WHAT WILL GOD'S
KINGDOM BE LIKE?
Agriculture And Nature
All these changes in the earth will bring about a
wonderful time of peace such as has never been known before. The harmony
that first existed between man and his Creator in Eden will be restored.
The curse that came as a result of sin will be lifted and man; as the
verses from Micah and Isaiah quoted above say; will return to an
agricultural way of life. Because of Adam and Eve disobeying God, the Lord
"Cursed is the ground because of you, through
painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will
produce thorns and thistles for you and you will eat the plants of the
field. by the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return
to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to
dust you will return" Genesis 3v17-19
We see so much of the truth of these words, in the
day to day troubles we endure in this life. Yet in time to come God
promises through Amos:
"The days are coming declares the lord, when
the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman and the planter by the one
treading grapes". Amos 9v13
Further in Ezekiel we read God promises:
"I will call for the corn and will increase
it and lay no famine upon you, and I will multiply the fruit of the tree
and the increase of the field." Ezekiel 36v39
So many areas of the world are desert land and
wilderness, indeed one report says that the desert areas of the world are
increasing rapidly each year by several hundred square miles. By the year
2,000 the earth will no longer be able to sustain it's growing population.
Yet in the scriptures we get a wonderful view of what the earth will be
like in the Kingdom:
||"The desert and
the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and
blossom. Like the crocus it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice
greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the
Lord, the splendour of our God."........"Water will gush
forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand
will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs."
||"Again you will
plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them
and enjoy their fruit."...."They will come and shout for
joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the
LORD--the grain, the new wine and the oil, the young of the flocks
and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will
sorrow no more." Jeremiah 31v5,12
||"Let corn abound
throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its
fruit flourish like Lebanon; let it thrive like the grass of the
field." Psalm 72v14.
Who could imagine the deserts of the world being a place of streams and
pasture or bringing forth a crop. Who now could imagine crops growing even
on the tops of mountains. But such will be the conditions in the Kingdom.
Even nature will be at peace for we read:
"The wolf will live with the lamb, the
leopard lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling
together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the
bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw
like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra and the
young child put his hand into the vipers nest. They will neither harm
nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the
knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." Isaiah 11v6-9.
May that day soon come when the earth will be full
of the glory of the Lord for that is the day when all our hopes will be
fulfilled, and all these things come to pass.
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