What will the Messiah do?

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Many look forward for a speedily return of the Messiah and the establishment of the Kingdom of God, the Father. But the way this is imagined and the theories about that are quite divers and also conflicting. Inconsistent and illogical even. To sum up, there exists rather some confusion about this. What is written about it in the Bible?

Most people however do not realize it, but according to the Bible the current condition of humanity is not as God has intended it. It is in decay (Ef 2:2) or it has at least a corrupt status (Rm 8:20-22)[1]. This will end up in the establishment of an empire that will openly go against God’s intention with the physical creation and will twist that[2]. In the Bible this empire is called Babylon (Rev 17:5).

But with the coming of the Messiah Babylon will suddenly be dismayed and shaken. He shall be the cause of its downfall. However, the Messiah will not restore everything. For example, He will not change the current order of the world[3]. According to the Bible His assignment will be framed off and limited. Why and what are these?

Appointment of God’s Messiah
When God will appoint the Messiah then that act will finally fulfill the announcement of Moses about the coming of his successor (Dt 18:17-19). But the Messiah shall be Someone Who is even greater than Moses (Hb 3:3), because with His coming He will turn out to be ‘above’ Moses (and the prophets) and will set the religious framework for the people of God[4]. But this framework will of course stand upon the foundations of Moses and the prophets.

Israel, the first priority
The mentioned assignment of the coming Messiah is before anything else aimed at the restoration and fulfillment of the people of Israel. The believers from the nation will of course benefit from that since they need Israel and they will take part in it[5].

It is however a mistake to think that the Messiah will make Himself King of Israel. Since He will be ‘above’ all rulers of the nations. For He turned out to be the tried representative of humanity[6].

But being the Head of the peoples doesn’t mean that He will surpass God, the Father. The Messiah is according to His ministry subjected to God. Only God, the Father, is King of creation.

The renewal of Israel
When God lets Israel reach its final destination by first getting them back from their exile, then the Oral Torah (ORT), like the Talmud, will become for the most part redundant. Since that ORT is the product of Israel’s dispersion amongst the nations.

But the ORT will also prove to be useless and absurd when the Messiah becomes Head of the peoples[7]. This asks for a renewal of the Covenant of God. The previously announced New Covenant (NC; Lc 22:20) will only just then be fulfilled[8].

Biblical worship restored
Only just with the coming of the Messiah the central worship will be restored. A worship that will fully satisfy the will of God. The Messiah will give the order to build the NC-Temple in Jerusalem[9] and appoint kohaniem (Israelite priests)[10]. This will mean the dismantling of the leadership of both Judaism and Christianity, since that was determined by the banishment of Israel.

Only just with the coming of the Messiah the Covenant of Horeb (Moses) will definitively be lifted. But as long as this Covenant is still active, God cannot reject Israel (Rm 11:1), despite that He has banished them[11].

But that meanwhile the Covenant of Horeb remains active is rather unfavorable for the NC (the Covenant of God to which the disciples of the Lord Jesus commit themselves since His death). Therefore, the coming of the Messiah is Covenant wise very much needed. He shall ask Israel to commit to the NC, so they can again become pleasing to God as a people and nation.

When Israel collectively enters into the NC then factually there can be no restoration of the worship of Israel determined by Moses. Since the NC-Temple worship will be explicitly open to all nations and not just to Israel (Is 2:2-3).

New doctrinal authority
The doctrinal authority will return to the kohaniem, as it originally was. Still, the apostles will also keep their doctrinal authority, since it has to be clear that in the Messianic Kingdom the community of believers will still be a minority within humanity.

Under the rule of the Messiah missionary work will continue to have the highest priority. Also, prophets will minister, since the world population, their kings and leaders, will have to be corrected[12].

Continuation of the community of believers
Just like the coming of the Lord Jesus foreshadowed[13] the establishment of God’s Kingdom, so shall the coming of the Messiah[14]. The Messiah shall be appointed by God as King over all earthly ‘kings’[15] and Israel will have its own ‘king’ from the house of David.

But because the Messianic Kingdom will remain a mission-oriented world power in a corrupt world, it will continue to be represented (locally) within the nations by the NC-community of believers[16]. That also means that the organization, which the Holy Spirit originally has implemented and maintains, will be kept in place, like ministries and offices, gifts and bearing fruit.

Israelite character
It is however also not certain whether Christianity will accept the establishment of the Kingdom of the Messiah. Especially, because the people of Israel will be reinstated into the people of God despite their history. Even more so, since the NC-community of believers of the Messiah will be Israelitic and no longer dominantly pagan. Believers shall only be able to partake in the community of believers being an Israelite[17].

As is today, new members of the community of believers will be given a period of customization. Getting used to observe the conditions of the NC. Thus, also in the Messianic era the community of believers will be divers[18].

What the Messiah will not do
To what the Messiah will do is wrongly added more and more, but often without the logic of the Bible. The following issues are certainly among them:

• Christians taken up to heaven
The Messiah will not come to take the Christian community of believers up into heaven[19]. His charge is for the people of God in the current corrupt physical creation. There He will be revealed and have His work to do.

• Resurrection of the dead
Many think that at the coming of the Messiah all the dead will rise up, but that cannot be true (Job 14:12; Rev 20:5). This is so because the Messiah doesn’t bring God’s final judgment, since the latter will grant access to the new creation. However, according to the Bible only some very pious believers that previously died will be raised from the dead by God, the Father, with a specific charge in the Kingdom of the Messiah.

• Realm of peace
The Messiah will kill the antichrist in the war of the combined armies against the people of God at Megiddo (Zech 12:11; Rev 19:17-21) and conquer the enemies of God. But He will not bring lasting world peace, although many think that.

This is so because there will follow a last test of humanity (20:7), which most however will not pass. Also, during the government and activities of the Messiah there will remain resistance against Him and the consequences of the corruption of creation will remain noticeable.

• Establishment of God’s Kingdom
The Messiah will not establish the Kingdom of God on earth in a definitive sense, since that is reserved for the new creation. He will bring God’s order in the current creation, which is fallen away from God.

End of the Messiah’s ministry
Both the ministry of the Messiah as His Kingdom that God establishes are in Biblical sense things which have and end (1 Cor 15:28; Rev 20:5, 7). When the end of the Messianic ministry and His governing period has come, He will have achieved the following in chronological order:

1. Pacifying the important enemies of God
To achieve that, God, the Father, must first bind satan and temporarily imprison him in the underworld (Rev 20:1-3). However, God’s enemies will then still exist, but kept in check during the government of the Messiah and thus are unable to bring great damage to the people of God.

2. Presenting Israel its final destination
This starts with lifting their ban of dispersion. Through that they also will be able to enter into the NC as nation[20] and reach their final destination in that way.

3. Implementing the Biblical doctrine
Until now the religion of both Jews and Christians is lacking due to the banishment (dispersion) of Israel by which the central worship of God on earth has ceased. The Messiah will implement the central worship of the NC.

4. Mission
The ingathering of the great harvest[21] amongst humanity (Rev 7:9).

What follows
When the charge of the Messiah is completed, then God, the Father, will release satan temporarily into the physical creation. The Messiah and His Kingdom is not intended to withstand its rage and therefore God, the Father, will take His Son away prior to it[22] and will end the Messianic ministry[23].

God will then test His people, to which the great harvest is added, in the current creation. Then it will become clear who shall stand in the love of God. This period of chaos, war and evil is called the period of the ‘great’ tribulation (Mt 24:21; Rev 7:14). This is the end of days[24].

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[1] The physical creation seems to be in the power of satan (Gal 1:4; 1 Jh 5:19).
[2] This empire will precede the Kingdom of the Messiah and will be its counterpart.
[3] The Messiah will not end the free choice of man. They have to freely submit to God by accepting His covenant.
[4] The New Testament almost always is about the future. But Christianity however believes that most of it is already realized with the coming of the Lord Jesus, Who they see as the Messiah. But this naive interpretation is in striking contrast with reality, which clearly shows that the Messiah has still to come.
[5] Christianity now almost two millennia miss out due to the ‘gap’ of the people of Israel. But Christianity is repeatedly attempting to ignore that.
[6] The last Adam (1 Cor 15:45); Adam’s Restorator.
[7] The ORT rules out that the Messiah will become Head of the peoples. Despite the fact that this is written in de Bible (e.g., Ps 2:8; 7:8; 22:28). Many have the absurd idea that the nation Israel will be set ‘above’ the other nations.
[8] Although Christianity is certain that this is already so since the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
[9] As for example the prophet Ezekiel has revealed.
[10] According to Isaiah some of them will come from the nations.
[11] The curses of the Covenant of Horeb are upon Israel during that time (Dt 28:15).
[12] At His descending to the physical creation the Messiah will become bound to place and time. Just like the Lord Jesus was. So, He will not do everything Himself.
[13] The Kingdom of the Messiah is however still not the full establishment of the Kingdom of God. This will only just happen when the current corrupt creation will be destroyed and replaced by the new.
[14] However, the Kingdom of God is in principle spiritually established in the community of believers.
[15] Not all those kings and leaders of the nations and peoples will easily commit nor freely submit to Him. To establish that they will have to learn to submit to God’s will. This is one of the primary charges of the Messiah, which He by the way will not be able to achieve. Despite the fact that satan will be temporarily removed during the rule of the Messiah. It will become clear that the corruption of the current creation is too chronic and permanent for that.
[16] This is something different than the current synagogal or Christian communities.
[17] Israelite in the Messianic age doesn’t mean that one is physically a member of the people of Israel (however this will remain a fact the matters), but means that one observes the Biblical doctrine (accepting the NC and its conditions).
[18] In the sense of advancement of becoming an Israelite (observing the NC doctrine).
[19] Quite some Christians think that, but this is nonsensical. A messiah in Biblical sense only comes for and in the physical creation.
[20] That means a complete collective return to their promised Land and the appointment of their own government to rule over them.
[21] The current missionary work falters and is an incomplete work, however intended with the best of efforts and with the Holy Spirit working at His best. It cannot achieve more than only just gather in the ‘firstlings.
[22] This will also mean the sudden end of the Messianic Kingdom. God will not appoint any successors or keep it place.
[23] Because the Messianic ministry represents the existence of the current, corrupt creation. Once that creation is near its end, then that in itself announces the end of the need for any messiah.
[24] The replacement of the current creation in fire (final judgment) by the new (Is 65:17; Hb 1:12; Rev 21:1).