The coming Kingdom of Peace
Now that you better understand many things you probably want to know a few more things about that Kingdom of peace. We will read some scriptures to get an impression of what the bible has to tell us about that Kingdom of Peace.
1 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more.
5 Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.
We can find the same picture of this Kingdom of Peace where wars do not exist and that will be reigned by the Lord in Micah.
1 In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
2 Many nations will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more.
4 Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig-tree, and no-one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.
5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
We read on in chapter 5.
1 Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod.
2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labour gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be their peace. When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
The One who came forth out of Judah and was born in Bethlehem shall be ruler over Israel. We read earlier that will be Jesus. (Luke 1:32-33). And when Jesus reigns verse 3b of Micah 5 will be fulfilled:
Do you remember that there were two kingdoms in Israel? The ten tribes: Israel, also called Jacob or Samaria after their capital, or Ephraim after their leader tribe. And Judah or the Jews, so called after their leader tribe Judah.
The rest of his brothers,
Whose brothers? The brothers of the Jew Jesus. All Jews that are not yet in the land of Israel will return to join their brothers the Israelites. Isn't it amazing how accurate the bible is? Although no one knows exactly where these Israelites are God is mighty to know and He will make it happen.
Jeremiah also speaks about that time.
6 During the reign of King Josiah, the LORD said to me, "Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there.
7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it.
8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery.
9 Because Israel's immorality Matthew red so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood.
10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretence," declares the LORD.
11 The LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.
12 Go, proclaim this message towards the north: "`Return, faithless Israel,' declares the LORD, `I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,' declares the LORD, `I will not be angry for ever.
13 Only acknowledge your guilt, you have rebelled against the LORD your God, you have scattered your favours to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,'" declares the LORD.
14 "Return, faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will choose you--one from a town and two from a clan--and bring you to Zion.
15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.
16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land," declares the LORD, "men will no longer say, `The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.
17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honour the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.
18 In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance.
Again verse 17. at that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord.
When is that, at that time?
That is, like we read a few verses earlier, when the Lord will take -one from a town and two from a clan- and bring you to Zion.
We're talking about faithless Israel and her unfaithful sister Judah. At the time Jerusalem will be called The Throne of the Lord Israel and Judah will be united in the land of Israel.
In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to a land I gave your forefathers as an inheritance.
The prophet Ezekiel is very clear too: Ezekiel 37:15-28 We read this before but it is good to remember.
What we've seen is this:
- Jerusalem will be the Throne of the Lord
- Jesus, who is the Messiah, will be the King in Jerusalem.
- In those days all Israelites will become one nation again.
- The Israelites will live in the land God gave to Jacob.
- The Kingdom of God will be a kingdom of peace, there will be no wars anymore.
To end this part we will read some verses in Isaiah.
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him --the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD-- 3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
The shoot which comes up from the stump of Jesse is Jesus. Jesse is the father of David. Jesus is not only the offspring of David, He is also the root.
The Spirit of the Lord is resting on Him (2). He will be the ruler who is sitting on The Throne in Jerusalem, the throne of David. Everything will be changed, even how the animals will be.
At the end of Isaiah we can read more about the Messiah kingdom of Peace.
18 But be glad and rejoice for ever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.
20 "Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands.
23 They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.
People will be old, as old as the trees. People have to work, but God says, "My chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands". Also children are not born to misfortune.
And the believers?
And what about the believers in the kingdom of Peace? All believers of all times who died in Christ will together with the believers who are living at the time Jesus returns, be changed. That will be at the last trumpet (that is the seventh trumpet)
1 Corinthians 15:50-52
50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
And so changed, we will always be with the Lord.
There are a few bible verses, which we have already read that connect very well to these we just read:
1 Thesslonians 4:15-17
15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever.
That last trumpet is the trumpet of Revelation 11.
11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."
16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God,
17 saying: "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great, and for destroying those who destroy the earth."
19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
When this trumpet sounds, Jesus will come back and accept the Kingship. As we read this time of peace will endure for a thousand years. (Revelation 20). I don't see any reason not to read this literally. The devil is still going around and not bound. We still have to resist him.
This is not all. Jesus is the first of many brethren. (Romans 8:29)
14 because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs --heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
We are sons of God and no longer slaves. So we became co-heirs of Jesus. When He reigns we will reign as well.
2 Timothy 2:11-12
11 Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
It isn't as easy as it seems. The word "if" is used a few times. "If" we died with Him, we will live with Him. To live with Him, we have to bury our old life. We have to leave that in the (water) grave. And then we have to live a life that is focused on Him. A life through the Spirit. That's a life focused on God.
And "if "we succeed, we will rule together with Christ as kings.
Our God is a wonderful God. He loves us.
Before Adam and Eve were created He worked out His plan about the Kingdom. And through His love, through Jesus Christ, He made it possible to share in that enormous plan of God.
This is amazing.
What a mighty and wonderful God we have.
The bible gives us a wonderful preview of this time of peace. War doesn't exist anymore for a thousand years. People will be as old as the trees. Jesus will be the teacher of righteousness. God will bring all Israelites and all Jews back to their land and He will be their King. They are the children of the Kingdom. And we Christians will be changed when the trumpet sounds. And we will meet our Lord in the sky. We will be with Him when He comes to Jerusalem to reign and we will reign with Him.
In the next, the last, part we will talk about the 'gospel of the Kingdom of God'.
This is the end of part 4
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.