Characteristics Of The Coming Kingdom

Steve Viars June 19, 1990

 

- we're approaching the end of our study on the end time

  events

- I might mention to you that we're going to be switching

  some of the last subjects to some upcoming Sunday mornings

  because of their evangelistic thrust (GWT, heaven)

 

- we've been talking about the millennial kingdom

- we've said that we are pre-millennial - that is the Bible

  teaches that Christ will return prior to the millennium to

  set up his 1000 year kingdom on this earth

 

- we've said a lot about this subject, but if you have these

  three concepts down, you'll understand where we're going

  tonight

 

1)  the Bible has much to say about this subject.  It is

    clearly one of the most major themes in God's word.  We

    need to be able to answer the question "Why did God tell

    us so much about this future kingdom, and what did He

    want to change in our lives as a result of that

    knowledge?"

 

2)  This kingdom is something that takes place in the future.

    It happens after the rapture and the tribulation.

 

3)  Several places in the Bible talk about us living in God's

    kingdom already because we are personally related to the

    King.  We ought to be "exemplifying kingdom conditions"

    even now in our personal lives and in our relationships

    with one another.  Therefore, the more we know about what

    Christ's coming kingdom will be like, the more we will

    know about how we are to be growing and changing.

 

- so our goal tonight is to study a number of characteristics

  of the coming millennial kingdom.  Each time we look at one

  of those characteristics, we'll also talk about how that

  should affect us today

 

- you remember that last week we talked about the form of

  government in the millennial kingdom

 

I.  Form of Government Will Be Monarchial

 

- I put that on your notes so that you could keep the

  characteristics together

- I'd like us to start on Roman numeral II

 

II.  His Government Will Be A Perfect Blending of Severity &

     Tenderness

 

        - read Isa. 40:10-11

 

 

 

 

        - the passage says that when Christ is in charge, his

          rule will be both tough and tender

 

        - it will have just the right blend of grace and

          truth

 

        - perhaps the Psalmist said it best in Psalm 85:10 -

          "Mercy and truth are met together, righteousness

           and peace have kissed each other"

 

        - thats the way it will be in the millennial kingdom,

          and God's desire is that you and I would be

          exemplifying that kingdom condition even today

 

        - let me ask you tonight, do you have trouble

          striking that balance

             - in the way you treat your spouse

             - in the way you bring up your kids

             - in the way you deal with employees?

 

        - I think most of us would say yes

 

        - some of us would say we error on the side of mercy

 

           - INPUT - what are some of the characteristics of

                   a person who errors on the side of mercy?

 

                  - let too many things go

                  - ignore things instead of dealing with

                    them

                  - we laugh when we know we really ought to

                    be acting

 

        - some of the rest of us are on the other extreeme

        - we error on the side of severity

 

          - INPUT - what are some characteristics of that

            type person?

 

            - everything is a calamity

            - we're not patient with people and their faults

            - we don't give those under us the right amount

              of freedom

            - the workers call you a tyrant behind your back

 

        - Hopefully it will be stimulating to us just to be

          reminded of how Christ's millennial rule will be a

          perfect blend of severity and tenderness

 

            - Perhaps those words "Righteousness and Peace

              have kissed each other need to haunt us some"

 

             -and next time we start to come down to hard, or

              ignore it instead of acting

                  - we'll think -"Thats not the way it will

                    be in the millennial kingdom, and thats

                    not the way it will be for me now"

 

 

 

 

 

III.  Life's Inequalities Will Be Adjusted

 

    A.  Verses?

 

        Isa. 32:5 - Read

 

        also see Isa. 5:20, 8:20, 40:4

 

        point is that in the millennial kingdom, life's

        inequalities will be adjusted

 

        One of the most frustrating things about living in a

        fallen world is the way truth is twisted and as Isa.

        5:20 says, people call good evil and evil good

 

        there are a number of contemporary examples we could

        give of that

 

    B.  Contemporary example

 

        1.  current debate over first amendment rights

 

          - if you follow the news, you've probably heard

            of the American Family Association and Don

            Wildmon

          - The AFA is a Christian action group which has

            taken stands on issues such as pornography and

            violence on TV

 

          - This group has been advocating a boycott of K-

            Mart because K-Mart owns Waldenbooks and

            Waldenbooks is a large distributor of pornography

            in the united states

 

          - Waldenbooks, and their parent company K-Mart,

            have sued AFA's florida director because of the

            boycotts

 

          - they've even taken out full page adds in a number

            of major newspapers across the country to justify

            their lawsuit because they believe the AFA is

            infringing on their first amendment rights

 

          - now just think with me for a minute about that -

            do you see how that logic is all twisted?

 

          - people who produce pornography have first

            amendment rights

          - but when a person stands up and says "That kind

            of material is destructive and ought not to be

            sold in family atmospheres like a local mall",

            that person has no first amendment rights

 

          - he ought to be hauled into court because of his

            "what?" - his speech - which is no longer free

 

          - see these things get all twisted

 

          - good is called evil and evil is called good

 

          - I'm sure, if we wanted to tonight, we could come

            up with all kinds of examples that you face daily

          - point is - in the millennial kingdom, life's

                         inequalities will be adjusted

 

 

    C.  Ought to be true of Christian homes now

 

        - we said that one of the values of studying what the

          millennial kingdom will be like is to find ways to

          grow and change as individuals who have already

          been translated into the kingdom of Hos dear Son

 

        INPUT - how should this truth affect Christian homes

          (the issue of life's inequalities and good being

          called evil)

 

        1.  consistency

 

            - another example of the inequalities - Norman

              Lear - founder of Environmental Media

              Association

                - pushing environmental issues

                - had a big part in earth day

                - some in that group are advocating that

                  government mandate the use of public

                  transportation and outlaw the use of

                  single-owner cars

 

                - environmental issues aside, Norman Lear is

                  building a new home

                    - do you know how big the garage is?

                      (50 car garage)

 

                    - things get twisted in the world

                    - there's a lot of inconsistency

 

            - we can chuckle at that, but the point is,

              thats not the way its going to be in the

              millennial kingdom, and it ought not to be true

              of our homes either

 

        2.  fairness

 

            - young people have a keen sense of fairness

            - they can snoop out inequity and inconsistency

              at 50 yards

            - perhaps some of us need to be challenged by

              this study by determining with God's help to be

              building a home that is much more like God's

              kingdom in this area

 

            - Nancy illus.

                - left her husband, moved to another part of

                  the country

                - her dad got the pastor of their church and

                  they both flew to where the girl was living

                - they sat down and the pastor pleaded with

                  her to repent and return to the Lord and to

                  her husband

                     - girl said, right dad, this is the man

                       you criticized every Sunday at the

                       noon meal and now you want me to

                       listen to him

        - point is - we're forced to live in a world where

                     there are great inequalities, but that

                     ought not to be true of us or our homes

 

 

IV.  Will Be No War

 

    Psalm 46:9-10 - read

 

    - you're probably more familiar with Micah 4:3-4 -

      "...they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and

      their spears into pruning hooks, 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"

 

    - I'm sure you were moved, as I was, on Memorial Day when

      the men from our congregation shared about their

      military service

 

    - there's no question that the price of our freedom has

      been a heavy one

 

    - now pastor talked to us on Memorial Day about how all

      war is not wrong

    - so we can't apply this point to nations

 

    - but its still true that God wants us to know that when

      Christ is the ruler, there will be no war

 

    - in other words, you could say it this way, people who

      are subject to Christ get along with one another

 

    - its hard for us to imagine this earth where there's not

      some country fighting against another

    - but thats what the Bible says the millennium will be

      like

 

    - now, we can't apply this to nations, but we can sure

      apply this to believers and churches, can't we?

 

    - sometimes Christian homes can be war zones

    - maybe there's no guns and tanks, but the war is still

      going on

         - words are going off like grenades

         - selfish deeds like missles

         - a person never knows when they're going to get a

           bayonet in the back

 

    - often those affected the most are the children who are

      trying to grow up in that kind of atmosphere

 

    - in homes like that and in churches like that, Christ

      isn't in charge

        - people aren't submitting to his rule & desires

 

    - because thats not the way it will be in the millennium,

      and thats not the way it should be now now for

      believers

 

 

    INPUT - looking at Micah 4:3-4 - what will the effect of

      no war be in the millennium?

 

      (all the effort that went into hating & destroying &

       killing will go into positive effects in the kingdom)

 

    - Perhaps some of us need to ask this question tonight:

 

        - if all of the energy I put into warring

            (jealosy, hate, selfishness, & destructive

             words/tones)

          were put into bringing up my family in the nurture

          and adonition of the Lord, how much further along

          would we be?

 

    - in the millennial kingdom, there will be no war

 

V.  Many Physical Changes & Effects

 

    - the Bible has a lot to say on this subject

 

    A.  Beneficial Climatic Changes

 

        Isa. 30:26 - "Moreover, the light of the moon shall

          be like the light of the sun, and the light of the

          sun shall be sevenfold, like the light of seven

          days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the

          breach of His people, and healeth the stroke of

          their wound"

 

        - this passage doesn't say exactly how the climate

          will change, but there will be some obvious

          changes in the climate.  These halp us explain some

          other things that will change in the millennium:

 

    B.  Waste Place Become Fruitful

 

        Joel. 2:21-24 - "... the pastures of the wilderness

              do spring"

 

        Ezek. 34:26 - "...I will cause the shower to come

              down in its season; there shall be showers of

              blessing."

 

        Isa. 30:25 - "...there shall be upon every high

              mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and

              streams of water..."

 

    C.  Increased Fertility & Productiveness

 

        Psalm 72:16 - "...the fruit thereof shall shake

             like Lebanon, and they of the city shall

             flourish like grass of the earth."

 

        Amos 9:13 - "...the plowman shall overtake the

             reaper, and the treader of grapes him that

             soweth seed."

 

    D.  Changes in the Animal World

 

        Hos. 2:18 -"And in that day I will make a covenant

             for them with the beasts of the field"

        Isa. 11:6-8 - "The wolf shall also dwell with the

             lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the

             kid; and the calf and the young lion and the

             fatling together..."

 

    E.  Disappearance of Physical Disease & Deformity

 

        Isa. 35:5-6 - "Then the eyes of the blind shall be

             opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be

             unstopped.  Then shall the lame man leap as a

             deer, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing..."

 

        Isa. 33:24 - "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am

              sick..."

 

  - the bottom line is - in the mill., there will be many

    changes in the quality of life

  - they are the kind of changes that only Christ Himself can

    make

 

  Mark Twain - "A lot of people talk about the weather, but

                no one does anything about it!"

 

  - thats right, because no one can do anything about it

 

  - we've seen this year especially how powerful creation is

 

     - more tornadoes already this year than in most years

     - all kinds of flooding

     - add to that the rising death toll from aids and other

       diseases

 

  - Man in his sin wants to shake his puiny fist at God and

    say, how could a God of love allow this to happen?

 

  - That statement reflects ignorance of one of the major

    themes of the Bible

 

  - Satan said to Eve - Rebell against God -you won't die

  - Adam & Eve rebelled (against their king), And all of Gen

    3-5 is devoted to the effects of Satan's lie

       - the creation was changed

       - there would be travail in childbirth

       - "in the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread"

       - "you were taken out of the dust and to dust you'll

          return"

       - Gen. 5 - and so and so lived so many years, and he

          died

  - the conditions on earth are the way they are because of

    the sinfullness and rebellion of man

 

  - but in the millennium, great changes will take place in

    the climate and environment

 

  - I think there's some implications of that to where you

    and I live today

 

    F.  We Can Stop Worrying & Fearing Because We Know That

        Our King Is In Control of our Physical Conditions

        Even Now

 

 

        - while God hasn't chosen to make the physical

          conditions in our world ideal at this point of time

          for all mankind, we know that He can if He wants to

 

        - thats what faith is - (not believing that God will-

                    but believing that He can if He wants to)

 

        - when we think of things like the climate,

          prosperity, disease

            - it brings great peace to know that God is

              powerful enough to control those areas of our

              lives

            - He's too good to do wrong and too wise to make

              a mistake

 

        - pool business - most of us were Bible college

              students, only had 10-12 weeks a year to make

              enough to pay our school bills

 

              - since they were inground pools and we worked

                a lot with concrete, the weather affected us

                greatly

 

              - most days we got things ready in the morning,

                and poured concrete in the afternoon

              - there were a lot of days where we had to

                decide, is it going to rain or not

              - God didn't somehow mystically tell us - but

                it was great to know that He was in charge

 

              - we could go ahead and order the concrete

                without fretting and worrying about it

              - even if it did rain, we didn't have to fret

                and worry about that

                    - one night in particular thats exactly

                      what happened (develop)

 

                    - even then there was great peace

                        - Lord, you know my school bill

                        - you know how many weeks we have to

                          work

                        - you know how much it's going to

                          cost to jackhammer this stuff out

                          of here

                        - But you're in charge

 

        - you may be here tonight and would say - I worry

          a lot about my health and whether I will get some

          disease

 

        - listen, you're personally related to the king

 

        - just like the song the choir sings based on Isaih

          40, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their

          strength--they shall mount up with wings as eagles-

          they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk

          and not faint"

 

        - thats just a sampling of the passages that talk

          about the characteristics of the millennial kingdom

 

        - the question that I'd like to leave you with

          tonight is - which way is your life least like like

          those kingdom conditions?

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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