The Kingdom of God has always been here whether you believed or not.
You may not like the above heading as it suggests that our believing is not the important issue here. It’s not about us; it’s about God, because if it were about us, our salvation would be based on works WE approve of. It is more about the acceptance of the eternal state of God’s Kingdom. Our God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Immutable, Infinite and He is the supreme God. How could anyone say that the Kingdom starts or
finishes on a certain date or at a certain time? You are a part of it even if you are not a believer. But people remove themselves from the awareness of it. The Kingdom is in us (Luke 17:20-21) in varying levels from a small spark of awareness in some, to a powerful burning awareness in others. It should be evident like unending lightening storm burning as bright as the sun if we are believers in Jesus, and have repented. Our spiritual eyes are opened to the understanding the workings of God. At salvation the light starts to burn more brightly until it consumes our life.
John 1: 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (MKJV)
Unending Lightning Storm
A young man called Frank Wilczek at Princeton University in 1973 presented a theory about the proton and the glue that holds everything together.
In layman’s terms, down in size from the atom to the nucleus to the proton and then finally down to a much smaller level he said, there are Quarks, which are infinitesimal to the size of the proton. BUT it is the GLUONS that hold this all together.
The gluon is moving at near light speed inside the proton imprisoned in flickering clouds. Thus we have an unending lightering storm taking place that hold everything together. He said that the gluon is mass-less and temporarily the force that binds the quarks together, but they carry most of the proton’s energy.
These flickering clouds of unending lightning storm do not disappear as they fuse into a continuous sheet feather-light which is impervious from other forces and hold everything together.
Wilczek said, “If you really study the equations, it gets almost mystical.”
Simply the Unending Lightning Storm produces a force that holds everything together.
We as Christian know that God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), in Him all that is visible and the invisible, were created (Colossians 1:16-17). If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1John 1:7). We also know that Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12) and that we the sons of light and the sons of the day too. We are not of the night, or of darkness (1Thessalonians 5:4-5) and that we have been sent to the world as a light to share about salvation (Acts 13:47) found in Jesus.
All mankind is made in His Image and after His likeness. In a pure state before the fall of Adam, we were triune and after the fall we are still triune albeit in a corrupted condition with a sin virus at work in our members.
Understanding Wilczek premise about the unending lightening storm holding everything together and that when we become repentant believers in Christ the lightening storm becomes more active or erupts. When we become followers of Jesus we become little lights to the lost world. It is like the spiritual sickness of sin has corrupted the pure unending lightning storm and it has become dim but not completely out or the person would fall apart literally. The worst sinner has some light in them that is holding them together. When the Greater light of Jesus comes along and a person takes their medicine and repents the Holy Spirit kick-start the flickering embers into lightening storm again and we burn brightly for Him in this world. Our countenance starts to shine as the unending lightning storm burns brighter in us. The glue that holds everything together is the glory of God.
God is the sum total of all things, both inside and outside of time and space, and He is Eternal. He is the power, force and Principle that regulates our physical and spiritual cosmos. To us, it is impossible to contain such a big God in our finite mind; nevertheless we endeavour to do so. Even after we have done this we have only seen in part His greatness, because our mind cannot begin to understand every facet of God.
The Word of God is a set of pictures or concepts in words and as we stay in it we will develop a Godly perspective. This is why we need to confirm any revelation by the only standard that is infallible, the Word of God, which is without error in its intention. When we become a Christian our new activated thinking pattern is subjected to the Word of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and we have been given the mind of Christ.
In Romans 14:17 Paul says, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus mentioned the Kingdom of God on many occasions. The problem we face is the waiting for a specific Kingdom to come, when actually it is already here spiritually; never-the-less when Jesus returns at the end of this age He will establish a literal Kingdom and then at the end of the Millennium, Christ will hand the Kingdom to the Father (Matthew 24:5-14, 21-27; Revelation 1:7).
“The Millennium” is a thousand-year period, and in this case it refers to the rule of Jesus and His Church, according to the interpretation of prophecies in the Book of Revelation. This will follow the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and all of this supported by a myriad of Scriptures from the Old and New Testaments. When Christ comes Satan will be bound, and stay bound during the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-3).
Matthew 24:31 it says, Jesus will bring His angels to gather together His elect in the first resurrection (Mark 13: 24 to 27). The first resurrection is only for the believers. The dead in Christ will be resurrected first (1 Thessalonians 4:15-16) along with the believers who are still alive at the time of Christ’s return. The spirits of the believers who have died are in heaven, but their bodies are still waiting to be resurrected. They will go through a change (1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 35-49) as our appearance will be like His (1 John 3:2). At Christ’s coming the bodily resurrection takes place and we will meet Him in the air or clouds, for the Marriage of the Lamb to take place (Revelation 19: 7-14). All of this will happen quickly and all will be taken up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and then return and rule with Him on earth as He takes possession of the Kingdom (Revelation 19:11).
How do we enter the Kingdom of God?
For man the Kingdom can be taken away because of not fulfilling God’s requirements.
Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (KJV)
God is seeking out open hearts who will bring His Kingdom up to the next revelation. God does not abandon anyone, but if we stop moving in Him, He will move onto and into a vessel that desires to follow His Word in Spirit and in Truth.
In the Millennium after Christ’s return the House of Jacob will come back together and fulfil the prophecy that the sticks of Judah and Joseph will be united as the house of Jacob (Ezekiel 37:15, Isaiah 11:1-13). Jesus and the Church, the full manifestation of the sons of God, will rule and reign for a thousand years and then Jesus will hand the Kingdom back to God (1 Corinthians 15:24). It is at this point that the literal and the legal Kingdom will be fully seen. The “Manifest sons of God” on earth right now is only a shadow of what we will shine like in the 1000 year rule of Christ and His Church in what has been termed as the Millennium, and then finally when we come face to face with God.
In synergism of God’s Kingdom the position of salvation involves cooperation between God’s divine grace and human freedom, thus in the reclamation of man there are two states happening instantaneously and progressively simultaneously.
The concepts of “instantaneously and progressively”, simultaneously when viewing Scripture brings freedom to people who are held under Law!
In the world and in the minds of man we have a problem with counterfeit systems as they work to take away freedom from man. A true Kingdom is like a $100.00 note which is backed by the gold in store behind it. But we will have a great problem with a counterfeit note. It appears to look the same but it is not supported by the gold in store. It can cause a lot of damage before it is found. The nation of Israel wanted a king to be like other nations, thus its mind-set was on a man (The counterfeit) and not on God (The real Gold).
John 3:1-5 And there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles which you do unless God is with him. 3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (MKJV)
The Kingdom of God is all about God giving to us freedom and we as humble servants are only doing what we can by the grace of God as His protected subjects.
Mark 1:15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent, and believe the gospel. (MKJV)
To get into the Kingdom of God we need forgiveness from God, which is free to all, but the individual need to repent to activate the free gift and entry. Later in this book we will study the eight Kingdom parables.