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Duties of the Holy royal piesthood.

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    Re: Duties of the Holy royal piesthood.

    Originally posted by jeffweeder View Post
    Thanks all for the good replies.
    Hope the following addresses some of your questions.

    Yes Marty. We execute the duties of the priesthood now. He has made us.

    We proclaim the excellencies of him who calls us all out of darkness up until the day of his visitation.

    1PET 2
    9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

    11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

    Rev 1 also has our duties climaxing with Gods visitation

    REV 1
    4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

    7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
    8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    Rev 5 has us performing our duties while the Holy Spirit is sent out into the earth.

    REV 5
    6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,
    “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
    10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

    Rev 20 has those partaking of his resurrection in order to perform their duties.
    REV 20
    6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years

    The time when those duties seem to cease will be his imminent visitation at the end of this age when the Gospel has gone to every tribe , nation , tongue.
    God then runs out of patience and sends powerful delusion upon all those who didn't receive the love of the truth through our ministry of reconciliation , in order that they be judged , those who believe the lie and utterly perish.

    2 thess 2
    8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

    11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

    I'm not seeing how any of this addresses martyrs being priests of God and of Christ during the thousand years, after they have been martyred? If the thousand years is 2000 plus years in length, and that the first martyr was martyred within weeks or months of the beginning of this 2000 year period, as an example, what are their duties as priests after and while they are dead? It couldn't possibly be any of the duties that have been mentioned in this thread thusfar.

    Either they are priests of God and Christ, and reign with him a thousand years, or they don't. We can't seperate being priests of God and Christ from the thousand years. In the example I used above, do they quit being priests of God and Christ once they physically die, yet continue their reigning with Him a thousand years, after they have died? Not what the text indicates though, that's for certain. Because once again, there can't be anyone reigning a thousand years while not also being priests of God and Christ the entire thousand years.

    If you are perhaps reluctant to discuss any of this, in regards to the martyrs in Rev 20, why do you even believe we are currently in this thousand year period if you have no answers for some of these things?

    As far as I can tell, I'm on topic here, regardless that you might be reluctant to discuss some of this.