Of all the earthly governments throughout the ages, our Democracy has been the best one to date. However, the best by far will be the government of Jesus Christ when He returns to earth in the not too distant future. His kingdom on earth will be in Jerusalem. With that in mind, what will God’s kingdom be like? Moreover, what should we expect?
“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”Acts 1:11
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven: “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”Revelation 11:15
The goal of this series is to establish beyond a doubt that accepting the invitation of Christ to be “born again” into the Kingdom of God with all the rights and privileges of citizenship (which seems too good to be true), is where we want to pledge our allegiance. As you read through the series, I hope it helps you to understand our wonderful God a little better.
We Will Rule With Christ
Yahweh’s (God’s Hebrew name) intention, when He created mankind in His image, was to have us rule under His authority. Therefore, one answer to what will God’s kingdom be like? Those who are part of his kingdom will rule with Jesus Christ when he returns.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply.
Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”Genesis 1:26-28
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.Revelation 20:6
Adams Failure Opens the Door
Due to the failure of Adam & Eve to follow Yahweh’s instructions, they lost that position and opened the door for Satan to step in to rule this world, but only, temporarily. He who desired to replace Yahweh as king failed in his attempt. Resulting in expulsion from Yahweh’s kingdom.
Satan has not given up his dream of replacing Yahweh. In the meantime, he does everything he can to undermine Yahweh’s authority and turn mankind away from their Creator. One of the ways he accomplishes this is through corrupt people and governments.
Propaganda of Lies
Even now many in our country are turning their backs on our governing system and supporting communism and socialism. Moreover, many believe the lies and propaganda of the media and Hollywood’s
shinning tarnished “stars”. Reading, researching, thinking and analyzing for your own self is a lost art. Therefore this generation as none other before it is ripe for satanic influence.
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:11-12
Jesus (Yeshua) the Christ (Messiah), is returning to set up his kingdom and end Satan’s agenda.
Satan was defeated by the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah and all that remains is executing the judgment when Jesus returns to this earth. What will God’s kingdom be like? Satanless.
Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.Revelation 20:10
Jesus Christ I have made the decision to follow Yeshua and be part of His kingdom and so can you if you have not already done so.
Listed below are key points to keep in mind concerning kings and kingdoms.
- A kingdom is a sovereign rulership and governing influence of a king over his territory, impacting it with his will, his intent, and his purpose.
- There is no private ownership in a kingdom.
- The essence of a kingdom is the right, the power, and the authority of the king to exercise complete sovereignty over a domain.
- Every kingdom has a constitution.
- The constitution of a kingdom is a royal contract that the king has with his subjects—his citizens.
Characteristics of a King
- A king is a king by birthright because he is born to it.
- King’s are not voted into or out of power.
- A king rules for life.
- A king is the ultimate and only source of authority in his kingdom.
- The sovereignty of a king is inherent in his royal authority.
- The king embodies the government of his kingdom.
- A king’s authority is absolute, therefore his word is law.
- Once a king issues a decree, it cannot be changed.
- Kings can delegate authority to anyone he pleases to act in his name or on his behalf.
- A king personally owns everything in his domain.
- Kings can give or distribute anything to anyone in his kingdom.
- A king is only as wealthy as his domain.
In my next post, we will begin to look at these characteristics in comparison to our Creator and His kingdom, to further answer the question, what will God’s kingdom be like when Jesus Christ returns?
Read the next post in the Kingdom of God Series – Kings and Kingdoms
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Scriptures used are from biblegateway.com and unless otherwise noted, I’m using the New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.