Zion’s King Shall Reign Victorious! - 37

The saying, “first will be last, and the last first” can be applied to another feature of the kingdom of God under Jesus Christ the son of David -

• “And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, even the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem...13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the Lord, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth” - Micah 4:8.

In this world people quite naturally crave to live in a place where there is stability. There are so many places where poverty, crime, corruption and warfare make people’s lives unbearable, that they are literally crashing through the gates to get into a better place.

We are used to thinking of U.S.A. or Europe or a few other places where the standard of living is much higher than most other countries. But in the kingdom under Christ this will change. It will not, as some might think, that all nations should be at about the same level, with no favorites. But God has promised, when -

• “many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.' 23 Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you - Zechariah 8:22.

For more than 2,000 years the Jew has been regarded and treated with contempt. He has endured persecution, exclusion from professions, segregation into slums, and organized massacres. But all that will change under Christ’s rule. There will be a reversal of roles and of social position -

• “Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me; and the ships of Tarshish will come first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the Lord your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you. 10 The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My wrath I struck you, but in My favor I have had mercy on you” - Isaiah 60:9-10.

In previous times, Israel was torn apart and plundered because of their rebellion against God. But the tide will be turned after Jesus has returned and taken over the government of Israel -

• “They shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6 But you shall be named the Priests of the Lord, men shall call you the Servants of our God. you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast” - Isaiah 61:4.

Meanwhile, the pleasant labors of Christ and his government, assisted by the mortal Israeli priesthood, will bring peace, enlightenment and the universal acknowledgment of God -

• “The Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable thingsJeremiah 16:19. “O let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For YOU SHALL JUDGE THE PEOPLE RIGHTEOUSLY, And govern the nations on earth” - Psalm 67:4.