Rightly dividing the Word of truth
This is part 5 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
In part 5, we need to find out how the twelve apostles fit in with Christ reign on the earth when they will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Matthew 19:27-28: 27Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? 28And Jesus said unto them, 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.
In Isaiah were have an interesting verse, Isaiah 26:19: 19Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Those who had previously died are called upon to awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust.
Isaiah the prophet predicts that the earth shall cast out the dead. Daniel 12:2 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
After the Great Tribulation, there will be two resurrections, one of the righteous to everlasting life, and another of the unrighteous to everlasting contempt. A comparison with Revelation 20:4 shows that these two resurrections are separated by the one thousand year-reign of Christ.
Revelation 20:4-6: 4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
In this article, part 5,
we find out that the ones that lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years
are the resurrected saints of the O.T, the martyrs from the tribulation period,
and the twelve apostles who will be sitting on twelve thrones, judging the
twelve tribes of Israel as it says in Matthew
19:27-28. This judgement is taking place on the earth, when Christ is
king over all the earth as I wrote about in part 4.
In part 6, I will start to show you that the holy city, the New Jerusalem, which John talks about in the book of Revelation, and the “many mansions” John talks about in John 14:2-3, are also in the New Jerusalem and coming down to the earth. ——To be continued