Glories of the Age to Come
The age to come describes the glorious reign of the Lord Jesus Christ over the whole earth. This pamphlet presents some of the glories of this wonderful time in store. If you are not already familiar with the Biblical proofs of this millennial reign, please request our 'Truth About' series Nos. 23 and 42.
ALL THE EARTH FILLED WITH GOD'S GLORY
God has promised in Numbers 14:21 that "as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD." At present this is not so, and never has been, for "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) During this reign of our Lord, "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14) This includes all people then living, and ultimately sin will be non-existent, and the earth at last restored to be paradise it lost in the beginning.
God says in Revelation 21:5 "Behold, I make all things new." Thus, the earth will be changed for the better. God will renew it, cleansing it from all its man-made pollution. We have destroyed its ecosystems and threatened even our own existence. But this will be permanently changed. The Lord Jesus will return from Heaven and the destroyers of the earth will themselves be destroyed. (Revelation 11:18) Following that, the earth enjoy a peaceful rest. Isaiah 11:10 "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."
A GLORIOUS KING WILL JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY
Jesse was the father of David, the greatest King of Israel. The root of Jesse is therefore Jesus, the Son or descendant of David. He is the branch that grew out of Jesse's roots as verse 1 of chapter 11 of Isaiah says. "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots." Then verses 2 to 4 describe how the spirit of the LORD would rest upon Jesus, and equip Him with the wisdom and quick understanding required to judge righteous judgment. Isaiah 11:2-4 And 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; 3 And shall make him (Jesus Christ) of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:3-4) Every situation will be justly met and dealt with.
HARMONY BETWEEN MANKIND AND THE ANIMALS
The effect of His reign also extends to the animal kingdom. A beautiful picture is painted by Isaiah of the peace and tranquility that will prevail. Isaiah 11:5-8 "And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den."
The beauty of this situation is that it will ultimately extend to all nations. Isaiah continues, Isaiah 11:9-10 "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. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."
DIVINE HEALING FOR THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE
Isaiah 35:1-2 "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God."
What is that glory? No - It is not only the renewed and refreshed landscape. People once disadvantaged will then rejoice in the glory of God. That is the blind, the deaf, the dumb and the lame - for he continues, Isaiah 35:5-6 "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert."
Yet the most important healing process has not yet been mentioned. Let the Prophet himself explain. Isaiah 35:8-10 "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs (of praise) and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
THE KING SPEAKS URGENTLY TO YOU
The Lord Jesus prayed to His Father for God's kingdom to come when His will shall be done upon earth even as it is in Heaven. How often do you recite the Lord's prayer? Millions do yet few really understand it. Jesus was praying for righteousness and holiness (rarely seen today), to one day fill the earth. Heavenly conditions will then be brought to the earth. But this will only be realised when Jesus returns to reign from Jerusalem, "the city of the Great King' (Matthew 5:35) In the age to come,"The meek," Jesus said "will inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5) ONLY THE MEEK will do so - no one else. There is need for your personal meekness towards God, if you are to inherit His Kingdom and share in these glorious conditions. Complete trust in His Word, and personal obedience to match` is the only way.
THE FUTURE TEMPLE FILLED WITH GOD'S GLORY
One of the greatest blessings in the age to come is to "see the king in his beauty (Isaiah 33:17) The appearance of the glory of the Lord when the angels appeared to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus will be repeated over and over again. Then at last there will be "glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." Luke 2:9 and 14. The glory of the Lord will enter the east gate of the new temple to be built in Jerusalem, fill it with a brilliance that will even dwarf its prior manifestation in Solomon's temple three thousand ago. A gigantic structure about a mile square will be built on the site old Jerusalem once occupied. It will shine as a beacon, illuminating the landscape and bringing peace to all lands. Ezekiel 43:4,5.
Isaiah 4:5 "And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. 6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain."
If you desire to witness these wonderful things God has in store, the only way is to do what the Scriptures require and "Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore." Psalm 37:27 That is, repent and be baptised calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:15-16)