When you complete this lesson, you’ll be able to explain how God will eliminate human suffering by means of his Kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ.
In the previous lesson, you learned how God will remove sin by means of the ransom. In this lesson, we’ll see how God will use his Kingdom to eliminate the second root cause of suffering—bad rulership. We’ll answer two main questions:
- What is God’s Kingdom?
- How and when will God’s Kingdom remove suffering and evil?
1. What is God’s Kingdom?
You may have heard of the Kingdom of God. Millions pray for it when they repeat the model prayer, often called the Lord’s Prayer, which includes the requests: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth.” (, King James Version) But what is God’s Kingdom? And how will it remove bad rulership?
Where is God’s Kingdom located?
Many believe that the Kingdom is merely a feeling or a state of mind, but the Bible teaches that it is a real government. For more on this subject, see the links at the end of this lesson.
Pick the best answer. How will God’s Kingdom deal with human governments?
Summary of Section 1
God’s Kingdom is a government in heaven that will replace bad rulership and will rule over the whole earth. It is superior to human governments in every way.
2. How and when will God’s Kingdom remove suffering and evil?
Jesus’ miracles and teachings provide the answer.
Pick the phrase that best completes the sentence: Jesus primarily performed miracles in order to . . .
Good. Although Jesus’ miracles temporarily relieved people’s suffering and attracted many to his message, his primary work was to preach and teach about God’s Kingdom. () His miracles helped to prove that he was qualified to be the future King of that Kingdom and showed what the Kingdom would do for humankind.—.
But when will God’s Kingdom bring the end of suffering and evil? The Bible foretold events and conditions that would mark “the last days” of human rule. () Check out the links at the end of this lesson for details on these prophecies. Let’s now examine one that foretold a great moral and social breakdown that would take place during the last days. Click the highlighted words for an explanation.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power.”
Summary of Section 2
God’s Kingdom will bring blessings to humankind, eliminating the suffering caused by bad rulership. Bible prophecy shows that this will happen soon.
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 3
What is the Kingdom of God?
“Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more.”—Psalm 37:10
“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”—Psalm 72:16
“No resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”—Isaiah 33:24
“[God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more.”—Revelation 21:4
Review 3 of 3
When will God’s Kingdom replace human governments?
- God’s Kingdom is a real government in heaven. It will replace all human governments
- The Kingdom will soon bring great blessings to the human family, and you can receive those blessings
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