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The Coming Kingdom of God by Louise Durham

 

The Coming Kingdom of God

 

To me, one of the most important teachings in the Bible is the one concerning the Kingdom of God that will be established upon the earth. God is reserving this globe for His Kingdom. We read in Psalm 115:16, “The heavens, even the heavens, are the LORD’S; but the earth hath He given to the children of men.” It is good to know that God promised to mankind this earth.

Jesus told the good news of the coming Kingdom of God, and that the Kingdom will rule over all nations, and the supreme ruler will be Christ himself. Just remember Christ will not rule all by himself. The Bible shows that the saints will rule with him.

Let’s think about the conditions that exist in the coming Kingdom and see what the Bible says the saints will be doing in Christ’s Kingdom.

Christ ascended to heaven after his resurrection (Acts 1:11, Rev. 12:5) with the promise that he would return (Acts 1:11, John 14:3). Christ will remain in heaven until the “times of restitution” (Acts 3:20-21), at which time he will come with power and great glory
(Matt. 24:30, Rev. 19:11-16). Christ will be forced to begin his rule on earth by putting end to a war (Rev. 17:12-14, 19:15).

This glorified Christ is coming to restore the rule of the government that ceased to be administered on earth when mankind rebelled. However, when Christ returns, many rulers of nations will refuse to yield to Christ’s authority and will actually try to fight him. Christ will therefore be forced to subdue the nations with great power.

In the coming Kingdom of God, government will be from the top down, with Christ reigning supreme (Rev. 19:16). From his headquarters in Jerusalem (Jer. 3:17), Christ’s rule will spread over the entire earth [Isa.11:9].

The members of God’s church (those who obeyed God and proved their loyalty to Him during their mortal lives) will assist Christ by reigning with him in the Millennium
(Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21, 5:10; 20:4; Dan. 7:13-14, 18, 22, 27; Luke 19:16-19). The restored earth (Acts 3:20-21) will be given to mankind as an everlasting possession. Peter tells us that we “according to His promise, look for new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Peter 3:5-13).

This promise will be given to the faithful following to the end of this age. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, and I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven” (Rev. 21:2).

Now God’s desire from the beginning that mankind should dwell upon the earth will be complete!

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The Gospel in a Nutshell by Dennis Gillett

The first intention of the gospel is not the solace of men but the glory of God. The good news is that God will be glorified and the process is such that in the achieving of that man will be saved.

God’s Glory

When the Saviour was born in Bethlehem the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will”. That’s what the birth of the Lord Jesus really was all about.
We all remember the narrative of the people of Israel in Egypt and how they were delivered by God through Moses and crossed the Red Sea and saw their enemies overwhelmed in the waves. When they came to the border of the Promised Land after this wonderful deliverance they lost courage because their faith wavered and instead of taking God at His word and preparing to go in and possess the land they wanted to give up and go back to Egypt. God was very angry with His people for overturning His purpose with them at this vital moment in their destiny when He would have made the promised land His kingdom and would have filled the land with His glory.
At this moment fearfully Moses interceded with God for His people and asked God to pardon them. The record is in the Book of Numbers and it includes a vital statement:

“Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of your mercy, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now”, Moses prayed. Then Yahweh said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Yahweh” (Numbers 14:19-21).

That is a vital sentence for in it is declared the purpose of God with the earth. God swore by Himself that although His people had thwarted His intention to fill the Promised Land with His glory, the day would still come when not only the land of Israel but also all the earth will be filled with the glory of Yahweh.
That is the good news – the gospel in a nutshell.

Present Position

Now the situation is this. God’s glory cannot fill the earth whilst there is war, murder, and oppression, whilst there is evil and destruction, whilst there is starvation and sickness, whilst there is sin and death.

·        In order for God to be glorified in the earth a great change has got to be effected in the condition of mankind socially and individually.

·        Bad government has to end; good government has to be established;

·        Evil has to be halted; righteousness has to flow over all the earth;

·        Sinful, broken men have to be renewed and cleansed;

·        Sickness has to be halted …;

·        Death has to be conquered;

·        Life in all its fulness has to be made available to such as have never really lived in the divine sense at all, so that to the population of the world – who are now war-weary, fear-filled, sin-dominated and death-stricken -there shall come the peace of God.

·        When the peace of God comes it will fill the earth with the glory of Yahweh. In the fulfilment of that blessed purpose men are to be blessed superlatively.

Key Role

The good news – the gospel – is that God has initiated the process which will ensure that at last His will shall be done on earth as it is done in heaven – the coming of His Kingdom. The purpose was focussed, concentrated and realised in the birth of the Promised Child – the Son of God …

Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. In him the promises of God were made incarnate. He overcame sin – having faced it, and having been tempted as never any man was tempted. Yet he never once was subverted from the path of righteousness. The Lord Jesus was obedient unto death; yes the death of the cross. God’s will to beat sin was accomplished in His own child. Jesus overcame death because he overcame sin.

Triumphant Outcome

The Apostle Peter, referring to the eventual outcome of the life of Jesus said, with a fine touch of scorn:

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves also know – him, being delivered by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it” (Acts 2:22-24).

·        Jesus rose from the dead having destroyed the very forces which lead men to the grave.

·        Men are sin-stricken – by their own folly at first – and now by their misfortune.

·        Men are death-stricken, because they are sin-stricken.

The results of the fall of man are undeniable – men are mortal and sinful. The doctrine of the immortality of the soul is a false doctrine that robs men of the truth about themselves and about their predicament.

In one Man – the Man of Nazareth – God has triumphed over the forces which enslave and curse mankind. Because of this great victory, God is able to pardon men who have sinned and to justify them – acquit them of their guilt. It means that through Jesus Christ and through their faith in him men and women can be counted as righteous in the sight of God. What they could not do for themselves, God has done for them through His own Son. This is good news indeed.

Our Saviour

Jesus is not just an example of how we ought to live. He is a Saviour. The gospel equips men to overcome the very forces which once enslaved them makes them righteous where once they were bad. It is not a matter or argument. Changed lives and new people demonstrate the truth.
Looking at the world today a man might be forgiven for thinking that the mission of the Saviour has failed. But such a view could only arise because of misunderstanding. His first coming was wonderful but preparatory. The truth is that he is coming again to raise the dead and to establish on earth the government of God, in place of the failing and faltering governments of men.
There are abundant promises in the Word of God that Jesus will come again to complete the mission be began 1900 years ago. When he returns, his faithful disciples – both living and dead – will be made like unto him. They wiil be endowed with life which is eternal; untarnished by sin and death.
That is the gospel in a nutshell, but each of us has a vital need not just to understand it, and believe it, but to do something about it, in preparation for the day when God’s glory fills the earth, and His purpose can be seen for what it really is – gracious and merciful through and through.

Dennis Gillett

 

 

 

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THE GREATEST CAREER OPPORTUNITY OF ALL TIME – FOR YOU!

Stop and listen!

We have some spectacularly good news for you and your family. Some time in the future, Jesus of Nazareth is going to become the world’s first successful super-ruler. He will totally reorganize human society, and produce the peace on earth which we all want.

Under Jesus’ government, there will be no more wars, no more famine; no more murder, rape or theft; no more alcoholism and depression; no more divorce, and no more poverty.

Does this sound too good to be true? God, the Creator of all things, has personally promised that a Golden Age for all mankind will come. He has been promising it since He first placed man on our earth. The arrival of that era of glorious peace and prosperity is guaranteed.

What you have just been told is the heart of the Christian Gospel. Very probably you have not heard it before.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus came to announce the dramatically important good news concerning the future divine government on earth. He is coming back to take up his office as world super-ruler — and he is now recruiting men and women to assist him in the administration of his coming Kingdom. He wants you to be a ruler in that Kingdom.

What a tragedy if you were to allow this greatest of all career opportunities to pass you by. You can so easily neglect the information you have just been given. But don’t do it. Do yourself and your family a favour. Check up on the facts. We might just have given you the greatest piece of Truth you have ever heard!

There was a time when we did not know that Jesus wants to train men and women now for positions in the world government of the coming New Age on earth. When we found out, our lives were radically changed. We want to share with you what we have discovered about the Christian Gospel — the Good News about God’s coming world government.

Contact us so that we may point you to the source of our information. You will then be able to find out for yourself that what we have been saying is true.

Don’t delay. Don’t brush us aside. Remember, God wants you to help administer a world government with His Son Jesus, when he comes back.

There could be no greater honour. It is high time for you to be preparing, with God’s help, for that position of responsibility. Your training will entail tests and trials to ensure that your character and integrity are beyond suspicion. God does not intend to allow corrupt rulership to continue anywhere on earth once His Son comes into office.

Act now! Find out more about the Christian Good News. Peace is coming. And you can help to bring it about.

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Proud of our God by Victor Gluckin

Proud of our God: An Honest Appeal for Zealousness