Coming soon—the spectacular and glorious return of our Savior returning as King of Kings to establish the Kingdom of God throughout the earth! Here are just five of the changes His rule will bring.
During the 1,000 years following Christ’s return to reign, known as the Millennium, the world will experience an amazing metamorphosis to an idyllic state! Some changes will take considerable time, but eventually worldwide conditions will be sublime, creating a paradise on earth.
While there will initially be a need to deal with wide-scale resistance due to people having been misled by the devil, Jesus will succeed in carrying out the will of His Father in leading all nations to follow God.
God desires to save people and shower great blessings on them. And so He will. After Jesus’ arrival, He will change things for the better in countless ways! Following are just five specific ways He will fundamentally transform the world.
1. Earth’s revolutionary regime change!
At Christ’s second coming, by far the most important event will be the resurrection to eternal life of all the saints, His true followers of this age, who have been faithful to God to the end of their lives (Mark 13:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Another revolutionary event that will transform the world will be that “the ruler of this world”—Satan the devil—“will be cast out” (John 12:31). The devil and all the demons will be bound, or imprisoned, so they will no longer be an evil influence on the world (Revelation 20:1-2).
Jesus will be “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16). He will institute a new type of leadership—a leadership based on serving others. His rulership will be based in justice, love and service. The resurrected saints will assist Jesus in ruling and teaching the human beings living during the Millennium (Revelation 1:5-6). Jesus will be the High Priest (Hebrews 8:1).
The specific ruling positions of a few resurrected saints are already spelled out in Scripture. Under Christ, King David will be king over all the Israelites (Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 37:21-25). And Jesus promised that His 12 apostles will rule on “thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28). From here and elsewhere in the Bible, it’s implied that great people of God such as Abraham, Moses, Elijah and Paul will also have high positions in the government of God’s Kingdom.
Indeed, the government of the world of that time will be wonderful, virtually the opposite of what it has been in this evil age!
2. The healing of people and the planet.
Right after Christ returns, vast numbers of people will still be suffering many traumatic effects of terrible end-time violence, diseases and other disasters. People will immediately need food, clothing, shelter and the opportunity to be reunited with loved ones. Many will have serious physical injuries and health problems plus mental and emotional scars. People’s bodies, minds and hearts will need healing!
During His earthly ministry, Jesus regularly demonstrated His great love and compassion for everyone. Bible prophecies tell us of the miraculous healings that our Savior will offer when He returns. Read Isaiah 35!
This chapter also speaks of future physical improvements to the earth, including its soil, water, climates and vegetation. Much of earth’s land has been unfit for farming and even for a healthy habitat. That will dramatically change. Much more of the earth will have fertile soil, appropriate amounts of water, a temperate climate without destructive extremes of weather, and beautiful scenery!
Ezekiel 36:33-38 says that the world will become like the Garden of Eden, cities will be rebuilt, and there will be a population explosion: “I will increase their men as a flock” (verse 37).
3. People will love and live by the Bible and God’s laws.
Hosea 4:6 says: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge . . . You have forgotten the law of your God.” But after Jesus’ return, people will be taught to study and love God’s Word and to “live . . . by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). God’s Word is the starting point and foundation of all knowledge, so humanity will have the greatest burst of enlightenment ever! Light will replace darkness! Isaiah 11:9 tells us, “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain [God’s global dominion], for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
Everyone will be taught to live by God’s Ten Commandments and enjoy the countless benefits! Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, and every one of its 176 verses is devoted to praising God’s laws. Just think, obedience to each one of the Ten Commandments will bring about major, far-reaching benefits for humanity! And then think of what a different world it will be when people are living by all ten of these broad commandments in their full, intended meaning. Society will be so much more moral, enlightened and civilized than ever before!
There will be one worldwide religion—true biblical Christianity! Just think of the spiritual like-mindedness of a world in which everyone will live by the Bible’s instruction. Just think of how different such a world will be!
4. Worldwide peace will soon prevail.
At last, true peace, unity and harmonious relationships will soon prevail throughout the world. People will become guided by the Golden Rule and the two great commandments—to love God and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Troublemakers will be replaced by peacemakers!
Just as Jesus exemplified during His earthly ministry, everyone will be treated with respect without favoritism, regardless of gender, race or any other natural differences.
Wars will cease. Military hardware will be “beaten” into farm implements. “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:2-4).
Amazingly, even the creatures we today call “wildlife” and consider dangerous will be gentle and harmless! (See Isaiah 1:6-9.)
Worldwide peace won’t be achieved all at once. It will take time for the resurrected saints and other godly leaders to teach and enforce the “way of peace” to the far reaches of the earth. But worldwide peace will soon prevail!
5. Personal freedom will bring happiness and prosperity.
One of the Bible’s many themes is freedom and liberty. The most dramatic demonstration of that is the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. And a greater one will accompany Jesus’ return (Isaiah 11:11; Jeremiah 16:14-15). Moreover, Jesus is coming as the Savior for the whole world! First of all, consider the spiritual freedom. Forgiveness of sins is liberation from guilt and condemnation. Resurrection to immortality is liberation from the limitations of our physical human bodies and the downward pulls of human nature.
In addition, Jesus will bring about the greatest worldwide personal freedom since Adam and Eve sinned. Freedom will be provided and protected for every human being in the world as long as he is striving to live according to God’s commandments through Christ.
God obviously loves variety! He created human beings with many different talents and interests. So, during the Millennium, everyone will happily be free to pursue whatever ethical occupation one wishes to. There will be many entrepreneurs! There will be great prosperity and progress because of the free enterprise economy.
A fundamental aspect of human freedom is the ownership of private property. A prophecy in Micah 4:4 tells us that “everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree”—that is, the person’s own vine and tree. And it must be this person’s land as well!
Some people wrongly think of God and Jesus as selfishly dictatorial. Actually, Jesus taught the opposite. He taught that He is committed to being a servant to all people (see Luke 22:24-27).
May God’s Kingdom come soon!
We have no way of knowing just how soon Jesus will return, but the awful end-time events prophesied in the Bible are accelerating. It is critically prudent that we become and remain spiritually prepared!
This is just a brief summary of five major ways Jesus will change the world. And there will be many more ways. These are wonderfully exciting to anticipate!
Please remain faithful to God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, for then you will have a glorious life with Them and all God’s people that will last forever and ever!