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The Millennium Kingdom of Christ

In the millennium, God's Kingdom will replace the Kingdoms of the world. Christ will then establish a new world hierarchy lasting throughout the millennium. Both believers and nonbelievers will have assigned places within this millennium hierarchy.

Through Christ's passages and parables, he describes the establishment of a new world hierarchy at the start of the millennium. This hierarchy will replace the current world order that we have now, in which fleeting vanities and deceits are valued above the Word of the God. Christ's Kingdom will replace these current world powers and authorities, creating a new order of righteousness throughout the millennium.

In the millennium, Christ will divide humanity between the faithful and the unfaithful. In addition to this main division, there will also be disparities among individuals in each group. Some believers will receive greater reward and blessing than others, and likewise, some nonbelievers will receive greater wrath than others.

When one of the apostles asks Jesus what their reward will be for serving and following him, he says, "...Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19.28 KJV bible).

Here Jesus describes the time of the regeneration, which refers to the first resurrection and the start of the millennium (see Resurrection of the Body). He tells Peter and the other apostles, that they will sit on twelve thrones judging Israel. Rather than being simply lords over the nations, or nonbelievers, they will be governors within God's elect nation. So just as God's elect will be lords and overseers of the unbelievers, some of them will become leaders even among their own flock.

In Matthew 20, Christ also speaks of these high positions within his Kingdom, "...Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father" (Matthew 20.23 KJV bible).

God has prepared great places of honor within his Kingdom, even to sit on the right and left of Christ. However, for those who aspire to such great places, let them humble themselves and become servants, even as Christ did for us, "...but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20.26-28 KJV bible).

At the start of the millennium, Christ will try our works with fire. Therefore, to aspire to greatness in his Kingdom, we must be diligent and humble in how serve, building soundly on the foundation of Christ, "Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire" (1st Corinthians 3.13-15 KJV bible).

All those who have served will be saved when Christ returns (see Saved from God's Wrath), but some will receive a greater portion and inheritance than others. Our works will be tested by fire, so we must work soundly upon the foundation of Christ crucified; not wresting or distorting the scriptures, "My brothers do not be many teachers, knowing that we will receive greater judgment" (James 3.1 KJV bible).

In the millennium, some nonbelievers will receive greater wrath than others.

In the millennium hierarchy, there will be disparities among nonbelievers as well. Some will receive wrath and torment for their sins, whereas others will be allowed into Christ's presence, as guests in his Kingdom. Therefore, in the millennium hierarchy, there will not only be places of honor among believers, but also different levels of wrath for nonbelievers.

When Christ returns at the start of the millennium, he will bring a cleansing of judgment upon the world. His wrath will fall most heavily upon the very wicked among nonbelievers. Being the truth and the light, his presence will bring torment to these individuals, "...If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb" (Revelation 14.9-10 KJV bible).

However, the judgment upon the more righteous unbelievers will be less severe. In one of his parables, Jesus describes the start of the millennium, when there will be a great wedding feast in his Kingdom. He tells us that some nonbelievers will be allowed to sit as guests in his Kingdom, "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage" (Matthew 22.8-9 KJV bible), "Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind" (Luke 14.21 KJV bible).

At the start of the millennium, most unbelievers will not be welcomed into Christ's presence, to be guests at his wedding feast. However, a select few of them (those who are more righteous than the others) will be allowed in, "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment...Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 22.11,13 KJV bible).

The righteous few nonbelievers who are allowed to attend will be subtitutes for the original guests who were bidden, but not worthy. These guests will have places of honor among the nonbelievers in the millennium hierarchy (see also The Outer Darkness).

In these parables and passages, we find evidence for a time of recompense at the start of the millennium. Christ will reward and empower the righteous, while casting down and humiliating the wicked. Out of this sifting of humanity, a new world hierarchy will be established, with Christ and his Kingdom at the head of it.

At the top of this millennium hierarchy, Christ and his faithful servants (from both the Old and New covenants) will reign in truth and justice. These individuals, who have been faithful in what they were entrusted with, will be given charge over much, "And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities" (Luke 19.17 KJV bible).

The next tier will be the more righteous of the nonbelievers, and after them will come the nonbelievers and apostates, "For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him" (Luke 19.26 KJV bible).

At the bottom of this hierarchy will be the most wicked. The enemies of Christ, who persecuted the righteous and delighted themselves in wickedness, will be the most severely punished, "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me" (Luke 19.27 KJV bible).

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