THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
As the Kingdom of God comes to earth, all the elements, or the orderly arrangement of things in this world, will change. And those elements are changing now, especially the former spiritual order, which is the church order of the past. That old order is passing away and the new and higher order of the Kingdom of God is replacing all that was of the past. That which was spiritually acceptable and proper during the previous ages of man in this world will no longer be the Divine rule or standard. Our Father is not resurrecting, reviving, renewing, resuscitating or restoring the elements and principles of the old, dead church order of the past. God is doing a new thing in the earth! The wonderful and glorious age of the Kingdom of God is coming to earth, and nothing of the past age shall be left within us to deter us or confuse us. This new, Kingdom Day began at evening time (Zech. 14:7)! This new Day also includes the Day of the Lord! It is that period of time that began at the prophetic evening hour and continues through this present prophetic, midnight hour, and ends at the dawning of the new morning. When the new morning dawns in spiritual brilliance, the Day of the Lord will end. Then the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom of God will be made available to all.
The Apostle Peter described the day of the Lord, when he prophesied, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements (or the orderly arrangement of things) shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pe. 3:10-13).
Just as surely as God lives, so surely has the Day of the Lord come upon us as a thief during this present, prophetic night. A thief comes at night, for that is when darkness covers him and hides his fraudulent activities. And a thief comes, not to bring something with him or to give or add something to those he comes to rob. The thief comes at night to steal or to take something away! In the same way, the Day of the Lord has come upon us, not just to give something to us, or to add something to our present circumstances, but to remove something. The Lord has come to us during this night to remove from us the old, dead church order of the past, with the promise that He will bring forth something more real, tangible and much more glorious when the morning dawns. It is Father’s purpose during this prophetic night to strip us of all that pertains to the dead past. God must remove from us every vestige of the old church order, so we are pure, fresh and clean, fully prepared to receive and embrace the new spiritual order of the Kingdom of God on earth.
The Lord’s elect are flowing with the Spirit! When our Father purposes to give us something wonderful and glorious from the abundant treasures of His Kingdom, we are fully prepared to receive from His bountiful hand. And when it is the plan and purpose of the Lord to remove something old and dead from our life and experience, we are flowing with the Spirit, and will surrender to His progressive, creative hand of purpose. And those who are flowing with the Spirit have also experienced the coming of the Lord within them to impart the glory and wonder of “the first dominion” of the Kingdom of God on earth (Mic. 4:8). This was Christ appearing within us as Light “at evening time.” His appearing within us as Light made it possible for us to make the transition from the old church order of the past to the present, new and higher order of the Kingdom of God on earth.
We can see in the spirit that the heavens are passing away
with a great noise, and the earth and all the elements of it are also being
burned up by the consuming fires of the presence of the Lord. We know the heavens
are passing away, for the Heavens of His Spirit are being made new. A new, anointed
Word has been coming forth from the Heavens, or from the dwelling place of God,
declaring the coming of the Lord in the power and authority of the Kingdom of
God! All things new and creative, which express and manifest the truth, the
nature, and the characteristics of the Lord, must begin in the Heavens of God’s
Spirit! There is certainly nothing new in all the earth (Eccl. 1:9)! The wisdom
of Solomon foretold of this Day, when he said, “There is no remembrance
of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are
to come with those that shall come after” (Eccl. 1:11). We are “those
that shall come after.” When the Lord is finished with us, we will not
remember those former things of the past ages of man, for we are Father’s
chosen forerunners of the present new order of the Kingdom of God on earth!
To change things on earth, God sends His Word, as He is doing now, declaring those new things. A fresh, new Word is coming forth from the Heavens of God’s Spirit, bringing a complete change, so that “the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” If we understand that “God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29), we will also understand that He burns up everything He has chosen to eliminate or replace. By the power of His presence, Father is now removing the past order of things in this world, for He is a consuming fire.
The term, “the works that are therein,” or the works that are in the earth, are those works of God, which were once His true and greater spiritual works, but which have now become the obsolete, religious works of man; it is a reference to the works of the church system, which is now in apostasy (2 Thess. 2:1-4). Both the earth and the works that are of the earth, including the elements or the orderly arrangement of things in this world, shall all be burned; it shall all be wholly and entirely annihilated by the consuming fires of the Spirit and Presence of the Lord.
Then, after telling us that all these things shall be dissolved, Peter exhorted us by saying, “what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?” Indeed, our conversation ought to be holy and salted with the anointing of the holy Spirit! We should also be an example of godliness. We should be without fault or blame in the presence of the Lord, for we are those elect who are chosen of our Father to be His messengers of change and renewal for this new Day. And we are also looking for those new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth the righteousness of Christ! We are not looking and waiting in vain; we are diligently waiting with faith and hope in the inspiring promises of our Father! We also know that all the promises of God in Him are yea and amen to all those who believe!
Then Peter declared, by the Spirit, “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation” (2 Pet. 3:14-15). Those who are looking for the new heavens and the new earth will be diligent about their spiritual growth, for they know that only by growing spiritually can they see the purposes of God fulfilled. The original word translated “be diligent,” means to use speed, to be prompt and earnest, and to give diligence to go forward spiritually, to endeavor, labor, and study. It shows us doing whatever is necessary to grow spiritually unto our appointed goal in Christ. We will do whatever it takes, in the Spirit and by the Spirit, to grow up and advance spiritually in the Kingdom of our Father.
The last portion quoted in verse fifteen may be the most important
word for all of us. We are told to “account (or consider) that the longsuffering
of our Lord is salvation.” Even though the time of the fulfillment of
the promises of God seems to drag on and on, through apparently endless days,
months and years, we are told to consider the Lord’s “longsuffering,”
or His patient endurance, to be salvation. While time passes with no apparent
fulfillment of the prophetic word of the Lord taking place, we should consider
that this passing of time, or this apparent long delay, indicates that the fullness
of the salvation of the Lord is all the more being established and fulfilled.
Father is working out His plans and purposes for our greater, full salvation.
And the more time that passes, the more of His salvation shall be revealed in
the fullness of time. His ways are not our ways! His ways are much higher, loftier
and more purposeful than our ways! We may not understand why it takes so long,
but we know our Lord is working out His purposes regarding His so-great salvation,
not only for us but for all mankind as well!
The prophet Isaiah also prophesied about the new thing the Lord is doing at this time. He declared, by the Spirit, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen. This people (that’s us) have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise” (Is. 43:18-21). This prophecy ties Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt and their journey to their promised land with our deliverance out of the world’s systems today. We are not in a literal wilderness, as Israel was when they left Egypt, but we are in a typical wilderness. We are in the present “wilderness” of this world, which includes the bondages and corruption of this world and its carnal and corrupt systems of man. But God is making a way for us to get out of this wilderness, in the Spirit and by the Spirit. And there also are spiritual waters of refreshing coming forth for us in this typical “wilderness.” Our Father is giving His chosen ones something to drink from the spiritual fountain of His Life! Yet the present intent and purpose of the Spirit is to set us free from the bondages of the “wilderness” of this world.
Let us consider the background for this prophecy. It will help us understand what the Lord is saying here if we will read the entire text, rather than taking the above verses out of context. What is the Lord referring to when He speaks of doing “a new thing?” Let us read the whole story, which begins in verse sixteen: “Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow” (Is. 43:16-17).
It is evident, from reading these verses, that the Lord is speaking through His prophet, Isaiah, comparing and identifying His present work of deliverance with Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt. In these verses, the Lord is repeating the story of Israel’s deliverance, telling how He overthrew the Egyptian army and made a way for Israel through the Red Sea. The Lord brought forth Pharaoh’s chariots and horses, and also his vast army and his military power, causing them to follow Israel into the dry depths of the Red Sea. God allowed Pharaoh’s hosts to get well into the Red Sea as they pursued Israel. And then, with the waters of the Red Sea opened, all Israel on the other side of that sea, and Pharaoh’s hosts in the middle of it, the Lord closed up the waters, destroying all of Pharaoh’s military might. Then the word of the Lord, given by the prophet concerning Pharaoh and his hosts, was powerfully fulfilled: “they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow (or as the wick of a candle is extinguished).”
Pharaoh’s army and all his military might were totally eliminated that day when God caused the waters of the Red Sea to return again to their place. So also shall the Lord our God destroy the power of all the armies of man, along with all of man’s military weapons, in this great, Kingdom Day. Isaiah gave this prophecy after the fact, that is, long centuries after Israel’s experience in Egypt. And he gave it to show that Israel’s deliverance out of Egypt is an example given for us today, illustrating our deliverance out of the systems of this world. God shall do it with the simplicity of blowing out the flame of a candle! Remember the Word of the Lord given by the Apostle Paul? “Now all these things happened unto them (to Israel of the past) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world (or ages) are come” (1 Cor. 10:11). The word “ensample” means a warning by way of an example, something that is given as a prophetic type.
Just as God overthrew the military might of Pharaoh and his
powerful army, so also shall the Lord our God overthrow and destroy the military
might of this present, evil world. The Lord shall destroy the military might
and power of the nations of this world, as He prepares to introduce the glory,
the power and the wonder of the Kingdom of God to all the world! Man’s
military might, together with the rest of man’s evil and carnality, shall
have no place in the blessed, peaceful and glorious Kingdom of our Father! The
old earth and every aspect of man’s works that are of it and in it will
be destroyed, to be replaced with the peace, the mercy, the righteousness, the
justice and the love of God! Our Father is going to change this world, to make
it into the new Earth of His foreordained plan and purpose, and all He needs
is His faithful remnant to bring it to pass!
The whole world is waiting for some evidence to show that God and His Christ are real and that He has all power in heaven and especially in all the earth. When the Kingdom of God is fully set up on earth and the whole world is under the dominion of Christ, the great King and Lord of all, multitudes will then believe that God is real, that He exists and is worthy of their worship and praise. The Jewish people especially are waiting for a manifestation of Christ as their Messiah. And what better literal, earthly manifestation could there be than the manifestation of Christ as King and Lord of all in the blessed and glorious Kingdom of our Father! When Christ reigns supreme on the throne of His Father, bringing His peace, love, justice, righteousness and joy to this world, multitudes will believe Him and His word! And our Father does not need to save all mankind to establish His Kingdom in all the earth! All He needs is a remnant, the one-hundred-and-forty-four thousands of His earthly and heavenly remnant saints who are obedient to Him and His word, and who are committed to doing only and always His pure and perfect will in all the earth! By the faithfulness and obedient service of the holy remnant, which we are, the Kingdom of God, along with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea! Amen, and blessed be the Name of the Lord!
Psalm one hundred and two is a Psalm describing the world in its present state. Many are distressed and in great need (Ps. 102:1-2, Amplified). Others may feel that their days consume away like smoke, and their bones are burned as a firebrand. Their hearts may be smitten like grass and withered (vs. 3-4). Some are groaning and travailing due to the suffering and trouble they are enduring (vs. 5). They are sleepless and lie awake mourning like a bereaved sparrow alone on the housetop (vs. 6). Their enemies taunt and reproach them all day long, and are angry with them (vs. 8). Some may even believe that God had picked them up at one time, indicating that He had a purpose for them to serve, but now they may feel that He has cast them aside (vs. 10).
All of us may feel this way as well: “My days are like an evening shadow that stretches out and declines [with the sun]; and I am withered like grass. But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever; and the fame of Your name endures to all generations. You will arise and have mercy and loving-kindness for Zion, for it is time to have pity and compassion for her; yes, the set time has come [the moment designated]. [Ps 12:5; 119:126.] (Ps. 102:11-13, Amplified). Indeed, it is time for the Lord to have mercy on Zion! The set time has come; the moment designated of the Father for our deliverance has arrived! “Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of the groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants” (Ps. 12:5, Amp.). The Lord’s salvation, for which we are panting, waiting, groaning and travailing, is coming soon. Father sees and hears the groaning and the travail of His saints, and has risen to bring forth our deliverance. Let this be our prayer: “I am Your servant; give me understanding (discernment and comprehension), that I may know (discern and be familiar with the character of) Your testimonies. It is time for the Lord to act; they (the church system and other carnal leaders) have frustrated Your law” (Ps. 119:125-126, Amp.).
How do we understand that the time has come for the Lord to fulfill His holy Word of promise? Because God has set up the world for the deliverance of His people today, just as He did for Israel in the past when they were in bondage to Pharaoh and his Egyptian hordes! The Lord has His “pharaoh” in place today, who is being made strong and powerful by the Lord, as He did with Pharaoh of old. Just as God chose Pharaoh of old and made him strong and powerful, causing him to resist the will, the plan and the purpose of the Lord, so also has God chosen His “pharaoh” of today (Bush), who is a powerful, dictatorial leader who is resisting the will and the purpose of the Lord. All things are ready! The time has come! The Lord is coming to bring deliverance to His chosen people, who are the sons of God and His elect of this new Kingdom Day!
We are now going through a prophetic night in both spiritual and literal experience. No doubt, we all can recognize this as the midnight hour. But we cannot live or be spiritually sustained by that which is of the darkness! The daily news tells of constant clashes between one dictator and another and one nation and another. But we cannot live in that realm of darkness. We must get past the darkness and the rampant dictatorial powers of this dark night! We must see the Lord, high and lifted up, whose train fills the temple and whose glory covers the heavens, and will cover all the earth as well! We must see that Christ and the Kingdom of God are coming to the earth, and that His glory is coming with Him. We must also see the open heavens and the ladder of Christ, Who bridges the vast expanse between earth and Heaven. We must then see that we have constant access to the Lord and to His heavenly throne, that we might receive the wisdom of the mind of Christ, and then know the nearness of the hour. The Lord would have us receive His mind, which includes His wisdom, His knowledge, His understanding, the knowledge of His will and purpose, along with His ability to do what He has purposed to do from the beginning! Then, this night will become like the Day! Then our hearts will rejoice in the Lord our God, Who is fulfilling His Word even during this night, and Who is also preparing to turn this long, dark night into the endless Day of the Glory and the Life of Christ in the blessed Kingdom of our Father!
We have seen that Israel, during the time of King Solomon’s reign, experienced much of what the Kingdom of God promises for the whole world of mankind. All during the reign of King Solomon, Israel had peace, safety and prosperity, and every man dwelt safely under his own vine and under his own fig tree (1 Ki. 4:25). By the wisdom of the mind of Christ, Solomon reigned wisely, peaceably and lovingly in Israel, so that all Israel, and all the other nations around them also, enjoyed the peace and prosperity of the Kingdom of God. And God’s holy, anointed Word of power and authority promises the same for the whole world of mankind, in the fullness of time.
Thus, it is written, “In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, `Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken” (Micah 4:1-4, NIV).
We would add a wonderful and powerful “Amen” to these four verses! Nothing can be any more certain and absolute than the anointed and powerful Word of the Lord. To conclude the message with “for the LORD Almighty has spoken,” is to stamp it with the finality and the certainty that only God can authorize and give to His people. When the Lord God Almighty speaks, He attaches His will, His authority, His sovereignty and His purpose to that anointed Word, thereby assuring us that it will all be fulfilled in absolute detail and in the fullness of time.
Let us consider carefully the Word of the Lord given by the prophet, Micah, that we might understand our Father’s plan and purpose. The mountain, or the government of the house of the Lord, which is His heavenly Tabernacle, including the family of God, is to come down from Heaven to the earth. His government and throne is to be established as the highest of all the mountains or the highest of all the governments on earth. This is to take place “in the last days,” or at the end of the ages of man. We are now in the transition period between the end of the ages of man in this world and the glory and wonder of the new morning of the Kingdom of God on earth. These are “the last days” as foretold by the Word of the Lord. This is also the time when the government of God and His holy, heavenly Tabernacle, is being established above all the other governments, churches and temples of man’s creation. The throne realm of the Kingdom of God is coming down from Heaven to the Earth. So also is the Tabernacle of God coming down from Heaven to the Earth, in the Spirit and by the Spirit.
And those spiritual realms are coming down from Heaven to the Earth for one, Divine purpose, which is that all the nations and “peoples will stream to it.” The prophetic Word of the Lord pictures a vast stream of people flowing into the spiritual Tabernacle of God and into His glorious Kingdom. They come by the multitudes and the nations, running forward and onward, with determination and the joy of the Lord, into God’s House and into God’s Kingdom. Imagine such a vast stream of people flowing into the Kingdom of God! In the past, it was most difficult, in fact, it was hard work, to get people into the Kingdom! But in the new order of the Kingdom of God, the multitudes will come running into His spiritual Tabernacle to find refuge, comfort and hope, things they could not find within the churches of man. Just as it is very difficult, if not impossible, to cross a stream of water flowing swiftly down from the mountains and into the valleys in the natural, so also will it be difficult if not impossible to cross the wide and deep stream of the multitudes of people who will then be seen flowing into the Kingdom of God! In the former order, it was difficult to get people to come into the Kingdom! But in the new order of God for this world, it will be impossible to prevent the multitudes from coming into the glorious Tabernacle of God, where they will find refuge, full salvation, and His Life, joy and comfort in the blessed Kingdom of God’s dear Son!
Those multitudes will not come one by one, walking slowly into the Tabernacle of the Lord, as if they are uncertain of their fate. Rather, they will come as nations, as massive groups of people, and they will come STREAMING, with the flow as of a rushing, mighty river, into the Tabernacle and the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ. They will come with deliberate purpose, knowing they shall all be taught of the Lord to learn His ways, that they may walk in His paths. They know they will be secure in Christ and in His Kingdom, for the holy law will go forth from Zion, and the pure Word of the Lord from the new Jerusalem. And we are the Lord’s firstfruits, the seed of God and the elect of the Lord, set apart by Him for the deliverance of those waiting and groaning multitudes.
When the spiritual Tabernacle of the Lord and the Kingdom of God has fully come to the Earth, God Himself will judge between many peoples. He also will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. Then, when the nations are brought into harmony with God and His Kingdom, “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” Then the prophetic type, regarding Israel at the Red Sea, shall be fulfilled again, which says, “they (the weapons of man’s warfare) shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow (or as the wick of a candle is extinguished).” What a Day that shall be! And what a marvelous hope we have in Him! But that is not the end of the prophecy! There is still more to come! The Lord said further, “Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.” Imagine if you can, every person of every nation, especially the struggling masses of the so-called, “third-world” nations, coming into the Kingdom of God to find absolute peace, joy, contentment, prosperity and plenty, not only for themselves, but for their families as well. That is the power and the promise of the Kingdom of our God! And we are called to be the firstfruits of that glorious Kingdom of abundance, and of peace, love, justice and righteousness!
Since we are the Lord’s chosen firstfruits of a Divine Kingdom that shall subdue all other kingdoms and meet the needs of all mankind, it should not surprise us that Father has called us to leave the church realm of the past. Something much more glorious and new is ahead of us; it is the glory and wonder of the Kingdom of our Father. Let us therefore, make every effort to follow His leadings and forsake the ways of the dead past. Our God is doing a new thing in the earth, and our high calling requires us to forget the former things, and to remember only the new, spiritual things He is doing within us and also in all the earth.
The prophecy we quoted on page eight and nine from Micah chapter four is repeated again in Isaiah’s prophecy. “In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, `Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Is. 2:2-4, NIV).
The Kingdom of God is also the Kingdom of Peace! Christ is the King, the Lord and the Head of that Kingdom, as well as the Sovereign Lord over all things! His Name, which includes His character and His nature, is given to all things spiritual, especially to the mighty and glorious Kingdom of God. It is declared of Him, “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 Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6). Christ is the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15)! He is all that God Is! And we should grow spiritually to know the Lord in each of these expressions or manifestations of Himself! To know Him Who is WONDERFUL will bring us to a greater understanding of our Lord. When the Lord gives us good spiritual things, we then know Him as our Wonderful Lord! But He is not only our Wonderful Lord when He gives us good things. He is also our Wonderful Lord when He leads us through the many deep “valleys” of this life. All the tests and trials of this life are difficult to walk through, but we know they are good for us, for they come from Him Whose Name is Wonderful! Each test and trial is purposed of our Father to bring us into His full image and likeness!
No doubt we have also known Him as our Counseller! He has counseled us on various occasions and in many different ways, so that we know the Lord as our Counseller. When the Kingdom of God is fully established among mankind, it is very possible that there will be no need for human lawyers and counsellers. The Spirit of the Lord will be every person’s Counseller, through His anointed body of sons who rule and reign with Him. They shall have His mind, His wisdom and the fullness of His Spirit, and will judge and counsel people just as the Lord Himself would. We shall also come to know Him as “The mighty God.” He is mighty, sovereign and all-powerful, and we will know Him as that, not only in our individual lives, but more importantly as “The mighty God” in all things pertaining to the world around us. I have seen Him as “The mighty God” in my own life, and I am sure you have also. I have also had a revelation of Him as “The mighty God” when the Lord, with mighty power and deliberate purpose, eliminated the Soviet Union from the face of the earth. In a much greater way, the Lord shall soon be revealed and manifested to all the world as “The Mighty God!” Then He will destroy the carnal, Adamic power of man in all the earth, which has given man the power to wage war and bring trouble and distress to all the nations and peoples of this world.
Next, we are to know Him as “The everlasting Father.” Notice the use of the word “The” which shows that whatever God is, He is the First, the Original, the “Father” of all that follows after Him. He is not merely “a Father,” He is “The Father!” He is THE TRUE Father! He is that to us when we come to the proper, spiritual understanding of sonship and what it truly means to us. Jesus said, “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Mt. 11:27). The Father knows the Son and the Son knows the Father! Our God, the Father of all, knows who His sons are! Father knows each and every one of them by name, for He called them and made them His sons. Our Father knows the path we are taking, both spiritually and in this world, for He planned it all for us before the ages of this world were framed. And the Son and the sons also know the Father! There is a mutual understanding, a knowing, a fellowship and a communion between the Father and His sons! No one else can know the Father like we do, for the first Son revealed the Father to us as a result of our spiritual growth in this sonship walk! We are sons, not by our own choice or our own will, but by His sovereign will and purpose in grace. It is the purpose of the Son to reveal the Father. When we are fully matured, we shall reveal the Father to the multitudes of this world.
To see that God is our Father, and also the Father of all mankind, is to exalt Him as the Creator of all and the Lord over all. As our loving and merciful Father, He set forth the pattern and example for our lives when He brought forth Israel out of Abraham’s loins and then led Israel to take the path through this world that they took. The path we are taking has already been walked out in type by Israel of old! To see God and Christ as our Father, is to see Him also as the Creator of all things. By Him all things were created that are in heaven and in the earth, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or governments, or kingdoms, or principalities, or powers; all things everywhere were created by Him. And it was all created FOR HIM as well. It was and is for His sovereign plan and purpose that God, through Christ the Son, created all things. He is before all things, and by Him all things consist (see Col. 1:16-17).
Finally, we shall know Him as “The Prince of peace.” Since Christ is declared to be “The Prince,” He is the chief One, the Captain, the head Person, the One who leads. Only Christ, and those who are in Him, can lead the way to peace in this world. He is “The Prince of Peace!” Therefore, Christ and His sons will lead all the people of the world into the Peace of Christ and His Kingdom. The word “Peace” comes from the Hebrew word, “Shalom,” meaning to be well, happy, friendly. In the more complete and perfect sense, “shalom” refers to the welfare of a person or persons, as well as their health and prosperity, including peace. It is written, “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked” (Is. 48:22). Therefore, all must come to know the Lord before there can be absolute, perfect Peace among all mankind in all the earth!
Some principles of the Kingdom, which include the peace of Christ, are given throughout the scriptures. When Israel saw the Egyptians following them to try to capture them and bring them back to Egypt, Moses said to the people, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Ex. 14:14). And that is our promise also! In times past, we fought wars. We won some, but lost most of them. In fact, there are no winners in war, only losers! Now, the time has come when we shall hold our peace and will let the Lord fight all the battles for us, whether they are earthly or spiritual battles! He is “The Mighty God,” and will prove Himself as that to us and also to the whole world of mankind!
The Psalmist said, “the LORD sitteth King for ever. The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace” (Ps. 29:10-11). He has blessed His people with peace all through the difficult and trying times in this world. But there is a peace which God gives that transcends the peace we have within. It is the true and lasting outward peace of the Kingdom of God on earth. When we have THAT Peace, there will be true, Kingdom Peace everywhere in all the earth and throughout the boundless heavens as well! The Peace of the Kingdom of God is that peace which replaces the warlike nature of the carnal man, giving us the ability to bring peace to every literal, human situation. To those who seek the fullness of the Life of Christ, the Psalmist gave this anointed Word of promise, “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (Ps. 34:12-15).
To find or seek peace, we must first “Depart from evil,
and do good.”
Obviously the evil-hearted will make war, for that is their nature. But those who have departed from evil to do good can then “SEEK PEACE, and pursue it.” More promises are given to those who love true peace, “For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Ps. 37:10-11). And also, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” (Ps. 37:37).
There is much Divine truth for us to learn by observing the life and experiences of King Solomon. He was the son of David, and both were kings in Israel. David was the king of Israel during times of war, while Solomon was Israel’s king during times of peace and prosperity. Because of his warlike activity and responsibility, David was not permitted to build the house of the Lord. Solomon was chosen of the Lord to build the Temple of the Lord, for he was a man of peace. Solomon, therefore, represents the sons of God and our reign in the mighty and all-powerful Kingdom of our Father. His father was a King just as our Father is the King! And Solomon’s reign is typical of what our reign shall be like in the blessed Kingdom of our Father.
As we have already written, Psalm 72 is “A Psalm for Solomon.” It is also a Psalm for the present sons of the King of kings! While this entire chapter tells of the reign of King Solomon in wisdom, peace, justice and righteousness, it is written for us to give us an example of what our reign in the Kingdom of God must be like. That chapter begins with this anointed word, “GIVE THE KING [knowledge of] Your [way of] judging, O God, and [the spirit of] Your righteousness to the king's son [to control all his actions]. Let him judge and govern Your people with righteousness, and Your poor and afflicted ones with judgment and justice. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the hills, through [the general establishment of] righteousness” (Ps. 72:1-3, Amplified).
Mountains are symbolic of large governments, or governments that govern large territories, while hills may represent lesser or local governments. The Hebrew word for mountains and hills may include literal hills and mountains, or it may be used to illustrate both large and local governments, including the government of God and the Tabernacle of the Lord. The word of the Lord asks why the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing. Then the Lord says, “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion” (Ps. 2:6). The “holy hill of Zion” is the government or the Tabernacle of the Lord! Another use of the word hill or mountain, referring to the government or Tabernacle of the Lord, is found in Ps. 3:4: “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.” And again, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?” (Ps. 24:3).
The government of the Kingdom of God is also referred to as a “mount” or a “mountain.” A passage very familiar to all of us is given this way, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King” (Ps. 48:1-2). The mountain of His holiness, or mount Zion, is also the city of the great King! There is an obvious difference between a hill and a mountain! Both represent a government or a kingdom, but a mountain is always larger than a hill. The government of God, or the Kingdom of God, was once just a hill. In the verses quoted on the previous page, His government is called “his holy hill,” or “the hill of the Lord.” The use of the word “hill” shows that the Kingdom is in its infancy. The Kingdom of God is called a “hill,” because it has not yet grown to control everything everywhere, which it will certainly do. Just as it is the nature of the Kingdom of God to grow and increase with the increase of God (Is. 9:7), so also shall His Kingdom grow from a small “hill,” or from a small, simple and unnoticeable “Stone,” to become a great mountain that will fill the whole earth (see Da. 2:36).
The Psalmist said, “The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the hills, through [the general establishment of] righteousness.” In other words, the government of God, or the reign of Christ in the Kingdom of God, shall bring peace to the people. And the “hills” shall bring “Shalom,” or peace, health and prosperity, to all the people, “through the general establishment of righteousness.” In this passage both mountains and hills are mentioned. The “mountains” in this case, I believe are Christ and His Headship company, who reign from mount Zion. The “hills” may represent other saints of God on many different spiritual levels who also are righteous, and who, by their righteousness, bring peace to all the people of the world. There can be no peace anywhere in this world until there is a righteous and holy people in the earth who live by the righteous and holy principles of the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ.
The Psalmist said again, “I will hear what God the LORD
will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but
let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear
him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness
and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness
shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and
our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall
set us in the way of his steps” (Ps. 85:8-13). May the Lord give us hearing
ears, that we may hear Him when He speaks peace to His people. And when the
Lord speaks peace to us, we will never ever return to the folly of our former
Adamic, warlike condition! He who is the Prince of Peace would appear to us,
imparting His righteousness to us, thus setting our feet in the way of peace.
Mercy and truth go together just as the Lord’s righteousness goes before
and accompanies His peace. And of the increase of the Peace of Christ and His
Kingdom there shall be no end (Is. 9:7)!
The wise man gave this advice to all the sons, “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee” (Pro. 3:1-2). I love the pure, holy, undefiled law of the Lord, and highly respect His precious Word of Truth! By these, we shall live in this world and also in the “world” to come (Mt. 4:4)! The prophet Isaiah spoke of a time when the Spirit would be poured out, restoring the earth to fruitfulness. Then he said, “the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places” (Is. 32:17-18). The prophet also said the Lord would “make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness” (Is. 60:17). And again, “Behold, I will extend peace to her (Zion) like a river” (Is. 66:12). What a glorious Day and what a wonderful Hope we have!
The “officers,” or those who reign with Christ, shall become peace, by the power of the indwelling Spirit; and the “exactors,” or those who train others to follow the Lord and obey Him, shall be made the righteousness of God. We shall BECOME all that the Kingdom of God is! Speaking of the remnant of Israel, which we are, the Lord said, “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will give blessings to them and multiply them and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore. My tabernacle or dwelling place also shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Then the nations shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord do set apart and consecrate Israel for holy use, when My sanctuary shall be in their midst forevermore” (Eze. 37:26-28, AMP). The Lord has a purpose for His remnant of Israel in the earth today! They/we shall be made the Peace of Christ by an everlasting covenant of Peace. Then the world will know and understand God’s sovereign purpose for us. That Divine purpose has been hidden or veiled throughout the past, but is now being revealed by the Spirit.
Not only shall the true and lasting peace of The Prince of
Peace be fully established within us, but the Lord shall also impart His Peace
to every kindred, tribe and nation on earth. The prophet Zechariah said, “and
He shall speak the word and peace shall come to the nations, and His dominion
shall be from the [Mediterranean] Sea to [any other] sea, and from the River
[Euphrates] to the ends of the earth! [Ps 72:8.] (Zech. 9:10, AMP). I trust
you believe, as I do, that our God is able to speak the word and peace will
come to this war-ravaged and Adamic-decimated world! And when the sovereign
Lord of all, The Prince of Peace, speaks the anointed and creative Word of Peace
to all mankind, they will all hear, receive and live that Peace in every nook
and cranny of this world!
He who is The Prince of Peace shall lead all the people of this world into the abundant and overwhelming Peace of Christ and His Kingdom! But first, we must know Him fully as our Prince of Peace! We shall also precede many others in coming to know our Lord Jesus Christ as Him whose Name is “Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The name of the Lord implies His honor, His authority and His character. We will know and experience Him in each of these revelations or expressions of Himself, so many others may know Him that way as well! When we do know and experience Him in fullness, we shall be transformed. We are on the path that leads to Life abundant in the Kingdom of God! “And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true--in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and LIFE eternal.” (1 Jo. 5:20, Amp.) Amen and amen!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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