The twenty-four elders are the ones singing the
song. They are referring to themselves
as a group and all that are similar to them, namely the kingdom of believers
from our Church Age.
In Rev. 20:6, we are described as the ones from the
first resurrection. Now Jesus Christ was
the first resurrection, but He was a single individual, and He is described as
the first, of the first fruits. So, even
though our resurrection will be second, at the Rapture, we are still a part of
the first ‘fruits’ group, as we are the kingdom of kings and priests,
designated in the scriptures.
We are said here, to be a kingdom of kings and
priests. Kings rule and priests have the
privilege of direct interaction with God.
The rapture will occur prior to the Second Advent
and the onset of the Millennium or the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is called.
The second resurrection, the resurrection following
ours, will occur at the end of the Tribulation, where the Old Testament
believers including the Tribulation believers who had died, will be
The next and last resurrection,
will occur at the end of the millennium when history finally comes to a
completion, and everyone else is resurrected.
So the order of resurrections is:
First – Christ.
Second – Royal Family or Church Age believers (also
counted as the first fruits of the first resurrection; the first group of humanity to be
resurrected in mass.
Third – Old Testament and martyred tribulation
believers (tribulation believer who remain alive at the end of the Tribulation will
continue to live into the Millennium.
Fourth – And finally the
And so, when the Tribulation is completed, and the
Millennium begins, then we, Church Age believers, will reign with Christ on
This will have a double impact. First, the world will be populated with
billions of resurrected believers, in their resurrection bodies, not subject to
the second death, not subject to sin and so forth. This will provide for plentiful and true
views regarding life and so forth. In
contrast, during our current history, there are billions of people who have
lies as their philosophy and truth is severely lacking in this world. Anyway, trouble and conflict and adversarial
situations will be virtually lacking, if they exist at all, in the world.
And second, we will reign in ruling capacities throughout
the world and society. Whereas now days,
we have far too many people in ruling capacities that are not even closely
qualified, nor wise enough to rule.
This alone, will make the Millennium a far better
environment for people to be born into and to grow up, as there will be a huge population
explosion of people who have not yet been resurrected, but will have bodies of
flesh and corruptible (as we are now), and they will need and have the best
possible guidance that will ever be available in all of human history.
And jumping ahead just a bit, even this perfect
environment will not prove to be mans best result for sin and death. As, much of humanity, near the end of the
Millennium, will reject Christ as savior, and will even reject doctrine as
their path to maturity, even though there will be overwhelming proof in Christ’s
presence and our presence, as to the better way of life in faith and doctrine.
So, as you can make a
note of it, people even in the face of overwhelming evidence, will still reject
certainly is much easier even today to reject truth.
But that contrast is not in the relative
populations of the ages who reject truth, but in the last population who will
reject it, when one would think that it would be virtually impossible to reject
truth, verses people throughout history who have a severe lack of proof, but
accept truth, Christ, doctrine, and so forth, based solely on faith.
And so, again, we will one day serve in a capacity
in this world, from a position of thorough preparation and intellect, far in
excess of those who rule in our present day.
And the world will prosper with unbelievable prosperity,
that has never ever been experienced in history, prior to the
We cannot earn this privilege. We cannot deserve it. We were born of dust,
and our life came from God who created us out of nothing.
From nothing to royalty, is indeed a tremendous blessing
and privilege. And it becomes available
to every person who advances to spiritual maturity, by means of their daily
study. Not by means of physical birth,
luck, who you know, or some other worldly means, but by grace from God.
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