people mistakenly believe that the only scriptural basis
of a Millennial reign of Jesus is Revelation 20. But the
concept of the Messiah returning to reign over all the earth
in peace, righteousness, and justice is found throughout
the Scriptures, both New Testament and Old.
I. I believe Jesus is returning to reign on earth
because the Old Testament prophets say so.
1) The Psalms
a) Psalm 2:6-9 — David says the Messiah will reign
over "the very ends of the earth" from Mount Zion
b) Psalm 22:27-31 — David again affirms that the
Messiah will be given dominion over "the ends of the
earth" at the time when He "rules over the nations."
c) Psalm 47 — The sons of Korah rejoice over the
day when the Lord will be "a great King over all the
earth," and they state that this will take place when
the Lord subdues the "nations under our feet."
d) Psalm 67 — An unidentified psalmist speaks prophetically
of the time when the nations of the world will "be
glad and sing for joy." This will be when the Lord
comes to "judge the peoples with uprightness."
At that time the Lord will "guide the nations on the
earth" so that "all the ends of the earth may
e) Psalm 89:19-29 — The psalmist, Ethan, speaks
of the Davidic Covenant and proclaims that it will be fulfilled
when God makes His "first-born the highest of the kings
of the earth."
f) Psalm 110 — David says a time will come when
God will make the enemies of the Messiah a footstool under
His feet. This will occur when the Messiah stretches forth
His "strong scepter from Zion." At that time He
will "rule in the midst of His enemies," for .
. . "He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath,
He will judge among the nations."
g) Psalm 132:13-18 — An unnamed psalmist speaks
of God's fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant. He says this
will occur at a time when "the horn of David"
springs forth to reign from Zion. He says "His crown
will shine," and He will make Zion His "resting
place forever" for He will dwell there.
a) Isaiah 2:1-4 — Isaiah says that "in the
last days" the Messiah will reign from Mount Zion in
Jerusalem and the entire world will experience peace.
b) Isaiah 9:6-7 — The Messiah will rule from the
throne of David, giving the world a government of peace,
justice, and righteousness. (Note: The throne of David is
not in Heaven. It is located in Jerusalem — see Psalm 122.
Jesus is not now on the throne of David. He sits at the
right hand of His Father on His Father's throne — see Revelation
c) Isaiah 11:3b-9 — The Messiah will bring "righteousness
and fairness" to the earth when He returns to "slay
the wicked." At that time, the curse will be lifted
and the plant and animal kingdoms will be restored to their
d) Isaiah 24:21-23 — When the Messiah returns,
He will punish Satan and his demonic hordes in the heavens
and then will punish "the kings of the earth, on earth."
He will then "reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem"
for the purpose of manifesting His glory.
a) Jeremiah 23:5 — "'Behold, the days are
coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I shall raise up for
David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and
act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.'"
(Note: The term, "Branch," is a Messianic title.)
b) Jeremiah 33:6-18 — A day will come when the
Lord will regather the dispersed of both Judah and Israel
and will save a great remnant. At that time the Lord "will
cause a rigthteous Branch of David to spring forth; and
He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth."
a) Ezekiel 20:33-44 — The Lord says a day will
come when He will regather the Jews to their land and will
"enter into judgment" with them. He says that
at that time "I shall be king over you." He then
adds that "the whole house of Israel, all of them,
will serve Me in the land."
b) Ezekiel 37:24-28 — The Lord says that He will
dwell in the midst of Israel after a remnant of the Jews
is regathered to the land and saved, and He promises that
"David My servant shall be their prince forever."
c) Ezekiel 39:21-29 — The Lord says that following
the battle of Armageddon (verses 17-20), "I will set
My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see
My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have
laid on them."
d) Ezekiel 43:7 — While being given a tour of the
future Millennial Temple, Ezekiel is told by the Lord: "Son
of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of
the soles of My feet; where I will dwell among the sons
of Israel forever."
7:13-14,18,27 — Daniel says he was given a vision in which
he saw the Messiah ("Son of Man") given dominion
over all the earth by God the Father ("the Ancient
of Days"). And then he adds in verses 18 and 27 that
the kingdom is shared "with the saints of the Highest
One," and they are allowed to exercise sovereignty
with Him over "all the kingdoms under the whole heaven."
— The Jews will be set aside "for many days,"
but a time will come "in the last days" when they
"will return and seek the Lord their God and David
— Joel says that following the battle of Armageddon (verses
14-16), the Lord will dwell "in Zion, My holy mountain."
He repeats this in verse 21. And in verse 17 He identifies
Zion as the city of Jerusalem.
—Micah repeats in greater detail the prophecy contained
in Isaiah 2. Like Isaiah, he says the Lord will make Jerusalem
the capital of the world. The world will be flooded with
peace and prosperity. All believing Jews will be regathered
to Israel, and "the Lord will reign over them in Mount
3:14-20 — This entire book is devoted to a description of
the day the Lord will return to the earth in vengeance.
The prophet says that at the end of that day, when the Lord's
enemies have been destroyed, the Jewish remnant will shout
in triumphant joy because "the King of Israel, the
Lord," will be in their midst.
— The Lord says that a day will come when He will "overthrow
the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms
of the nations." Then, using Zerubbabel, governor of
Judah, as a type of the Messiah, the prophet adds: "'On
that day,' declares the Lord of hosts, 'I will take you,
Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, my servant,' declares the
Lord, 'and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have
chosen you,' declares the Lord of hosts." The reference
to the signet ring means the Father will grant His Son ruling
a) Zechariah 2:10-13 — The Lord says that when He
comes, He will "dwell in the midst" of the Jews,
possessing Judah as "His portion in the holy land"
and again choosing Jerusalem.
b) Zechariah 6:12-13 — When the Messiah ("the
Branch") returns, He will build a temple and "rule
on His throne," and the offices of priest and king
will be combined in Him. Thus, "He will be a priest
on His throne."
c) Zechariah 8:2-3 — The Lord promises that when
He returns to Zion, He will "dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem," and Jerusalem will be called "the
city of Truth."
d) Zechariah 9:10 — The Messiah will bring peace
to the nations and "His dominion will be from sea to
e) Zechariah 14:1-9 — The Messiah will return to
the Mount of Olives. The Mount will split in half when His
foot touches it, and the Jewish remnant left alive in Jerusalem
will flee the city and hide in the cleavage of the Mount.
Verse 9 says that on that day, "the Lord will become
king over all the earth."
believe Jesus is returning to reign over the earth because
the New Testament prophets say so.
— In his sermon on the portico of Solomon, Peter says Jesus
must remain in Heaven "until the period of the restoration
of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His
holy prophets from ancient time." The period of restoration
spoken of here will occur during the Millennium when the
curse is partially lifted and nature is restored (Romans
a) 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 — Paul says that when
Jesus returns "dealing out retribution to those who
do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel,"
He will also come for the purpose of being glorified before
His saints. The return of Jesus to be glorified before His
saints and all the nations of the world is one of the persistent
themes of Old Testament prophecy (Isaiah 24:23, Isaiah
52:10,13, Isaiah 61:3, and Psalm 46:10).
b) 2 Timothy 2:12 — Paul
says "if we endure, we shall also reign with Him."
a) Revelation 12:5 — John sees a vision in which
a sun clothed woman (Israel) gives birth to a male child
(Jesus) "who is to rule all the nations with a rod
b) Revelation 19:15-16 — In his description of Jesus
returning to earth, John says He bears the title, "King
of kings and Lord of lords," and John says He will
"rule the nations with a rod of iron."
c) Revelation 20:4,6 — John says that after the
return of Jesus to the earth, He will reign with His saints
("those to whom judgment has been given") for
a thousand years.
III. I believe Jesus is returning
to earth to reign because the Heavenly Host say so.
— When the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he told
her that she would bear a son named Jesus who would be called
"the Son of the Most High." He then added three
promises that are yet to be fulfilled: "the Lord God
will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will
reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will
have no end."
2) The Four Living
Creatures and the 24 Elders
5:9-10 — When John is raptured to Heaven and finds himself
standing before the throne of God (Revelation 4), he hears
"the four living creatures" (special angelic creatures
called seraphim in Isaiah 6) and "the twenty-four elders"
(probably representative of the redeemed) singing a song
of praise to Jesus. In this song they say that Jesus is
a Worthy Lamb who has made His redeemed a kingdom, "and
they will reign upon the earth."
3) The Angels
11:15 — Voices from Heaven make a proleptic proclamation
in the midst of the Tribulation: "The kingdom of the
world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ;
and He will reign forever and ever." (Note: A proleptic
statement is one that speaks of a future event as if it
has already occurred. This is a common form of expression
in prophecy because all future events are settled in the
mind of God as if they had already happened in history.)
4) The Tribulation Martyrs
15:3-4 — At the end of the Tribulation, right before the
final pouring out of God's wrath in the form of the bowl
judgments, all the Tribulation martyrs who are in Heaven
join together in singing "the song of Moses . . . and
the song of the Lamb." In that song, they declare the
Lamb (Jesus) to be the "King of the nations,"
and they proclaim that "all the nations will come and
worship before Thee."
I believe Jesus is returning to reign on the earth
because Jesus said so.
1) Matthew 19:28 — Jesus said that during "the
regeneration" (the same time as "the period of
restoration" referred to by Peter in Acts 3:21), He
will "sit on His glorious throne," and the Apostles
will join Him in judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
2) Matthew 25:31 — Jesus said that when He returns
in glory, "the Son of Man . . . will sit on His glorious
throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him"
for judgment. The throne of Jesus is the throne of David
which has always been located in only one place — in Jerusalem
(see Isaiah 9:6-7 and Psalm 122).
3) Acts 1:3-6 — Luke says that Jesus spent 40 days
teaching His disciples about the kingdom of God. Then, as
He was ready to ascend into Heaven, one of the disciples
asked, "Lord is it at this time You are restoring the
kingdom to Israel?" The question indicates that Jesus
taught a time would come when the kingdom would be restored
to Israel. Jesus' response to the question indicated the
same thing. He did not rebuke the question. Rather, He simply
said it was not for them to know the times and seasons when
the kingdom would be restored to Israel.
4) Revelation 2:26-27 — Jesus says that He has
a special reward for any "overcomer" who keeps
His deeds until the end: "To him I will give authority
over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron."
5) Revelation 3:21 — Jesus makes it clear that the
overcomers will reign jointly with Him: "He who overcomes,
I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as
I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."
Again, the throne of Jesus is the throne of David (Luke
1:32 and Revelation 3:7). The throne of David is in Jerusalem,
not in Heaven (Psalm 122). Jesus currently shares His Father's
throne. He is not sitting on His own throne and will not
do so until He returns to this earth. Then He will allow
the redeemed to share His throne with Him.