The Bible gives us a concrete picture of what is to come in the future: the Kingdom of God. The coming Kingdom is to be a political reality, based upon the earth on which we live. It can therefore be revealed to us in terms which we can understand. The hope set before us is not that of going off to some unknown place when we die, but of living again in a material body (though different in nature) on the earth on which we now live. We look, not for something totally new and different, but for the present state of things on earth to be changed and improved. The changes will be very great and the improvements vast, but it will still be the earth on which we now live. We can relate what the Bible says about this future age to what we know the world today is like. Freedom from disease, no war, agricultural plenty - these will be part of the age to come, and we can contrast such things with today's world and look forward to this new age.
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