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Wednesday, February 06 2019

Why do the weak struggle? Why do the sick suffer and die? Why do the wicked increase and get rich? Why does the world allow such things? Innocent unborn children are dismembered for the convenience of their parents. The sexually immoral gain power over the virtuous. Christ’s suffering at the hands of wicked men demonstrates the depravity of this world, and Christ’s resurrection reveals His work for the ultimate victory for the faithful to resurrect bodily as Jesus did. The Christian faith has answered why suffering exists and how God conquers suffering and death.

            God has blessed Christians to see Jesus’s victories now. Throughout their lives, the faithful observe Christ overcoming His enemies. Nothing can separate Christians from love the God (Rom 8:37–39). All things works for good for those who love the Lord (Rom 8:28). The Millennium is a period demonstrating a victory of Christ over worldwide persecution.

            The apostle John wrote Revelation before the Millennium — a period of peace from worldwide persecution between the first century and the last century (Rev 20:1–10). One could say that the apostle John was premillennial as he wrote before the coming of the Beast and the Millennium.

            John revealed some essential beliefs about the kingdom of God in the Book of Revelation. Specifically, Christ’s kingdom is not bound to the Millennium as some believe today. Before the Millennium, John wrote that Jesus was currently “the ruler of the kings on earth” (Rev 1:5). Furthermore, John revealed how Christ made those whom He loves and freed from sins into a kingdom that is present then and now (Rev 1:6). John also identified himself as a brother and partner in the kingdom as they endured tribulation (Rev 1:9). The kingdom already existed when John wrote Revelation. Christ's kingdom came before the Millennium.

            Revelation makes apparent that Christ was already with God and He is the king of kings now. The Millennium period of peace would come after the God’s wrath has come upon the Beast, a king of Rome (Rev 19:11–21). As Christ rules in heaven, He wars and brings justice by His providence against those who war against Christians (Rev 13:10; 14:9–13). Christ has overcome the Beast king of Rome who lived in the first century (Rev 17:9–11).

            As Christians, God has blessed the faithful to be a part of Christ’s kingdom and to see His justice come throughout time. Christ’s kingdom is eternal (Dan 7:13–14). God transfers those who become Christians into the kingdom that is presently the church (Col 1:13).

            Now, Christians rejoice in God’s ultimate justice and the redemption of bodies when Christ returns (1 Thess 4:16–18). At the resurrection, Jesus will deliver the kingdom to His Father (1 Cor 15:24). The faithful will bodily resurrect in Christ’s ultimate victory over His last enemy (1 Cor 15:25–26). “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 15:56–57).

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