Life in the Kingdom

Believers in Christ live in hope. Many of us are already groaning within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the redemption of our bodies. For we were saved, having this hope but hope that is seen is not hope. Why should one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (Rom. 8:22-25). There is coming a time when the King of this entire universe, the Lord Jesus Christ, will return to this earth and be crowned King over all of His created order. This small planet, so seemingly unimportant, will become the centerpiece of God’s amazing plan for this universe.
Christ’s universal reign will commence when He establishes a kingdom over a redeemed earth and reigns over it for a thousand years (Rev, 20:6–9). The thousand-year segment of this everlasting kingdom will allow God to finally and forever demonstrate to the human race and the angelic realm that the only political system that will ever work for humankind is one in which God alone rules over the hearts of people. It will not be a democracy, nor a republic, nor socialism, nor communism. It will be a kingdom ruled over by our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord’s kingdom will place on display the immense value of the second member of the Holy Trinity.
Just imagine a world dominated by what is right and fair. The new world will be ruled by a perfect government bringing true peace on earth and goodwill toward men. All weapons of war will be remade into instruments for growing food. No nation will dare to be aggressive against other nations, and war will be no more. The curse from the fall will be removed, and the environment will be restored to the pre-fall beauty of the Garden of Eden. Wild animals will no longer eat each other in order to survive, and small children will have no fear of any of them. This will be a world ruled by a perfect and glorious Ruler. Imagine a time when there will be no fear of deadly natural disasters or uncontrollable diseases. Think of a time when every court will deliver perfect justice for every case, when truth will be established in every conflict, and when all who deceive will be exposed and judged swiftly.
Picture a world where all children from every race and nationality will be fully educated by the King. Physical deformities and social, political, and religious oppression will be no more. All forms of slavery will be abolished. Imagine a world where the length of life will be restored and where the elderly will not grow feeble, will not lose their hearing or sight, and will not fear Alzheimer’s disease or cancer but will grow old with clarity of mind and a sound body. Imagine a world where what is appropriate and right marks every aspect of life, including relationships between people, businesses, and governments. It will be a world where there is absolute permanent peace and where that peace is enforced, a world filled with joy and good health, so much so that people live for hundreds of years (Isa. 9:6-7).
The King will renew this fallen creation and will rule with supreme wisdom and understanding (Isa. 11:1–9). The King will cause the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the dumb to sing. The desert will flow with water and the clouds will be rolled back (Isa. 35:5–6). The King will be known by all and all will have access to Him (Isa. 2:2-3). All sins will be forgiven and remembered no more (Jer. 31:34). All nations will flow to the Lord’s dwelling place to learn of Him and walk in His paths. His law will go forth from Jerusalem. All the scattered and lost sheep will be brought home. The people of Israel will be scattered because of their disobedience, but the Lord will gather a remnant of His flock from all countries back to their own land. They will be fruitful and have every need met. They will no longer be afraid or dismayed or lacking.
The Lord will raise up from David a King to reign and prosper and execute judgment and righteousness. His name will be called “the Lord Our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:5–7). King Jesus will be as a banner to the people so that even Gentiles will seek Him (Isa. 11:10–16). The King will rejoice over His subjects. In that day, Gentiles will realize that Israel is God’s chosen people, and all kings will recognize her glory.
God will give Jerusalem a new name, a crown of glory, and a royal diadem. She will no longer be called forsaken or desolate but shall be called Hephzibah, and her land will be called Beulah (Isa. 62:4). Jerusalem will be the city on the hill. The mountain of the Lord’s house will be established on the top of the mountains, and people shall flow into it. Many nations will come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths for out of Zion the law shall go forth and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. War will be no more, and people will dwell in safety under their own fig trees. The Lord will gather His remnant and reign over them in Mount Zion (Micah 4:1–5:5). The whole earth will be filled with the King’s glory because He will be king over the entire earth (Psa. 72:1–20; Zech. 14:9).
When the King sets up His kingdom, we will see Him in His beauty. Our eyes will see Jerusalem, a tabernacle that will not be taken down. No stakes will be removed, nor cords broken. The Lord will be our lawgiver, our judge, and our King (Isa. 33:17–24). At the end of the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, He will turn His kingdom over to His Father, who will transform it into a new heaven and a new earth, wherein righteousness will dwell forever (1 Cor. 15:24-28). We will at last be home. Blessings!