If the Reader is a Pre-Trib Pastor, this may be a Question you are asked continually. Will there be Sinners actually living in God's Millennial Kingdom? Pre-Trib says yes absolutely, but, Jesus said, "Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he CANNOT SEE the Kingdom of God" (Jn. 3:3). Jesus said if we are not "born again," we cannot even SEE the Kingdom!!
Of course Paul agreed with Jesus, and wrote, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall NOT inherit the Kingdom of God" (1Cor.6:9)? Also "I have told you in times past that they that do such things [Paul had just made a list of sins] shall NOT inherit the Kingdom of God" (Gal.5:21). When asked about these statements from Jesus and Paul, Pre-Trib promoters usually answer, "I don't know about all that. All I know is, there'll be a Kingdom here on earth during the Millennium with mortal Jews and other mortal people living in it." Dear Reader, we cannot dare to say, "Paul! Art thou WRONG Again!" Of course we know that Paul and Jesus are correct! The fact that there'll be NO SINNERS in God's Kingdom makes perfect sense and is completely in compliance with all other Scripture. For more details on this, see Christ's Millennial Kingdom, and Satan's Millennial Bottomless Pit Kingdom.
Jesus said sinners CANNOT inherit, CANNOT enter, and CANNOT even see the Kingdom of God. Of course Jesus was not discussing sinners that have repented and been forgiven. He was speaking about those that refuse to repent and have not asked Him for forgiveness. Thus when the time comes that Jesus will say, "Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matt. 25:34), He will only be addressing repentant and forgiven sinners. This account from Jesus is part of His parable/prophecy of the Sheep and the Goats. Pre-Trib says that Jesus told the parable/prophecy to describe the events that will occur at His Second Coming, and, they say this will be the time when Jesus sets up His Millennial Kingdom here on earth. Jesus makes it clear in Mathew 25 that when separating the Sheep and Goats, he will say to the Goats on His left hand, "Depart from Me, ye cursed. into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels" (Matt.25:41). And to the Sheep He will say, "Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matt. 25:34)., At the same time He spoke of the, "Kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world," Jesus said that the Sheep, will go away, "into life eternal" (vs.46). When, "Life Eternal" or "Eternal Life" is granted to a person, and that person inherits the Kingdom prepared for him from the Foundation of the World, that person is inheriting God's Kingdom. Following is what Paul said about people inheriting the Kingdom of God, "Now this I say, brethren, Flesh and Blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doeth corruption inherit incorruption" (2Cor.15:50). Jesus also said, "Except ye be CONVERTED, and become as little children, ye shall NOT ENTER the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matt.18:3). If Jesus and Paul say no unrepentant sinners will inherit, enter, or see the Kingdom of God, that will be what happens. There's a popular saying traveling around within Christianity. It says, "The Bible Says it, I believe it, and that Settles it." That's great, but better yet, it should be said, "The Bible Says it, and it doesn't matter whether I believe it or not, THAT SETTLES IT!!!"
Thank you SO much, Dear Reader, for your time and interest. Let's pray that God will send His Spirit to guide us into all truth.
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.
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