In a world of so much suffering, is there happiness ahead? Do you know why you were born? Does your life have any meaning? There is good news! Your Bible reveals an amazing eternity ahead for those who turn to God!
You do not have long to wait!
Most of you know that prophetic events are moving very swiftly these past few years. The Eternal God is certainly "breaking" the pride of American and British power as He prophesied so many years ago (Leviticus 26:19). Our finances, our way of life and our entire future are going to be dramatically changed within the next 10 to 15 years. The United States, many of its allies—especially the English-speaking peoples—and indeed much of the world will undergo revolutionary changes within this generation! A "New World" is coming soon!
Many assume that confusion and suffering will continue. Others who have no hope believe that our world will literally blow itself up—as even Jesus said could happen if God did not intervene (Matthew 24:22). However, Jesus directly foretold that a genuine world government will be set up at the end of this age, administering God's law under His benevolent rule.
Yet Satan has massively deceived the vast majority of this world—perhaps including many of you! I was deceived for the first 19 years of my life as I grew up in a "mainstream" Protestant church. I felt that God had no specific purpose for my life. I assumed that, if I was a "good boy" and did not do too many bad things, I would just "float off to heaven" when I died, and would have basically nothing to do. Most professing Christians have this kind of vague idea about their future, for a very real Satan the Devil has deceived them! Notice how Scripture describes Satan: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9). The Apostle Paul was inspired to describe Satan as "the god of this age," who has blinded those who do not believe, "lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Satan has put forth a false "paradigm" of the entire plan and purpose of God! A "paradigm" is a model or outline of an idea or theory. The "mainstream" paradigm of Christianity is that you "just believe" on Christ, go through certain church rituals, and then you will "float off to heaven" with virtually nothing to do.
But that is not what God clearly says in the Bible! You need to know the Truth. Jesus said, "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth" (John 17:17). For your Bible very clearly explains the truth of the very definite future. It is real. As you watch the swift-moving prophetic events—events we in this Work have told you about for decades—you will know that this very future is drawing near!
So, what is that magnificent future?
God's word clearly states that those who serve Him in this age will become kings and priests in a future world government, teaching people God's entire way of life. This coming government will be set up—within the lifetimes of most of you reading this—when Jesus Christ returns to this earth as King of kings: "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever'" (Revelation 11:15). Since Christ returns as King "of" kings, who will be the other kings? The answer is clearly stated in the inspired "Song of the Saints," which praises Christ and states, "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:9–10). Notice! The eternal reward for faithful Christians is not floating off to heaven. Rather, it is the awesome opportunity to serve under Christ the King, to bring peace and joy to the people right here on this earth!
This is exactly what God inspired the prophet Daniel to write, hundreds of years before the Apostle John: "Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him" (Daniel 7:27).
For true Christians, those who are willing to understand and to obey the instructions of God and the Bible—they are instructed to look forward to ruling over cities on this earth. In rewarding His "faithful" servants in the famous "Parable of the Nobleman," the returning Jesus Christ is pictured as stating, "Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities" (Luke 19:17).
The Apostle Paul was inspired to instruct the Corinthian Christians, "Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?" (1 Corinthians 6:2–3).
This entire passage reveals that the "saints will judge the world." God is talking about the true saints of God who are learning and practicing right government (vv. 1–2). Paul was also inspired to write, "If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?" (1 Corinthians 6:4–5). God inspired the Apostle Paul to teach His people that they must learn to practice right government. They must learn to exercise proper wisdom in order to "judge" the world in Christ's coming government. They must develop such wisdom so that they could even be used to "judge angels" in Tomorrow's World as Spirit-beings in God's very Family—as the angels are to be our servants, even more directly than now! This matter of right government is absolutely basic in understanding God's Plan and His purpose in working with His people today!
Scripture sets forth a governmental structure in the Kingdom of God. Christ will be "King of kings" (Revelation 19:16). King David of Israel will be king over all twelve nations of Israel, resurrected and placed right back in his old job. Describing the "latter days," the prophet Hosea wrote, "Afterward the children of Israel shall return, and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days" (Hosea 3:5). And Jesus told the apostles, "And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Luke 22:29–30). Then, as we just read in the Parable of the Nobleman, individual Christians will be placed in charge of local governments all over the earth. So the organizational structure over Israel in Christ's coming government is as follows: first, Jesus Christ as King of kings; then, King David over all twelve "tribes" or nations of Israel; then, each of the twelve apostles being given authority over one of the nations of Israel.
No doubt other key positions will be occupied by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Elisha and other great men and women of God. It should be obvious—based upon God's revelation, which is the "mind of God"—that Abraham, the "father of the faithful" (Romans 4:11) will have a very high position as a key advisor to God over all the earth, helped by Isaac, Jacob and others.
As David anciently was placed over all the House of Israel—which has now become the mighty nations of America and the British-descended nations and the peaceful, democratic nations of northwestern Europe—perhaps Daniel may be given the opportunity to rule, under Christ, over the activities of the Gentile nations. For he was used by God to interact with them in a very powerful way under the greatest Gentile empire of all, ancient Babylon (Daniel 2:37–49). And Moses—who was used by God to actually institute His form of hierarchical government—will perhaps be used by God in a key position to coordinate the activities of all the earth and the various governing bodies established under Christ.
Additionally, many individual saints—today's true Christians who are the "overcomers" (Revelation 2:26–27)—will be given direct authority to govern individual cities (Luke 19:17). Notice that the highest accord given by God to any of the "seven churches of Revelation" (Revelation 2–3) is accorded to the Philadelphia church, which was faithful to God, and to the "key of David"—which has everything to do with right government. And what is the reward of the Philadelphians? God tells them, "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name" (Revelation 3:12).
Think about it! If we truly go "all out" to give our lives to our Creator, our wonderful opportunity to assist Christ in straightening out this world is specifically explained in the Bible! Why has "mainstream" Christianity never taught you this magnificent Truth?
My friends, is all this information about the awesome opportunity for true Christians ruling the world under Jesus Christ just a newly invented idea of some small group? No way!
For many, many respected historians specifically record the fact that the early Christians were taught this very Truth! Edward Gibbon, the famous historian who wrote the monumental and highly respected work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, wrote about the practices and beliefs of the early Christians. He wrote not as a theologian, but as a secular historian who tried to get his facts straight! Here is what Gibbon wrote about the early Christians:
"The ancient and popular doctrine of the Millennium was intimately connected with the second coming of Christ. As the works of the creation had been finished in six days, their duration in their present state, according to a tradition which was attributed to the prophet Elijah, was fixed to six thousand years. By the same analogy it was inferred that this long period of labour and contention, which was now almost elapsed, would be succeeded by a joyful Sabbath of a thousand years; and that Christ, with the triumphant band of the saints and the elect who had escaped death, or who had been miraculously revived, would reign upon earth till the time appointed for the last and general resurrection" (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, p. 403).
Why did the developing Roman church not continue this teaching? Why was this not taught through the Dark Ages, and then by the Protestant churches? Why? Gibbon continues, "But when the edifice of the church was almost completed, the temporary support was laid aside. The doctrine of Christ's reign upon earth was at first treated as a profound allegory, was considered by degrees as a doubtful and useless opinion, and was at length rejected as the absurd invention of heresy and fanaticism" (ibid., p. 404).
That, my friends, is why many of your Protestant and Catholic friends think that you are "fanatic" if you come to finally believe what the Bible actually says about heaven, hell, the very purpose of human life, and the opportunity you and I will have in Christ's soon-coming Kingdom. That is one reason why we are commanded by God to "come out" of the modern religio-political system that God labels "Babylon" (Revelation 18:4)!
We who truly believe God's inspired word must look forward to and actually prepare ourselves to fully learn and practice God's government today. Then, we will be very familiar with the basic principles of how it ought to work and thus far more prepared to take our positions as kings and priests in Christ's soon-coming government! Why have you never been taught these basic truths before?
Describing Christ's coming government, we are told repeatedly that the entire world will be learning to "keep the commandments," as Jesus instructed the young man who asked the way to eternal life (Matthew 19:17). Regarding the "latter days," notice what God inspired Isaiah to write about them. "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore" (Isaiah 2:2–4). Notice that "out of Zion shall go forth the law." Do you for one minute think God is talking about "traffic laws"?
From one end of the Bible to the other, God makes it plain that His basic spiritual laws are set forth in the Ten Commandments! These fundamental principles tell us how to love God and how to love our neighbors. These laws, along with God's statutes in the Old Testament—as magnified by Christ and the apostles—will be the firm basis of Christ's pattern of government in Tomorrow's World.
The prophet Micah was inspired to tell us essentially the same thing regarding the pattern of God's government in Tomorrow's World: "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken" (Micah 4:1–4).
Notice that each one will sit under his own vine and fig tree. There will be property ownership and a correct form of capitalism. It will not be a form of communism or collectivism wherein the government usurps the authority over private property the way today's governments often do. A man will be able to reap the fruit of his own labor! For even the Sabbath commandment includes this statement, "Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God" (Exodus 20:9–10).
In his early years, ancient King Solomon and all twelve nations of Israel were given awesome blessings for obeying God's commands. "So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days" (1 Kings 3:14). As Solomon—on the whole—obeyed these basic commandments to live by God's laws and have them properly administered, God tells us, "So Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life…. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon" (1 Kings 4:21, 25). In Tomorrow's World, therefore, there will be a degree of peace and joy never before experienced on a worldwide basis in all human experience!
Describing the peoples of modern Britain, America and northwestern Europe returning from their captivity after the prophesied Great Tribulation, God's word describes the peace and the blessings they will then experience after this time of sorrow: "Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver, instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteousness. Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise…. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified" (Isaiah 60:17–18, 20–21).
The Eternal God proclaims to our peoples regarding that coming time of restoration, "Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast. Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs" (Isaiah 61:5–7).
Throughout the Bible, Israel is used as a type of all nations. Even as the Gentile nations will be "grafted into" spiritual Israel in Tomorrow's World (Romans 11), so will the entire world experience such blessings as all people learn to "seek" the true God of Israel—and to obey His law and His wonderful way of life, which brings peace.
Describing events in the "latter days" just ahead of us, the Eternal God tells what is going to happen to "all" the families of Israel as they return from the Great Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:24; 31–32). Then God continues, "Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labors with child, together; a great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn" (Jeremiah 31:8–9).
As God brings back literally tens of millions of captives from the Great Tribulation that will come upon the American and British-descended peoples, many of our friends and relatives themselves may come back "with weeping and with supplications" (v. 9). People will finally be ready to listen to the Eternal God and what He clearly states in His inspired word! Then, as God says, "Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the Lord—for wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all" (v. 12).
So, Almighty God will wonderfully bless the modern descendants of Israel and Judah if they finally come to genuine repentance and begin to obey His commandments and live His ways. For God will make a "New Covenant" with them at that time, "'Behold, the days are coming', says the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them', says the Lord. 'But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people'" (Jeremiah 31:31–33).
Yes, God will then put His law in their minds and in their hearts. People will learn to have a living faith and truly surrender to let Jesus Christ live within them. A "key" explanation of such faith is found in Paul's epistle to the Galatians: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
In Tomorrow's World, under Christ's direct instruction, people will begin to actually do this rather than just talk about how they "love the Lord"—while constantly disobeying nearly everything the Lord specifically taught!
God states, "And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it" (Jeremiah 33:7–9).
Describing this wonderful time of Christ's soon-coming rule over this earth, God's word tells us, "Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king's Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor" (Psalm 72:1–4).
Continuing, God states: "Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him. For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight" (vv. 11–14). Yes, the needy will be delivered, the poor will be helped and God will redeem the lives of all who are oppressed. The life of every human being of whatever sex, race or color will be "precious" in the sight of God and of His Spirit-born sons—which should include all of us—in the magnificent future promised for each of us, if we come to believe the word of God and obey what our Creator instructs us.
Truly, our prophesied future is awesome!