The Great Salvation/31
The Fulfillment of the Covenants with Abraham and David Involves the Restoration of the Twelve Tribes Under Christ
Jer. 31:27, 28 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass that like as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so will I watch over them to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
Jer. 33:4 Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, AND TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH. In those days and at that time will I cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David, and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely, and this is the name whereby she shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Jer. 31:0 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel WILL GATHER HIM, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
Isa. 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Ezek. 37:21, 22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they have gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
Ezek. 36:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD: I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen whither ye went.
Ezek. 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. See also verses 31-38.
Micah 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast off a strong nation; and the LORD shall reign over them in Mount Zion, from henceforth even for ever.
Rom. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
Now, dear reader, we are well along in our search for the truth in relation to the things concerning the kingdom of God It will be well for us to remember now, that in preaching the gospel to the Samaritans Philip preached Christ (Acts 8:5). So that to preach the gospel is to preach Christ. The result of preaching Christ was that they believed the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, and were baptized (verse 12). Now to preach these things was to make known the purpose of God in relation, not to the moon or any of the planets we are not so specially concerned about, but to the earth. We may therefore briefly summarize the matter as follows:
The Future Abode of Righteous Is Not Heaven, But the Earth
Isa. 115:16 The heavens, even the heavens are the LORD's; but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Prov. 11:31 Behold the righteous shall be recompensed in THE EARTH; much more the wicked and the sinner.
Matt. 5:5 Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Psa. 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Rom. 4:13 For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Rev. 5:10 And has made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.
Dan. 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High
When These Promises Are Fulfilled the Kingdom of God Will Be Established in the Earth
II Tim. 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at tab appearing AND his KlNGDOM.
Matt. 6:l0 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Rev. 11:15 The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
The Kingdom of God Will Consist, First, of the Whole Earth as It's Territory
Num. 14:21 But as truly as I live all the earth shall be filed with the glory of the LORD.
Psa. 72:19 And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Psa. 2:8 Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of THE EARTH for thy possession.
Second, the Jews Restored to the Holy Land as the Subjects
Micah 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Ezek. 37:21, 22 Behold I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on avert side, and bring them INTO THEIR OWN LAND; and I will make them one nation in the LAND, UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL; and one king shall he king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
Third, all Nations as the Subjects of the Dominion
Isa. 2:4, 5 ..And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Psa. 72:8, 17 He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth * * * all nations shall call him blessed.
Fourth, Jerusalem as the Seat of Government
Matt. 5:34, 35 Swear not by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
Zech. 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah, his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Micah 4:2 For the law shall go of Zion, and the word of the FROM JERUSALEM.
Isa. 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
Isa. 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
Fifth, Christ as the King
Zech. 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one LORD and his name one.
Rev. 11:15 The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Dan. 7:13, 14 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. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, THAT ALL PEOPLES, 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.
Sixth, the Redeemed Saints as the Associates of the King
Dan. 7:18, 22, 27 But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. And the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdoms and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Rev. 5:9, 10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindreds and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.
The Kingdom of God Will Destroy All the Kingdoms of Men from the Face of the Earth
Dan. 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be Left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Psa. 2:8, 9 Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen (nations) for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Isa. 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him; let the children of Zion be joyful In their king.
Isa. 149:8 Let the saints be Joyful in glory; let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the heathen (nations) and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.
The Curse Will Be Removed from the Earth and It Will Yield Its Bountiful Increase
Isa. 55:12, 13 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before yon into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Blessedness, Peace and Prosperity Will Be the Grand Result
Gen. 12:3; Gal. 3:8 And in thee (Abraham) shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Psa. 72:17 HIS name shall endure for ever; * * * and men shall be blessed in him.
Zech. 9:10 And he shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Psa. 85:10 Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other;
Psa. 85:12 yea the LORD shall give that which is good, and our land shall yield her increase.
It will be seen from the numerous testimonies on the various subjects treated that the return of Christ to the earth is a necessity in the fulfillment of the promises that compose the gospel. Hence we submit irresistible evidence of this truth.