The Church is meant to welcome the “King of Kings,” and we are the “shout” in the following prophecy:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
Other translations put it like this:
For the Lord himself, with an assembling shout, with archangel’s voice and with trump of God, shall descend from heaven; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; (Darby)
There will be four different types of Millennial Kings: Jesus (a God), resurrected beings, translated beings, and mortals. Each one will be detailed on their individual pages. As believers who are aware of God’s promises, we know that He has promised thrones and the opportunity to rule through The Millennium of Peace to certain of the faithful.
It is admirable to see someone who can manage large groups, an organization, or the truth. However, rulers do carry a heavier load. Perhaps no one has demonstrated their willingness to bear a weightier burden more than Jesus Christ. The scriptures are replete with examples of him surrendering self, to do God’s will:
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (John 5:19)
28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. (John 8:28)
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. (John 7:16–18)
43 I am come in my Father’s name, (John 5:43)
49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. (John 8:49–50)
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:20–21)
Who may abide His coming? Those who are on the same page, who are creating praise (i.e., the “shout”) at the time that God’s glory is revealed. They are the ones who will not be caught off guard or become undone and unable to stand. In other words, they will be standing with uplifted hands being “the shout” while everyone else is hiding or on their faces repenting.
Perhaps stewardships will go out to those who are “the shout.” When Jesus came the first time, there were but few who welcomed him, that was a shame, but at least someone did – the wise men from the east (Matt. 2:1). When he rode into Jerusalem at the end of his life, he was received by a multitude, and they were “the shout.” But the rest of the city was caught off guard:
8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? (Matthew 21:8–10)
After Jesus arrived, what did he do next? He went to the temple and kicked out all the money changers. That whole scene was a type and a shadow of what is about to happen to us.