The Messianic Kingdom Bible Study
Part 2: What will the Kingdom be like?
by I Gordon
A faith filled request...
Characteristics of the kingdom
Jerusalem: Goodbye reproach and rejection! Hello rejoicing and gladness!
Zechariah 12:2-3 "Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; ... "It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.'
Zephaniah 3:11-17 On that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill. (12) But I will leave within you the meek and humble who trust in the name of the LORD. (13) The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid." (14) Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! (15) The LORD has taken away your punishment; he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. (16) On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. (17) The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
Goodbye ageing and sickness! Hello health, long life and well-being!
Isaiah 35:3-6, 10, 'Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.' (4) Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, But He will save you." (5) Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. (6) Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Arabah.
Isaiah 35:10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, with everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Goodbye injustice, exploitation and calamity... Hello justice and equality!
Goodbye to a silent God - Hello to prayers answers before they are prayed!
Jeremiah 31:34 "They will not teach again, each man his neighbour and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD.
Zechariah 14:8-9 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem... And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.
And as Isaiah said earlier: Isa 11:9 for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 65:25 - Goodbye to violence and harm. Hello universal peace!
Isaiah 25:6-9 The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine. (7) And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations. (8) He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken. (9) And it will be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation."
"It is hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia, as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it, if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking glass. And as you turned away from the window, you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different -- deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard, but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more. I can't describe it any better than that: if you ever get there, you will know what I mean. It was the unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then cried: "I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia so much is because it sometimes looked a little like this.'
 ↩ A couple of related quotes: J. Vernon McGee - ' These two thieves had been arrested for the same crime, tried for the same crime, condemned for the same crime, and were dying for the same crime. What was the difference between them? There wasn't any - both were thieves. The only difference lies in the fact that one thief believed in Jesus Christ and one did not.'
D. Martyn Lloyd Jones ' 'One thief was saved so that there would always be hope. But only one, so that there would not be presumption.'
 ↩ Dave Hunt tells us: 'The United Nations was formed in 1945 in time to vote Israel back into existence after 1,800 years of destruction and dispersion. And Jerusalem has become such a burden that the UN has spent one-third of its time debating and condemning Israel, a miniscule nation that represents merely one one-thousandth of earth's population.'
Despite the great achievements of the Jewish people, today they are hated and rejected as the prophets foretold. Israel lives with enemies on all sides. Yet listen to some of these statistics concerning their achievements that the Jewish race has achieved... This is from a New York Times article here http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/opinion/12brooks.html?_r=0
'Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates. Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honourees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.'
There are 185 nations that are members of the United Nations. 184
of them are eligible to serve on the United Nations Security
Council, the key deliberative group of this world body. One is not.
Guess who? Iraq is eligible. So is Iran. And so, too, are Cuba,
Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
The Charter of the United Nations proclaims "the equal rights...of nations large and small." But only
Israel, among all the UN members, is denied that right. The reason
for this is that to be eligible to serve on the UN Security Council
you need to be a member of a regional group. Israel is the only
nation that has not been allowed to join a regional group. The
other nations won't have them. They are a people who dwell apart,
not reckoned among the nations just as Balaam prophesied.
It's a different world today and maybe you can relate more to this
story... I read about two elderly couples who were
enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other:
" Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?"
"Otto, it was outstanding! They taught us all the latest memory techniques - visualization, word association - it has made a huge difference for me."
"That's great! What was the name of that clinic?" Otto asked. But Fred just went blank. He thought and thought but couldn't remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "Otto, what do you call that flower... that one with the long stem and thorns?" "You mean a rose?" Otto said.
"Yes! That's it!" Then turning to his wife Fred said "Rose, honey, what was the name of that clinic I went to?"
 ↩ A friend recently came back from a missionary trip to Cambodia and wrote the following to me:
'We go to RAHABS refuge sanctuary for Cambodian children trapped in trafficking. They have 250 children in morning & same or more in evening... The children are adorable! Wonderful singing, bible lessons, memory verses, games etc. But a huge % of these children are sold out on the streets at night by their families. It's heart breaking.
It's frightening to see 'soooooo' many western men here... Not good. What galled me the worst was the state of the older men openly lurking round the girls. Some of the team got chatting to some of them - they are not one bit ashamed - Desperate - But at the same time one of the men was SO heavy with issues this was only a way of him trying to "escape" - This world is an awful place. I have never tasted such evil before. We are SO BLESSED in life - so many are in despair. I'm glad I haven't witnessed the children being taken to hotels by western men (some of the team have! ) - but working SO closely with the children at the refuge I think it will break my heart...'
A recent 'Light for the last days' magazine by Tony Pearce said the
'A 'guinea pig' generation of children is growing up addicted
to hardcore Internet pornography MP's were recently warned.
Four out of five 16-year old boys and girls regularly access
porn online, while one in three ten-year olds have seen
explicit material, a disturbing cross party report reveals. One
appalled MP revealed that her son had told her that swapping
hard core images on memory sticks between pupils at his school
is 'absolutely rife' '.
Now that is scary. It is a guinea pig generation addicted to easily accessible pornography and the results of this are yet to be seen.
 ↩ I know what you are saying... you need more scriptures. Fair
enough. Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost lists the following characteristics
of what the thousand-year Messianic Kingdom will be like. I hope
this is enough for you : )
The cessation of war through the unification of the nations under the reign of Christ, together with the resultant economic prosperity (since nations will not devote vast proportions of their expenditure on munitions) is a major theme of the prophets. National and individual peace is the fruit of the Messiah's reign. ( Isaiah 2:4, 9:4-7, 11:6-9, 32:17-18, 33:5-6, 54:13, 55:12, 60:18, 65:25, 66:12 , Ezekiel 28:26, 34:25, 28 , Hosea 2:18 , Micah 4:2-3 , Zechariah 8:18-19, 10:6-7 )
The fullness of joy will be a distinctive mark of the age. ( Isaiah 9:3-4, 12:3-6, 14:7-8, 25:8-9, 25:30:29, 42:1, 42:10-12, 52:9, 60:15, 61:7-10, 65:18-19, 66:10-14 , Jeremiah 30:18-19, 31:13-14 , Zephaniah 3:14-17 , Zechariah 8:18-19, 10:6-7 )
The theocratic kingdom will be a holy kingdom, in which holiness is manifest through the King and the King's subjects. The land will be holy, the city holy, the temple holy, and the subjects of the land holy unto the Lord. ( Isaiah 1:26-27, 4:3, 29:18-23, 31:6-7, 35:8-9, 5:21, 60:21, 61:10 , Jeremiah 31:23 , Ezekiel 36:24-31, 37:23-24, 43:7-12, 45:1 , Joel 3:21 , Zephaniah 3:11-13 , Zechariah 8:3, 13:1-2, 14:20-21 )
The kingdom will be a glorious kingdom, in which the glory of God will find full manifestation. ( Isaiah 4:2, 35:2, 40:5, 60:1-9 )
The King will personally minister to every need, so that there will be fullness of comfort in that day. ( Isaiah 12:1-2, 29:22-23, 30:26, 40:1-2, 49:13, 51:3, 61:3-7, 66:13-14 , Jeremiah 31:23-25 , Zephaniah 3:18-20 , Zechariah 9:11-12 , Revelation 21:4 )
The ministry of the King will bring the subjects of his kingdom into full knowledge. Doubtless there will be an unparalleled teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. ( Isaiah 11:1-2, 11:9, 41:19-20, 54:13, Habakkuk 2:14 )
The removal of the curse
The original curse places upon creation ( Genesis 3:17-19 ) will be removed, so that there will be abundant productivity on earth. Animal creation will be changed so as to lose its venom and ferocity. ( Isaiah 11:6-9, 35:9, 65:25 )
The ministry of the King as a healer will be seen throughout the age, so sickness and even death, except as a penal measure in dealing with overt sin, will be removed. ( Isaiah 33:24, Jeremiah 30:17, Ezekiel 34:16 )
Healing of the deformed
Accompanying this ministry will be the healing of all deformity at the inception of the millennium. ( Isaiah 29:17-19, 35:3-6, 61:1-2, Jeremiah 31:8, Micah 4:6- 7, Zephaniah 3:19 )
There will be a supernatural work of preservation of life in the millennial age through the King. ( Isaiah 41:8-14, 62:8-9, Jeremiah 32:27, 23:6, Ezekiel 34:27, Joel 3:16-17, Amos 9:15, Zechariah 8:14-15, 9:8, 14:10-11 )
Freedom from oppression
for there will be no social, political, or religious oppression in that day. ( Isaiah 14:3-6, 42:6-7, 49:8-9, Zechariah 9:11-12 )
The suggestion seems to be that there will not be the tragedies of feeble-mindedness nor of dwarfed bodies in that day ( Isaiah 65:20 ). Longevity will be restored.
Reproduction by living people:
The living saints who go into the millennium in their natural bodies will beget children throughout the age. The earth's population will soar. These born in the age will not be born without a sin nature, so salvation will be required. ( Jeremiah 30:20, 31:29, Ezekiel 47:22, Zechariah 10:8 )
The period will not be characterized by idleness, but there will be a perfect economic system, in which the needs of men are abundantly provided for by the labour in that system, under the guidance of the King. There will be a fully developed industrialized society, providing for the needs of the King's subjects. ( Isaiah 62:8-9, 65:21-23, Jeremiah 31:5, Ezekiel 48:18-19 ) Agriculture as well as manufacturing will provide employment.
The perfect labour situation will produce economic abundance, so there will be no want. ( Isaiah 4:1, 35:1-2, 35:7, 30:23-25, 62:8-9, 65:21-23, Jeremiah 31:5-12, Ezekiel 34:26, 36:29-30, Joel 2:21-27, Amos 9:13-14, Micah 4:1-4, Zechariah 8:11-12, 9:16-17 )
Increase of light: There will be an increase in solar and lunar light in the age. This increased light probably is a major cause in the increased productivity of the earth.( Isaiah 4:5, 30:26, 60:19-20, Zechariah 2:5 )
The language barrios will be removed so that there can be free social interchange. ( Zephaniah 3:9 )
All the world will unite in the worship of God and God's Messiah. ( Isaiah 45:23, 52:1, 52:7-10, 66:17-23, Zephaniah 3:9, Zechariah 2:2, Zechariah 2:10-13, Revelation 21:3 )
The manifest presence of God:
God's presence will be fully recognized and fellowship with God will be experienced to an unprecedented degree. ( Ezekiel 37:27-28, Zechariah 2:2, Zechariah 2:10-13, Revelation 21:3 )
The fullness of the spirit:
Divine presence and enablement will be the experience of all who are in subjection to the authority of the King. ( Isaiah 32:13-15, 41:1, 44:3, 59:19, 21, 61:1, Ezekiel 11:19, 20, 36:26-27, 27, 37:14, 39:29, Joel 2:28-29 )