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The righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Mat. 13:43





What is a Kingdom?

A Kingdom consists of a King, who rules over a people, who live in a land, and are subject to the King's Law.

The King: Rev. 19:16 
The people: Zech.14:1-3,16
The land:  Rev. 11:15
The Laws:  Mat. 22:36-40

With God's Laws in place of man's laws, the results will be:
Love, peace, freedom, joy, happiness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, growth, patience, challenge, rest, opportunity, safety, family, accomplishment, children, contentment, satisfaction, excitement, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, hope, fulfillment, beauty, music, singing, dancing, laughter and . . . rejoicing.

The Kingdom of Christ Means Rejoicing

REJOICING 
IN BEING ALIVE


The Kingdom of God means rejoicing.
Isa. 65:17-19, Jer. 31:13, 32:41

Rejoicing in peace, in happiness and in freedom. Isa. 32:17, 52:9, 55:12, 60:15

REJOICING
WITH LAUGHTER 

"When it comes to religion, some people lose their head, others try to bury it in the sand." --Editors

Being created in His image,  means that our Father has a sense of humor and that he laughs. 
Gen. 1:26-27   

 

REJOICING 
IN YOUR CHILDREN

REJOICING 
AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD
Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 2Cor. 6:17-18


Sun, ultraviolet image


When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; What is man, that you are mindful of him?   
Psa. 8:3-4

 

What will life be like in Christ's Kingdom?

The four primary human activities are work, sleep, food and the pursuit of happiness.

Those who survive the Great Tribulation shall work to build homes and plant food crops. Isa. 35:1 Work to clean up the destruction.  Isa. 51:3, 52:9, 58:12
Work to bury the dead  bodies, Eze. 39:9-15

They shall rest (relax or sleep) without fear from war, crime or wild animals. Mic. 4:4,  Zeph. 3:13,
Eze. 34:22-28,  Isa. 65:25

Instead of working for others, they shall eat their own food.  Isa. 65:21-23

Feasting and rejoicing are such important parts of God's Kingdom, that on six of his seven annual Holy Days, we are commanded to Feast. Lev. 23, Mal. 3:10 

 

FEASTING
ON WHAT GOD PROVIDES

For continual feasting, an abundance of food must be available.  


God promises abundance for obedience to his way of life.
Mal. 3:10

ABUNDANCE 
of all good things
 

There will be no famine. Harvests will continue from one planting until the next planting. Amos 9:13

There will be no drought. Eze. 47:1-12

Families shall be fruitful.
Psa. 103:17, 128:6, Pro. 17:6, Eze. 37:25

REJOICING
WITH FAMILY TO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION  

REJOICING 
AS MEMBERS OF GOD'S OWN FAMILY
"Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." --Jesus Christ, Mat. 18:3



Blessed are the meek, [those with a quiet and gentle spirit] for they shall inherit the earth. Mat. 5:5, 1Pet. 3:4, Psa. 37:11

And [Jesus Christ] has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  Rev. 5:10, 1:6

[The earth's surface, with its atmosphere, is one of the two "heavens" explained in Gen. 1:2, 6-8, 20, and 1:14-17.  The third heaven, the "heaven of heavens,' which is in the spiritual dimension, is the location of God's throne 1K. 8:27, Neh. 9:6, Rev. 19:11, 11:19.]

Are you ready for the Kingdom of Christ to be established on the earth?

1. Are you ready to reign with Christ and to begin teaching others?

Jesus Christ promised that he would come again (Jn. 14:1-3), to the place from which he left  (Acts 1:9-12, Zech. 14:1-4).

At his coming, the righteous dead are resurrected from their graves (Acts 2:29, 34) and given eternal life (1Cor. 15:50-54, 1Ths. 4:15-18).  They, and the righteous living, are also given immortality and meet him in the "clouds"(1Ths. 4:17), and accompany him to the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem (1Ths. 4:17, Rev. 14:1).   At his coming, he rewards all the righteous according to their works (Rev. 22:12, 2:23), with positions of responsibility (Lk. 19:12-27, Mat. 24:13-34).

He is returning to earth to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:11-16) over all the earth (Rev. 11:15, Zech. 14:1-3, 16-19).  The earth is one of three heavens, two of which are explained in Genesis (Gen. 1:2, 6-13, 20; and 14-19).   The righteous, being made immortal then (1Cor. 15:53), shall serve as Kings and Priests, teaching and helping the physical survivors of the Tribulation (Isa. 2:2-4).

Up to half of the world's population will survive the wars and plagues of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 6:8, 9:15, 18). 

"Many" of the survivors will decide that they are ready to learn how to live His way of life (Zech. 14:16), the way of peace.   Will you be considered "worthy" to escape "all these things"? (Lk. 21:36)  Will you have demonstrated that you are ready to be a teacher ?  (2Tim. 2:15)   Have you begun to prepare yourself to teach others, God's way of life as it relates to their vocations, education, worship and recreation?  Are you ready now, or are you starting to get ready, to reign with Christ over five or ten cities or more? (Lk. 19:12-27, Mat. 24:13-34).

Cities in Christ's Kingdom will not be like New York (Isa. 5:8), but could still be a few thousand people (Num. 35:1-5) to start. Each time God has started a new phase in his plan, he has instructed the people to have many children (Gen. 1:28, 9:1).  The first phase after the Tribulation is 1,000 years (Rev. 20:4-7), or one "day" in God's plan (2Pet. 3:8).   

A thousand years is 30 to 50 generations.  Even if one serves only one "city" with only 25 couples, with a low birth rate of four per couple per 30-year generation, after only 600 years that one city would number over 93,898,200 people under the age of 100 years
(Isa. 65:20).  With six children per couple, after only 420 years, there would be over 239 million.  God has already planned on changing much of the ocean, deserts and mountains of the earth into farmland, to provide room for them (Zech. 14:4, Isa. 4:3-4, 35:1-2).  Read more . . .

           2. Which of the following scriptures best describes your spiritual condition now?

           a. By this time you ought to be teachers, but you still need that one teach you again the first principles of the knowledge of God and are like babies that need milk and not strong meat.  Every one that uses milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a spiritual baby.  But strong meat belongs to those of full spiritual age, even those who, because they use them, have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 
Heb. 5:12-13 (paraphrased)

     b. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.
1Jn. 2:27

      While the second reference (b) should describe us, many may identify more with the first one (a), because of a lack of time and personal effort, a lack of effective and appropriate instruction by others, or both, up to this point.  The question is, what will you do now?  Are you one of the "many" who call on the Lord and will be rejected (Mat. 7:21-23)
or, are you one of the "few" who have found the very narrow way to eternal life? (Mat. 7:13-14).  
Do you know the difference between those who call themselves Christians and those who actually imitate Jesus Christ?  Read more . . .

3. Who is responsible for your preparation?

Your pastor or priest, your church, Jesus Christ, God the Father, or you?

And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. Lk. 12:47 
(Not necessarily kept out of the Kingdom, but  entering only after much painful correction.)

If a man purge himself from these (useless arguments and false doctrines, vs. 14, 16, 18) he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and suitable for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.  2Tim. 2:21   Read more . . .

4. What will be expected of you as a King and a Priest?

            There will be no wars, armies, politics, lawyers, police, prisons, or political city governments.  As a King who is a spirit being, you will not need a castle, land, taxes or an entourage of sycophants (Deu. 17:16-17).  Yet, someone must have authority over land division, land planning and usage, public projects such as parks, and waste disposal to prevent pollution of air, water and soil. 

A King serves as a judge
(2Sam. 8:15) to settle disputes, therefore, he, or she, must have a thorough knowledge of God's law (Deu. 17:18-20).  All human governments will be replaced by the Kingdom of Christ and the law of God (Rev. 11:15).  "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making the simple, wise." (Psa. 19:7)   Since heaven and earth have not been totally destroyed yet, the law of God is still in effect. -- Jesus Christ (Mat. 5:17-19). 

Unlike rulers at all levels in "this present evil world" (Gal. 1:4), Kings under Christ must have humility and be dedicated to serving others ahead of self (Mat. 20:26-28, Isa. 66:2).

      There will no longer be 33,830 different "Christian" denominations with a smorgasbord of beliefs and rituals.  The job of the Priest is to teach the law of God to those who want to learn (Lev. 10:11, Deu. 27:14-26, 31:9-13, Mal. 2:4-7).  
God will use the weather and food production to encourage everyone to want to learn
(Zech. 14:16-19). 

      5. What will the people need from you?

The survivors will have just emerged from a time of war, destruction and death, greater than anything since the world began (Mat. 24:21-22).

They will need food, water and shelter.  Many will need healing from injury or illness.  All will need comfort, encouragement and instruction.   If God personally solved all their problems with miracles, he could have used angels rather than us.  If we solve all their problems for them by using miracles, what will they learn?  In Canaan, the refugees from Egypt found stored food and existing homes, but they still had to plant for the next harvest.  They had to repair old structures and build new ones.  
They had been living on manna and quail for up to 40 years.  Those under age 40 had never known anything else. Only two men were over the age of 60. Those aged 40 to 60 had been children of slaves in Egypt.  In the wilderness, they had a captain system, Moses was there, and the Lord was within sight, in the column of fire and smoke.   

When they came into Canaan, they spread out over an area of about 37,500 square miles.  Most were not within sight of either the Tabernacle or Jerusalem.  There was no political government, just the family system and local Levites to judge disputes.  As long as they obeyed God's laws, the people did not have to fear any enemies.   They occupied themselves with their work, with eating and drinking, with their children and their friends, but they "forgot" the Lord and how he delivered them alive out of Egypt
(Deu. 4, 9, 23, 6:12, 8:11, 14, 19).  

Part of your job will be to see that, this time, the people do not forget how the Lord delivered them out of the Great Tribulation, and to see that they do not begin to live as they did before Christ returned, when the whole world was deceived by Satan (Rev. 12:9). 

They will need to be re-educated with truth.  They will need patience and time.  They will need loving correction.  They will need some protection from themselves and perhaps occasionally from one another.   They will need to learn how to live in peace and to rejoice continually.  They will need to learn how to grow food, build homes, and other practical skills.  They will need reminding to not "return to Egypt," to their old way of life.  They will need to learn how to teach their children to love God and one another. 
Read more . . .

6. How do we prepare ourselves, to reign over others in Christ's Kingdom?

 What does Christ require of you as a King and Priest, to serve hundreds and thousands of people?

Repentance
From that time [his baptism] Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat. 4:17
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn. 1:8

Humility  
Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. --Jesus Christ,
Mat. 18:3  In other words, humble, teachable, obedient to his Father, optimistic, and cheerful.
. . .to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word. Isa. 66:2
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Phil. 2:3, also Mat. 5:3, 5   Not tremble in fear, but in awe and respect of God's Greatness and Love.

Wholeheartedness
Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Psa. 119:34
And now, . . .what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deu. 10:12
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.  Mk. 12:30
But if from [your sins] you shall seek the Lord your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  Deu. 4:29

A Hunger for Righteousness
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Mat. 5:6
Draw
nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.  Jas. 4:8

Self-less-ness
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Jn. 15:13
And the second [commandment] is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mk. 12:31
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  Mat. 6:14-15

Study
Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman [teacher] that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [discerning] the word of truth. 2Tim. 2:15

Knowledge
And it shall be, when he [the King] sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:  And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, 
Deu. 17:18-20

Confidence in God
Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phil. 1:6

Faith
Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth? Lk. 18:8
But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Jas. 2:20, 17, 26
And he said unto them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith? Mk. 4:40
And Jesus said unto them, . . . If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Mat. 17:20

Endurance
And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.  Mat. 10:22

DOING YOUR PART
God designed our bodies to process food and turn it into muscle and energy, but he also gave us hands to put the food into our mouth.  He gave us teeth to chew it up.  He gave us the choice of swallowing or not.
He has preserved his instructions of how we are to live in order to obtain life. but he also gave us hands to open the book, eyes to read, a mouth to ask questions, a mind to meditate, and the choice of accepting eternal life or rejecting it.

Vision
Without vision, the people perish. Pro. 29:18   Do you have the vision today, the necessary understanding to reign with Christ in his Kingdom, tomorrow?  The Passover lamb was killed after being set apart for four days.  Christ the Lamb was killed about 4 millennial days after Creation, in about 30 AD.  The year 2030 would be the approximate end of the sixth millennial day since Creation, and the beginning of the Seventh Millennial Day, the Day of the Lord.  However, Christ said time would have to be "cut short" to prevent mankind from destroying himself off the face of the earth (Mat. 24:21-22).  Only the foolish set dates, but the Lord has told us how to recognize that we are living in the time of the end of the world as we know it. 
                                   

            7. After the Millennium, then what?

The universe has 300 billion trillion stars.  An estimated 60 billion of them, and perhaps all, have an earth-like planet near them.  God doesn't do anything without a reason. Most of the stars are too far away for us to see them, therefore they are not for lights for our benefit on this planet.  God said he made the Creation to be inhabited. 

God's plan for mankind is revealed through his Holy Days.  God considers 1,000 years to be one "day" in his plan, 2Pet. 3:8, Psa. 90:4.   His plan operates on a repeating cycle of sevens -- seven days in a week, with six for work and the seventh for rest, six one-thousand year "days"  of man's rule followed by the Millennium, a one-thousand year "rest" for the whole earth under Christ's rule as King of Kings on the earth (Rev. 11:15).

The Spring Feasts of Unleavened Bread (UB) and Pentecost parallels the spring harvest in Israel, and symbolizes the harvest of the "firstfruits" (Jas. 1:18, Rev. 14:4), the people in the first resurrection (Rev. 20:4,6).  The first and seventh days of UB are Holy Days.  The Spring harvest could not begin until the Wave Sheaf was offered on the second day of the Feast.  The spring Feasts, and the spring harvest both end on the 50th day, after a period of seven sevens.  
Every seventh year was a land "rest" (Lev. 25:4).  Every 50th year was the Jubilee, the year in which all land reverted to its original owners (Lev. 25:8-17).  
The Fall Feast, or Feast of Tabernacles, is seven days, followed by the Last Great Day of the Feast.  The first day is a commanded rest, picturing the Millennium under Jesus Christ.  The second resurrection is at the end of the first day, the first 1,000 years of Christ's reign on earth (Rev. 20:5a).  What do the other six days, which are not holy days, picture?  Why is the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles not a Holy Day, but the eighth day is? 
                                                                                                                                                               
Read more. . .

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For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat. 24:27

Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Rev. 22:12

What will the World be like with Jesus Christ as King of Kings?
Peace and no violence. Happiness, not sadness.  Healing of all illnesses. Long life in place of early death.  Love, not hate.  Kindness instead of evil oppression.  Generosity in place of greed.  Goodness, not evil.
Family in place of loneliness or abandonment.  Faith in place of doubt.  Abundance in place of need and hunger.  Laughter will replace tears.  Knowledge will remove ignorance.  Truth will replace all lies.  
And there will be . . .


NO MORE WARS

In the last days, the Lord's Kingdom will be set up over all nations and he will judge over all nations.  They will mold  their weapons into farming tools. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isa. 2:2-4, Mic. 4:3

The crown symbolizes  Kingship
Your crown of glory, of  righteousness, and of life is described in: 2Tim. 4:8, 1Pet. 5:4, Jas. 1:12, Rev. 2:10.

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.  
Rev. 3:11


The never-used, gold crown of the only King of Finland.

The Priest of God also wears a crown of gold. 
Ex. 28:36-38, 29:6
We are to be both Kings and Priests. Rev. 1:6, 5:10

Kings and Priests as Friends of Man
If we want to be Kings and Priests, then we must be different from those who rule nations and churches in the world today; not vain, or full of pride, sins, haughtiness, greed, and self-righteousness.
Mat. 20:25-28

In the Garden of Eden, the Lord walked in it and spoke directly to Adam and Eve. Gen. 3:8-9

When the Priest Melchizedek came to meet Abraham, he brought the food and wine and served a meal for Abraham and his men. Gen. 14:17-20

The Lord appeared in person to Abraham more than once.  He even sat down and spoke with him while a meal was being prepared and they ate it together. 
Gen. 17:1, 18:1-33

And the Lord  spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaks unto his friend. Ex. 33:11

Christ told his disciples: From this point, I will not call you servants, for the servant does not know what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Jn. 15:15

After Christ was glorified again as the Son of God, he appeared to the disciples as a man, and provided and served them a meal.  Jn. 21:1-14

In both word and by example, Christ has explained how we are to reign with him, serving the survivors of the Tribulation. 

Not as unapproachable monarchs or presidents, but face to face, perhaps over a meal of barbequed beef. 
(Gen. 18:7, Isa. 1:26)


Before there is peace, there is war.
Before construction there is destruction. 
The transition from a world influenced by Satan, to the Reign of Jesus Christ will be a time of war.



Proclaim this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: cause your mighty ones to come down, O Lord.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake:
So shall you know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the (dry places).

(Joel 3:9-18 in part)

Are we in "the last days" of the world as we know it?

Christ spoke of a "way of escape" and of "being worthy to escape all these things (the tribulation).  Do you realize what he meant?  Read more. . .

The Family Estate of God
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; What is man, that you are mindful of him? 
Psa. 8:3-4

He reveals the number of the stars;
he calls them all by their names.
Psa. 147:4

For thus says the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited:  Isa. 45:18

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things, that brings out their host by number: he calls them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one fails.
Isa. 40:26

Based on what astronomers can see, the universe is 78 to 93 million light years in all directions. 

A photon of light travels 5.88 trillion miles in one year.  A conservatively estimated distance to the edge of the universe is:

                        5,880,000,000,000
                  x               78,000,000
   =   458,640,000,000,000,000,000 miles     

Two studies published by Yale and Harvard, in December 2010, indicate that there may be three times as many stars as previously thought, making the total 300 sextillion, or 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars.

In July of 2010, it was announced that scientists at the Kepler Space Telescope facility had discovered 140 earth-like worlds, orbiting stars in our galaxy. These planets could not be seen with previous telescopes. This indicates that the universe could be "rich" in earth-like planets, from one-third to ten times the size of Earth. There could be 300 sextillion Earths out there, waiting "to be inhabited." 

In 2013, two university studies estimate that there are as many as 60 billion earth-sized, habitable planets, just in our galaxy alone.
Did you really believe that you would sit on a cloud, praising God all day, while watching your friends and relatives screaming in Hell, forever?  


Read "Okay, I'm dead, now what?", and "Okay, I'm dead, are we there yet?"

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