Commentary on
6.3 The Righteous Reign with Christ a Thousand Years.

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Following the second coming of Jesus, Jesus collects His true followers together in the air and takes them to be with Him. The righteous will reign with Christ for a thousand years. Some think Jesus will reign on the earth at this time with His saints. However there are several reasons why this cannot be so. See below for details.

When Jesus comes the second time: All the wicked are killed (See Section 6.4); The righteous saints are taken to be with the Lord (See below); And Satan is locked up in the pit (See Section 6.2).

While the Righteous are reigning with Christ for a thousand years (See below), the wicked are dead and know nothing. Only after the thousand years are they raised to life (See Section 6.4). But of course they will be facing a fearful judgement process and altimately the second death which is a permanent death from which they will never awake from (See Section 6.5).




Where does God take the Saints?

When Jesus comes to collect His Saints, Where does God take His Saints? In Mark, we see that God brings them together:

  1. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
  2. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Mark 13:26-27.

Paul in the letter to Thessalonians describes how the Lord will gather His elect.

  1. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
  2. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

God's people go up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air! It does not look like the saints will be spending their time on the earth. Why would the saints go up in the air if they were going back down to the ground again? In John 14, Jesus mentions that there are places in His Father's house. Jesus is coming to take His saints back with Him.

  1. 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.
  2. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3

Here we have Jesus saying that there are places for His saints to live. He is preparing a place for us to live. This most likely is the beloved city, the New Jerusalem and we know that the New Jerusalem does not come out of heaven until after the 1000 years. The very last part of the book of Revelation speaks of the New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven to the New Earth:

  1. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
  2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2.

So, the places in His Father's house are in Heaven, not on earth. There is nothing on earth for the saints at this point. Even the earth itself is all broken up. In addition, we know from Jeremiah that there will be no one left alive on earth after the second coming of Christ.

  1. I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.
  2. I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth.
  3. I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled.
  4. I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger. Jeremiah 4:23-26.

Here, Jeremiah is speaking of a time when the earth will be brought back to the same conditions (without form and void) that it was before creation week. there is no light, the mountains are unstable and the earth is a wilderness. All the cities are broken down. In addition there is no man.

Jeremiah is not speaking of the past, he is speaking of some time in the future. The only time this could be, is the 1000 years. No one is alive on the earth.

God will not have His Saints on the earth when it is in this condition. Jesus will take His saints to Heaven where the New Jerusalem is located.


All The Wicked are Dead in the Thousand Years

During the thousand years, there is no one on the earth. From Section 5.9 we see that all the wicked will be killed when Jesus comes. The best two scriptures in Section 5.9 to confirm this point is the following: Revelation 19:21, 2 Thessalonians 2:8

  1. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:21.
  1. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming.
  2. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
  3. and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2 Thess 2:8-10.


No Person is Left Alive on the Earth

Jeremiah also helps to show that there will be no one left on the earth after Jesus comes. It is interesting that he uses the same words used in the book Genesis to describe the earth. The earth was without form and void.

  1. I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.
  2. I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth.
  3. I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled.
  4. I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger. Jeremiah 4:23-26.

We can see that there are broken down cities, all man is destroyed and the ground is extremely unstable. This is the result of God's fierce anger, and at the presence of the Lord, all this was done!

Jeremiah is not speaking of the past, he is speaking of some time in the future, because we see that there are broken down cities and man is disappeared from the face of the earth! The only time this could be, is the 1000 years after Jesus comes. No one is alive on the earth.

Many believe that the righteous will reign with Jesus on earth during this time, however, in Section 6.3 we will see that God's people are in Heaven with Jesus, not on the earth. Indeed Jeremiah says that no man will be found on the earth during this time.

The earth could very well be the pit that Satan is put in. Some believe that the righteous people will be with Jesus on earth during this time, so they think Satan must be somewhere else. However, no one will be left alive on the earth during the thousand year period. It would be a fitting place for Satan to view the destruction of cities and man and think what he has done.



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