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Delivering The Kingdom Unto God
By means of His Sacrifice as The Lamb of God, The Messiah is the Deliverer of salvation for all who accept His offer of life - beginning with the "firstfruits" (listen to our Sermon Pentecost: Firstfruits Of The Spirit).
"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept [see The Sleep Of Death].
But wait, what else is the Deliverer going to deliver, when all has been done?
"15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
"He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father"
The first resurrection (see Resurrections) will occur on the day of Christ's return. They will be resurrected to spirit, or changed to spirit if alive that day, and then serve Christ for the next 1,000 years, on earth.
"20:6 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." (Revelation 20:6 KJV)
Only the "firstfruits" will be spirit at the beginning of the 1,000 years. The rest of humanity will still be physical. It's those millions of people, in all the nations of the world, that will fulfill the famous "they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" during that time.
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [see Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
Satan will have been put away on the day of Christ's return (Revelation 20:1-2), but at the end of the 1,000 years he will be briefly released (Revelation 20:3). Satan will then be put away forever, and the Judgment of those who were not the firstfruits (their "judgment day" was when they lived their lives - see When Will You Be Judged? and Could Christ Return Tonight?) will then occur before the "great white throne." Salvation will then be granted to those who repented (when they were able to understand the Truth), while the lake of fire (see They Shall Be Ashes) will consume those who chose to rebel against the King. When all has been completed, death will cease to exist.
"20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
It is then that the Messiah will deliver the Kingdom of God to God - when God arrives on earth, whereby "the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
When Christ ascended to God's Throne after His resurrection, He sat at the right hand of God (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?). Christ will do so again, forever, when God comes to earth.
"21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:22-27 KJV)
Fact Finder: When God comes to earth, will that mean that God will no longer be in heaven? Or has earth always been in heaven too?