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Reigning with Christ

Scripture reading for December 28th: Job 34-36, Revelation 20

Key Scriptures: Revelation 20:4-6 “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.”

John saw thrones set up for those given authority to judge. He also saw the souls of the martyrs who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus Christ and their stand on the Word of God. These souls came to life in a resurrection and reigned with Christ Jesus for a thousand year period. This was the “first resurrection” and those who were part of this were declared “blessed and holy”. The second death–being judged for sin and cast into the eternal lake of fire–would have no power over these resurrected ones. They had not worshiped the beast or received his mark, but had remained true to the Lord in mind and body.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I await the fullness of the first resurrection–a glorified body and reigning with You for the thousand years and then forever. Give me strength to declare Your invitation to all to join in the first resurrection. Watch over my steps and guide me by the light of Your Word.

Job 34:21-23 “For His eyes are on the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves. For God has no need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.”

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The blessed first resurrection!

Scripture reading for December 26th:  Revelation 20, Psalm 143-44, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 20:4-6  “Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed.  Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection.  Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years.”

John saw thrones and saints seated on those thrones given the authority to judge.  These saints were those coming through the great tribulation through martyrdom because of their faithfulness to the testimony of Jesus and the Word of God.  Their faith and faithfulness had brought the fulfillment of God’s promise of eternal life.  This is the first resurrection and those participating are most blessed and holy!  They will rule with Christ during the millennial reign.

Faith Confession:  I am thankful for Christ’s promise that those who believe in Him shall never die but have eternal life.  They will be part of the first resurrection of the righteous.  Lord help me to stay faithful and true to Your testimony and holy Word.

Proverbs 11:30-31 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.  If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner.”

 

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The Millennial Reign!

Scripture reading for December 27th:  Revelation 20

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 20:4-6  “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the Word of God.  They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

Over-comers are revealed to John as sitting on thrones judging during the thousand year reign of Christ on earth.  They were martyrs during the time of tribulation because of their refusal to worship the beast or his image, and they would not take his mark!  Now they are rewarded with authority and given thrones of judgment!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers keep their eyes on the prize and finish the race with anticipation!  “The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.  Then men will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”  (Psalm 58:10-11)

 

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