Bible Course




LESSON 4





THE COMING UTOPIA.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TOMORROW!



For ages men have dreamed of a utopian paradise on earth.   But utopia has eluded man's efforts to bring it about.  Why?  Is utopia really possible?  Will we ever have world peace and prosperity? Here are the surprising answers from your Bible!


Five years after the close of World War 11, Winston Churchill declared in a speech in Copenhagen, "Unless some effective world super-government can be brought quickly into action, the proposals for peace and human progress are dark and doubtful."

In the early 1960s, noted nuclear physicist Edward Teller, who helped develop the hydrogen bomb, warned that "We must work for the establishment of a world authority sustained by moral and physical force - a world government capable of enforcing worldwide law"

In 1970, U Thant, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, called for the establishment of a global authority with broad powers to deal with worldwide environmental problems.   He remarked, "We need something new-and we need it speedily-a global authority with the support and agreement of governments and of other powerful interests, which can pull together all the piecemeal efforts now being made...."

Many voices have been raised calling for a world government to be set up to solve mankind's problems. Serious-minded scientists and world leaders know that the solution to world ills and the establishment of world peace is possible only if all the nations were to be brought together under a supreme, all-powerful, world-ruling government!


IS WORLD GOVERNMENT POSSIBLE?


"World government is still a long way off," declares A.F.K. Organski in the book World Politics.  "The creation of a world government through the voluntary agreement of existing nations is so unlikely that we can say flatly that it will never happen" (p. 484, emphasis ours throughout lesson).

Hans J. Morgenthau, in his book Politics Among Nations, asserted: "There is no shirking the conclusion that international peace cannot be permanent without a world state, and that a world state cannot be established under the present moral, social, and political conditions of the world"  (Page 491).

What a paradox!  World leaders realize that man's most urgent need is WORLD GOVERNMENT Yet others admit that such a government is a TOTAL IMPOSSIBILITY under present world conditions!

Viewing the history of mankind, anyone can plainly see that men have utterly failed to bring about world peace and prosperity.  Fear, hatred, disease, poverty, oppression and injustice have been rampant throughout history. What about it?  Is world government impossible-an idle pipe dream of unrealistic optimists?  Is the idea of a soon-coming UTOPIA on earth merely an absurd myth?

If our only hope lies in the efforts of men, then a utopia is NOT possible and humanity is doomed!


GOD'S WORLD GOVERNMENT!


People today fail to recognize there is any power other than their own that can bring about a literal utopia on this war-torn, problem-filled earth. What great power can, and will, do this? GOD ALMIGHTY!

He has the power and the wisdom to make utopia a reality!

This is the very message God sent Jesus Christ to proclaim to the world.  It is the "Gospel"-the GOOD NEWS- that Christ will return with the power of God to bring us universal peace and prosperity!

Few today understand that God has allotted mankind 6,000 years in which to rule himself.  During this time, God has kept hands off the affairs of men.  He has allowed man to pursue the course that seems right to him (Proverbs. 16:25).  God has given man the opportunity to prove, by experience, the basic inadequacies of any form of human government.

God is allowing humanity to prove to itself that NO human form of government can bring us world peace!


When Jesus Christ returns, He will establish the government of God on earth.  Obedience to the laws of God will be taught throughout the world.  And Christ's government will possess the power and the wisdom to enforce His laws.  The strong will no longer oppress the weak-true justice will be received by all.

Your Bible shows a literal UTOPIA is ahead!   It will be a time of spiritual and physical rejuvenation-1,000 years of boundless peace and prosperity!  And with the help of this lesson, God has made it possible for you to look into the future through His prophecies so you can know what that wonderful world tomorrow will be like!



UTOPIA AT LAST!


The Bible tells us that under the leadership of Jesus Christ, God's government will produce a UTOPIAN PARADISE on earth.  Beginning with the descendants of the children of Jacob, and using them as a model and example, God will rebuild and bless ALL nations!  Let's study this exciting truth.


1.  In the Bible, what does God specifically say regarding the descendants of Jacob? Isaiah. 27:6; Ezek. 36:8-11; Zech. 8:7-8.  Also read Amos 9:7-12.


COMMENT:  After His return, Jesus Christ will lead the descendants of ancient Israel out of captivity among the nations and into their ancient dwelling place where they will be resettled.


2.   Will the devastated cities be rebuilt?   Amos 9:14-15; Ezek. 36:33-35. (Be sure to read all of Ezekiel 36. Notice that when this re-gathering and rebuilding occurs, Israel will never again practice heathen ways, or be removed and sent into captivity.) Will there be happiness in these cities?  Jeremiah. 33:10-14; Zech. 8:4-5. Also a point to remember is, these things have not yet happened! But in God’s Kingdom they will!


COMMENT:  Today's vast pollution-laden, over-populated

populated cities are rampant with every kind of evil.

These conditions will not exist in tomorrow's cities.  Cities in the Millennium will be decentralized.  They will be small enough to promote healthy, happy family life, yet large enough for a proper balance between industry and those essentials that promote joyous living.



3. Will Christ make Jerusalem the capital of the earth-the world headquarters of His government?  Zech. 8:3; Jeremiah 3:17.  Will it be an example to the entire world? Isaiah. 62:1-2,7


COMMENT:  Being near the geographical centre of the land surface of the earth, Jerusalem is the ideal focal point for world government.  It will be rebuilt to unsurpassed splendour and magnificence!  It will become the future MODEL CITY-the standard for cities throughout the world tomorrow.


4.  Will the descendants of ancient Israel dwell in safety in their own land?  Ezek. 28:25-26. Will there be world peace?  Isaiah. 2:1-4; Micah. 4:1-4.


5.  Will God cause the laws of nature to function for the benefit of His people?  Deut. 28:12; Isaiah. 41:18.


COMMENT:  God originally promised to bestow great blessings upon ancient Israel if they would only obey Him (Lev. 26; Deut. 28).   The Bible shows they disobeyed and were PUNISHED.   In the Millennium, the descendants of ancient Israel will obey God and therefore will receive these tremendous blessings!


6. The Middle East is now a relatively barren region.  Prophecies show, however, that after Christ returns it will undergo the most dramatic change of any land.  Will the waste places become fertile, and will beautiful forests spread in the Millennium? Isaiah. 41:14-20; 35:1-2, 7.


COMMENT: Can you imagine such a fabulous scene?  Deserts becoming green, fertile gardens of trees and shrubs, with bubbling springs and brooks; mountains brought low and made inhabitable. Forests interspersed with cultivated fields will also cause the climate to become more healthful and invigorating.

Lumber, becoming scarce today due to man's exploitation, will again increase as the population increases, making it possible for all to have beautiful homes and furniture.


7.  Will God transform "Zion" and the surrounding area into

a place resembling the Garden of Eden?  Isaiah. 51:3.


COMMENT:  Zion is a hill within the city of Jerusalem. it is the original area of the city-called the "city of David." Since Zion will be the location of Israel’s capital city, "Zion" here represents the entire land of all the tribes of Israel.


ALL NATIONS TO BE BLESSED!


Prophecies show that the rest of the earth will share in the great prosperity Jesus will bring to Jerusalem and the descendants of Jacob. The whole earth will undergo remarkable changes.


1.  Will all nations become submissive and obedient to Christ?  Isaiah. 2:1-3.


2.  Since the Gentiles will obey Christ in the Millennium, will they belong to Him-be His subjects and servants? Rom. 6:16.


3.  Will the Gentiles therefore become Abraham's "children," spiritually speaking?  Gal. 3:29.  And what was promised to Abraham's physical descendants?  Read both Leviticus 26:1-13 and Deuteronomy 28:1-14.


COMMENT:  Ancient Israel was never able to claim all the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26 for any great length of time because the people were not faithful in their obedience to God.  But with Christ ruling in the Millennium, all nations will be obedient and therefore will also partake of the tremendous blessings originally promised to the tribes of Israel.


ONE LANGUAGE, LIBERTY AND TOTAL ABUNDANCE.


One of the major barriers to mutual understanding and cooperation between peoples has been the language barrier.  When men cannot understand one another, they can't freely exchange ideas, philosophies, concepts or opinions.  Misunderstandings often lead to conflict.


Can you imagine what a world on ONE LANGUAGE would be like?  Think what an almost unbelievable step forward it would be if all peoples everywhere spoke, read and wrote the same language!


If the language barrier were removed and everyone became totally literate-with minds capable of grasping the same thoughts, capable of thinking the same terms, capable of understanding each other fully-think of how much more quickly huge changes for good could be effected.


1.  Will God give all the world ONE pure language so all can serve and worship Him with one accord?  Zephaniah. 3:9.


COMMENT:  Man was once bound together by a common tongue.  But he used his knowledge for EVIL-for an attempt to begin the very civilization that would have ended by DESTROYING ITSELF! (See Genesis 1 1). When God divided the languages at the tower of Babel, He was merely forestalling the eventual time of world chaos that now threatens the annihilation of humanity!

In the Millennium, with Christ as the supreme, all-powerful ruler, this danger will be eliminated.  And so Jesus will usher

  in an era of total literacy and total education by giving  the world one pure language!


2. There will be a tremendous amount of reconstruction to be done in the Millennium.  But will this work seem like a rest in comparison to the suffering, sorrow and hard bondage of today's evil world?  Isaiah. 11: 1 0; 14:3. Will submission to Christ and His laws bring the blessing of liberty and rest to the minds and bodies of mankind?  Matt. 11:28-30.


COMMENT: God will make life enjoyable, comfortable and satisfying for people in the Millennium as long as they continue to obey His laws. God's way of life truly is the way of LIBERTY-the way of FREEDOM from the drudgery and toil of the ways of this world.  But mankind today is not convinced that it is.  God is now allowing man to learn by experience how difficult his own ways really are!


3 Much is said today against private ownership of property.  Communists and socialists are particularly against it, partly because men have abused it.  Does God think private ownership of property is wrong?  Micah. 4:4; Isaiah.62:8-9


COMMENT: People will own their property in the Millennium.  They will be liberated from governments that deprive them of the righteous rewards of their own toil. And God will not allow private ownership to be abused.


4. What about health in tomorrow's world?  Will God also liberate man from sickness and disease? Isaiah. 33:24; Jeremiah 30:17. Isaiah 35:3-6; 58:8.


COMMENT: Education about true health and the miraculous HEALING of all  sickness will mean RADIANT HEALTH for everyone!   Today, most of the earth is unproductive-only about 10 percent of the land surface is actually tillable.  There are many deserts, mountainous regions and wildernesses.   The exact opposite will be true in the utopia of tomorrow as God blesses the entire world.  Will He cause the rains to fall at the right time? Ezek. 34:26-27; Isaiah. 30:23.


COMMENT:  Farmers have had to gamble with the weather throughout the centuries.  About the most thrilling news they could hear is that their work would always

be successful-as long as they obey God.


6. Will there be great rejoicing over the abundance of crops God will bestow in the wonderful world tomorrow? Jeremiah. 31:12.  Will there actually be a superabundance of food? Amos 9:13.


THE GREAT RIVER


1  What will happen when the feet of the returning Christ touch the Mount of Olives? Zech 14:4.


2.  Will the great valley thus formed become the channel of a mighty river that will arise in Jerusalem? Verse 8. Will one half of this mighty river flow eastward toward the Dead Sea ("former sea") and the other half flow westward toward the Mediterranean Sea ("hinder sea")?  Same verse.


3.  Is the eastern channel of this great river-in which "living waters" flow into the Dead Sea-the same as the river described in Ezekiel 47:1-12?  Does verse 8 show that when the fresh or "healing" water from this life- giving river begins to flow into the Dead Sea, it will then be able to support LIFE, thus being "healed?" Will it contain a great multitude of fish?  Verse 9. Will this river also give life to the barren places through which it flows? Verse 12.


COMMENT:  The Dead Sea, 1,286 feet below sea level, is the lowest spot on earth.  Look at a map of this area and notice that the Jordan River empties into the northern extremity of the Dead Sea.  Even though the Dead Sea has no outlet, the water remains fairly constant due to evaporation.

The water in this sea is so heavily laden with salt and other minerals that no plant or marine life can survive in it. But when this new river-the river of "living waters"-begins to empty into the Dead Sea, its waters will rise until they overflow through the desert.   Everywhere along the overflow area (except for certain salt swamps and marshes that shall be formed-verse 11) plant and fish life will multiply.


4.  Does this river of "living waters" proceed from the spot where God's Temple will stand-from Christ's very throne?  Ezek. 47:1, and latter part of verse 12; Joel 3: 18, last part.  Is the Holy Spirit compared to "living waters"?  John 4:10; 7:37-39.  Then isn't this river clearly a physical counterpart of God's Holy Spirit?


  Comment: The Holy Spirit, like the physical river, will go forth from Jerusalem and will "heal" the mental and spiritual  

  Problems of mankind. Clearly, the world tomorrow will be a utopian paradise of peace, prosperity and beauty!

All nations will share in the great blessings of God.  The whole world will be at peace.  During that millennial age, most of the earth's land surface will be cultivatable.  Beautiful forests, agricultural areas, fish-filled lakes and streams will be found all over the world with no more barren tundra, polluted rivers, ravaged landscapes, hostile deserts or waste places.

But how will such a world be ushered in? Exactly how will such vast changes come about?

Let's see what the Bible has to say about the way utopia will come, and who will be involved.  Believe it or not, you can

have a part in bringing about that wonderful world!



THE CORONATION OF TOMORROW'S KING


Consider for a moment what the angelic messenger said to Mary, the mother of Jesus: "Thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.  He shall be great .... and the Lord God shall give unto him the THRONE of his father David. and he shall REIGN over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:31-33).

Notice also the account in John 18:37: "Pilate therefore said unto him, Are you a king then?  Jesus answered, Thou say that I am a king.  To this end was born, and for this cause came I into the world."

Jesus was born to rule and reign as King over all nations.  Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus qualified to become this world's ruler by conquering Satan the devil (Matt. 4:1-11).  But He did not remove and replace Satan then. He was not crowned King while a human being (John 18:36).  He was CRUCIFIED!  Jesus was not to assume the responsibilities of His new role as world ruler at that time.

When Jesus' disciples thought the Kingdom of God would be set up in their day, He gave them a parable to explain when He would begin ruling the world.


1.  According to this parable in Luke 19:12-27, where did Jesus go after His death and resurrection to obtain the office of King and to receive the Kingdom?  Did He go to Caesar at Rome?  Did He go to the people to have them induct Him into office?  Verse 12. Who only had the authority to make Jesus the "King of kings?" Romans 13:1.


COMMENT:  Jesus was showing His disciples He would have to ascend to His Father in heaven (the "far country" in the parable of Luke 19) to receive authority to rule the nations.


2.  After Jesus ascended to heaven and had been there for approximately 60 years, He appeared in a vision to the Apostle John.  Was there a crown on Jesus' head when John saw Him?  Read Revelation 1:12-18.


3.   But will Jesus have been crowned by the time He returns?   Rev. 14:14.   What scripture prophetically describes Jesus' actual receiving of the Kingdom, which He went to heaven to obtain?  Daniel 7:13-14.


                                                                                     COMMENT:  Here is depicted the actual coronation of Jesus Christ.  The "Ancient of Days" is the heavenly Father.  The title "Father" was not used because Jesus had not yet been begotten as a human being when Daniel saw this vision.

Notice also that "one like the Son" appeared before the "Ancient of days" to receive the Kingdom.  The Logos or "Word" (John 1:1) was like the Son of man.  He was not yet born as a son, but since He would later become a son of man, He was, in Daniel's day, "like the Son of man"-the Jesus who was to be born of a human mother.


CROWNED "KING OF KINGS"


1. How many great crowns will Jesus have?  Rev. 14:14.  But what about the "many crowns" mentioned Revelation 19:12?


COMMENT:  Jesus will have only one great golden crown.  That crown will designate Him as Supreme King over all nations-over all the world.   The proper translation Revelation 19:12 is: "And on his head are many diadems." A diadem is a small crown or headband signifying royal office.   The smaller crowns or diadems symbolize the lesser royal offices Jesus will hold.


2.  What will Christ's official title be when He returns?  Rev. 19:16.  But who are these other "kings?" Let's understand.


3.  Are Christians also to receive everlasting crowns-if they overcome?  I Corinthians. 9:25.

Will those who qualify in this life rule over the nations as KINGS with Christ? Rev.2:26,27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4; Dan.7:22,27.

4.  When do the "saints"-Christians-receive the reward of being rulers?  Compare Revelation 1 1: 1 5, 18; 22:12 with Isaiah 40:10.


COMMENT: Jesus went to heaven to be crowned by the Father, but one of the reasons Jesus will return to earth is to bring rewards of ruler-ship to His resurrected saints!


5.  What did Christ say would be the reward of those who manage wisely the abilities  God has given them now?  Luke 19:16-19.


6. Will the resurrected saints also be priests? Rev. 5:10; 20:4, 6.


COMMENT: Resurrected Christians will be kings and priests, and will judge among the peoples of the earth during the Millennium.


PERFECT, POWERFUL GOVERNMENT


Christ's government will begin at Jerusalem, where His headquarters will be located (Jeremiah. 3:17).  As His rule spreads over the whole earth, all rebellious nations will be brought into line.


1.  How will Christ have to begin His rule on earth?  Rev. 19:15.  Notice the words "rod of iron."


COMMENT:  At His return, Christ will have to powerfully subdue the world and force mankind to submit to

His rule.  He will use a "rod of iron," symbolizing absolute authority.  He will rule with power, not hesitating to

use it when necessary!


A world that has been deceived and

influenced by an invisible devil (Rev. 12:9) must be ruled rigidly until it learns the positive fruits of living God's way!

Jesus Christ will be in absolute control of the earth, but He will rule with perfect justice and mercy, having once been human Himself (Heb. 2:9-1 0; 4:15).  He will at first literally have to FORCE men to be happy!  He will impose His merciful rule on rebellious mankind and bring the world COMPULSORY JOY! Can you realize this? That you must be forced by our loving Lord Jesus to be happy?


2.   How will Christ deal with those nations that refuse to come to Jerusalem to worship God the way He commands?  Zech. 14:16-19.


COMMENT:  Although God will rule with power and authority, He does not intend to "cram His religion" down the throats of people.  He will not force anyone to accept His truth in the sense of spiritual conversion- repentance, baptism, etc.

God is not a stern, cruel monster as some agnostics have falsely implied.  God wants man to always be really happy!  But God knows that the only way to lasting happiness is obedience to His laws!

Gradually, as men obey God's laws, they will wake up to the wisdom and justice of God's rule and will submit gladly to His authority, and a "rod of iron" will no longer be necessary.





REEDUCATION IN THE MILLENNIUM


Speaking of the Millennial rule of Christ, the Bible declares: "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the

Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah. 11:9).

During the Millennium Jesus will teach mankind the laws that produce happiness.  He will give each individual the CHOICE, after learning His laws and seeing the happiness they produce, of whether to obey His laws or not.  The vast majority of mankind will see God's way is truly the best way and will voluntarily choose to OBEY Him.

But before people can really choose, they must clearly see the alternatives.  They must be RE-EDUCATED so they can see through old prejudices and discern true values.

Education will play a vitally important role in the Millennium,    it will receive TOP PRIORITY!

Exactly why is education so important?  Let's understand.


1.  What kind of knowledge is most lacking in the world today?  Is it spiritual knowledge?  Hosea. 4:6.  What is the tragic result of this dearth of spiritual knowledge? Same verse.


2. Is the world's lack of spiritual knowledge and understanding like a veil that hides the mind from God's truth Isaiah. 25:7.


3.  Who is fundamentally responsible for deceiving the whole world?  Rev. 12:9.  Does he teach lies? John 8:44.

 Will the devil be allowed to deceive the nations when Christ commences to re-educate the world? Rev. 20:1-3.



4.  Has the devil deceived the nations largely by means of false religion-including false religions that PROFESS Christ, but DENY Him by their works? 2 Corinthians.11:13-15.


WHAT IS TRUE EDUCATION?


1.  What is truth?  John 17:17.  What will God's truth do for people in the world tomorrow?  John 8:31-32.


        COMMENT:  A common but false concept in the world today is that education should have nothing to do with a "way of life." Many believe education should teach you only how to earn a living, but NOT how to live!  We must begin to "recapture true values" from the FOUNDATION of knowledge-the Bible!


2.  Do we have a written record that the true apostolic church preached God's "way?" Acts 18:25-26;  19:9,  23. Does the world approve of God's "way?" Acts 24:14.


COMMENT: God's way of life is based upon the bedrock of God‘s Truth.  But God's truth has been totally rejected by this world.  The Bible has been completely disregarded by modern education!


3.  The world is fast approaching a smashing climax, which will shock people into a realization that something is radically wrong with our modern way of life.   What will people then acknowledge?   Jeremiah. 16:19; Isaiah. 2:3. Would they desire to learn another way if their present way were better?


COMMENT:  The people of this world have inherited many lies from birth, ideas that have been fed into their unquestioning minds.  As adults they continue accepting fallacies learned in childhood, and build their lives around bias and prejudices.

When Christ rescues the world from annihilation, people will acknowledge their ignorance-their lack of sound education.  This confession of error is actually the first step

toward repentance!


4.  What does repentance really involve?  Isaiah. 55:6-9.  Isn't it clearly turning from the wrong way that a person has been living?  Verse 7.


COMMENT:  Repentance clearly involves the forsaking of all wrong concepts about life one has always taken for granted without proof, and turning to God's truth and His way of life!


5.  Will re-education in the Millennium necessarily remake man's methods of doing business? 2 Corinthians. 8:21. Will it remake the social order? I Pet. 4:3-4. Will the re-education program affect all other phases of life in general?   1Corinthians. 10:31.


GOD'S SYSTEM FOR RE-EDUCATION


The evils in the world today can be laid at the doorstep of false education.  Our great universities have FAILED to teach the truth because God has been thrown out of the classroom!   This system of education obviously needs to be changed.  But what kind of system will replace it?

                                                           

1. In addition to ruling as supreme King over all the nations, will Christ also be the supreme educator?  Isaiah. 2:3; Ps. 25:8-10.




COMMENT:  Christ will be in charge of these two functions.  How plain that in God's pattern for world rule, religion and government will not be separated in the world tomorrow!


      2. Who will rule over the modern descendants of Jacob?  Jeremiah. 30:7-9.  What did Jeremiah mean by "raise up?" I Corinthians. 6:14.  Will Christ appoint David to be king over Israel?  Jeremiah. 30:9; Ezek. 37:24-25.


COMMENT:  David will be resurrected to rule over the physical descendants of ancient Israel.  His office will include the responsibility of TEACHING the people the laws of God.


3.  Will the 12 apostles each be placed over one of the 12 tribes of Israel?  Matt. 19:28.  Will each apostle have a throne?  Luke 22:29-30.  Will they then TEACH the individual tribes of Israel God's TRUTH?  Matt. 28:19-20.


COMMENT:  The apostles preached the Gospel to as many as they could reach nearly 2,000 years ago, and God's Church is preaching it as a "witness" to the nations today (Matt. 24:14).  But the entire earth will hear God's truth proclaimed during the Millennium!


4.  Who else will rule and teach in the world tomorrow?  Rev. 2:26; 5:10.


COMMENT:  The resurrected Christians mentioned in Revelation 5:10 are to be priest’s as well as kings. And the true function of a priest is to teach (Mal. 2:7).

When God intervenes in human affairs, it will not be left up to the people to vote in their own rulers or choose their own teachers.   In the world tomorrow GOD will appoint His resurrected saints to be the rulers and educators.

They are to teach the people all of God's laws and statutes, which are the way to peace, prosperity and happiness!


5.  Will the resurrected saints be able to appear to humans at will? Isaiah. 30:20-21. What will they do? Verse 21.  


In the world tomorrow, those now qualifying to rule under

Christ will be ever-present and ever- ready to speak or act, both to teach and to nip in the bud potential criminal action.

Because they will be composed of spirit, they will be able to come and go as necessary and to pass through walls or simply disappear, just as Christ was able to do after His resurrection (John 20:19, 25-27; Luke 24:31).


RESULTS OF UNIVERSAL EDUCATION


1.  Will people come to see eye to eye as they learn of God and His way?  Isaiah. 52:7-8.  Will the whole world come to know His truth?  Hab. 2:14; Isaiah. 11:9; Jeremiah. 31:34.  Will even those who grumbled against God learn His truth?  Isaiah. 29:24.


2.  Will the Egyptians "know the Lord" in that day?  Isaiah. 19:21.  How will the Egyptians, as well as all other people, come to really know God?  Isaiah. 55:6-7; 1 John 2:3-4.  Will Ethiopia also seek to gain the benefits of an obedient relationship with Christ?  Ps. 68:31.


COMMENT:  The nations near Israel spoken of in the Bible are types of all nations in the world tomorrow.  All the nations of the world will learn that true Christianity really pays!



3.  Upon what conditions has God always promised to shower great material prosperity?  Mal. 3:10-12.


COMMENT:  Obedience to God's laws is what will produce universal prosperity, peace and happiness in the world tomorrow!  Isn't it plain that the basis of right education is the knowledge of God and His laws?


NEW NATURES


1.   Will God change the natures of animals in the Millennium? Isaiah. 11:6-8; Hosea. 2:18.  Will all creatures be peaceful?  Ezek. 34:25.


2.  In the Bible God speaks of the heart of man as being symbolic of his mind.  What is man's heart-his mind- really like today?  Jeremiah. 17:9.  Is man's mind naturally submissive to God and His law?  Rom. 8:7.


3.  What does God say He will add to the minds of people in the Millennium to CHANGE their basic attitude? Ezek. 36:26-27; Jeremiah. 31:33.


COMMENT:  As God is going to change the lion's inborn desire for flesh food to an appetite for vegetation and is going to give peaceful natures to all other creatures, so He will make a truly wonderful and miraculous CHANGE in man's hostile mind.  This change in the mind will be brought about by repentance and the receiving of God's HOLY SPIRIT!  This is what will actually make the wonderful world tomorrow a literal UTOPIA!

By a miracle, God will place His own nature of outgoing love within mankind (Rom. 5-5).  True love will thus be manifested in human beings through the Holy spirit of God.  People will then love their fellowman and strive to make them happy!

It would require a thick book to begin to describe the wonderful conditions that will finally prevail on earth when the hearts of men are HUMBLED and CONVERTED by the Holy Spirit-when they are given the very nature of God! (2 Pet. 1:4).



GOD'S WAY THE BEST WAY AFTER ALL!


Do you grasp the significance of what you have studied in your Bible with this lesson?  God prophesied long ago of a time when He would cause this earth's inhabitants to possess tremendous abundance.  It is then that the world will wake up to a great truth that GOD'S WAY IS BEST AFTER ALL!

The time is almost here when "The LORD of hosts [shall] make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow .... And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations"-He will destroy their spiritual blindness! (Isa.25:6-7).


God will soon halt this world's mad plunge toward nuclear destruction. He will send Jesus Christ to intervene in world affairs and put down all rebellion.. Then He and His saints will begin teaching the nations God's truth and His law-His way, which brings blessings, prosperity, peace and happiness.

The utopian paradise mankind has always longed for will finally be ushered in.  Men will at long last WAKE UP!  They will finally see through the veil of prejudices that have prevented them from following the WAY that would bring them all of their true desires.

No one in that wonderful world tomorrow will be deceived as the vast majority of mankind is today!  There will be no devil around to lead people astray.   ALL will know the TRUTH!   There will be no more religious confusion.  Eyes will be opened to God's revealed truth.  Humans will become TEACHABLE.  People will start living God's WAY-the way of outgoing concern for others-the way of TRUE VALUES-the way of PEACE, of HAPPINESS, of WELL-BEING, of JOY!

Crime, sickness, disease and suffering will be GONE!  Poverty and ignorance will be banished.  SMILES will enlighten human faces-countenances will radiate with sparkling JOY!  Wild animals will be tame.  Air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution will be no more!  There will be crystal-pure water to drink; clean, crisp, pure air to breathe; rich fertile soil producing full-flavoured foods where deserts once existed; and fantastic BEAUTY in flowers, shrubs, trees.

The millennial world will be filled with HAPPY people guided, helped, protected and ruled by Christ and the saints.  And all human beings will be called by God to inherit EVERLASTING LIFE in supreme happiness and thrilling JOY!


WHAT A FABULOUS WORLD THAT WILL BE!

Although  a  utopian  paradise  is  indeed  impossible  by  the  hands  of  men-although  none  of  this  world's governments can bring us true peace, prosperity and abundance your Bible shows the great GOD of HEAVEN AND EARTH CAN AND WILL PRODUCE UTOPIA ON EARTH .... SOON!


May God speed that glorious day!


Maranatha Ministry

Lesson 2. World Peace..Coming in our Time

Lesson 3. The Dramatic Return of Jesus Christ

Lesson 4. The Coming Utopia, The Wonderful World of Tomorrow

Lesson 1. Why Study The Bible?

Lesson 5. Just What is Man?

Lesson 7. Will You go to Heaven?

Lesson 6. What is ‘Hell’?

Lesson 8. What it Means to be ‘Born Again’

Lesson 9. What is Real Repentance?

Lesson 10. Should You be Baptised?

Lesson 11. Why You Need The Holy Spirit

Lesson 12. Christianity Is A Way of Life

Lesson 13. Who and What is GOD?

Lesson 14. Angels

Lesson 15. What Makes Man Unique

Lesson 16. Ancient Israel? Why God’s Chosen People?

Lesson 17.The Truth About The Old and New Covenant

Lesson 18. The True Gospel

Lesson 19. The New Covenant and Testament

Lesson 20. To Rule With Jesus

Lesson 21. Is It Really The Only Day of Salvation

Lesson 22. God’s Purpose for Mankind Revealed

Lesson 23. Why Should Christians Keep God’s Holy Days?

Lesson 24. The Truth About God’s Holy Sabbath