August 30th, 2009 by Brian Keating
Now that we know what the kingdom is, the next question to ask is: where will the kingdom be located? That is, where will people live, when the kingdom is established? To start with, here are some descriptions of the kingdom:
Ezekiel 34:25-29 – 25“I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
26“I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing.
27“Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
28“They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid.
29“I will establish for them a renowned planting place, and they will not again be victims of famine in the land, and they will not endure the insults of the nations anymore.
Isaiah 2:2-4 – 2Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.
3And many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war.
Isaiah 11:6-9 – 6And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea.
Zechariah 9:10 – “The warriors bow shall be banished, and he shall proclaim peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.”
To get even more specific, the following verses explicitly address the question of where people will live, in the kingdom of God:
Psalm 37:9 – 29The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.
Psalm 115:16 – 16The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.
Isaiah 65:9 (NAB) – 9From Jacob I will save offspring, from Judah, those who are to inherit my mountains; My chosen ones shall inherit the land, my servants shall dwell there.
Matthew 5:5 (ESV) – 5Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Revelation 5:10 – 10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.
All of the verses that we have seen, on the last few pages, indicate that people will live on the earth – not in heaven – during the kingdom!
next week=> Kingdom Study 5: Where Will God and Jesus Be?