How Christ Will Rule the World - 18

The effect of people saying, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD ...he will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths” - Isaiah 2:2, will be a true and valuable education which will have an immense effect on the quality of life everywhere. It must be admitted that even the current humanistic education has had a great effect, in helping many to recognize and then to abandon their old superstitions.

But that education has still left mankind with his old “me-first” attitude, with the resulting warfare, masses of displaced persons, and large populations driven into poverty by rulers plundering the national treasuries for their personal aggrandizement, not to mention the hordes of gangsters, confidence men, hackers, racial supremacists, etc., who are adding to the misery of mankind

This shows how the various national education systems have not cured mankind’s fundamental illness. Righteousness and holiness have not increased under such influence, and the state of human society demonstrates how lacking has been any effect in spreading righteousness, so far as the mass of the inhabitants of the earth are concerned. We are living in an evil age - an age of unbelief and scepticism, and even formerly “Christian” societies are drifting further and further away from any influence of God’s way taught in the Scriptures.

The situation is made all the worse by the appalling state of what remains of Christianity. The doctrines which are generally held are not based on the word of God, but have been imported from paganism and adopted into the tradition of the church. These errors have so clouded the minds of men that the light of Scripture is not perceived by them. The prediction of the Apostle Paul has been fulfilled, and they have fallen under the “strong delusion, that they should believe the lie” - 2 Thessalonians 2:11.

It will only be when Christ reigns on Mount Zion, says the prophet Isaiah, that “he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations” - Isaiah 25:7. The work to be done by Christ and his saints will have the effect of uniting the world under a true understanding of God and his purpose - “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord” - Zephaniah 3:9.

Then will be the time when “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” - Isaiah 11:9. The effect of that knowledge will be to bring to pass the angelic song at the birth of Christ, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” - Luke 2:14. This will be the time when the Lord’s Prayer will be fulfilled, and God's will is “done on the earth as it is in heaven” - Matthew 6:10.

At present, with so few voices promoting God’s Way, “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” - Matthew 7:14. But that work during the thousand years will be performed by the “ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” of those who have been made “partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”, and chosen to serve God during their mortal lifetimes - 2 Peter 1:4; Revelation 5:11.