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25th May 2008, mgh

 

6) Jesus will Return to bring World Peace

The following are just a few examples of the extensive references to the future work of Israel's and the Gentiles' Messiah and future King.

Daniel was given extensive prophecies about the nations that would arise. However the kingdoms of men were to be finally replaced by a Kingdom that would not 'pass away'.

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:

his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44)

Before the Kingdom of God is established there will be 'a time of trouble such as never was'. Daniel speaks of the coming of a 'great prince' of the people of Israel, one called Michael which means in Hebrew 'One like God', followed by resurrection and a judgement. He writes just as the apostles wrote of resurrection in the New Testament.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of your people (the Israelis): and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people (the Israelis) shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:1-3)

Isaiah states that Israel's Redeemer, their Messiah, will come to Zion.

So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD (Isaiah 59:19-20)

The Psalmist depicts a new world environment where the Lord reigns in the earth.

O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the nations that the LORD reigns: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. (Psalm 96:9-13)

Zechariah prophesies of the great battle against the nations which invade Israel in a time called 'the last days'. Jesus will stand on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem and the description that follows is that of a very large earthquake. More details of this battle are found in Ezekiel 38, Joel 3 and Revelation 16.

Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall divide in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (Zechariah 14:3-4)

Finally under the rule of Jesus there will be peace, one law and one religion, as revealed by the prophet Micah.

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it .(Micah 4:1-4)

Jeremiah states that the promises to Israel will be fulfilled. A king, the seed of Abraham who is 'the rod out of the seed of Jesse' will sit on David's throne, executing righteous judgment.

Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. For thus said the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; (Jeremiah 33:14-17)

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