be sudden and unexpected without any signs, as he went on to explain in verse 37 of Matthew 24, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

That’s right. Everything will be normal, just like it would be any other day when our Lord comes and takes us away.

In 1 Thessalonians the 5th chapter, notice with me verses 1 through 3, where again the apostle Paul emphasizes this suddenness and unexpectedness of the return of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians chapter 5, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”

That’s right. Jesus Christ will come suddenly, he will come unexpectedly. Nobody knows when he’s going to come again.

I want you to notice what’s going to happen when he does on that last day, according to 1 Corinthians chapter 15.

Notice what it says here in verses 23 and 24. And this, by the way, is Paul’s chapter concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection at the last day.

In 1 Corinthians 15:23, “But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 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. Jesus will come, and it’ll be on the last day when we’ll all be raised, and he’ll then turn the kingdom over to the Father.”

It’s not when he begins ruling and reigning. He began ruling and reigning in Acts chapter 2 when he was seated at God’s right hand. And he’ll continue to reign until he comes again and all are raised, he defeats the last enemy, death, he turns the kingdom over to the Father.

Look at verse 52 of 1 Corinthians chapter 15, where Paul says, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

It’s the last trumpet. It’s the last day. 2 Peter 3:10, Peter speaks of the fact that Jesus will come and put an end to this old world.

And here in this second letter of Peter in chapter 3 and verse 10, we have those words: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”

Just as this physical universe had a beginning long ago, so it will come to an end when our Lord returns. And all the dead are going to be raised. Look what John says very clearly in John 5:28-29, as he speaks of that last day of the last days, the very end of this world.

In John 5:28-29, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

So Jesus will come and put this world to an end, and all the dead will be raised, both the just and the unjust. And that having been accomplished, all will be judged, sent to heaven or hell for eternity.

Let me read Matthew 25 as we look at the parable of Jesus concerning his coming again at the end of the world.

In Matthew 25:31, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. And all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.”

And you’ll notice as you go on down in the parable how they’ll be separated. In verse 41, “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

And at the end of that chapter, in verse 46, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

When Jesus comes and all are raised and all are judged, sent to heaven or hell for eternity, at the same time, this world will be completely destroyed, as we read in 2 Peter 3:10. It’ll be no more.

Heaven and earth will pass away, Matthew 24:35. And according to Revelation chapter 20, it will cease to exist.

Look in Revelation chapter 20, where we read about God on the great throne of judgment. And this is what it says here in verse 11. Notice verse 11 with me. “Then I saw a great white throne, and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.”

And there was found no place for them. And finally, in Revelation 21:1, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.”

Yes, all of this world will be gone someday, and God will have for us a new habitation, a heavenly one for all of eternity if we’re ready and if we’re prepared for his coming again.

If all of this world is going to be gone one day, doesn’t that make a difference in how we live our lives today?

What are you living for?

Is ti for this world, the things of this world, or are you living for Jesus Christ? Put your trust in him today, the one who died for you, the one who rose again, and the one who wants to come and take you home. Let us know how we here at The Truth In Love can help you towards heaven today.

singing>> All hail the power of Jesus’ name,
let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.
Oh that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.

ROBERT >> I’d like to thank you for watching our program today. Our interest in our viewers with regard to our program is about eternal salvation. It’s not about money. It’s not about anything like that. We’re interested in your soul. The Bible says that for a person to be saved, they have to first of all believe in Jesus Christ; but not just believe in him generally, you must believe that he is indeed the Son of God.

He said, Except you believe that I am He, you’ll die in your sins,” John 8:24.

But he also said that a person must repent of sins. That means to change your mind about your sinful past, to decide to change your action and live for God. “Except you repent, you will perish,” Jesus said in Luke 13:3.

Paul said that, “God commands all men everywhere to repent,” Acts 17:30.

But the Bible also teaches us that in order to be saved, we have to be willing to verbally confess to others our faith in Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote to the Romans in Romans 10:10, “With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

But even that’s not enough, because the Bible also teaches that a person must be immersed in water to have their sins washed away by the blood of Christ.

Peter said on the day of Pentecost to those who asked what they must do to be saved, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,” Acts 2:38.

Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16.

When a person does that, they don’t earn their salvation. That’s just the moment at which the blood of Christ washes sins.

Revelation 1:5 tells us that it is the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins.

And so Acts 22:16 tells us when that blood washes. “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

I hope you’ll study these things for yourself to see if they be so, and I hope and pray that if you’ve not obeyed the gospel, that you will before it’s eternally too late. If you have questions, comments, or requests, if you’d like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you’d like information about the lesson today or like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

1541 The 1000 Year Reign, Part 5: Gog And Magog

The ancient prophecy of Gog and Magog is a fascinating account that many have thought relate to the end of the world. The Book of Revelation tells us about Gog and Magog, but is this really about the end of the world? The account in Revelation is pulled from more ancient prophecy. What did those prophecies mean? Robert gives us insight in this lesson.

ROBERT >> Thank you for joining us today on The Truth In Love as we continue our series on Bible prophecy and the last days. Today we ask the question, Will the devil gather Gog and Magog for a final attack against Christ’s kingdom? Stay tuned. We’ll be right back.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Some teach that a great evil military force will attack Christ’s kingdom in Israel at the end of the world, but will be completely destroyed by God. The Bible identifies this as Gog and Magog. But will the devil gather Gog and Magog for a final attack against Christ’s kingdom?

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about Gog and Magog and what the Biblical teaching is concerning this attack that we read about in the scriptures.

Notice first of all that Magog was a grandson of Noah we read about in Genesis 10:2. His descendants, according to the table there in the book of Genesis, settled up in the north. But the identity of Gog is quite uncertain. He was an evil entity, and there’s long been a controversy among Bible scholars exactly who Gog refers to; but it’s very clear from Ezekiel’s Gog that we want to read about this morning that he represented a sinister power that came against ancient Israel, but was defeated. According to Ezekiel, Gog lived in the land of Magog and was the prince of Rosh, or the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. These are tribes in Asia Minor, or modern-day Turkey.

Let me read this to you from Ezekiel 38:1-3. Here the Bible says, “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, or chief prince of Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.”

So here we read about this one Gog in the land of Magog, and we see here that he was this chief prince over these tribes in what we might dub as Asia Minor or modern-day Turkey. Now as you read on in Ezekiel, you’ll notice that he comes against Israel in the last days with a vast army.

Ezekiel chapter 38, let’s read on beginning in verse 4. “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops – many people are with you. Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you. And so here you see this description of this vast army in the last days coming against Israel.”

Notice, this is at a time when Israel was dwelling in peace, dwelling in safety in cities, the Bible says, without walls. Read it further beginning in verse 10 of Ezekiel 38. “Thus says the Lord God: On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates – to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder? Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord God: On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. And you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days and I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes. Thus says the Lord God: Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?”

Yes, they would come against Israel, and yet there would be a time of safety, they’d be there without walls. What would happen is that God would totally defeat Gog and his armies with great natural disasters so that everybody would know that he is Lord. And that’s what we discover as we continue on through this chapter and on into chapter 39.

If you look with me in Ezekiel 38:18, notice what it says. “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord God, that My fury will show in My face. For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.”

And he goes on to describe this tremendous earthquake, the shaking of the earth. Notice also in verse 21, “And I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains, says the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Again, this is further described as you go on into chapter 39. We won’t be reading all of those passages this morning. But I want you to notice in all of this that this prophecy is apocalyptic and should not be taken literally. Gog’s identity is something that we’ve already talked about; and it is less significant than what he symbolizes. We may not be able to perfectly identify who exactly Gog is, this sinister evil that comes against Israel, but we see what he symbolizes: Namely, this personified head of the forces of evil intent on destroying God’s people. Notice in the description of this attack, this army is an ancient army with ancient weapons.

Again, Ezekiel 38, let me read verse 21. “I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains, says the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.”

And you see it further when you look over into chapter 39. Look at verse 3. “Then I will knock the bow of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.”

And then notice verse 9 of chapter 39. “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.”

This is not some modern warfare with planes and bombs and all of these kinds of things, but this is an ancient army with ancient weapons. It’s all symbolic of the greater spiritual war that Satan wages against the Israel of God today, the true people of God, the church of God.

We read about this in Ephesians 6:12, where the apostle Paul reminds us that we are in a struggle every day with Satan, temptation, with sin.

In Ephesians 6, let me read how Paul put it here beginning in verse 12. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Those who want to insist on a literal interpretation cannot consistently argue for a modern-day war at the end times as they try to do. There are many indications, as we’ve already seen, that this is symbolic of something greater than what we’re reading about here literally.

Look at the repeated use of the number seven in Ezekiel chapter 39, another indication of the symbolic nature of this prophecy. In chapter 39 verse 9 it says, “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears, and they will make fires with them for seven years. Until they’re completely destroyed.”

And it’s going to take a long time. But again, not to be taken literally, a seven-year fire. That would be impossible. What we’re talking about here is something that is pointing to a greater symbol, a greater spiritual reality. And that’s that war between God’s people and Satan, that spiritual battle that we have to fight.

Notice this in verse 11 and verse 12 of Ezekiel 39. “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog. For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land.”

Again, not literally seven months, not a literal battle, a physical battle, but this is a spiritual battle.

Look at it in verse 14. “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search.”

These sevens are just another symbolic number showing the nature of this prophecy. Ezekiel had already spoken in his book of the captivity of Judah, how they were taken by Babylon away from their city, away from their land, and then Ezekiel also talked about how they returned back into their land. And he looked for a new day, a new day of peace under the Messiah. This prophecy was a warning, a warning that enemies would attack God’s people again, but no matter how great the enemy, God would defeat them. This was the very same message of all the prophets concerning the Messiah and his everlasting kingdom, the church.

Look with me again at a few passages here from Ezekiel 38. In Ezekiel chapter 38, look at verse 17. “Thus says the Lord God: Are ye he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?”

See, God had always said the prophets had warned continuously that, yes, Satan would bring this awful force against his people. And here in Ezekiel they’re being reminded of this again as they look forward to the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of his kingdom on this earth, his church.

Look further with me in Ezekiel 39:8. Here he says, “Surely it is coming, and it shall be done, says the Lord God. This is the day of which I have spoken.”

All of this was really the promise of Jesus when he built his church. That is, when Jesus came and he promised to build his church, you remember what he said in Matthew 16:18? “Upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

Nothing was going to stop Jesus from establishing his church, and nothing would overcome and conquer his church. It was indeed an everlasting kingdom. And so as we read Ezekiel chapter 38 and chapter 39, we see that Ezekiel is looking at an ancient army coming against Israel, but that army being completely defeated. This is apocalyptic literature, a symbol pointing to a greater spiritual battle of Satan against Christ’s church in the last period of history that began with the establishment of his church, the pouring out of his Holy Spirit recorded for us in Acts the 2nd chapter. Now, the only other place where we read about Gog and Magog is in the book of Revelation. So I want us to turn there and take a look at Revelation 20:7-10.

Revelation chapter 20 borrows the figure from Ezekiel and gives us this picture, Revelation 20, beginning in verse 7. “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth, and they surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Just like in Ezekiel, this is apocalyptic, not a literal description. No, here Gog and Magog represent the nations of the earth, deceived by Satan, gathered to attack the camp of the saints and the beloved city with a vast army; but God devours them with fire. Now let’s see the context of Revelation 20 particularly in view of the lessons that we’ve had before concerning the thousand-year reign of Christ. If you’ll remember, earlier in Revelation 20 in the first verses John had just described how Satan was totally defeated in his effort to destroy the church through the Roman empire. The Roman empire had been persecuting the first-century saints. That persecution would only grow worse. But eventually the Roman empire would fall into the dust of the earth. But the faithful saints would be totally victorious over them.

Look with me in Revelation chapter 20 beginning in verse 1. “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

Here in these first three verses we see that Satan was defeated totally in his work through the persecution of the Roman empire. At the same time, we see a picture of a complete victory of the faithful saints over them.

Look in verse 4 of Revelation 20. “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. And 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. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand 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 priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

Yes, here is the picture of this complete victory, those martyred saints reigning with Christ, sharing with him in his reign from heaven, their enemy having been defeated, but they enjoying victory until he comes again.

Now, Satan, folks, will never give up on attacking God’s people. Yes, he lost in his efforts through the Roman empire in persecuting God’s church and trying to destroy it; but he’s going to keep trying again and again.

We just read in Revelation 20:3 at the end of that verse how he must be released for a little while. Well, Satan will come and attack the church again and again and again. And this vision here in Revelation 20 concerning Gog and Magog is a vision given to assure all Christians, no matter how great an attack Satan may bring upon the church, God will completely defeat him and ultimately cast him into hell.

Let’s notice that neither Ezekiel nor Revelation speak of a literal military war against the physical nation of Israel at the very end of the world. No, they are both apocalyptic visions given to assure God’s people in this last period of history that he will put every one of Christ’s enemies under his feet.

You remember when Jesus was proclaimed as Lord and Christ in Acts the 2nd chapter, verses 33 through 36?

And when the people heard that, they were cut to the heart. But they were reminded that Jesus Christ now sits at God’s right hand until he puts all enemies under his feet. When they realized that they had put to death their king, their Lord, their savior, they wanted to know what to do to be saved, and they said, what shall we do?

And Peter said,” Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

“That day about three thousand souls gladly received his word and were baptized” according to Acts 2:41.

Listen. Satan will be completely defeated by God in any and every attempt to destroy Christ’s church. And that’s why it’s so important that you’re standing with Jesus Christ today.

Will you put your faith in him?

Will you be baptized into Jesus Christ?

Will you continue to walk with him and stand with him faithful no matter what Satan may bring against you?

And will you let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today?

SINGING>> All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust him,
in his presence daily live.
I surrender all.
I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender. Lord, I give myself to thee. Fill me with thy love and power,
let thy blessing fall on me.
I surrender all. I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all.

SINGING>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
< I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know that over yonder stands a place prepared for me,
a home, a house not made with hands most wonderful to see.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives. I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> Thank you so much for watching our program today. We’d love to hear from you, so let me encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments, or requests at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

And you may e-mail us at requests@ttil.tv.

Or call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966.

And also, please visit our web site at www.ttil.tv.

Remember, all our materials and services are absolutely free of charge. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven.

So let us know how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly
and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary,
when the day is long, sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

1540 The 1000 Year Reign, Part 4

The 1000 year reign doctrine- more information about this prevalent idea. The church of Christ is His kingdom. We are not waiting for His kingdom to be established. But what about Revelation chapter 20?

ROBERT >> Today we continue to discuss the thousand-year reign of Christ. Will Jesus come at some moment in the end time to establish a kingdom upon this earth for one thousand years? Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Already in our study of Jesus’ reign, his thousand-year reign, his kingdom, we have learned that this was prophesied by the Old Testament scriptures, that it was also announced in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by John the baptizer, by Jesus and his apostles while which were on the earth. And the beginning of that kingdom was recorded in Acts chapter 2 when the gospel was preached by the power of the Holy Spirit; and three thousand souls, hearing that message, believing that message, repented of their sins and were baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins. The beginning of the church began with three thousand saved by Jesus Christ, Christ ruling and a reigning at God’s right hand over his church, his kingdom.

Yes, the church of Christ is his kingdom. You read about those in the church at Colosse who’d been translated out of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear son, Colossians 1:13-14. They were then at that time receiving the kingdom according to Hebrews 12:28-29. We are a kingdom of priests according to Revelation 1:6. John the apostle said that he was sharing in the kingdom with his fellow Christians in Revelation 1:9. So the kingdom was already in existence. The kingdom had already come.

What about Revelation chapter 20?

Well, in order to understand Revelation, we must understand something about the nature of that book. There are two keys to understanding the book of Revelation. One is to know that it was written about things that were shortly to take place, that were at hand, that were soon to come. We noticed this from Revelation 1:-3. Not of things far removed at some moment at the end time, but things that were then coming upon the churches that then existed to whom John wrote the book of Revelation.

It’s also a highly symbolic book. It is part of apocalyptic literature where symbols, pictures, signs are used to bring great messages of hope and encouragement to a church that was being severely persecuted by the Roman empire. And so when we look in the Revelation, we recognize it’s about things that were then coming upon the church, how their enemy, Rome, would fall, and how they would be victorious if they remained faithful to the Lord.

You remember Revelation 2:10 that we mentioned at the end of our lesson last week, “Be faithful unto death, and I’ll give you the crown of life.”

So what does Revelation chapter 20 have to say to us about our subject, the thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ?

Let’s take a look at it together, where it first speaks of the complete defeat of Satan’s work by or through the Roman persecutors. Revelation 20:1-3, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

Here we see in this vision of John in the first three verses of Revelation chapter 20 the complete defeat of Satan’s work through the Roman persecutors. You might notice here that he mentions in verse 2 about Satan being bound for a thousand years.

Now, the term thousand should not be taken literally anymore than any of the other numbers, but these numbers are symbolic. A thousand symbolizes something that is complete, the total of something. It comes from the number ten times ten times ten. And you see how the Bible often uses numbers figuratively in this same way.

In Exodus 20:6, the Bible says, “But showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” It’s symbolic of the many.

And then you’ll notice the same thing in several other passages of the Old Testament, like Deuteronomy 1:10-11. Here in the book of Deuteronomy the Bible says, “The Lord your God has multiplied you, and here you are today as the stars of heaven in multitude. May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you.” A thousand times speaks of the complete, the total number that would come from Israel.

Psalm 50:10 might be another example of this. In the Psalms of course you often find symbols and figures being used in this kind of literature like the poetry of the Psalms. Notice how it uses the term thousand.

Psalm 50:10, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” All of the cattle belong to the Lord, and that’s the point. And you see the same thing in the Revelation.

In Revelation 5:11, we get a picture in the heaven, and when we read of John’s description, notice what it says, verse 11, “I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” And so the term thousand is symbolic.

And then we notice as we look at the Revelation chapter 20 once again, notice in verse 3 where it tells us here he would deceive the nations no more. That is, by means of the Roman empire through her emperor worship, this deception would come to an end. Also here in verse 3 you’ll notice it says that he was released for a little while, Satan would be released for a little while. And this is also symbolic.

It symbolizes the fact that Satan will again seek to destroy the church. We read about that in Revelation chapter 20. Look at verse 7 through 10, and notice what happens after this little while. “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as of the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tortured day and night forever and ever.”

So in the first three verses, let’s review. Here we have a picture of Satan bound for a thousand years in this bottomless pit. The idea is that he is totally defeated in his work through the Roman empire persecuting God’s church. God’s church, the faithful, were victorious over Satan. But now I want you to notice in the picture we just read that he would, being released for a little while, would once again attack God’s people. Satan, though he was defeated in his work against the church through the Romans, is not finished. He’ll continue to seek to destroy God’s church, Christ’s kingdom. Now, it’s in the middle here that we find this word about the thousand years.

Read with me if you will in Revelation 20:4-6. “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. And 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 nor 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. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who is 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.”

Here in these verses is a picture of the complete victory of the faithful over their Roman persecutors. Just as Satan is pictured in the first three verses as completely being defeated through his work through Rome, we see here now God’s people who went through that suffering and went through that difficult time, those trials, imprisonment, and even death, as complete victors over their Roman persecutors.

Let’s look at it a little closer. You’ll notice in verse 4 when he saw the thrones and those that sat on them,” 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.”

What did John see here in verse 4?

He saw souls, the faithful Christians under Roman persecution who died in the Lord. And he says they lived and reigned with Christ. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. They reigned with him. Jesus promised these faithful ones in the Revelation that if they would remain faithful to him through this persecution of the Romans, that they would in fact share in his victory, share in his reign. Let me just read a couple of passages.

Go back to Revelation 2:26, where he writes to the church, and he says, “He who overcomes and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels, as I also have received from My Father.”

So Christ is ruling and reigning; and being faithful to Christ, they reigned with him.

Look in Revelation 3:21. “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.”

And so here in Revelation 20 we see those who were faithful pass through their persecution, but on the other side, we see them living and reigning with Jesus Christ for a thousand years. Now, there’s that thousand-year term again. It symbolizes completeness, total. But here we’re talking about not the defeat of Satan, as in the first three verses, but the complete victory now in heaven at the fall of Rome, not at the second coming of Jesus Christ. These are souls reigning with Christ in heaven in victory, having been faithful in persecution.

Now, verse 5 of Revelation 20 speaks of the rest of the dead. Notice here again verse 5, “But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”

The rest of the dead refers to the non-Christians and the unfaithful Christians who bowed to the Roman emperors. They would not share in the victory of the faithful because they were not faithful to God. This is the first resurrection. This vision of the faithful reigning with Christ for a thousand years, this picture of complete victory is seen here as a resurrection. It symbolizes the revival, the triumph of the persecuted church at the fall of Rome. If you’ll go back with me to Revelation chapter 11, we come to the end of the first half of the book. And Revelation chapter 11 pictures the church as though it is dead. It’s like dead bodies in the street. But then in the end of that chapter, we see those dead bodies raised up, and we see them ruling and reigning with Christ. This is very similar to what we have in Revelation 20, where we see them ruling and reigning with Christ, having been faithful through the persecution. The idea of a resurrection speaking of a revival or a triumph or a victory is not unknown to the Bible.

We see it in Isaiah 26:19. We see it in Ezekiel chapter 37 when it speaks of the restoration and the salvation of Israel. It’s pictured as a resurrection of dead bodies.

And then in Luke the 15th chapter, you might remember the parable of the prodigal son. And you remember that that son left his house, found himself in dire straits, having spent all of his inheritance, and he comes to himself, and he comes back home to his father. And you remember, the father throws a big party, there’s a great rejoicing and celebration that the son has come home. And I want you to notice how Jesus describes this in the parable here in Luke chapter 15. Look at verse 24. “For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. And they began to be merry.”

And so he pictures the return of his son as a resurrection. Notice it also in Luke 15:32. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found. In the Revelation, John uses that same picture to refer to the victory of the faithful over the Roman persecutors as Rome would fall and they would live with Christ. In Romans 11:15, I want you to notice another use of this figure.

Romans 11:15, “For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Paul was commenting on the unfaithfulness of the Jews and their rejection of Jesus Christ.”

But he also knows that some will turn to Christ. When they see the Gentiles coming into the kingdom, they will turn to Christ and recognize him as the Messiah. And it speaks of them as being dead and coming to life again.

Look at it in Romans the 6th chapter, where the apostle Paul discusses here our salvation, coming to Christ, being baptized into Christ as a death, a burial, and a resurrection.

Romans 6:3, “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.”

So here you see our baptism is pictured as a death, a burial, and a resurrection. You see the same figure used in Ephesians chapter 2 and in Colossians chapter 2, where the salvation of the Christian is pictured as a resurrection. So the first resurrection of Revelation chapter 20 is not the literal, bodily resurrection of God’s people at the end of the world; it is, rather, a picture of their victory, the victory of those faithful martyrs for Christ who suffered under the persecution of the Roman empire. It’s their total and complete victory with Jesus Christ pictured as a resurrection and a reigning with him for a thousand years. That resurrection at the end of the world, according to John 5:28-29, will be a resurrection of all people. Everyone will come out of their tombs, and they’ll meet God in judgment. We learned from John chapter 6, four times John tells us, in verse 39, in verse 40, in verse 44, in verse 54 that the people that belong to Christ will be raised up on the last day. It’s not some resurrection of the righteous in some kind of rapture before a great tribulation takes place at the beginning of the millennium, no. As we read in the Revelation, we see that the tribulation, the persecution, the difficult times for God’s people had already taken place; and after that, it saw the righteous as those who had been resurrected and reigning with Christ in victory. And so when you think about the resurrection at the end of the world, you’re talk about a literal, bodily resurrection at the time of judgment on the very last day.

Let’s notice something else here from Revelation chapter 20 that’s so important for us, because here in verse 6 of Revelation 20, he mentions the second death. He says, Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Those faithful, victorious, saints. 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.

The second death symbolizes condemnation in hell. You read about it throughout the Revelation, in Revelation 2:11, in Revelation 19:20; and in Revelation 20:10 look what it says. “The devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

There’s the condemnation of the second death in the hell fires. You see it in verse 14 where it’s spelled out, “Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

Jesus, in Matthew 25:41, reminded us how that hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. But he also said in verse 46 that the unrighteous would go into eternal punishment with them, that the righteous would go into eternal life. Let’s picture Revelation chapter 20 for just a moment. Picture all on the battlefield. See the martyrs for Christ being put to death and then rising up to reign with Christ. A thousand years later, those who served the beast, rising up to be thrown into a lake of fire. Now, that’s the picture he saw; but remember, all of this is just symbolic of the complete victory of the saints and the utter defeat of the persecutors. The resurrection, the thousand years, it’s not literal. It’s just a picture. Notice these things that will help us I think in understanding the Revelation. Think about the first death. This is everyone who died in service of the beast or in service to Christ. The first resurrection, the triumph of the faithful who died in Roman persecution, not to experience the second death of judgment. And the second resurrection, the rest of the dead who served the beast, that Roman empire, falling down before her emperor to face judgment at the end of the world. And the second death, that judgment, the judgment of them at the end of the world in the lake of fire. And please notice very carefully that Revelation 20 does not mention the second coming of Christ. There’s no mention of his coming in that chapter.

There’s no mention of the earth or the establishment of an earthly kingdom, an earthly reign, an earthly regime, or a literal throne of David in the literal city of Jerusalem. None of that’s mentioned in Revelation chapter 20. Those who want to take Revelation 20 literally must be consistent; because you see, it’s a strange interpretation that contends for a figurative picture in the first three verses concerning the devil, a figurative serpent bound with a figurative chain, thrown into a figurative pit, locked with a figurative key, confined for a literal thousand years.

Obviously, the Revelation is figurative, it’s symbolic, and there is no literal thousand-year reign of Christ to come on this earth. As you continue to study your Bible, I hope that you’ll contact us here at The Truth In Love with any of your questions, and I hope most importantly as you consider your relationship with the Lord that you would let us know how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great,
and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan;
oh, the grace that brought it down to man;
oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

SINGING>> All hail the power of Jesus’ name,
let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem
and crown him Lord of all.
Oh, that with yonder sacred throng
we at his feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you so much for watching our program today. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, if you would like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you would like more information about the lesson today or if you’d like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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singing>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

1539 The 1000 Year Reign, Part 3: Tips For Understanding Revelation

Revelation is a book of the Bible notorious for its confusing language and vivid images. Many people reading through this book have been confused by it, even terrified by its contents. But the book of Revelation was not intended to cause nightmares. It was written to bring hope to Christians in the early church. We too can see the glory of hope in the pages of this book, when we understand what it is saying. Robert helps us get started by revealing tips for understanding it.

ROBERT >> The last couple of weeks here on The Truth In Love we’ve been discussing the question, Will Jesus come to reign on earth for a thousand years? Some teach that Jesus will establish an earthly kingdom, ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem that will last for a thousand years. We saw that the Old Testament prophets spoke of the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. It would begin at Jerusalem in the latter or last days when the word of the Lord would go forth. It would begin in the days of the Roman kings. It would begin at the ascension of Christ. It would begin when the Holy Spirit would be poured out, and whoever would call on the name of the Lord should be saved.

We also saw that Christ’s kingdom was announced just before it began. It was at hand. It was going to come with power while some of the twelve apostles were still alive. It was to be after the resurrection of Christ when power would be given to the apostles and repentance and remission of sins would be preached in his name beginning at Jerusalem. It was to be not many days after the ascension of Christ when the apostles would receive power to bear witness to him. In Acts the 2nd chapter we read about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. There it’s recorded how it was just as it had been prophesied, just as it had been announced. It began in the days of the Roman kings about ten days after the ascension of Christ. It began while eleven of the original twelve apostles were still alive. It began at Jerusalem. It began when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles, and they received power to speak the word of the Lord and bear witness to Christ. It began in the last days when whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. It began when repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name. It is his church. The kingdom of Christ has come, and Christ will continue to reign as king in his kingdom until he comes again. We’ve got much more to say about this, and we hope you’ll stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

SINGING >> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Yes, the kingdom of Christ that was prophesied, that was announced, that was established was the church of Christ. His kingdom on the earth is the church. Christ’s kingdom was never meant to be an earthly kingdom, but a heavenly, spiritual kingdom. We noticed that last week from Luke chapter 17, where he tells us the kingdom of God is within us, how he rules in our hearts, how he told Pilate the governor, My kingdom is not of this world. No, he is the king of truth, and his kingdom those of the truth. We are right now receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, a heavenly Jerusalem, the church registered in heaven, the kingdom that cannot be shaken of Hebrews 12:22-29. We also noticed last week that, yes, the prophets did tell us that Christ was to sit on David’s throne; but we noticed that his throne would not be upon this earth. He sits on David’s throne in heaven at God’s right hand, ruling and reigning as king in his kingdom. Not only is he ruling and reigning as king in his kingdom at God’s right hand from heaven, but he is a priest on his throne, and he is a priest in heaven. He cannot be a priest of this earth we learned from Hebrews 8:4. And so what have we learned? We have learned that Jesus Christ is now sitting upon his throne, ruling and reigning in his kingdom as priest on his throne, not upon the earth, but from heaven.

His throne is in heaven, not on the earth. I want to explore this a little bit further with you today, and I want us to go to 1 Chronicles 29:23, because I want you to see that David’s throne is God’s throne. It was God that gave David the authority and the power to sit upon that throne, and he rules by the authority and the power of God. And so when we think about David’s throne, we’re talking about God’s throne.

1 Chronicles 29:23, the Bible says, “Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father. Solomon, David’s son, the one who followed David, was sitting on David’s throne; but you’ll notice it’s called here the throne of the Lord. He sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father.”

So David once sat on the throne of the Lord, and now Solomon his son sits on the throne of the Lord. David’s throne is God’s throne. There’s another passage I want us to look at in this regard in 1 Kings.

1 Kings chapter 1, notice what the Bible says here about David’s throne, and let’s take a look at verses 46 through 48. 1 Kings 1:46, “Also Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom. And moreover the king’s servants have gone to bless our lord King David, saying, May God make the name of Solomon better than your name, and may He make his throne greater than your throne. Then the king bowed himself on the bed. Also the king said thus, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, while my eyes see it! So Solomon sat upon David’s throne, but it would be made greater than David’s throne.”

And then look at 1 Kings 2:12. “Then Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his kingdom was firmly established.”

So David’s throne was sat upon by Solomon; but as we learned before from 1 Chronicles, Solomon’s throne was the throne of the Lord, the one that David was sitting on. David’s throne is God’s throne. But understand, God’s throne is not on the earth. God’s throne is in heaven.

Isaiah 66:1, “Thus says the Lord, Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? And so when Jesus Christ, the son of David, was raised from the dead, he ascended into heaven to sit at God’s right hand. The throne of David is now in heaven, where Christ now sits. God’s throne is in heaven. David’s throne is God’s throne.”

Look at it in Acts 7:49. “Stephen makes this very same point when he is speaking to the Jews of his day about the Messiah and his present reign as king in his kingdom.”

Here in Acts 7:49 he says, “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me, says the Lord, Or what is the place of My rest?”

The throne of God and the throne of Christ are inseparable. Being at God’s right hand is sitting upon the throne of God, because these two thrones we cannot separate.

I want you to notice this in Ephesians 5:5. Here the Bible says, “For this you know, that no fornicator or unclean person, nor covetous man who is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

It’s true that the kingdom of Christ is the kingdom of God; and therefore, the throne of God is the throne of Christ, the throne of Christ is the throne of God. Notice one other passage, in Hebrews 1:8, where the Hebrew writer speaks of the superiority of Christ over the angels and his equality with God on the throne.

Hebrews 1:8, “But to the Son He says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”

So it should be very clear by now that yes, Jesus sits upon David’s throne, but it’s not on the earth; that that throne is in heaven; that that throne is the throne of God. We’re not to look for Jesus to come again and establish an earthly kingdom, because the present rule of Christ from heaven is the fulfillment of God’s promise concerning David’s seed coming to sit on his throne. There are two passages in the Old Testament that are quoted in the New Testament that even confirm this point further.

So let’s notice those two passages. Isaiah chapter 11 speaks of the one who will come from David. You’ll notice how it begins in chapter 11 verse 1, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, David’s father, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

This is a messianic message. This speaks of one who is to come from the lineage of Jesse and King David. And he goes on to talk about how the Spirit of the Lord is going to come upon him, and it speaks of his ministry. And you remember the vision of the wolf and the lamb lying down together.

It speaks of the peace in that kingdom. And at the end of chapter 11 it speaks about all the people coming together in that kingdom. But right in the midst of Isaiah 11, you’ll notice in verse 10, “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.”

In that day when this one comes from Jesse, from David, when this one receives the Spirit of God and when this one brings peace to the people of God as they all come to him, in that day we see the Gentiles shall seek him. I’ve read that because it speaks of Christ coming and ruling in his kingdom. But what is the fulfillment of that passage?

Are we to look for some future fulfillment at the end times, at the very end of this world where Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years?

Not at all.

Look at Romans chapter 15, because Romans quotes this passage I just read from Isaiah chapter 11. Romans chapter 15, and let’s notice in verse 12. And again Isaiah says, “There shall be a Root of Jesse, and He shall rise to reign over the Gentiles. In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”

There’s the quote from Isaiah 11. Paul in Romans chapter 15 is talking about how the Jews and the Gentiles make up Christ’s church, how the Gentiles should be accepted, should be received by the Jews, how they should all receive one another in the body of Christ, his church.

Where does he go to establish this?

Isaiah 11. So Isaiah 11 is not talking about some future earthly kingdom, but he’s talking about the kingdom of Christ on earth now, his church. Then notice one other passage from Isaiah.
v Isaiah 55:3, “Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, the sure mercies of David.”

Here we see that God’s promises to David especially concerning a messiah to come, would be fulfilled, that God would keep his word. But let’s notice again the fulfillment of this passage.

Go to Acts 13:23. Here the apostle Paul refers us to Jesus the Christ, not his second coming, but his first coming and his present reign as king. In Acts 13:23, “From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a savior, Jesus.” And then notice verse 34 of this same chapter. “And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: I will give you the sure mercies of David.”

So what was Isaiah 55:3 talking about when it spoke of the sure mercies of David? The resurrection of Jesus Christ, the one who would come from David’s body, Jesus the Christ, would be raised, would ascend, would sit upon his throne in heaven, ruling and reigning in his kingdom.

No, we don’t look for Christ to come to earth again to establish an earthly, physical kingdom when he’s already established for us the greater spiritual kingdom, his church over which he now reigns and rules. Now let us turn our attention to another passage that has led many people to think that Christ will rule for a thousand years from David’s throne in Jerusalem. And that passage is Revelation chapter 20. But it is a misunderstanding of Revelation chapter 20 that has led to this thinking. We’ve already learned that Christ now rules from David’s throne in the heavenly Jerusalem at God’s right hand, and he will continue to rule until he comes again, at which time he’ll turn the kingdom over to his Father. He will not return to the earth to reign for a thousand years. Let’s notice from Revelation chapter 1 a couple of things that will help us to understand this book a little bit better.

In Revelation chapter 1 we see one of the keys of understanding this book, and that is that the Revelation was written about things that were soon to come to pass. Notice Revelation 1:1, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show his servants things, which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hears the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

Yes, Revelation is about things which must shortly come to pass, shortly take place. The time is at hand. It is near. And therefore, Revelation 20 is not talking about something thousands of years removed at the end times. At the end of the book of Revelation, we’re reminded of this same thing again.

Look in Revelation 22:6. As John closes the book he says, “Then He said to me, These words are faithful and true, and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.”

And then notice in verse 10 what he was instructed to do: “And He said to me, Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.”

The Revelation began saying these things are about to take place, the Revelation ends by saying these things are about to take place. Don’t seal up the book, because the time is at hand. Now, compare that with what we read about in the book of Daniel. In Daniel 8:1, we read about a revelation that was given to Daniel. This would be about 550 BC, and it was about the work of Antiochus Epiphanes which took place in about 164 BC.

And notice what Daniel was told concerning this prophecy here in verse 26. He says, “Seal up the vision; for it refers to many days in the future.”

You see, Daniel’s prophecy had reference to something that would take place several hundred years later. And because of that, he said you seal it up; it’s not about to take place. In the Revelation, since these things were about to take place, he says don’t seal it up. So the things of the Revelation could not have taken place thousands of years later, as some are trying to tell us today, or even several hundred years later, but they were already beginning to happen. The Revelation should not be understood as referring to things far removed in time from John’s day, but to that which was coming upon the church in John’s day.

Now, another key to help us in understanding the Revelation is to realize that it was written in apocalyptic language. Look again at Revelation 1:1. The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave Him to show His servants, things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.

Now, the word translated revelation comes from the Greek word apocalypse, which means an unveiling or an uncovering, a revelation. And this word came to be used of writings which were like the Revelation of Jesus Christ, that were like Revelation in their use of symbolic language.

Other books in the Bible such as Ezekiel and Daniel and Zechariah contain much apocalyptic language. An understanding of how the symbols are used in these other books will help us in understanding Revelation. For example, in the visions of John, we read about numbers; and each of these numbers have different symbolic meanings. For example, the number one would be the number for unity in the Bible; the number two, the number for strength; the number three, for deity, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. When you read about three and a half, or times, times and a half a time, you’re talking about a difficult time of trial where God would protect his people. And the number four usually refers to earth or the creation of God. The number five is a limited number. The number six speaks of sinful man, just one short of the number seven, the number for perfection. The number eight speaks of revival or resurrection, a new day. And the number ten, the number for completeness in the Bible. The number twelve often is used to speak of God’s people, the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only does the Revelation use numbers, it uses colors: White for purity, red for bloodshed, black for sin, pale for death.

It uses different animals symbolically, the lamb and the lion referring to Jesus Christ, the dragon for Satan, the frogs for the false prophets. Cities like Sodom and Gomorrah, Jerusalem, Babylon, these cities were not in view in the Revelation, but they were used symbolically to speak of the horrible persecutor of God’s people, Rome.

The persons of Revelation: Balaam, Jezebel, Gog and Magog, these were persons of the past, but their names were used symbolically of those in the Revelation. And many other things, angels and demons and stars and clouds and winds and waters and fire and thrones and crowns and swords and chariots, armies and plagues and altars and temples, garments and trees and oil and wine and gold and silver, precious stones and ships and coins and books and musical instruments and eye salve and time periods, all of these things are used symbolically in the Revelation. John sees vivid images which are meant to convey a message. And you’ll read of a dragon that cast down stars from heaven, a flood that proceeds out of its mouth, frogs coming from the mouth of a false prophet and leading armies into battle. The sun is darkened, the moon becomes blood, the heavens are rolled up like a scroll. We must not get too bogged down in the details of the image that we miss the big picture. As is characteristic of most apocalyptic literature, Revelation was written to comfort God’s people in their trial, with the assurance that their enemies would be judged and that they would be victorious if they remained faithful.

As Jesus promised in Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. And so as we take a look at Revelation 20 in our study next week, I want you to remember that Revelation was about things that were coming upon the church then, things that were about to take place, and that the visions of the Revelation are highly symbolic.”

And look for the message behind that symbol, that vision. And may we all be encouraged today to know that the great message of the Revelation is victory over our enemy. No matter how horrible or terrible they may be, our enemies will be destroyed, Jesus Christ will be victorious, and if we remain faithful to him, we will one day enjoy that crown of eternal life.

SINGING>> Sweetly, Lord, have we heard thee calling,
Come, follow me.
And we see where thy footprints falling lead us to thee.
Footprints of Jesus that make the pathway glow,
we will follow the steps of Jesus where’ere they go.
By and by through the shining portals, turning our feet,
we shall walk with the glad immortals heaven’s golden street.
Footprints of Jesus that make the pathway glow,
we will follow the steps of Jesus where’ere they go.

SINGING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
pardon there was
multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary. Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan;
oh, the grace that brought it down to man;
oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

1538 The 1000 Year Reign, Part 2: The Priestly King

Centuries of Prophecy told about the Messiah to come. It told of a Messiah who would be both priest and king. This is perfectly fulfilled in the person of Jesus.

ROBERT >> Will Jesus establish an earthly kingdom, ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem that will last for a thousand years? We began talking about that last week, and we want to continue to talk about today. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,

speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Last week we learned that the Bible has a lot to say about the kingdom of Christ. The Old Testament prophets spoke of the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. We learned how it would begin at Jerusalem in the latter, or the last days when the word of the Lord would go forth; that it would begin in the days of the Roman kings; it would begin at the ascension of Christ; that it would begin when the Holy Spirit would be poured out; and whoever would call on the name of the Lord should be saved. And we also learned that Christ’s kingdom was announced just before it began. It was at hand. It was going to come with power while some of the twelve apostles were still alive. When Jesus and his apostles walked on the earth, the time was fulfilled for the coming of the kingdom according to Mark 1:15. It was to be after the resurrection of Christ when power would be given to the apostles, and repentance and remission of sins would be preached in his name beginning at Jerusalem. It was to be not many days after the ascension of Christ when the apostles would receive power to bear witness to him. And so when we go to the book of Acts chapter 2, as we did last week, we see the beginning of Christ’s kingdom recorded for us there. There it was just as it had been prophesied, just as it had been announced.

It began in the days of the Roman kings, about ten days after the ascension of Christ.

It began while eleven of the original twelve apostles were still alive. It began at Jerusalem.

It began when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles, and they received power to speak the word of the Lord and to bear witness to Christ.

It began in the last days, when whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

It began when repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name. It is his church.

We read all about that last week, and we also saw how that Christ’s kingdom has now come, his church.

Read with me in Colossians 1:13-14, where we want to review this point. “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Yes, the kingdom of Christ has come. People were being translated into that kingdom in the first century, and God continues to bring people into his kingdom as they obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s note that Christ will continue to reign as king in his kingdom until he comes again, as we learned last week from 1 Corinthians 15:23-24. But let’s look a little bit further at Christ’s kingdom today, and let’s note that Christ’s kingdom is not an earthly, but a heavenly, spiritual kingdom.

Luke 17:20-21, let’s read it together about the kingdom of Christ. Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! or, See there!”

For indeed the kingdom of God is within you. That’s right. The kingdom of God is a spiritual rule, the rule of Christ in our hearts. It’s not a physical, military, political kingdom, but a spiritual kingdom.

Look with me in John 18:36-37. We learn something about the nature of the kingdom of Christ when Jesus stood before Pilate, the governor.

Here the Bible says in John 18:36, Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

“Pilate therefore said to Him, Are you a king, then?

And Jesus answered, You say rightly that I am a king. “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

So we see here that Jesus Christ rules in our hearts, that he’s the king of truth, and that his kingdom is made up of those who are of the truth. I want you to notice what the Hebrew writer said about the kingdom of Christ in Hebrews the 12th chapter.

Hebrews chapter 12, if you’ll begin reading with me in verse 22, where the Bible says, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.”

What we see here is that Jesus Christ, our king, rules from the heavenly Jerusalem; not a physical, earthly Jerusalem, but a heavenly Jerusalem. He rules in the church that’s registered in heaven. He rules by the new covenant of which Jesus Christ is the mediator.

And notice what it says down in Hebrews 12:28-29. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

We see from these verses that yes, right now in the present time we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. Christ does rule from the heavenly Jerusalem in that church registered in heaven by the new covenant in the kingdom that cannot be shaken.

But what about the prophets?

Do not the prophets teach us that Christ was to sit on David’s throne? Well, we go back to 2 Samuel chapter 7, and look at verses 12 through 16. Here it says in verse 12, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.”

So we see that God did promise David’s son would sit upon his throne.

And you see in verse 16 where he says, “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”

So it is true that one of David’s sons would sit upon his throne in an everlasting kingdom. Isaiah spoke of this same thing.

Look in Isaiah 9:6-7, where he speaks of the coming Messiah, the Christ. And he describes him this way: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace will there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever, the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

So again we see this one who is coming to sit upon David’s throne to establish his kingdom. And then let us turn to Luke chapter 1, where we read about the birth of the Messiah, the Christ, Jesus our savior.

Luke 1:32-33, where the angel speaks to Mary about this child. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

So we see how all of these words come together and point to Jesus the Christ, the Messiah sitting upon David’s throne. But now let’s notice, though Christ was to sit on David’s throne and rule in his everlasting kingdom, it would not be on the earth. Go with me to another prophet, Jeremiah. Jeremiah 22:28-30.

Jeremiah 22, beginning in verse 28, “Is this man Coniah a despised, broken idol, a vessel in which is no pleasure? Why are they cast out, he and his descendants, and cast into a land which they do not know? O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord, Write this man down as childless, a man who shall not prosper in his days; for none of his descendants shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Judah.”

This king of Israel, of God’s people, the Jewish people, Coniah, he was not to be followed on the throne. That is, none of his descendants would sit and prosper on the throne of David and rule anymore in Judah.

The Bible tells us that in fact, Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ, was a descendant of Coniah, Jesus both legally and by blood a descendant of Coniah. We see this in Jesus’ genealogy recorded in Matthew 1:12 and also in Luke 3:27.

We see in these passages where we read about the genealogy of Jesus through his father Joseph, how he legally was a descendant of Coniah, and we also see how that Jesus was through his mother Mary a blood descendant of Coniah. And therefore we understand that Jesus could not sit upon David’s throne on the earth and rule and prosper in Judah, according to Jeremiah 22.

Let’s notice that in fact, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, sits upon David’s throne in heaven.

Go back to the Psalms, Psalm 89:35-37. This is a great Psalm concerning the one who is to come, his kingdom, and his rule in that kingdom. And notice this passage, Psalm 89:35, “Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; it shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.”

This would be a heavenly reign, just like we see the sun and the moon, a faithful witness in the sky. That this is so can be found from Acts 2:29-36. After Jesus was raised from the dead and he ascended into heaven, the apostle Peter tells us what all of this means.

He says in Acts chapter 2 beginning in verse 29, “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, that his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies your footstool. And therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

So Peter explains that yes, God would fulfill his promise to raise up David’s seed to sit upon his throne, but he also explains that this was fulfilled in the resurrection and the ascension of Christ when he came to sit at God’s right hand. Let’s notice that yes, today Jesus rules from David’s throne in heaven. He has the key, the authority, the power of David, as recorded in Isaiah 22:22 and in Revelation 3:7. In fact, let me read the Revelation in regards to this.

In Revelation 3:7, the Bible says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. Jesus was at this time when the Revelation was written actually wielding the power, the authority of the throne of David from heaven at God’s right hand.”

And so yes, he would sit upon David’s throne, but not on the earth, in the heavens; and he is now ruling and reigning from that throne. Notice also that the prophets tell us that when the Messiah would rule on his throne, that he would also serve as a priest on his throne. Go back to Psalm 110.

In the book of Psalms here in chapter 110, he speaks of both of these, the reign of Christ as king on his throne, but also it speaks of him serving as a priest among his people in his kingdom.

Psalm 110, let’s read it together beginning with verse 1. Here it says, “The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”

You remember we just read how that Peter quoted that in Acts 2 to refer to the resurrection and ascension of Christ at God’s right hand.

But then notice verse 4 of Psalm 110. “The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. So this one who’s reigning as king at God’s right hand would also serve as priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Zechariah also puts these things together in his prophecy. Go to the end of the Old Testament here, to the book of Zechariah, and let’s take a look at one of his visions in Zechariah 6:12-13. Here it says, “Then speak to him, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord; yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne; so He shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

So when Christ comes and establishes God’s temple, his church, the spiritual temple of God today, his kingdom on this earth, he would reign from heaven at God’s right hand, and he would serve as priest.

So let us notice that he is priest on his throne, but he is a priest in heaven. And of course we read often about this in the New Testament scriptures.

Look at Hebrews the 3rd chapter, and let us see how we are blessed not only to have a wonderful king who sits upon the throne, Jesus our Lord, over his church, over his kingdom, but also he serves as our priest.

In Hebrews 3:1 it says, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus Christ.”

What does that mean?

Look in Hebrews 4:14. “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

And read further. Look in Hebrews 5:6, “As He also says in another place, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

There’s a quote from Psalm 110. So these prophecies concerning Christ sitting on his throne, David’s throne in heaven at God’s right hand serving as a priest have all been fulfilled. He’s now reigning from that throne, serving as our priest. Let me read a few more passages from Hebrews.

Hebrews 7:17 again quotes Psalm 110 in reference to the priesthood of Christ, but then explains in verse 21 and following, “For they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him, The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Another quote from Psalm 110. “By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.”

For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

And then finally I want to read in Hebrews chapter 8. In Hebrews 8:1, “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.”

So he is priest on his throne, but he cannot be a priest on the earth. It’s at God’s right hand in the heavens.

Look at Hebrews 8:4. “For if He were on the earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law. Therefore, his throne is in heaven, not on the earth.”

Well, we’ll have much more to say about this in lessons to follow, and so I hope that you will continue to tune in here at The Truth In Love in the weeks to come. But in the meantime, I hope that you’ll let us know how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Are you fully trusting in his grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Are you washed in the blood,
in the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
and be washed in the blood of the lamb.
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean.
Oh, be washed in the blood of the lamb.
Are you washed in the blood,
in the soul-cleansing blood of the lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

SINGING>> Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways.
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find, in deeper reverence praise.
Drop thy still dews of quietness till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace. < Amen

SINING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan;
oh, the grace that brought it down to man;
oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

ROBERT >> I want to thank you for watching our program today, and we’d really like to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, if you would like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you would like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly
and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

1537 The 1000 Year Reign- The Spiritual Kingdom

You’ve probably heard of the One Thousand Year Reign doctrine taught by many related to the end of the world. It’s about prophecies tied with the book of Revelation and a supposed reign of Jesus on earth for 1000 years. The most common doctrine states that Jesus will return to earth someday soon and sit on David’s Throne in Israel. He will rule the world for 1000 years and there will be peace and prosperity throughout. What does the Bible say about this popular doctrine?

ROBERT >> Today on The Truth In Love we continue our study of Bible prophecy and the last days, examining popular end-time teachings with the Bible. And today we ask the question, Will Jesus come to reign on earth for a thousand years?

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> There are some that teach that Jesus will establish an earthly kingdom, ruling from David’s throne in the city of Jerusalem, that will last for a thousand years. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about Christ’s kingdom, particularly the beginning of that kingdom; and let’s notice that it would begin in Jerusalem in the latter or last days when the word of the Lord would go forth.

Turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Isaiah, and we’re going to take a look at the 2nd chapter, verse 2 and verse 3. Here’s what Isaiah wrote: “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 into 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.”

So Isaiah saw a day when all the people would hear the word come forth from Jerusalem, that those of every nation would come into his house, it would be established there in those days.

Micah 2:1-2 tell us the very same thing, and Zechariah 1:16 specifically says that God will build his house in Jerusalem. And so when we think about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom, let’s remember we’re talking about God’s house established in Jerusalem in the last days when the word of the Lord would go forth.

Now, Daniel helps us a little bit more in understanding the beginning of this kingdom. Look in Daniel chapter 2. In Daniel 2:44, let’s see what Daniel has to say. Here he writes,” And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

So Daniel also saw into the future to the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. He saw a kingdom that would be established in the days of these kings, he says. But he had just been talking about the kings of the fourth kingdom from the kingdom of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had had a dream about four kingdoms, and now we see Daniel interpreting that dream in Daniel chapter 2, and we read about the Babylonian kingdom and how it fell to the Medo-Persian kingdom, and how it fell to the Grecian kingdom, and finally to a fourth kingdom unnamed in Daniel that we know as the Roman kingdom. That’s the history that we read of in the book of Daniel. It would be during the days of these kings of the fourth kingdom, the Roman kings, that God would establish his kingdom, his everlasting kingdom.

Now let’s also notice that this kingdom would begin at the ascension of Christ, when Christ would leave the earth and go back to heaven after his resurrection.

Turn with me to Daniel the 7th chapter, and let’s read verse 13 and 14, another vision of this prophet. “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.”

So this kingdom that would be established in the days of Roman kings in Jerusalem when the word went forth, this kingdom was a kingdom of all nations, it was Christ’s kingdom that he would receive when he came through the clouds to the Ancient of Days, his Father in heaven. That’s the vision of Daniel 7:13-14. And so we’re learning that the beginning of the kingdom of Christ is not some moment at the very end of time, but we see it during the days of the Roman kings in the city of Jerusalem at the ascension of Jesus Christ associated with his first coming, not his second coming at all. Let’s go a little bit further, and let’s notice what Joel the prophet has to say about the beginning of this kingdom.

In Joel chapter 2, let’s read beginning verse 28. “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My manservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”

Joel also looked to that day when God would establish his kingdom. And it would come with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit would be poured out, and whoever would call on the name of the Lord would be saved” according to Joel 2:28-32.

So all the Old Testament prophets are helping us to understand something about Christ’s kingdom. And as we come into the New Testament, we learn a little bit more about this kingdom, because here in the book of Matthew we find that kingdom being announced. The prophets had said it was coming, and now with John the baptizer and Jesus and his apostles, they’re announcing that the kingdom is about to begin, that it was at hand.

Look at Matthew 3:1-2. “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

That’s right. God’s kingdom was about to come. The kingdom of Christ was at hand during the days of John the baptizer.

Look at it in Matthew chapter 4, and look at verse 17. From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom is at hand. Jesus preached the same thing that John did, that the kingdom was just upon them.”

And then we look in Matthew 10:7. “And as you go preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Here we see when Jesus sent out his twelve apostles they also were to preach and to announce the coming of the kingdom.

In Luke 10:9 and 11 they were also preaching that the kingdom was near. It was going to come with power while some of the twelve apostles were still alive.

I look into Mark’s account of the gospel in Mark 9:1, and we see that Mark also said something about the coming of the kingdom and when it was going to begin. Here he said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.´

So the kingdom would come with power, and it would come while some of these twelve apostles were still alive. You see the same thing in other passages like Matthew 16:28 and Luke 9:27. You see, during the days of Jesus, while he was on this earth, it was time for the coming of the kingdom.

Let me back up to Mark 1:15, and notice how Mark illustrates this for us here in Mark the 1st chapter. Verse 15, the Bible says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

As we continue reading in the gospel accounts, we can pinpoint even closer when the coming of the kingdom would take place if we go to the end of the book of Luke, Luke chapter 24 beginning in verse 46. “After Jesus had died and was raised, he soon would ascend into heaven.”

And here in Luke 24:46 we see the instructions that Jesus gave his apostles. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

You see, it was time for the kingdom. Jesus Christ had been raised. He was about to ascend into heaven. He told his apostles, you wait in Jerusalem. There you’re going to receive power from the Holy Spirit. You’ll preach repentance and the remission of sins in the name of Jesus Christ in the city of Jerusalem.

I turn my Bible a little further, and we go to Acts the 1st chapter when Jesus had been raised and he was speaking with his apostles about the kingdom, and I notice what he said in verse 5 of Acts chapter 1. “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. So not many days from this point we see the kingdom would be established with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

They went on to Jerusalem after Jesus ascended into heaven according to Acts chapter 1. When we turn our Bibles to Acts the 2nd chapter, here’s where we begin to read about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. Here’s where the beginning of the kingdom was recorded, in Acts chapter 2. And it was just as it had been prophesied, just as it had been announced by John and by Jesus and by his apostles. It began in the days of the Roman kings about ten days after the ascension of Christ. In chapter 2 verse 1, “When the day of Pentecost had fully come.”

So you see, it was on the day of Pentecost, which would have been the first day of the week, according to Leviticus 23, because the day of Pentecost always fell upon the first day of the week, fifty days after the Sabbath following the Passover. This would have been about ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven. He was on earth for forty days according to Acts 1:3 after his resurrection. He had then ascended into heaven, and ten days later here on the day of Pentecost we see during the days of the Roman kings we begin to hear about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom.

It began while eleven of the original twelve apostles were still alive, just as you remember we had read from Mark 9:1. It says here in chapter 2, verse 1, at the end of that verse, “They were all with one accord in one place.”

The “they” are the eleven apostles along with Matthias, who had recently been appointed to take Judas’ place that we read about in the last verse of chapter 1. And so just as the prophets had declared, just as it had been announced, the kingdom was established during the days of the Roman kings, and we see here some of the apostles still alive, eleven of those original apostles, and it began at Jerusalem. This was the one place here of Acts 2:1 where they were all gathered.

You look back in Acts 1:12, and we see, “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.”

And so they were waiting in Jerusalem for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. And here in Acts chapter 2 we see this begin. It began when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles, they received power to speak the word of the Lord, to bear witness to Christ.

Look with me in Acts 2:2. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. So the Holy Spirit came just as Joel said, it was poured out on these apostles, they spoke the word of the Lord just as the prophets had said the word of the Lord would go out from Jerusalem. They were bearing witness to Christ.”

You can read more about this as you go on through. For example, notice at the end of verse 11 of Acts chapter 2 how it says that they were speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God. And of course this amazed all of the people. But let’s notice a little bit further here in Acts chapter 2 that this was in fact the beginning of the last days, when whoever calls on the name of the Lord would be saved, just as Joel had prophesied.

Look with me beginning in verse 14. “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

Here we see that Peter tries to explain what’s going on this day by pointing to Joel’s prophecy we read earlier in Joel chapter 2. He quotes it here in verses 17 through 21. It was the last days, he says. The last days is not some time at the very end, but it is in fact the last period of history. The last days refers to the day of the gospel, the day of the Spirit, the day of the church. And it’s having its beginning right here in Acts chapter 2 with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit.

But let’s notice further as we go on in Acts chapter 2 that this kingdom would begin when repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name. That’s the sermon that Peter preached. As you read beginning in verse 22, you see he speaks of Christ. “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know, Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”

Here we see the apostle Peter preaching about Christ, particularly about his death and about his resurrection. And when these people realized that the one they had crucified earlier was in fact their long-awaited Christ, their savior, their king, their deliverer, they were cut to the heart, and they wanted to know what to do.

Look what the Bible says here in chapter 2 verse 37 of the book of Acts. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

It’s here then that Peter gives the way of salvation. And notice what his answer was to their question in verse 38. Peter said to them, “Repent, and be let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

So just as the prophets had said, just as it had been announced, we’re reading about the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. The Spirit was poured out upon the apostles in Jerusalem in the days of the Roman kings. Repentance and remission of sins was preached in Christ’s name so that whoever calls on his name would be saved. They were told how to be saved, by turning away from their sins, by being baptized into Christ for the remission of those sins. And we’re going to see what happened. The people responded.

The Bible says here in verse 41, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

You might want to circle verse 41, because there we read of the beginning of Christ’s kingdom. It did not begin at some moment at the end times. It began when three thousand souls repented and were baptized for the remission of their sins here in the city of Jerusalem, when the word of the Lord went forth. It began in the last days. This is the beginning of the last days we’re reading about here in Acts 2, and it will continue until Christ comes again.

You see, the kingdom of Christ is the church of Christ he promised to build in Matthew 16:18-19. He said, “Upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

Indeed, even death could not keep Jesus from being raised up and establishing his church just as he has promised, and just as the prophets had prophesied.

We can say today, yes, the kingdom of Christ has come already. In fact, when we look in our New Testament in Colossians 1:13-14, we see the apostle Paul writing to the church of Christ there at Colosse. And he tells them what happened to them when they were saved by Jesus Christ.

He describes it this way, Colossians 1:13, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

You see, those who had been baptized into Christ had been taken out of the world, into the kingdom of Christ, a spiritual kingdom, his church. We see in Colossians 3:1 where the Bible says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

Christ now rules and reigns as king in his kingdom. Those of us who have been raised up out of the waters of baptism with Jesus Christ, we’re now part of that kingdom.

In Hebrews the 1st chapter we see the very same thing. Beginning in verse 3 of Hebrews chapter 1, actually at the end of that verse, it speaks of, “When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

And there are many other passages that we can look at in the book of Hebrews, but I especially want you to notice Hebrews 12:28-29. Here the Hebrew writer says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

Already in the first century the Christians were a part of Christ’s kingdom. It was being received by many nations, people all over the world.

In fact, in the Revelation, in Revelation 1:6, we see where John tells us about the existence of that kingdom. Here he says, “He has made us kings and priests who is God and Father. To him be glory and dominion forever and ever amen.”

And in verse 9 of Revelation 1, “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom, and patience of Jesus Christ.”

John was in the kingdom along with his other fellow Christians in the first century. The kingdom is not something that’s coming at some moment at the end time. It came with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. We’re now living in the day of the kingdom of Christ, his church. And folks, Christ will continue to reign at God’s right hand as king in his kingdom until he comes again.

Are you ready for him to come?

Are you a Christian?

Are you a part of his church?

Are you a part of his kingdom?

If not, let us know how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> On Zion’s glorious summit stood
a numerous host redeemed by blood.
They hymned their king in strains divine.
I heard the song and strove to join.
I heard the song and strove to join.
While everlasting ages roll,
eternal love shall feast their soul.
And scenes of bliss forever new
rise in succession to their view,
rise in succession to their view.
Holy, holy,
holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Who like me thy praise should sing,
oh Almighty king?
Holy, holy,
holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Holy, holy,
holy.

SINGING>> All hail the power of Jesus’ name,
let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,

and crown him Lord of all.
Oh that with yonder sacred throng
we at his feet may fall.
We’ll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown him Lord of all.

ROBERT >> Thanks for watching our program today. We’d love to hear from you, so let me encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments, or requests at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053.

You may e-mail us at requests@ttil.tv.

Or call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966. And also, please visit our web site at www.ttil.tv.

All our materials and services are absolutely free of charge. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven. So let us know how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven,
sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me
it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly
and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary,
when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven,
sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.