He Shall Reign Forever
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. Rev. 11:15.
The coming of Christ to usher in the reign of righteousness has inspired the
most sublime . . . utterances of the sacred writers. . . . The psalmist sang
of the power and majesty of Israel’s King:...”Let the heavens
rejoice, and let the earth be glad . . . before the Lord: for he cometh, for
he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness,
and the people with his truth.” Psalm 96:11-13.
prophet Isaiah:…”He will swallow up death in victory; and the
Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people
shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it....”
Saviour was about to be separated from His disciples, He comforted them in
their sorrow with the assurance that He would come again: “Let not your
heart be troubled....In my Father’s house are many mansions....I go
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again, and receive you unto myself.” John 14:1-3....
who lingered upon Olivet after Christ’s ascension repeated to the disciples
the promise of His return: “This same Jesus, which is taken up from
you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into
heaven.” Acts 1:11. And the apostle Paul, speaking by the Spirit of
Inspiration, testified: “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16. Says the prophet of Patmos: “Behold, he cometh
with clouds; and every eye shall see him.” Revelation 1:7.
coming cluster the glories of that “restitution of all things, which
God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
Acts 3:21. Then the long-continued rule of evil shall be broken; “the
kingdoms of this world” will become “the kingdoms of our Lord,
and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation
Our Father Cares, p. 316.