When will the Millennial Kingdom begin? (Is it pre-tribulation or post-tribulation Kingdom?)
Many people believe that the saints would be raptured before the advent of the Great Tribulation of seven years, and that during this period of the Tribulation they would already be in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, rather than on this earth. However, when we verify this belief with the Word of God, we can easily find out that it is a false belief.
Our Lord God gives the Kingdom of Christ to His saints for a thousand
years as a gift to reward them for laboring and giving up their
own lives for the sake of the gospel. As Revelation 20:4 tells us,
"And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed
to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for
their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped
the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads
or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a
The above passage explains to us who are the one that would be able to enter the Millennial Kingdom. These are the ones who, amidst the Great Tribulation, fought against the Antichrist, were martyred to defend their faith, and neither received the mark of the Beast nor worshipped his image. To separate the wheat from the chaff, God has allowed the mankind the choice to either receiver or not receive the mark of the Beast. To rapture the saints and to reward them for their faith and their victory over Satan with the Kingdom of Christ of one thousand years, God wants to clearly separate the wheat from the chaff.
For the Antichrist, the biggest obstacle to standing against God, idolizing himself, and making people receive his mark will be the people of God. As such, the Antichrist will devote all his efforts to their elimination. But the saints will not surrender to the Beast, fight against him with faith, embrace their martyrdom, and thereby glorify God. A countless number of the saints, looking toward their afterlife, will willingly embrace their martyrdom to defend their faith in God. As the Antichrist will thus bring much suffering to the saints during the time of the Great Tribulation, God has prepared for him and his followers the plagues of the seven bowls and the punishment of hell that burns forever.
As such, this world would be completely destroyed and brought down by the plagues of the seven bowls, with great earthquakes, the likes of which have never been seen before, striking the earth. As a result, the first world would disappear without a trace. God would then command his angel to seize the Dragon and bind him in the bottomless pit for a thousand years, for our Lord would have to first confine the Dragon in the Abyss before He can allow His saints to live in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ.
Because Satan is not found in the Millennial Kingdom where the saints
are to reign with Christ, there are neither deceivers nor curses
anymore. Isaiah 35:8-10 explains the Kingdom of Christ that would
come to the saints who participate in the first resurrection as
the following: "A highway shall be there, and a road, And it
shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass
over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although
a fool, Shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, Nor shall any
ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the
redeemed shall walk there, And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall
The Kingdom of Christ, lasting for a thousand years as the above, will come after this earth goes through the seven-year period of the Great Tribulation and after the world ruled by Satan and the Antichrist is completely destroyed. This Kingdom, therefore, is the reward that our Lord would give to His saints for being persecuted and martyred to defend their faith in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and for laboring to preach this gospel.