The Kingdom of God — What Will It Really Be Like?

​​​​​Introduction

I have decided to write this paper at this time once again resulting from a dialogue between Gordon, the LW President, and myself. Just to add a little spice to this work, I should tell the reader that the dialogue was more of a serious disagreement about the nature of the Kingdom to come on Earth. Gordon believes that sickness will still exist in the Kingdom to cause mankind to treat the sick in a proper humane way, learning from the healing abilities of Jesus when He walked the Earth.

In contrast, I believe that there will be no sickness in the Kingdom. Our major issues in the Kingdom will be of a societal nature. We must learn, in ALL ways, how we must rule over and treat our fellow men in a just and righteous way out of love for all men. I believe this will be a big enough task without having to worry about sickness and disease.

I would hasten to add that this disagreement is another example that the Church of the Lords’ Witnesses is a true living church that does not rely on old and fixed doctrine or a priestly hierarchy to tell us the truth. All church members have an equal opportunity to find the truth to the extent that bible research by any church member can alter the church doctrine or understandings to better our knowledge of God’s requirements of us.

Well, having got that off my chest, let us have a look at what the bible tells us to expect in the Kingdom and see who wins this debate….
 

Rulership in the Kingdom

Daniel prophesied God’s Kingdom to replace forever all the nations as we know them today:

44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2 KJV)

But this would not just be a new Earth but also new Heavens since both would require a serious clean-up operation as a result of mankind's and the demon's bad behaviour. 
The famous Lord’s prayer gives us the insight that the Kingdom will be on Earth as well as in Heaven. 

10 Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as [it is] in Heaven, also on the earth. (Matthew 6 GLT)

As does the Book of Revelation:

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (Revelation 21 KJV)

And that of Isaiah:

17 For, lo, I am creating new heavens, and a new earth, And the former things are not remembered, Nor do they ascend on the heart. (Isaiah 65 YLT)


I do, however, have a problem with the second part of this last verse; I would have thought it important to remember the evil in this current system and its consequences. After all, the lessons from this life have been hard taught. Why, if they were not to be remembered? How else would everyone, mankind and angels alike, remain grateful for their lives in the Kingdom without knowing what the alternative life away from God’s rule would bring? How else could they properly teach their children of the importance of a righteous life? 


Anyway, for the purposes of this paper, I am largely interested in the Kingdom on Earth although, where appropriate, I will indicate the relationship with that in Heaven.

David sang of the extent of the Kingdom over all the Earth and of its prospective ruler:

27 (22-28) All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto the LORD; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee.
28 (22-29) For the kingdom is the LORD'S; and He is the ruler over the nations. (Psalms 22 JPS)

8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. (Psalms 72 KJV)

He also identified the Kingdom's hands-on ruler to be Jehovah’s begotten Son, Jesus Christ:

6 Yea, I have set My king on My holy mount on Zion.
7 I will declare concerning the statute of Jehovah: He said to Me, You [are] My Son. Today I have begotten You. (Psalms 2 GLT)

The Prophet Daniel prophesied the Kingdom of God being ruled by a Son of Man:

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7 KJV)


As did Isaiah:

6 For a Child hath been born to us, A Son hath been given to us, And the princely power is on his shoulder, And He doth call his name Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.
7 To the increase of the princely power, And of peace, there is no end, On the throne of David, and on his kingdom, To establish it, and to support it, In judgment and in righteousness, Henceforth, even unto the age, The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts doth this. (Isaiah 9 YLT)

Whilst not naming the prospective Kingdom ruler, Zechariah was clearly able to identify Jesus as that one, some 550 years prior to our saviour’s arrival in Jerusalem:

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy king cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass. (Zechariah 9 ASV) 

In later biblical times, the Gospels further confirm that the unborn Jesus is that Son of Man and will rule in the Kingdom:

32 This One will be great and will be called Son of [the] Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33
And He will reign over the house of Jacob to the ages, and of His kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1 GLT)

John’s Book of Revelation tells us that Christ will be the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. So, we can be assured that the Kingdom will have a just and righteous rulership from the very top. That will certainly get us off to a much better start than we have experienced in this life under the self-aggrandising and sometimes cruel rulership of Satan’s national leaders. But make no mistake, this will be no soft touch of a ruler; he will rage a fierce war against the forces of evil to establish His just rulership:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6 KJV)

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12 KJV)

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17 KJV)

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19 KJV)

15 And the seventh angel trumpeted. And there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of the world became our Lord's, even of His Christ; and He shall reign to the ages of the ages. (Revelation 11 GLT)

3 And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God: (Revelation 21 ASV)

Christ will not rule in isolation. Come the Kingdom, those faithful ones living through the end-times of this system will form the body of His Kingly and Priestly administration. Also, those faithful ones already in the first death in Hades will be resurrected to take their place in God’s Kingdom hierarchy. (For the interested reader the True Bible Code understanding '[366] Numbering the Saints and the Citizens of the Kingdom of God' indicates the sheer size of Christ’s Kingdom administration in Heaven and on Earth at 
http://www.truebiblecode.com/understanding366.html):

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20 KJV)

Furthermore, the Kings, Lords and Priests under Jesus’ rulership on Earth (and in Heaven) will not be angels but will be resurrected or raptured humans (check out the True Bible Code understanding [511] Will humans really rule over angels? at
http://truebiblecode.com/understanding511.html). Just in case of any doubt there are numerous scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments that testify to this point:

6 But you shall be called, Priests of Jehovah; it will be said of you, Ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and you shall revel in their glory. (Isaiah 61 GLT)

18 But the holy ones of the Supreme One will receive the kingdom, and they will take possession of the kingdom for time indefinite, even for time indefinite upon times indefinite.' (Daniel 7 NWT)

22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment itself was given in favor of the holy ones of the Supreme One, and the definite time arrived that the holy ones took possession of the kingdom itself. (Daniel 7 NWT)

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (Daniel 7 KJV)

29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22 KJV)

5 For He did not put the coming world under angels, about which we speak, (Hebrews 2 GLT)

6 and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him {is} the glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen. (Revelation 1 YLT)

10 and made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign over the earth. (Revelation 5 GLT)

3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels, not to speak of this life? (1 Corinthians 6 GLT)


So why would humans be chosen to rule over the angels? I think it can easily be seen that humans are from the low school of hard knocks in this harsh physical world. The angels, by comparison, are the privileged class with no life-threatening experiences of what can go wrong outside of God's rule. Perhaps this is why the demons caused trouble both in Heaven and on the Earth. Maybe they got bored with their perfect existences and wanted a little 'excitement' without originally realising the impact of their anarchistic behaviour. Perhaps this is the meaning of our (and Jesus') being made 'a little lower':


6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2 KJV)


 

The Profile of the Kingdom

Prior to the commencement of the Kingdom, Christ will sit down with His twelve apostles to make the judgement as to who has earned the right to enter the Kingdom. Those who have not met their responsibilities in this life and those that have put themselves before their fellow men or those who lived a purely fleshly and profligate existence will not be making that journey:

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6 KJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you beforehand, as I also said before, that the ones practicing such things will not inherit [the] kingdom of God. (Galatians 5 GLT)


No, those ones will be making an entirely different journey:

8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving, and those having become foul, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the lying ones, their part will be in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21 GLT)

Consequently, we will get off to a good start by ensuring that the Kingdom will only include those citizens who have proven themselves to be ‘good neighbours’ and/or have shown genuine contrition for former sinful behaviour:

27 and there may not at all enter into it any thing defiling and doing abomination, and a lie, but -- those written in the scroll of the life of the Lamb. (Revelation 21 YLT)

14 'Happy are those doing His commands that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of the life, and by the gates they may enter into the city;
15 and without {are} the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the whoremongers, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one who is loving and is doing a lie. (Revelation 22 YLT)

28 And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, You who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
29 And everyone who left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for the sake of My name, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. (Matthew 19 GLT)


The Old Testament Prophets give us an early insight into the prospective nature of God’s Kingdom on Earth. The Prophet Ezekiel talks of the future times when Israel, representing the faithful ones, will be gathered up out of the nations and will live their lives in safety:

8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land [that is] brought back from the sword, [and is] gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. (Ezekiel 38 KJV)

The new Jerusalem will not require any fortified walls for the protection of her people; God will provide their protection, if indeed any such is required, since they will no longer have enemies to attack them:

4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited [as] towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. (Zechariah 2 KJV)

War will become a thing of the past ensuring that mankind can live in safety without fear across the whole of the Kingdom:

3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it]. (Micah 4 KJV)

4 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. (Isaiah 2 KJV)

10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall speak peace unto the nations: and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9 ASV)

God’s judgement will ensure that it is the righteous that inherit His Kingdom to enjoy its peace without the adverse influence of the unrighteous ones:

7 In his days shall the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more. (Psalms 72 ASV)
 

The State of Mankind in the Kingdom

The Earth in which we live in the Kingdom will be restored to the state of the Garden of Eden:

3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51 KJV)

18 I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
19 I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert the fir-tree, the pine, and the box-tree together: (Isaiah 41 ASV)

13 And instead of the bramble shall come up the cypress, and instead of the nettle shall come up the myrtle: and the Lord shall be for a name, and for an everlasting sign, and shall not fail. (Isaiah 55 LXXb)

To reiterate this point, the edible vegetation will flourish as will the farm produce. This will be due to a perfect climate for raising crops and will result in full harvests with the production of ample wine and oils. There will no longer be any pests to damage the crops and so everyone will be able to eat their fill. Hunger will be no more as God will nourish His faithful ones in the Kingdom:

22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth its fruit, the fig-tree and the vine do yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in Jehovah your God; for he giveth you the former rain in just measure, and he causeth to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, in the first [month].
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and shall praise the name of Jehovah your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you; and my people shall never be put to shame. (Joel 2 ASV)

Also we will be able to go about normal life without the expectation of being robbed or exploited. We will all be free men in that our labours will bring reward to ourselves not to others living off the fruits of our work:

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. (Isaiah 65 KJV)

14 And I will turn the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. (Amos 9 JPS)

Things will also be turned back, from the days of Babel and the creation of the nations, by returning to a single language for all thereby finally and fully abolishing all the nations of the current system of things:

9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. (Zephaniah 3 KJV)

My original rationale in writing this paper is covered by this succinct description of man’s life in the Kingdom:

4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death shall be no longer, nor mourning, nor outcry, nor will [there] be pain [any] more; for the first things passed away. (Revelation 21 GLT)

And just in case of any doubt:

24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein [shall be] forgiven [their] iniquity. (Isaiah 33 KJV)

We will be brought back to the state of Adam before he sinned. God’s wiping away of our tears will most likely be the tears brought about by our reflections on the life we had before in this current system of things. There will be no more death among us, so we will each have the perfect non-aging non-Adamic body that God gave Adam upon his original creation. It seems that there will be very little, if anything, that will cause us anguish in the Kingdom. And finally, ‘no pain’. Whilst I am sure that our nervous system will still be in place, to alert us as to any damage that is taking place to our new bodies, this would seem to support my proposition that there will be no more pain-causing illness. Clearly this should include all physical and mental disabilities, old-age frailty and, finally, death. I would also expect that the natural, nutritious and pesticide-free food, provided by our Lord, and growing in a replenished soil base will also help to maintain our good health in the Kingdom compared to the processed and nutrient-poor diet we eat today in the current system. Consequently I cannot see us having the need for any medicines, drugs or pharmaceuticals (or their manufacturers!) with all their side-effects, thank God.


I imagine that any accidental damage caused to our new bodies will be quickly and painlessly self-repaired. However, I think we may well require some form of paramedical professional to do minor procedures such as mend broken bones and repair tissue damage in cases of severe blood loss due to accidents. There may well be some cases of extremely serious accidents which may result in irreparable bodily damage; I can imagine that these cases would involve the temporary putting to sleep of the patient while a completely new non-Adamic body was built to the original specification. 

Even the Old Testament prophets indicated this restoration of man’s physical well-being in the Kingdom, free from disablement:

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame [man] leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35 KJV)

Also no predatory creatures will be in the Kingdom. I would expect this to include even the microscopically small predators such as viruses, harmful bacteria and damaging fungi, since these would not have been known of by men in biblical times. These would all have been created by Satan as indicated in my earlier
Science Proves The Existence of God paper. So, no vaccines required inn the Kingdom! Nothing in God's creation of nature in the Kingdom will cause harm to man or beast:

6 And the wolf shall live with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall feed, their young shall lie together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the infant shall play on the hole of the asp; yea, the weaned child shall put his hand on the viper's den.
9 They shall not do evil, nor destroy in all My holy mountain. For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11 GLT)

9 No lion shall be there, nor [any] ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk [there]: (Isaiah 35 KJV)

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith Jehovah. (Isaiah 65 ASV)

To wrap this section up, Hosea and Ezekiel pretty much prophesied all the benefits of living in the Kingdom as God’s people:

18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and [with] the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. (Hosea 2 KJV)

25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land; and they shall dwell securely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there shall be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field shall yield its fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land; and they shall know that I am Jehovah, when I have broken the bars of their yoke, and have delivered them out of the hand of those that made bondmen of them.
28 And they shall no more be a prey to the nations, neither shall the beasts of the earth devour them; but they shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid.
29 And I will raise up unto them a plantation for renown, and they shall be no more consumed with famine in the land, neither bear the shame of the nations any more. (Ezekiel 34 ASV)
 

The Final Word

By studying all the above scriptures, it is clear that Jesus Christ was always intended by Jehovah to be His Heavenly and Earthly King to rule over His Kingdom. This is succinctly summed up by the Apostle Luke in the Book of Acts:

20 and that he may send the Christ who hath been appointed for you, [even] Jesus:
21 whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old. (Acts 3 ASV)

And we will thankfully end up in the world we were always intended to inhabit:

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2 KJV)

Oh yes, and I do not think we will get sick from hereditary or acquired disease, disability, old age or ultimately, death in the Kingdom! In my view Christ healed the sick to demonstrate His healing power over the Kingdom, not as the demonstration of what His people could do in the Kingdom by honestly applying human medical knowledge. His healing power was to demonstrate that He can bring us back to the state of good health and indefinite lifespan enjoyed by Adam before the fall without any intervention by man. He was showing us the physical result of removing the Adamic curse:


17 but of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you may not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, dying you shall die. (Genesis 2 GLT)

As a final comment I should like to add this following line from the film 'The Mechanic'. It surprisingly mirrors my own mindset to that of the film’s contract killer: 'You're homesick for a place you've never been.'. Amen.
 

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