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Chapter 5 - Kingdom Characteristics

There are several Old Testament descriptions of conditions in the kingdom that may not have been fully appreciated. That there would be no war would be of particular interest.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. - Isaiah 2:4

In addition to universal peace, there is an indication of vastly extended life.

There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. - Isaiah 65:20

The work of the Holy Spirit would produce powerful results.

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. - Joel 2:28-29

The Jew would be sought out instead of persecuted.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. - Zechariah 8:23

Even nature would be made less hostile.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. - Isaiah 11:6-8

The nation of Israel was supposed to be the means by which the knowledge of the Lord would be spread to the whole world.

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. - Habakkuk 2:14

There will be a penalty for those who refuse to send representatives to Jerusalem to worship Jesus.

And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. - Zechariah 14:17

We can begin to get a picture of life in the kingdom. We do not know what level of technology may be available. It may be that information will have to be acquired directly (person to person) rather than through newspapers, radio, TV, or the Internet. The reference to 'families' may indicate a stronger association of relationships over the political association of nations.


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