Chapter 5: Who Will Be There?
The King and His immortal co-rulers will not be the only people living during the Millennium. A king, however glorious, and co-rulers, however capable and highly blessed, must have someone over whom to exercise their new and righteous authority; someone upon whom they may bestow love and blessing. This second group is the populace of the Kingdom, the millions and billions of mortals who will enjoy a happy and vigorous mortal life during the Millennial era.
Among the earliest members of this second group will be those who submit to Christ when He rides “forth conquering, and to conquer” (Rev. 6:2). They are the fruit of the great missionary effort, when the “everlasting gospel” shall be preached “to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Rev. 14:6).
These are the one third who remain after the cleansing Judgments of God have removed the rebellious, unsubmissive, intractable element (Zech. 13:8; Luke 19:14, 27). This third will be the nucleus from which will spring a whole new populace. they will begin at once to multiply and increase (Isa. 61:9; 66:8; 43:6-7) until the earth is filled with the glory of the Lord (Num. 14:21).
The Millennium will not be a time of holy isolation! Far from it! There will be people everywhere. And they will all be acquainted with the Lord god and His magnificent plan (Jer. 31:34).
The Millennium will be their day of probation, their opportunity to serve God faithfully so that they may ultimately be rewarded with immortality and become the eternal inhabitants of the eternal Kingdom. Of them we read: “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God” (Zech. 13:9).
A great many of these people will be successful in their quest for eternal life, for the Revelator was given a vision of them at the end of the Millennium when they are rewarded with immortality, and he describes them as “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,” which he saw standing before the throne of Christ, “clothed with white robes,” a symbol of purity and holiness, “and palms in their hands” (Rev. 7:9-11).