Restoration of the Kingdom of God - 4

The restoration of the Kingdom of God under David’s dynasty - Acts 1:6; Isaiah 9:7 - will be an occasion of unparalleled rejoicing for those who have been waiting for God to fulfil His promise - Mark 15:43. Great will be the celebration after the resurrection when Jesus has returned -

  • "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” - 1 Corinthians 15:51 - that change will be from the present mortal nature to the indestructible Divine nature - 54 “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’.” - see 2 Peter 1:4.

The book of Revelation, takes up the figure of the people of God represented as the bride - Revelation 21:9 - of the Lamb (Jesus) - John 1:29.

  • "I heard...the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 ‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready’ 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” - Revelation 19:6.

In his Parable of the Wedding Feast, Matthew 22, Jesus compared believers with the wedding guests. Those who were first invited -

  • 5 “made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.” Some of those who rejected the invitation of Jesus during his ministry, later 6 “seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them”. God then extended His invitation to the other nations, while “he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city” in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. Depicting in the parable all the believers who will be gathered after the return of Jesus, 11 “the king came in to see the guests, and he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment’?” and had him ejected from the celebration.

What the wedding garment represents, as seen above, was, “the righteous acts of the saints.” Cheering on the sidelines doesn’t cut it, only getting actively in the game in cooperation with the other players. Jesus earlier declared, “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” - Matthew 7:21.

  • The first step in doing God’s will is “He who believes (the Gospel) and is baptized will be saved” - Mark 16:16. Afterwards come “the righteous acts”, see Parable of the Sheep and Goats, in Matthew 25. On one side were the “sheep”, also called “the righteous”, and he said to them 34 “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me....inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Of the “goats”, who didn’t, he said, 46 “these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”