In the millennium, Jesus will evaluate his servants according to their fruits. He will exalt his faithful servants, while abasing the unworthy. Through this sorting process, Jesus will set his house in order, and establish a millennium world hierarchy.
Out of the destruction and vengeance of Christ's return, a new hierarchy and order to humanity will be established, that will last throughout the millennium. This new righteous hierarchy will not come about through human progress, but God's supernatural intervention on the Day of the Lord. In order to bring about this millennium hierarchy, a great sifting of humanity will occur under the Chief Shepherd. In the millennium, Jesus will establish this hierarchy by exalting his faithful servants, and abasing those who practice iniquity.
In the millennium, there will be two main divisions of people; the faithful overcomers, and the unbelievers. To be rewarded among the believers, one must strive for the narrow way of life, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7.13-14 KJV bible). The gate of life is narrow, and the road of eternal life is constricted, such that only a chosen few obtain it. In contrast, the paths of the world are wide and inviting, so that the multitudes follow them into spiritual death and ruin.
Out of these two groups, only the faithful overcomers will be received by Christ as brethren in the millennium. The multitudes will be rebuked, regardless of how righteous they esteem themselves, "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13.28 KJV bible). In the millennium, many will learn that they are not as worthy in God's eyes as they had assumed.
Christ reveals the nature of this millennium sifting through several of his parables. These parables describe the start of the millennium, when he will separate out his true servants from those who serve themselves. Those who are called and faithful will be received and rewarded, while the rest are refused a place in the Kingdom. The faithful will become inheritors with Christ, and he will make them lords over the nations throughout the millennium, "For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted" (Isaiah 60.12 KJV bible).
In Matthew 25 Jesus presents us with the parable of the ten virgins. This parable relates to Christ's return and the start of the millennium. In this passage, Jesus describes ten virgins betrothed to a certain groom. They are all expecting to go out and meet him, at which time they will go with him to consummate the marriage. They also have lamps to help light their way, however, only five of them are wise enough to take extra oil in their lamps, "They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps" (Matthew 25.3-4 KJV bible).
As the night drags on, the groom doesn't arrive when expected, and the five who didn't take oil begin to have their lamps go out. When news of his arrival finally comes, the unwise realize that they are unfit and unprepared, "And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves (Matthew 25.8-9 KJV bible).
While the unwise go off to find oil, the groom returns and the five wise virgins enter with him into his chamber. At this time the door is locked shut, so that no one else may enter, "Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not" (Matthew 25.11-12 KJV bible).
As Christians we need to learn from this parable so that we are wise and prepared for when Christ returns. Like the ten virgins, we abide in the darkness of the world, waiting for the return of Christ. Also like the virgins, we need to keep our spiritual lamps of faith glowing with the truth of his Word, "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning" (Luke 12.35 KJV bible). This parable instructs us to be prudent and wise with Christ's betrothal of us, not allowing our lamps of faith to be neglected on account of worldliness, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2nd Corinthians 11.2 KJV bible).
The unwise virgins were careless, and had little regard for what was expected of them. When the groom came, the door was shut, and it was too late to repent. Similarly, when Christ returns, he will receive his wise and faithful servants to him in the Kingdom, but the foolish will be rejected. Unwise Christians will lose their place in the Kingdom, and only the faithful will reign with Jesus during the millennium.
In another parable, Jesus also describes the great sifting and separation that will occur at start of the millennium. In Luke 12, Jesus compares his future return to a lord returning to his estate, after a long journey, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Luke 12.42-43 KJV bible). Jesus asks, who is the wise servant who shall be ruler over his household? He says it's the one whom he finds doing his will, and being a faithful steward when he returns. These are the ones who will reign with Jesus throughout the millennium.
However, those who take him lightly, and are not wise stewards, will reap the fruits of unrighteousness, "But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers" (Luke 12.45-46 KJV bible).
The unrighteous stewards who misappropriate their gifts and callings in Christ will be spiritually cut in pieces. Jesus tells us that these apostates will have their portion with the unbelievers, meaning that they will lose their place and authority in the Kingdom. They will suffer God's wrath, and be reduced to the same status as unbelievers during the millennium.
Through these parables we see the new order of righteousness that Jesus will establish in the millennium. In establishing this "order of the millennium", Jesus makes clear that he will measure our faithfulness not simply through our works, but how much we could have given. This is because people are born into this world with disparities between what they can accomplish. Jesus tells us that where more is given, more will be expected, especially from those who know the truth.
In the millennium, Jesus will assess our faithfulness by what we did with our blessings, "And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more" (Luke 12.47-48 KJV bible).
Jesus will not only consider our actions, but how we appropriate the gifts and blessings bestowed on us as individuals. For those who know the truth, and have much to offer in his service, much will be expected, "For whosoever will save his life [or self] shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life [or self] for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it" (Mark 8.35 KJV bible). As for those who have much, and give their lives over to vanities and lusts, they will find weeping and gnashing of teeth in the millennium.
So the millennium will be a time of reckoning, when Jesus renders justice to the world, and sets his house in order, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1st Peter 4.17 KJV bible). Jesus will evaluate his called ones, and assess their faithfulness in serving him. Those who are currently choosing to serve the world instead of Christ, will lose every last vestige of their inheritance.
"If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned" (John 15.6 KJV bible). Those servants who only give lip service will lose their inheritance with Jesus, and become like the nonbelievers. One cannot serve two masters, and so if they are serving the world, they are ultimately denying Christ.
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