A coming ‘Golden Age’ with a world-wide royal gathering breaking forth in song

“‭All the kings‭ of the earth‭ shall praise‭‭ thee, O LORD‭, when they hear‭‭ the words‭ of thy mouth‭.‭ ‭Yea, they shall sing‭‭ in the ways‭ of the LORD‭: for great‭ ‭is‭ the glory‭ of the LORD‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 138:4-5.

We sang the metrical version of this psalm in the morning prayer meeting last Lord’s Day. The above appears in this form in the metrical version.

All kings upon the earth that are
shall give thee praise, O Lord,
When as they from thy mouth shall hear
thy true and faithful word.

Yea, in the righteous ways of God
with gladness they shall sing:
For great’s the glory of the Lord;
who doth for ever reign.

As I joined in the singing, I was thrilled to note yet again in God’s Word, a reference to a wonderful future time when the present attitude of men, royal or otherwise, will be very different indeed.

I acknowledge that my eye seems to ‘home in’ on such references in the Bible whenever I am reading it. Often times it is to see the significance of the reference for the first time but at other times it is to peruse again with joy a familiar portion.

That there is a coming ‘golden age’ has ever been in the minds of men. It originated with the Greeks. The term ‘golden age’ comes from ancient Greek mythology and refers to a mythical time when all people lived in peace, prosperity, and happiness without having to work. Men have long looked for a re-birth of such a time.


Though Greek philosophers are credited with such a notion, in truth it is from the Bible that the hope of such an age is born! The prophet Isaiah spoke of a time on the earth when men “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭shall beat‭‭ their swords‭ into plowshares‭, and their spears‭ into pruninghooks‭: nation‭ shall not lift up‭‭ sword‭ against nation‭, neither shall they learn‭‭ war‭ any more,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 2:4.

He speaks again of this wonderful time in chapter 11:6-9.

“‭The wolf‭ also shall dwell‭‭ with the lamb‭, and the leopard‭ shall lie down‭‭ with the kid‭; and the calf‭ and the young lion‭ and the fatling‭ together‭; and a little‭ child‭ shall lead‭‭ them.‭ ‭And the cow‭ and the bear‭ shall feed‭‭; their young ones‭ shall lie down‭‭ together‭: and the lion‭ shall eat‭‭ straw‭ like the ox‭.‭ ‭And the sucking child‭‭ shall play‭‭ on the hole‭ of the asp‭, and the weaned child‭‭ shall put‭‭ his hand‭ on the cockatrice‭’ den‭.‭ ‭They shall not hurt‭‭ nor destroy‭‭ in all my holy‭ mountain‭: for the earth‭ shall be full‭‭ of the knowledge‭ of the LORD‭, as the waters‭ cover‭‭ the sea‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Though mankind has lost its contact with the Word of God, as once the nations knew it in ages past, it has retained something of this longed for dream of an age utterly in contrast with the present turbulence, misery and death!

To the child of God, the believing student of the Word of God, is granted an extensive revelation of the ‘Golden Age’ God has promised to bring about.

Our text speaks of this time and please note the following simple points in these verses.


“‭All the kings‭ of the earth‭ shall praise‭‭ thee, O LORD‭, when they hear‭‭ the words‭ of thy mouth‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” Note especially the words, ‘‭‭‭‭‭‭when they hear‭‭ the words‭ of thy mouth‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’

1. God’s Golden Age is born from God’s Word. Just as it was with the whole of creation, so it will be with the ‘golden age’. This age is the ‘millennial reign of Christ. It is that time spoken of in Revelation 20:4-6.“‭And‭ I saw‭‭ thrones‭, and‭ they sat‭‭ upon‭ them‭, and‭ judgment‭ was given‭‭ unto them‭: and‭ ‭I saw‭ the souls‭ of them that were beheaded‭‭ for‭ the witness‭ of Jesus‭, and‭ for‭ the word‭ of God‭, and‭ which‭ had‭‭ not‭ worshipped‭‭ the beast‭, neither‭ his‭ image‭,‭ neither‭ had received‭‭ ‭his‭ mark‭ upon‭ their‭ foreheads‭, or‭ in‭ their‭ hands‭; and‭ they lived‭‭ and‭ reigned‭‭ with‭ Christ‭ a thousand‭ years‭.‭ ‭But‭ the rest‭ of the dead‭ lived‭‭ not‭ again‭‭ until‭ the thousand‭ years‭ were finished‭‭. This‭ ‭is‭ the first‭ resurrection‭.‭ ‭Blessed‭ and‭ holy‭ ‭is‭ he that hath‭‭ part‭ in‭ the first‭ resurrection‭: on‭ such‭ the second‭ death‭ hath‭‭ no‭ power‭, but‭ they shall be‭‭ priests‭ of God‭ and‭ of Christ‭, and‭ shall reign‭‭ with‭ him‭ a thousand‭ years‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This is a time when, as we have already quoted from Isaiah 11:9, “t‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭he earth‭ shall be full‭‭ of the knowledge‭ of the LORD‭, as the waters‭ cover‭‭ the sea‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ The knowledge of the Lord is something born of the Word of God. Man cannot know anything until he comes under the power of God’s Holy Word. Peter told converts in his day that they had been “‭born again‭‭, not‭ of‭ corruptible‭ seed‭, but‭ of incorruptible‭, by‭ the word‭ of God‭, which liveth‭‭ and‭ abideth‭‭ for‭ ever‭.‭ ‭For‭ all‭ flesh‭ ‭is‭ as‭ grass‭, and‭ all‭ the glory‭ of man‭ as‭ the flower‭ of grass‭. The grass‭ withereth‭‭, and‭ the flower‭ thereof‭ falleth away‭‭:‭ ‭But‭ the word‭ of the Lord‭ endureth‭‭ for‭ ever‭. And‭ this‭ is‭‭ the word‭ which‭ by the gospel is preached‭‭ unto‭ you‭‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Peter 1:23-25.

As regeneration comes about in today’s converts’ and they are put into ‭‭‭‭‭‭Christ‭ and ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬t‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭hey become‭ new‭ creature‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬s‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ and “old things‭ are passed away‭‭; behold‭‭, all things‭ are become‭‭ new‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Corinthians 5:17, so it will be in the age that follows Christ’s return. That time was spoken of by Peter. He said of Christ that “‭‭the heaven‭‭ must‭‭ receive‭‭ (Him) until‭ the times‭ of restitution‭ of all things‭, which‭ God‭ hath spoken‭‭ by‭ the mouth‭ of all‭ his‭ holy‭ prophets‭ since‭ the world began‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 3:21.

The word ‘restitution’ refers to a blessed time which God will bring in and there will be a restoring, to a very large degree, and that for a thousand year period, that which was lost through Adam’s disobedience.

It is not the ultimate and eternal age when there will be an utter overthrowing of sin and the initiating of that glorious new creation which “‭‭we‭‭, according to‭ his‭ promise‭, look for‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” and “w‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭herein‭‭ dwelleth‭‭ righteousness‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Peter 3:13.

2. It is very evidently a happy age. “‭All the kings‭ of the earth‭ shall praise‭‭ thee, O LORD‬‬‬‬‬.” It is a time of singing and that of songs of the purest nature. It is a singing of songs of praise to the Lord. Far from seeing the Lord as someone to deny, blaspheme, curse and mock, as is ever growing more common in these last days, the Lord will be seen as One to praise.

That indicates that men’s eyes have been opened to see and know the true and wonderful character of God, and seeing such men burst into song. That has ever been the case resulting from opened eyes!

“‭‭‭‭‭‭I waited‭‭ patiently‭‭ for the LORD‭; and he inclined‭‭ unto me, and heard‭‭ my cry‭.‭ ‭He brought me up‭‭ also out of an horrible‭ pit‭, out of the miry‭ clay‭, and set‭‭ my feet‭ upon a rock‭, ‭and‭ established‭‭ my goings‭.‭ ‭And he hath put‭‭ a new‭ song‭ in my mouth‭, ‭even‭ praise‭ unto our God‭: many‭ shall see‭‭ ‭it‭, and fear‭‭, and shall trust‭‭ in the LORD‭.‭ ‭Blessed‭ ‭is‭ that man‭ that maketh‭‭ the LORD‭ his trust‭, and respecteth‭‭ not the proud‭, nor such as turn aside‭‭ to lies‭.‭ ‭Many‭, O LORD‭ my God‭, ‭are‭ thy wonderful‭‭ works ‭which‭ thou hast done‭‭, and thy thoughts‭ ‭which are‭ to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order‭‭ unto thee: ‭if‭ I would declare‭‭ and speak‭‭ ‭of them‭, they are more‭‭ than can be numbered‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 40:1-5.

Here is a new song born of a new understanding and vision of the Lord and His glory. So it will be in the day spoken of in our text.

I might say that the very earth will sing, or at least cease its groaning and death pangs. “‭Because‭ the creature‭ itself‭ also‭ shall be delivered‭‭ from‭ the bondage‭ of corruption‭ into‭ the glorious‭ liberty‭ of the children‭ of God‭.‭ ‭For‭ we know‭‭ that‭ the whole‭ creation‭ groaneth‭‭ and‭ travaileth in pain together‭‭ until‭ now‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Romans 8:21-22.

“‭The wolf‭ and the lamb‭ shall feed‭‭ together‭, and the lion‭ shall eat‭‭ straw‭ like the bullock‭: and dust‭ ‭shall be‭ the serpent’s‭ meat‭. They shall not hurt‭‭ nor destroy‭‭ in all my holy‭ mountain‭, saith‭‭ the LORD‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 65:25.

3. It will see converted those out of whose ranks few were ever saved before. Here are ‘kings’ singing praises unto God. In this age, few kings are converted. So said the inspired apostle Paul.

“‭For‭ ye see‭‭ your‭ calling‭, brethren‭, how that‭ not‭ many‭ wise men‭ after‭ the flesh‭, not‭ many‭ mighty‭, not‭ many‭ noble‭, ‭are called‭:‭ ‭but‭ God‭ hath chosen‭‭ the foolish things‭ of the world‭ to‭ confound‭‭ the wise‭; and‭ God‭ hath chosen‭‭ the weak things‭ of the world‭ to‭ confound‭‭ the things which are mighty‭;‭ ‭and‭ base things‭ of the world‭, and‭ things which are despised‭‭, hath‭‭ God‭ chosen‭‭, ‭yea‭, and‭ things which‭ are‭‭ not‭, to‭ bring to nought‭‭ things that are‭‭:‭ ‭that‭ no‭‭ flesh‭ should glory‭‭ in his presence‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

Kings have ever been prayed for. This the Lord commanded.

“‭I exhort‭‭ therefore‭, that, first‭ of all‭, supplications‭, prayers‭, intercessions‭, ‭and‭ giving of thanks‭, be made‭‭ for‭ all‭ men‭;‭ ‭For‭ kings‭, and‭ ‭for‭ all‭ that are‭‭ in‭ authority‭; that‭ we may lead‭‭ a quiet‭ and‭ peaceable‭ life‭ in‭ all‭ godliness‭ and‭ honesty‭.‭ ‭For‭ this‭ ‭is‭ good‭ and‭ acceptable‭ in the sight‭ of God‭ our‭ Saviour‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

But I believe that it may be clearly seen in the shameful antics of ‘royalty’ throughout the ages, that very few gave heed to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, irrespective of the ‘official’ positions they occupied here in the United Kingdom, that of titular head of the Church of England and the many oaths of allegiance sworn to the Reformed Faith, over the centuries since the Reformation.

That will change when Jesus comes and sets up His kingdom as proclaimed in those wonderful words: “‭And‭ the seventh‭ angel‭ sounded‭‭; and‭ there were‭‭ great‭ voices‭ in‭ heaven‭, saying‭‭, The kingdoms‭ of this world‭ are become‭‭ ‭the kingdoms‭ of our‭ Lord‭, and‭ of his‭ Christ‭; and‭ he shall reign‭‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 11:15.


1. The little word ‘all’ is so important. “All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD.” At the present it is a case of ‘very few at best’ or ‘none at all’ of kings who truly praise the Lord, but then it will be ‘all the kings of the earth’ who respond to the power of the gospel.

2. The Millennial Reign of Christ will indeed be a ‘Golden Age’, when multitudes will seek the Lord. Jews will be saved, that nation presently under the judgment of God.

“‭And say‭‭ unto them, Thus saith‭‭ the Lord‭ GOD‭; Behold, I will take‭‭ the children‭ of Israel‭ from among‭ the heathen‭, whither they be gone‭‭, and will gather‭‭ them on every side‭, and bring‭‭ them into their own land‭:‭ ‭And I will make‭‭ them one‭ nation‭ in the land‭ upon the mountains‭ of Israel‭; and one‭ king‭ shall be king‭ to them all: and they shall be‭ no more two‭ nations‭, neither shall they be divided‭‭ into two‭ kingdoms‭ any more at all:‭ ‭Neither shall they defile‭‭ themselves any more with their idols‭, nor with their detestable things‭, nor with any of their transgressions‭: but I will save‭‭ them out of all their dwellingplaces‭, wherein they have sinned‭‭, and will cleanse‭‭ them: so shall they be my people‭, and I will be their God‭.‭ ‭And David‭ my servant‭ ‭shall be‭ king‭ over them; and they all shall have one‭ shepherd‭‭: they shall also walk‭‭ in my judgments‭, and observe‭‭ my statutes‭, and do‭‭ them.‭ ‭And they shall dwell‭‭ in the land‭ that I have given‭‭ unto Jacob‭ my servant‭, wherein your fathers‭ have dwelt‭‭; and they shall dwell‭‭ therein, ‭even‭ they, and their children‭, and their children’s‭ children‭ for ever‭: and my servant‭ David‭ ‭shall be‭ their prince‭ for‭ ever‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ezekiel 37:21-25.

“‭Therefore thus saith‭‭ the Lord‭ GOD‭; Now will I bring again‭‭ the captivity‭‭‭ of Jacob‭, and have mercy‭‭ upon the whole house‭ of Israel‭, and will be jealous‭‭ for my holy‭ name‭;‭ ‭after that they have borne‭‭ their shame‭, and all their trespasses‭ whereby they have trespassed‭‭ against me, when they dwelt‭‭ safely‭ in their land‭, and none made ‭them‭ afraid‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ezekiel 39:25-26.

The converted Jews will become the messengers of God’s mercy to the nations of the world. “‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭; I am returned‭‭ unto Zion‭, and will dwell‭‭ in the midst‭ of Jerusalem‭: and Jerusalem‭ shall be called‭‭ a city‭ of truth‭; and the mountain‭ of the LORD‭ of hosts‭ the holy‭ mountain‭.‭ ‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭; There shall yet old men‭ and old women‭ dwell‭‭ in the streets‭ of Jerusalem‭, and every man‭ with his staff‭ in his hand‭ for very‭ age‭.‭ . . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭; Behold, I will save‭‭ my people‭ from the east‭ country‭, and from the west‭‭ country‭;‭ ‭and I will bring‭‭ them, and they shall dwell‭‭ in the midst‭ of Jerusalem‭: and they shall be my people‭, and I will be their God‭, in truth‭ and in righteousness‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Zechariah 8:3-4, 7-8.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭; I am returned‭‭ unto Zion‭, and will dwell‭‭ in the midst‭ of Jerusalem‭: and Jerusalem‭ shall be called‭‭ a city‭ of truth‭; and the mountain‭ of the LORD‭ of hosts‭ the holy‭ mountain‭.‭ ‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭; There shall yet old men‭ and old women‭ dwell‭‭ in the streets‭ of Jerusalem‭, and every man‭ with his staff‭ in his hand‭ for very‭ age‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 8:3-4.

“‭Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ of hosts‭; In those days‭ ‭it shall come to pass‭, that ten‭ men‭ shall take hold‭‭ out of all languages‭ of the nations‭, even shall take hold‭‭ of the skirt‭ of him that is a Jew‭‭, saying‭‭, We will go‭‭ with you: for we have heard‭‭ ‭that‭ God‭ ‭is‭ with you,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 8:23.

The saints of God, raised from the grave at the Saviour’s return and glorified along with those that were alive at His return, will be with the Lord as He reigns in Jerusalem. “‭Jesus‭ answered‭‭ and‭ said‭‭ unto them‭, Ye do err‭‭, not‭ knowing‭‭ the scriptures‭, nor‭ the power‭ of God‭.‭ ‭For‭ in‭ the resurrection‭ they neither‭ marry‭‭, nor‭ are given in marriage‭‭, but‭ are‭‭ as‭ the angels‭ of God‭ in‭ heaven‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 22:29-30. The glorified saints shall have a role similar to, but I believe even more wonderful, than do the angels now!

3. Of course the old ‘troubler’ of mankind will be under lock and key and utterly unable to carry on as before in his deceitfulness. “‭And‭ I saw‭‭ an angel‭ come down‭‭ from‭ heaven‭, having‭‭ the key‭ of the bottomless pit‭ and‭ a great‭ chain‭ in‭ his‭ hand‭.‭ ‭And‭ he laid hold on‭‭ the dragon‭, that old‭ serpent‭, which‭ is‭‭ the Devil‭, and‭ Satan‭, and‭ bound‭‭ him‭ a thousand‭ years‭,‭ ‭And‭ cast‭‭ him‭ into‭ the bottomless pit‭, and‭ shut‭‭ him‭ up‭‭, and‭ set a seal‭‭ upon‭ him‭, that‭‭ he should deceive‭‭ the nations‭ no‭ more‭, till‭ the thousand‭ years‭ should be fulfilled‭‭: and‭ after‭ that‭ he‭ must‭‭ be loosed‭‭ a little‭ season‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 20:1-3.

The devil’s imprisonment greatly advances peace amongst the nations whom before he agitated, provoked and beguiled into sin and rebellion.


1. What Moses was privileged to see but partially, all shall see. “‭And he (Moses) said‭‭, I beseech thee‭, shew‭‭ me thy glory‭.‭ ‭And he (the Lord) said‭‭, I will make all my goodness‭ pass‭‭ before‭ thee, and I will proclaim‭‭ the name‭ of the LORD‭ before‭ thee; and will be gracious‭‭ to whom I will be gracious‭‭, and will shew mercy‭‭ on whom I will shew mercy‭‭.‭ ‭And he said‭‭, Thou canst‭‭ not see‭‭ my face‭: for there shall no man‭ see‭‭ me, and live‭‭.‭ ‭And the LORD‭ said‭‭, Behold, ‭there is‭ a place‭ by me, and thou shalt stand‭‭ upon a rock‭:‭ ‭And it shall come to pass, while my glory‭ passeth by‭‭, that I will put‭‭ thee in a clift‭ of the rock‭, and will cover‭‭ thee with my hand‭ while‭ I pass by‭‭:‭ ‭And I will take‭‭ away mine hand‭, and thou shalt see‭‭ my back parts‭: but my face‭ shall not be seen‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 33:18-23.

During the Saviour’s reign “‭the earth‭ shall be filled‭‭ with the knowledge‭‭ of the glory‭ of the LORD‭, as the waters‭ cover‭‭ the sea‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Habakkuk 2:14. What was seen over the tabernacle and later for a time in the temple in Jerusalem and was revealed only to the people of Israel and that on but a few occasions, will be seen by all on the earth. “‭And Moses‭ and Aaron‭ went‭‭ into the tabernacle‭ of the congregation‭, and came out‭‭, and blessed‭‭ the people‭: and the glory‭ of the LORD‭ appeared‭‭ unto all the people‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Leviticus 9:23.

Note that the prophet Habakkuk indicates that there will be a universality about the appearance of God’s glory in the earth. It would cover the earth as “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭the waters‭ cover‭‭ the sea‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”!

Men shall see the Lord as only Peter, James and John were privileged to see on the mount. “‭And‭ after‭ six‭ days‭ Jesus‭ taketh‭‭ Peter‭‭, James‭, and‭ John‭ his‭ brother‭, and‭ bringeth‭‭ them‭ up‭‭ into‭ an high‭ mountain‭ apart‭‭,‭ ‭And‭ was transfigured‭‭ before‭ them‭: and‭ his‭ face‭ did shine‭‭ as‭ the sun‭, and‭ his‭ raiment‭ was‭‭ white‭ as‭ the light‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 17:1-2. What was seen ONLY by those apostles will be seen by ALL during the Millennial Reign of our Saviour.

2. The impact upon Moses of seeing only a little of the Lord’s glory, gives us some understanding of the impact of this glorious revelation during the Saviour’s reign on earth. “‭And it came to pass, when Moses‭ came down‭‭ from mount‭ Sinai‭ with the two‭ tables‭ of testimony‭ in Moses‭’ hand‭, when he came down‭‭ from the mount‭, that Moses‭ wist‭‭ not that the skin‭ of his face‭ shone‭‭ while he talked‭‭ with him.‭ ‭And when Aaron‭ and all the children‭ of Israel‭ saw‭‭ Moses‭, behold, the skin‭ of his face‭ shone‭‭; and they were afraid‭‭ to come nigh‭‭ him,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 34:29-30.

Moses reflected something of the glory of the Holy One he had seen. How much more wonderful will be the result of the whole earth seeing the glory of the Lord? It is to be noted that Moses’ shining face engendered fear amongst the people. That will not be so when an even more wonderful shining forth of God’s glory will take place. Grace will have changed multitudes of men and as such, they will rejoice in the revelation of the glory of the Redeemer, rather than fear and tremble!

3. The awe and fear manifested by the people of Israel at the sight of Moses, is but a foreshadowing of the impact upon those inhabitants of the earth who remain unconverted during the Millennial Reign. The Israelites had but a short time before they felt the power of God’s wrath for their sin. “‭Then Moses‭ stood‭‭ in the gate‭ of the camp‭, and said‭‭, Who ‭is‭ on the LORD’S‭ side? ‭let him come‭ unto me. And all the sons‭ of Levi‭ gathered‭‭ themselves together unto him.‭ ‭And he said‭‭ unto them, Thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭ God‭ of Israel‭, Put‭‭ every man‭ his sword‭ by his side‭, ‭and‭ go‭‭ in and out‭‭ from gate‭ to gate‭ throughout the camp‭, and slay‭‭ every man‭ his brother‭, and every man‭ his companion‭, and every man‭ his neighbour‭.‭ ‭And the children‭ of Levi‭ did‭‭ according to the word‭ of Moses‭: and there fell‭‭ of the people‭ that day‭ about three‭ thousand‭ men‭,‭ . . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬And the LORD‭ plagued‭‭ the people‭, because‭ they made‭‭ the calf‭, which‭ Aaron‭ made‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 32:26-28, 35.

It is little wonder that the people fear the sight of God’s glory shining on the face of Moses! The sight of the infinitely more glorious face of Christ will fill those on the earth during His reign with greater fear and bring them to subservience.

Heed the words of the psalmist.

“‭Why do the heathen‭ rage‭‭, and the people‭ imagine‭‭ a vain thing‭?‭ ‭The kings‭ of the earth‭ set‭‭ themselves, and the rulers‭‭ take counsel‭‭ together‭, against the LORD‭, and against his anointed‭, ‭saying‭,‭ ‭Let us break‭‭ their bands‭ asunder‭‭, and cast away‭‭ their cords‭ from us.‭ ‭He that sitteth‭‭ in the heavens‭ shall laugh‭‭: the Lord‭ shall have them in derision‭‭.‭ ‭Then shall he speak‭‭ unto them in his wrath‭, and vex‭‭ them in his sore displeasure‭.‭ ‭Yet have I set‭‭ my king‭ upon my holy‭ hill‭ of Zion‭.‭ ‭I will declare‭‭ the decree‭: the LORD‭ hath said‭‭ unto me, Thou ‭art‭ my Son‭; this day‭ have I begotten‭‭ thee.‭ ‭Ask‭‭ of me, and I shall give‭‭ ‭thee‭ the heathen‭ ‭for‭ thine inheritance‭, and the uttermost parts‭ of the earth‭ ‭for‭ thy possession‭.‭ ‭Thou shalt break‭‭ them with a rod‭ of iron‭; thou shalt dash them in pieces‭‭ like a potter’s‭‭ vessel‭.‭ ‭Be wise‭‭ now therefore, O ye kings‭: be instructed‭‭, ye judges‭‭ of the earth‭.‭ ‭Serve‭‭ the LORD‭ with fear‭, and rejoice‭‭ with trembling‭.‭ ‭Kiss‭‭ the Son‭, lest he be angry‭‭, and ye perish‭‭ ‭from‭ the way‭, when his wrath‭ is kindled‭‭ but a little‭. Blessed‭ ‭are‭ all they that put their trust‭‭ in him,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 2:1-12.

At the beginning of this psalm 2, we have the spirit of rebellion raging amongst men just prior to the Saviour’s return. I believe we see that final rebellion arising amongst the nations of men at the present time with the fanatical embracing of every foul perversion ever known to man. That section of the psalm is then followed by a revelation of Heaven’s response to man’s ‘fist-shaking’ in God’s face. “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭He that sitteth‭‭ in the heavens‭ shall laugh‭‭: the Lord‭ shall have them in derision‭‭.‭ ‭Then shall he speak‭‭ unto them in his wrath‭, and vex‭‭ them in his sore displeasure‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬” That is how the wicked will be dealt with at the return of Christ.

“‭And‭ to you‭ who are troubled‭‭ rest‭ with‭ us‭, when‭ the Lord‭ Jesus‭ shall be revealed‭ from‭ heaven‭ with‭ his‭ mighty‭ angels‭,‭ ‭in‭ flaming‭ fire‭ taking‭‭ vengeance‭ on them that know‭‭ not‭ God‭, and‭ that obey‭‭ not‭ the gospel‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭:‭ ‭who‭ shall be punished‭‭‭ with everlasting‭ destruction‭ from‭ the presence‭ of the Lord‭, and‭ from‭ the glory‭ of his‭ power‭;‭ ‭when‭ he shall come‭‭ to be glorified‭‭ in‭ his‭ saints‭, and‭ to be admired‭‭ in‭ all‭ them that believe‭‭ (because‭ our‭ testimony‭ among‭ you‭ was believed‭‭) in‭ that‭ day‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10.


Then again, in psalm 2 there is a clear view of the subjugation of Christ’s enemies when He takes up the governance of this world. The Father says to the Son, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Ask‭‭ of me, and I shall give‭‭ ‭thee‭ the heathen‭ ‭for‭ thine inheritance‭, and the uttermost parts‭ of the earth‭ ‭for‭ thy possession‭.‭ ‭Thou shalt break‭‭ them with a rod‭ of iron‭; thou shalt dash them in pieces‭‭ like a potter’s‭‭ vessel‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”

The response that men should have on that day ends the psalm. “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Be wise‭‭ now therefore, O ye kings‭: be instructed‭‭, ye judges‭‭ of the earth‭.‭ ‭Serve‭‭ the LORD‭ with fear‭, and rejoice‭‭ with trembling‭.‭ ‭Kiss‭‭ the Son‭, lest he be angry‭‭, and ye perish‭‭ ‭from‭ the way‭, when his wrath‭ is kindled‭‭ but a little‭. Blessed‭ ‭are‭ all they that put their trust‭‭ in him.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Zechariah writes of that time. “‭And the LORD‭ shall be king‭ over all the earth‭: in that day‭ shall there be one‭ LORD‭, and his name‭ one‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . ‭And it shall come to pass, ‭that‭ every one that is left‭‭ of all the nations‭ which came‭‭ against Jerusalem‭ (under the leadership of Antichrist, who by this time is in the lake of fire, Revelation 19:20) shall even go up‭‭ from‭ year‭ to year‭ to worship‭‭ the King‭, the LORD‭ of hosts‭, and to keep‭‭ the feast‭ of tabernacles‭.‭ ‭And it shall be, ‭that‭ whoso will not come up‭‭ of ‭all‭ the families‭ of the earth‭ unto Jerusalem‭ to worship‭‭ the King‭, the LORD‭ of hosts‭, even upon them shall be no rain‭.‭ ‭And if the family‭ of Egypt‭ go not up‭‭, and come‭‭ not, that ‭have‭ no ‭rain‭; there shall be the plague‭, wherewith the LORD‭ will smite‭‭ the heathen‭ that come not up‭‭ to keep‭‭ the feast‭ of tabernacles‭.‭ ‭This shall be the punishment‭ of Egypt‭, and the punishment‭ of all nations‭ that come not up‭‭ to keep‭‭ the feast‭ of tabernacles‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 14:9, 16-19.

This has been but a very scant presentation of the Bible’s revelation of the glorious time that lies ahead for this world, especially for those who believe in the Lord Jesus and have received Him as their Saviour.

Please consider God’s Word on this subject and recognise that the signs of the approach of that great and glorious time are daily before us!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

11th July 2023