God’s Future Kingdom: The Best Is Yet To Come
God is a God of order. Throughout over 6,000 years of human history, God has always fulfilled His word just as He promised. These facts should bring comfort to the believer while issuing a cold warning to the unregenerate at heart. The same God that sent His Son in millennium past to offer Salvation to His creation will soon judge in righteousness those who have neglected the call. Included in this righteous judgment will not only be those unsaved peoples and multitudes throughout the ages, but also the architect of evil and immorality himself: Satan, and his fallen band of angels. Throughout the present time, Satan has been allowed dominion of this world, and “walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8, KJV).¹ There is coming a time soon when this domination will finally end. That time will begin with the Millennial reign of Christ upon this Earth. Daniel records that Christ will indeed be the ruler of this Kingdom, and that, while the period will last for one thousand years, the Kingdom itself will last for all eternity (Daniel 2:44; 7:18, KJV).
The future Kingdom will be one in which Righteousness will reign. Isaiah records that it will be a time of peace without end, as Christ rules from the earthly throne of David to “establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever” (Isaiah 9:7, KJV). Unlike today where sin abounds and evil appears to prevail, the future Kingdom will be a government which operates as God intended. This will also be accomplished by Satan being bound by God in the bottomless pit for the entire 1,000 year period (Revelation 20:1-2, KJV). This will be the first time in history where Satan is bound! With the “accuser of the brethren” being subdued, Righteousness will flourish during this time, and sin will quickly be punished and put down.
Isaiah further records that the Kingdom period will be a time when “they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat…” (Isaiah 65:21-22, KJV). It indeed will be a peaceful, joyous time when God will allow His people to enjoy the long awaited reign of her Messiah. It will once again be a time in which man will work the land and enjoy the fruits thereof. Even nature itself will respect its Creator as “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat” (Isaiah 65:25, KJV). Both the human and animal kingdom will recognize and give honor to the Creator and Lord of all.
The inhabitants of this future Kingdom will be comprised of two groups of people alive at the end of the Great Tribulation. First, those believers who are alive at the end of the Great Tribulation period will enter into the New Kingdom in their physical bodies. These Gentiles will have accepted Christ as their Savior during the Tribulation period. The Second group will be those Jews who have also accepted Christ as their Messiah during this period of time. The Book of Matthew records these events (Matthew 25, KJV). People will continue to procreate during this one thousand year reign, and those born during this age must accept Christ as their Savior just as has been the case throughout history. This will, in essence, create a third group of people during this period, which will indeed be those who are unregenerate and in need of a Savior.
At the end of this one thousand year reign, Satan will be loosed for an amount of time in a final attempt to be like God. Revelation records that Satan will be utterly and totally put down at this time and will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all of eternity (Revelation 20:7-10,KJV). It is also at this time the new heaven and the new earth will be presented by God, along with the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21, KJV). What a glorious time this will be as once and for all, God will have completed His restorative work of His creation! The Jewish people will finally realize the promise of their physical land for all of eternity with Christ reigning from the throne of David on this new earth. The church will inhabit the New Jerusalem, and will enjoy a city which needs no sun nor moon for light, “for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23, KJV). Every saint will have access to each place, and will forever be with their Savior and Messiah. The relationship of the Kingdom to the new Heavens, Earth, and the New Jerusalem will be in complete harmony, as believers will travel to and from these locations throughout eternity in the worship and service of the Lord and Savior.
These events still await in the portals of eternity future. There has not been such a Kingdom set up at this time in history and cannot be established until all of God’s Word is fulfilled in the order of His timing. God is a God of truth. His Word does not return void. As He has written, so shall it be. Truly, the best is yet to come.
1All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Bible version, Royal, 1971.