The first time Jesus came the Jews expected Him to come as a lion to defeat the oppressive Roman Empire. He came as a lamb for the slaughter. The second time Jesus comes, today’s “Christianity” expects Him to come as a lamb. He will come as a lion and conquer this earth and expel all evil from humanity and usher in the wonderful Kingdom of God. What will God’s Kingdom be like? What will this world be like under the Kingship of Jesus Christ? Jesus will return to a time of great calamity and war that covers the entire earth (Matt. 24; Luke 21; Mark 13). At His return three things will begin to happen 1) Jesus will conquer the earth and subdue all rebellious kingdoms 2) He will establish His laws and way of life and 3) The world will be engulfed in the wonderful world government of God’s Kingdom with Jesus as the ruling King.
FIRST: Jesus will return at the last trump to a world at war and He will immediately begin to conquer this earth and to establish His world ruling kingdom over all governments of the world. He will bring with Him a conquering army of angels and His newly resurrected family of saints. He will win this war. His Kingdom will be everlasting (Dan. 7:13-14, 17-18, 27). The gospel of the Kingdom of God will be preached until His return (Matt. 24:14). At His return on the Day of the Lord His army will cause destruction (Joel 1:15; 2:11). He will rebuke strong nations (Micah 3:3). He will cause war and plague to destroy the sinful (Zech. 14:1-9, 12-15). Many will be slain at His coming (Isa. 66:15-16). Egypt will be conquered (Ezek. 30:3-8). There is an ongoing war at the return of Christ to this earth (Rev. 17:13-14). Christ specifically makes war against the ungodly after His return (Rev. 19:11-16).
SECOND: Jesus will usher in His kingdom and instruct people on how to live a godly way of life. “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isa. 30:21). All will go to the mountain of the Lord to learn His ways (Isa. 2:1-4). All will be instructed to keep His feast days and if they do not plagues and destruction will come upon them (Zech. 14:16-21). All will keep His law and family love will return (Mal. 4:4-6).
THIRD: The Kingdom of God will eventually (after the initial war at His return) bring a new age of peace, love and harmony for all mankind. Huge grain harvests, love, pure fresh water, peaceful animals and loving families will envelope the earth under the Kingship of Jesus Christ. Bountiful harvests (Amos 9:11-15). No more war and swords (weapons) will be made in to plowshares (Micah 4:1-5). Jesus will be King over the entire earth (Isa. 9:6-7). The animals of the world will be peaceful (Isa. 11:1-9). Israel, Egypt and Assyria will all be at peace (Isa. 20:23-25). There will be bountiful food, wine and no more war (Isa. 25:6-8). Isaiah Chapter 35 summarizes what the Kingdom of God will be like. We will have a world of beautiful homes, peace, no war and the wild animals will be peaceful (Isa. 65:21-25). All will eventually come to worship God on the Holy Sabbath day (Isa. 66:20-24). Mercy will finally be shown to all (Hosea 3:19-23). The living waters of God’s Holy Spirit will flow out to all the world (Zech. 14:4, 6-9, 11).
God’s kingdom will be what God intended for man from the beginning. A 1,000 year rule of love, justice, peace and plenty for all under the leadership of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
For more information see CSCOG7 – Kingdom of God and CSCOG7 – Gospel of the Kingdom of God.