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 A Paradise Earth Forever
The Promises of the Law and the Prophets


A Beautiful Place, A Beautiful Life
A Prominent Theme
The wicked are destroyed and the righteous preserved
God's purposes and plans will last and will not be subverted
The earth is to remain forever!
Eternal Life and Resurrection of the dead

Resurrections performed by prophets
Healings and other miracles were performed, too!
A Better Time to Come
Early 2nd Century Witness!
God's Kingdom
The law and the prophets fulfilled

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There are any number of ways I could have started this out. But rather than jump right into the Bible, I thought it more important to first suggest to you what God's Kingdom here on earth might mean to you and I.

I think it particularly so with the young people, that heaven doesn't seem to hold too much appeal. Maybe it doesn't even seem that believable to them. But what if what was promised to us was worth while and very tangible and real. What if I were to suggest that most people were going to live on earth as people, as they already are, but with bodies of perfection and beauty, as well as minds that are perfect, too? And what if the earth was transformed into a beautiful, peaceful, secure, happy world free from any pain or danger whatsoever? That is exactly what the Bible does promise to many and did so through the law and the prophets.

But people miss this. They only see and focus on the heavenly hope given by Jesus. They do not see that there are 2 destinations and that some go to heaven for a very specific purpose, to bring back the earth to the state that God intended for it when He first planted man in an earthly paradise in the garden of Eden. I will supply all the scriptures to support all this as well as several more articles. But first lets consider how life would be and will be when God straightens out the earth, or more precisely, the people on it.

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Well, for one, working for others would be out the door. So would our insanely high tax rate. No more would we have to pay a tax, the equivalent of rent, to continue to live in a house we have bought and paid for already. Land was an inherited right in the Bible. No more having to work hard, sweat, or pay for years on a mortgage and forever on property taxes. We will all be given free land to live on. How about that?!!!

Food will grow easily and abundantly and with plenty of nutritional value for our bodies. God will either heal the land or show us how we can do it. Life will not be a struggle any more, nor will we have to work for others in a demoralizing, cruel, back-stabbing, spirit-crushing, rat race job environment where you are not appreciated or paid well.

God will instruct us all on what we are lacking for knowledge and skill so that we can raise kids properly and provide them the proper sound environment where we will not have to worry about someone abducting them, or polluting their minds and corrupting them. We will have plenty of time to spend with them rather than working all the time. It will be a joy and pleasure to have kids and raise them. It is not quite that for many today, I dare say.

We won't have to worry about crime or war. Peace will be everywhere. There will be no one around to rip us off, cheat us, or try to extort our money from us. Money will have little use under God's Kingdom. We will be self sufficient and independent to a large degree. But we will have communities and will come to know what it is like to belong to a group where we are wanted and loved and looked out for. We will have a sense of belonging. We will have good friends, not fakes and phonies. People will be decent and obedient to God.

Yes, we will marry and have sex. Sex is not going anywhere. It is a part of us and who we are and God intended us to live forever and breed forever. So one does not need to rush to get married. Even if we should wait a life time for a mate, in God's Kingdom we will definitely all have one as was intended by our Creator, our God, Jehovah. No one will be ugly or be allowed to continue with an ugly personality.

In fact, when you think about it, since everyone will look a lot better, with obesity and starvation both being a ting of the past, as well as every other sort of imperfection that has crept into our species, then finding a desirable mate will be effortless. And with our options of what to do when we grow up being far less due to each of us living off the land to some degree, it will be far easier to find someone with common goals. Further, personalities will be much more pleasant. That is good for finding a mate, it is also good when having to live with neighbors or whatever.

So young people, single people, widowed or divorced people need not be anxious that they are not married. Sooner or later, they definitely will be. God will see to it. So with a great and certain hope for the future, one can maybe relax about the imperfect and often undesirable present where they may not currently have what they want. It will only be a matter of time and all our desires will be satisfied.

Imagine, you old people, suddenly getting your youth, beauty, energy, and health back . . . and better than you ever had them before. Maybe you were born defective. You will finally be given what you never had before. The deaf will hear, the blind will see the crippled will walk, jump, and run with joy. The dead will rise.

How many of you have lost people you loved in death? Don't you want them back? It may be possible if God finds them worthy. If He does, they will absolutely be back. What if you die? Don't you want to come back? You will if you try to live as God wants. He will restore the lives off all who serve Him.

Imagine a world free of pollution! And no fear of wild animals on land or in the sea doing us any harm. Safety and security will be every where and we won't have to sacrifice any civil rights to get such things. Gone will be the days of rulers watching and controlling our every move. We will be truly free from governments, abusive (aren't they all?) employers, and other ruthless rip off people we have become dependent on such as mechanics, doctors, dentists, lawyers, and the like. They will all be out of business.

Really, it is almost inconceivable just how great it will be when God finally steps in to put an end to all the abuse and outrage going on in our world. Most of us are not even aware of how run down and depressed our spirits really are. We have been this way so long we don't even know what it really feels like to be free in spirit and feel great and be excited about life and living. Enthusiasm will be everywhere. We will be drenched with it. Our feet will rarely touch the ground. It will be paradise, for sure.

All we have to do is make sure that we are doing as God wants us to do. That is the key and it is important. God is powerful and can definitely save or resurrect, but only if we measure up to His requirements. But now I want to show you from the Bible that what I have said here is supported in the Bible. A paradise earth does await many of us. Whether it will be that for most or heaven for a few is taken up in another article. But for many if not most, it will be on earth that we live and thrive under God.

Life will finally hold the purpose and meaning that it was intended to have for us. So lets consider that now as we see what the law and prophets held out to people in their time and ours, too.

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There are several themes that seem to appear again and again in the Old Testament, known as the Law and the Prophets to the Hebrews/Jews. One of those themes, perhaps the most prominent, is the eventual judgment of the wicked and the blessing of the good, the righteous, with peace and security forever on earth. And after all, that was God's intention from the very beginning in Genesis chapter 1. Future peace and prosperity are common themes. And there is a theme that is sort of unspoken at times, but often inferred by the other two. And that is life and resurrection.

Another that is featured is the permanence and stability of the earth, that it is to remain forever. All of God's creation was intended to remain in place permanently. Really, when you think about it, how reasonable does it seem that God could be thwarted by mere men? So lets look at a few scriptures that deal with those themes.

I will be quoting many of these verses in both the King James Authorized Version, whose wording will be instantly familiar to some as well as another version that honors the name that God ordained to be in the scriptures, which some unprincipled souls decided to remove without authorization from God or anyone else.

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(GLT) Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off; and the ones waiting on Jehovah, they shall inherit the earth. 10 It is but a little, and the wicked shall not be; yes, you shall search his place, and he is not. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and they shall delight themselves in abundant peace.

37:29 The righteous shall inherit the earth and live on it forever.

(KJV) Psalm 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

(KJV) Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

(GLT) Psalm 145:20 Jehovah watches over all who love Him; but He destroys all the wicked.

Proverbs 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

Proverbs 12: 7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

12: 28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

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Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever; nothing is to be added to it, and nothing is to diminish from it. And God does it so that they fear before Him.

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Psalm 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: 5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psalm 119:90 Thy faithfulness endures to all generations; thou hast established the earth, and it stands fast.

(KJV) 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

(GLT) 4 A generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth stands forever.

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(GLT) Proverbs 12: 28 In the way of righteousness is life, and in that pathway is no death.

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory! And the Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from all faces.

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead ones shall live, my dead body, they shall rise up. Awake and sing, dust dwellers; for the dew of lights is your dew; and the earth shall cast out departed spirits.

Job 14:13 Who will grant that You would hide me in Sheol; You would conceal me until Your anger turns back; that You would set a limit for me and remember me? 14 If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes.

Daniel 12:13 But you go on to the end, for you shall rest and stand for your lot at the end of the days.

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1 Kings 17:22 And Jehovah listened to the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the boy returned to him, and he lived.

2 Kings 4:32 And Elisha came into the house. And, behold, the boy was dead, laid out on his bed.

4:36 And he called Gehazi and said, Call this Shunammite. And he called her, and she came in to him. And he said, Take up your son. 37 And she went in and fell at his feet, and bowed to the earth, and took up her son, and went out.

2 Kings 13:20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of Moab came into the land, at the beginning of the year; 21 and it happened, they were burying a man; and, behold, they saw the band, and threw the man into the grave of Elisha. And the man fell and touched the bones of Elisha, and came alive, and rose on his feet.

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First, you would only have to read the book of Exodus to read of the awesome miracles performed by God, through Moses, on behalf of the people of Israel against Egypt and Pharaoh. The 10 plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, water from a rock in the middle of a desert. There are other shorter accounts, too. Genesis also tells us about how Joseph was maneuvered into becoming the king of Egypt's right hand man and controlling all his kingly affairs for him, by means of a dream given to pharaoh which Joseph was able to interpret.

Then there are the miracles of Elijah. He caused, by means of God, of course, the grain and oil in her house never to run out, though she only had enough for one meal left at first. And when her son died, Elijah brought him back to life. You would find this account in 1 Kings 17:10.

In 1 Kings 18:17-40, the Bible tells of Elijah challenging the prophets of Baal to a contest. They both make altars to their gods, the prophets of Baal to Baal, and Elijah to Jehovah. Then they were to both ask their god to light his alter. The prophets of Baal prayed all day long but no response. Elijah, to add sarcasm to the task, digs a trench around his alter and soaks the alter with water till it fills the trench and overflows. Elijah calls out to Jehovah and Jehovah burns everything in sight. Elijah is then able to persuade the crowd watching to kill the prophets of Baal.

In fact, there are over 4 chapters of the great works of Elijah, to great to relate here in detail. Read them all in 1 Kings 17 2 Kings 3 and 9-10.

Then there is the Shunnamite woman who was given a child, though formerly barren and who then lost the child in death but had the little boy brought back to life by Elisha. Or when he heeled Namaan of leprosy and his many other great works. They are all in 2 Kings 2-9 & 13.

There are probably many more I could relate if I thought hard about it. There were victories in war, great works by the judges of Israel in the book of Judges. All sorts of things God performed through His various servants to demonstrate His ability as well as His desire to do things for us if we will be patient and trust Him, even to the point of having to die and rely on Him resurrecting us. He has shown us He can do anything and that He controls all the laws of physics and can break them at any time for He is the author of those laws and all else.

What follows are perhaps some of the most beautiful and comprehensive descriptions of . . .

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Isaiah 65: 17 For, behold, I create new heavens and new earth. And the things before shall not be recalled, and they shall not go up on the heart. 18 However, be glad and rejoice forever in what I create. For, behold, I create in Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people. And the voice of weeping and the voice of crying shall no longer be heard in her.

20 There shall not still be an infant of days, or an old man that has not filled his days. For the youth shall die the son of a hundred years, but the sinner the son of a hundred years shall be accursed. 21 And they shall build houses and live in them; and they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build, and another live in them; they shall not plant, and another eat. For like the days of the tree are the days of My people; and My elect shall grow old to the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for terror. For they are the seed of the beloved ones of Jehovah, and their offspring with them.

24 And it will be, before they call, I will answer. While they are speaking, then I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed as one; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And dust is the food of the snake. They shall not do evil nor destroy in all My holy mountain, says Jehovah.

Isaiah 35: 1 The wilderness and dry land shall rejoice for them; and the desert shall exult and bloom like the crocus. 2 Blooming, it shall bloom and exult, even with joy and singing. Lebanon's glory shall be given to it, the honor of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of Jehovah, the majesty of our God. 3 Make the weak hands strong, and firm up the feeble knees. 4 Say to those of a hasty heart, Be strong! Do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance; with the full dealing of God, He will come and save you.

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf opened. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. For waters shall break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. 7 And the mirage shall become a pool, and the thirsty land shall become springs of waters, in the home of jackals, in its lair, and a place for the reed and rush. 8 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, The Way of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it. And it is for them, the wayfaring one; yea, fools shall not go astray. 9 No lion shall be there; and no violent beast shall go up on it; it shall not be found there. But redeemed ones shall walk there. 10 And the ransomed of Jehovah shall return and enter Zion, with singing and everlasting joy on their head; gladness and joy shall reach them; and sorrow and sighing shall flee.

Isaiah 25: 6 And Jehovah of Hosts shall make a feast of fat things for all the peoples in this mountain; a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, refined wine on the lees. 7 And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering which covers all people, and the veil that is woven over all nations.

Isaiah is full of so many prophecies, many of which appear to concern Jerusalem, Judah, or Israel, but in reality, have a larger fulfillment as Jesus and the Apostles make clear. Jehovah judging the nations and taking back control of the earth is also featured in Isaiah. Isaiah is the primary prophet that also forecasts a day when all the peoples of all the nations shall join Jerusalem and God's people in the many wonderful hopes and promises that God holds out to them.

Isaiah 2: 1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 And it shall be in the last days, the mountain of the house of Jehovah shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come and let us go up to the mount of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob. And He will teach from His ways, and we will walk in His paths. For out of Zion the law will go forth, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. 4 And He shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more.

Here is yet another Isaiah prophecy concerning Israel and Judah. But we are also introduced to the one who God would appoint to carry out His will in this regard. This would prove to be Jesus, God's first born son from the heavens. And of course, lots of peace and prosperity!

Isaiah 11: 1 And a Shoot goes out from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch will bear fruit out of his roots. 2 And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest on Him; He will have the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. 3 And He is made to breathe in the fear of Jehovah. But He shall not judge by the seeing of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears. 4 But He shall judge the poor in righteousness, and shall decide rightly for the meek of the earth. And He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and He shall slay the wicked with the breath of His lips. 5 And righteousness shall be the encircler of His loins, and faithfulness the encircler of His reins.

11: 6 And the wolf shall live with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall feed, their young shall lie together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the infant shall play on the hole of the asp; yea, the weaned child shall put his hand on the viper's den. 9 They shall not do evil, nor destroy in all My holy mountain. For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea.

Ezekiel 34: 25 And I will cut a covenant of peace with them and make evil beasts cease out of the land. And they shall live in the wilderness securely and sleep in the forests. 26 And I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will bring down the shower in its season, there shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the tree of the field shall yield its fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase. And they shall be securely on their land. And they shall know that I am Jehovah when I have broken the staffs of their yoke, and have rescued them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 And they shall not any more be a prey to the nations, and the beast of the land shall not eat them. But they shall live securely, and no one shall terrify them.

29 And I will raise up for them a noted planting place, and they shall not any more be of those gathered by famine in the land. And they shall not any more bear the shame of the nations. 30 And they shall know that I, Jehovah their God, am with them, and they are My people, the house of Israel, declares the Lord Jehovah. 31 And you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men. I am your God, declares the Lord Jehovah.

Psalms 67: 8 Come, behold the works of Jehovah, who sets ruins on the earth, 9 causing to cease wars to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts apart spears; He burns the chariots in the fire. 10 Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalms 67: 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalms 72: 15 And He shall live, and the gold of Sheba shall be given to Him; and prayer shall be made for Him continually; He shall bless Him all the day long. 16 A fullness of grain shall be in the earth on top of the mountains; its fruit shall shake like Lebanon; and they of the city shall flourish like the grass of the earth. 17 His name shall be forever; His name shall continue before the sun; and they shall bless themselves by Him; all nations shall call Him blessed.

Hosea 2: 18 And in that day I will cut a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the birds of the sky, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will break the bow and the sword, and the battle out of the earth, and I will make them to lie down safely. 19 And I will betroth you to Me forever. Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in mercy, and in compassions. 20 I will even betroth you to Me in faithfulness. And you shall know Jehovah.

Early 2nd Century Witness!
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The following are quotes from fragments of the writings of Papias. I believe they can also be found in the writings of Irenaeus, though I could be mistaken. My quotes from within Papias will be [{in brakcets and red letters}]. Papias was a very early writer who was associated with those who had actually heard and known the Apostle John. So this would be in the 1st half of the 100's (2nd century) AD. This is about as close as we can get to that time. Only Polycarp who actually heard John and knew him goes back further.


Chap. IV. (4)

[As the elders who saw John the disciple of the Lord remembered that they had heard from him how the Lord taught in regard to those times, and said]: "The days will come in which vines shall grow, having each ten thousand branches, and in each branch ten thousand twigs, and in each true twig ten thousand shoots, and in every one of the shoots ten thousand clusters, and on every one of the clusters ten thousand grapes, and every grape when pressed will give five-and-twenty metretes of wine. And when any one of the saints shall lay hold of a cluster, another shall cry out, 'I am a better cluster, take me; bless the Lord through me.' In like manner, [He said] that a grain of wheat would produce ten thousand ears, and that every ear would have ten thousand grains, and every grain would yield ten pounds of clear, pure, fine flour; and that apples, and seeds, and grass would produce in similar proportions; and that all animals, feeding then only on the productions of the earth, would become peaceable and harmonious, and be in perfect subjection to man." [Testimony is borne to these things in writing by Papias, an ancient man, who was a hearer of John and a friend of Polycarp, in the fourth of his books; for five books were composed by him. And he added, saying, "Now these things are credible to believers. And Judas the traitor," says he, "not believing, and asking, 'How shall such growths be accomplished by the Lord?' the Lord said, 'They shall see who shall come to them.' These, then, are the times mentioned by the prophet Isaiah: 'And the wolf shall lie, down with the lamb,' etc. (Isa. xi. 6 ff.)."]

[{ The claim is that John said that Jesus said that the earth, when done over in fulfillment of the law and prophets, would be incredibly fertile and luxurious, supplying abundantly to all. This seems absolutely believable give that the law an prophets always spoke of the earth and people living on it.}]

Chap. V. (5)

As the presbyters say, then those who are deemed worthy of an abode in heaven shall go there, others shall enjoy the delights of Paradise, and others shall possess the splendor of the city; for everywhere the Savior will be seen, according as they shall be worthy who see Him. But that there is this distinction between the habitation of those who produce an hundredfold, and that of those who produce sixty-fold, and that of those who produce thirty-fold; for the first will be taken up into the heavens, the second class will dwell in Paradise, and the last will inhabit the city; and that on this account the Lord said, "In my Father's house are many mansions:" for all things belong to God, who supplies all with a suitable dwelling-place, even as His word says, that a share is given to all by the Father, according as each one is or shall be worthy. And this is the couch in which they shall recline who feast, being invited to the wedding. The presbyters, the disciples of the apostles, say that this is the gradation and arrangement of those who are saved, and that they advance through steps of this nature; and that, moreover, they ascend through the Spirit to the Son, and through the Son to the Father; and that in due time the Son will yield up His work to the Father, even as it is said by the apostle, "For He must reign till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." For in the times of the kingdom the just man who is on the earth shall forget to die. "But when He says all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all."

[End of Papias as it appeared in the works of Irenaeus]

These very early post-apostolic writers like Papias and Irenaeus believed that there would be more than one destiny for those resurrected with the earth restored as a paradise being one of them. That might seem shocking to Christianity today but it was not back then. Time to readjust our understanding, don't you think?

I will next focus on God establishing a kingdom on earth, taking back control from the nations and establishing God's rule forever. This is a large theme in the Bible as well. The earth will eventually realize its destiny as God intended it in Genesis 1!

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Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings, the God of Heaven shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed. And the kingdom shall not be left to other people. It shall break in pieces and destroy all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Isaiah 9: 6 For a Child is born; to us a Son is given; and the government is on His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. 7 There is no end to the increase of His government and of peace on the throne of David, and on His kingdom, to order it, and to sustain it with justice and with righteousness, from now and forever. The zeal of Jehovah of Hosts will do this.

There are a number of things I would like to draw your attention to.

1. The earth and the people on it are the focus of God's promises. From the beginning, that was God's focus in Genesis.

2. These promises of the law and prophets were directed primarily towards Judah and Jerusalem and sometimes Israel. Israel split off from Judah after Solomon's reign, and did not worship in the way or place that God directed them to. Judah remained somewhat faithful, although Judah became filled with refugees of the conquered Israel of the north.

3. The promises and prophecies give great hope of many great things, not the least of which are life everlasting. All the earth will be as God intended it to be from the beginning. And people will be as they were intended to be, healthy, whole, beautiful, happy, satisfied, secure, and at peace, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Like the days of Eden before man's rebellion.

4. Part of God's intention is to eliminate the rule of the nations and establish His own rule over the earth again, in righteousness and peace as was always the intention.

5. We also saw hints of a son, a king, who would do this conquering and re-establishing of God's rule over the earth. So God is letting us know that He has someone in mind to act on His behalf. It is our behalf, too. This appointee has a special role and purpose, which I will focus on more in another article.

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Now because of all the focus by Jesus on the kingdom of the heavens and going to heaven, most people have forgotten the hopes and promises of the law and the prophets, what we call the Old Testament today. They forget that those promises are still relevant and will come true or God would not have spoken them. Jesus said:

(GLT) Matthew 5: 17 Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to annul, but to fulfill. 18 Truly I say to you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, in no way shall one iota or one tittle pass away from the law until all comes to pass. 19 Therefore, whoever relaxes one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever does and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus makes it clear that all the law and prophets would be fulfilled; they would take place. But Jesus had a different focus. He focused on the kingdom of the heavens for that was how the earth and people were going to be brought back to a state of life, perfection, and completion as God had always intended. That is why Jesus said the following:

Matthew 11: 11 Truly I say to you, Not has arisen among those born of a woman any greater than John the Baptist. But the least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is. 12 But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent seize it. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive, he is Elijah, the one about to come. 15 The one having ears to hear, let him hear.

That may seem a little perplexing in meaning but Jesus sort of repeated much the same thing in his ministry at another time, recorded for us in Luke and that passage makes it more clear.

Luke 16: 16 The Law and the Prophets were until John; from then the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is pressing into it. 17 But it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than one tittle of the law to fail.

The law and the prophets were the focus and hope and until such time as the messiah, the son of God, should come along. He would bring new revelations and additional instructions and new tasks to carry out. His focus would divert a little to accomplish something that would help accomplish the original hopes of the law and prophets. That would be to set up a heavenly kingdom that would be filled, first, with faithful people of the house of Israel, the house of God. So Jesus was now holding out that hope of joining and becoming part of that heavenly kingdom that would bring the earth and people back to perfection and union with God. But it would be a struggle to make it into that kingdom as persecution was to follow, both from Jews and from Romans, and others as time went on.

So I will next discuss and explore more about that heavenly kingdom, who is to be in it and how many and many other things to consider about it. But what we don't ever want to forget in that the earth is still a very important part of God's plan. It is, in fact, the object of His plan as it was in Genesis 1. If we keep that in mind, it will become easier to understand the things concerning the kingdom of God in the heavens.

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