Part two of this article continues our look at what the future Kingdom of God will be like.
In the Bible, the prophets Isaiah and Zechariah amongst others had foretold that this was going to be a place of universal peace. Isaiah had quite clearly stated that “the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever”.
Hand in hand with the peace of the New World, those who will be present see genuine care being handed out for the poor and needy. Again, this comes as no surprise to those who have been accepted into the kingdom, as the Israelite King Solomon (who lived about 3,000 years ago) had written a Psalm about this very thing. His words made this perfectly clear.
This is what he said:
king Your judgments, O God,
So by reading the wise words of this King (along with many other parts of the Bible), those men and women who will be present in the kingdom already knew what to expect. They knew there would be peace and they knew that the poor and needy would no longer suffer.
The people who read their Bible know that there would be one common worship in the kingdom. Isaiah had stated this in the Bible. This is what he said:
shall come to pass in the latter days
In the last days a mountain was to be established. But the last days of what? The answer is the last days of Israel (Judah) and Jerusalem in its current state upon the earth - as these last days come into their twilight, a dawn starts of a new day, a everlasting day, so to speak, where immortality has been given out to those who have succeeded. Mount Zion is to be exalted above all the hills, and nations rally there for worship and instruction.
This is the first time that nations will come together to worship. For before the coming of Christ (today), nations had not wanted to come to Zion rather they had been repulsed by what was on offer. Jews had been hated of all nations, and as the Bible said, they had eaten their defiled bread in dispersion among the gentiles.
But the Biblical prophet Zechariah had prophesied these following words:
“ten men out of all the nations shall lay hold of the skirt of the Jew and shall say, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you”.
The men and women who have been accepted into the kingdom will witness the great crowds of people of every race, and of every nation going forth - both Jews and gentiles - all going to worship at the house of God.
When those who have been accepted into God’s New World stand and listened to the many races speaking, they will hear all the people speaking in a common language.
We know this will happen because of the words of the Lord God, which the prophet Zephaniah had recorded. This is what God said:
For then I
will restore to the peoples a pure language,
All the people will have a common language.
Without this blessing of the common language, the house of prayer for all nations, would be a place of the dispersion, instead of the regathering of the peoples.
Without a common language, there would be confusion instead of order.
Without a common language, there would be situation similar to the Tower of Babel and the accompanying discord, instead of a sign of unity and peace.
This obviously cannot be. All varieties of racial diversity of speech will be hushed in silence, and a sweet-toned, full flowing speech (probably Edenic in its origin) will be substituted.
As the scriptures say - the people will then be able to “Call upon the name of the Lord and serve Him with one consent.” Those present will be able to hear the various members of the human family in friendliness and love, relating their diverse experience, in one common gathering, unmarred by difference of language, unpolluted by envy, hatred, or strife. Their conversation will be flavoured with brotherly love and will be a great joy reserved for “The sons of God.”
And to see these people assemble with the right good will, and brotherly love, and honour to their Creator, which is now almost absent from the earth, will indeed be a reward which cannot be realised or measured until it comes to pass.
So those men and women standing in the kingdom will not be surprised by the fact that everyone will speak in one language for they would have been aware of it from Zephaniah’s prophecies.
Those people who understand their Bible will know what to expect in the way of education. The prophet Isaiah had told them that education would be elevated.
This is what Isaiah says:
people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;
Many have tried to teach about God over the past 6,000 years but have quite often been pushed aside. About 3,000 years ago Israel’s teachers had been removed into corners where they would not have to be seen. This continued from the prophet Isaiah’s day down through the ages. Isaiah as a teacher had been pushed into a corner and was a despised outcast in Judah (Israel).
What about the Lord Jesus as a teacher? He also was a depised outcast, his teaching was hid from the eyes and ears of those that rejected his message.
The leaders of Israel had seen the Lord Jesus Christ, but they chose not to see his message. They had heard the Lord Jesus Christ words, but they chose not to hear his message.
The same with the period after when Jesus was crucified. His followers, the apostles also tried to teach the message but again only few took a interest in it.
And the same goes for today, the truth is unrecognised and not received by Israel and the nations. So the prophecy in those verses of Isaiah have come true in that teachers had been pushed into a corner so that they couldn’t be heard.
But in God’s New World (the kingdom), the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will have broken the silence. With the birth of the new nation, by the resurrection of the dead, Israel’s teachers will come forth to power, and will never more be removed or hidden or unheeded.
These resurrected will no longer teach and endure shame and contempt like they did in past days. They will now teach with authority and power. As the scriptures say: “All that see them shall acknowledge them that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed”.
So these men and women who are standing as the accepted in the kingdom will witness this elevation of education taking place. No longer will God’s law be pushed to the background. From then on, people will be continually be reminded of the glory of God through this elevation of education.
Let’s continue with our imagining of what it will be like in the kingdom by looking at what else those who are accepted will see.
The men and women standing in the kingdom also know that they have no need to worry where the next meal will come from. For the Israelite King Solomon had told them in Psalm 72, the Psalm mentioned previously in this article, that the fruit will be lush and plentiful like in Lebanon.
The Biblical prophet Amos had also said that: “the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes overtake him who sows seed; and the mountains shall drip with sweet wine”. So those entering into the kingdom had already received sweet reassurance from both King Solomon and the Prophet Amos. But if that wasn’t enough, the prophet Isaiah also prophesied about how the world food shortage would be corrected in the kingdom.
This is what he said:
wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
But this is not just talking about the land it also is talking, in a spiritual sense, of the blossoming of the trees of righteousness. It is where all will see the glory of the Lord and the excellency of our God.
So those standing in the kingdom need no longer worry about shortages of both physical food and spiritual food - all will be revealed. Both saints and faithful mortals will flourish in the kingdom with their new found knowledge.
So those men and women who had made it to the kingdom know that they would grow further in a environment where as Solomon says in Psalm 72 there is a flourishing of the fruit of the Spirit.
Part three of this article concludes our look at what the future Kingdom of God will be like.
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Last Updated: Sunday, 08 March 2015