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The Lord's Prayer

Millennial Reign

Pray like this: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them.

Let your Kingdom come.

 

I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as didn’t worship the beast nor his image, and didn’t receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

The rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Give us today our daily bread.

Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him one thousand years.

Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.

And after the thousand years, Satan will be released from his prison, and he will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

They went up over the width of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city. Fire came down out of heaven from God and devoured them. The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.’

I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them.

Thy Kingdom Come: Millennial Reign

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Thy Kingdom Come: Millennial Reign

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A Kingdom of Eternity

Millennial ReignThe Lord's Prayer

I find the ultimate fulfillment of the Lord’s prayer in the Millennial reign passage of Revelation 20:4-11. Let’s explore the connections and two mirrors within these two passages.

Gifts

The revelation begins with, “I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them.” The parallel to the Lord’s prayer suggests these thrones are in heaven.

As we are the ones praying at the top, the words suggest Jesus is “Our Father in heaven,” who shares his Kingdom with us.

Reign with Christ

Then, the Revelation tells of souls who live and reign with Christ for a thousand years.

This matches the prayer, “Thy Kingdom come.” A Kingdom that comes. Reigning with Christ.

If you read more into this petition, it’s asking for the Kingdom which is in Heaven to come to earth. It’s also describing souls killed for their testimony. This, to me is a small hint this passage has a spiritual fulfillment.

With Christ, souls come to life in his Kingdom.

On Earth as in Heaven

At this point, I find it interesting the two passages are no longer just in heaven. The Lord’s prayer asks, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The Revelation parallel says, “the rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished.”

Perhaps some souls are dead and others alive. In particular, those who do God’s will — on earth, as in heaven.

Gifts

The Lord’s prayer asks, “Give us today our daily bread.” The Millennial Reign promises, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection.”

Our “part” to me, is the “gift” of eternal life — like a white robe. Like priests to God and Christ, who stand before the throne and serve him day and night — in his temple. A holy temple.

Warfare

The passage does not appear to end with the thousand-year reign. In fact, it says “after the thousand years,” Satan is released. He comes out to deceive.

This, to me, works hand in hand with the petition to “Forgive us our debts.” It is Satan’s deception that leads astray. It is the deceiver himself that caused the original sin, and everything since.

Deliverance

I love the Revelation parallel to the Lord’s prayer because it literally shows the followers of Christ delivered from the evil one.

The passage doesn’t say who does it, but Jesus has the keys of death and hades. So, it must be Jesus who throws the devil into a lake of fire. How fitting.

Eternal Kingdom

The parallel ends with “yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever.” The Millennial Reign revelation shows a “great white throne” and him who sat on it. Earth and heaven fled, as there was found no place for them.

To me, this means two things. First, the Kingdom, power and glory belong to Christ forever — a great white throne.

Second, Satan has no place in the eternal Kingdom. We do.

Wrapped in Eternity

There are two mirrors in this parallel that I find interesting, and also revealing. First, the passage began with thrones given.

The passage ends with a great white throne and the promise “Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever.”

This suggests the story begins and ends with thrones in a place of eternity. Everything else takes place between these two points.

Souls come to life and reign with Christ. Satan comes out to deceive, then is thrown into a lake of fire. I suspect this process repeats itself continuously.

Heaven & Earth

The second mirror makes reference to things happening in heaven, and on earth. We pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

In the mirror position below, Satan deceives the nations in the four corners of the earth.

It suggests the story spans heaven and earth. The key point being this story has a kind of duality to it, between a reality here on earth and a new reality in heaven.

In fact, the story begins in heaven. It reaches the earth. It returns to heaven, and begins again.

Day of Eternity

All this, to me, sounds very much like a day of eternity in a new Kingdom of Christ. Eternal torment for our adversary. And the beginning of eternal life for us.

He has made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father. To him be the glory and the dominion, forever and ever. Amen.

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