Chapter 22: The Kingdom Restored

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Once Satan has been bound and the enemies of God have been destroyed at the battle of Armageddon, the Kingdom Age will commence and there will be 1000 years of true peace. Satan will be bound for 1000 years.

Zechariah 3:1-10 (NKJ)

1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.
2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?”
3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.
4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”
5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.
6 Then the Angel of the LORD admonished Joshua, saying,
7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk among these who stand here.
8 ‘Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, you and your companions who sit before you, for they are a wondrous sign; for behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.
9 For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
10 In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘Everyone will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.’ “

Notice that the iniquity of the land will be removed in one day. Joshua, the high priest and his companions will be a wondrous sign. Behold, God is bringing forth His Servant, the BRANCH. I believe this will be the day in which the Messiah returns to reign with the saints, on earth, for 1000 years. Listen to how God describes His restored Kingdom.

Isaiah 51:3 (NKJ)

3 For the LORD will comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

Eden in the beginning and Eden in the end. Jerusalem will be as the garden of the Lord. But realize that the next sentence written by Ezekiel tells you that the restoration will follow the destruction. Jerusalem will be made desolate first, as a result of the Battle of Armageddon.

Ezekiel 36:33-38 (NKJ)

33 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.
34 “The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by.
35 “So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’
36 “Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.”
37 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock.
38 “Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”‘ “

Israel will be restored. Following the great destruction of the Battle of Armageddon, the wasted, desolate and ruined cities will be restored, like Eden. And don’t fail to notice, “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities,” as being the enabling event. Your sins will be forgiven by the only One who can truly cleanse you. The chosen people shall be redeemed! Jerusalem will be restored and the Kingdom will be established.

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