If the purpose of the Millennial Kingdom is to fulfill God’s promises to Israel, what does that have to do with the Church?

The Church also will be a part of Christ’s Millennial Reign. According to Ephesians 1:10, God is gathering together all things under one head, Christ. We believe that this verse is referring to the Millennial Kingdom, which means that the Church will be included. 2 Timothy 2:12 indicates that if we are faithful to serve him, “we will also reign with him,” which can only be referring to his Millennial Kingdom, when he reigns over the earth and all its people, both believers and unbelievers. Part of the faithful Christian’s future reward is the privilege of reigning with Christ during this period. 1 Corinthians 3:15 and other scriptures guarantee that every Christian will be “saved,” or preserved alive into that Kingdom, and those who have earned rewards by their Christian conduct will then receive them.

Some critics say that dispensationalists have a reluctance or inability to see beyond the Millennial Kingdom, but we do not really know what they mean by this. Scripture does not say much about what happens in the Final Paradise. Some blessings are named, and “God is all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28). Revelation 21:12 says that the names of the 12 tribes of Israel will be written on the gates of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. Perhaps this is intended as a memorial to the way in which the Messiah accomplished his remarkable feat of subduing all God’s enemies and ushering in the Final Paradise. It also indicates that there is an eternal aspect to God’s election of Israel, as Scripture says in a number of verses.

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  1. Great article. I would love to learn how to earn one of those crowns if possible. I keep looking at this as a impossibility. I think only those that really do a great job would get a crown, are crowns more simple than this. Is a crown like a reward or what exactly is a crown. lol. I don’t want to give up on a crown.

    1. Thanks Rita, Yes crowns are rewards. We don’t know exactly what they represent, but historically a crown has always been a representation of honor, respect, and authority. The Bible mentions five crowns; the Crown of Life, Crown of Rejoicing, Crown of Hope, Crown of Righteousness, and the Crown of Glory. Your question has prompted us to do a teaching on this, so keep your ears open for it to be released in the future.

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