After Jesus returns to earth with His church and touches down at the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem, He will make the journey north to meet the armies of the antichrist, at the Battle of Armageddon. Returning victorious to Jerusalem, Jesus will establish His kingdom on the earth. Isaiah describes the time when Jesus will appoint all those who have received and served Him during their earthly lives, to rule with Him; over a kingdom that will never end.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 9:7a Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 1:30-33 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
When the angel told Mary that she would give birth, he said that He would be the Son of the Highest, and His kingdom would never end. It is certain that these words spoken by the angel were intended as a fulfillment of this prophecy of Isaiah, of the coming Messiah.
When Will the Kingdom of the Messiah Begin?
The Book of Revelation Chapter 11, describes the seventh trumpet as it is sounded near the end of the seven-year Tribulation. This causes the Kingdom of the Messiah to begin with a shout of affirmation by the redeemed church that is already in heaven:
Revelation 11:15-17 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!” 6 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.”
The timeline for these events:
1. During the present time: We wait for the arrival of Jesus to remove His church from the earth at the Rapture.
2. The antichrist will make his entrance into the world.
3. The Tribulation will begin by a seven-year peace plan. In heaven, the first of the seven seals is opened (Revelation 6:1-2).
4. After three and one half years, the peace ends by the Abomination of Desolation (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 25:15), as the antichrist commands the world to worship him as God. The second through seventh seals are opened, the six Trumpets are blown (Revelation 6:3- 19).
5. The seventh Trumpet is blown, the kingdoms of this world (earth) become the kingdoms of the Messiah, Jesus Christ (Revelation 11:15-17).
6. Revelation Chapter 19: Jesus descends out of heaven with His church; returning to earth—at the Mount of Olives.
7. The Battle of Armageddon begin with Jesus destroying the armies of the antichrist; satan is chained in the bottomless pit, in Greek: The Abussos (Revelation 16 and 20).
8. The one thousand-year reign of the Messiah begins on earth with the members of His church established to reign with Jesus over the whole earth (Revelation 20).
Although Jesus arrived on the earth, the first time, as a humble servant who laid down His life for all mankind, at his return to earth; He will come with great power and authority as the King of all kings and Lord over all lords.
During His first arrival, Jesus came in fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies which describe the Messiah offering His life for the sins of all people. At His second appearance on earth, Jesus will fulfill the Old Testament prophecies that describe the Messiah as He conquers and overthrows all governments of men and replace them with His own righteous government.
This is a subject that is well defined in this book, finding many prophecies confirming the Messiah ruling over a kingdom that will never end.
To Rule Over a Kingdom
The second part of Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah’s return, defines what He will do after He conquers the kingdom of the antichrist and establishes His kingdom on earth; He will rule over the kingdom promised to David.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 9:7b Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 1:33 “And He (Jesus) will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
A Kingdom That Will Never End
The Old Testament predicts that David’s house, kingdom, and throne will be established forever.
By the term house, this prophecy is referring to the household or family of David that will produce a line of descendants leading to the throne of the Messiah. David was promised a house, a continual generation which would rule forever. This promise made to David, describes the coming Messiah as a descendant from his line who will rule His kingdom forever.
2 Samuel Chapter 7 begins with David at rest in his own house. He realizes that he lives in a beautiful home while the Lord dwells in a tent (the Tabernacle). David determines that he will build God a house; instead the Lord tells David, I will build you a house.
2 Samuel 7:1-13 Now it came to pass when David was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” 3 Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” 4 But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: … 12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” ’ ”
This chapter from 2 Samuel is widely accepted by many scholars, the Midrash and the Qumran, as Messianic. With this in mind, it is certain that the house which God is going to build for David is a line of descendants that will result in the coming of the Messiah. We see an indication of this from the New Testament Gospel of Luke:
Luke 2:4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David…
There are 16 Old Testament prophecies which describe the Messiah as coming from one of David’s descendants. The primary source for this promise comes from the Book of 2 Samuel Chapter 7 (above).
The Lord is pleased by the desire of David’s heart to build a beautiful dwelling for God on earth. However, David will not be permitted to build the Lord a house because he has been a man of great bloodshed. The Old Testament records 17 battles that David fought during the 40 years of his reign as king. There are another 10 confrontations not listed here, that David had with Saul and his men, in which many men died.
1. David vs. Goliath, Philistines (Part 1) – 1 Samuel 17.
2. David vs. Saul – 1 Samuel 18-20.
3. David vs. Philistines (Part 2) – 1 Samuel 23:1-5.
4. David vs. Geshurites, Girzites, Amalekites (Part 1) – 1 Samuel 27.
5. David vs. Amalekites (Part 2) – 1 Samuel 30.
6. David vs. Benjaminites (Part 1), Civil War – 2 Samuel 2-4.
7. David vs. Jebusites (Jerusalem) – 2 Samuel 5:6-10.
8. David vs. Philistines (Part 3) – 2 Samuel 5:17-20.
9. David vs. Philistines (Part 4) – 2 Samuel 5:22-25.
10. David vs. Ammonites (Part 1) and Arameans – 2 Samuel 10.
11. David vs. Ammonites (Part 2) – 2 Samuel 11-12.
12. David vs. Absalom (Civil War against David’s Eldest Son)- 2 Samuel 13-18.
13. David vs. Sheba (Civil War), Benjaminites (Part 2) – 2 Samuel 20.
14. David vs. Philistines (Part 5) – 2 Samuel 21:15-17.
15. David vs. Philistines (Part 6), 1st Battle at Gob – 2 Samuel 21:18.
16. David vs. Philistines (Part 7), 2nd Battle at Gob – 2 Samuel 22:19.
17. David vs. Philistines (Part 8), Battle in Gath – 2 Samuel 22:20-22.
David loved the Lord fervently. This is reflected in the many Psalms that he wrote for the Lord. Luke records the detail that the Lord Himself testified that David was a man after His own heart, who will do all His will.
Acts 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.”
It should be noted that although David was responsible for the death of many men and the scriptures record his sins and failures, the Lord still views David as a man who will do all His will. Salvation is not a matter of being good enough for God to accept us. It is a matter of our determination to believe what God said concerning salvation and to do all that He requires. The Lord has testified in the Bible that He will accept any person who comes to Him, through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. He will not accept anyone by any other means. Because David was relying on the salvation of the coming Messiah, he was considered: saved, by the future sacrifice that the Savior would make. We should understand that just as we are saved by looking back to the cross for our salvation, those in the Old Testament were saved by looking ahead to the cross for their salvation. John the Baptist’s baptism at the Jordan river, was looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. Christian baptism is looking back to the completed work of the Messiah.
The reason that God could say that David is a man after His own heart and will do all His will, is that He is a shining example of a man who knows what to do when sin occurs. David’s prayer of repentance, in Psalm 51, after he took Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed, is a perfect example of what a person who sins should do when he fails. David came to the Lord and admitted his sin. He did not blame anyone else or God. David took responsibility for his actions and humbly asked the Lord to forgive him. He was forgiven and restored every time he sinned and then came before the Lord in true repentance.
A model prayer for true repentance
Psalm 51:1-4 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. (ESV)
There were also consequences for David’s many battles in which thousands of men died: He would not be permitted to build the Lord a House at Jerusalem.
When we sin and come to the Lord humbly in sorrow, and we are willing to turn away from our sins and do our best not to commit these sins again—the Lord will always forgive us. We may find, however, that although the Lord has forgiven us, there will be people who will not forgive us. We may suffer the loss of friends, family, possessions, a career and money—as a result of our sins. In David’s case: because his life was filled with so much violence, the Lord would not allow him to represent Him in building His house. Much in the same way that Moses struck the Rock twice when the Lord told him to strike it only one time, See the chapter: The Rock. Neither Moses nor David could go any farther after they misrepresented the Lord.
The proper attitude that is required in approaching the Lord:
Our God is a God of peace. He hates violence and bloodshed. He only resorts to the outpouring of His wrath, when evil men and women stubbornly refuse to turn from their sins and rebellion against Him. The Lord is also Holy. He is perfect in every way, and He has absolutely no tolerance for sin.
David wrote that those who come to the LORD for their Salvation must do so with fear (deep respect), rejoicing (worship), and trembling (awareness of His Holiness).
Psalms 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
The Book of Leviticus establishes the manner and attitude in which we must come to God.
Leviticus 10:3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace.
To regard the Lord as Holy means to understand that He is perfect in every way. He is completely Good, and it is impossible that He could ever do wrong. All that God asks of us is all that He asks of Himself.
Although critics of the Bible constantly highlight the moments in the history of man when God brought judgement, there are far more examples of His grace and mercy, and constant provision and care for all people. In reality, God is always far more patient with us than we are with other people. Our sense of justice in punishing evil provokes us to retribution, while God waits for the guilty, giving as much time as possible for the hard and obstinate heart to change.
Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die…”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient…”
Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty
God will build David a House
Although David will not be permitted to build God a house, the Lord promises David that because of His love for the Lord, God will build him a house which will never end.
2 Samuel 7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”
The task of building the Lord’s house in Jerusalem will pass to David’s son, Solomon. David will assemble many of the materials which will be used in the construction of the Temple, but he will not be allowed to begin the actual building himself.
It was because David desired, with all of his heart, to build the Lord a house, that the Lord determined instead; to build David a house. Not a house of brick and mortar but one of flesh and blood; a line of offspring that would lead to the Messiah.
It is apparently very important to the Lord that the Messiah originate from the House of David. This is due to the fact that the Lord promised David, that the one who would come from His house would rule Israel forever.
2 Samuel 7:12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.”
2 Samuel 7:16 “And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”
The future kingdom which was promised to David was established at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The physical manifestation of this kingdom, however, would be delayed until Jesus returns with His redeemed church, at the end of the seven-year Tribulation.
A Kingdom of Righteousness
The world has never seen a leader who is truly Righteous. There has never been a government of men in which genuine justice prevailed for all. The United States is a close representation of the kind of government that the Messiah will bring; but this government is still ruled by fallen men.
The government that Jesus will bring to earth will be one of absolute justice. No longer will men, women and children suffer under the oppression of corrupt leaders. There will be an abundance of all the good things that people need for their life—for every person. There will be no more wars, killing, or violence on the earth. Pollution and the waste of our natural resources will cease to exist. No person who submits themselves to Jesus authority will become sick or die. Evil and sin will be wiped off the face of the earth. The whole world will worship and serve Jesus as Lord and King and every knee will bow to Him in submission.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 9:7c Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
New Testament Fulfillment:
John 5:30 “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
John 8:16 “And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.”
A New Kingdom
One of the basic precepts of the Messiah’s kingdom is His righteous judgement. He is coming to make-right, all of the unjust governments of men and to rule the world with absolute rectitude. He will not judge in the way that men judge; through bias with ulterior motives. The judgement of the Messiah will be based on the truth without regard to the opinions of men. The Book of 1 Samuel details how God judges the affairs of men, looking into the heart of the man, to see what his true motives and purposes are.
1 Samuel 16:7 …For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
As we look into the judgments that Jesus conducted during His ministry, we see that in every instance, He was always righteous and just. During His brief thirty-three years here on the earth, Jesus peered into the hearts of those whom judgement was required and showed mercy when it was needed. Jesus exhibited amazing discernment in knowing what the true issues were in every situation that was presented to Him—while at the same time; exercising great wisdom in pronouncing all of His verdicts.
The woman caught in the act of Adultery became a conduit for Jesus to show the true heart of the men who sought her judgement and death.
The outward righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was a mask for an inward heart of corruption, greed, and deception.
Judas, known by Jesus from the beginning as His betrayer, was given a place of honor at the Last Supper; Jesus right hand. Jesus continually beckoned Judas to repent of the sin he had contemplated in his heart. Judas could have been forgiven and restored, if He had only sought these things with all of his heart.
The rich young ruler, came to Jesus displaying an outward zeal for God, while his heart showed him captivated by his material wealth, making it impossible for Him to fully follow Jesus.
Peter, though bold and assertive, within his heart—he was a coward and unbelieving. By Jesus’ love and patience, Peter was allowed to fail so that he could see himself for who he truly was. Upon his recovery, Jesus restored Peter and gave him a place of great honor.
Though Pilate stood in judgment of Jesus, it was the Lord who controlled the final outcome of His trial, conviction, and death. It was Jesus’ judgement that He should die so that the whole world might be spared from the wrath and judgement of God.
In every instance, Jesus displayed an ability to judge all of the affairs of mankind in a way that no man has ever exercised authority before, in the history of the world. We understand by Jesus’ example that He alone is fit to be the King of the earth, and the only righteous judge who is worthy to evaluate and determine all the events of human life.
How encouraging and exciting it is to realize that when Jesus looks into our heart, His judgment is always righteous. This is in contrast to the way that we judge, which is often inaccurate and contaminated by sin.
• All of our judgments are corrupted because we each have our own ulterior motives for why we condemn a person or their actions.
• No person has the ability to perceive what is truly in a person’s heart, and therefore our judgment is nearly always incorrect.
• When we judge and condemn a person for something, we, ourselves, are most likely—also guilty of doing the very same things.
Romans 2:1-2 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth…
When we arrive at the Book of Revelation, we see that Jesus has been appointed the judge of the whole earth. Every person will give an account of their life to Jesus. Those who have believed and received Him as their Lord and Savior are judged only for their works to determine how great a reward they will receive from the Lord. Those who have refused Jesus and will not repent of their sins and be saved by Him, will give an account for every idle word and instance when they rejected the many repeated attempts of the Holy Spirit to move them to salvation.
We see two judgements in heaven:
1. The judgement of the believers’ works for rewards.
2. The judgement of the unbelievers for their sins.
The Bema Seat is a place for judgement to determine the scope of the believers’ rewards.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
The Great White Throne is a place for judgement of the unbeliever, where their own works are judged and found incomplete.
Revelation 20:11-12 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
Those who come to God through Jesus Christ have a special distinction amongst all other people. When any person comes to God based upon the sacrifice that Jesus has made for their sins, they are treated as a son or daughter of God.
Galatians 4:6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
As His sons and daughters, He judges our motives and actions as a loving Father who seeks to mature us and encourage us; not destroy our lives. He remembers that we are made from dust, imperfect and often weak. Therefore, He is always very gracious, merciful, and kind towards those who love Him.
Psalms 86:15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
Because we are in a new relationship with the Lord, based upon what Jesus has done for us; when we fail, He remembers that we are His children, and He feels compassion for us. In tenderness and lovingkindness, He forgives and restores our life when we come to Him in repentance and a desire to change. As His sons and daughters, we have a wonderful new standing before God, where He always extends His mercy and forgiveness to us.
Psalms 78:38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath…
Those who have not yet made a decision to receive Jesus as their Savior—they have a wonderful opportunity:
When Jesus came to earth, He did not come to condemn us because all of us were already under the condemnation of God for our sins. Jesus came to remove our sins and take the judgment that we deserved. When we surrender ourselves to Jesus Christ, He becomes the Lord and Master over all of our life. From that moment onward, the Lord will live within our heart as He guides and directs our lives into growth and maturity.
Because He loves us, He will take us to, and through, certain situations; which are designed to bring us into an awareness of our great need for Him. Through the process of trials and difficulties, we come to an understanding of certain areas of our life that need to be changed. By His never-ending faithfulness, we learn to always trust and depend upon Him to do exactly what He has promised.
God has taken all of our sins and placed them in Jesus. As He was made sin for us, we became righteous and escape all future judgement for our sins. Even when we fail over and over, we have forgiveness at the moment we repent and ask the Lord for His mercy.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
In this way, the Lord is exercising perfect justice and righteousness. God is just in punishing our sins by Jesus death. He is righteous in allowing us to go free because of our faith in what the Lord has done for us.
When Jesus returns to earth, He will bring with Him a kingdom of Righteousness, based on the justice which Isaiah 9:6-7 describes. As the Messiah, all judgement on the earth, from the moment He arrives and forevermore, will be perfect. This is the subject of this prophecy from Isaiah 9:7c. The perfect and righteous judgment of the Messiah when He returns to rule the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Luke 1:31-33 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
A Kingdom Above All Others
In the “latter days,” the Messiah’s kingdom will be established on the earth above all other kingdoms; all the nations will come to hear Him and walk in His ways. All people will dwell together in peace and safety—the implements of war turned instead to instruments of industry. Every sickness and disease will be healed, and all the outcasts of Israel will be united as one people.
Old Testament Prediction:
Micah 4:1-8 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. For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever. “In that day,” says the LORD, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted; I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever. And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Revelation 11:15 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 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come…”
Revelation 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Micah’s prophecy in chapter 4:1-8 is remarkable indeed: The prediction and promise of the Messiah’s Kingdom on the earth. This kingdom will be established on the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills—meaning that Jesus’ kingdom will be one of absolute power and authority. No one will subvert or rebel against His authority, as He will rule with absolute sovereignty.
All the people from the nations of the world will travel to Jerusalem to hear Jesus speak and be taught by Him. Imagine a Bible study with Jesus as the teacher, while millions are gathered before Him to learn and be taught.
The rule of law—God’s law—will come flowing from Jerusalem. There will be no higher authority, or right of appeal to any greater authority other than Jesus, as He rules over the world from Jerusalem. Have you ever wondered why a country as small and seemingly insignificant as Israel has captured the constant attention of the world? Someday, the world will be ruled by Jesus from Jerusalem.
Under Jesus’ rulership, the nations of the world will no longer go to war and kill each other. All the implements of war and the massive defense budgets of today will be converted into tools of blessing for mankind. Amazing and incredible food will be produced, and the whole world will be filled to overflowing, with enough to eat every day. All the wonderful blessings that the earth can produce for the benefit of people will be manufactured by the nations—instead of war. Every person will have their own home, fruit trees, and the right to live in peace. No one will ever be afraid of anything, ever again.
The lame and the sick will walk and be whole. Jesus will heal all disease and sickness, and those people and nations who are willing and obedient to His rule of righteousness will not die.
Finally, all of the precious descendants of Abraham who have been persecuted and scattered all over the earth will be united as one people in Israel. Never again will God’s people be seen as outcasts or unwanted.
Jesus’ rule as the Messiah in this new kingdom will last for one thousand years; and it will be perfect and complete; making every dream a reality. The Lord will bring total joy and satisfaction for every person who lives in this kingdom and keeps His law.
This is the promise of Micah’s prophecy of the Messiah that will be fulfilled in the very near future by Jesus. This fulfillment is displayed for us in the book of Revelation, chapters 11, 12, and 20.
 Baldwin, p. 213; cf. also Gordon, I &II Samuel, p. 236; Brueggemann, First and Second Samuel, p. 257; Carlson, p. 127). Judging from 4QFlor (ilegium), a midrash on 7: 10b- 14a, the Qumran sectarians also detected clear messianic overtones in Nathan’s oracle. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)
 The judgement seat of 2 Corinthians 5:10 is the “Bema Seat” of Greek culture in which runners are judged at the end of their race to determine their rewards.