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Chapter 17 - Thy Kingdom Come
When a faithful remnant of Israel has been prepared and made willing to receive the kingdom, the wrath of God poured out on the earth with the tribulation will end and his kingdom will be established. Satan will be bound for a thousand years and the earth will suffer only the individual effects of sin.
While the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, not everyone will seek the things of the Lord. It is in human nature to forget God and seek after its own interests.
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. - Judges 2:10
When Satan is set loose, he will find many that he can draw into a war against God.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. - Revelation 20:7-10
What might be drawn from the entire history of man on earth is that anything done apart from God is a disaster. Every form of human government is a failure. Without God, we tend towards vanity, selfishness, cruelty, and self-destruction.
Even when Jesus rules on earth, we will still demonstrate our defective nature. The panoply of history conclusively demonstrates that our intrinsic selfishness (the opposite of love) and the rejection of truth in favor of that which makes us feel good are so toxic that it is only through the gift of salvation by trusting in Jesus that we have any hope to escape our fallen state.
In the bible the first two chapters and the last two describe a state without the effects of manís sin. After the thousand year rule of Christ on earth and Satanís last effort, sin no longer plagues us. We might consider what is often called 'the eternal state' as the true eternal kingdom.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. - Daniel 2:44
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. - Revelation 21:3-7
Many have asked over the years if there really is a God, how can he allow evil to exist. However, if God eliminated all evil, we would all die. God, who is rich in mercy, forbears our sin so that we would have the opportunity to respond to his grace.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. - Ephesians 2:1-9
Those who have a part in Godís eternal kingdom will have no doubt about his mercy and our complete dependence upon him.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. - Revelation 21:23-26
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. - Revelation 22:1-5
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