Scripture Reading: Revelation 201-6

“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 who had not worshiped the beast or its image and and not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)

During the millennial age, not only is Satan bound but the glorified saints reign with Christ. Think of it! Our loved ones who are in heaven with Jesus are reigning with Christ now. They are seated with Him in heavenly places. This thought brings great comfort to me.

This reign is not an earthly reign but a heavenly one. There is nothing in the passage that suggests Jesus reigns from an earthly throne. In fact, the testimony of Scripture is exactly opposite. The Messiah is not an earthly political figure.

In the vision John saw the souls of the saints who had died in faith and who are now in heaven. Some for them were martyrs who were killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ — “and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the Word of God.”

The passage goes on to say, “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection” (v. 5). The first resurrection is the translation of the soul from this sinful earth to God’s holy heaven. These saints share in the fruit of the resurrection of Christ, which enables them to have eternal life.

Those who have a part in the first resurrection are blessed and holy — “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” (v. 6). The explanation of the second death is found in verse 14 — “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.”

Think of your loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord. Picture them reigning with Jesus, serving as priests of God and of Christ! I don’t know what all in involved in their reign and their service as priests. But I do know that they could not be more content. They are in the presence of Jesus, beholding His glory, serving as His priests, and reigning in glory with Him.

Lord Jesus, what great comfort this passage brings to me. I can see those whom I loved so much and who are now in heaven reigning with You and serving as Your priests in glory. I long for the day when I will be there as well.


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