Kingdom is the Desire of all Nations!
most momentous event of earth's history is the establishment of
God's Kingdom among men, in the hands of our Lord Jesus and his
Church. This great event, toward which all of God's promises and
types point, we now see to be not only at hand, but just upon
us. No desire has been more eagerly expressed; no wish has been
more sincerely wished; no need has been more earnestly felt than
for a kingdom of peace, joy, and happiness to replace present
conditions on planet earth.
Christians center their beliefs, their very lives, around Jesus
of Nazareth. Jesus centered his life, and his teachings around
this theme of a coming kingdom. He taught about it in his words:
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world,
and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given
in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal
unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children
of the resurrection (Luke 20:35-36).
Jesus illustrated the coming kingdom in his parables: Then shall
the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of
my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world (Mat 25:34). He demonstrated its power in countless
miracles: he gave sight to the blind; he made the lame to walk,
he even raised the dead!
This was the kingdom he promised; this was the kingdom he preached;
this was the kingdom he died to achieve! Although this kingdom
was the central theme of Jesus' life he did not originate the
idea. The concept of this kingdom permeated Old Testament prophecy.
The prophets foresaw a kingdom of health, with harmony between
man and his fellow. They foresaw a kingdom of peace, with total
economic security. Isaiah spoke of all these promises: They shall
not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain (11:6-9); they shall
beat their swords into plowshares (2:4); mine elect shall long
enjoy the work of their hands (65:21, 22).
The prophets foresaw a kingdom with harmony between man and animal;
natural enemies of the earth will dwell together in complete peace
and harmony; and formerly harmful creatures will no longer be
hurtful or dangerous.
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. They shall not hurt nor destroy
in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge
of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Isa 11:6-9).
They foresaw a kingdom of peace with harmony amongst men and no
more war: 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 (Isa 2:4).
They foresaw a kingdom of total economic security; mankind will
reap the rewards of their labor and live in security without fear
of loss: they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall
plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.... mine elect shall
long enjoy the work of their hands (Isa 65:21-22).
The New Testament apostles foresaw a kingdom in which even death
would be done away; there shall be no more death (Rev 21:4). And
the best part is that these were not idle dreams. They were not
wishful thinking. They spoke of living verities for one simple
reason--they knew what they were talking about for they had been
witnesses. The Apostle Peter said: For we have not followed cunningly
devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there
came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came
from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well
that you take heed (2Pet 1:16-19).
And the Apostle Paul, when speaking of himself, wrote: I knew
a man in Christ...caught up to the third heaven (2Cor 12:2). In
the next verse he calls this third heaven paradise. These Biblical
writers could speak with such authority, with such sureness, for
one simple reason; and to most of their kingdom prophecies the
reason for their positiveness is appended: For the mouth of the
LORD of hosts has spoken it!