Monday, July 23, 2007

#Christ Will Rule From #Earth For A Thousand Years

1) Zechariah 14:4 teaches Christ will return to earth: 

"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south".


2) The armies of "heaven" "followed" Christ to battle the kings of the EARTH" (why would the armies of "heaven" "follow" Christ from "heaven" to heaven)? 

If the armies of heaven are following Christ, as the text plainly says, and they are going to the place where they will battle the "kings of the earth", then the plain, natural understanding is that the armies of heaven, and Christ, came to "earth". 

3) The "kings of the EARTH" gathered to battle against Him who sat on the horse. 

The guy sitting on the horse is Christ. The kings of the "EARTH" are gathering to battle against Him. That means He (Christ) is on "EARTH".  

4) The fowls of the air feed on the carcasses that Christ sleighs. 

Fowls of the air do not feed on some heavenly carrion, in heaven. This is "EARTH".

5) Christ will rule the nations that He smote with a rod of iron. 

The nations are on "EARTH". Christ will "rule them".  He slew the kings of the "EARTH", now He reigns over the nations of "EARTH".

6) People are not raised from the dead in heaven. 

The souls who were killed (Revelation 20) "lived again", and were part of the first "resurrection". 
Their bodies are on earth, and that's where they're raised from (1 Cor. 15). This is not referring to souls who remain souls in heaven, but to souls who live again on earth because they were part of the first resurrection.


7) The camp of the "saints" is surrounded by the "nations of the four quarters of the EARTH". 

The only saints in the immediate context, are the ones who were souls that "lived again" because of the resurrection, which occurs on earth (1 Cor. 15). Dead bodies are not stored in and raised from heaven. If the "nations of the four quarters of the earth" surround the camp of these saints who "lived again", and will "reign with Christ for a thousand years", that means the saints are on "EARTH".

8) The saints reign "with Christ". "With" means "with", not separated from. 

If the saints are reigning from a camp on earth, and they are reigning "with" Christ, that means Christ is reigning on earth. And why wouldn't we think Christ is on earth, since chapter 19 says the armies of heaven (identified in verse 8 as the saints), "followed" Him from "heaven" to the battle against the kings of the "earth"? Is there some place that says the saints followed Christ back to "heaven"? No, there is not.

9) Christ will return in like manner as he departed, and that was literally from earth (Acts 1:11).

Acts 1
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Christ departed from the earth literally, physically, and bodily, in full view of those who stood there watching. He will return in the same manner he went into heaven. 

Yes, the plain statements of the Bible, which mean what they say, and say what they mean, everywhere indicate Christ will return to, and reign from "EARTH" for "a thousand years".

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