THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

More than nineteen centuries ago Jesus Christ came teaching things that literally changed the course of human history. A major part of his teaching concerned the coming Kingdom of God to rule the earth.

It is  indisputable that the future establishment of the government of God upon the earth is a clear teaching of both the Old and New Testaments. Herein lies an enigma that raises many questions in the mind of anyone seeking the truth.

Following the acknowledgment of the greatness of the Sovereign God (God the Father) in Matthew 13:9-13, the Kingdom of God was given the most prominent place in Jesus'  model prayer. At least thirty of Jesus' parables are devoted to teaching about the Kingdom of God, its establishment on earth, and its relationship to the spiritual and physical realms of existence:

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt.6:10 KJV). See also Matt.9:35.

For centuries, most professing Christians have been repeating these words and praying for the Kingdom of God to come,  without having  the slightest understanding of the awesome  implications of what  they are asking. It is truly remarkable  that Jesus spoke so much about the Kingdom of God, yet those who professed  to teach his  message over the centuries have said so little about this world altering doctrine. An earthly kingdom under heavenly control! Divine intervention in the affairs of men! What a strange and unfamiliar ring these words have.

A NEW GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM

A number of years ago a documentary was presented  on national television in the United States about the past, present, and future of world governments as seen through the eyes of a well-known educator, scientist, and author who stated that the governments of today just do not work in today's world with today's people. He said that the rules that our ancestors made for their time are impractical and would not work in today's world, and because our current systems are wrong for us, we need a new system.

Was this man correct in his view of the world's governmental systems? Will a new system of government save humanity from all its ills and its march toward oblivion?

Centuries of Struggle

Throughout the centuries, humans have endeavored to fulfill their desire for life, liberty, and happiness with very little success.

Statesmen have endeavored to bring about peace and good will among nations. Government heads have striven for political independence and economic and social benefits for their nations. Champions of civil liberty have fought for individual needs and rights.

Scientists and inventors have produced time and labor-saving devices and products. Medical researchers and practitioners have waged a continual battle against disease and sought ways of improving  human health and  longevity.

Noble men and  women of every walk of life have sought to elevate the position of the human race; however, their lofty aspirations to improve the  human condition and solve its monumental problems have amounted to very little.

It is true that recent centuries have witnessed a gradual rise in the economic living standards of some people. But has anything constructive been achieved in attacking the basic cause of man's problems? Has the greed, hatred, selfishness, or other  loathsome characteristics of human  behavior been erased, or even lessened? In the thousands of years of human history, has the overall quality of life for the entire human race substantially improved? Sadly, the answer to these questions is  no.

No one can deny that all the  basic evils that have plagued humanity in the past still continue to plague the human race today.

Doomed to Failure

One thing that the voice of history tells us loudly and clearly is that humans cannot govern themselves fairly and equitably. All governmental systems, regardless of whether they are cruel and restrictive or have high ideals of personal freedom, are all devised and administered by humans and are doomed to failure.

History is replete with examples of governmental systems, some good and some bad. All of these past governmental systems  have had one thing in common—they have failed. They did not endure; they did not pass the test of time. Nation after nation has come and gone, and none have endured for very long. But why not?

The reason is quite simple when we look into the hearts and minds of  people. By nature, people are the opposite of selfless. We are basically selfish, and some are more selfish than others. Most seek only to satisfy their own desires and priorities. This human trait of selfishness is one of the  major reasons why governments designed and administered by humans will never survive the test of time.

People can devise or be given the best of governmental constitutions, laws, rights, privileges, and freedoms, but if they do not maintain a high standard of ethical, moral and spiritual character and respect the rights and freedoms of others, the system will fail.

Governments do not  fail because of the governmental system, they fail because of the human factor, a factor that is so capricious and destructive that no physical force has been able to tame it.

RELIGION—PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Many feel that religion or a certain philosophy of life holds the key to the elimination of humanitys problems. Although this can be true, the past and present religions and philosophies  as practiced by the majority of humanity do not provide the right solutions. If they did provide the right solutions, the world would not be in the  horrible condition it is in today.

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit" (Matt.7:15-17 KJV).

Look at the fruit (the results) of this world's popular religions, philosophies, and political systems today: crime, hunger, poverty, squalor, religious bigotry, racism, hatred, broken-homes, permissiveness, promiscuity, sexual perversion, war, and disease.

This is the pathetic situation that the  majority of the world's population lives in today; this situation is the result of  religions and philosophies that influence the  way people think and behave. If this were not true, then the results of  past and present popular religions and philosophies would be far different—their fruit would be good, not evil.

Because all religions, philosophies and political/governmental systems have failed and are failing to remove the ills of humanity and to bring about a better world, is humanity doomed to destruction by its own hand?  The logical and realistic answer is YES!—unless there exists a force greater than humanity that has the power to stop the inevitable.

A One World Government

For many years sociologists, economists, military leaders, behavioral and political scientists and myriads of scholars who deal with human behavior have said that the only thing that will save humanity from certain annihilation is the formation and implementation of a one world government.

Others are of the opinion that a one world government would restrict and totally take away any personal freedom that individuals now have within their respective governments. This seems to be a valid concern when we consider the lessons of history.

Regardless of people's beliefs and  opinions, the  answer to the problems of humanity is truly a one world government that will rule with fairness and justice for all. But from where will such a perfect government with selfless civil servants and leaders come? The only place from which such a government can come is the Sovereign God (God the Father).

There is a one world government coming in the near future. The Father's government is a government of  peace  where unfairness and inequity will not be condoned nor tolerated. It is a government not of the people nor by the people, but for the people. This government will not be ruled by human beings;  instead, it will be ruled by humans that have been made into spirit-beings. Yes, that's right, spirit-beings: beings that are perfect in judgment and rulership ability will govern the earth under the direction and authority of Jesus Christ.

Believe it or not, at this very moment there are individuals who have been and are being trained to be benevolent rulers of a one world government. These individuals have been and are being trained in religion, law, human and marital relations, agriculture, economics, criminology, education, and many other professions that will benefit humanity. These individuals have been specifically chosen by God the Father and have been required to put aside many of their own personal pursuits in order to prepare to take over the reigns of world government.

This coming one world government will provide the correct religion, philosophy, and governmental system that, when  correctly practiced, will eliminate all human ills and bring people all the right and good benefits that they need and want.

A PERFECT GOVERNMENT

Carefully note what is to follow, because it is one of the best kept secrets of the ancient world concerning a people and a governmental system.

Centuries ago, a tiny nation of slaves were given the gift of a perfect government; a government unparalleled in world history; a governmental system in which there were no inequities; a government of perfect freedoms, laws, and judgments.

Ancient Israel had its beginnings as a nation in slavery. Upon being set free from their slavery by the Creator of humanity, they were given a perfect governmental system that was tailored to provide abundant happiness and prosperity: a perfect government from a perfect being given to a nation of free people.

The Human Factor

If the governmental system given to the Israelites was so perfect, why is it not in existence today? It would exist today except for one gigantic problem: the human factor. Human beings are imperfect, and governments in today's world are administered by humans.

When the ancient people of Israel obeyed the perfect laws of this perfect government, they were protected by the Creator God and received great blessings. On the other hand, when the people broke the laws of this perfect government, they received  abundant curses. See Deut.30:15-19.

An overview of the laws and rules of this perfect government still exists and can be found easily in the most published and read book in the world, the Holy Bible. The problem is that hardly anyone truly believes or understands the words recorded in this book, and very few of those who profess to live their lives by this book actually do.

THE KINGDOM MESSAGE

The good news about the Kingdom of God has been almost totally misunderstood and misrepresented since it was first proclaimed by Jesus Christ and the early church. This situation exists because most who study the Bible have been deceived into thinking that the Kingdom of God is not a real tangible kingdom, but rather a philosophical way of thinking. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. The Kingdom of God is a real tangible kingdom with the Sovereign Father as its supreme ruler and Jesus Christ as its chief administrator.

One of the primary reasons that the Creator God left his heavenly throne and became Jesus Christ was to proclaim the good news about the government of God that he will bring to rule over all the earth.

John the Baptist

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight" (Matt.3:1-3 KJV).

The primary message of John the Baptist was a warning to repent because the  Kingdom of God was coming. After John the Baptist was put in prison, Jesus Christ (The Creator God) who represented his Father's Kingdom came with the following message:

"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached. . ." (Lk.16:16 KJV).

Jesus Proclaimed the Kingdom

"Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, saying, The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand:  repent, and believe the gospel" (Mk.1:14-15 Para.).

Notice that Jesus' message was the same as John's; both proclaimed the coming Kingdom of God.

One of the very first things that Jesus taught after he began his ministry concerned the Kingdom of God, because he was the representative of that government and its future head of state:

"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people" (Matt.4:23 KJV). See also Matt.4:12-17; 9:35; Lk.8:1.

"And he said to them, I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also: for this reason I am sent" (Lk.4:43 Para.).

Others  Also Proclaimed the Kingdom

"Then he called his twelve disciples together. . . and he sent them to preach the Kingdom of God. . ." (Lk.9:1-2 KJV).

Jesus taught the twelve disciples the good news about his Father's  kingdom; then he taught seventy others and  sent them all to preach the same message:

"After these things, Jesus appointed seventy others also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, where he would go.  And he said to them. . . heal the sick that are there, and say to them, The Kingdom of God is come near to you" (Lk.10:1,2,9 KJV).

Notice that Jesus told these men to say that the kingdom was close to them. In a real sense, the Kingdom of God did come near these people. Those who were sent out to proclaim the kingdom were its ambassadors. Those who were sent were also given authority to use the power of the Sovereign Ruler of the Kingdom of God. They healed the sick as an act of compassion and to get people's attention  in order to show some of the benefits of being under the protection and care of the government of  God.

WHAT IS  A KINGDOM?

A kingdom basically consists of four things: a King or Supreme Sovereign who rules over a territory having defined boundaries within which are citizens or subjects who are subordinate to the Sovereign's laws and governmental structure.

The Kingdom of God belongs to God the Father who is its Supreme Sovereign and has given the administration of his Kingdom to Jesus Christ who now rules this kingdom from heaven. See 1.Cor.15:25-28; Heb.10:10; Rev.1:1-6.

Is the Kingdom of God Within?

Because of a conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees, a popular belief has evolved, which teaches that the Kingdom of God is only a philosophical ideal. Many today  believe that the Kingdom of God is a philosophy, a way of thinking, a concept of perfection to be striven for, but it is not a tangible reality:

"And when  the Pharisees demanded that Jesus tell them when the Kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said: The Kingdom of God does not come  with an outward show: Neither shall people say, Here it is! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you" (Lk.17:20-21 KJV).

If the Kingdom of God was within these Pharisees, humanity is truly without hope, because  these are the same men that Jesus called "hypocrites" and a "generation of vipers." It is evident from the many times that he condemned these men and the other religious leaders of the Jews that the righteous  Kingdom of God was not within the hearts  and minds of these men.

The English word 'within' that is used in many translations of  Luke 17:21 is translated from the Greek word 'entos', which in this context, means 'among' or 'in the midst of'. The Kingdom of God was among them because Jesus, the ambassador of the Kingdom of God, was among them; it was definitely not within the Jewish leaders of Christ's time.

Christ came as a representative of his Father's kingdom to explain what the kingdom was and how to enter into it. He also came to proclaim that the kingdom  would be established over all the  earth's nations at some time in the future. Because Jesus did not come as a conquering king as these men were expecting, they did not understand  what Jesus  taught in regard to the kingdom coming without observation.

The term Kingdom of God pertains to the spiritual as well as the physical planes of existence, because the Kingdom of God is  a sovereign kingdom, which has  absolute power and authority in the spiritual and the physical realms of existence.  

Those who are called to participate in the  first resurrection  and have accepted this call, are already a part of the Kingdom of God; that is,  they have been transformed into sons of God having the spirit of God and the laws  of God as a part of their  being. Although the Kingdom of God is not yet physically present on earth, the elect of God who are alive today are subject to both its physical and spiritual laws. See our study papers concerning the  Covenants,  the  Law of God, the Spirit of God and the New Creation.

"For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the holy spirit" (Rom.14:17 Para.).

"Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Col.1:13 KJV).

After Christ's Death

After Christ's death and resurrection, those called to participate in the Family and the Kingdom of God continued to proclaim the good news of its coming as instructed by Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul

"And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the Kingdom of God" (Acts 19:8 KJV).

"I have kept back nothing that was profitable to you. . . Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. . . And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the Kingdom of God, shall see my face no more" (Acts 20:20-21,25 KJV).

"And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in to him, Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things  that concern the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 28:30-31 KJV).

The Evangelist Philip

"When they believed Philip's preaching concerning things of the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women" (Acts 8:12 Para.).

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

During the time that national Israel existed under the rule of the Creator God's worship system and civil governmental system, it was  clearly understood how this religious and civil system  functioned and how it was to be administered. However, relatively few today understand the  inner-workings of this ancient religious and civil system. Almost no one even begins to understand the inner-workings of the spiritual Kingdom of God that is in heaven.

In order to understand the good news about the Kingdom of God, we should review what is known about the physical  and the spiritual Kingdom of God after Jesus Christ returns and establishes it on earth.

National Israel

Many puzzle over the prophecies concerning the future of national Israel and wonder if such prophecies are simply analogies or if they have some other meaning that has not yet been discovered. In the near future, the world will see that prophecies concerning national Israel are literal and will have a dramatic impact on all of humanity just before and after Jesus Christ's return to earth.

The Creator God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, because he had a job for them to do and a purpose for their existence as a nation. These people were called to be a nation of priests who would represent God and his plan for the salvation of humanity to the world as they practiced his way of life to perfection.

After Christ's  return, the descendants of Israel will be brought  to the land of their inheritance. There, they will be formed into a world power in order to fulfill their national destiny.

During this future age, the nation of Israel will again assume its responsibility of being an example of God's way of life to the world. The city of Jerusalem will again become the focal point of the worship of God. From Jerusalem, Jesus Christ will administer his Father's  religion and government to Israel and other nations while offering the opportunity of salvation to all humanity. See Deut.30:1-6; Mic.4:1-7; Joel 3:16-21; Zech.8:1-3.

The Physical Kingdom

Throughout the Bible, there are many  prophecies that clearly show  the new agreement with national Israel and the rest of humanity being administered  through the Kingdom of God on earth. These prophecies also show that this kingdom has a civil governmental system combined with a sacrificial system of worship with commanded observances and festivals similar to those of the  first agreement with national Israel.

There are also many scriptures showing that after this kingdom is established, all nations will eventually come under its civil and religious system.  See our study papers concerning the worship system after the return of Christ.

Scriptural Facts

1. After Christ's return, the earth will still be inhabited by physical people who will eventually come under the rule of the government of God.

2. The prophecies  of  Ezekiel and Zechariah  clearly show  that a temple worship system with a priesthood  and  animal sacrifices will exist during Christ's  rule on  earth. See Ezk.chps.40-46; Zech.14:16-20.

3. During  Christ's rule, the temple  system will be officiated over by the male descendants of Zadok, the priest, and sacrifices will be performed similarly to the way they were performed under the first agreement with ancient Israel.

4. The prophecies of Ezekiel show that, during Jesus Christ's reign, the same relationship between the commanded  observances, the holy convocations, and the sacrificial system will exist. However, there will be significant changes to fit the people, times, and circumstances of the new agreement with national Israel and the rest of humanity.

The Bible gives few details regarding the temple worship system, the sacrifices, the offerings, and the governmental system after the return of Christ. However, it is not silent when it comes to documenting the fact that all of the laws, precepts, and principles that God has ordained for the purpose of worshiping him and regulating human behavior will be in effect during Christ's rule.

CHRIST TO RULE  THE EARTH

Notice what the prophets Isaiah and Micah were inspired to write concerning the physical Kingdom of God on earth  and Jesus Christ as its head of state:

Isaiah

"For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; and the government is upon his shoulder. . . that the government may be increased and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it through justice  and through righteousness from henceforth even for ever" (Isa.9:6-7, Jewish Publication Society). See also Lk.1:30-33.

Micah

"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain [government] of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains [governments], and it shall be exalted above the hills [nations]; and people shall flow to it.  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain [Zion] of the Lord, and to the house [temple] of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us from his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore" (Mic.4:1-3 KJV). See also Psa.72:8-11.

Although Jesus Christ was born to be the King over all the earth, he obviously did not establish his rule during his lifetime. He only taught about his Father's  kingdom and foretold that it would surely come. When Jesus Christ does return with all power and glory,  he will establish his Father's kingdom. Only then will people begin to experience true  peace, prosperity, joy, and happiness.

A BRIGHT AND WONDERFUL FUTURE

The Scriptures are replete with references about the coming Kingdom of God  and clearly show that those who live under its benevolent  rule will enjoy great blessings.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called . . . The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end . . ." (Isa.9:6-7 KJV).

"In his [Christ's] days  shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth " (Psa.72:7-8 KJV).

"The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace" (Psa.29:11 KJV). See Lk.2:14.

Personal Safety

"Therefore I will save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey;. . . And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods" (Ezk.34:22-25 KJV).

"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people. . .. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain [government], says the Lord" (Isa.65:21-25 KJV).

"But every one shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken"  (Mic.4:4 Para.).

Abundant Food

"Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the grape crusher him that sows the seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine" (Am.9:13 Para.).

Abundant Health

"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. . .. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isa.35:5,6,10 KJV).

No More War

"And he [Jesus Christ] shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords [weapons] into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Mic.4:3 Para.). See Hag.2:7.

Perfect Justice

Those who live under the judicial system of God's government will receive the benefit of fair and just resolution to any civil or interpersonal problems that may arise:

"I will restore your judges as at the first . . ." (Isa.1:26 KJV).

"Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places" (Isa.32:16-18 KJV).

When God organized the nation of Israel, he gave them a judicial system that was to relieve oppression and execute  perfect justice in a fair and equitable manner (Jdg.3:9-11). A similar system will be established and administered by the government of God upon the return of Christ.

A Perfect Religion and Government

"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the government of the house of the Lord shall be established above all great governments, and it shall be exalted above all lesser governments; and people shall come to it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the government of the Lord, and the house of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth out of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Mic.4:1-2 Para.).

"Let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he comes to judge the earth" (1.Chron.16:32-33 KJV).

"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise . . .. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before the Lord; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity" (Psa.98:4,8-9 KJV). See also Acts 17:30-31; 1.Cor.6:2.

The end result of  the Kingdom of God on earth will be universal peace, freedom for all, and the elimination of all the ills that plague humanity today. Under the government of God, the  hopes and dreams of people for a happy and productive life can be realized. Obedience to the perfect precepts and principles of God's  perfect law is the key to lasting happiness and eternal life for all who are willing to comply with them.

THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOM

The spiritual Kingdom of God is the government of God in heaven (the Kingdom of Heaven) and it belongs to and is under the authority of God the Father. It is through this government comprised of spirit-beings that the Father governs the physical and spiritual dimensions of existence.

In order to begin to understand the spiritual aspects of the Kingdom of God that will rule the earth, it is necessary to have an understanding of the  rewards and responsibilities of the elect of God  after the return of Jesus Christ. It is those who participate in the first resurrection who will  have an important role in the administration of the spiritual Kingdom of God that will rule the earth in the near future.

Many hold the popular belief that heaven is the reward of the saved. To even question this time-honored teaching  is thought of as blasphemy to those who believe in it. However, what is found in the Bible concerning the rewards and responsibilities of the elect of God is far more exciting than the nebulous idea of going off to heaven without a clue as to what one would do there for eternity.

REWARDS OF THE RIGHTEOUS

Believe it or not, the reward for being righteous is not to float aimlessly around heaven playing harp music for eternity. There is something far more spectacular in store for those who are accounted worthy of salvation prior to the return of Christ:

"But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him" (1.Cor.2:9 KJV).

Some of the rewards for righteousness are as follows:

The above list contains only a few of the awesome rewards and responsibilities that have been promised to the elect of God. The magnitude of the rewards for those who participate in the first resurrection is so far beyond our imagination and dreams that it defies human comprehension.

IMMORTALITY

The quality of life that is promised to the righteous in the Family and Kingdom of God is comparable to that which the Father and Jesus Christ have. God the Father and Jesus Christ are spirit-beings who inherently possesses the highest form of life: immortality on the divine plane of existence. This kind of life springs forth from itself; it is not dependent upon any other source to sustain it because it is self sustaining:

"Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory" (1.Cor.15:51-54 KJV). See also 2.Tim.1:9-10; Rev.20:6.

"To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:" (Rom.2:7 KJV).

It is abundantly clear that God intends to share immortality (the highest reward that is granted for faithfulness to God) with those he has called to the first resurrection.

"Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature . . ." (2.Pet.1:4 KJV).

JOINT-HEIR WITH CHRIST

"The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom.8:16-18 KJV).

"But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" (Gal.4:4-7 KJV). It is through Christ—through his righteous sacrifice—that we are heirs.

INHERIT ALL THINGS

"In many times and in many ways of old, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets: in these last days He spoke to us in the Son, by whom He appointed heir of all things; through whom He indeed made the ages" (Heb.1:1-2 Para.).

"He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" (Rev.21:7 KJV).

What an amazing reward! Not only are those called to the First resurrection righteous heirs but also joint-heirs with Jesus, and they will share in the inheritance of all that exists, now and forever.

INHERIT THE EARTH

Part of the promise that God gave to Abraham was that he and his descendants would inherit the earth and would be a blessing to all nations  forever. See Gen.12:2-3, 13, 15-16, 15:7, 18:18; 26:1-5; Rom.4:13.

"And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal.3:29 KJV).

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt.5:5 KJV).

"For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth" (Psa.37:9 KJV). See also vs.11,22,29,34; ch.72:8.

The scriptures clearly show that when the righteous become spirit-beings, they will inherit the earth. But, what possible use could they have for a physical earth? It seems that the earth would be of no use to them unless God is not finished with his plan for humanity after Christ's return. Therein lies one of the purposes of the earth as an inheritance; it will be inhabited by both spiritual  and physical beings as God's plan for the salvation of humanity continues to unfold.

INHERITORS OF THE KINGDOM

"But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever" (Dan.7:18 KJV).

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt.5:3 KJV). See also Matt.25:34.

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt.5:10 KJV).

"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Lk.12:32 KJV).

Jesus said that those of a humble spirit will obtain the ultimate joy of sharing the rewards of the Kingdom of God.

Three undeniable facts of the Bible are that there is a Kingdom of Heaven (government of God), the Kingdom of Heaven is the property of God the Father, and the righteous are to inherit this kingdom:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King [Jesus] say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father [God the Father], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (Matt.25:31-34 KJV). See also Jms.2:5.

When Jesus spoke the parable of the shepherd dividing his sheep from the goats, he revealed that the Kingdom of God had been prepared as an inheritance for the righteous even before mankind was created.

CO-RULERSHIP WITH CHRIST

Jesus foretold the time when the elect of God would be co-rulers with him in his Father's kingdom:

"And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron . . ." (Rev.2:26-27 KJV).

Jesus is coming to set up the government of God, which will rule the earth and all nations with the help of the elect of God who have qualified to rule with him:

"To him that overcomes will I [Jesus] grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne" (Rev.3:21 Para.).

All who participate in the first resurrection will administer the Kingdom of God over the nations of the earth under the authority of  Jesus Christ.

TO BECOME A KING AND A PRIEST

"John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Rev.1:4-6 KJV).

John spoke in the future tense, when he said that the elect are kings and priests. This indicates that, as far as the Father is concerned, this reward and responsibility has already been given. But why are the elect to be kings and priests? They are to be kings and priests as a part of their reward and responsibility to help in the salvation of the rest of humanity. See our study papers concerning the day of salvation and the various resurrections.

"And [Jesus] has made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth" (Rev.5:10 KJV).  See also 1.Thes.3:13; Rev.3:21; 20:4-6.

BORN INTO THE KINGDOM

It is important to review a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus in order to begin to understand the awesome implications of what it means to be given an opportunity to become  a  son of God during the gospel age of salvation.

John 3:1-10 Paraphrased

"Nicodemus, who was a Pharisees and a  ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus at night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you have come as a teacher from God. For no one is able to do the miracles that you do, except God be with him" (vs.1-2).

Like most Jews of his day, Nicodemus was looking for the Messiah to come to deliver the Jews from Roman rule  and restore Israel as a nation  under the government of God. However, he did not expect what Jesus said in regard to being a participant in the Kingdom of God.

"Jesus said to him, Truly, truly I say to you, if one does not receive birth from above, he is not able to see the Kingdom of God" (v3).

There are many scriptures that say a person must be born of the spirit in order to participate in the Kingdom of God, but what  Jesus said to Nicodemus  in verse 3 is something entirely different. The English 'to see' is translated from the Greek word 'eido', which literally means 'to see'. By implication, it means to 'consider', 'know', 'perceive', or 'understand'.

Jesus  said that, unless a person is literally born from above, they cannot comprehend or perceive the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. Many scriptures show that it is only after the resurrection that the sons of God will be given authority as rulers in the government of God. However, it is through a literal spiritual birth that a person is given the ability to comprehend spiritual matters concerning the Kingdom of God. See 1.Cor.2:9-16.

"Nicodemus asked Jesus, How is a man able to be born, when he is old? Can he  enter into his mother's womb a second time and be born?" (v4).

Nicodemus thought that Jesus was referring to the human birth process; however, Jesus was not speaking of a physical rebirth, he was speaking of a new and different kind of birth process—a spiritual birth:

"Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly I say to you, If one does not receive birth by water and spirit, one cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That receiving birth from the flesh is flesh; and that receiving birth from the spirit is spirit" (vs.5-6).

Jesus spoke about the process by which a person may participate in the Family and Government of God. This process  necessitates being born again through a birth and transformation process within the spirit dimension of existence:

"Do not wonder because I told you, You  must receive birth from above. The spirit breathes where it desires, and you hear its voice; but you do not know where it comes from, or where it goes—so it is with everyone having received birth from the spirit. Nicodemus then asked Jesus, How can these things come about? Jesus  answered, You are a teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things" (vs.7-10).

Even though Nicodemus was a teacher of the law, he did not understand the writings and prophecies that foretold being born into the Family and Kingdom of God.

Jesus clearly states that, in order for a person to  participate in the Kingdom of God, they must go through a birth process  that requires both water and spirit. This is the process whereby a person may become a son of God.

What Jesus said to Nicodemus about being born of water and spirit can only be understood in the context of the children of the New Creation, because they are the only ones, up to this point in history, who receive a birth from the Father through water and spirit.

THE WATER AND THE SPIRIT

The Water

The water of spiritual birth under the New Covenant is the water of baptism. When a repentant person rises out of the baptismal waters, they are symbolically and literally  dead to the old life and raised as a new person free from sin. See Rom.6:1-11, Col.3:1-4.

The Spirit

The spirit of spiritual birth under the New Covenant is the Father's holy spirit, which is given by the laying on of hands. It is through this power that the Father transforms a repentant person into a son of his New Creation. See Mk.1:8, Lk.3:16, Jn.1:33; Acts 11:15-16.

Through his conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus clearly reveals that it is through a transformation process, which takes place through water and spirit, that one is allowed to understand spiritual matters and enter the Family and the Kingdom of God.

A New Creature

The old human life-form containing only the spirit of man symbolically dies in the baptismal waters; then, it literally dies and ceases to exist when God the Father merges his holy spirit with the human spirit. The person who has been immersed in the Father's holy spirit is a literal son of God. Although still dwelling within the physical human form, a person with God's holy spirit is a new creature. See our study paper concerning the New Creation.

All Things Become New

"So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new!" (2.Cor.5:17 KJV). See also Gal.6:15.

There are basically two things that become new when a person becomes a child of God:

1. Their attitude and goals become spiritually orientated.

2. Their old self  (which has only the spirit of man) dies and they become a new and different spirit-being, with new and different power and potential.

These are the things that Paul speaks of as being new and different. When a person is transformed into a child of God, that person becomes a different being. From that moment forward, things take on a new and different importance, because the old person is dead to this world. Those born of the Father's holy spirit are a different creation from the rest of humanity who do not have the holy spirit dwelling within them; therefore, "all things have become new":

"It doesn't make any difference now whether we have been circumcised or not. What really counts is whether we really have been changed into a new and different people" (Gal.6:15 Taylor).

Children of God are different from other humans; they are beings that have never existed before in either the physical or spiritual dimensions. They are beings that have only existed since Jesus Christ came and died for the sins of humanity. The elect of God are born from above; that is, they have been transformed from one type of creature into another type of creature.

Adoption as a Son of God

"For as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear; but you received a spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba! Father! The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom.8:14-16 KJV).

Here is proof that, when a person having the spirit of man is transformed from the original human creation into the New Creation having the spirit of God, that person is not just conceived, they are literally transformed by God the Father into one of his children. Thereby, they become a literal son in the Family of God and a citizen in the Kingdom of God.

GOOD NEWS, A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT

In the world today, what we continually read and hear is mostly bad news. We live in a troubled, chaotic world. The very best news possible is the Good News of the  coming government of God to rule mankind and bring peace and happiness to an evil and dying world.

As Jesus went about teaching the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, he also taught those who would continue to proclaim his message to ask the Father to establish his government on earth so that his will would be done on earth:

"Our Father that is in heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt.6:9- 10 Para.).

Jesus taught his followers to pray for the Father's kingdom to come, because it is only through the Kingdom of God that humanity can be saved from itself. It is only through true worship of the Father and the enforcement of his laws and governmental system  on earth that humanity will ever find the things they seek: true peace, prosperity, security, and happiness.

When we look at the conditions of this present world, we see a world of unending chaos where righteous, ethical, and moral behavior is rare. The world is in turmoil. There are wars, famines, disease epidemics, environmental pollution, crime, poverty, squalor, religious bigotry, racism, hatred, broken-homes, permissiveness, promiscuity, sexual perversion, upset weather conditions, and natural disasters.

The pathetic situation in which we see the world today is the result of centuries of practicing the wrong kinds of religious and political systems. If this were not true, we would live in a far different world than exists today.

HUMANITY CANNOT GOVERN ITSELF

It is painfully obvious from history that humans cannot govern themselves correctly. Therefore, the hope of survival does not lie in human hands. Nation after nation has risen and then fallen into decay, whole civilizations have come and gone, multitudes of governmental systems, political philosophies and religions have failed. History is replete with humanity's failure to govern itself and bring lasting peace.  History's lesson to humanity is that humans are unable to manage their own affairs in a fair and equitable manner for the good of all. Left to our own devices, we will ultimately destroy ourselves and vanish from the earth unless we find the way to peace and faithfully practice it.

It should be obvious to anyone who follows world events, that humanity is on the brink of destruction, and that we are living in the final chapter of human existence at this moment.

THERE IS HOPE

Will humanity survive the monumental problems that it is now experiencing?

Yes, there is hope for the survival of the human race from a source that very few truly believe. This source predates the human race.  In fact, this source of survival has actually existed for  eternity. Our only hope for survival is in God the Father (the Supreme Sovereign) and his Son Jesus Christ (the Creator God). These two beings are so powerful that by their very thoughts and words they can create or destroy all things. These two great, powerful, and immortal beings have planned that humanity will survive in spite of its apparent determination to destroy itself.

Yes, humanity will survive; however, survival will not come easily, nor without great pain, suffering, and anguish.

THE ONLY SOLUTION

Jesus Christ has already taught the only solution to all of humanity's problems. The message that he taught was about the Kingdom of God, its Sovereign ruler, its citizens, its laws and structure, and when it will exert its rule over the earth.

The GOOD NEWS is that the Kingdom of God is coming as an all-powerful, world-ruling government to solve all of humanity's problems in a fair and equitable  manner with true justice and liberty for all: a government not ruled by selfishly motivated humans, but a government ruled by the righteous, all-powerful, Family of God. The GOOD NEWS Jesus Christ brought was an advance announcement  about the soon-coming Kingdom of God and how to participate in it as a son of God.

Although the good news message concerning the Kingdom of God is one of tremendous hope, peace, prosperity, and abundant blessings for humanity, it is also a message that foretells the violent conquest of nations and the destruction and dismantling of all current governmental systems on earth by Jesus Christ.

JESUS AND THE KINGDOM

When Jesus was on trial for his life, Pilate asked him,  "Are you the King of the Jews?, and Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this age: if my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but my kingdom is not of this age but is of the world to come.  Pilate then asked again, Are you a king? Jesus said, You said it, I am a king, and for this purpose was I born, and for this cause I came  into the world to bear witness to the truth" (Jn.18:33-37 Para.).

Most people who read the scriptures in John, chapter 18, do not truly believe what Jesus said about his being born to rule over physical humans as a king, and that his servants would go to war to establish and maintain his kingdom. However, this is one of the primary reasons for people being called to salvation prior to the return of Jesus Christ. When this war comes, Christ's servants will go forth to make war and conquer the nations of this world. See Jude v.14-15; Rev.17:14; 11:15.

Soon Jesus Christ is going to rule the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. He is coming back in supreme power and glory to conquer the nations of earth and establish his Father's government over all peoples. Yes, he and his servants are going to make war against the nations of earth and conquer them.

WHEN WILL CHRIST RETURN?

When Jesus was asked how people would know when he was coming back and when the end of this world would be, he answered:

"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh  saved . . ." (Matt.24:21-22 KJV).

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great ruler that stands for the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as has not been since the existence of a nation until that same time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone that is found written in the book of life" (Dan.12:1 Para.).

In Daniel's prophecy, this period of world history is described as "A time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time" (Dan.12:1 Para.). The time of its occurrence is fixed by the additional statement, "But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end . . ." (Dan.12:4 KJV).

Unknown to most people yet clearly revealed in the Bible, the plan of God for the salvation of humanity has been progressing steadily in an orderly and systematic manner.

Over nineteen hundred years ago, Jesus Christ said to watch for certain world events, because they would foreshadow his intervention into world affairs to save humanity  from certain destruction.

Can the events that precede the coming Kingdom of God be identified with accuracy? Yes they can! There are many unusual and totally unique circumstances and events that set this period of time apart from any other time period in human history.

Increase of Knowledge

"But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Dan.12:4 KJV).

Daniel was told that the sudden increase of knowledge was one of the major indications that the end of  human rule on earth was very near. Today knowledge is increasing at an extremely rapid  rate in both the physical and spiritual realms. Just look at the emergence of the computer age and the declaration of this age as "the information age" in which access to knowledge is increasingly limitless.

Distress of Nations

"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth will be anxiety of nations, with bewilderment; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Lk.21:25-26 KJV).

Among the signs of the end of this age is a great anxiety and bewilderment within nations. Sociologists around the world today agree that there is great anxiety and bewilderment  among the peoples of all nations. People far and near are distressed and perplexed over the many major social, political, economic, and environmental problems of this generation.

Humanity has always been beset by problems, but in many respects, there is no precedent for the problems that vex the world today. The Bible alone has prophecies that provide a vivid preview of these troublesome times and their final outcome.

War and Natural Disaster

"You shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in different places. All these are the  beginning of sorrows" (Matt.24:6-8 Para.). See also Mk.13:8-13.

Wars and rumors of wars, food shortages,  disease epidemics, and earthquakes are all on the increase throughout the world. The Bible says that all of these things will continue to increase in magnitude and violence until the day of Christ's return.

Extreme Wickedness

"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it" (2.Tim.3:1-5 RSV).

On the surface, human behavior today seems to be much as it has been for centuries. However, this is not so. What Paul records as great wickedness is the behavior of people  just prior to the return of Christ. Evil behavior today is on the increase; exceptionally evil behavior is the norm in today's world, not the exception. The behavior of people today is the same as  it was just prior to the great flood when God destroyed  humanity for their wicked behavior:

"For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt.24:38-39 KJV).

Allowing  evil to frustrate human efforts to find true and lasting peace and happiness throughout the centuries is part of the human experience that will continue until the return of Christ.

Look around! The world is in great turmoil. There are wars, famines, disease epidemics, and environmental and natural disasters on a worldwide scale.

You are living in the time just prior to the destruction of most of the human race.  Do you want to survive and live or would you rather suffer pain, starvation,  and mental anguish? Now is the time to prepare for your personal survival and avoid many of the horrors that will surely come upon all mankind at the end of this age.

The Proclamation of the Gospel

Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the coming government of God and commanded his people to preach the same Good News. Notice what these scriptures say about preaching the coming government of God:

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come"  (Matt.24:14 KJV).

One of the major signs that Jesus is about to return will be the proclamation of the true gospel message throughout the world as a  warning and witness to all nations. When this is accomplished, the practice of this world's evil religions, philosophies, and  oppressive political and governmental systems will come to an end, and the righteous and benevolent Kingdom of God  will begin to be established over all people.

Because most people do not know what the gospel message is nor the God that is sending it,  this sign will not be recognized  by most who hear it. It will be ignored by the majority of the earth's inhabitants. But to those who are willing to truly believe the truth contained within  the  gospel message, it will be their salvation.

Jesus warned: "When you see these things come to pass, know you that the Kingdom of God is near at hand" (Lk.21:31 KJV).

Yes, Jesus is coming back and he is coming back in supreme power and glory to conquer the nations of the earth and establish his Father's government over all peoples.

THE COMING INVASION OF EARTH

The  apostle Paul and the prophet Zephaniah gave us a very narrow view into the great day when Jesus Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords to conquer the earth:

"The day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1.Thes.5:2-3 KJV).

"The great day of the Lord God is near, it is near, and is coming quickly. . . the mighty man shall cry out bitterly there. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of waste and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord God. . ." (Zeph.1:14-17 KJV). See Hag.2:6-7.

Far beyond the star of Polaris, the northern constellations, the Milky Way, and our dimension of time and space, the army of Jesus Christ is marshaling its forces and making preparations for galactic war. His powerful angelic forces already control all that exists, except for one seemingly insignificant planet orbiting around a relatively small red star —the earth. See Lk.19:11-27; 20:9-16.

Not only is his army preparing for war, his enemies have also been preparing for many centuries. When these two powerful armies clash, the outcome will be unimaginable devastation.

Does this sound like science fiction? Well, this is not science fiction. This great battle  is coming!  It is not a question of "if" it will happen, it is only a question of "when" it will happen.

For centuries, God has warned people of this impending invasion and its consequences. Prophets and Ambassadors of the Kingdom of God have been sent and are still being sent to warn of this coming battle for  control of the earth. The events just prior to and during this war of conquest will be catastrophic and strike terror in the hearts of all humanity:

"Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Matt.24:30 KJV).

"And in the days of these kings [rulers of governments of this age] shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:  and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever"  (Dan.2:44 KJV). See also Dan.4:3; Psa.145:13; Psa.103:19.

The vast majority of people  do not want to be ruled by anyone, regardless of whether they are  evil or good. And the descendants of Abraham, whether Arab or Israelite, above all other peoples and nations  have shown that they do not want God's rule in their lives. It is upon these people that most of the wrath of God will be poured out just prior to and during the return of Jesus Christ.

THE INVASION BEGINS

Revelation 19:11-16 Paraphrased

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon it was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns;. . . and he was clothed with a garment that had been dipped in blood: and his name was called The Word of God" (vs.11-13).

In a vision John sees Jesus Christ in battle dress ready to invade the earth and make war with the nations who have not heeded the warning to repent of their wickedness.

"And the armies that were in heaven followed upon white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and pure. And out of his mouth goes forth a sharp sword, that with it he might smite the nations: and he will shepherd them with an iron rod: and he treads the winepress of the wine of the anger of God Almighty. And he has on his garment and on his right thigh a name written,  KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (vs.14-16).

SUMMARY

The good news is that Jesus Christ is coming to extricate humanity from its plight. The Father has not forgotten his earthly creation and his master plan to increase his family and expand his kingdom. Although there are great evils that plague humanity today, things will get better because God the Father and Jesus Christ have promised that they will get better. However, things will only get better after humanity has learned a lesson that only time and experience can teach:

"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matt.24:14 KJV).

Jesus said that after the good news of the Kingdom of God was preached, something would end; this "something"  is  human rule on earth.

The prescription for human survival and success is contained in the good news message of the Kingdom of God. And those who have read it and understand it (the servants of God the Father and Jesus Christ) look forward with great expectation and pray for the Kingdom of God to come quickly.

"Our Father that is in heaven, Holy is your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" (Matt.6:9-10 Para.).

By B.L. Cocherell, file b1w9