The Kingdom of God: The Rule of Law
The Kingdom of God will be a government of justice. God’s holy and beneficial commandments will be taught and universally enforced—for the good of everyone!
As we have already seen in this series of posts, the coming Kingdom of God will be directly governed by Jesus Christ. He will lead a government of spirit beings who will govern the nations of the world with supreme authority and power. This government will be characterized by complete justice and fairness.
What will set that government apart from the many failed human governments that have come and gone throughout history? How will it be different from human attempts to form global empires—such as the empires of Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon or Adolf Hitler?
Jesus Christ will not administer a government based on whims or circumstances or with the goal of pleasing specific constituencies. His government will be based on the perfect and just administration of law. An administration based on perfect law
Unlike so many human governments throughout history, Jesus Christ will not administer a government based on whims or circumstances or with the goal of pleasing specific constituencies. His government will be based on the perfect and just administration of law.
But that law won’t be an obscure code that nobody pays attention to. God’s law will be the basis of all life in the Millennium. It will be the core of an entire way of living that will transform the lives of everyone on earth!
The Bible says, “Out of Zion [the location of Christ’s future throne in Jerusalem] shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3). The next verse shows that the result of this worldwide education and administration of God’s law will be world peace (verse 4).
The core of this law will be the 10 Commandments. These 10 laws will form the basis of human conduct and education during the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth.
This changes everything
Consider some of the ways that implementation of the 10 Commandments will change the world.
1. “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3).
Under the rule of the Kingdom of God, the false religions that permeate the world will be ended. People will learn who the true God is and how to worship Him. The Bible prophesies a time when “the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day” (Isaiah 19:21). Egypt is just one example of a nation that will turn to God.
2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image … you shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (Exodus 20:4-5).
Under the rule of the Kingdom of God, all false religion—especially religions that use idols in their worship—will be destroyed. When Jesus Christ returns, He will “tread on the high places [places of false worship] of the earth” (Micah 1:3). As Christ’s rule spreads, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD” (Habakkuk 2:14).
3. "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7).
Under the rule of the Kingdom of God, human beings will learn the appropriate use of language. Curse words and taking God’s name in vain (something so many are casual about today) will be phased out. The Bible even says that a “pure language” will be instituted (Zephaniah 3:9)—which will not include profane language.
4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
Under the rule of the Kingdom of God, one of the most drastic changes will be the global observance of the seventh-day Sabbath. The Bible declares that “from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me” (Isaiah 66:23). It’s exciting and mind-boggling to picture billions of people assembling every week to obey this commandment. We also learn that all people will worship on God’s annual holy days (Zechariah 14:16).
5. “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).
Under the rule of the Kingdom, the family will be the building block of societies and nations. God’s intention has always been for a man and woman to marry and form a solid family unit to bring children into (Genesis 2:24; 1:28). God will restore the proper family model and allow those families to live in safety (Micah 4:4; Zechariah 8:4-5).
6. “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).
Under the rule of the Kingdom, one of the greatest changes in society will be the absence of violence and warfare. There are scores of prophecies that paint beautiful prophetic pictures of this truth, such as: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain” (Isaiah 11:9). Not only will this environment of safety benefit individuals (Zechariah 8:4-5), it will help nations, which will no longer be forced to spend billions of dollars on national defense and armaments (Micah 4:3).
7. “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).
Under the rule of the Kingdom, married couples will learn to be faithful within their marriages. This command will strengthen families, and it will also be the basis for ending all of the sexually perverted behavior that plagues the world today.
8. “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
Under the rule of the Kingdom, crime will decrease dramatically! Humanity will learn the principle of give, as opposed to get (which characterizes human life in today’s world). When people are tempted to steal, there will be teachers who will help them make proper decisions in accordance with God’s law (Isaiah 30:21).
9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).
Under the rule of the Kingdom, human beings will learn the importance of truthfulness. All will learn to put away lying and “speak truth with his neighbor” (Ephesians 4:25). This will lead to a society where people genuinely trust one another and will not have to be skeptical of what others say. This will also end cheating and corruption in corporations and governments.
10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house” (Exodus 20:17).
Under the rule of the Kingdom, all people will learn the importance of contentment (1 Timothy 6:6). Instead of coveting and lusting after what is not his or hers, “everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid” (Micah 4:4). Not only does this describe a world without violence, it also describes a society where people are at peace and content with what they have.
The 10 Commandments will literally change society in almost every way possible! Life will be transformed when the whole world understands and lives by these laws.
You do not have to wait for this time to experience the blessings of these laws in your life. You can learn and begin living them now.
This is the fourth article in a four part series on The Kingdom of God. For the other articles in this series, see “The Kingdom of God: A New World Government,” “The Kingdom of God: Who Will Be in It?” and “The Kingdom of God: The Rule of Law.”
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