Kingdom of God

Much confusion exists over this topic…. and the Jehovah Witness religion is a perfect example of how the Bible can be completely mis-read (and humans mis-led) by a so-called “logical” (devoid of  spiritual insight) approach to interpretation of the Bible.

Kingdom of God could mean:

1. Universal rule of God everywhere

2. Rule of God on earth

3. Rule of God in Heaven

Currently God’s will rules in Heaven but not on Earth (except in the abstract sense of His permissive will)…. God gave man free will and put him in charge of the earth and look what he has done with it !

The Bible clearly teaches that eventually His Will will prevail on the earth  “as it does in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10)….. meaning that all humans (living at that time) will  VOLUNTARILY obey his will in everything and all the time. (Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk  2:14, Zechariah 14:9)

The Bible also teaches us that when this happens, God will rule the whole world from Jerusalem and that the Jewish nation of Israel  will have the higest authority in administering this one-world government. (Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:2-3, Zechariah 8:23)

There will be NO “Palestinian State” within the borders of the land that God has given to Israel….. so before this Kingdon of God is set up on the earth, either the Palestinians will have to move elsewhere in the Arab world or surrender their nationality (and become a “part of Israel”)  or be totally exterminated from existence altogether.

Since none of these options looks likely at this time…. it could be a while before the Kingdom of God is set up on this earth !

What I am writing does not find “favor” with “modern thought”…. the idea of exterminating an entire nation seems “barbaric”…. the idea of Jewish supremacy seems “racist”….  the world is currently obsessed with “equality” and “democracy”… EVERY “viewpoint” is of equal importance… EVERY person has “equal rights” regardless of gender, race, class or creed…. but can you see the FALLACY of this “modern” way of thinking ????

1. Humans have NEVER been able to find a TRUE CONSENSUS on ANYTHING…. democracy is based of “majority” consensus which still leaves BITTER minorities because people do not simply abandon their “points of view and ideas” just so ! … at the root of it is SELFISHNESS…. the second commandment… people simply DO NOT LOVE OTHERS as they do THEMSELVES…. or surrender their OWN “viewpoints” to the majority opinion out of LOVE and SACRIFICE.

2. ORDER in the UNIVERSE therefore requires NOT a “democracy” but a THEOCRACY with a “top down” CHAIN-OF-COMMAND…. and is not the MILITARY model the ONLY “system of organisation” that actually achieves anything like success among humans on this planet ???…. GOD is the CREATOR….. to restore ORDER to a chaotic Universe after the entrance of SIN and SELFISHNESS…. He chose to put man over woman… and the nation of Israel over the other nations… why ?… He knows why… but the point is SOMEBODY had to take the RESPONSIBILITY…. the nation of Israel became responsible for witnessing to all nations the Truths of God and His Ways….. the man became responsible for running a household, caring for his wife and training his children in the Truths of God and His ways…. what we are witnessing in the world today is not “progressive enlightenment” but a BREAKDOWN in the GOD ORDAINED ORDER (or “chain-of-command”)

But do not be suprised at this…. it was all foretold in the Bible… exactly the way it is now going down !

Romans 1:28-32 describes perfectly the majority of the inhabitants of “today’s world”

The Bible teaches that the rest of the nations will turn against Israel before Jesus Christ returns and this IS happening gradually….. as more and more nations begin to regard Israel as the “problem” to Middle East peace and favor the Palestinian “position” as part of the “solution” to the impasse.

In spite of the “strange language” of prophecy and vision, any serious Bible researcher can know what is coming in the future for this earth….. and it aint pretty….. ( Luke 21:10-11, Luke 21:25-26)

before this Kingdom of God  is established there is going to be a terrible time of hardship ….. created in part by natural catastrophic events, but also brought about by the cruel rule of humans (who will come to power under the guise of “strong measures” for “desperate times”)…… only a minority will be able to realize the  EVIL “spiritual” agenda behind this “world dictatorship”, because regard for God and the Bible will be at an all time low….. and in fact, Christians will be once again be persecuted with a global intensity not seen since the First Century AD !

dispensations

God’s dealing with humans… through Covenants… first, God makes a pronouncement of what  he requires of man with respect to man’s conduct…. second man is given a time-period (or age) during which obedience (or lack of it) is tested.

1. Innocence – Genesis 1:28 – 29 – the test – Genesis 2:16 – 17

2. Conscience (Moral Responsibility) – Genesis 3:7 – The judgement for failure of innocence, the new conditions of life specified – Genesis 3:14 – 19 – the next test – Genesis 4:7

3. Human Government – the judgement for failure of conscience Genesis 6:5 -9 – the new conditions of life specified and the next test Genesis 9:2 – 7

4. Promise – the judgement on the failure of human government Genesis 11:8 – God decides to work through a specific man Abram and his offspring – Genesis 12:1 -3 the new test is FAITH and OBEDIENCE…  Abram partially passes and partially fails the test…. the fail Genesis 16:1-6  causes the modern misery between Israel and Palestine…. the pass Genesis 22:15 – 18 results in the promise of Messiah though his descendents

5. Law – Genesis 19:3 – 8

6. Church –  the law failed in that the Pharisees (the very embodiment of the “humanly corrupted” Law) and the masses of Abraham’s descendents crucified their Messiah – giving birth to the Church age – in which,  all humans are expected to  accept the atonement of Christ (which should lead to their mental rejection of  their basic sinfulness) and an empowering (though the Holy Spirit) to OVERCOME the world, the flesh and the devil.

7. Kingdom –  Revelation 20:4 – 6 –  the final “age” of the human race before God makes the “new heaven and the new earth” Revelation chap. 21 and 22

God knew everything that was going to happen before it did…. therefore the progressive revelation of the Bible is for OUR enlightenment as the human race… to show us both what we are like and to show us what God is like.

All the tests… the failures…. both the good and the bad are recorded therein over thousands of years of human history… for all of God’s other creation…. angels, demons, principalities and powers to observe.

Truly the world is a stage…. and the human history is an unfolding DRAMA…. that testifies to the greatness of God and the frailty of man…. nevertheless, the LOVE of humans for their God and for each other is precious in His sight and of eternal significance…. long after the human race has ceased to exist (in the flesh) according to it’s present form.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, let us walk our daily life in humility and holiness before You … and may we be sensitive to Your wishes and direction both today and every day…. amen.