The greatness of Christ's Kingdom will be characterized by
universal change in the structure and operation of society in
SPIRITUAL IN NATURE. God's laws will be
written on the hearts and minds of the saints by the Holy
Spirit as the New Covenant is realized in the areas of
forgiveness, righteousness, spiritual cleansing, regeneration,
and direct knowledge of God (Isaiah 59:20-21; Jeremiah
31:31-34; Ezekiel 26:24-27).
Spiritual orientation will bear fruit of ethical conduct.
There will be a proper recognition of moral values. The vile
person will be recognized for what he is (Isaiah 32:5), and
good men and things will be approved. Life's inequalities will
be reversed (Isaiah 40:3-11; Psalm 73) and retribution for sin
will become wholly an individual matter (Jeremiah 31:28-30).
SOCIAL RELATIONS. Christ's Kingdom will restore
perfect social relations. In this society war will be
eliminated (Zechariah 9:10) and an era of peace will be
ushered in that will last forever (Isaiah 9:7). The resources
used for the arts and industries of war will be employed for
the blessing of humankind (Isaiah 2:4). The Lordís antipoverty
program will work (Isaiah 65:21-23).
WHOLENESS. Not only will spiritual healing occur, but tangible
effects will be experienced physically. There will be the
healing of physical ills (Isaiah 33:24; 35:5-6), the
restoration of long life (Isaiah 65:20, 22), the elimination
of physical hazards (Isaiah 65:23; Ezekiel 34:23-31), great
geological changes from the Tribulation along with changes in
climate (Isaiah 32:15-16; 35:7), increased fertility (Isaiah
35:1-2; Amos 9:13), and changes in the animal world (Isaiah
11:6-9; 65:25). All of creation came under Godís curse when
Adam fell and all will be restored to Garden of Eden-like
conditions at the return of Christ (Romans 8:19-22).
POLITICAL CHANGE. The form of government will be a theocracy.
God Himself will rule over the earth in the person of Jesus
Christ, the Son of David, thereby fulfilling the Davidic
Covenant (2 Samuel 7:817). A central authority will exist for
the settling of international disputes (Isaiah 2:4; Micah
4:3). National security will be assured (Isaiah 32:18).
Israelites will be restored permanently to the Promised Land
(Amos 9:14-15), resulting in the reestablishment and
unification of the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 37), and
guaranteeing its place of priority among the nations (Isaiah
60:10-14). The government will be one of peace, tranquility
and blessedness. On the other hand, there will be
instantaneous destruction of those who are insubordinate or
rebellious (Isaiah 11:1-4).
The Ruler of this realm will be both King and Priest (Psalm
110). A central sanctuary will be established in Jerusalem
(Ezekiel 37:27-28). The Shekinah glory will return to the
Temple (Ezekiel 43:1-7). Israelites will become the priests
and ministers of Yahweh in religious matters (Isaiah 61:6).
There will be universal worship of Yahweh (Isaiah 66:23), and
this worship of the true God will be compulsory (Zechariah
EXTENT OF RULE. ďThe LORD will be king over
the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD and His
name the only nameĒ (Zechariah 14:9; cf. Psalms 96-100).
Christís Kingdom will include all nations (Psalm 72:8-11).
After the thousand years, Christís kingdom will merge into the
eternal state (Micah 4:7; Psalm 45:6; Daniel 7:13-14;
Revelation 22:1-5). Therefore, Christís kingdom will never be
destroyed and will endure forever (Daniel 2:44).
ultimate purpose of Nebuchadnezzarís dream was to assert Godís
sovereign rule over the affairs of men. In doing so, the dream
revealed Godís superiority over the pagan gods. It also
revealed the characteristics of the four empires, which end
with Christís kingdom that endures forever.