Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Who Will Populate The Millennium Kingdom?

I have heard and read  over and over from pre-tribulation rapture believers, promoters  and false teachers that Christ has to come back before the tribulation to "rapture" the "church" because there will be no one left to populate the Millenium Kingdom.

I found this sensational marketing headline on a message board which promotes the false pre-tribulation rapture:

“Scriptural Evidence For The Pretribulation Rapture."

The People of the Millennium
If Christ were to come back after the tribulation, rapture all the saints, and slay all the ungodly, who would be left to populate the earth during the millennium? Only the pre-trib viewpoint can account for this post-trib problem. The Church is raptured before the tribulation, a vast number of souls are saved during this seven-year time frame, and those who make it through the tribulation go into the millennium while the unsaved are cast into hell.
The problem with the above "catch" or misleading  statement is  there’s not one scriptural passage or scriptural evidence written in the statement to back up the pre- trubulation rapture and who will or who will not  populate the Millennium Kingdom.  In fact, the the statement says nothing about the Millennium Kingdom as mentioned in the Scriptures.

The Scriptures tell us to "Prove all things.".  In otherwords, test what is said against the Scriptures with the Holy' Spirit's guidance and don't take any one's word for anything, and even more so  when they haphazardly  throw in "catch" statements or words and not  back up their statement with Scripture.  This is a very well known  "sales pitch" used  to suck you in.

True to form, Scripture will always interpret Scripture, and with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, answer our questions.

 Jesus spoke of the Sheep And Goat Judgment in Matthew’s Gospel 25:31-46 which reveal who will populate the Millennium Kingdom.. Contrary to those being indoctrinated with the  false idea that there will be no one left to populate the Millennium if Christ does not come back before the tribulation,  multitudes of people  will be left alive on earth in their mortal bodies at Christ's second Coming after the tribulation. And these people will be judged, according to Christ Himself, for entry into the Millennium Kingdom.

Dr. Gavin Finley has done an excellent teaching study, taken from the Sheep and Goat Scripture that refers to the Millennium Kingdom of Christ, and who will populate it.

The Sheep-Goat Judgment is an awesome and sobering future reality. God's covenant people are not in the picture here. They will have been glorified and in new spiritual bodies. But the people still alive and in their mortal bodies at the close of this age will face Messiah's earthly judgment. He will judge the heathen, (the nations or the gentiles), as a shepherd would separate the sheep from the goats. The sheep and the goats are unsaved gentiles. These are men, women, and children who have not yet come into the covenants of Israel.
(Ephesians .2:12-13) These people have not made any personal commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord. They have not come into covenant with Messiah. They do not know Him. If they had known Him they would have been glorified at the return of Messiah at the Resurrection-Rapture. Some are judged as goats. The goats are separated out and cast away. But the sheep are led on into green pastures. And so they enter into the glorious Millennium of Messiah.
The Sheep-Goat Judgment is not a judgment for entry into heaven or into eternity. Nor is it the  Bema judgment of the saints for their heavenly reward.
Rather it is a temporal messianic judgment of people who still have mortal life at the end of this age.
These are unredeemend people who are yet to be saved.  These people of the nations will be judged, not for heaven, but for millennial entry.  And the Sheep-Goat Judgment will be held here on earth.

As we look at the scriptures in Matthew 25 concerning the Sheep-Goat Judgment we soon discover that this is not a judgment of disembodied souls before the throne of God.  Nor is it the Bema Judgment seat of Christ up in the heavenly places.  These people are unsaved.  They are not in direct first order New Covenant relationship with Messiah.  And now, still in their mortal bodies, and having survived the Great Tribulation, they stand before Messiah right down here upon this earth.  They stand at the threshold of the idyllic Millennial Age to come. Will they get a passport to go in? Or not?  That dear saints, is the question.  You can read the rest here.

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