V RaptureChrist Newsletter
January 1, 2016

Kingdom of God

When Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God, what did He refer to? What did He mean? We see some of the references to the Kingdom of God in the bible, for example, when He taught the apostles how to pray:

Matthew 6: 9-13 
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

The Kingdom of God is not established on earth yet. It is established in Paradise/the third heaven. God cannot bring the Kingdom of God to earth until Satan is defeated on this earth. Right now Satan rules on this earth, and that is the reason there is so much corruption and sin on this earth.

Revelation 12 
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Notice that when Satan is cast out from heaven/paradise, the people who live there rejoice. There is a comparison between the people who dwell in paradise -- rejoicing, and the people who dwell on earth -- lamenting. 

When Jesus spoke to the thief on the cross, He talked to him about His kingdom. 

Luke 23
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in paradise.” 

As we can see, Jesus is a king, His kingdom is in the third heaven/paradise; it has not yet come down to earth, and it is for flesh and blood people who need to eat of the tree of life because otherwise they get old and die. However, if we eat of the tree of life, we can live forever as physical beings. This is what could have happened to Adam, and it is what Jesus promised the thief. 

Genesis 3:22-24
Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man [Adam] has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever "-- therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. 

Adam was prevented from eating of the tree of life because he chose the way of sin. However, the thief will be allowed to eat of its fruit if he overcomes. The tree of life is for flesh and blood people; it will impart health and life to those who eat of it. Spirit beings such as angels do not die, therefore they do not need to eat anything. 

Luke 14:15
And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said to him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Revelation 2:7
'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.' 

Notice that people will be eating in the Kingdom of God. The tree of life already exist in the Paradise of God. That the Kingdom of God exists in heaven/Paradise we also gather from this other scripture:

John 18:36
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it did, my servants would fight so that I would not be handed over to the Jewish leaders. No, my kingdom is not an earthly one.” 

Notice he says "my servants would fight" for me. As we mentioned in the last newsletter, His servants are not angels, but humans that live in the Kingdom of Salem in Paradise. That is the reason they cannot come and fight for Him, because they are human. 

There is a song that says "Jesus King of Angels"... but that does NOT appear in the bible. The subjects of Jesus' Kingdom are NOT angels; they are human beings who live in Paradise. 

Jesus could call, in an instant, legions of angels to defend Him. But, He could not call flesh and blood people like you and me (his subjects in Heaven/paradise) to come down to earth to defend Him. This is because flesh and blood people are bound by the laws of the universe that control physical material beings. Spiritual beings such as angels are not bound by these laws. Angels can fight for Him, and Jesus could call on these spirit beings to help Him. 

Matthew 26:53
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Jesus will soon return for the Rapture which is the beginning of His second coming, and then He will establish His Kingdom on this earth. Remember to pray for His Kingdom to come. Yes, He is King Melchizedek of Salem; He has never abdicated His throne.

King of Kings

Christ is referred to as the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and God of Gods.

Deuteronomy 10:17
For the Lord your God is God of Gods and Lord of Lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

Psalms 136:3
O give thanks to the Lord of Lords: for his mercy endures forever.

We read that the Lord of Lords also has the title of King of Kings and God of Gods. We find more about His nature in the book of John.

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

As we can see, all that was created was by Jesus Christ. He is the creator of the entire universe, all that we see.

Ephesians 3:9
and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

Before Christ became a human being, he was called the Word of God. He was the one who appeared to Adam in the Garden of Eden. Later on, after Enoch was taken to heaven, Jesus became King of the third heaven known as Paradise. He was  King Melchizedek of Salem, the one who appeared to Abraham. Please see our May 2014 Newsletter.

This is why Christ said. "Before Abraham was I am."

John 8:58
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Notice that before Jesus Christ was born, He was called "The Word of God."

John 1:14-17
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Please note that no one has even seen God the Father except His son, Jesus Christ, who is called the only begotten God.

John 1:18
No one has ever seen God, [but the] one and only begotten God, the [one] being in the bosom of the Father, he has made [Him] known.

John 12:44-45
Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.

1 Timothy 6:15-16
Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; 

In the book of 1 Timothy we learn again that Jesus is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, which implies He has other kings under Himself in His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Salem in Paradise. 

When Jesus returns from heaven to this earth, He will fight against the nations that oppose His rulership (all of them Muslim nations). He is again called King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Revelation 19:16
And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

Revelation 17:14
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 

Hebrews 1:2-4
In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, He rose to a position of far greater power. God the Father now places all of creation under Jesus. He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings of the whole entire universe.

Romans 14:11-12
For it is written, "AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD." So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

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