THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
Times like these certainly try the saints of God. If we did not understand and believe that God is the first cause of all things, we might be persuaded to question the whys and wherefores of the Lord. But we know these times are of the Lord, and that He has a wonderful purpose He is working out in our lives, in the lives of many others, and also in the world around us. Spiritual darkness has increased in the earth, confirming to us all that this is truly the midnight hour of this new, Kingdom Day. God is in control and Christ is reigning over all! These blessed truths give us peace in these dark and troubled times, and encourage us to continue to REST in the Lord, and to TRUST Him in all things. Christ may appear during this midnight hour! And before we know it the new morning will dawn in the glory, power and authority of Him, Who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Therefore, we will lift up our heads and rejoice, for our redemption is truly drawing near!
During times such as these, the Spirit within urges us ever onward and upward, causing to grow spiritually and to desire His fullness more than anything else. God’s purpose for this spiritual darkness is to bring us to repentance and give us a strong appetite for the fullness of God. We long to become what He is, (#1) that we might be transformed, to live the Life of Christ in glorious fullness. We also desire that (#2) the whole creation and (#3) all mankind also should be transformed as well as us. And we are also seeing (#4) the fullness of the Kingdom of God established right here on this old earth, transforming it into the new earth, as promised in the prophetic word of the Lord. These four elements or aspects of the Kingdom of God are what we expect to see on this earth in the fullness of time. And we are fully persuaded that our Father will not be late, nor will He do less than what He has already promised to do for this world, and for all the people and every creature in it and of it.
Dark times also bring forth the worst leaders in the systems of this world. This is particularly noticeable in our own country, which is called to a higher standard than other nations. Perhaps more than anything else, we earnestly long for the government and kingdom of God to come to the earth, to replace the corrupt leadership of man. We have had enough of man’s leadership! We are groaning and travailing within, expecting the government and Kingdom of our God to replace all of man’s corrupt leadership. God has put it in our hearts to desire His better government, which is the best government and kingdom possible. Therefore, we must be very near the time for the full manifestation of the government and the kingdom of our God. We have caught a glimpse of the high quality and high standards of the Kingdom of God, by the Spirit, and now we earnestly long for His Kingdom to come to the earth in fullness. Then the world shall be free at last of man’s carnal, corrupt and unrighteous dominion and leadership.
A dear saint of the Lord, Edith B Dean, wrote the following song, expressing the desire we all have for the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth. She gave her poetic song the title, “Prayer For National Deliverance:”
Yahweh Almighty of truth and grace,
Hear Thou thine offspring who seek thy face;
Grant Israel pardon for all her sin,
Thy Kingdom now in our midst begin.
Cleanse from pollution of guilt, we pray,
Send us Thy peace from on high today;
Free from the tyrants that now oppress,
Bring to our land truth and righteousness.
Armies of darkness be overthrown,
When Thy salvation shall be made known;
We pledge our lives to the King of kings,
Whose mighty arm our deliverance brings.
Ne’er from our midst let Thy law depart,
Written forever on ev’ry heart;
In Thy dominion from shore to shore,
May we with Thee dwell for evermore!
What a wonderful message of hope and promise expressed from the heart of our dear sister. The Kingdom of God is coming to earth and one day soon there will be a new earth, where His righteousness shall prevail.
Some two thousand years ago, a Son was born to begin the Kingdom of God and its manifestation among mankind in the earth. The government was to be “upon his shoulder” (Is. 9:6). This indicates the position of Christ, the Head, upon the shoulders of the mighty Body of Christ. The Hebrew word for “shoulder” also indicates the place where burdens are borne. And who better to “shoulder” the burdens of the rulership of this world than this completed Christ, both Head and Body? Now, in this “third day,” another Son company shall be born. Their new birth, or their transformation into the image and likeness of Christ, will make the Christ complete, whole and perfect. With the completion and perfection of the Christ of God, the government of this world shall be turned over to HIM, so that, in truth and in fact, “the government shall be upon his shoulder.” His government, dominion and Kingdom shall continually increase in the earth, and in the whole universe, until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea! What a plan! And what a wondrous hope we have in Him!
Israel’s History and Principles of Rulership in the Kingdom
Throughout Israel’s sometimes stormy and rocky history, we are able to glean the principles of rulership in the Kingdom of God. Those who shall rule and reign in the Kingdom of God must be a principled people, a people who are disciplined in the ways of the Lord, and who obey His every word. Undisciplined, immature and disobedient children cannot possibly rule and reign in the Kingdom of our Father! Only matured and disciplined sons of God shall participate in the pure, perfect and holy government of the Kingdom of our Father!
You may remember that when the prophet Samuel grew old and his sons disobeyed the Lord and went their own way, the people told Samuel that they wanted a king like all the other nations. But the idea displeased Samuel, so he called on the Lord. The Lord answered Samuel, saying to him, “Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them” (1 Sam. 8:7-9).
“Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, `This is what the king who will reign over you will do: HE WILL TAKE your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. HE WILL TAKE your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. HE WILL TAKE the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. HE WILL TAKE a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys HE WILL TAKE for his own use. HE WILL TAKE a tenth of your flocks, and YOU yourselves WILL BECOME HIS SLAVES. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king YOU HAVE CHOSEN, and the LORD will not answer you in that day" (1 Sam. 8:10-18, NIV).
This is what the kings, the prime ministers, the presidents, and all the other leaders of this world have done to us! They have taken and taken and taken from us, until we are almost stripped of our independence, as well as our spiritual strength and resources. They will assign us and our sons and daughters to do work for them and their corrupt worldly dominion so that most of our time and energy is spent on their worldly goals, their ambitious schemes and their carnal, worldly projects. Whether we realize it or not, this is really happening, but in a subtle way. And when we wake up to the terror of those who reign over us, we will then realize that we are nothing but slaves to the whole Babylon system. “When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
Notice the wording of the scripture above! The Lord said we “will cry out for relief FROM THE KING YOU HAVE CHOSEN.” It is the truth of God: all mankind will wake up one day to the awesome truth that we are all in bondage to the corrupt, Babylonish systems of this world because WE HAVE CHOSEN TO BE RULED BY MAN! The question is not IF we will wake up to the terror of man’s rulership, but WHEN! Many of us have participated in the Babylonish systems of man and of this world, by voting for man, while the Kingdom of God has been sadly neglected! While we voted for man, the Spirit within has been compelling us to grow spiritually unto that grand hour when we will have learned our lessons well, which is that choosing a man to lead us is contrary to the ultimate will and purpose of our God for this world. It is my conviction that when we do wake up to the truth of His Kingdom, and repent of our indifference, God will end the ages of man’s dominion and rulership, and will usher in the new morning of the fullness of the Kingdom of God. Then Christ shall reign supreme over all things in all the earth and throughout the whole unbounded universe!
Most certainly, many in years and ages past have realized the dire truth that they were nothing more than slaves to the leaders of this world. The nation of Israel in that day may have awakened to the dreadful truth that they were merely slaves to King Saul and his carnal regime. They may have cried out to the Lord for relief from King Saul and his corrupt system, but the word of the Lord had already gone forth, declaring that the Lord would not hear them in that day. Why would God say this? Because He has appointed another Day in which He will deliver us of the corrupt leadership of man! And that Day is the present Day, which is this great Day of the Kingdom of God on earth! This is the Day of our deliverance from the rulership of man! This is also the Day when we shall be transformed to BECOME LIKE CHRIST! It is indeed a Day like no other in the history of the world! Therefore, we should rejoice in the Lord and in the deliverance and victory He has already decreed for those who love Him. Because we love Him and are obedient to His every word, we should also prepare ourselves for rulership in the glorious and all-powerful Kingdom of our Father!
By observing the reign of the kings in Israel’s history, we are able to learn some of the principles by which the kings in the Kingdom of God shall reign and what the Lord requires of us in our personal lives. When the nation of Israel cried out for a king to govern them like all the other nations, the Lord warned them what their king would be like and what he would do to them. King Saul was that king! And King Saul is typical of all the other kings, prime ministers, presidents, governors and leaders of this world. They are all afflicted and burdened down with the sinful and corrupt Adamic nature and mind. There is not one ruler in this world who is pure, perfect and undefiled, for they are all in and of the flesh. But there shall be a company of kings in the Kingdom of God who shall be pure and perfect, and who shall govern this world in true love, righteousness, justice and holiness. They are the elect sons of God who have been prepared in the fires of the Lord and trained in the preparatory crucible of this life by their loving and merciful Father.
God wanted to be Israel’s King! It was His utmost desire to rule and reign over all Israel, making that nation the model for the future of the world in the Kingdom of God. But the nation refused to be governed by God! The Lord said to Samuel, “they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” So the Lord gave them Saul to be their first king. And what did Saul do? He did all that was predicted of him by the prophet, Samuel (1 Sam. 8:10-18). Saul also disobeyed the word of the Lord and was rejected by the Lord as Israel’s king. When he realized that Saul had disobeyed the Lord, Samuel, the prophet of the Lord, said to him, “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee” (1 Sam. 13:13-14). Think of it! The Lord would have established the house of Saul as the kingdom of Israel forever. But because he disobeyed the word of the Lord, Saul was removed from the throne of Israel. What a price to pay for disobedience of God’s Word!
When Saul asked Samuel to pardon him so he could offer sacrifices, giving examples of his obedience in other areas, Samuel said to Saul, “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent” (1 Sam. 15:22-23 & 28-29).
There are some very important lessons for us to learn from this story, especially if we expect to reign with Christ on the throne of our Father. The most important of these lessons is to obey the word of the Lord. God is speaking to His elect today, revealing the principles of rulership in His Kingdom. If we obey that word of the Lord, we shall surely reign with Him. The Christ within makes it possible for us to do all the will of our Father in Heaven! He is our Enabler! He is our Power! He is our Strength! He is our Source! He is the power of God within us that is leading us to the abundant and full salvation of the Lord! The Lord will not fail us but will faithfully lead us to our appointed goal! He who is within us will not allow us to miss the mark, go our own way or to continue with the same old religious traditions of the past. Our Father shall have the obedience of every one who shall rule and reign with Him. Kings and priests, who will reign with Christ and serve His Kingdom purposes, shall obey the Word of the Lord, because of the Christ within! The Lord our God is the Strength of Israel, and He is our strength as well! He is not a man that He should repent! His Word is absolute truth and will be obeyed by all who shall rule and reign with Him!
Notice what the Lord said about King Saul. “The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, THAT IS BETTER THAN THOU” (1 Sam. 15:28). We may think it is not much of a problem to continue the old, dead ways of the past, when God has changed the order. However, the Lord has already given His word, declaring plainly that this is a new Day, with new principles for this new Day. And it is a violation of His will for any of His elect to do anything that has to do with the old, dead church order.
Imagine how Jesus would have reacted in that day if any of His disciples had persisted in attending the Jewish synagogues and doing the same old rituals of the Jewish religion when He had ushered in a new Day, which was the new Day of the church age! All who once observed the Jewish religion of the past were required of the Lord to break with the tradition of the past, and serve the Lord according to the new way. The old Jewish religion, with its forms, rituals and ceremonies, had come to a final end, for God was doing a new thing. This is what is happening today! God is doing a new thing now! The new age of the Kingdom of God has come to the earth, and our King and Lord of all requires that we forsake the dead ways of the past and enter into the new thing the Lord is doing in this glorious new Day!
Because he disobeyed the Lord, the kingdom was taken from Saul and given to “a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.” That same scenario may be repeated today! The finish line in this “race” to the fullness of Christ is still ahead of us. This “race” is yet undecided! The final test is still before us! Flesh and blood shall have no part in the Kingdom of God! The elect of the Lord must yet be transformed into the full image and likeness of Christ, in order to reign with Him! Therefore, we must have the pure Word of the Lord to guide us, along with the strength and power of the Christ within, to enable us to make it to the end. Jesus said, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Mt. 10:22). These may be days of spiritual darkness in the world, but we are not of the world! We are saints of the most High God, and are called to reign with Christ! For us, these are days of spiritual growth and Kingdom preparation! Father is preparing His chosen elect to reign with Him from His throne of all power and authority!
Obedient sons will be transformed to rule and reign with Christ! The prerequisites for this “race” are high! This high calling of God in Christ has stern, austere and uncompromising requirements! Yet, the principles of the Kingdom of God are not to be considered as legally binding laws. The principles of the Kingdom of God are based on our spiritual maturity and not on the laws and rituals of man. All who are spiritually mature will have no problem doing all the will of their Father in Heaven. But babes in Christ will love to tinker with the high principles of the Kingdom of God, by mixing the will of their Father with the ambitions and wishes of their own carnal minds.
Later, when the Philistine army gathered to attack Israel, Saul inquired of the Lord concerning that problem. But the Lord did not answer Saul, for He had rejected Saul as the king of Israel. And when Saul did not hear from the Lord, he gave word to find a woman who had a “familiar spirit.” When they found such a woman, Saul disguised himself, went to the woman and asked her to “bring up” Samuel. “And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines” (1 Sam. 28:15-19).
When the Lord rejected Saul as the king of Israel, and no longer spoke to him, that lonesome, dejected and rejected king did what most any other carnal-minded person would do. He sought for guidance from a carnal-minded person, in this case, a woman with a “familiar spirit.” And even in that strange situation, the Lord allowed Samuel to appear to Saul, to tell him again that God had rejected him from being the king of Israel. By disobeying the word of the Lord, Saul had become an enemy of God. The word of the Lord to Saul through Samuel was, “the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy.” Samuel also told Saul what his sentence would be for disobeying the word of the Lord. He said to Saul, “Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” Thus, Saul was given the sentence of death.
Samuel said that Saul and his sons would be given into the hands of the Philistines, and they would die and “be with me.” It happened to Saul just as Samuel predicted (see 2 Sam. 1:1-12). Sometimes the Lord is longsuffering, delaying His judgment for disobedience. At other times, as in this case, the judgment of the Lord is swift and conclusive. How much better it is to be faithful and obedient, always obeying the Word of the Lord and doing all that our Father asks of us!
After the death of Saul, his son, Ish-bosheth, reigned over Israel, while David reigned over Judah. The house of Saul fought with the house of David, until David’s house prevailed. David’s reign in Judah continued for seven years. Finally, David was anointed king over all Israel (2 Sam. 5:1-5). Nathan, the prophet of the Lord, prophesied of the extent of the throne of David. He said to David, “And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever” (2 Sam. 7:11-16).
The kingdom of David was indeed established forever. And now the throne of the Lord is also called “the throne of David,” to honor a great and honorable king who did all the Lord told him to do. Yet, King David committed one carnal sin of the flesh with Bath-sheba, the wife of Uriah, when he lusted after her and committed adultery with her. And then, to make matters worse, when Bath-sheba was found to be with child by him, David arranged to have her husband, Uriah, killed in battle (see 2 Sam. 11:1-17). The Lord punished David for that sin by taking the life of that child. Now remember, the Lord had promised David that His mercy “shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.” The Lord did punish and chasten David “with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men,” for committing that sin of the flesh, but His mercy remained with King David throughout his reign in Israel. David had another child by Bathsheba, a son, whose name was Solomon. He was the wisest among men and would become the next king of Israel. David continued to reign over Israel and his posterity with him forever, according to the word of the Lord, because he obeyed the Lord and did all His holy will.
Because he established a solid record of obedience to the Lord, David was beloved of the Lord. Read Psalm seventeen, called the prayer of David, and you will be able to see into the heart of a man who loved His God. There, you will read of a man who completely trusted the Lord. You will read of a broken man, a man who asked the Lord to allow his sentence and punishment for his sin to be given him from the presence of the Lord. David was a man who cast himself into the hands of the Lord, because of his sin, trusting that the Lord would be just and fair. He asked the Lord, “Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not” (Ps. 17:5). We must know that it is the Lord Who guides our steps in His paths! When we see the weakness of our flesh, how good it is to show our complete trust in the Lord. Also, in that Psalm, David asked the Lord to “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Ps. 17:8). Here was a man who discovered the great truth that only the Lord could keep him and protect him from his enemies. The Lord protected David, and will do so for us as well, by hiding us under “the shadow of thy wings.” David’s sin of the flesh brought him to repentance and to a new awareness of His Savior, Lord and King, as being a faithful, loving and merciful Father.
What is the lesson to be learned here? It is that God will forgive the iniquities of man and the indiscretions of the flesh. But He will not forgive our disobedience of His pure and holy Word. We will also learn a most important lesson from this story; it is that a person is better off spiritually when they repent, even if because of a transgression, than to be rigid, cold, calloused, unforgiving and unrepentant. Better to be broken and humble, than to be proud, arrogant and religious! Although King David committed adultery with Bath-sheba, and then had her husband killed in battle, the Lord did not remove David from being the King of Israel for that transgression. The Lord surely and swiftly punished David for that sin (see 2 Sam. 11:27-12:23). But, had David disobeyed the word and the will of the Lord like Saul did, he would have been removed from the throne of Israel.
The same is true of the throne of the Kingdom of God, which has strict requirements and demands our more sure, certain and faithful obedience. The lesson we all must learn, if we are to reign with Christ, is that God demands our absolute obedience to His Word and His will! It is written of Jesus, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation UNTO ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec” (Heb. 5:8-10, see also 1 Sam. 12:14-15, Acts 5:29, Ro. 2:8-11, 6:16, 2 Cor. 10:5-6 & 1 Pe. 1:2). Father may overlook our iniquities if and when we repent, but He will not tolerate our disobedience of His revealed word and of His stated will and purpose! The Kingdom of God demands the best from among mankind that God can create. The best among the elect are Father’s true priests of the Melchisedec order! And that is what we are becoming, because of the ongoing preparations of the Spirit of God in our lives!
Some other facts we should know about David is that he was mightily blessed of the Lord. Like many of us, the Lord “chose David also (as) his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance” (Ps. 78:70-71). The Lord also referred to David, when He said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah” (Ps. 89:3-4, see also vs. 20-24). The Lord also said, “Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy. For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish” (Ps. 132:8-18).
These promises are given to David and his posterity, and that includes us as well! As Melchisedec priests of the Lord, we shall be clothed upon with His righteousness and Life, and shall also shout aloud for joy. There is a joy and a rejoicing that we will experience, which is as yet unknown by mortal man. But we shall live and manifest that abundant joy when we are truly clothed upon with the salvation of the Lord. And we are the “children” of this prophecy, who shall keep the covenants and the testimonies of the Lord. In doing so, we shall sit upon His throne for evermore. There is much more written in the Word of God about David and his faithful obedience to the Word of the Lord. We should also know that most of the psalms, from Psalm three to Psalm seventy, came from the heart of David, and were written by him as he was anointed of the Lord. It is a repentant and anointed king giving the wisdom of God to future kings and priests!
The Lord knows of the weaknesses of our flesh. He knows that we are but flesh (Ps. 78:39). God knows, more than anyone, that in our flesh dwells no good thing (Ro. 7:18-25). And we all know of a certainty “they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Ga. 5:24-25). Indeed, our carnal, fleshly nature has been crucified with Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross. Therefore, we should also know that, since Jesus died on the cross, all the iniquities and manifestations of the flesh for us no longer exist. As sons of God, we are done with the ways and the works of the flesh. True sons of God in this hour and at this time must be free of the flesh and of all the impurities and iniquities of the carnal nature. There is no room in our lives now for the manifestations of the carnal, Adamic man. Nor is there any room within us now for the impure, worn out religious ideas of the carnal mind and of the dead past! The greatest challenge the elect will have now is to HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD AND THEN DO IT! The elect have been given ears to hear! They will hear the word of the Lord for this new Kingdom Day and will then DO IT. They are thus affirming that they are kings and priests in their Father’s Kingdom, and are also confirming this Day as the wonderful new Day of the Kingdom of God on earth!
Next, the kingdom of Israel and of David was transferred to Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba. True to the word of the Lord, David’s son was crowned the next king of Israel. But Solomon was not made the king of Israel by some previous word alone, or merely by King David’s wishes. God must do a work in the lives of all His sons to make them kings and priests in His Kingdom! So the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, asking Solomon what He could do for him. Solomon did not ask for riches or honor, but for wisdom and for an understanding heart to judge that great people, which the nation of Israel had become. This pleased the Lord, so He granted Solomon’s request. The Lord gave Solomon all he asked for, and much more. This tells us that the elect of the Lord, in this new Kingdom Day, must also have a vital, living experience with the Lord. It is not enough to talk about “the good, old days” and the wonderful experiences of the past. We must have an anointed and ongoing relationship with the Lord for TODAY! Our spiritual experience must be up to date! Our minds need to be renewed, to understand our Father’s plans and purposes for this NEW DAY! As it was with Solomon, so will it be with us! The Lord will appear to us also, confirming us as His sons, and establishing us as kings and priests, after the order of Melchisedec, in the Kingdom of our Father.
When Solomon finished the house of the Lord, the Lord appeared to him a second time, saying to him, “I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel” (1 Ki. 9:3-5). The same promise given to David is now repeated and given to Solomon. As a son of David, Solomon was an heir of the same promise. And all Solomon had to do to inherit the throne of the kingdom was to walk faithfully before the Lord and do all His holy will.
The Lord warned Solomon of the penalty for disobedience, when He said to him, “But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people” (1 Ki. 9:6-7). In spite of this Word, Solomon failed to walk faithfully and obediently with the Lord to keep His word and do all the will of his God.
King Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Many of them were from heathen nations, and they continued to worship the gods of those heathen nations. Through his many wives and concubines, Solomon’s heart was turned to worship the gods of the heathen. Thus, it is written, “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father” (1 Ki. 11:4-6).
Then we read, “And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen” (1 Ki. 11:9-13).
If we would learn just one thing from the above passage, it is that the Lord our God is truly faithful! The Lord is faithful to His Word! He was faithful to His word of promise given to David, and He was faithful to His word that He gave to Solomon. Although Solomon broke his vow to the Lord and disobeyed His word, the Lord did not completely take the kingdom from him. But the Lord left one tribe for Solomon’s son to honor His word to David.
Solomon forfeited the throne of the kingdom of Israel because he disobeyed the word of the Lord! That historic event shows what the Lord requires of all those who shall reign on the throne of the greater, spiritual Kingdom of God. Every king-priest who shall reign with Christ from the throne of God will do all the will of their Father, or the kingdom will be taken from them and given to a neighbor of theirs, who is better and more obedient and faithful than they are. Why are the spiritual requirements of the throne of the Kingdom of our Father so strict and so absolute? The words of the Psalmist give us the answer: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness, uprightness, and right standing with God and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows [Heb 1:8,9.] (Ps. 45:6-7, AMP). The Kingdom of God can only be as pure and righteous as its weakest member! Therefore, the Lord requires all of us to be as holy, pure and righteous as He is! Furthermore, if we are obedient to every word of God and are faithful to Him, we shall be anointed of the Lord with the oil of gladness above and beyond the anointing with which others of our fellows may be anointed. And only called, chosen and anointed sons of God shall reign with Christ!
The Psalmist also referred to the kings and priests who shall reign with Christ, when he declared, “They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power, To make known to the sons of men God's mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations” (Ps. 145:11-13, AMP). The sons of God who reign with Christ must know the power of God and the glory of His Kingdom in order to speak of it and declare and show forth His mighty glory and His majestic power to the multitudes. The minds of those king-priests have been renewed so they will speak only of the glory and honor of the blessed Kingdom of their Father.
God gave Nebuchadnezzar a dream of the Kingdom. Part of that dream showed the Kingdom of God and part of it showed the kingdoms of man. Nebuchadnezzar saw the image of a man; the feet of that image had special significance, for they represent the kingdoms of man upon the earth. It is written of the feet, “And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (Dan. 2:41-43).
The kingdoms of man on earth are represented by the feet, which are part iron and part clay. It is an attempt to mix elements that cannot possibly be combined by mixing. It is like trying to mix water and oil. It cannot be done! And that is what the kingdoms of man have been like. They have all been, at best, like the mixture of iron and clay. Iron is strong and enduring, while clay is weak and broken. So it is and ever has been with all the many governments and systems of man! They are all, at best, partly strong and partly weak and broken. The best of the kingdoms of man have been mingled with the seed of men, making those kingdoms, governments and dominions weak and broken, unable to cleave to one another. This has been true in the past, but it is more pronounced today than it ever has been in all the history of the world.
The last of the kingdoms of man are truly represented by the feet of the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw! They are all mingled with the iron of firmness and soundness, and the clay of broken-ness and instability. But there is more “clay” in the governments of man today than there ever has been. This tells us that the end of man’s governments and systems is very near, and the time of the absolute government and Kingdom of God is at hand. This was foretold in Daniel’s prophecy: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Dan. 2:44). This is that Day and time! These are the days of the corrupt and broken kingdoms of man, which are represented as clay in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. The God of heaven is NOW setting up His kingdom on the earth, and it shall never be destroyed. The Kingdom of God shall not be left to others, but shall be given to the saints of the most High God. His Kingdom shall break in pieces all the kingdoms of this world, to remain forever on the earth, creating a new Earth and filling every part of this earth with all that God is! Amen and amen!
The Word of God tells us His Kingdom is to be set up: “ in the days of these kings,” which are the kings or rulers who reign at the end of the days, when the governments of man are a mixture of that which is stable and sure (iron) with that which is confusion and uncertainty (clay). This is that day and time! Confusion abounds within the governments and systems of man! But this may only be seen in the Spirit, and not with the natural eyes of the carnal mind of man. Man’s natural eye sees only the surface, while the Spirit of God looks within to see all the corruption and confusion of man. May the Lord give us all eyes to see in the Spirit! Then we will see as God sees, and will understand as He understands!
Daniel predicted that the Kingdom of God would be set up on this earth while man’s governments and kingdoms ruled the earth and before any great changes would be made in the world. The Lord must set up His Kingdom on earth before man’s kingdoms can be destroyed, for it is Father’s plan to destroy man’s corrupt kingdoms by the power of His sovereign reign (1 Cor. 15:25). He will then replace man’s governments and systems with His pure, righteous and holy Kingdom of Love. The Divine order is: God’s Kingdom comes to the earth FIRST, and then, by the mighty, sovereign power of the Lord God omnipotent, His Kingdom shall destroy all the governments and kingdoms of man, and will replace them all with His righteous reign in all the earth (see Rev. 2:27).
Of the many songs Edith B. Dean has written, this one foretells what it will
be like on this earth when His Kingdom has fully come:
“I Have A Dream
O, I have a dream of the Kingdom,
I’ve a vision of what it will be
To live under the rule of Messiah,
Of Babylon’s chains to be free.
No mortgages held by the bankers,
No I.R.S. then to harass and annoy;
All the thugs from the streets will be missing,
There’ll be nothing to hurt or destroy.
No smog with its blight on creation,
But clean air from pollution made free;
What a day of reflection and worship,
Of rest, then the Sabbath shall be.
No hunger nor pain for His children,
And nothing to hurt, or to make them afraid;
For a thousand long years it will flourish,
Yahweh’s Kingdom, for which we have prayed.
With a shout and the sound of a trumpet,
Then in triumph our King shall appear;
O, my dream of the Kingdom long promised
Is achieved, not in Heaven, but here.
This vision of grandeur and glory,
Of wonders that ne’er through the ages shall cease;
It shall culminate soon, as He promised,
In the reign of the Sovereign of Peace.”
Maturing and growing sons are doing all their Father’s will. And His
will is the Constitution or Bylaws of the Kingdom of God on earth!
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, PORTLAND, OR 97298-0055