History teaches about big empires of which the British Empire was the greatest. When it was at its peak, it controlled 23% of the world’s population. In 1920 it covered 13.71 million square miles, almost a quarter of the world’s land area. 1
However, there is an Empire that is invisible at this stage, but when it becomes visible it will dwarf the size of the biggest empires. The Bible describes it. It is the Kingdom or Empire of God. The whole earth will be its territory,
‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed…’ Revelation 21:1
It will have a capital city,
‘I saw the Holy City the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven…’ Revelation 21:2
It will have a King (or President),
“And I heard a loud voice saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them….’ Revelation 21:3
God, who dwells in heaven at present, will come down to live among His people.
Remember that we read about this in a Book that has been despised, rejected, banned and burned during much of its history (even up to our time).
How can a book that teaches this, be banned? It only happens because the ruler of the world, the devil, knows he will never be part of that coming Empire. So he fights against the truth and revelations of the Bible. That is why we can have confidence that God’s plan for the eternal City, the eternal nation under His eternal Lordship, will come to fruition.
- Niall McCarthy, Empires, Statista, May 25, 2020