It was on this day in 1949 that the first permanent government of the State of Israel assumed office. Ironically or not, this was also the same day that the security council recommended Israel’s admission into the United Nations.
Though it was, indeed, the first official government of the new Israeli state, to say that this was a permanent government is not quite accurate. According to the Bible, the nation of Israel is destined to witness an altogether different and most definitely permanent form of government; one that has yet to come into the fullness of its power. The prophet Isaiah shed some light on this coming government and administration, when he wrote in Isaiah 9:6-7:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called ‘Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
According to this prophecy, this government and its head will indeed be permanent. But unlike the governments of men, it will be a government of justice and peace. To the dismay of those who believe in the will of the people determining the law, this government will not be democratic or republican. It will not be autocratic, communist, socialist or any other form of man-contrived government. This will be a theocratic monarchy, meaning that God, Himself, will be our King, as the Messiah rules and reigns from Jerusalem. In the end, all kingdoms will bow to His Kingdom, as it is written in the book of Revelation:
“And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’” (Revelation 11:15)
That means every kingdom, every government, every President, Congress, Parliament and even Knesset will have to submit to His eternal authority. At that time, no more will men make laws that oppress, enslave and manipulate those being governed. But all men will be bound to keep His righteous and just laws, the laws of the One and only God. Isaiah prophesied:
“For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people.” (Isaiah 2:3-4)
That this Kingdom is coming means that all of us will have to adjust our thinking, our way of doing things and our will in order to conform to His way. Nevertheless, we say collectively, “Maranatha.” Even so, come Lord Jesus, and sit upon Your Holy Throne and establish Your Kingdom – the one that was ordained from the beginning.