What Are Some Major Prophecies Relating to Believers? (Part 2)

Manfred E. Kober, Th.D.

In the last SEED we examined three of the seven prophecies:

1. The Readiness of the Saints:

2. The Rapture of the Church:

3. Rewards for the Believers:

Now the remaining four prophecies.

4. Rejoicing at the Marriage of the Lamb:

While there rages a time of unprecedented tribulation on earth (Dan. 12:1; Rev. 4-19), the saints. i.e. the redeemed of the Church age, will enjoy a time of unimaginable celebration in heaven. As the long separation between the Savior and the earthly saints has ended, the Bridegroom will reward His Bride, then present her “without spot and wrinkle” (Eph. 5:27) to the Father. At the marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9) Christ and His Bride are eternally joined. From the moment of this blessed union on, the Bride will eternally share in the prerogatives and prominence of Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom. The Church age saints will share a uniquely intimate position. Where Christ is, we will be. What He is doing, we will be doing (Rom. 8:17; 1 Pet. 2:9).

5. The Return With Christ:

After the bema and the Marriage of the Lamb in heaven, the Bridegroom will return with His Bride to earth. The Apostle John describes the spectacular scene as heaven opens and a white horse emerges “and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True . . . and the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Rev. 19:11, 14). As the King of kings returns with His armies, the invaders of Israel are engaged at the campaign of Armageddon. When they see us descending with our leader, they will direct their weapons against us. We will witness their swift destruction as a sword of judgment proceeds out of His mouth (Rev. 19:15, 21).

6. The Rule With Christ:

Our rule with Christ includes, among many other activities, dining with Christ and exercising dominion with Christ. The Savior promised His disciples that He would eat and drink with them in the Kingdom. The believer’s resurrection body, like Christ’s, does not need food for sustenance, but can enjoy food (Acts 10:41). There appear to be at least two meals at the beginning of the Millennium. One is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb or some other meal with the Bride (Rev. 19:9; Mt. 26:29; Lk. 14:15-24; 22:30) with all the saints of all the ages present. The other meal seems to be for the entire world at the coronation of the Savior, featuring the best food and finest drink (Is.24: 23; 25:6). Every believer, whether spiritual or carnal, will participate in Christ’s rule. Dominion is promised to every Church age believer (and tribulation martyr, Rev. 20:4) as part of the benefits of salvation. Those who have been committed to the Savior and consistent in their service apparently will receive greater responsibility (1 Cor. 6:2-3; Lk. 19:16-19).

7. Residence in the New Jerusalem:

After the thousand-year reign of Christ, the Lord will remove every trace of sin from the universe be creating a new heaven and new earth. The New Jerusalem which Christ is presently constructing for us in heaven will at that time descend to earth. Every believer will dwell in that celestial city for all eternity. We will be joined by the triune God, the holy angels and all the saints of all the ages (Rev. 21:1-5; Heb. 12:22-24).

Christ’s millennial reign will continue into the eternal state. The Church will share in that rule and will thrill at the privilege or serving Him by ruling with Him forever and ever (Rev. 22:1-5). What a glorious destiny! If you have ever trusted in Christ as Savior, it is your destiny as well!

© Manfred E Kober

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