A Glimpse of the World to Come
What will a world under his rule be like?
The prime law of the world will be love for one another. Nuclear weapons, rockets, warplanes, guns, landmines, tanks, soldiers, war rooms, prison camps, aggression, territorial and religious disputes, land grabs for mineral wealth or power expansion, destroying societies to free them, and ideological disagreements have no relationship to love. The most powerful force in the universe will be in control and medal decorated tin soldiers will not be needed.
All the power will come from the throne of Jesus, “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4) Nations will need no military forces because they will not be allowed to practice war again.
Nothing about the focus and goals of science could be clearer than the conditions of the world it occupies. While rejecting even the hint that there may be some intelligent design to the world around us, it pompously sets itself up as the ultimate answer to all mankind’s problems and questions. It takes the role of a god, not only in its attitude, but towards all competing realities it encounters. Claiming superiority over knowledge in every aspect of life, the world, and the universe, it will run head on with the creator of life, that world, and that universe. How will it reconcile its rejection of that creator and what role will it play? Not only will it find itself in the most embarrassing situation of admitting its failures, but it will find no place in the world to come. Why would the world need someone to discover the secrets of the world when the keeper of those secrets sits on a throne over the whole world? All we need do is ask and the keeper of those truths is there to answer, just as science should have done from the beginning. Perhaps, they will then take to heart the suggestion that they should “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Matthew 7:7)
The very existence of business is for profit, and profit requires money. The only problem with that, in the world Jesus will control, is the money. The love of money is clearly identified as the root of all evil.
· “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:10)
Jesus declared a very low regard for money, the wealth it represents, and the power it gives. He chased the moneychangers out of the Temple, the only act, even close to violence, he is recorded as doing, and the only human characteristic he said would make entering his “Kingdom” difficult, was wealth. When asked if the Apostles should pay taxes he said “Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:19 – 21) Now, with this in mind, can it be perceived that we will see an “image and superscription” of Jesus, on the very thing that causes evil?
So, if Jesus is not a big fan of money, how could his new world function? How can you buy anything if there is no money, unless nothing is sold, and how can you sell anything if no one has any money? Ask yourself a simple question. What is the normal price you charge your family members for dinner at your house? How much did your mother charge per load for washing your clothes, and do you charge your children by the mile, or the trip, to get them to school? The answer is simple; within the family, money is not an issue for the everyday needs of life. Someone must, of course, provide money to pay for the food and stove to cook it, the water, power, and washer for the clothes, and the gas and car for transportation.
But, what if your youngest brother was a farmer, and your great uncle was a rancher, your older sister owned an appliance company, your father owned a gas station, your cousin owned a car company, and your aunts were all partners in a combination electric, gas, and water utility. And, let’s say, you had family members that owned every kind of company that made everything you ever need, they all loved you dearly, and they would never consider charging you for anything. Now, if you just happened to be a veterinarian and you wife was a carpenter, none of those relatives ever would have to pay to have their houses or decks built, or their animals cared for, if you have the time. But, of course, you have the time because everything you need is provided by your relatives. They don’t need to work either, except to provide all those things the other members of the family need.
Jesus said to love your neighbors as yourself, which is exactly the way we all feel about our close family members. This concept, guiding every aspect of life, as it should, would make such an idealistic lifestyle possible. If you instill the logical concept that no person should ever have more than they need, nor need more than they have, you have a social order that considers all its members family, and every family member has what they need, all provided by the family, for the family. Every one works for the general good of everybody else, and no one goes hungry or lives in poverty.
One of the best kept secrets in the Bible is the true nature of the first church established on the Day of Pentecost immediately following Jesus’ ascension. From a Christian point of view, the ungodly communist one, the financial actions of the first church members is completely shocking. Here is the description of their decidedly un-Christian action:
· “And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” (Acts 2:43 – 45).
This was not fear from some despotic communist dictator with hordes of jack-booted thugs enforcing socialism on the people, as the Church would have you believe is behind all forms of atheistic socialism. This action was prompted by fear, or, more properly, reverence, implanted in them by the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus established that church and it was his will that this church followed. It will be no different in the world society he establishes on Earth at his return.
In such a social structure, everybody works but nobody needs money, because everything is provided to everybody at no cost. The need for profit becomes a moot point, money is useless, and business becomes a bad memory. No money, no businesses, no banks, no insurance companies, no accountants, no business lawyers, no stock markets, no investment industry. Today’s business-dominated world could not survive in the kingdom Jesus establishes.
In a society where everybody shares everything; stealing has no purpose, without any consideration of the power the throne can wield. That power will eliminate the major cause of blue collar crime, drug abuse, and business will no longer generate white collar crime. All mankind will be taught to deal with others with love and fairness. With the corruptions of apathy, greed and class eliminated, human relations will improve by 1000%, thus greatly reducing, if not completely eliminating, the crimes of assault and murder. Anything not covered by the general condition of a greatly improved social order would, of course, be taken care of by an unbiased power, perhaps angels.
The population, though greatly reduced by the calamities just experienced, will be the same people, with the same minds we see now. They will have been spoon-fed the version of life the corporate world considered best for the bottom-line. That mindset will clash with everything Jesus teaches, and many, including entire nations, will resist his rule. The details of how the new ruler will deal with the resistance is not clear, but there is no doubt, guns, jails, wars, and degrading human treatment will not be part of it. No crime, no police, no jails, no judges, no courts.
The technology Jesus will bring to the planet will certainly be far ahead of the internal combustion engine. Any consideration of using the Earth’s depleted reserves of oil as a source for fuel, and the danger it poses to the environment and its inhabitants, will be off the table. Oil companies, which control this filthy fuel, have resisted any change for over 180 years, since it was first used. Solar, wind, and any number of alternative and renewable power could easily replace it, but the powers in control claim cost and limited technology make that impractical, which will no longer be an issue. To the most powerful race of beings in the universe, even solar may be primitive.
Whatever the fuel, transportation will be non-polluting, efficient, convenient, and unobtrusive; certainly not requiring broad ribbons of concrete covering the land, carrying inefficient, poison-belching, noisy, and expensive vehicles. Having all things in common would certainly include something so basic as transportation. Infrastructure design emphasizing having all basic needs within close range will greatly reduce the need for long travel.
As with transportation; oil will be replaced by a clean, efficient, and readily available technology, most likely taken from natural and renewable sources. The need for heating, cooling, and lighting of inhabited spaces, and power required for any manufacturing will be minimized by efficient design. Recycling and efficient use will dominate the utilization of disposable goods and many of the current uses for energy will be eliminated altogether. Manufacturing will be transferred from massive factories to smaller local sources within the local community on the basis of need, not the whims of a profit-oriented marketplace.
Pollution, from all sources, must cease, the chemicals coating the planet’s surface and permeating our air and water will be cleaned up and removed, along with nuclear facilities, explosives, and any substance that endangers life in any way. Mankind will live within the natural environment, not on top of it.
These concepts are only brief and general views of how Jesus, as ruler of the Earth, probably will change the culture of mankind. The most important consideration is that there must certainly be a rapid and complete restoration of basic human needs. They must be healed, fed, clothed, and housed, and feel the sense of community before they can even begin to contemplate what they are facing. Just the fact that these beings are providing those needs will be the catalyst for a beginning of trust. Jesus, as a human, convinced many thousands that his way of life was beneficial to mankind, without millions of powerful beings behind him. How much more convincing will he be as a glorious being with the full force of the universe behind him to provide all the things needed to insure that way of life?
The few areas we have covered in this writing give only a glimpse onto the potential future of humanity and are based on existing conditions and the concepts expressed by Jesus, the Christ. These concepts are real, humans are real, and the coming of Jesus is real. How they all fit into the larger scheme of life is limited only by the imagination of mankind. We can see how truly amazing the future of mankind can be with just a simple inspired thought:
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained
before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had
they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
(I Corinthians 2:7-9)