Chapter 6: Millennial Government
To appreciate the superiority of such a government, let us contrast it with present-day systems. A few Bible passages come perilously close to describing even the best governments under human jurisdiction today.
“No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil….The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace….So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter” (Isa. 59:4, 8, 14, NIV).
Here is another passage that closely describes what we see today: “The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire—they all conspire together. The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge” (Mic. 7:2-4, NIV). But violence and treachery will end suddenly when Christ sets up His new government. The prophet Isaiah pictures a millenarian musing on the terror that has passed. He says: “Where are the tyrant’s officers, who taxed us, charged us, took our tribute? These insolent creatures you shall see no more” (Isa. 33:18-19, Moffatt).
The King at the head of this new government will execute a level of justice never seen on this planet before. Justice is judgment plus mercy plus truth, and all are terms descriptive of Christ’s new government (Ps. 89:14). And Christ will know how to be equitable. “He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth” (Ps. 72:2, 7). Throughout His kingdom, righteousness and integrity will be virtues universally esteemed.