“The meek shall inherit the
earth; and shall delight
themselves in the
abundance of peace”
THROUGHOUT history, every form of government has
been tried, every conceivable ideology has been
implemented. But none of these examples of human
endeavour has provided lasting benefit for mankind. All have
failed! And brought their own measure of misery. Every system
of philosophy has been tested; every imaginable political
stratagem has been attempted. But to what end?
There is no doubt that throughout the ages there have been
many men of goodwill who have entered the arena of politics or
who have provided rulership either autocratic or democratic;
men who have had at heart the best interests of their people and
of humanity at large. But they have not achieved their intentions,
and they have been relatively few in number. If this were not so,
the world would be in a far better state than it is.
Eighteenth century British Statesman, Edmund Burke once
said: “The only thing needed for evil to triumph is that good
men do nothing.” This may be a noble statement, but it is
nullified by a major deficiency. The flaw rests in defining “a
good man.” Where is he to be found? Even Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, said: “Why callest thou me good? There is none good
but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17). Apart from Almighty
God, and His wisdom, mankind continues to flounder in a sea of
problems of their own making, and is unable to achieve the
happiness it so desperately needs.
Failure to Correctly and Wisely Govern
The history of humanity is a record of man’s inability to
govern himself and his fellow-man in a way that could lead to
lasting peace and wellbeing for the human race.
Man has failed to correctly and wisely govern; he has failed
to adequately provide for the needs of the destitute; he has failed
to relieve the distressed and the impoverished; he has failed to
feed the hungry, clothe the needy and house the homeless; he has
failed to bring peace to the nations, to establish justice and mercy
in the place of tyranny and ruthless temporal power.
In all areas of authority and dominion, on social, moral,
political and religious issues, the history of mankind is one of
Such ineffective leadership and lack of sound direction have
resulted from one simple cause: Mankind’s consistent rebellion
against the supremacy and sovereignty of the Supreme Being,
Almighty God, who created all things “for His glory” (Psalm 72:19).
The prophet Jeremiah declared: “O LORD, I know that the
way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to
direct his steps. O LORD, correct me…” (Jeremiah 10:23). These
are the words of a man dedicated to the service of his Creator. He
confesses his awareness of the weakness and limitations of
human nature. Men and women, he says, are not capable of
directing their lives or those of their fellows, in ways of wisdom
and prudence for the wellbeing of the race. With a similar
understanding the Psalmist wrote: “The entrance of Thy Word
giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple ... Order my
steps in Thy Word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over
me ... All Thy commandments are truth” (Psalm 119:130, 133, 151). True wisdom and proper direction in life can only come
from a reading and understanding of God’s inspired Word, the
Bible. It is only when the principles of the Scriptures are allowed
to direct the heart and mind, that men and women will find real
pleasure and satisfaction. But, unfortunately, very few are
prepared to follow this principle.
God has always understood mankind’s inability to rule
The tragedy of human history is that men have not
understood these things. The results have been predictable and
inevitable. Individuals, families, communities, nations, lurch
from one crisis to another. We live in a civilization plagued with
doubts, fears, heartache, violence and lack of wise direction.
World out of Control
World leaders are faced with an explosive and paradoxical
situation. Whilst in modern times there have been unparalleled
advances in science, medicine, technology and in other fields,
there have also been extraordinary increases in the many forms
of evil which are undermining and destroying society. What is
the answer? Is there an answer?
Our world is being swept towards a holocaust of unpreceden-ted
magnitude, with corruption and depravity adding their blight
to the scene. It is afflicted with so many destructive problems
that rulers and politicians do not know where to begin in trying
to solve the issues facing humanity.
Virtually every country is touched by an ever spreading
Forty thousand children die daily from preventable diseases.
Famine and drought destroy millions. Diseases, in many terminal
forms, are spreading among the nations. Poverty and degradation
are seen on every hand. Population is out of control. The
environment is continually destroyed as species after species are
And what of the moral pollution? In almost every city there
is a breakdown of law and order, with citizens fearing for their
wellbeing whilst vicious criminals receive greater consideration
than their victims. Young and old destroy themselves in
unprecedented numbers through drug and alcohol abuse. Every
form of vice flourishes and the HIV virus has made its deadly
presence felt. The grossest forms of immorality are openly
accepted, and even encouraged. The breakdown of family life is
escalating on a scale never before witnessed. Violence stalks the
streets like a hideous monster, everywhere spreading fear and
Is this the kind of world in which you wish to live? Is this the
sort of society you wish to see your children and grandchildren
Do not the facts show beyond doubt that mankind is in
desperate need of a New World Order? In recent times politicians
have spoken of such a concept, without the slightest evidence
that such a utopian state will be produced for the benefit of all
nations. World leaders are powerless to halt the decline of
civilization or to offer any real hope for the future.
They cannot stop the pollution that is affecting and
destroying many forms of life. Nor can they put into action a
plan that will save the environment from destruction.
Can world leaders prevent warfare and the ceaseless
bloodshedding that continues unabated? Or feed, house, and
clothe the poor and needy of the world?
Ordinary intelligent men and women know that world leaders
are powerless to stop the disintegration of society.
A New World Order is Needed
Is a New World Order an impossible dream?
The peoples of the world desperately need a Saviour, a
Deliverer; someone to appear on the world scene who has the
power, the dedication, the wisdom and the means, to right the
wrongs which are inexorably forcing the nations to the brink of
Is there a man, or group of men, anywhere on the face of the
earth with the necessary means of accomplishing all these
things? To ask is to answer. There is no one.
What, then, is the destiny of humanity — and, for that matter,
of all life upon earth? Are things to simply continue as at present,
until life becomes impossible and everything ends in a series of
The answer to these questions can only be found upon
acceptance of the fact that there is a God — a Supreme Being
who created all things in the beginning.
Belief in the reality of a Living God is not difficult to
concede, despite the views of the sceptics. After all, there is only
one alternative. If a Supreme Being did not create the earth and
all life upon it, everything we see upon the earth and in the seas
is the result of mere chance.
All the wonderful, beautiful and
intricate organisation of nature is held by evolutionists to have
come about without any reason and by mere caprice. And yet, no
evidence can be given to support any such theory. Instead there
is a harmonious balance and remarkable inter-dependence that
requires a Master-Mind, a Creator to form and control all we see
It is our conviction, after nearly half a century of studying the
subject, that the account of creation as detailed in the first two
chapters of Genesis, and fully endorsed by Jesus Christ and his
disciples, is not only true, but is also logical and provable. In this
regard, we recommend that readers the message of another free literature publication Creation or Chance, which can be viewed online. In this booklet
the subject of the existence of God is dealt with at some length,
setting forth evidence which we believe to be sound and
To discover the purpose of creation and mankind’s ultimate
destiny, it is necessary to understand that “without faith it is
impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him
must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who
earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6), NIV.
God’s Kingdom on Earth — In the Past
In the days of Moses (about 1600 B.C.) God revealed that He
would establish a political kingdom upon the earth. After the
Israelites had been brought out of Egypt and had come to Mount
Sinai in the wilderness of Arabia, God told them: “Now
therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for
all the earth is Mine: And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of
priests, and an holy nation” (Exodus 19:5-6). Hence, the nation
of Israel became known as “God’s chosen people”
However, they were called to be a “holy” (meaning, to
separate, be cleansed, be sanctified) people; that they were to
“obey” God’s voice, and to honour their covenant with Him.
These were the terms upon which they would continue to be His
After forty years’ wandering in the wilderness because of
disobedience, they were led into the Promised Land under the
leadership of Joshua (see God’s promise to Abraham in (Genesis 13:14-17; 15:18-20)).
Some 600 years after their entrance into the Land, a
shepherd-boy David became the second king over the nation.
Almost at the hour of his death, he spoke concerning his son,
Solomon, who was divinely ordained to replace him as king: “Of
all my sons, (for the LORD hath given me many sons), he hath
chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of
the LORD over Israel” — after which pronouncement the record
states: “Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king
instead of David” (I Chronicles 28:5; 29:23).
The kingdom of Israel was a theocratic kingdom; that is, a
kingdom over which it was God’s intention to preside as the true
king, but with a throne on which mortal men would reign upon
the earth in His name. This divine intention was doomed when
the people of Israel decided that they wanted all power and
authority vested in a mortal ruler whom they could see, thereby
rejecting God’s reign over them (I Samuel 8).
Thus the “kingdom of God” on earth failed, with disastrous
results. Certainly, God was not to blame. Although defined as
“the kingdom of the LORD,” it was administered by men who
possessed all the weaknesses and proneness to sin which are
inherent elements of human nature. This has been mankind’s
state since sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. As these
tendencies asserted themselves, so the influence of God and His
Word waned. The people had been given every opportunity to
please God and walk in His ways. Hence God spoke through the
prophet Jeremiah: “As the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man,
so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and
the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto
Me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a
glory: but they would not hear ... Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good
way, and walk therein and ye shall find rest for your souls. But
they said, we will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 13:11; 6:16).
The Kingdom Overturned
Eventually the longsuffering of God came to an end.
Understandably so. Generation after generation, Israel had
rebelled against His authority. Engrossed in self-indulgence and
self-gratification, they followed their own goals and ambitions,
refusing to remain submissive to the wise guidance of their God.
Under such circumstances, the ultimate consequences were
Having been warned consistently throughout their
generations by Moses and the prophets God had raised up for
that purpose, judgment eventually fell upon the kingdom of
Israel. In the days when the kingdom was crumbling into ruin,
the prophet Ezekiel conveyed God’s judgment to that generation:
“Ye have not walked in My statutes, neither executed My
judgments, but have done after the manner of the heathen that
are around you.” Therefore, at that time, the glory of the LORD
which had dwelt within the temple at Jerusalem “went up from
the midst of the city” and departed (Ezekiel 11:12, 23). The glory,
which was a sign of God’s presence (though not His person)
dwelling amongst His people, has not returned. And it will not
return until the second coming of the Messiah, who will restore
the divine glory to Jerusalem again (Ezekiel 43:1-2).
The break-away kingdom in the northern section of the
Promised Land comprising ten tribes was taken away captive by
the Assyrians, and their dominion destroyed (II Kings 17:5-23).
The remaining two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, continued in the
south for approximately another 134 years, with Jerusalem, the
“city of David,” as their capital. But as their wickedness was
little different from that of their brethren in the north, their
kingdom was ultimately overturned and destroyed by the
Babylonians (II Kings 25:1-11) - about 590 B.C.
At this significant point in history, a most illuminating and
critical key to Bible understanding was revealed.
Speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, God told Zedekiah,
the last king ever to sit upon the throne of David in Jerusalem:
“Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this [the kingdom]
shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that
is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it [the throne of
David]: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is;
and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:26-27).
Who is this “one” who was to “come,” and “whose right” it
would be to restore both the throne and the kingdom?
This is a question of critical importance. And the answer to
the question is vital to a correct understanding of Bible truth.
Promises to Eve, Abraham, and David
The beginning of the answer will be found in God’s words
spoken in the Garden of Eden as recorded in Genesis 3:15. He
promised that One would come who would be the “seed of the
woman” — that is, descended from Eve the first woman — who
would overcome the power of sin, thus making eternal
redemption possible for humankind.
The answer is further augmented in God’s promise to
Abraham that his “seed” — a singular descendant — would
reign supreme over all his enemies (Genesis 22:15-18; Galatians 3:16).
Further, God made a third promise, this time to David. He
promised David “a seed,” descended through the line of Eve and
Abraham, who would also be the Son of God. This descendant
would re-establish the “throne” and the “kingdom” of Israel
(II Samuel 7:12-14).
The identity of this One, whose coming with power and
authority has been promised by God, is obviously the key to
understanding God’s grand purpose.
Who is this personage who will provide redemption for
humanity, and restore the kingdom of God and the throne of
Israel? Who is this one who will bring blessings to “all families
of the earth” (Genesis 12:1-3)?
Upon examining the passages of biblical evidence which we
have set before the reader, there should be little difficulty in
recognising that the one who is to accomplish all this, and reign
as supreme monarch over all the world, is none other than the
Lord Jesus Christ.
An abundance of evidence supports this claim.
The opening words of the New Testament direct immediate
attention to this very question: “The book of the generation of
Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham”
When tracing the Lord’s birthline back to Adam and Eve
(Luke 3:23-38), the question may be asked: why, out of all the
Lord’s natural forebears, should the New Testament Bible begin
with direct references to David and Abraham? There can be only
one answer: because of the paramount significance of God’s
promises made to them, concerning the coming of the promised
Jesus Christ — Earth’s Coming King
True sons and daughters of God are described in the Bible as
the “children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:26). Why? Because they
believe the same promises as did Abraham, and manifest the
same faith (Galatians 3:6-7). Thus it is stated that, in these promises, God
“preached the gospel [the good news, the glad tidings of the
coming kingdom and the hope of salvation] to Abraham… So
then, they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham”
(Galatians 3:8-9). It is then explicitly stated that the “seed” through
whom all God’s promises would be fulfilled was a singular
personage, none other than the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16).
The apostle Paul refers directly to God’s promise to David
(II Samuel 7:10-16) in his letter to the Romans: “His [God’s] Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David
according to the flesh...” (Romans 1:3).
Peter leaves no room for doubt on this matter. On the Day of
Pentecost, after Christ’s resurrection from the grave and
ascension into heaven, thus fulfilling Psalm 110:1, Peter
preached the gospel to the Jews: “Men and brethren, let me
freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead
and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore
being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath
to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he
would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He, seeing this
before, spake of the resurrection of Christ ...” (Acts 2:29-31).
We have already referred to the prophecy of Ezekiel
concerning the “overturning” of the kingdom of Israel — also
termed “the kingdom of God” — in which it is foretold that it
would remain in a state of ruin, “until” the coming of the “one”
whose “right” it would be to re-establish the kingdom and to
reign over mankind (Ezekiel 21:25-27).
Restoration of the Throne and the Kingdom
The Gospel of Luke identifies this personage beyond doubt.
In announcing to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of
God, the angel said: “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour
with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and
bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be
great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord
God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he
shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever: and of his kingdom
there shall be no end” (Luke 1:30-33).
The apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ who had followed him
faithfully during the course of his ministry, understood that they
would be rewarded for their faithfulness. But in what way? Peter
was the one who put their question into words: “Behold, we have
forsaken all, and followed thee. What shall we have therefore?”
The Lord gave a clear and unequivocal answer: “Ye which have
followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit
in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:27-28).
The word rendered “regeneration” is most interesting. The
Greek, palingenesia, is derived from palin, meaning “again,”
and genesis, which means “birth” or “beginning.” The word
therefore speaks of the re-birth or reconstitution of the kingdom
of Israel, which is the kingdom of God, with Christ reigning
upon the throne of his father David (Luke 1:32-33).
A word with a similar meaning occurs in the book of Acts.
Peter speaks of “the times of refreshing” that “shall come from
the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ...
whom the heavens must receive (Psalm 110:1, Acts 2:32-33) until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath
spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets” (Acts 3:19-21).
The word “restitution” is from the Greek apokatastasis, derived
from apo, “back, again,” and kathistemi “to set in order;”
therefore, literally, “to set in order again,” and thus to
completely restore. Obviously, Peter was referring to “the
kingdom” which is to be re-established, with the throne in
“Jerusalem….. as in the days of old” (Malachi 3:4).
Christ is Coming Again
This concept of the restoration of the kingdom of Israel,
together with the re-establishment of David’s throne, was a vital
element of the gospel preached by Christ. The early verses of
Acts of the Apostles contain a brief account of the Lord’s
appearance among his disciples after his resurrection. He
“showed himself alive” as he walked in their midst for “forty
days” before his ascension to the right hand of his Father (Psalm 110:1). During this time, the Lord Jesus spoke to his disciples
regarding “things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
It may well be argued that if, after these discussions — to say
nothing of the three and one half years he had spent teaching
them before his crucifixion — they did not now fully understand
what the Lord meant by “the kingdom of God,” surely they never
would! Hence, in their final conversation, the question they
posed to him is very plain: “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore
again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6-7).
In replying, the Lord did not tell them they had failed to
understand his teaching on the subject of “the kingdom,” and that
“the kingdom of Israel” was long gone, never to be restored. On
the contrary, he said: “It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power” (Acts 1:6-7).
This is another way of saying: “You are not in error in speaking
of the restoration of the kingdom to Israel, but only God knows
when that time will come.”
On numerous occasions in the gospel narratives, Jesus spoke
of his return to earth and of his ascension to power. “They shall
see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power
and great glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he
sit upon the throne of his glory” (Matthew 24:30; 25:31). The
key words in such passages stand out clearly, their meaning
obvious: “See the Son of man coming… with power and great
glory ... he shall sit upon the throne of his glory.”
The Bible contains more than two hundred references to the
second coming of Christ. Most are plain, simple to understand
and certainly unambiguous: “This same Jesus, which is taken up
from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
Could anything be clearer?
The exposition presented thus far has shown that there is a
clear thread of uniformity and harmony in God’s purpose, as
revealed in the pages of His Word, the Bible. We have shown that
- Human government has failed because human nature is
weak and sin-prone.
- God has always known this; but mankind declines to seek
God’s way by confessing a need for divine guidance in all
- Mankind have tried to rule the world through human
philosophy, which will always corrupt God’s way.
- The world is now out of control, human rulers being
unable to either curb or solve the destructive issues of the
- There is an urgent need for a New World Order. Humanity
has neither the capacity nor the wisdom to provide such
- God established a kingdom upon the earth some 3,500
years ago, known as “the kingdom of the LORD” or “the
kingdom of Israel.”
- The kingdom was eventually overturned because the rulers
and people consistently failed to obey God.
- The kingdom was to remain in a state of disintegration
until one came who would have the right to re-establish
both the throne and the kingdom.
- God’s three great promises — to Eve, Abraham and David
— ensured divine intervention in human affairs. A
promised “Seed” would come who would be both Son of
man and Son of God. Through him, God would provide for
the needs of the human race — including individual eternal
salvation and a worldwide government. The first and
second advents of Christ would provide for these needs.
- The “seed” through whom these things would be achieved
can be clearly identified as the Lord Jesus Christ.
- He must return to the earth to re-establish the throne and
kingdom of David, which will constitute the kingdom of
God upon the earth.
Christ to Confront the Nations
When instructing his disciples in the principles of prayer, the
Lord Jesus taught them to pray to their heavenly Father: “Thy
kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”
(Matthew 6:10). The Lord Jesus did not believe that a kingdom
of God existed in his own times; he looked for a kingdom to
“come” at some time in the future.
Christ’s hope may be summarised in words God addressed to
Moses: “Truly, I live! All the earth shall be filled with the glory
of the LORD” (Numbers 14:21). It should be noted that, as with
the “Lord’s prayer,” the full emphasis of this declaration is that
God will be glorified in the earth, at a time in the future when His
Word will be respected and obeyed by mankind.
This is God’s purpose with the earth. He will surely bring it
to pass. Evil men, pursuing their own goals and ambitions,
driven by greed and a lust for power, will not be permitted to
frustrate God’s Great Master Plan for the earth.
Christ will confront the nations at his return. They will
acknowledge his presence, his power, and his authority.
At the same time he will “destroy them which destroy the
earth” (Revelation 11:18), thereby removing all human authority
and opposing power worldwide. The prophet Jeremiah foretold
this coming conflict. “The LORD shall roar from on high, and
utter His voice from His holy habitation... He shall give a shout
as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the
earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth, for the
LORD hath a controversy with the nations, He will plead with all
flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the
LORD...A great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of
the earth. And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one
end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth” (Jeremiah 25:30-33). This prophecy has never been fulfilled. Yet, prophetic
signs in the Word of God warn that the second coming of Christ
is near, and therefore the time for the fulfilment of these
prophecies is imminent.
Christ’s Coming Foretold in the Psalms
Psalm 2 eloquently describes the impending confrontation.
The nations will “rage” in their vain thoughts, when many
powers combine to attempt to withstand the authority of Christ
in that day (Psalm 2:1-2). They will reject divine supremacy, but God
will maintain His power and His sovereignty (Psalm 2:3-5). Despite
opposition from the nations, He will establish Christ as King
upon David’s throne in Jerusalem, giving him the “uttermost
parts of the earth” for his “possession” (Psalm 2:6-8). The power of
the nations will be “broken” (Psalm 2:9). The heads of governments
throughout the earth will be warned to submit to the righteous
reign of Christ, or “perish” (Psalm 2:10-12).
The message of this Psalm is not difficult to grasp so long as
it is understood that it has a clear application to the second
coming of Christ in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:26-27), where Psalm 2 is
referred to in relation to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ).
The prophet Isaiah uses terminology similar to that found in
Psalm 2. He says: “Woe to the multitude of many people, which
make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of
nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters ...
But God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall
be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like
a rolling thing before the whirlwind” (Isaiah 17:12-13).
The book of Psalms mentions these coming momentous
events many times, in language too clear to be misunderstood:
“Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all
nations... that men may know that Thou, whose name alone is the
LORD, art the Most High over all the earth” (Psalms 82:8; 83:18).
One of the most beautiful and dramatic accounts of Christ’s
future reign on earth is to be found in Psalm 72. Turn to this
Psalm and read it carefully. The Psalm may be divided into six
- Vv. 1-4 . . . .A Reign of Righteousness
- Vv. 5-7 . . . .A Reign of Respect
- Vv. 8-11 . . . . .A Reign of Renown
- Vv. 12-14 . . . .A Reign of Relief
- Vv. 15-16 . . . .A Reign of Result and Replenishment
- Vv. 17-20 . . . .A Reign of Response
Now, look more closely at the wonderful message of this
Psalm. Each verse reveals a marvellous aspect of Christ’s
coming reign on the earth. Notice the sequence of events:
- v. 1. God’s royal king to receive his throne.
- v. 2. The wise judgments of the king.
- v. 3. His just and righteous government.
- v. 4. His concern for the needy; the destruction of tyrants.
- v. 5. The king to be held in reverence by all.
- v. 6. His reign will bring refreshment, fertility and
- v. 7. Righteousness will
prevail, and lasting
- v. 8. He will have
- v. 9. His enemies will
repent and respond
- v. 10. Other rulers will bow
to his authority and
- v. 11. All rulers will resign
their offices in
favour of his government.
- v. 12. He will make provision for all the needy.
- v. 13. He will care for the underprivileged and dis-advantaged.
- v. 14. He will protect the weak.
- v. 15. He will be a King-priest and a Mediator.
- v. 16. The earth shall prosper; none will suffer hunger.
- v. 17. All nations will acknowledge him and praise him.
- v. 18. Praise will resound to God throughout the world.
- v. 19. God’s name and glory will be recognised and He will
This remarkable, prophetic Psalm demonstrates quite clearly
what is to occur at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A Great Reward For the Faithful
Although the Lord Jesus Christ will reign as Supreme
Monarch over all the earth, he will not reign alone. Matthew
19:28 records that the Lord promised his twelve apostles that
they would sit upon thrones, each of them ruling over one of the
reunited tribes of a restored and rejuvenated Israel. The prophet
Isaiah foretold: “A king shall reign in righteousness and princes
shall rule in judgment” (Isaiah 32:1). The Lord Jesus addressed
words of comfort and hope to all who would serve him “in spirit
and in truth”; for in quoting from Psalm 2 (referred to earlier), he
told his faithful servants: “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” (Revelation 2:26-27).
All who have learned the true message of God’s Word, and
who rejoice in the coming fulfilment of all He has promised,
understand that they have been offered positions of great honour
in the coming kingdom of God upon this earth, together with the
priceless gift of divine nature — the same deathless nature which
God possesses! At Christ’s return they will unite their voices in
praise and thanksgiving: “Thou hast made us unto our God
kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth!” (Revelation 5:10).
God constantly told the people of Israel what they should do
to receive His eternal blessing, a direction which they constantly
ignored: “This is the way, walk ye in it… Stand ye in the ways,
and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and
walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said,
We will not walk therein” (Isaiah 30:21; Jeremiah 6:16). The
human constitution is naturally rebellious towards the will of
God: “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).
Where is the logic in rejecting the Word of God? It has been
imparted for our wellbeing, as well as for His honour and glory.
To repudiate or exclude Him from our lives is to manifest a
disposition that will lead to eternal oblivion in the grave.
Is it not wiser to accept that true submission to God can lead
to receiving the gift of divine nature and a life that will never
end? We urge the reader to give these matters earnest
consideration. After all, it is a question of eternal life or eternal
death in the grave. If we are wise, it will not be too difficult to
make the right decision.