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The government of God will be focused and centered on Christ and the saints who rule with Him. It will provide authority and structure in a loving environment based on the family model. Deception will be banished and all will have ready access to the truth.

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What Christ's Government Will Look Like

At the appointed time Christ will return to earth to establish and administer the rule of God on earth for a preliminary 1,000 year period. He will overthrow every established form of human government. Every humanly devised institution will have been judged... and at His return condemned to the garbage heap of the universe.

Monarchies, dictatorships, democracies, nations, states, economic systems will disappear... but that does not mean the beginning of a world without government, or without structure.

Government and authority are spiritual in nature. Eternity itself will have structure. Order, government, and authority are of the mind of God.

The 1,000 year millennial rule of Christ and His saints does not have a constitution laying out intricate levels of office and function. There will be offices... there will be functions... however, most important is that we understand the spirit of that coming government... and that we learn the outlook and attitudes that will make Christ's government work. Training future leaders is the present work of Jesus Christ working through: His spirit, His word, and His church.

You could think of God's Church as a shadow government... preparing and training to take over the responsibilities of leadership when the appointed time arrives. Our purpose is not to grab hold of power today, or tomorrow, but to follow the lead of Christ when He returns.

Authority in Christ’s Gov’t Radiates From A Central Source

Christ will be the supreme authority on earth Revelation 19:11-16 Revelation 19:11-16 [11] And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. [13] And he was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. [15] And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
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. Christ will rule from Jerusalem Jeremiah 3:16-17 Jeremiah 3:16-17 [16] And it shall come to pass, when you be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, said the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. [17] At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
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. The earth will no longer have multiple centers of power vying for supremacy.

Authority Will Be Delegated

Ruling along with Him will be spirit born saints Daniel 7:14 Daniel 7:14And 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.
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, 27, Revelation 1:6 Revelation 1:6And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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 [3:2, 5:10]

The earth will be divided into smaller localized administrative units. These smaller administrative units will be governed by spirit born saints. Biblical data indicates at east three layers of administration: cities, tribal groupings, ethnic groupings, and Christ as supreme authority.

Luke 19:11-27 Luke 19:11-27 [11] And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. [12] He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. [13] And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said to them, Occupy till I come. [14] But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. [15] And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. [16] Then came the first, saying, Lord, your pound has gained ten pounds. [17] And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been faithful in a very little, have you authority over ten cities. [18] And the second came, saying, Lord, your pound has gained five pounds. [19] And he said likewise to him, Be you also over five cities. [20] And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: [21] For I feared you, because you are an austere man: you take up that you layed not down, and reap that you did not sow. [22] And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: [23] Why then gave not you my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required my own with usury? [24] And he said to them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that has ten pounds. [25] (And they said to him, Lord, he has ten pounds.) [26] For I say to you, That to every one which has shall be given; and from him that has not, even that he has shall be taken away from him. [27] But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring here, and slay them before me.
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 human beings will be rewarded for spiritual growth accomplished during their days in the flesh. Note: reward is different from salvation from death and the gift of eternal life which is based God's grace though Christ's sacrificial death. In this teaching:

each person starts with the same allotment 

some receive greater reward that others

the size of the reward is based on accomplishment

the reward is an appointment of authority [Jesus could have said the reward was property, or sensual pleasure, or mental bliss... but He said it was ordained authority]

the city is the first layer of authority… a local authority

Matthew 19:28 Matthew 19:28And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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 disciples ordained as authorities over the 12 sub-tribes of Israel... all true believers will receive rewards of this nature. This also seems to imply that some resurrected saints will be ordained as authorities over other resurrected saints.

Ezekiel 37:24-25 Ezekiel 37:24-25 [24] And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. [25] And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelled; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
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 David is designated as the head of an entire ethnic grouping

Humanly devised systems of government involve a balance of power, even absolute monarchs had to work to gain the ongoing support of the aristocratic families. In the U.S. we have the judiciary [supreme court], the legislative [congress], and the executive [presidency] all of which are independent and intended to balance out the possible bad behavior of the others.

There will be no separation of powers, there will be no currying of favor with powerful landowners, no elections, campaigns, special interest groups, lobbyists, caucuses or political factions.

With Christ's rule definitive authority will exist in all parts of the world. Each outpost of authority will be based on the pattern of thought and judgment that emanates from the person of Christ in Jerusalem. Each one who rules will be responsible to Christ.

There will be no rebellions or coups... God's government cannot be overthrown... Satan's attempted rebellion proved that. The spirit born children of God will not turn themselves into God's adversaries. This is part of your vetting process in the flesh... God will not raise you up to spirit born eternal life until He knows where you stand.

Authority in the kingdom will see all the branches of government working together because they are combined in one unit. The model for this is not democracy, dictatorship, monarchy... God's model for government is the family.

Christ the husband operates as the head of the family... His bride [wife] serves at his side. Christ establishes the law.... the saints execute the law....  the function of judgment [settling of disputes] is with both the resurrected saints locally and with Christ overall.

1 Corinthians 6:2 1 Corinthians 6:2Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
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Genuine Love & Concern

1 John 4:16-18 1 John 4:16-18 [16] And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. [17] Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. [18] There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
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 unlike humanly devised systems the government of God is not built on the foundation of power and fear of that power. The government of God is all powerful, and it will dish out punishment when necessary. But power over others is not what motivates the government of God... the government of God is built on a foundation of love and outgoing concern like you find in a healthy family.

Matthew 20:26-27 Matthew 20:26-27 [26] But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; [27] And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
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 [Luke 22:29-30 Luke 22:29-30 [29] And I appoint to you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed to me; [30] That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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] rulers in the KOG do not act selfishly... they act in a manner that is in the best interests of those they rule... in this way they are true servants of the people. Think of it as a parent who is in authority over a child yet they serve this child’s interests with love and concern.

Even loving parents might have the best intentions but make wrong decisions of what is truly “best” for their child. Rulers in God's government [even loving ones] do not decide for themselves "what is best" for those they govern. 

Revelation 2:26-27 Revelation 2:26-27 [26] And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations: [27] And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
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 yes an iron scepter has the power to punish but another significant feature of iron is that is does not bend. In God’s government there is one law for all humanity... not one law for the rich and another for the poor... one for the beautiful and one for the plain... one for the talented and another for the average. God is no respecter of persons and neither can you be.

An office and position is being prepared and stored up for you. Presently it is with God in heaven but when Christ returns He brings that reward with him. Today you practice and train for these responsibilities... in your family... on your job... within the body of Christ which is the Church.

You practice and train in small matters today so that you may be given much and entrusted with great things. Do not despise the day of small things.

Spiritual Authority Will Be Clearly Seen and Heard

Human beings were given dominion over the earth. Yet, human beings have allowed themselves to be taken captive by a powerful malignant spiritual influence... Satan & Demons. These spiritual powers at work are not visible to us, although the effect of their influence is Ephesians 6:12 Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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. Because they are not seen many deny their existence.

When Christ returns to rule He will depose Satan from his position of influence and bind him. The voice of opposition, slander, and temptation will be gone for the duration of the 1,000 year rule.

Christ’s  government will be visible to the flesh and blood people alive during the 1,000 years, Christ and the resurrected saints will be the only spiritual influence active on earth.

Jeremiah 31:34 Jeremiah 31:34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, said the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
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 people will not need to be first persuaded that God is real and is present. Skepticism and doubt will not be the formidable barriers to obedience they are in our present world.

The flesh remains the flesh... even without the influence of Satan it is still necessary that flesh be ruled over [internally and externally]. People will still have freedom of choice but now humanity will be guided by positive spiritual power and influence. The spirit of God will be proactive, actively pointing people in the right direction Isaiah 30:19-21 Isaiah 30:19-21 [19] For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: you shall weep no more: he will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer you. [20] And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: [21] And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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Isaiah 25:6-9 Isaiah 25:6-9 [6] And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. [7] And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. [8] He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD has spoken it. [9] And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
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 the veil of deceit and spiritual confusion presently covering the whole earth will be lifted. They will see their God… [ but they will still have to choose].

The results of receiving and following proper spiritual guidance will be astounding! They will also be visible, they will be results humans can taste touch and see. Human history will receive a 1,000 year demonstration of how it is meant to work. The beauty and joy of that demonstration will be in place when all the rest of the dead are raised at the end of the 1,000 years. They are in for a surprise!

Some Results of Proper Spiritual Guidance

What do politicians, presidents, dictators and kings promise when they seek after power and authority? Peace and Prosperity! Where humanity’s hopes have failed Christ will succeed.

Initially peace will come about through enforcement: Psalms 72:1-7 Psalms 72:1-7 [1] Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son. [2] He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment. [3] The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. [4] He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. [5] They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. [6] He shall come down like rain on the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. [7] In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures.
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Humans will not go to war to settle disputes they will seek authoritative judgement. Christ and the saints will settle disputes Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 2:4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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. The resurrected saints will do like-wise on a local level.

One of the job skills you are to learn now is how to judge righteous judgment tempered with mercy [upholding the standards of righteousness but also tender hearted]. To learn this God allows you to fall into situations where you have to think hard about what you are going to do.

Through trials and tests you  build on your obedience with wisdom, discernment, and love.

Christ is expecting you to be ready to judge matters in the millennium. The intention is not that we merely become messengers who relay questions to Christ and them bring back the decision to the applicants... We are to learn how to apply righteous judgment ourselves... matters too difficult for us we can always go to Him for an authoritative decision.

James 4:1-3 James 4:1-3 [1] From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? [2] You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. [3] You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.
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 war, violence, and fighting are spiritual problems. As a spiritual guide your purpose is to teach every human being to judge rightly, seek reconciliation and make peace. God's desire is that everyone go beyond peace through enforcement... the ways of peace be learned, internalized, and lived by everyone.

Prosperity

When people are not spending their time and energy building weapons, fighting and scheming against one another... all that energy and amazing human creativity will go into what is useful, helpful, beautiful, and joyful.

Ezekiel 34:24-31 Ezekiel 34:24-31 [24] And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. [25] And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. [26] And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. [27] And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. [28] And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. [29] And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. [30] Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, said the Lord GOD. [31] And you my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, said the Lord GOD.
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 God will also intervene to control and regulate other elements of nature to protect the inhabitants of the earth... Amos 9:13 Amos 9:13Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
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Micah 4:4 Micah 4:4But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
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 there will be an economy, people will have their own stuff and have the ability to benefit from the fruit of their own labor. Some will probably work harder and do better than others... how will we prevent economic disparity... haves and have nots, rich and poor?

Human governments propose various schemes for the redistribution of wealth ranging from the creative destruction of capitalism to the confiscation and reallocation of socialism.

But, the true answer to economic questions is spiritual: redistribution of wealth is accomplished through 1) generosity freely given, and 2) forgiveness... specifically forgiveness of debt. This principle is exemplified by the 7 year cycle of debt release and 50 year cycle of property restoration ... you can read more about these in Leviticus chapter 25.

Generosity and forgiveness are spiritual answers which will provide more that financial solutions.... the create a state of personal connectivity and outgoing concern... which is more important than stuff.

Conclusion:

The government of God will be focused and centered on Christ and the saints who rule with Him. It will provide authority and structure in a loving environment based on the family model. Deception will be banished and all will have ready access to the truth. Instruction and judgement will provide order and prosperity... but order and prosperity are not the goals. All the good we look forward to in the millennium is provided by addressing the spiritual.

Order, peace, and prosperity are the natural by products of right spiritual principles, learned, lived and applied.

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