I was struck with awe and exhilaration at the breathtaking view before me. Standing on the front porch of our country home and surveying the lush green countryside for miles around, I was moved with inspiration and gratitude. A much needed rain from a rumbling thunderstorm had fallen all night. And now a sparkling new day dawned. A crisp morning breeze began to nudge the clouds away, allowing rays of brilliant sunshine to filter through. The air was clean and fresh, and the smell of spring was everywhere. As the sun radiated its warm reflections to the earth, pristine droplets of water glistened on the tender plants and tree leaves. The birds were singing lustily and farm animals began to stir. As far as the eye could see, all of the creation was new and vibrant with life. A rich carpet of glittering green grass had appeared and healthy crops were sprouting. Rose buds and flowers began to unfold their petals in emblazoned color. The earth was coming alive! It is times like this, when we can see God's creative handiwork bursting open with life and beauty, that prophecies depicting the world tomorrow become so clear and meaningful. Beyond today's threatening clouds of doom and despair, a golden age of peace and prosperity will dawn. The whole earth will become a veritable paradise — a global Garden of Eden — and all mankind will share it together.
The Good Life
Let's momentarily peer into the good life of tomorrow's world, when the scene described above will be duplicated the world over. "The time will come when there will be such abundance of crops, that the harvest time will scarcely end before the farmer starts again to sow another crop, and the terraces of grapes upon the hills of Israel will drip sweet wine! I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild their ruined cities, and live in them again, and they shall plant vineyards and gardens and eat their crops and drink their wine. I will firmly plant them there upon the land that I have given them; they shall not be pulled up again" (Amos 9:13-15, The Living Bible). "... The wilderness of Lebanon will be a fruitful field again, a lush and fertile forest" (Isa. 29:17, The Living Bible). "Even the wilderness and desert will rejoice in those days; the desert will blossom with flowers. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the Lebanon mountains, as lovely as Mount Carmel's pastures and Sharon's meadows.... Springs will burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground will become a pool, with springs of water in the thirsty land" (Isa. 35:1-2, 6-7, The Living Bible). "They shall come home and sing songs of joy upon the hills of Zion, and shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord — the goad crops, the wheat and the wine and the oil, and the healthy flocks and herds. Their life shall be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows shall be gone" (Jer. 31:12, The Living Bible). Did you realize that the purpose of this great Work is to herald the good news of God's prophesied intervention and coming Kingdom? Think of it! This present-day earth, sick and diseased, filthy and foul, is going to be healed. A fascinating new world is coming. That's what the good news of God's Kingdom is all about! Millions today, worldwide, are hearing on radio and television this encouraging message of hope proclaimed! But you are among the privileged few to be reading this advanced knowledge and to come in direct contact with the Work that is paving the way.
True Knowledge Encircles the Earth
Describing the utopian effect this priceless knowledge will have on those who hear and heed it, Isaiah writes: "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For you shall go out with joy, and be lead forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree..." (Isa. 55:10-13). The time will come that every human being on earth will hear the good news and begin to know the true God. "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord..." (Jer. 31:34). "... For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Isa. 11:9).
A Righteous Ruler
What really good news! Once the whole human race has been educated in the ways of God, there will be peace and abundance for everyone on earth at last. Christ's rule will bring to the entire earth the welcome, fresh smell of spring. "Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord... for he cometh to judge the earth" (Ps. 96:12, 13). As David said in his "last words": "The Rock of Israel said to me: 'One shall come who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God. He shall be as the light of the morning; a cloudless sunrise when the tender grass springs forth upon the earth; as sunshine after rain'" (II Sam. 23:3-4, The Living Bible). Are you actively preparing now so you can share in this coming wonderful world of tomorrow?