The “Who” of the Cure
Who will rule and reign in the Messiah’s coming kingdom?
According to Bible, in the coming Messianic Kingdom it is Jesus of Nazareth, crucified but then raised to life in power and glory, who will govern the entire earth as the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16). It is he who will “judge the world in righteousness” (Ac. 17:31, CSB). It is he who whose governance will “branch out” or extend from Zion to the entire earth (see 1 Sam. 2:10; 2 Sam. 7; Ps. 2, 89, 110, 132; Is. 2, 4, 11; Jer. 23; Ezek. 17, etc.). As the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev. 5:5), it is he whose scepter of authority will cause the nations of the earth to submit to God in full obedience (Gn. 49:8–12). It is his shoulders on which God will place governmental responsibility (Is. 9:6–7), and, as God’s divinely appointed “star” and “scepter” (Nu. 24:17–19), it is he who will deliver Israel from her Gentile oppressors and give her divinely-enabled victory over her enemies (see, e.g., Is. 10–29; Jl. 3; Ezek. 38–39; Hab. 1–3; Zech. 12–14, etc.). It is he who will gather the exiles of Israel back to the land (see, e.g., Dt. 30; Is. 4, 11, 55, 61; Jer. 31–33, 50; Ezek. 16, 37) and “restore the kingdom to Israel”(Ac. 1:6), and it is to him and his city—the “city of the great King” (Mt. 5:35)—that the kings and nations of the earth will bring their gifts, treasures, and wealth (Is. 60:11; Rev. 21:24-26). It is he through whose word the dead will be raised to life (Jn. 5:25), and it is he before whom “every knee will bow” (Php. 2:10).
Jesus will not, however, rule the earth alone. Reigning along with him in positions of delegated authority will be his faithful followers (see, e.g., Rev. 2:26-29, 3:21, 20:1-6), who will be raised from the dead when he returns (1 Th. 4:13-18; Rev. 22:17), and who together will make up his “Bride” (2 Cor. 11:2; Rev. 22:17). Jesus will appoint his resurrected servants to various governmental assignments according to the degree of faithfulness with which they carried out the assignments which he had entrusted to them in the previous age (Lk. 19:11-27).