for a New Age
cried with tears of joy and hope to hear the Inaugural Address
of the forty-fourth President. He seemed to have captured
the hopes of the nation in this time of "gathering
clouds and raging storms. . ." In this time also of
"sapping confidence across our land," he talked
about preparing "the nation for a new age."
Obama eloquently pressed the idea of "the God-given
promise that all are equal; all are free and all deserve
a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."
He also shared his wider vision for us: "As our world
grows smaller, our common humanity" is yearning for
a "new era of peace." For the sake of our "children’s
children," President Obama encouraged the people to
brave the "icy currents" and what storms may be
soon coming. He concluded by encouraging us to keep our
"eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon
us…" carried forth with the "great gift
of freedom…safely to future generations."
Inauguration of God’s Kingdom
we might ask, What exactly are God’s plans for the
inauguration of His new Kingdom administration? The script
is quite clearly spelled out in His holy Word, the Bible.
The Bible even describes how all slaves actually can become
kings! His Kingdom will actually be a restoration of man’s
original God-given rights that were lost in the Garden of
Eden. Adam and his posterity not only lost life—but
they became slaves to the cursed earth for their existence.
unto Adam he said, Because thou hast… eaten of the
tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not
eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life…In the
sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return
unto the ground…."
man’s sad history, the wicked have usually prospered.
That’s why Prophet Jeremiah asked, "Righteous
art Thou, O LORD, that I would plead my case with Thee;
Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with Thee: Why
has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who
deal in treachery at ease?" (Jer. 12:1 NAS) Those in
power have more often misused it for their own gratification.
Yet, the Scriptures hold out the promise that God will help
the downtrodden. "He shall judge the poor of the people,
he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break
in pieces the oppressor." (Psa. 72:4). People have
often enslaved each other—and still do in parts of
the world. America has come a long way….
History on Slavery
slaves arrived in colonial Virginia in 1619—one year
before the Mayflower. The Atlantic Slave Trade forced transportation
of at least 10 million enslaved Africans from their homelands
to destinations in Europe and the Americas. Two times that
number also perished in the Atlantic’s "middle
passage," their bodies thrown to the close following
sharks. The hardy survivors were mostly pressed into labor
on large plantations in the West Indies or in what became
the US. Although some noble souls protested this practice,
slavery lasted as a legal institution until the passage
of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U S Constitution in 1865.
in fact, was an institution throughout ancient history.
But no other people in history owned as many slaves and
depended on them so much as the Romans. These slaves were
bought and sold in the slave markets. Some slaves were soldiers
who had been captured in wars, while others were the children
of slave parents. If they tried to run away, they were whipped,
burned with iron, and sometimes even killed.
the early Church, some slaves were being called to follow
Christ. Nevertheless, Apostle Paul encouraged contentment
with any status:
you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if
you are able also to become free, rather do that. For he
who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord's
freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ's
slave. You were bought with a price…Brethren, let
each man remain with God in that condition in which he was
for All Slaves
the Scriptures clearly point forward to a time of freedom
for all slaves—not just slaves to other people. But
slavery to sin and death! Moses’ Law actually pointed
forward to a time of the releasing of slaves and the restoration
of the rights of each human being that ever lived. "The
law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not
the realities themselves" (Heb 10:1 NIV)
the children of Israel came into the Promised Land, they
were apportioned land tribe by tribe, family by family (Num.
34). But as can be expected, some by misfortune or mismanagement,
went into debt and had to surrender their ancestral property
(something like a home equity loan forfeited). But some
even fell into deeper debt—so members of those families
had to leave their homes and go into compulsory service
as bond servants.
every fiftieth year the lost land had to be returned—and
the enslaved family members returned to their families!
It was called a "Jubilee" year.
shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release
through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee
for you, and each of you shall return to his own property,
and each of you shall return to his family."
course, at the beginning of the Jubilee year—when
the shofar trumpet was blown (Lev. 25:9)—there must
have been much confusion and clamor in sorting out who should
own what! And it must have taken most of the year to settle
things—even so imperfectly. But imagine the joy of
families being reunited again!
as the yearly Passover lamb for the Jews pointed forward
to the slain "Lamb of God" (John 1:29)—so
the Jubilee law pointed forward to the time of earth’s
great restoration. After all, Jesus came and died to save
what man lost. "For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). All
of Adam’s posterity die because Adam lost perfection—especially
life itself. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive" (1 Cor 15:22).
is why the Scriptures say Jesus was to be sent by his Father
to begin the "times of restitution" [KJV], a "period
of restoration" [NAS]. This coming time, in fact, was
the theme of all God’s holy prophets:
[Jesus] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God
to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his
is the Kingdom for which we pray, "Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…"
(Matt. 6:10) This Grand Jubilee restoration lasts not one
year—but a thousand years! Faithful Christians will
be Christ’s Bride in the Heavenly Kingdom. But their
joy will be the great work of giving life to all families
of the earth (Gal. 3:8). "All who are in the tombs"
would then include those who will have an opportunity in
this 1,000-year Judgment Day (2 Pet. 3:7,8). They will all
have equal freedom to "pursue their full measure of
happiness"—with a full individual trial for life
during that Kingdom.
not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all
who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come
forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of
life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection
of judgment [krisis, St.2920, "decision, for or against]."
Incoming New Administration
new administration of the God’s Jubilee Kingdom will
certainly accomplish unprecedented change. But it is gradual.
Progress is slow resulting in frustration and shouting.
First the "land rights" are demanded—including
civil rights, handicap rights, workers’ rights, women’s
rights, patient rights, etc. Many noble advocates of the
common man have good and sincere intentions to establish
various social services such as, local food banks and the
World Health Organization, etc. However, they lack enough
wisdom and power to actually achieve the goals of all their
wonderful vision. But God is allowing them to try—to
see how far they can progress in spite of the selfish resistance.
the crucial issue is the selfishness of the human heart.
That is the root problem. Putting excellent laws, policies
and programs into effect may help a little—for a little
while. But God’s Kingdom will be built from the inside
out. God will remove the sinful, selfish heart of people.
Even as He promised to deal with Israel, God will work with
all mankind: "A new heart also will I give you, and
a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an
heart of flesh." (Ezek. 36:26).
although Christians pray for God’s Kingdom administration—in
the meantime they also pray for present rulers, yes, even
while those governments are shaking or crumbling. Apostle
Paul urged "that entreaties and prayers, petitions
and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings
and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead
a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity"
(1 Tim 2:1-2; Rev 7 1-3). As Christians, we must make use
of every opportunity now to develop Christ-likeness by praying,
studying the Scriptures, leaving false teachings behind,
and assembling with other Christians—letting our light
of Power—Not Peaceful
just how close are we to the long promised new Kingdom’s
administration? As Jesus is setting up God’s Kingdom
"the nations are angry" (Rev. 11:15-18). They
are certainly not happy!
Obama said, We are in the time of "gathering clouds"
and storms…soon coming." How true! Certainly,
we see today "…dismay among nations, in perplexity
at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from
fear and the expectation of the things which are coming
upon the world…" (Luke 21:25-27) But with our
Scriptural panoramic view of the Kingdom, we can lift up
our heads and rejoice. Why? Because we know that after the
trouble there will be an eternity of true Peace on Earth
as never before.
Fixed on the Horizon
we not only watch the beginnings of the fulfilling of prophecy—we
look forward to God’s promise to every human being
that ever lived. Every person will be a "king"
adding their own glory to the glory of the "New Jerusalem"
government (Rev. 21:24). The Jubilee Law is also a time
prophecy which actually tells us how close we are to its
full wonderful reality.
the President, we would hope that all want to see the blessing
and prosperity of future generations. However, we realize
God’s commission to man was to "multiply and
fill the earth" (Gen. 1:28). Nevertheless, whatever
the limit—we can actually look forward to the Kingdom
time when preceding generations will be reunited with their
families now living.
hope, indeed, overrides all our fears! Therefore, with full
confidence we look to the God-given promise that all mankind
will soon have equal opportunity in His Kingdom. All people
will be able to have complete trust in this new government.
But it also will be an "era of responsibility."
Each person will be responsible for his own destiny—to
love and obey God and bless his fellowman. Finally, this
new era of peace and blessing will be not just for Americans—but
for all the "families of the earth" (Gen. 12:3;