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The Daily Word of Righteousness
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery just as I have received authority from my Father. (Revelation 2:26,27—NIV)
To Share with Jesus Christ the Inheritance of the Nations of the Earth
The earth and its nations are a major aspect of the inheritance of the victorious saint. Satan regards the earth and its nations as his personal possession. He will use every device in his arsenal to prevent the sons of God from inheriting the nations.
This is why from earliest times the Gospel has been changed from the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth to the going of the Church to Heaven. Eternal residence in Heaven is commonly viewed as the goal of salvation.
Satan desires that the Church go to Heaven. Satan wants the earth. Satan came from Heaven. He realizes that the earth is a better, more desirable environment than the spirit Heaven.
Satan and the rebellious angels appreciate the value of the human body more than we do and seek to find expression through us.
The greatest possible inheritance, other than being forever with the Lord and becoming an integral part of the Father and the Son, is the nations of the earth and the earth itself. These are the inheritance of Christ and His coheirs.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. (Psalms 2:8—NIV)
However, one would not want to inherit the nations unless they were obedient to Christ and His saints.
The present writer was a school teacher for many years. There is no more satisfying experience than to be the teacher of loving, obedient children. But to try to teach a class that is rebellious and disorderly is not at all pleasant.
In order to bring out the value that is in them the nations must be governed very strictly.
So deeply is rebellion ingrained in the human personality that after one thousand years of the rule of Christ and His saints Satan still will be able to lead the nations in rebellion against God's rulers.
When describing the forces that would arise to resist our inheriting the nations, Christ mentions Jezebel. Associated with Jezebel are sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols.
America today is bound horribly with sexual immorality. The demons of lust are finding expression through the youngest to the oldest people. If Sodom did not escape destruction, neither will America.
We Americans eat many foods offered to idols, including sexual lust, the amassing of money, excessive entertainment, gluttony, violence. These idols are presented each day on the television and Internet.
The purpose of these temptations is to insure that we never will inherit the nations and the farthest reaches of the earth. God will never give His nations and His earth into the hands of those who choose to destroy it with their abandonment to the lusts of the flesh, soul, and spirit.
It is ironic that excessive indulgence in the things of the flesh prevent our inheriting the physical realm.
To be continued.