“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
How many know this verse by heart and have recited it a thousand times and yet have no concept of what Jesus meant. The Kingdom of God as the Old Testament speaks of it is not some great noral or spiritual movement through the church but rather a very literal rule of God upon the earth, over all the earth, through the Messiah from Jerusalem. Rightly did the disciples ask of Jesus as He stood on the Mount of Olives. “Is it at this time that you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” Because they believed in a literal fulfillment of the Old Testament promises and prophecies. Jesus did not correct their interpretation but said, “It is not for you to know the times fixed by the Father’s authority.” The kingdom would come after a worldwide witness of the Gospel. And then as the angel would say, “This Jesus who has been taken up from you, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:7-11)
So what will the kingdom of God look like according to the Bible?
- Satan will be bound in the abyss for a thousand years. What will the world be like with no Satanic influence? No one knows.
- Christ will be physically present in Jerusalem ruling the earth.
- He will rule from a new temple that He Himself shall build. (Ezek. 40f)
- The glorified Old Testament saints, the glorified church, and those who died in the Tribulation’s persecution shall be raised to rule with Christ. “Thrones will be established.” (Rev. 20:4)
- The rulers of the nations will bring their riches to the temple to honor Christ. (Hag. 2)
- And shall look to Him to decide between them. “They shall study war no more.”
- Emissaries of the nations will go to Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles to honor Him. (Zech 14) Nations who do not honor Christ shall not receive rain.
- Old Testament sacrifices shall be established once again, not for efficacy but as a memorial to Christ’s fulfillment and His faithfulness to Israel and the Old Testament promises. (Ezek. 40f)
- The exaltation of Israel honoring the nation as a blessing to all the earth. Isaiah states that Israel will be to the earth as a nursing mother.
- Evil shall be subjugated. No longer shall evil rule the earth. The evil in man will “lay low” through the administration of Christ.
- Men will be saved by faith in the face to face presence of Christ in Jerusalem, just as men are saved today.
- Death will in some sense be suspended. Isaiah states that it will be a reproach for one to die at a hundred.
- There will be no contrary government or false religions but man will have unity through the kingship and priesthood of Messiah.
- The curse upon nature since the Garden of Eden will be lifted. “The mountains will flow with milk and the hills drip sweet wine.” This is why men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Agriculture in that day will be more important than warfare.
- The animal realm shall be free of the curse as “the lion will lay down with the lamb and the child shall play in the viper’s hole.”
- “The knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters do the sea.” (Habakkuk 2)
This will be the kingdom of God. God always has His way.
He meant for man to be lord of the earth but in the fall of man he became dominated as a slave of sin in the dust of death. But through Jesus Christ, the last Adam, mankind shall be redeemed and exalted to his intended position.
He shall “bring many sons to glory.” (Heb. 2:10)
Our king, our Davidic king whose kingdom shall have no end. Incomparable indeed.