Three Appearances, 6


The Glorious Reign of Christ

God’s plan for His kingdom on Earth takes up a pretty hefty body of Scripture. In spite of that, there are a great many interpretations and explanations as to the nature of the Millennial kingdom. To some, the kingdom program of God is the same as the eternal state – heaven, the believer’s final destination. To them, God’s Kingdom has nothing to do with anything on Earth. There are others who think the Millennial kingdom is a spiritual thing – the kingdom is in the heart of each believer; that Jesus is king of that spiritual kingdom as He rules from the throne of our hearts. And there are others who see the kingdom as something man achieves on Earth through his efforts. As more and more Christians are elected to positions of power, they will change the cultures of the world and at some point, society will make the leap to its utopian state. And then there are those who see the kingdom as a sort of patriotic movement within the nation of Israel and then there are some who view the kingdom as synonymous with the organized, visible church on Earth, so that at some point the Church evolves to become the kingdom of God on Earth, making the kingdom partly spiritual in nature and political at the same time.

Because I view the Bible as a revelation of God to man, I take its words literally whenever and wherever possible, understanding  that there are portions of the inspired Word meant to be taken as allegorical; things like parables, for example, are not meant to be taken literally, although their meanings are. Even within the words of Bible prophecy, care must be taken to arrive at an interpretation that honors the integrity of Scripture and the writer’s original intent.

God does not want His people ignorant, especially where His plan for their future is concerned. The phrase, “God’s people,” takes in the nation of Israel, saints from the Old Testament on, Christians who have passed on and those alive today. God wants us all to know what our future holds. He doesn’t want us to be fearful or confused about what may or may not happen to us or our children. Most of all, God wants all of His people to know that He has a plan for them and for this planet.  God wants us to know that He created us and our world for a purpose – His purpose, not ours. He wants us to have hope in His plan and faith in His purpose. So, while what the Bible has to say about the Millennial Kingdom may seem difficult to understand, there is a great reward in the effort. Naturally, there is a great value in reading and studying all of the Bible, but God has a special reward in store for those seeking to understand the words of prophecy:

If you read this prophecy aloud to the church, you will receive a special blessing from the Lord. Those who listen to it being read and do what it says will also be blessed. For the time is near when these things will all come true. (Revelation 1:3 TLB)

Let’s get blessed as we study the reign of Jesus on Earth.

Jesus will be the King

For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.” His ever-expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule with perfect fairness and justice from the throne of his father David. He will bring true justice and peace to all the nations of the world. This is going to happen because the Lord of heaven’s armies has dedicated himself to do it! (Isaiah 9:6, 7 TLB)

Almost everybody knows these verses; they are recited and sung ad nauseam every Christmas. But beyond the first couple of phrases, “for unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given,” these “Christmas” verses have nothing to do with why we celebrate Christmas, but everything to do with Jesus’ Second Coming when He inaugurates the Millennial Kingdom. He will establish His government, but it won’t be done in grace.

“I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” (Psalm 2:7 – 9 NKJV)

There isn’t much grace there! Jesus came in grace and mercy the first time, but when He comes back the second time, it will be in justice and judgment.

Choirs also sing this verse at Christmastime:

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:31 – 33 NKJV)

Once again, as with the Isaiah passage, only the first sentence concerns the first coming. Verses 32 and 33 haven’t happened you. Verse 31, a prediction when Mary heard it, is history to us. She did have a Son and she did call Him Jesus. But the next two verse are prophecies; they haven’t happened yet. But they will! When Jesus comes back verses 32 and 33 will happen just as surely as verse 31 did.

Our Lord isn’t on the throne yet. He may be on the “throne in your hearts,” but He’s not on the throne of “His father David.” He is not reigning over the house of Jacob yet. But He will.

The sphere of Jesus’ reign

So just how big will Jesus’ kingdom be? Big!

And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day there shall be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped. (Zechariah 14:9 TLB)

“But my name will be honored by the Gentiles from morning till night. All around the world they will offer sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name shall be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 1:11 TLB)

The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Isaiah 52:10 TLB)

Get the picture? The prophetic book of Revelation puts it like this:

For just then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting down from heaven, “The Kingdom of this world now belongs to our Lord, and to his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15 TLB)

You can be forgiven if you want to burst out in song as you read that verse. Handel put it in his Messiah. But it hasn’t happened yet. It will. King Jesus will rule over the whole world. Our world will become His kingdom and Earth will know peace for the first time in its history. For a thousand years, Jesus will reign as king.

Nature of His kingdom

It’s an interesting fact of history that a nation will rise or fall to the moral level of its leaders. I’ll reserve my comments about the present state of America and its current administration. But I will say this: When Jesus is King; when He is the final moral authority, His subjects – the nations of this world and their citizens – will rise to the moral level of His authority. Consider these facts:

Deliverance from the power of Satan.

He seized the Dragon—that old Serpent, the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years, and threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so that he could not fool the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterwards he would be released again for a little while. (Revelation 20:2, 3 TLB)

Can you imagine a world without an outside evil force? During the Millennium you won’t have to imagine it; it will be a reality! Satan will be forcibly bound during almost all of Jesus’ reign on earth. Finally man will be at peace with his neighbor.

But at last the whole earth is at rest and is quiet! All the world begins to sing! Even the trees of the woods—the fir trees and cedars of Lebanon—sing out this joyous song: “Your power is broken; no one will bother us now; at last we have peace.” (Isaiah 14:7, 8 TLB)

Universal harmony

There will be peace and there will be harmony all over the world.

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. (Isaiah 2:4 TLB)

Low information Christians think that’s the UN talking, but it’s God’s Word through His prophet Isaiah. Jesus will “judge between the nations and rebuke many people.” While Satan is bound, man will still have his sinful nature. This is the Millennial Kingdom on Earth, not the eternal state. Jesus will keep the peace like no nation could. There will be no more war. No more armies.


There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains; its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. (Psalm 72:12 NKJV)

There will be food enough for all the people on Earth. Of course, there’s plenty of grain today, but political pressures keep farmers from selling it to those who need it. Once all those regulations are gone, grain and produce will flow around the world. There will be earth-changes, too. The planet will simply produce more food.

Man will live longer

But he won’t be taking pills to make it happen! Look –

No longer will babies die when only a few days old; no longer will men be considered old at 100! Only sinners will die that young! (Isaiah 65:20 TLB)

The people of Israel will no longer say, “We are sick and helpless,” for the Lord will forgive them their sins and bless them. (Isaiah 33:24 TLB)

You can’t imagine that, can you? A day when lifespans will be greatly increased because Jesus will be King. Of course, people will die. Human beings don’t live forever. Again, this isn’t Heaven; it’s not the eternal state. But the Bible makes it clear that man will live longer during the Millennium.

Salvation for the lost

There will be unsaved people all over the Earth during the Millennium. Not everybody under the rule of Jesus will be true worshippers. But, salvation will still be available to those who need it.

O kings and rulers of the earth, listen while there is time. Serve the Lord with reverent fear; rejoice with trembling. Fall down before his Son and kiss his feet before his anger is roused and you perish. I am warning you—his wrath will soon begin. But oh, the joys of those who put their trust in him! (Psalm 2:10 – 12 NKJV)

The implication is that during the Millennium, all people and all nations will “serve the Lord,” to the extent that they will live in obedience to Jesus’ laws. Even then, though, there will be those who will be obeying by their actions but not with their hearts. To those, the word of the Lord is “fall down and kiss Jesus’ feet.” Even during the Millennium, the unsaved will be called to make a decision to serve Jesus with their whole hearts.

Honor for the saints and glory for the Savior

Blessed and holy are those who share in the First Resurrection. For them the Second Death holds no terrors, for they will be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6 TLB)

Don’t you know that someday we Christians are going to judge and govern the world? So why can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? (1 Corinthians 6:2 TLB)

Those are Christians – Jew or Gentile believers, it doesn’t matter. Followers of Jesus Christ will rule with Him.

His name will be honored forever; it will continue as the sun; and all will be blessed in him; all nations will praise him. (Psalm 72:17 TLB)

Jesus is coming again. He will establish His kingdom. The nations of this world will be judged. These things will happen. We looked at a tiny portion of the hundreds of verses of Scripture that talk about these future events. It’s very easy forget about these glorious prophecies. When times are good, we don’t worry about the future. When times are bad, we get all discouraged and frustrated. Christians need to know that their God is in control, He has a plan, and this world is moving inexorably to the fulfillment of that plan.

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