|Revelation 2:26-27 |
26 He who overcomes, and continues my [commanded] works to the end, to him I will give power over the nations; [You must overcome the world, sin, and the devil to attain salvation; and to overcome, you must persist in obedience to the word of the Lord within to the end when you see Him bring your eternal life and salvation.]
27 And he will rule them with a rod of iron, like the vessels of a potter they will be broken to pieces; just as I also received authority from my Father.7
7 He who overcomes, and continues in my [commanded] works until the end.
To overcome the world is to be crucified from the lusts of the world: to have mortified the lusts and desires for things, wealth, bodies, sex; that is the victory that overcomes.
Who continues in my works — is to remain obedient to the commands of God that will be given continuously, once you have overcome sin. Now you will be walking in continued watchfulness with the Lord, as he prompts you with thoughts, words, and works to be performed. This fulfills the purpose of God creating saints:
Now the God of peace, .. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Heb 13:20-21
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, Eph 2:10
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin], and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. Tit 2:14
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Mat 5:16
till the end. After you have demonstrated your watchfulness against sin, and after you have been further prepared, you are then born again. Here you enter into union with God, and you sit down at rest in Christ; therefore you possess Christ and his righteousness, which is the end of imputation and the end of belief. Now you are a permanent part of Christ's body, fit to rule in his stead.
to him (who overcomes) will I give power over the nations. And he will rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter they will be broken to pieces; even as I received from my Father.
Note! Jesus is not going to rule the nations himself; Jesus is going to give power over the nations to his saints, who have overcome the world and have become free from sin. Jesus will rule the nations through his saints, but he will not be physically on the earth. Jesus' saints will not be "raptured" into heaven out of the world; they will remain in the world to rule the world, and rule it with a rod of iron. The rapture is a personal experience, when a purified believer receives salvation, enters into union with God, and is translated into the Kingdom of Christ. To be translated does not mean one leaves the earth, as Paul and others were on the earth, but whose consciousness and sight had been translated into the Kingdom, a parallel dimension sharing the same physical space.
Sinners will never be taken into heaven, otherwise heaven would be full of evil, selfish, cheating, lying, stealing, murdering, drunken, angry, jealous, envious, profane, hating, raging people. Hell is for sinners, where they learn the consequences of their selfish hearts and eventually become pure too; and then be able to enter heaven.