“’The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.’” (Revelation 11:15b / ESV)
One day very soon, God will establish His righteous and eternal kingdom.
Can you picture the live feed from every news station? There will be no radical division of red states and blue states on the political demographics map. When God establishes His kingdom on earth, the result reflected on that map will be the unifying and gloriously pure white that signifies His righteous rule. To be sure, it won’t encompass just our country; it will include every nation, tribe, people, and language (Rev. 7:9). Can you imagine it?
While reading the book of Revelation, I was overwhelmed by a sense of awe and excitement as I considered the reality of God’s future kingdom. Yes, it will exceed even our wildest imaginations and expectations! (1 Cor. 2:9). However, the most thrilling thought is that the Creator of this massive universe is setting up His perfect Kingdom – and wants our participation! When we comprehend this, how can we not help but echo the praiseworthy anthem of reverence to our awesome God: “‘ . . . Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’” (Rev. 7:12b).
We might have to change our style of worship and get used to worshipping God on our hands and knees with our faces to the ground in utmost reverence. Several verses indicate this will be our response when in God’s presence. Just imagine hearing the millions of voices shout, “’We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. . . . The time has come for . . . rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name . . . .’” (Rev. 11:17-18 / NIV). What a reason for unbridled excitement and a nostalgic longing for “home!”
The verses in the lyrics of Jim Hill’s triumphant song titled “What a Day That Will Be” describe the glories of heaven, but the chorus should echo our hearts’ joyous cry of meeting Jesus face-to-face. “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see, and I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace; when He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land, what a day, glorious day that will be.”
I pray you are ready for that glorious day and are eagerly awaiting His Kingdom.
- What excites you the most about heaven and God’s future kingdom?
- If you are nervous about Christ’s return, what is the reason?
About the Author
I thoroughly enjoy reading and studying God’s Word – it is a welcome source of stability in today’s quickly shifting moral structure.