How Christ Will Rule the World - 22

Jesus will soon return, raise the faithful who have died, and gather the living with them to the judgement. Those found worthy will be the “ten thousands of His saints” - Jude 14 - who will keep the sinfulness of mankind in check, while teaching God’s righteous Way to all nations - “He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths” - Micah 4:2.

Their efforts will bring mankind back towards the conditions which were enjoyed by mankind in the garden of Eden before the fall. There is no indication that there was in those times any of the current enmity existing between man and the animals, but all creation existed in a state of peace and friendship. This may be seen when “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name” - Genesis 2:19.

In contrast to this amicable relationship, we are told in the book of Genesis how, after the flood, a situation arose after the wild animals had evidently multiplied faster than mankind. This would make life difficult and hazardous, until a particularly skillful hunter came along who knew how to keep the dangerous animals under control. In so doing, Nimrod, great-grandson of Noah, became noted as a mighty hunter - Genesis 10:8–9.

In contrast, we are told that under the reign of Christ, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's 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” - Isaiah 11:6.

All the good of which men have ever dreamed and desired to see will be realized in the Kingdom of God. There is no politician, however shrewd and gifted, who could devise so triumphant a scheme for the solution of the problems of the government of the world. There is no philanthropist, however benevolent, who could desire a more complete abolition of the troubles of mankind, and a more comprehensive plan of goodness, than that which God has declared shall be carried out by Christ.

The very conditions which mankind needs - that which will meet all our wants - is revealed by God in his Word of truth. Its fulfilment is assured to us by an infallible guarantee, which is the resurrection of Christ from the dead. The Apostle Paul declared that God has “appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” - Acts 17:31.

Christ has in himself, abolished death, and “brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel” - 2 Timothy 1:10. He has opened a way of deliverance from sin and death, whereby we may partake of the promised blessings. If men could only realize that God has devised His own glorious plan for the regeneration of the world, they would see that there is no need to bring better conditions by human effort.

The Bible gives us the solution of all the difficult problems which trouble this world. It promises more good than mankind has ever imagined.