“If we begin with all authority, we end with all nations. If we begin with an invisible and very spiritual authority, then we end with small collections, in every nation, of believers in this invisible and very spiritual authority. But Jesus did not want a small collection of struggling churches in Pakistan; He wants Pakistan itself. He is happy to begin with the small beachhead in an unbelieving nation, but that beachhead must not confuse itself with the coming occupation” (Heaven Misplaced, p. 82).
When the Son of Man comes in the clouds of heaven, He is presented to the Ancient of Days. Authority was then given to Him — described as dominion, glory, and a kingdom. And lest we interpret this as dominion, glory and a kingdom in some invisible spiritual place, the prophecy goes on to tell us what the result of that establishment would be. The result was that all people, nations and languages would serve Him. When Jesus said that all authority in heaven and earth had been given to Him, this is what He was talking about” (Heaven Misplaced, p. 83).
The Lord’s promises to us are truly staggering, and it is not surprising that we cannot get our minds completely around it. But He delights to give to His people, and one of the greatest gifts that He has given to us is the future . . . What is the future of this world, prior to the Lord’s coming, going to be like? We can’t say, because nothing that good has ever entered into the heart of man. We are slow to believe all that is promised, but the glorious fruition is headed our way nonetheless” (Heaven Misplaced, p. 17).
I asked earlier what the characteristics of His rule would be. The passage from Isaiah 11 should take your breath away. The earth will be as full of the knowledge of God as the Pacific Ocean is wet” (Heaven Misplaced, p. 16)
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!