Thursday Bible Study
Who Goes Into The Millennial Kingdom from the Tribulation?
The people in the millennial kingdom will be people with natural
bodies. They engage in the normal activities that we do today,
and there will still be death. These are not people with immortal
bodies. There are only two places these people can come from.
Those who survived the tribulation and go on into the millennial
kingdom, and those who are born during the millennial kingdom.
20 In her, a nursing infant will no longer live only a few days,
or an old man not live out his days.
Indeed, the youth will die at a hundred years,
and the one who misses a hundred years will be cursed.
21 People will build houses and live in them; they will plant
vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 They will not build and others live in them; they will
not plant and others eat.
For My peoples lives will be like the lifetime of a tree.
My chosen ones will fully enjoy the work of their hands.
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse.
Its rider is called Faithful and True, and He judges and makes
war in righteousness. 12 His eyes were like a fiery flame,
and many crowns were on His head. He had a name written that no
one knows except Himself. 13 He wore a robe stained with
blood, and His name is the Word of God. 14 The armies that
were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white
linen. 15A sharp sword came from His mouth, so that He might strike
the nations with it. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter.
He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God,
the Almighty. 16And He has a name written on His robe and on His
thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
17Then I saw an angel standing on the sun, and he cried out in
a loud voice, saying to all the birds flying high overhead, Come,
gather together for the great supper of God, 18so that you may
eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of commanders, the flesh of
mighty men, the flesh of horses and of their riders, and the flesh
of everyone, both free and slave, small and great.
19Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies
gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and
against His army. 20But the beast was taken prisoner, and along
with him the false prophet, who had performed the signs in his
presence. He deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast
and those who worshiped his image with these signs. Both of them
were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
21The rest were killed with the sword that came from the mouth
of the rider on the horse, and all the birds were filled with
Notes the sharp sword will be used against
the nations (v15)
the birds will eat the flesh of all types of people, both soldiers
and non-soldiers (v18)
the rest were killed with the sword (v21) and the birds ate their
bodies. Who are the rest? The armies opposing Christ.
The very first prophecy in the Bible about the tribulation describes
who will be saved... those who repent during the tribulation.
They return to the LORD... and obey Him they
30When you are in distress and all these things have happened
to you, you will return to the Lord your God in later days and
obey Him. 31He will not leave you, destroy you, or forget the
covenant with your fathers that He swore to them by oath, because
the Lord your God is a compassionate God.
Zachariah gives more details about Israel. Two-thirds of Israel
will perish, but one-third will survive the tribulation and call
on the name of the Lord (they'll all be believers, all others
8 It will come about in all the land,
Declares the Lord, That two parts in it will be cut off
and perish; but the third will be left in it.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name, and I will answer them;
I will say, They are My people, and they will say,
The Lord is my God.
Zechariah 14 also tells us that only believers go into the millennial
1 A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided
in your presence. 2 I will gather all the nations against
Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted,
and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the
rest of the people will not be removed from the city.
3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations
as He fights on a day of battle.
9 On that day Yahweh will become King over all the earthYahweh
alone, and His name alone.
12 This will be the plague the Lord strikes all the peoples
with, who have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot
while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets,
and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day
a great panic from the Lord will be among them, so that each will
seize the hand of another, and the hand of one will rise against
Notes it is God who gathers the nations who come against
Jerusalem (v2) bringing God's wrath
against all remaining sinners.
only Yahweh's name alone... no one will be left to call on any
other name (v9)
verses 12 & 13 describe how the non-believers will die.
While in Zechariah 14 we should look at 14:16-19
16Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations
that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship
the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
17And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does
not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts,
there will be no rain on them. 18If the family of Egypt does not
go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the
plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up
to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 19This will be the punishment
of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go
up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.The above speaks of unbelievers
living during the millennium. If unbelievers do not enter the
millennium, where do they come from? During the millennium people
will have children. They will inherit a sin nature from Adam,
and some will not trust Jesus... they will be unbelievers. By
the end of the millennium, even under the rule of Christ, there
will be many unbelievers, all born during the time of the millennium.
(No where does the above verse say these unbelievers were present
at the beginning of the millennium.)
For example, the above says that Egypt might not believe at some
point in the millennium. But Isaiah 19:21 indicates that Egypt
does believe, at least at the beginning:
Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians
will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice
and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it.
Notes notice in Zechariah 14:16 that at first ALL
who are left after the destruction of the armies worship
Both Noah and Lot are types that illustrate what will happen during
the end times:
Jesus compared the destruction by the flood to the destruction
at the end. He also compared the destruction of Sodom to the end-time
Luke 17:29: But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom
it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them ALL.
Luke 17:27b: [Noah] entered into the ark, and the flood
came, and destroyed them ALL.
In Zephania 3:8 God describes what He is going to do in the
tribulation. Then in verse 9 He describes the survivors. Again
ALL of them call on the name of the Lord.
For then I will give to the peoples purified lips,
That all of them may call on the name of the Lord,
To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
Malachi 4:1, in talking about the Day of the Lord (the end
of the tribulation), describes ALL of the proud and wicked as
being destroyed. Only believers will be left.
For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all
the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that
is coming will set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts,
so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
Matthew 13:41 (wheat and the tares) angels are
sent to gather out of his kingdom ALL who are stumbling blocks
or are lawless. Thus non-believers are excluded from the millennial
Matthew 25:12 if Jesus does not know you, you are
excluded from the kingdom.
Matthew 25:30 those who are a worthless
servant will be thrown into outer darkness: there shall be weeping
and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 25:31-46 the judgment of the sheep and
the goats. Christ will judge the unrighteous Gentiles (goats),
and they will be cast into the lake of fire for eternal punishment
(25:46). No unbelieving Gentile will survive to live on into the
millennial kingdom. The righteous Gentiles, or sheep, will live
and go into the millennial kingdom.
2 Thessalonians 1:7b8; 2:12 When the Lord
Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that
obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ ... That they all
might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in