Only Overcomers Are to Be Kings and Priests

32. Only overcomers who suffered in Christ "shall be priests" (draw near to God) and "will reign" (Rev. 20.6) on earth with the Son of Man.

Do you believe Israel shall not reign as kings (ruling over the earth) and priests (to draw near to God), since only overcomers who suffered in Christ "shall be priests" and "shall reign" (Rev. 20.6) when they return with Christ for the 1000 years?

"Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near.... A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations. Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but after them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. They look like tiny horses, and they run as fast. With a noise like chariots Over mountaintops they leap, Like the noise of a flaming fire that devours the stubble, Like a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: They do not push one another; they shall walk every one in his path: they burst through the weapons; they are not cut down. They run to and fro in the city, They run on the wall; they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can endure it? ...let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.... Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people...for he giveth you the former rain in just measure, and he causeth to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first month" (Joel 2.1-11,16-17,23).

The Jews upon whom the Holy Spirit will be poured out in the coming day (the former rain has already been poured out—Acts 2, but the latter rain is yet to be poured forth—Joel 2.28-29). The blood and fire mentioned in Joel 2.30 coincide with the phenomena of the first trumpet in Revelation; the pillars of smoke agree with the fifth trumpet. Thus the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit will occur between the sixth seal and the fifth trumpet. The time of the Great Tribulation is the time of the latter rain (see Acts 2.15-21, Joel 2.28-31). The prophecy of Joel was not completely fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. For on that day there were no “wonders in the heaven and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke”; nor was “the sun . . . turned into darkness, and the moon into blood” (Joel 2.30-31). All of these five wonders will be fulfilled around and in the time of the Great Tribulation: blood (first trumpet), fire (first and second trumpets), smoke (fifth trumpet), sun and moon (sixth seal). Pentecost is only a miniature, a foretaste. Peter does not say: “It is fulfilled”; he merely says that “this is that” (Acts 2.16). As a matter of fact, the Holy Spirit is going to do greater work during the time of the Great Tribulation. If there will not be the Holy Spirit present, how can the saints ever endure during the Great Tribulation?

If you don't want to accept this "army" as God's holy myriads (Jude 14,15) who return with Christ, but as some ancient army for Israel, at least accept this as a type for the return of the overcomer believers at the end of the Tribulation. Praise the Lord!