I am absolutely excited about this post. My face is literally beaming with eagerness to both share; and learn about the Kingdom Reign of Jesus Christ. I am also usually intrigued by biblical prophecy, and anything that has to do with the revelation of Jesus Christ in our day to day life; and even at that day of His great appearing.
So let’s begin,
In the past, I had a totally different view about the after life. In fact, I could say that my view was quite the confused one.
I had many unanswered questions. What happened after death? I honestly did not know. And this scared me to bits because I was haunted by this looming darkness despite my regular church attendance, many repetitive prayers and several attempts to impress God with good works. I struggled with overcoming sin, guilt and condemnation.
But for some reason, I believed that eventually everybody would go to heaven in the end, and we would all have a jolly time, singing hymns and praises unto God. Where did I get all these conclusions from? Well, I also do not know because they were definitely not from the Bible.
It is quite interesting however, that as Christians, we all have different beliefs about the after life. Which is odd because if we are all believers in Christ, then shouldn’t we all have the same view?
But this unfortunate predicament has been contributed to by; allowing man to interpret scripture instead of the Holy Spirit, which has resulted to the divisions we see in the church today, and has also caused so many people to be misled through blind faith.
Catholics believe in purgatory, a place where people go to after death; and those who are perceived to have committed severe sins are purified with fire. After this process, one day, they have an expectation to eventually make it to heaven. Mormons believe they are to become gods and goddesses in the afterlife, and they are to wield all power, glory, dominion, and knowledge. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144,000 chosen faithful are to inherit the Kingdom of God while the rest/remaining sheep are to be resurrected and cleansed by God. These larger majority are to serve Jesus and the 144,000 faithful.
Dangerous beliefs! These are all false doctrines. None of these teachings are in the Bible. And if any man should insist they are new revelations from God over the years, that is a deception. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word has remained the same since Adam, Abraham, Esther, and David and will remain so forever.
So what does the Word of God teach about the afterlife? According to the scriptures, Jesus Christ will come back to establish God’s kingdom on earth and reign as KING.
Let us look at some verses.
The Annunciation (Luke 1:30-33)
When angel Gabriel visited Mary during the annunciation, He pronounced unto her these things.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favour with God.
31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David:
33 And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
Now, let us rewind back a bit. God at one time made David a promise, that He would establish another King on his throne. A King who He would give all dominion, and glory, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him. His dominion would be an everlasting dominion that would never pass away and His kingdom, never destroyed.
God’s promise to David
2 Samuel 7
12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.
15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”
(While writing this, I struggled with the statement, “If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men.” — I thought, “wait a minute, this must be wrong. Why would God say, if he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men? And from what I know, Jesus did not commit any sin.” But by the help of the Holy Spirit, I understood; this promise was firstly, to be for all who would succeed David, including Jesus. We see how after Solomon succeeded his father David, He built a physical temple for God.
Now, notice the statement, if he commits sin/iniquity.
And we know that Jesus did not commit any sin. However, He bore our sins. He took upon Himself the sin of the world, and the curse of death which was the punishment for our sin.
And so, God did chasten Him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men, by allowing Him to suffer scourging and death on the cross for our sins.
Isaiah’s Prophecy Of The Kingdom of God. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
There is one verse I remember we used to memorize in school and also during Sunday school. A prophecy of Isaiah.
And indeed a child was born in a little town called Bethlehem. Isaiah goes ahead to say, “and the government shall be upon His shoulder.” So, we would ask, which government?
The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4)
When Jesus taught on prayer, He taught us to say, “Our Father which art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name, Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, so as it is in heaven.
One would ask, which kingdom was He referring to? A government where God would reign supreme on earth and His kingdom would be ordered by Him.
During the time of Samuel the judge, the Jews rejected God as their King and demanded for a physical king to rule over them. And God granted them their desire.
1 Samuel 8
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah,
5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
The present governments in the world are a representation of what the Israelites asked for. Yet somehow, I believe God has allowed all this mess to go on for several millenniums to accomplish His purposes and so that we can see for ourselves the face of evil in the hearts of men. There is absolutely nothing good that resides in men’s hearts. Jesus taught that out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. And God knowing this, forewarned the people about man’s system of leadership and the turmoil it would cause.
8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.
9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
10 So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king.
11 And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots.
12 He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
14 And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.
15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants.
16 And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
17 He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants.
18 And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.”
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us,
20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
We clearly see this in our governments today. However, the government of God will be ruled by one King. Jesus Christ.
It will be called, the Kingdom of God.
Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:7
This Kingdom is yet to be manifested physically on earth by Jesus. However, it is already here, amongst us. There are those who have already found it and have sold all their possessions for it.
When Jesus comes to establish it, the will of God will be carried out whether it be pleasing to man or not. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
The Kingdom Age
There is something interesting that Jesus said while speaking to His disciples and I remember the first time I read it, I struggled to understand what He meant. Until later…
It is interesting that He should have said that, yes? Yet Isaiah says,” He shall be called Prince of Peace.”
Present day, our leaders are trying to bring people together under one umbrella by cohesion and unity. Men and women in different regimes, jurisdictions and governments; work relentlessly on formulating peace treaties, international and arms agreements, non-aggression pacts, and so forth. All with the aim of world peace. The central mission of the United Nations is the maintenance of international peace and security; and it does this by working to prevent conflict. They help parties in conflict to make peace; and create conditions that would allow peace to hold and flourish. The UN was actually birthed following the devastation of the Second World War in 1945.
Now, all these efforts being fundamental, necessary, beneficial and crucial; there can never be world peace on earth no matter how many attempts are made towards it. The problem is not with institutions, countries or governments, the problem is so deep rooted that God had to leave His heavenly hosts, indwell man’s body and hang on a cross. It is the evil and corruption in man’s heart. For from out of the heart, proceed greed, and desires for power, and dominion which bring about wars and hatreds.
Notice as well, Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword (division).” Jesus concludes by saying, “From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” And so has been the testimony of thousands of people who have accepted Jesus as Lord in their lives but have been brought up in homes practicing different faiths.
When Jesus shall come back, He will come to bring the kingdom of God on earth and reign as King. Then and only then, will world peace be established. Hence the prophecy of Isaiah, He shall be called Prince of Peace.”
He shall rule the earth with a rod of iron. Now, previously when I thought of Jesus, I had these images of a soft man who would never hurt a fly. And I honestly believe that the image representations of Jesus in the churches today are causing much harm; for many have substituted them for the gospel and are using them as’ protection’ from evil.
When Jesus came to earth for the first time, He came as a lamb going to the slaughter. He came to usher in the period of the grace of God to the whole world. But in His second coming, He shall come in judgment and to rule with a rod of iron.
6 “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”
7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Isaiah goes ahead to describe what type of Kingdom it will be like.
1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (Jesus)
2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
6 “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.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
9 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.
10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, (Jesus) Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”
It is interesting that Isaiah, by the hand of God, wrote much about this kingdom age. There shall be no need to study about wars or cease-fire missions. For the prince of peace shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 Now it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
A Thousand Year Reign of Christ
And His reign shall be for a thousand years on earth. He shall rule together with all His saints of whom He will have raised from the dead.
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison…(continue in your Bibles to see his fate)
When the rule of Jesus of thousand years is complete, then shall come the great white throne judgement of the world. Many of those who slept in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such, the second death has no power. What an assurance!
And now, having known these things, may God keep us and guide us in the path of everlasting life everyday, that we may see Him on the day of His Great Appearing. May He lead us and strengthen us in our walk with Him, that we may remain faithful and vigilant, watching, waiting, and praying, so that we may escape the judgements that are to fall upon the earth in these last days.
Wishing you all a blessed start of your holiday season. 🙂
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