Revelation 22:5 KJV
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
The Lord, through His angel, reveals to us that the saints of God will be reigning throughout eternity. As we know, God, in the person of Jesus Christ, will be eternally reigning over His people as a King reigns over His kingdom (Daniel 7:14, Hebrews 1:8, Rev 11:15).
Now, before Christ’s second coming, the saints are given authority to rule over the powers of darkness of this lost world through the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 4:4, 5:4-5, Rev 2:26-27).
At the final judgment, the saints will enjoy a reign over the fallen angels, the lost including the Jews who were active in the crucifixion of Christ (1 Cor 6:1-3, Matt 19:27-30).
However, following the final judgment, the powers of darkness (including Satan, fallen angels and the false religions and world empires and all lost individuals) will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, no longer present on the earth.
Again, following the final judgement, the lost will no longer be present on the earth… if this is so, over whom will the saved reign throughout eternity?
For the answer to this question we need to remember our previous devotion concerning the undoing of the curse placed upon mankind in the Garden of Eden. Please remember, after the fall of man, based upon the curse, mankind lost perfect dominion over the heavens and the earth. Prior to the fall, there were no weeds, no need to painfully labor for food, the animals were in perfect submission to mankind, never attacking man, never threatening to man, but in perfect submission to him.
Following the fall everything changed… weeds now grow, man must labor for his food, and animal life rebels against man, disobeying him, harming him, and at times killing man. With the coming of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth, with Christ as the ultimate authority, man will regain his subordinate rulership over the earth. The curse will be undone, and mankind will perfectly reign over nature around him, he will take absolute dominion over the New Earth and all will be in perfect peace and harmony once again.
This is the answer to the question before us. Over what do the saints of God reign throughout eternity? They will reign over the restored Garden of Eden, nature that is no longer effected by sin or the curse that was placed upon mankind.
What a great type of experience that will be for each one of us, to have the different aspects of nature all perfectly submissive to us. To share in the dominion the Lord originally gave to mankind that He will restore to us as an eternal blessing! What a wonderful eternity that awaits us. What a wonderful Lord to grant us this eternal privilege!
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