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GOD'S NEW

WORLD
 

PART 3

 

 

Part three of this article concludes our look at what the future Kingdom of God will be like.

This current world is full of people worried about their security and safety. Will there be any relief from this in God’s New World? 

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.

“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.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
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.1

 The kingdom is a place where there will be security and safety.

There are many people suffering from ill health across the world. Will people still have these problems in God’s New World? 

The prophet Isaiah tells us what will happen with sickness. This is what he said:

The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
The excellency of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,

“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb sing.
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.2

Isaiah also says this later on:

"No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days;
For the child shall die one hundred years old,
But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit;
They shall not plant and another eat;
For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people,
And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.3

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. 

Summary of the Kingdom
 

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!  

We know that there will be people accepted by Jesus and allowed to enter the Kingdom. What is the identity of these people? 

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:

Characteristic Example

They are the men and women who have treated others with kindness.

The Shunammite woman showed kindness when she saw Elisha travelling regularly past her house in need of a place to stay.

These are the men and women who had made real sacrifices.

The poor widow made a real sacrifice when her meagre gift of two mites to the temple treasury was a greater sacrifice than those of the rich men. 

These are the men and women who had fully employed their God-given abilities in the service of God.

Many skilled craftsmen and women employed their God-given abilities in creating the many parts of the tabernacle.

These are the men and women who spent their time wisely.

Noah and his family spent their time wisely preparing for the great flood.

These are the men and women who have shown that they are effective leaders.

Moses showed he was an effective leader devoting his whole life to leading the people of Israel towards the promised land.

These men and women who will be present in the kingdom are the ones who suffered for Jesus.

Stephen made the ultimate sacrifice when he died for God under a hail of stones. The current day believer may not have to necessarily die for God but he/she may have to suffer for him in various situations they find themselves in.

These are the men and women who effectively controlled their behaviour.

The apostle Paul was always striving to control his behaviour.

These are the men and women who have preached to others and brought them to Christ.

Various men in the first century like Peter, Andrew, James and John brought many to a understanding of God.

These are the men and women who remained faithful to God and his message in the Bible.

Bible characters like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Barak, Samson, David and Samuel all did, for the sake of their God. They all remained faithful.

And lastly, these men and women present in the kingdom are the ones who kept their themselves pure and keep their minds focused firmly on what God requires of them.

Jesus was the perfect example.

 

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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1

Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV

2

Isaiah 35:1-6 NKJV

3

Isaiah 65:20-22 NKJV

4

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NKJV

 

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