There will be a period of 1000 years in which Christ Jesus will reign on Earth. His return will end the Battle of Armageddon, but at the end of 1000 years Satan will be loosed from the bottomless pit to appear on the earth once more. This will last a very, very short time, after which time Satan will be thrown into Hell, the Lake of Fire for eternity! Satan can only find a place on this planet through the sin in our soul and spirit. By this, we know that there will be a small percentage of people who oppose the reign of Christ Jesus during those 1000 years, but the majority will confess that Jesus is Lord. Then, the eternal reign of the Living God is ushered in and the New Jerusalem forever established. Today’s scripture text mirrors that 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ where five cities will accept Jesus’s reign, and one city will be called the “city of destruction.”
In today’s world, we could easily be led to believe that five cities reject what Christ Jesus has done for them on the Cross, and one, if that many, live according to the remission of sin and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of the anti-Christ is intense presently, and is an obvious result of the god of knowledge. That knowledge cleaves to the human flesh to influence thought and behavior. However, there is never, never, any positive knowledge or information relating to the One True God, the Message of the Cross of Christ, or the infilling of the Holy Spirit. It is a component of the 666 to shut off the soul and spirit for the purpose of shutting out the Spirit of the Living God. Christ Jesus explains to us what this is all about in Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation. With this prophetic insight we are given this Word; “What, then, will we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
What a beautiful and refreshing time it will be when 5 cities accept the reign of Jesus Christ in their life and there is only one city who continues in the destructive ways of sin. In that day, the majority of the people will love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. The One True God will be worshipped above all else and will be the most important component of day to day life. The majority will honor the name of Jesus Christ and always say it with respect, which respects God the Father, and honors the presence of the Holy Spirit. It will be a beautiful fellowship under the reign of Christ Jesus as the majority rests in the benefits flowing according to what He has done on the Cross. There will be honor for the authority of Christ’s Righteousness, just like respectful children who honor their parents. There will be the Spirit of Peace, Spirit of life, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of Faithfulness, Spirit of Love, and Spirit of Charity.
At this point, we see how important the Rapture is! Everyone who is Raptured will return with Jesus Christ during His Return! We are Raptured into the Kingdom of God, out of this world, then we return with Christ Jesus in total victory over the anti-Christ during the Battle of Armageddon. During that 1000 year reign, Jesus Christ has the majority rule. After that, those who reject what Jesus Christ did for them on the Cross will be resurrected into the Great White Throne Judgment and be thrown into Hell, the Lake of Fire, with Satan. These two following verses clearly show the difference in the Rapture and the Return of Christ. “Then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so will we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” “‘And then will that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of his mouth, and will destroy with the brightness of his coming’ (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8)
If God is for us, who can be against us? Today, God implements His plan of redemption through His Son Jesus Christ. When we accept Him then we will also reign with Him during the 1000 year period, and have an eternal Home in the New Jerusalem. How refreshing that will be to live in a world where 5 cities live in the Spirit of Christ while one is marked as the city of destruction! How marvelous it will be when we live eternally with God in the New Jerusalem, with no presence of evil anywhere! Satan is placed in the eternal Hell of the Lake of Fire. When Christ died on the Cross our sin was crucified with him. When Christ was buried for three days our sin was buried with Him. When Christ was resurrected we were resurrected with Him. When Christ was Raptured into the Kingdom of God we also will be caught up in the air to meet Him. When Christ returns to this earth, we also will return with Him. When we accept Christ Jesus into our soul and spirit then we share in everything that God has for Him!
Please, believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is lord.
“In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.” Isaiah 19:18
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31