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Question 11

11.    WILL GODíS KINGDOM BE ON EARTH?

 

 

Godís rule in heaven is already established, as indicated in the prayer "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." As to the earth, Jesus referred to Satan as "the prince of this world", and the Apostle Paul called him "the god of this world", evidencing the Adversaryís usurpation of power over Godís earthly creation. The Creator in his wisdom has permitted this state of affairs for a time for good reasons, and the Bible throughout speaks of an end to Satanís dominion and a restoration of harmony between God and man. This is the primary objective of the kingdom, and its implications are so far-reaching for human life and experience as to surpass the possibilities of human imagination.

 

The kingdom is both heavenly and earthly, in that its chief ruler will be the glorified Christ, spiritual and invisible to human eyes, while its earthly subjects are the world of mankind. The Christ will, however, work through earthly representatives, and Jesus spoke of men seeing Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom, indicating that the faithful of pre-Christian times would have honoured positions. They believed Godís promises and their faith was counted as righteous-ness, in spite of the impediments imposed by the curse. Having been tried and found faithful, in the awakening from death they will receive their reward -- perfect human nature (Hebrews 11) , and it is with them first that God will enter into a new covenant, promising to write his laws in their hearts and put his spirit in them. Other faithful believers, not called to the heavenly inheritance, will also assist the Christ in the administration of new laws governing the operation of the kingdom in its every aspect Ė social, legislative, educational, philanthropic and religious. The removal by Christ of the evil influences of Satan and his fallen angels will give the people a full, fair opportunity to learn unimpeded what blessings can result from the keeping of Godís laws, and the gaining of a permanent place in the earthly kingdom of God will gratify every desire of the perfect human heart.

 

Where will the kingdomís "parliament" be? As Jerusalem was the seat of empire for Godís chosen nation of Israel, it will again occupy that position, and the faithful men and women of old, raised from death, will naturally return to their homeland. Isaiah says (2:3) "Ö out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem". From there the Lord will settle international disputes. All weapons will be converted into implements of peace and all military training will end. Other nations will seek help from the earthly representatives of Godís kingdom as they observe its increasing prosperity, and as its influence extends ever further, another prophecy will be fulfilled: "Of the increase of his government and peace, there shall be no end" (Isaiah 9:7)
 

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