Good Government and a Perfect World

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Good Government and a Perfect World

Good Government and a Perfect World

What makes a Good Government that leads to a Perfect World?TRUE GOVERNMENT

When Jesus returns to the earth, he will set up a new world order. Not the despotic regime of a cruel tyrant nor the vacillating weakness caused by constant political pandering. Jesus will be the good, caring king over a united earth, ruling by the principles of God.

Perfect government will create a world of wonderful conditions for those privileged to live in it, wherever they are.

Let’s consider this coming world order in a little more detail.

Good Government

A common theme in political election campaigns is ‘good government’, or the ability of rulers to apply sound principles across their remit, for the good of all. It seems that many people have lost faith in human governments to achieve this. Turnouts in elections are often very low: 66% in the recent UK General Election was viewed as a ‘bumper year’.

In popular surveys, politicians seem to be less recognised and less trusted than celebrities! Many families and individuals throughout the world are struggling with life and want support from their government in the basics:

paying the bills, educating their children, being looked after if they are ill. If that support seems absent, they will inevitably become cynical. The great news is that good government is at the core of the kingdom which is coming.

And not just ‘good’: the rulership will be God-given and follow His principles.

When Jesus returns, he will set up the worldwide government of the Kingdom of God:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him…” (Matthew 25:31–32).

We are given a picture of the quality of the government in Isaiah 11:1-2:

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord" (Isaiah 11:1–2).

This form of rulership is not like today’s leaders, however well-intentioned they may be.

Justice

If we continue to read Isaiah chapter 11 (vs. 3–4), we shall see that this results in justice for everyone. Jesus will not be fooled by clever lawyers or influenced by the wealthy and powerful, but will judge with true  fairness, providing support for all who need it.

He will not be weak though, and he will not tolerate wickedness or opposition to his benign rule. The impact of this is amazing:

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9).

Now that really is a world to live in!

Education

educationEducation is really important. Having education provided is a great benefit,  and the quality and content of that provision is a big talking point for those who have children or are just interested in the development of young people. So in the coming Kingdom, what will people be learning about?

One place we can look for the answer is Isaiah 2:1–3. Here we are presented with a picture of the peoples of the world coming to Jerusalem, to learn from God’s appointed king. The ‘syllabus’ is described as follows:

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" (Isaiah 2:3).

The people of the world – young and old – will be learning about God, His laws and His purpose. Putting these into practice will contribute to the perfect world in which they will live.

Defence

Defence tends to be a huge preoccupation for most governments.

Foreign policy is fundamental to their rulership, and the ability to fight and make war is a major spending area (the UK is forecast to spend £45 billion on defence in the current financial financial year). This clearly will be different in the Kingdom of God. With no competing rulers or countries, the need for foreign policy and weaponry will be eliminated. As Isaiah foretold:

"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 2:4).

With Jesus in charge, the weapons of the world can be put beyond use or be turned into agricultural tools. In fact, the people of the world will no longer learn the so-called ‘art’ of warfare. This will be a world at real peace.

Environment

We are right to worry about the environment, whether it is changing weather patterns, global warming or the pollution of our air, rivers and seas.

There are various views on the causes, but all agree that our environment is less clean, less safe and less stable than it used to be. Reading Isaiah 35:1–2 gives us insight into what the earth will be like in the Kingdom of God:

"The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing... They shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of our God" (Isaiah 35:1–2).

All of this will happen because the glory of God is present. The world will be blossoming, clean, healthy and productive, as we see throughout this chapter. Verses 6–7 contain a graphic picture of springs in the desert and pools of water in the driest of places.

Health

With the power of God in play, we also see in Isaiah 35 (especially verses 3–6) that illnesses and disabilities of all sorts will be healed. There will be no need for a health service or for medical insurance; doctors and nurses will not be needed to care for the sick; “and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (v10). This will be accompanied by a great long life (Isaiah 65:20) where someone dying at 100 years old would be considered ‘a child’. Ultimately, death will be removed altogether, as we shall see later.

Security

An important part of any government or social order is people’s need to feel safe. This could apply to going out at night, to the threat of crime or oppression of some other sort. Without this type of security, it would be hard to enjoy the benefits of the coming age.

Please read Isaiah 65:17–25, which includes the verse mentioned above.

The existence described here is very different from today. The mood is one of rejoicing and peace. The inhabitants of the Kingdom will be able to live in complete security, occupying their houses and enjoying the fruits of their labours. They will live with a special relationship to their God, where peace reigns throughout the animal and human kingdom, a truly blessed existence, as Isaiah describes it.

A World at Peace

The descriptions we have looked at show the effects of the good government of Jesus: a world at peace, with plenty for all, and the citizens enjoying a special relationship with the God who created everything.

Most of the Bible verses we have used here come from the book of Isaiah. This is unsurprising as the prophet spends large parts of his prophecy describing the kingdom of God in remarkable detail. However, the same picture emerges from across the Bible, in both Old and New Testaments.

Take, for example, the Psalms.

Many Psalms deal with the kingdom of God in subtly different ways, but they are consistent in describing the characteristics of Jesus’ government, the conditions in which his subjects will live and the certainty that it will

happen.

Psalm Description

v1, 19 The Kingdom is God's and fulfils promises God made to David

v2 The King will show true justice and not be biased or discriminate against the weak

v3–4 Conditions of social justice and equality

v7 Liberty and the right to live good lives

v9 Opponents given the opportunity to submit, but not allowed to oppose the King

v10–11 The rulers of the world honour King Jesus and worship God

v12–14 The rule of law and protection of the innocent from oppression and violence

v15, 17 The majesty of the King witnessed by all nations

v16 Plenty for all and a fair distribution of wealth

Revelation 21 Description

v1–2

A poetic description of a new world order being established, the picture follows patterns set down elsewhere in Revelation

v3, 7

The end state of that special relationship between God and His people: He will actually be able to live amongst them on the earth (as sin will have been eradicated)

v4

With all pain and death removed, and no more sorrow or crying, we have a lovely picture of God wiping away tears

v5 This is a new start for all creation

It is worth spending time reading Psalms 2, 22, 45, 89, 110 and 145, to catch glimpses and see more detailed pictures. However, in Psalm 72 we have perhaps the fullest portrayal of the kingdom, as we see summarised on the previous page.

King David wrote the Psalm, initially about his own son Solomon who succeeded him, but ultimately about Jesus his descendant, and the complete fulfilment of the prophecy in God’s Kingdom.

There is More!

The New Testament also tells us about the return of Jesus and the establishment of his kingdom with the authority of God. For example, in Luke 21 we are told that just when the state of the world is at its worst and mankind fears for its survival, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27).

Then Jesus added this pointer:

“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31).

Yet as we read, we find that the wonderful conditions we have considered are actually part of a process; a process of changing the world into something even more marvellous.

Reading Revelation chapter 21, we are given an insight into the final state of the world and its inhabitants.

Coming Soon!

So, the Kingdom of God is a wonderful new world order, where men, women and children can live in peace and safety, culminating in an even more awe-inspiring situation, where God lives with His people who never suffer and never die. And the Kingdom is going to be established on earth, as we read in Revelation:

“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).

We have the opportunity to be in that Kingdom, to enjoy its conditions and look forward to the splendour of its final state. To be a part of it, God asks that we believe Him, are baptised to show that we do, and then live Godcentred lives of purpose, preparing for it.

That’s not much to ask is it?

By Andrew Hale

Glad Tidings Magazine of the Kingdom of God on Earth