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It is in the Old Testament Prophetic Word where we find the promises
that the nations of the world will be brought to know God, that all the
ends of the earth shall turn to the Lord and that all kings shall fall
down before Him. It is written that "All nations shall serve Him,"
"All nations shall call Him blessed," and that the whole earth will be
filled with His glory.[1] Nor is the Old Testament Prophetic Word
silent as to how and when all this is to be brought about. As the
writer has shown in his "Harmony of the Prophetic Word," before this
glorious future can come for the nations of the earth the Lord's return
must have taken place; and this event is preceded by judgments upon the
nations, and partial restoration of God's ancient people to their own
land, the calling of a God-fearing remnant amongst them, and by the
great Tribulation. When these things have come to pass, immediately
after the days of that Tribulation, our Lord will appear in the clouds
of Heaven with power and great glory. The Day of Vengeance has come,
but in wrath mercy will be remembered. All Israel living in that day
will be saved, and His Kingdom will be established upon this earth.
The nations of the earth are then gathered into this kingdom. They
will not be gathered into the Church, as is often said, for the Church
is no longer here but has entered into glory to reign with Christ over
the earth.

Daniel in his vision beheld the Son of Man coming with the clouds of
Heaven: "And there was given Him dominion and glory, and a kingdom,
that all people, nations and languages should serve Him. His dominion
is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom
that which shall not be destroyed" (Dan. vii:13-14). As the result of
the first coming of our Lord in humiliation and His sacrificial death
He receives the Church, which is now forming during this age. When He

comes the second time He receives this world-wide Kingdom, in which the
nations of the earth will be subjects. When that time comes, and not
before, the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of our Lord and
of His Christ, "and He shall reign forever and ever" (Rev. ii:15). So
much for the conversion of the world, and the blessings promised to the
nations and to the whole earth. It is inseparably linked with the
second coming of Christ.





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