A Better World Is Near
Statesmen, scientists, educators know the only hope for survival and for peace is one world government. We could quote many scores of world leaders affirming this.
We could quote other scores of world leaders saying it is impossible.
So it’s “world government—or annihilation” on the one hand, and it’s “world government is impossible” on the other hand.
That is the stark paradox of terror facing all mankind today. No wonder God Almighty says “the way of peace have they not known” (Rom. 3:17).
But what man cannot do for himself, the Great Living God will do for him. World government—perfect government—is coming in our time, in the hands of the Great Ruling Christ, and unnumbered thousands of Co-Rulers given immortality with and under Him.
And that good news is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ is to inherit the world throne (Luke 1:32-33), which God had promised to David would never cease on this earth (II Sam. 7:13). Jesus said, before Pilate, it was for this express purpose that He was born (John 18:36-37).
Jesus constantly preached the good news about the coming Kingdom of God (Matt. 4:23; 6:10; 7:21; Mark 1:15; 4:11; 14:25; Luke 4:43; 8:10; 9:2, 11, 62, etc.). He pictured Himself as the young nobleman going away (to heaven) to be coronated and to return to earth (Luke 19:12-27).
Repeatedly Jesus said He would return to earth (Matt. 24:27, 30-31, 42; 25:13; Mark 13:26; Luke 12:42-43; 17:24; 18:8; 19:12; 21:27; John 14:3, etc.). “If I go and prepare a place [position, office, habitation] for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). He will then be on the earth—Zechariah 14:3-4 with I Thessalonians 4:16.
The living Christ is coming in all the power and glory of Almighty God, as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:11-21), to put down the rebellion of warring nations (Rev. 17:14), and establish God’s world-ruling Government over all nations (Dan. 2:44; 7:9, 13-14, 18, 22, 27; Isa. 9:7).
No wonder the whole hope of a true Christian is the resurrection (Acts 23:6; 24:15) to immortality—eternal life—as a co-ruler, under Christ. Jesus said: “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron …” (Rev. 2:26-27). And again, “to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne [on this earth]…” (Rev. 3:21; Luke 1:32-33). And “…we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:10).
The Apostle John, in vision, saw a preview of the beginning of that rule and world government: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4).
Jesus said no one could see or enter into the Kingdom of God until he is born of God (John 3:3-5). He made plain when one is born of God, he, just as God is, will be Spirit. We have now, as humans, been born of flesh—and therefore we are flesh. But God is Spirit (John 4:24, Revised Standard Version), and when we are born of God—of the Spirit—we shall be Spirit (John 3:6-8). Now, we are earthy—of the earth (I Cor. 15:48). We are “flesh and blood” from the earth—from matter (v. 50)—yet flesh and blood humans cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (same verse). But, as we have borne the image of the earthy—mortal—human—we shall, when born of God, bear the image of the heavenly that is, spirit (v. 49).
Jesus Christ is the firstborn of many brethren (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18) who shall be born of God “by a resurrection” (John 5:25-29; 6:39, 40, 44).
Christ, the King of kings. Perfect in character, absolute in honesty, integrity, faithfulness, loyalty and trust; filled with outgoing concern for the governed—their welfare and salvation; total knowledge, understanding, wisdom. Complete love, mercy, patience, kindness, compassion, forgiveness. Yet, possessing total power, and never compromising one millionth of an inch with His perfect law—which is the way of love. He will enforce God’s law—God’s government on earth. He will compel haughty, carnal, rebellious humans to yield in complete submission to God’s government.
No one will be deceived—as the vast majority of mankind is today. All will know the truth. No more religious confusion. Eyes will be opened to the truth. Humans will become teachable. People will start living God’s way—the way of outgoing concern for others—the way of the true values—the way of peace, of happiness, of well-being, of joy.
Crime, sickness, disease, pain and suffering, gone. Poverty, ignorance banished. Smiles on people’s faces—faces that radiate. Wild animals tame. Air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, gone. Crystal pure water to drink; clean, crisp, pure air to breathe; rich black soil where deserts, mountains and seas formerly were, producing full-flavored foods, and fantastic beauty in flowers, shrubs, trees. A world filled with happy radiating humans, guided, helped, protected, and ruled by former mortals made immortal—and all the humans realizing that they, too, may inherit everlasting life in supreme happiness and thrilling joy.
What a fabulous picture!
Excerpted from the book The Wonderful World Tomorrow