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One has His unique position, and functions   lying in it awaiting the resurrection of the
        in His own role, distinctly, yet in perfect   unjust, and geological evidence of the flood
        unity, will continue forever. Eternally and   of Noah’s day; nothing indicative of death
        unchangeably, God (the triune God: Father,   or judgment will exist in the “new earth”
        Son and Holy Spirit) will be “all in all”   (Rev 21:1). By the end of the Millennium,
        (1Cor 15:28, KJV).                   there will be many unrighteous people
        The Continuation of His Kingdom      who will rise in rebellion against the King
                                             (Rev 20:8); in the new earth there will
          The statement that “He shall have de-  be only righteousness (2Peter 3:13). The
        livered up the kingdom to God, even the   former will last 1000 years; the latter will
        Father” does not mean that the kingdom   be forever.
        will have come to an end or that it is no   Then, forever, we, His Church, His bride,
        longer His. Mary was told that “He shall   will be with Him, sharing His glory, enjoy-
        reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and   ing His presence, and delighting in His
        of His kingdom there shall be no end”   love. In “the ages to come” God will “shew
        (Luke 1:33, KJV). John heard great voices   the exceeding riches of His grace in His
        in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this   kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”
        world are become the kingdoms of our   (Eph 2:7, KJV). What a bright prospect
        Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign   awaits His bride: first, His coming (at the
        for ever and ever” (Rev 11:15, KJV). Peter   Rapture) to take us to His home; followed
        speaks of his readers having an entrance   by the marriage of the Lamb; then His re-
        “into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord   turn to earth for the millennial “marriage
        and Savior Jesus Christ” (2Peter 1:11, KJV).  supper;” culminating in our eternal dwell-
          So the kingdom will continue, and will   ing with Him, in an unbreakable union of
        be of the same character as the millen-  measureless, unending love. How thankful
        nial kingdom: a universal kingdom of   we are that “Christ … loved the Church,
        righteousness, peace, knowledge of Him,   and gave Himself for it” (Eph 5:25, KJV).
        joy, and worship. Indeed, so many are   And truly we can say, “We love Him, be-
        the similarities between millennial and   cause He first loved us” (1John 4:19, KJV).
        eternal conditions that it is difficult to say   Soon will the Bridegroom come,
        with certainty what is being described in
        Revelation 21:9-22:5: Is it the Millennium,   His bride from earth to call.
        or the eternal state, or both? The fact that   We, glorified with Him, shall reign,
        good brethren differ on this question is evi-  Till God be all in all.
        dence that there is continuity of character   As, amidst all the troubles and trials and
        between the two.                     tears of this world, we eagerly await those
          However, there is no doubt that, great   glorious days, we ought ever to keep in
        as the kingdom will be in millennial days,   mind (and be encouraged and exhorted
        it will be even greater thereafter. In the   by) the precious words of 1 Peter 5:10-11:
        Millennium, there will be people in mortal   “But the God of all grace, who hath called
        bodies, and there will still be death (Isa   us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
        65:20); in the eternal state “there shall be   after that ye have suffered a while, make
        no more death” (Rev 21:4, KJV). The Mil-  you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
        lennium will be on an earth marked by the   To Him be glory and dominion for ever and
        effects of the Fall with millions of bodies   ever. Amen” (KJV).

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