This series on Kings and Kingdoms contrasted the Kingdom of God with the kingdom of the world, both of which are among us today. One is manifested in the sinful nature of mankind, the other manifested in the reborn spirit of the children of God. One is ruled (under the watchful eye of God) by Satan for a time. The other exists under the sovereignty, wisdom, and power of Almighty God. One ends. The other knows no end.
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
There remains little to contrast in the last sentence of the Lord’s prayer. For Satan’s domain comes to an end as God’s eternal reign seizes its rightful place.
Satan’s kingdom annihilated
Apostle John tells what he saw and heard.
“And when I saw him,
I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me,
I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead:
and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen;
and have the keys of hell and of death.”
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the keys of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan,
and bound him a thousand years…
And when the thousand years are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
and shall go out to deceive the nations…
and they went up on the breadth of the earth,
and compassed the camp of the saints about,
and the beloved city:
- and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
- And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
- where the beast and the false prophet are
- and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Rev. 20:1-2;7-10.
Satan stripped of his kingdom, his power, and his glory by the King of kings. He exists forever in torment as he has tormented.
Kingdom of God Triumphant
Jesus Christ, the suffering servant, first revealed the kingdom of God among us in regards to our sin. The second time He comes He will reveal it in its fullness apart from sin.
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for him
shall he appear the second time
without sin unto salvation.”
The thousand year reign of Christ on earth ends with the dead without Christ being judged, and death and hell cast into the lake of fire with those not found written in the book of life. Sin’s punishment, power, and presence no more dwells among us.
- “But the fearful, and unbelieving,
- and the abominable, and murderers,
- and whoremongers, and sorcerers,
- and idolaters, and all liars,
- shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death…
- And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth,
- neither whatsoever worketh abomination,
- or maketh a lie:
but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
No sin, can it get any better? Yes.
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and either side of the river,
was there the tree of life…
And there shall be no more curse:
but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it;
and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall see his face; (Hallelujah!)
and his name shall be in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there;
and they need no candle, neither light of the sun;
for the Lord God giveth them light:
and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
“And he said unto me,
These sayings are faithful and true:
And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel
to shew unto his servants
the things which must shortly be done.”
Time remains a constant for now. But shortly all this we see around us will be swallowed up into eternity where time is no more.
How do our lives show we expect Christ’s return shortly?
What do we see around us that says the majority do not believe this?