POSTED 04 NOVEMBER, 2017
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’”
reproduced from Salvation on the Line, Volume I
The statements of Matthew 25:31-34ff contextually require a Bible reader to consider a wider selection of passages, as they concern both the future restoration of Israel’s Kingdom (cf. Acts 1:6), the Millennium, and the Eternal State. Details involving the Messiah’s return and reign on Earth are detected here (Matthew 25:31), with Yeshua notably referring to Himself with the Daniel 7:9-14 title of the “Son of Man” (discussed previously). While Yeshua will reign on Earth from Jerusalem for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4-7), that the gathering of the nations, the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:32-33) occurs at the beginning of the Eternal State, is not just detected in how those blessed will “take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34, NIV)—but how after the criteria for entry are provided (Matthew 25:35-40, 42-45), it will be stated by the Lord, “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels’…These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:41, 46).
Advocates of a high Christology of Yeshua the Messiah, being integrated into the Divine Identity, do rightly need to emphasize that the Son’s reign is not at all independent of the Father. It is emphasized here, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father…” (Matthew 25:34). Yeshua the Son, being integrated into the Divine Identity, is interconnected with the activities of the Father, and this surely involves the future Millennial Kingdom and subsequent Eternal State (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:28).