7 Features of the Coming Jewish Kingdom
The prophet Isaiah provided a wonderful glimpse of the future Davidic, Millennial Kingdom in his prophecy to Israel (Isa. 65:18–25). Here are seven of the coming Kingdom’s characteristics. Remember, Church Age saints will be ruling with Christ in their resurrected, sinless state, maintaining a righteous and incorruptible government.
Peace will prevail throughout the world, flowing like a river from Jerusalem. Nations will no longer go to war to solve their problems: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (2:4).
Political and personal justice will prevail worldwide. The Messiah will apply supernatural principles to judge from David’s throne in Jerusalem (9:6–7; 11:2–4; Lk. 1:31–33) and rule all nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5). Everyone’s rights will be protected; and no enemy or court of law will be able to deprive people of their property, crops, or children: “They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them” (Isa. 65:21, 23).
For centuries, Jewish people have endured torment and persecution. During the Millennium, joy and rejoicing will carry the day. Weeping and crying will not be heard. This spirit will fill the world: “For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying” (vv. 18–19).
There will be miracles of healing in both body and soul, and people will no longer become physically ill (33:24; 35:5–6).
5. LONG LIFE
Most people will live through the entire thousand years, and someone who dies at 100 will be considered a mere youth who suffered a premature death due to his or her sin (65:20).
6. ANSWERED PRAYER
God promises, “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” (v. 24). The Lord will answer prayers immediately for those praying in the will of God.
7. EDEN AGAIN
At the fall of humanity, God cursed the earth, which then produced thorns and thistles and forced people to labor hard working the land. In the Millennium, the curse is lifted. Only the serpent will remain cursed (v. 25). God will restore Earth to its prefall state, and even the animal kingdom will be at peace: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox. . . . They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain” (v. 25; cf. 11:6–9; Rom. 8:19–22).