From Where Will Christ Reign?
From where will Jesus Christ reign? He will reign from Jerusalem. He says: “I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem” (Zechariah 8:3). In fact, when He reigns, Jerusalem will have another name. The very last verse in the book of Ezekiel states that “the name of the city from that day shall be: THE Lord IS THERE” (Ezekiel 48:35). In Hebrew, that name is Yahweh Shama. From there, He will rule His Kingdom: “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:9).
When Christ comes back to rule, He and the glorified saints will rule over the nations—over physical human beings. Christ will teach the nations the way of life that produces peace. Today’s Christians—resurrected as spirit beings (the “firstfruits”)—will rule under His direction, as the kings and priests who will rule over cities and nations (see Luke 19:17; Revelation 2:26). These kings and priests will educate the world about God’s truth.
Notice this inspiring scripture, describing those who will be taught God’s ways during the Millennium: “And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers” (Isaiah 30:20). You could be one of those teachers. And what will the glorified saints—the kings and priests—teach? “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (v. 21).
In the Millennium, the teachers will teach God’s law. The prophet Isaiah gives us an inspiring foretaste of what will come. “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:2–3).
Humanity’s often-contradictory and unjust laws will be no more. God’s laws will be taught and administered from Jerusalem. And the Ten Commandments are the foundation of those laws. Remember, Jesus said: “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments”—then He went on to list several of the Ten Commandments (Matthew 19:17). Moreover, in His “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus actually magnified the Ten Commandments. He made them more comprehensive, and more binding, because Christians need to observe the Ten Commandments in the spirit, not just in the letter!
What will be the effect of God’s government? “He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).
When Christ returns, He will introduce the whole world to the way of peace. “The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s 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” (Isaiah 11:7–9).
In Tomorrow’s World, all nations will know the true God—the God of your Bible—and He will bless those who keep His commandments, as He has always done. Notice this inspiring scripture, describing the blessings that come when we obey God’s law. “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:6–10).
Your Glorious Future
Can you visualize your part in teaching the nations to observe God’s commandments, and helping all people live the abundant life God promises them? If you are among the “meek”—one who seeks God’s will rather than your own—God can use you to teach others His ways.
Our planet, even today, stands out like a jewel in the vastness of space. But a time is coming when God will purify the earth with fire, and renew it, before heaven will come to earth (2 Peter 3:10–13). As the Apostle John wrote: “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Revelation 21:2–5).
You can have a part in that awesome future. God calls His children His heirs, and “joint heirs with Christ” in Romans 8:17. As heirs of God, faithful Christians will not only inherit the earth—they will inherit the universe. We read: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). Also: “You have put all things in subjection under his [mankind’s] feet” (Hebrews 2:8).
In these last two verses, the Greek expression translated as “all things” is ta panta, which literally means “the all”—in other words, everything that is seen and unseen. Yes, faithful Christians will eventually inherit the whole universe! Today, many of us dream of traveling to the far reaches of the galaxy, and marvel at the beauty of the stars, nebulae and other awe-inspiring and beautiful features of our universe. The time is coming when today’s faithful Christians will be able to travel across the universe at the speed of a thought!
Yes, God wants you to inherit the earth—and more! As He tells us: “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7). May God help us all to seek Him, and His Kingdom, that we may soon inherit the earth, the universe and all things!