Part three of this article concludes our look at what the future Kingdom of God will be like.
But what about people’s security? What about their safety? Again, this is something that won’t worry those present in the New Kingdom, for again, they knew what to expect as they had read in Isaiah chapter 11 that social security would not be a issue. This is what the prophet Isaiah says in those verses.
also shall dwell with the lamb,
The kingdom is a place where there will be security and safety.
The prophet Isaiah tells us what will happen with sickness. This is what he said:
wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
Isaiah also says this later on:
shall an infant from there live but a few days,
The Bible speaks of a time when “there shall be no more death”, and when all the heartbreak of mankind will be healed, because Christ the Life-giver will be in the earth again.
This does not mean that all of a sudden everybody will be made immortal, for it is clear that many of the peoples of the earth during the period of his Kingdom will still be subject to death, though human life will be prolonged, so that a person dying at 100 years of age will be considered a child by comparison with his much older companions. The health-giving effects of the presence of Jesus in the earth, and the beneficial influence of his laws, will undoubtedly result in human life being lived in the most perfect conditions possible, and disease and physical affliction will be reduced to an absolute minimum.
At the end of the reign of Christ over the nations, death itself will be finally and forever abolished, and all those who have lived obediently and faithfully will join those who have already been redeemed.
Think of a world at peace, its inhabitants healthy and well-fed and doing rewarding work. Imagine a world in which there is full employment, where people are not exploited and where a man can live a long and prosperous life; a world in which famine and pestilence no longer kill one quarter of the population and where the full resources of the land and the seas are harvested. Already you are getting a picture of the Kingdom of God.
Now think about the absence of religious bigotry or sectarian strife; imagine the benefits of internationally accepted laws, with justice administered by fair-minded yet uncompromising judges. Visualise a picture in your mind of life without terrorism and child-abuse; where being good to your fellow man or woman prevails and evil tendencies are discouraged, where governments establish good standards of behaviour, and implement just forms of retribution.
This picture you have in your mind of all of this is the kingdom of God on earth!
Who are these people who will be allowed to enter God’s New World?
Who are these immortal men and women who will be walking around this kingdom in the future?
They are the men and women who firstly accepted God as their Father and Jesus as their saviour by the act of getting baptised. They secondly, then showed the following characteristics during their current life:
Back in the first century Jesus Christ was crucified. He allowed himself to be crucified.
There is only one, central, core reason the Lord Jesus Christ allowed himself to be crucified and that is because he wants each one of us to be able to experience that magnificent and exciting kingdom to come. He doesn’t want any of us to not be there.
And that is why he gave his life for us. In return, he has asked that each one of us be baptised and then devote our life to God. If we do that then there is no reason why we can’t be walking around this kingdom and participating in the full worship of our God.
To help us to get to this kingdom we have been given the example of not only Jesus but also all those other great examples in the Bible of men and women who have lived through the ages and who will all, God willing, be walking around that great temple of Ezekiel in the future.
And it will be this era that these words of Paul (in his first letter to the Corinthians) will slowly come to pass:
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.4
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