THE GOSPEl OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
More than nineteen centuries ago Jesus Christ came teaching things that changed the course of human history. A significant 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.
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 remarkable 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.
Political leaders have endeavored to bring about peace and goodwill 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.
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 fundamental 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
The reason is quite simple when we look into the hearts and minds
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.
RELIGION—PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Many feel that religion or a certain philosophy of life holds the key to the elimination of humanity’s problems. Although this can be true, the past and present religions and
“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
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
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
There is a one world government coming in the near future. The Father’s government is a government
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,
A PERFECT GOVERNMENT
Carefully note what is to follow, because it is one of the
Centuries ago, a tiny nation of slaves
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
An overview of the laws and rules of this perfect government still exists and can be found easily in the most published and read
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:
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
“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
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
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:
If the Kingdom of God was within these Pharisees, humanity is
The English word ‘within’ that is used in many translations of Luke 17:21 is translated from the Greek word ‘
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
Those who are called to participate in
“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
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
In order to understand the good news about the Kingdom of God, we should review what is known about the
The Creator God brought the Israelites out of
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
The Physical Kingdom
Throughout the Bible, there are
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.
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.
3. During Christ’s rule, the
4. The prophecies of Ezekiel show that, during Jesus Christ’s reign, the same relationship between the
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:
“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
“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
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
A BRIGHT AND WONDERFUL FUTURE
The Scriptures are replete with references about the coming Kingdom of
“For unto us a child is born, unto
“The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace” (Psa.29:11 KJV). See Lk.2:14.
“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
“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.).
“Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the grape crusher him that sows the seed
“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
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
When God organized the nation of Israel, he gave them a judicial system that was to relieve oppression and
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
“Let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the
“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
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
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
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:
Becoming an immortal being (Rom.2:7)Becoming a king and a priest (Rev.1:4-6)Becoming a son of God (Jn.1:12; Rom.8:14)Becoming a joint-heir with Christ (Rom.8:16-18)Being in the first resurrection (Rev.20:6)Being a co-ruler with Christ (Rev.2:26-27)Having eternal life (Lk.18:29-30)Having one’s name in the Book of Life (Phil.4:3)Having access to New Jerusalem (Rev.22:14)Inheriting all things (Rev.21:7)Inheriting the earth (Psa.37:9)Inheriting the Kingdom of God (Matt.25:31-34)
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.
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
INHERIT ALL THINGS
“In many times and in many ways of old, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets: in these last
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things
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
“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
“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
John spoke in the future tense when he said that the
“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 ‘
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
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
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
“Do not wonder because I told you, You must receive birth from above. The Spirit breathes where it desires, and you hear its
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 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
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 that has 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 of 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
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
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 the earth and establish his Father’s government over all peoples. Yes, he and his servants are going to make war against the nations of the 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 in 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
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
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
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.
“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
“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 of 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
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
“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 forever” (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
THE INVASION BEGINS
Revelation 19:11-16 Paraphrased
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse
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
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
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.
By B.L. Cocherell, file b1w9