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The doctrinal teaching that the saints that are taken to Heaven in the Rapture will not live on the Earth during the Millennial Rule of Christ is not true at all. In fact, the Scriptures teach that Christ will reign on the Earth from Jerusalem, and we are to reign with Him! Furthermore, Scripture says that - after the second stage of the First Resurrection at the Rapture - we are to always be with Him! Let me explain:
The Word of God tells us that the City of God in Heaven known as the heavenly New Jerusalem is going to descend to the Earth after the New Heaven and New Earth are created, and it will be the home of all believers one day (See John 14:1-3 and Revelation 21:1-4). So the Bride of Christ and the Wise Virgins that are to be taken up to Heaven in the Rapture are going to dwell therein. However, the Bible makes it clear that all those who are taken to Heaven to stand before Christ's Judgment Seat that is described in 2 Corinthians 5:10 and Revelation 7:9-17, and who attend the Wedding and Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven introduced in Matthew 25:1-13 and described in Revelation 19:6-9, will return with Christ because they are to remain in His presence forever! As it says in 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus WE SHALL ALWAYS BE WITH THE LORD.”
In the Parable of the Ten Virgins recorded in Matthew 25:1-13, the five Wise Virgins accompany the Bride and the Bridegroom, and enter the Heavenly realm. This realm is behind the door they go through to attend the Wedding, which is in the Bridegroom's Father's House in Heaven. This is why it was customary for weddings to take place in the parent's home in Ancient Israel. The Wedding party full of resurrected saints is allegorically described as cleanly dressed in pure white garments to show that they have taken on the righteousness of Christ, and are a new creation in Him. Their pure white clothes are first revealed in Revelation 7:9-10, where it says “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, CLOTHED WITH WHITE ROBES, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
These same saints clothed in white are to return with Christ at the end of the Great Tribulation. This is revealed in Revelation 19:14, where it says: “And the armies in heaven, CLOTHED IN FINE LINEN, WHITE AND CLEAN, followed Him on white horses.” Together with Christ, these immortal saints will serve as priests and kings during the Millennial Rule of Christ. As it says in Revelation 20:6: “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
These resurrected saints appear in Heaven after the first Six Seals are opened. This is partly why I believe that they are taken to Heaven in the Rapture at the time of the opening of the Sixth Seal. In fact, Revelation 6:16-17 says that the first portion of the Wrath of God will be unleashed when the Sixth Seal is opened. Furthermore, 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 and 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says that the saints are not subject to God's Wrath, and are to be delivered from it by their Lord and Savior.
So do not be fooled into believing that the resurrected saints will stay in Heaven, although life will be very pleasant there! As I have shown in this article, Scripture uses the symbolic purity of the white clothing of the resurrected saints to say that they will return to the Earth when Christ comes to vanquish the armies of the wicked at the Battle of Armageddon. It also clearly says that these immortal saints will reign and rule with Christ as priests and kings until the Millennium is over. Therefore, the New Jerusalem - which is described as a massive city with 12 gates and 12 foundations in Revelation 21:9-27 - will likely be empty, and will be awaiting the Bride and Wise Virgins to return to living in it when the Millennial Kingdom ends.
With Love and Blessings,
from Helena Lehman of
the Pillar of Enoch Ministry