“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” Zechariah 14:9
After Jesus Christ returns to the earth with power and glory to destroy antichrist and the armies of the world at Armageddon, he will begin his eternal rule over planet earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The entire chapter of Isaiah 11 describes what it will be like when Jesus Christ eventually returns to assume his role as ruler of the earth. His dominion will cover the entire world and everyone will know that he is in control and that he alone is God.
“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.” Isaiah 11:3-5
Several important points regarding Christ’s future governing of the earth are brought out in this passage:
1. When Jesus assumes control of the entire earth and is in charge of all government and spiritual affairs, he will ensure that all matters are judged decently and fairly. This will be a far departure from the way that things are done now and especially different from the evil and corrupt government of the antichrist. Under Christ’s authority, no situation will be judged solely by the outward appearance. The poor will no longer have to worry about not getting a proper defense in court before they cannot hire a wealthy attorney nor will the rich evade justice because they can. Equality and fairness will be given to all people, regardless of socio economic status. We will be able to trust that Jesus will reprove anyone who does not act in accordance with this new way of treating everyone fairly.
2. Jesus will rule the world “with the rod of his mouth” which means everything will be governed by the word of God. This is why it is so important to know and love the Word of God right now. The New Millennium and all eternity will be governed by it! Anyone who cannot abide completely by God's Word now will certainly have a difficult time adjusting to a period where all nations must abide solely by His Word. Isaiah 11:4 says “with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” meaning that if anyone chooses not to obey God's word, they will face certain punishment. Under the governance of Christ, the laws all nations have and enforce today will be changed to reflect the Word of God.
3. Righteousness and faithfulness will be the most important factors in the New Millennium. The once enviable traits of kindness, gentleness, keeping your word and dependability will be the traits that are highly esteemed under the new government. Given moral decay and immorality that the world will have just experienced under the antichrist, these moral values will certainly be welcome. This will also be a far departure from today's society of doing whatever it takes to get ahead.
A time of perfect peace
The change in moral values that Jesus Christ will bring about in the world will have a tremendous effect on the world and will usher in a golden era of peace the world has never experienced before. Isaiah chapter 9 goes on to explain the type of peace which results from Christ ruling the world:
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:6-10
The New Millennium will be such a glorious time of peace that even carnivorous animals will lay aside their natural hostile instincts to be at peace with their prey. Little children will be able to freely play with lions and poisonous snakes with absolutely no fear. No more need for zoos! What a time to live in! Nothing that God has created will want to hurt or destroy. Why? Because all the earth will be filled and touched by God's Word. Oh, if that were possible today. Isaiah 11:10 says that Jesus will be symbol that unites all creation toward peace and unity. Mankind and animals alike will no longer have to constantly be vigilant against harm and violence. Everyone will know that God desires peace, love and unity and will lay change their hearts in order to achieve it. Peace on earth and good will towards all men will finally exist forever and not just during Christmas.
”Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:2-3
Perfect peace awaits the nations who allow the word of God to rule their lands. Those whose minds are stayed on Christ will not have to worry about a single problem because they put their trust in him. Jesus will not govern the world as earthly despots have. He will not be given to the simple, carnal ambitions that pollute morals of earthly men. No, because he is God and has created all things, his righteousness is far superior to ours and we can expect him to govern the world the way that it was always intended to be: in righteous peace.
The bible tells us the perfect peace Jesus Christ gives us will last longer than anything mankind has ever seen before. This peace will extend to all nations and every part of our society.
“And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.” Micah 4:3-4
Since there will be no need for war when Christ takes control of the earth, he will rebuke the most powerful nations and make them turn their weapons of war into tools of peace. The nations will not learn war any longer. There will be no need for West Point, elite military academies and military industrial complexes like the Pentagon in the world! War will be eliminated and everyone will be able to enjoy the peace and comfort of living without fear. This will be warmly embraced by a world that will have recently emerged from years of war, plagues and the near extermination of the human race under Satan and the antichrist,
The saints will rule with Christ
“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.” Revelation 20:4
The saints of God who are privileged enough to have either died as true Christians or to have been taken in the resurrection will live again and reign with Jesus Christ for 1000 years. The saints who faithfully served God in their earthly lives and held the low earthly status in their former lives will now be richly rewarded and given the preeminent positions of government authority in the New Millennium and beyond.
“And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” Matthew 19:28-30
The scriptures are clear that we will reign with Christ...not just live with him. It is so important that we understand and master Christian living because as the new rulers of the earth, we will be the ones administering law and order through the divine guidance of Jesus Christ. Although the riches and pleasures of this world seem so tempting, let us forsake them rather than Christ that we might multiply our eternal reward!
What type of government will we be involved in? Well, since with will reign with Christ as the king, it will definitely not be a democracy. The scriptures make it clear that Christ will rule using a theocracy type of government, which is direct rule from God to mankind.
“But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” Daniel 7:18
“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Daniel 7:21-22
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Daniel 7:27
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
With Christ, the saints of God will take control and possess his newly conquered kingdom on earth. We will share in his dominion and greatness that will extend to everything on earth. Jesus will not ask men if they want to be governed by him. He will simply take what is already rightfully his. All dominions, nations and people will serve and obey Christ. His kingdom will be nothing short of and absolute monarchy where he rules and uses the saints of God as his regents in every nation, province and city. Fortunately, we will not have to worry about the negligence and corruption that ordinary men have shown when they ruled with absolute power. We can rejoice in the fact that the scriptures tell us that Christ rule will be characterized by happiness, equity, love and peace.
What will the saints be doing during their time on earth and how will they rule?
“And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. 18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.” Luke 19:11-19
This parable is perhaps the most descriptive when it comes to defining the duties that the resurrected saints will have in the New Millennium kingdom and denotes the importance of Christians fulfilling their duty of faithfully serving Christ. This parable direct correlates to how Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven from Mount Olivet, leaving Christians to serve in and build the kingdom of God for the past two thousand years. When Christ (the nobleman) returns, he will call his servants (us Christians) to see what we have done with talent, abilities and resources he has blessed us with. We will be rewarded with positions in the new kingdom based what we have done. It is interesting to note that the dutiful servants were promoted from managing a relatively small amount of money to managing entire cities. Here we see how richly Christ rewards those who are faithful to him! The small things that we do for him will one day be magnified when we are given our final reward. When we compare the scriptures in Daniel 7:18, 22 and 27with these Luke 19:11-19, we see that Christ will give the saints positions of leadership equaling our present day prime ministers, premiers, governors, mayors and councilmen.
No monarch sees to the day to day operations of every city in his kingdom, neither will Jesus Christ. It will be the duty of the saints to ensure that God’s law is taught, practiced and enforced. Micah 4:3 tells us that Jesus will judge the major matters among nations while the saints will handle all minor disputes and matters of law. His trust in the saints will have been duly earned during our lifetime of sacrifice, obedience to the will God and submission church authority. Again, this is why it is so necessary for every Christian to learn and understand the importance of obedience to God's will, attending church and working within the government of the church. The lives that we live right now prove how effectively Christ can use us in the New Millennium kingdom.
In another parable that mirrors Luke 19:11-19, Jesus shows us the importance of using our talents and abilities to serve him.
“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:” Matthew 25:13-31
There is so much that can be gleaned from this passage of scripture:
1. God have given every man talents and abilities which he expects us to use in service to him. There are many who have been given great abilities such as singing and rather than using their talent to glorify God and minister to the saints, they sell out; shamelessly wasting their God given abilities in worldly in worldly venues reaping only earthly rewards and pleasure. Saints, use your talents to glorify God so that he does not take your eternal blessing away and give it to someone else who has glorified him. We should always remember that while our earthly talents may bring short lived joy and pleasure to the masses, only the things we do to glorify God and his kingdom will bring us eternal joy and reward.
2. Those that have been faithful over a few things, will be made rulers over much. Power and authority is given to those who faithfully serve God. There are many who serve God only while it is convenient and easy, only to fail when they encounter a difficult situation or circumstance. Faithfulness means that we stick to what God has chose for us no matter what the cost. As my pastor always told me, “the best ability is stick ability.” God and the church need people who can start and finish their assigned duties without excuse or delay. Only by proving our faithfulness in our earthly lives will Jesus have no doubt that we are fit for bigger and better things in the New Millennium kingdom.
3. God expects us to use our talents and abilities to multiply the kingdom of God. The church needs you to expand the kingdom of God! No matter how big or small our gift is, we must use what we have to expand the kingdom God and not just ourselves. When the Lord returns to rightfully claim his kingdom, he will expect us to have spend a considerable amount of time laboring for him and not just ourselves. The air that we breathe, it belongs to God. The ground that we walk on, it belongs to him. Our homes and vehicles are all constructed from materials that God has created and given to us. Everything we have, our finances, health and strength...come from and belong to God alone and he expects us to use it to further and advance his kingdoms and not just our goals.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. “ Revelation 4:11
We will soon come face to face with the awesome revelation that all things, including us, were created for God's pleasure. We will realize that we are created beings made for his glory and purpose and not just our own. This is why it is so critical that we give the proper attention and focus to building the kingdom of God. Ask yourself, “How busy am I building the kingdom of God?” Is your life centered around your career or your God? Have your abilities profited you or the kingdom of God more? Have you supported the local church so that it can save souls and the work of heaven on earth? Whatever you have or whatever you do, make sure you don't waste God's talent.
4. Those who waste their talent will be punished. We have had nearly two thousand years since Christ departed the earth in addition to our entire lives to understand one simple principle: Jesus Christ expects us to serve him. There are no excuses. Even if you have small abilities, you are expected to produce something for Jesus by the time he returns. We know how him and understand his personality. Jesus expects multiplication of what he has given us; not subtraction or division. If we fail to understand this simple principle, then The price of failure is eternal damnation. While this may seem harsh, consider that God has been waiting patiently on the church for two thousand years and your entire life for you. It’s time to pick up that talent and get busy!
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