Politics in near future.
Last discussion we explored economics during the end times. Now we will look at the political environment. The political environment in a Christ-run earth, that is, the millennial period (Revelation 20:4-6) will be much different than the governmental structures we presently have in place.
Jesus didn't care much for or use money. Apparently, when money was needed for Jesus and His disciples, Judas Iscariot was the treasurer of the group (John 13:21-30). Obviously, Jesus knew that money would be the downfall (Luke 22:5) and indirectly the cause of Judas' death (Matthew 27:3-10). It was also the betrayal that started the crucifixion of Jesus Himself.
Jesus didn't like moneychangers especially in the temple (John 2:13-25).
Jesus talked about the perils of riches (materialism and money) and indicated that earthly things could greatly subvert a person's path to "the kingdom" (Mark 10:17-31).
Jesus Christ is right in the middle of how the Revelation was revealed to John (Revelation 1:1). The Revelation was a letter to 7 churches (Revelation 2-3). So when we come to Revelation 18:4,5, we find that Jesus is asking true believers in the 7 churches to come out from the harlot, the socioeconomic involvement in the church. Given that Revelation chapters 17 and 18 have repeated references to "merchants", one understands that money and the harlot are integrally intertwined. If you are a true believer, you will remove yourself from organizations/churches that are playing footsie with the government. You will work toward separation of church FROM state.
Jesus doesn't say much about His politics. The disciples wanted to know when He would set up His kingdom (government?) here on earth. There is a curious discussion at the Last Supper about 'kings of the Gentiles' lording over the population and that they are called 'Benefactors' (Luke 22:19-30). In Jesus' kingdom, servants hold a special place (Revelation 1:1). In our present governmental environment, this is difficult to perceive what this kind of government may be.
Continuing on at the Last Supper, Jesus asks the disciples if they lacked anything when He had sent them out penniless and bare-footed. Their response was, "No, nothing." (Luke 22:31-38). What kind of government will we have without money?
It is clear that the political environment in Jesus Christ's mind was very much different than forms of government today. It would be a cashless society, sharing and caring for each other, and leadership that is more concerned to serve than to hold power (and potential pride related to the power). That there is a political structure at the time of the New Jerusalem is clear (Revelation 21:22-27). We just don't understand what it is.
Even during the Millennial reign of Christ, there is a political structure (Revelation 20:4-6). One 'reigns' over some structural entity. We just don't understand what that may be. Sadly, the people after this 1,000 year utopia could be subverted (Revelation 20:7-10). The reader is left to explain how that would happen!