I am very thankful to be living in a country with a democratically-elected government. The great American political experiment, as out-lined in our Constitution, has been largely a success. Our form of government is better than any totalitarian system, because the people have the ability to peacefully oust any leader who is doing a horrible job.
However, democracy is not perfect; it is simply less-bad than a dictatorship. Even in a democratically elected Republic like ours there is corruption and sin. The freedom that us Americans have to do good can also be used to do evil. When Jesus comes back He will not allow the people to rule themselves. Rather, He will rule them with a “rod of iron.”
Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. (Revelation 19:15)
Jesus will begin His rule on Earth by declaring vengeance on those who hate God and have murdered the innocent. He will avenge the weak and use His power to enforce righteousness and to prohibit sin. But there will be no corruption in His regime, nor will He take advantage of the weak, for He is the only one who truly cares about them. The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah gives a great description of what His rule will look like:
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:3-9)
Jesus will rule with love and mercy for those who repent, while at the same time administering justice. The book of Psalms describes this future age with these words: “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (Psalm 85:10)