Rev 11:15 KJV – 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.
As the Kingdom of our Lord overcomes the kingdoms of this world, we see that the Lord’s kingdom will be eternal as His sovereign, perfect rule will never come to an end.
It is interesting to note that the eternal kingdom of God is described in this verse in the plural… “the kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ”. The plural “kingdoms” refers to the two different stages of God’s kingdom that will take place on the New Earth. Here, we are told that the eternal kingdom of God involves both the reign of “His Christ” (Jesus) and also the reign of “our Lord” (God).
In 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, we find a more detailed look at these stages of God’s eternal reign…
“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Cor 15:24-28)
Basically, when Christ comes back at His second coming, He will be arriving on the “New Earth” which refers to this earth which is renovated by the purifying fire of His wrath. His arrival will inaugurate the first phase of the eternal kingdom of God, commonly referred to as “the 1000 year reign of Christ”, “the Millennium”, or, in our text “the kingdom of His Christ”. During the kingdom of Christ, God’s people will be judged and rewarded for their faithfulness.
The conclusion of the kingdom of Christ will include the completion of His destruction of His enemies. This will involve the judgment of the lost and the final disposition of the Satan, His angels, and lost mankind to the Lake of Fire. At this point, death will be destroyed and the kingdom of Christ will come to an end. This will involve Christ “handing over” the kingdom He had formed, purchased and ruled, to His Father. Then God will become the “All in All” throughout eternity.
(Note: we will look at all these end time events in much greater detail when our study looks at Revelation 20:-22:)
May we all, with thankful hearts, come to understand the privilege we have been given to be subjects of the great kingdom of the Lord. Our membership in His kingdom took place as a gracious blessing from the Lord through His work on the cross. May we all submit to His Supreme Authority and serve Him out of thankful hearts knowing we are citizens of His kingdom and called to do the work of our King.
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