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The Politics of the Kingdom of God
by John Thomas
The purpose of God in creating the world, and in bringing it to its present political constitution, by checking the full manifestation of the evil that exists, is that He may found a kingdom and empire which shall be literally 'universal' (Daniel 2:44; 7:14), and under the government of which all nations may be blessed (Genesis 12:3; Psalms 72:11). The Hebrew nation, established in the Holy Land, will be the kingdom (Exodus 19:5-6; Micah 4:6-8; 5:2; Ezekiel 37:21-28); and all other nations the empire attached to that kingdom. The Jewish and other nations will constitute a family of nations, of which Israel will be the first-born; Abraham, the federal patriarch; and Christ, his seed, THE KING.
This divine family of nations will be so highly civilized that the present state of society will be regarded as dark and barbarous; for then 'the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea' (Isaiah 11:9). The blessedness of this divine civilization is detailed in 'the gospel' which is therefore styled 'the glad tidings', or 'gospel of the kingdom of God' (Matt. 4:23), while the divine civilization itself is 'the dispensation of the fullness of times' (Eph. 1:10,21), or 'world to come'; styled also 'the age to come.' The Bible is full of the glorious things pertaining to this, the real 'golden age' of the world.
The government of the nations during that period will be such as their necessities demand, just laws and institutions, civil and ecclesiastical; and perfect and righteous men to administer them. To fulfil these requirements, the government of mankind will be committed to Christ, and to those whom he may account worthy of association with Him. The Bible expressly declares that the rulers of the world shall then be immortal kings and priests (Rev. 1:5-6; 2:26-27; 5:9-10; 12:5); so that, strange as it may seem, mortal and immortal men will thus be living contemporaneously upon the earth.
This family of 'many nations,' of which God has constituted Abraham the 'father' (Genesis 17:5; Romans 4:13), will continue under one and the same constitution a thousand years, at the expiration of which there will be a change (Revelation 20:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26). Sin, and, by consequence, priesthood and death, will be universally abolished; and the earth will be inhabited by immortals only; for it is written: 'The wicked shall not inhabit the earth' (Proverbs 10:30). Hence, the final state of things upon our planet will be a divine monarchy of everlasting continuance, under which there will be but one nation (Jeremiah 46:28), and that nation holy, immortal, and comprehensive of all redeemed from among the descendants of the first human pair. When this consummation obtains, the purpose of God in terrestrial creation will be accomplished, even the peopling the earth with an immortal race, which shall have attained to immortality on the principle of believing what God has promised, and doing what He has commanded.
In the gospel there is an invitation to all who believe what God has promised, to share with Christ in his kingdom, glory, and joy, which invitation is given on certain conditions well defined (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Matthew 25:21). These are, faith in the things covenanted to Abraham and David, and in those taught concerning Jesus, in the Old and New Testaments; immersion into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and thenceforth a life of 'holiness to the Lord,' without which no one will be approved and promoted to the honor and glory of the kingdom (Colossians 1:21-23).
The establishment of this divine civilization among the nations necessitates the abolition of the present civil, ecclesiastical, and social constitution of the world. The nations and the earth to its utmost bounds are 'deeded' to Christ; they are an inheritance and possession made his by a deed registered in the Bible (Psalms 2:8), but for the time being in the hands of regal, imperial, republican, and ecclesiastical usurpers. This patent fact and Bible truth makes a contest between Christ and 'the Powers that be' an unavoidable necessity. The divine oracle is: "These shall make war upon the Lamb, and the Lamb (Jesus, 'the Lamb of God') shall overcome them:" in other words, 'he shall destroy them that destroy the earth' (Revelation 17:12-14; 19:11-16,19,21; 11:15,18).
This is the doom of the world's tyrants, destruction, not by popular fury, which is merely an embarrassment, but by the military power of Yahweh's Servant, even of Jesus, the future Lord of armies, whom He has prepared, and whom He will send into the world again for this very purpose. He will take possession of the kingdoms, empires, and republics of the nations, 'under the whole heaven' (Daniel 7:27), and blend them into one universal empire, which will constitute the secondary dominion, 'the first dominion' consisting of the 'kingdom restored again to Israel' (Micah 4:8; Acts 1:6).
For one man, even though a Divine man, to take possession of the civil, military, and ecclesiastical power, commerce, and riches of the world, implies co-operation. The Bible teaches that this cooperation will be by 'the called, and chosen, and faithful' (Revelation 14:4; 17:14), raised from the dead, or, if living at the crisis, 'transformed in the twinkling of an eye.' These will be 'with him' as his 'joint heirs,' and companions-in-arms, commanding the operations of the armies of Israel, whose mission will be, like that of their fathers under Joshua, to subdue 'the Powers' combined to prevent their restoration, and the establishing of the new and divine order of things (Jeremiah 1:19-20; Isaiah 41:8-16)