Lesson 93

Hallelujah Chorus and Ages to Come

"Great and wonderful are thy works, O Lord, God, the omnipotent! Righteous and true are thy ways, O king of the nations!"
Revelation 15:3 (Emphatic Diaglott)

At the close of the thousand year Messianic kingdom the Mediator will deliver the kingdom over to the Heavenly Father (1 Corinthians 15:24). Our great God is truly worthy of worship, obedience, and love (Psalm 86:9). Yet there will be those who will have obeyed only because they shall be required to do so, not because of absolute loyalty of heart to him.

The Father will not give everlasting life to the human family without first teaching them along the lines of strict obedience to his will. For this reason, Satan will then be let loose from imprisonment (Revelation 20:3) and will try once again to deceive the people.

At that time mankind will have had experience with both righteousness and evil. They will be given their choice—to follow Satan which will eventually end in second death, or to follow the laws of the kingdom with heartfelt loyalty and live forever on the perfected earth.

Even when we were "dead in sins" (corrupt), God had great love for us! (Ephesians 2:1). Those who are "dead in sins" are all of mankind, for they are all under the sentence of death and have no right to everlasting life (Romans 3:10).

Satan has never given up his goal to be higher than God and to have mankind worship him. This goal will not change while he is bound. Fallen angels, as well as mankind, will be tested when Satan desperately tries to regain control of the world.

The end of the Millennial Age will see all the wicked destroyed, cut off in second death. All the willing and obedient will have been brought to complete perfection the way God had originally planned (Isaiah 45:18). This, then, will complete God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18.

Then there will be no more sickness and dying (Revelation 21:4). The earth will be completely cleansed and will "yield her increase." Every creature in heaven and earth will exclaim, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be "praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" (Rev. 5:13 New International Version; Ephesians 2:7; Philippians 2:10, 11).

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven." Hallelujah!