The Kingdom of God on Earth - 17

The Scriptures clearly proclaim that God plans to organise a kingdom of His own, to replace the governments which now occupy the earth. The new order will no longer be man-made, but designed, organized and established by God -

There will be a God-appointed king, a God-appointed nobility, a God-selected population, a God-chosen land, and God-given laws - all combined to make the kingdom of God on the earth. Each of these component parts is separately provided for in the prophetic Scriptures -

The KING - “Behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! ...Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” - Daniel 7:13-14.

In Daniel 9:25 he is called “Messiah the Prince.” This is Jesus Christ, spoken of in Revelation 19:16, as the “King of kings, and Lord of lords.”

The NOBILITY - “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” - Daniel 7:27. These people are spoken of by Peter as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people” 1 Peter 2:9. In Revelation 5:10 they are represented as singing to the king, “you have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” These are the faithful believers whose life has been a “work of faith, labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” To such, Paul encouraged to “walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” - 1 Thessalonians 2:12.

The SUBJECTS of the kingdom also are plainly identified with the Jews to whom Moses said, “the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth” - Deuteronomy 7:6. The Jews who were scattered and persecuted for nearly 2,000 years have been gathering back to their ancestral land. Under Christ they will be in the “first dominion” - Micah 4:8, as the subject-people of the Messiah when he returns. They will be the most favoured nation, with the king’s royal residence in their territory - “In those days ten men from every language of the nations - when all nations world-wide will be subjects of Christ’s kingdom - shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you’.” - Zechariah 8:23.

The LAND is also frequently mentioned in the Scriptures, and often in such a way as directly to identify it with God’s future purpose. It is repeatedly spoken of as my land,” e.g., Moses says “It is a land for which the Lord your God cares” - Deuteronomy 11:12. God promised Abraham, “To your offspring - Jesus and those in him, Galatians 3:16-19 - I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates” - Genesis 15:18.

The LAWS, referred to in Isaiah 2:3 “Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”