And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
This song draws from a number of different prophecies to depict Jesus’ millenial reign. But its primary source is this passage.
When The King Comes To Claim His Throne (Revelation 20:4-9)
Dianne Wilkinson | Popularized by Mark Trammell Quartet
The Great Tribunal (Revelation 20:11-12) (1779)
John Newton | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)