Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Kingdom of God on earth!

Kingdom of God on Earth

By Abraham Israel

The word ‘Kingdom’ can be divided as King + Dom. This means the King and His Dominion. Dominion is the sphere of authority or the places under the authority of the King who rules it. Hence the King is the central focus of the whole Kingdom. It starts with the King and it ends with the authority which He exercises over His dominion.

  • In the Old Testament times, God ruled directly over the kingdom of Israel and it was considered the Kingdom of God (1 Samuel 8:7). Even from the days of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Christ the Son was their God (Hosea 12:2-6; Isaiah 51:2; 29:22; 41:8). Jesus Christ was the King of the nation of Israel ever since the land of Egypt (Hosea 13:4-11). When people rejected His direct reigning through the Judges, He ruled the nation through the Kings whom He chose (1 Samuel 15:11, 28; 24:20; 2 Samuel 6:21).
  • When the time came, God sent His only begotten Son to become a man and rule His people, they rejected Him also (Heb 1:1, 2; Matt11:16-24; 23:34-39; 21:33-42). Jesus expressed His deep anguish over this rejection of Him by His own people, and even lamented over it (John 1:11; 5:43; Matt 23:37). From this point of time He turned His focus to build the Church as the universal kingdom of God and trained His disciples to focus more on the Spiritual aspect of the Kingdom of God (Matt 16:13-28; 17:1-9). Because the people of Israel rejected their King Jesus (Matt 26:63-63; 27:11, 22, 25, 37), the Kingdom of God was taken from Israel and given to the whole world through Jesus Christ and because of Him had become a universal Spiritual Kingdom [the universal Church which is considered a nation over which God rules directly] through His Spirit (Matt 21:43; 12:28; Rom 14:17). Only when Israel will again accept Jesus as the messiah, then only the kingdom of God will be restored to them and through them to the whole world physically for thousand years (Rom 11:25-27; Zech 12:10; 13:6; Rev 20:4, 6). This is that which is called in the Bible as ‘the times of restoration of all things’ (Acts 3:21). Now the restoration is happening only for the new creation of God [i.e. human beings]. But when Jesus comes to reign in this planet earth, which is when restoration will happen to all things including nature, animals, birds and all sea creatures. This times of restoration will be when the whole earth will blossom back to its original creation purpose under the rulership of Jesus Christ as King over it (Acts 3:21). Here the Bible says ‘times of restoration’ which indicates that now is the time of soulish and spiritual [fleshly] restoration of new creations in Christ (Heb 4:7-9; Matt 11:28-29; 2 Cor 6:1, 2; 5:17). But the physical time of restoration of all things will start right on the day of Rapture and will continue during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ as King over this planet earth (Isaiah 11:6-9; Hos 2:18). This is when the world will be blessed through Israel (Is 27:6).
  • John only came preaching about the kingdom of heaven,“Repent ye: for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matt 3:1-2). As a proclaiming herald [messenger] of God, John the Baptist was introducing the King to the kingdom of Israel, so that whoever accepted Jesus as the king over them were given the rights of citizenship in the kingdom of God (John 1:31-34; Matt 11:12). Jesus also came preaching after John the Baptist has been put in to prison saying “Repent ye: for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matt 4:17). But the difference was that He started to reign spiritually through out the land of Israel as the king through His works of power which gave evidence to His authority from God that has been given to Him already (Matt 12:28; 21:23-27; Luke 4:32; 36). God again began to reign over the nation of Israel through Jesus Christ and the evidence of it was the works that Jesus did (John 14:10-11; Acts 10:38). But they rejected His reigning as their king over them by not heeding to His words (Deuteronomy 18:15-19, 22; Luke 19:11-14).
  • Jesus received the Kingdom power [to be established universally through His church spiritually (Phil 2:8-11; Eph 3:10)] after He achieved redemption for all His citizens who believed Him and became His servants. He achieved it on the cross of Calvary for them and was seated as their King at the right hand of God (Mark 14:61-62; Phil 2:8-11). The noble man in Luke 19:12 is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ (Phil 2:3-7). This parable was given to make people get better understanding about the kingdom of God because they misunderstood it (Luke 19:11). The servants who are commanded to do His business are we believers in whom He has invested His anointing. The kingdom that He had gone to receive is the Kingdom that He will come at His second coming and establish in this planet earth physically (Eph 1:22;Rom 16:20; Heb 2:8; Acts 3:21; 1:11; 1 Cor 15:27-28).

  • Through our Glorious bodies that we receive after our resurrection which will be just like the resurrected body of Jesus Christ in essence and materiality, though that body, Jesus will use us to subdue all the earth when He reigns for a thousand years in this planet earth (Phil 3:21; Rom 8:19). But Spiritually we are already subjects of His kingdom, so only He has called us as His servants and anointed us and has given us a business to do(Luke 19:13). And the business that He has told us to do is the kingdom business of saving souls (Luke 19:13; Acts 6:3; Matt 6:33; 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 20:20-23). He has considered those lethargic and lazy servants who did not want to do the business of trading souls, as His enemies who did not want Jesus to reign over them by submitting and obeying His command [Great Commission] (Luke 19:15, 27; Eph 5:8). If we are not trading for the souls through the money that God has already provided, devil is so actively trading against the prosperity of God’s kingdom using the money for Himself and promote his own agenda (Ezek 28:4-5, 18; Isaiah 45:3).
  • A man cannot give God anything in exchange for his soul to be redeemed, but God has provided for Himself a Divine exchange by making the soul of Jesus Christ an offering for our sin, this is what qualifies us to be part of the Spiritual kingdom (Matt 16:26; Mark 8:37; Gen 22:8; Isaiah 53:10). If this message of redemption is what qualifies every man to be part of the Kingdom of God, How much more we should do the business of God in proclaiming this message of redemption to extend the kingdom of God (Matt 6:10)? So only the Bible says, “…he who wins souls is wise” (Prov 11:30). If we don’t have a heart beat to reach the lost souls with the message of the Gospel, then we are most foolish people anybody can find on this planet earth.
  • When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come [in the future]? Jesus answered to them that “The kingdom of God does not come with observation.” Because these Pharisees were expecting a political kingdom on earth to be established by God through His Messiah, Jesus replied that they cannot see it come. Jesus tried to convey the message that the kingdom that is coming is a Spiritual one by saying, “…For indeed, the kingdom of God is with in you [in your midst]” (Luke 17:21). This He spoke to them to correct their misunderstanding about the nature of the coming kingdom.
  • How to enter the kingdom of Heaven?
    Unless you are converted or change your attitude towards God and become as little children, ready to be subjected to the authority of God, ready to receive correction as from a father, you will by no means enter the kingdom of God (Matt 18:3).
  • Entering in to the kingdom of heaven is coming under the government and rulership of God.

  • We suffer in the present time under the world system of governance not for a religion to be established [i.e. Christianity], but for the Kingdom of God to be established in this earth as it is in heaven, in us and through us. This kingdom of God is eternal in nature and is always the winning majority with Christ Jesus (2 Thess 1:5).


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