MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 20
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Saints Reign
Nathan Jones: Revelation 20:4-6 is pure excitement, for the saints finally get to reign!
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“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
Vic Batista: Another incredible passage from Revelation 20! So, Nathan, with all this talk about thrones, will I have to call you King Nathan?
Nathan Jones: Not king, just prince. All the saints will be princes or princesses, but only Jesus Christ will be the King of kings.
Revelation 20, like Revelation 4, again shows us thrones. Thrones represent power. These little thrones are not the Throne of God because we saw earlier in the beginning of Revelation that the Throne of God is surrounded by the 24 smaller thrones of the 24 Elders. The Elders are likely representatives from the believing remnant of people throughout all of human history. These 24 Elders probably include representatives from the Church, possibly the 12 Apostles themselves, along with representatives from the 12 original tribes of Israel. In truth, we don’t know exactly who sits on the 24 thrones, but those men have had honored roles in biblical history.
The thrones described in Revelation 20 are also likely not the thrones the 24 elders sit on, but another class of thrones. In particular, this passage states these thrones are for the martyrs of the Tribulation. They had given their lives to Jesus Christ and died for that faith by the hand of the Antichrist. They refused to take the Antichrist’s Mark of the Beast on their right hand or forehead, and so were martyred for their stand.
These Tribulation Saints, like the Old Testament Saints, will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation and they will be given glorified bodies, just like the Church had when we were raptured before the Tribulation. Like the Church and Old Testament Saints, the Tribulation Saints will rule and reign with Jesus Christ for a thousand years over the earth. They will be given thrones located on the earth which will grant them authoritative power over the growing nations.
Vic Batista: Revelation 1:6 speaks about how Jesus “has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” These thrones represent positions of power. The Tribulation Saints are going to risk and lose their lives for their faith, but they are going to gain the reward of positions of authority in Christ’s kingdom.
Nathan Jones: Think about how these people become saved after the Rapture. Let’s say the Rapture happens in our lifetime, and I really believe that it will, then we are talking about the people of today who are angry at God and who are in rebellion against Him. They might even be some of the worst sinners that we can think of today. But after the Rapture, due to the preaching of the Two Witnesses from Revelation 11, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, seeing the Rapture happen, seeing the 21 Judgments, they finally give their lives over to Jesus Christ. They finally surrender from their rebellion against God and become saved.
Jesus in His mercy and grace gives His Saints authority during the Millennial Kingdom to rule and reign over different nations of the earth.
In the sixty-fifth segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we will explore where the Millennial Children come from.