The Kingdom of God - What will it be Like? - 20
For more than a thousand years the leaders of the Christian Church held full sway over their parishioners as their spiritual guides. Their authority over the church was re-enforced by the civil authorities to prevent freedom of dissent. Their moral authority ought to have been brilliant, but turned out to be dismal, as can be seen in the constant strife and bloodshed during that time between states all under the unchallenged influence of the Church, gone astray.
But under the universal government of Christ and his faithful, people will practice what they are taught, when “He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; 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” - Isaiah 2:4. By what means will all things miliary - fighting, conflict, hostilities - be brought to an abrupt and permanent end among the nations?
Part of the governmental infrastructure which is required in human governments to keep unbridled human nature under check are their police forces and judicial systems. Human nature will still be present in the mortal nations who survive Armageddon. For that reason, Christ’s government will also exercise the power of restraining mankind’s native rebellion - see Jeremiah 17:9 - against rules and authority - “He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations - 27 He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter's vessels shall be broken to pieces - as I also have received from My Father” - Revelation 2:26.
But Christ’s will not be a style of governing according to Genghis Khan’s rigidly disciplined military state nor will it be as in Marshall Stalin’s Soviet totalitarianism which destroyed the remnants of individual freedom. The prophet speaks of Christ’s mode of governing, which will be far, far different - “Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. 17 The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever” - Isaiah 32:16
The education of the mortal nations after Armageddon will occupy a large part of the work by Christ’s “kings and priests” - Revelation 5:10, see also Malachi 2:7. Their “instruction in righteousness” - 2 Timothy 3:16 will leave no individual untouched by their influence. Their working textbook contains those matters which have already been put on record in the Old Testament story and in the New Testament concerning the work of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Jesus returns when “darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people” - Isaiah 60:2, a time when even in those once regarded as Christian nations have no belief or even knowledge of what is contained in the Scriptures. One event which has turned people away from belief in the Bible has been is the work of Charles Darwin in his book, The Origin of Species. The argument for the gradual evolution of life through “the survival of the fittest” has been generally accepted. For many, this explains the existence of mankind, with all his environment, without the necessity of belief in a Divine creator.
Human nature is a great lover of freedom - particularly freedom of action, to “do one’s thing” without being restricted by external rules of action. The watchword of the French revolution - “Liberty,” with “Fraternity” and “Equality,” is the first and most valued spirit of modern society.