by By Grant Phillips
There are almost 200 countries on planet earth. From the past to the present, no country has been administered by the ruling authority or authorities with anything but greed and corruption. The obvious reason is that man has always had a sinful heart, and when you have leaders who do not know God, the problem increases dramatically.
Satan is the god of this world, and has been since he duped Adam and Eve into giving it up to him.
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
He has done nothing but make a mess in every age and in every part of the world. Spiritually, he has left beer cans, destruction and vomit in his path. Everything he has touched has gone awry. It seems that has been his intention all along. I’m kidding. We know it has been his intention all along.
When the bride of Christ (the Church) is removed from this earth at the Rapture and the Holy Spirit raises His hand of protection, Satan is really going to throw a party. At least that’s what he thinks. In reality, God will give him just a little more rope, but it will be God bringing down judgment upon this world and drawing His beloved Israel back to His bosom through some very hard times.
When it’s over, the world will advance into one last era before eternity to fulfill all the promises made to His people Israel. This age in question is called the Millennial age. It will be 1,000 years (millennium) of Jesus Christ ruling the world. Several Scriptures reference this era, but if you would like, read Isaiah chapters 11, 60-65, Ezekiel 40-48 and Revelation 20.
The Millennium will be populated by followers of Christ (Tribulations saints) who are still alive after the Tribulation ends. These believers will be in their natural bodies and populate the earth during this time. In a very, very short while, millions upon millions will be born from these original believers, especially considering that:
“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.” (Isaiah 65:20, 22)
The curse will be lifted and the world will be restored to its Edenic innocence, beauty and purity.
“The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25)
There is much that can be said about the 1,000 year Millennium, but my one intent for this article is just to relate how I see Jesus ruling the world during this time, as opposed to our (this country) current methods.
During the Millennium God’s people will rule the nations, but Jesus Christ, lest we forget, is King of kings and Lord of lords and will be the Supreme commander. We will rule under Him.
The Lord says, “To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father.” (Revelation 2:26-27)
Please read all of Psalms two, but in the following verses we see Christ as the true Ruler of the world. “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalms 2:8-12)
This isn’t the picture most people today have of Jesus, especially those of the world. Most today see Jesus as some long-stringy-haired, effeminate male as portrayed on the Hollywood screen. The real picture of Jesus is found in Revelation 1:12-20.
Before going on, the question needs to be asked, “How could anyone rebel against God when everything in the Millennium is perfect bliss and Satan is bound?” The answer is in realizing that sin comes from us. Satan just pushes our buttons on occasion. Even though Satan is bound, every person is born with a sin nature.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Psalms 51:5)
As children are born from the original inhabitants of earth during that time (those alive after the Tribulation who belong to Christ), the sin nature is active. As each generation comes on the scene, resistance against Christ’s authority starts to show, but when the resistance pops up its ugly little head, it is quickly dealt with.
We in this country are overwhelmed with crime, and it is getting worse every day. Could one of the reasons be because criminals now seem to have more rights than victims in this country? It all started with little Johnny as a boy.
Little Johnny was never disciplined (including a good spanking) because it might warp the poor little fellow. However, little Johnny is now a grown man who is nothing more than a thug doing what he has always done, getting his own way with no regard to others. Now thug Johnny is pampered by the ‘justice’ system because ‘he wasn’t loved when he was a child.’
I’m pretty sure that little Johnny will get his fanny busted during the Millennium, and if he still can’t get it right as a man, he will receive immediate and strict justice from those who are in authority.
True justice will be administered swiftly and correctly during the Millennium. That’s a concept that many just can’t seem to understand. Lawlessness will be kept below the surface until the Lord releases Satan for one final show down. Jesus will allow the rebellion from Satan and all those who follow him, but it will be a short lived rebellion. Please read Revelation 20:7-15.
Those of this world who call themselves “Christian” need to wake up and realize that God is really serious about sin (rebellion against God). Any contrariness toward all He has said in His Word, the Bible, will be severely dealt with. There are those in the churches, not to mention those outside the Church, who are living like they are in charge, instead of God. They can make the rules, even when they override God’s commands.
The Church age is quickly drawing to a close. As to when it will end, I don’t know, but I do know this. There are so many signs coming to pass that pertain to the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture, one can almost smell the change in the air before the storm comes.
Jesus Christ is not a wimpy soft-spoken push over, and His rule during the Millennium will be one of “You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” I thank God that I and others will be on His side when the time comes. The good news is, you can be on His side too, but you need to decide now. Put your faith in Jesus Christ and you will reign with Him forever and ever.