MATTHEW 19:28; LUKE 22:29-30; REVELATION 20:3-4, 7, 8; 21:1-2, 12 JUDGING TWELVE TRIBES
Many Christian denominations teach that there will be no literal Messianic kingdom reign on earth. In Matthew 19:28 and Luke 22:29-30 Jesus promised His disciples that they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel after they had been resurrected and regenerated. This cannot be a description of heaven and must refer to God’s future kingdom on earth.
Matt 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The promise Jesus made to His disciples that they would sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes on earth is to be fulfilled during the Millennial reign as seen in Revelation 20:3-4, 7-8.
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Even the new earth and eternity will for ever remind saints that God never did forget His chosen nation. In Revelation 21:1, 2, 12 The eternal city of the new earth is only entered through twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. This makes no sense if God had permanently rejected Israel as His unique chosen nation.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.