|Is it the CHURCH? Is it something "set up in the
hearts of men?" Is it the British Empire? Is it "the Good within you?" Is
it "the Millennium?" Each of these is widely taught -- yet none is right! The
shocking TRUTH is here made PLAIN!
WHY cannot the churches agree on what
is the GOSPEL? Jesus Christ came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of
God. Yet few preach about the Kingdom of God today, for they have lost all knowledge of
what it is!
A prominent evangelist said to a world-wide radio audience that the Gospel of
the Kingdom of God is not for us today. Some denominations proclaim a "Gospel of
Grace," some what they call a "Gospel of Salvation;" some a gospel about
Christ; some a social gospel; some the "Science of Mind" or "Religious
Not One is Right!
Some churches claim either that their particular denomination, or
"Christianity" as a whole, constitutes the Kingdom of God.
Not one is right! Could anything seem more incredible? Yes, to the
mind reared in this world's concepts, one thing is, indeed, still more incredible! And
that is the PLAIN TRUTH about what the Kingdom of God really is!
This truth is not merely surprisingit is shocking staggering! Yet
it is truly GOOD NEWSthe most glorious GOOD NEWS
ever to enter human consciousness!
What is the one and only Gospel of Jesus Christ? THE
WORLD DOES NOT KNOW! It has not been preached for 18 1/2 centuries, strange as
that may seem. Look into your BIBLE. Look at it from the very beginning!
"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ" you'll read in Mark
1:1. "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the GOSPEL
OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and saying, the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God
is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel" (Mark 1:14-15).
It is necessary to believe that GOSPEL, to be
saved! And how can you believe it, unless you know what it is?
Jesus went everywhere preaching the GOOD NEWS of the KINGDOM
OF GOD. He sent out seventy men preaching, and commanded them to preach THE
KINGDOM OF GOD (Luke 10:9). He sent the Apostles, on whom the Church of God was
founded, to preach only THE KINGDOM OF GOD (Luke 9:1-2).
Isn't it amazing that the world has LOST the knowledge of
what it is?
The Apostle Paul preached THE KINGDOM OF GOD (Acts 19:8;
20:25, 28:23, 31). And God Almighty, through Paul, pronounced a double curse on
man or angel that would DARE preach any other Gospel! (Gal. 1:8-9.)
WHY, then, do so many DARE to
preach so many other gospels? The good news of THE KINGDOM OF GOD
is something you must understand, and BELIEVE, in order to be
saved! Jesus Christ said so! YOU had better be finding out what it
Haven't you heard men speak of the Kingdom of God something like this:
"By Christians everywhere working together to bring about world peace, tolerance and
brotherly love, the Kingdom of God may at last be established in the hearts of men."
Because they rejected Christ's Gospel 1900 years ago, the world had
to supplant something else in its place. They had to invent a counterfeit! So we
have heard the Kingdom of God spoken of as merely a pretty platitudea nice sentiment
in human hearts reducing it to an ethereal, unreal NOTHING! Others
have misrepresented that the "CHURCH" is the Kingdom. Others
confuse it with a "millennium." Still others have, in our century, claimed the
British Empire is the Kingdom of God, HOW DECEIVED CAN THIS WORLD GET?
The prophet Daniel, who lived 600 years before Christ, knew that the Kingdom
of God was a real kingdoma government ruling over literal PEOPLE on the
Jesus Christ brought additional knowledge about it which the prophet Daniel
might not have known. Still, Daniel knew there was going to be a real, literal Kingdom of
God on the earth.
Daniel was one of four extraordinary, intelligent and brilliant Jewish lads
in the Judean captivity. These four men were stationed in the palace of King
Nebuchadnezzar of the Chaldean Empire, in training for special responsibilities in the
Babylonian government. Daniel was a prophet who had been given special understanding in
visions and dreams (Dan. 1:17).
Nebuchadnezzar was the first real world ruler. He had conquered a vast
Empire, including the nation Judah. This king had a dream so impressive it troubled
himmoved him to tremendous concern. He demanded that his magicians,
astrologers, and sorcerers tell him both what he had dreamed, and what it meant.
They could not. They were baffled. Then Daniel was brought before the King.
Daniel disclaimed any more human ability to interpret dreams than the
Chaldean magicians, "BUT," he said, "there is a GOD
in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall
be in the latter days" (Dan. 2:28).
First, God's purpose was to reveal to this world-ruling human king that there
is a GOD in heaven that GOD IS SUPREME RULER over
all nations, governments, and kingsthat God RULES THE UNIVERSE!
This Chaldean king knew only about the many pagan demon gods. He knew nothing of the true living
ALMIGHTY God. Like people and rulers, even today, he did not know that GOD
is the living, REAL, active, RULING and GOVERNING
PERSONAGE who actually and literally governs not only what is on earth,
but the UNIVERSE ENTIRELY!
The whole purpose of this DREAM was to reveal GOD'S
GOVERNMENTthe fact that God RULESthe truth
of THE KINGDOM OF GOD the very thing that is the one and only
true GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST! And, secondly, to reveal preserved in
writing for us TODAYwhat is to happen "in the latter
For US, Today!
This is no dry, dull, dead writing for a people of 2500 years ago. This is LIVING,
TREMENDOUS BIG NEWS for OUR DAY! It is advance news for
us, NOW. News before it happensof the most colossal event
of all earth's history certain to occur in your lifetimeduring the very
next few years!
This is THE TRUE GOSPEL! It is the very Gospel Christ
preached! It is intended for you and me TODAY! It is vital that you UNDERSTAND!
Read, in your own Bible, verses 28 through 35. In his dream, this king had
seen a vast statuelarger than any image or statue ever built by manso
tremendous it was terrifying, even in a dream. Its head was of fine gold, its breast and
arms of silver, the belly and thighs of brass, legs of solid iron, feet a mixture of iron
There was a time element. Nebuchadnezzar had viewed it until a
supernatural STONE came from heaven, smashing the statue on its feet.
Then the whole of the statue broke into small pieces, and was actually blown away by the
windit disappeared! Then this STONE expanded miraculously and
quickly became a great MOUNTAINso great it filled the whole earth!
What did it mean? Did it have meaning? Yes, because this was God's
doing. Unlike ordinary dreams, this one was caused by God to convey the message of God's
sovereignty to Nebuchadnezzar and, because it is part of the written Word of God, to
us todayto reveal important facts of the TRUE GOSPEL!
"This is the dream," said Daniel (verse 36), "and we will tell the
interpretation thereof before the king."
This, then is GOD'S interpretation. Men ought never to interpret
the Bible. The Bible gives us GOD'S OWN INTERPRETATION! Here it is:
"Thou, 0 king, art a king of kings:"he was the first real WORLD
RULER over a world empire! "...for the God of heaven hath given thee a
kingdom, power, and strength, and glory." God was revealing Himself to this human
world-dictator as the MOST HIGH Ruler over all.
People today, like this Chaldean king, seem not to think of God as a
RULERas the Supreme One who GOVERNSas the
Head of GOVERNMENT. The Eternal was revealing Himself through Daniel to
Nebuchadnezzarand through the Bible to you and to me TODAYas
a SOVEREIGN, ALL POWERFUL, GOVERNING GOD who is to be obeyed!
"Thou," continued Daniel to this human emperor, "art
this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another KINGDOM inferior to
thee, and another third KINGDOM of brass, which shall bear rule over all
the earth" (Verses 37-39).
What IS a Kingdom?
Notice! This is speaking of KINGDOMS. It is referring to
kingdoms that bear rule over the people on earth. It is speaking of GOVERNMENT!
It is not speaking of ethereal sentiments "set up in the hearts of men." It is
not speaking of churches. It is speaking of the kind of GOVERNMENTS that
bear RULE and AUTHORITY over nations of PEOPLE
here on earth. It is literal. It is specific. There is no misunderstanding, here, as to
what is meant by the word "KINGDOM."
There is no misunderstanding the interpretation. GOD gives
His own interpretation through the prophet Daniel. The great metallic image represented
national and international GOVERNMENTSreal, literal KINGDOMS.
It represented a succession of world-ruling governments. First was
the head of gold. That represented Nebuchadnezzar and his Kingdom the Chaldean
Empire. After himlater, in time sequencewas to come a second, then a
third KINGDOM "which shall bear RULE over all the
earth" world Empire!
Then, verse 40, the legs of iron represent a fourth
world-Empire. It was to be strong, even as iron is strongstronger
militarily than its predecessors. Yet, as silver is less valuable than gold, brass than
silver, iron than brass, though each metal was harder and stronger, the succession would
deteriorate morally and spiritually. The two legs meant the fourth Empire would be
After the Chaldean Empire came the still larger Persian Empire, then the
Greco-Macedonian, and Fourth, the Roman Empire. It was divided, with capitals at Rome and
Nowverse 44! Read it! Get your Bible. See it with your own eyes in your
own Bible. Here, in PLAIN LANGUAGE, is God's explanation of what the KINGDOM
OF GOD IS:
"And in the days of these kings,..." it is here speaking of the ten
toes, part of iron and part of brittle clay. This, by connecting the prophecy with Daniel
7, and Revelation 13 and 17, is referring to the new UNITED STATES OF EUROPE
which is now forming, out of the European Common Market, before your very eyes!
Revelation 17:12 makes plain the detail that it shall be a union of TEN KINGS OR
KINGDOMS which (Rev. 17:8) shall resurrect the old ROMAN EMPIRE.
So, mark carefully the time element! "In the days of these
kings"in the days of these ten nations or groups of nations that shall, within
the decade, NOW, IN OUR TIME, resurrect briefly the Roman
Empirenotice what shall happen:
"...shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be
destroyed...but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
Yes, in OUR TIME!
Now here we have described FOUR universal
world-Empiresthe only four that ever existed! Revelation 13 and 17 show
that, after the fall of the original Roman Empire, there would be ten revivals SEVEN
of which would be ruled over by a Gentile CHURCHthe
"daughter" of ancient BABYLON a Church claiming to be
Christian, but actually named by God "MYSTERY BABYLON the
Great"or, more plainly, BABYLONIAN MYSTERIES!
Six of those have come and gone. The seventh is now formingthe last,
final, brief resurrection of the Roman Empire by ten European groups or nations.
These are the ten toes of iron and clay mixed.
In their daysand they shall last but a very short space, possibly no
more than two to three-and-a-half yearsshall the GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A
This, then, shall be THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
Compare with Revelation 17. Here is pictured a Church. Not a small
churcha GREAT Church. She rules over "many waters" (Verse
1) which are described in verse 15 as different nations speaking different languages. She
posed as The Church of GOD-which Scripture says (Eph. 5:23; Rev. 19:7;
Mat. 25:1-10, etc., etc.) is the affianced "bride" of CHRIST,
to be spiritually MARRIED to Him at His second COMING.
But she has committed fornication. How? By having direct political
union with HUMAN GOVERNMENTS of THIS WORLD! She "sat on" (Rev.
17:3) all seven of these resurrections of the Roman Empirecalled the "Holy
Roman Empire." She RULED OVER the human kingdomsas a
common-law and unmarried "wife" ruling her paramour "husband"a
totally unnatural and ungodly relationship.
She is, therefore, to "sit on" this last "head of the
Beast"this final resurrection of the Roman Empire. It will be a union
of Church and state. It is to endure but a very short time. It is to FIGHT
AGAINST CHRIST at HIS SECOND COMING! That will be its END.
We see it in process of rising, now. Therefore we are CLOSE
to the coming of Christ! We are now very near the END of this
When Christ comes, He is coming as KING of kings, ruling the
whole earth (Rev. 19:11-16); and HIS KINGDOMthe KINGDOM
OF GODsaid Daniel, is to CONSUME all these worldly
Revelation 11:15 states it in these words: "The kingdoms of this world are
become THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST; and He shall
reign for ever and ever!"
This is THE KINGDOM OF GOD. It is the END
of present governmentsthe governments that rule Russia, China, Japan, Italy,
Germanyyes, and even the United States and the British nations. They then shall become
the kingdomsthe GOVERNMENTS of the Lord JESUS CHRIST,
then KING of kings over the entire earth.
This makes completely PLAIN the fact that the KINGDOM
OF GOD is a literal GOVERNMENT. Even as the Chaldean Empire was
a KINGDOMeven as the Roman Empire was a KINGDOMso
the KINGDOM OF GOD is a government. It is to take over the GOVERNMENT
of the NATIONS of the world.
Jesus Christ was BORN to be a KINGa RULER!
When He stood, on trial for His life, before Pilate, "Pilate therefore
said unto Him, Art thou a King then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this
end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world." But Jesus also said to
Pilate: "My Kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:37, 36). His Kingdom is
of THE WORLD TOMORROW!
Have you not read what the angel proclaimed to Mary, the mother of Jesus,
prior to His birth? Jesus told Pilate He was born to become a KING.
The Angel of God said to Mary: "...thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a
son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be
called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the THRONE
of His father David: and He shall reign over the House of Jacob forever, and of
his Kingdom there shall be NO END" (Luke 1:3 133).
These Scriptures tell you PLAINLY that GOD
is supreme RULER. They tell you in plainest language that Jesus was born
to be a KINGthat He is going to RULE ALL NATIONS OF THE
EARTHthat His Kingdom shall rule eternally.
But all this is only part of the fantastic, amazing, actually SHOCKING
TRUTH about the KINGDOM OF GOD.
The KINGDOM OF GOD will rule over the people and nations of
the earth. Yet these mortal peoples and nations will NOT be the
Kingdom, not even in the Kingdom of God. They shall be merely RULED OVER
We still have to learn OF WHAT, or OF WHOM it
is composed. Can YOU, as an individual, ever become a part
of this Kingdom?
Can Be Entered!
In Jesus' day, the religious leaders knew He was a Teacher
sent from God with GOD'S TRUTH. They branded Him a false prophet,
heretic, and seditionist. Yet they knew His was the Voice of GOD!
One of them, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, occupying an office of authority
over the Jews, came secretly by night to see Jesus.
"Rabbi," said this Pharisee, "we know that
thou art a teacher come from God" (John 3:2). Yes, we Pharisees, he said, know that!
He did not say "I know it." He said "WE know"we Pharisees!
They knew He spoke the TRUTHyet they not only rejected it, they
But Jesus hewed straight to the line! He told Nicodemus about THE
KINGDOM OF GOD. He told him some things you need to UNDERSTAND!
Notice! "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" (Verse
3John 3). Yes, notice! The Kingdom of God is something that CAN be
seen, but only by those who have been "born again." It is something others cannot
see! Read the booklet "Just What Do You MEANBORN AGAIN!"
But what about the CHURCH? Can carnal people who make no
claim to having been "born again" SEE a CHURCH?
Of course! But they cannot see the Kingdom of God! SO SAID JESUS!
Then, if you believe Jesus, the CHURCH cannot be the Kingdom of God!
Notice further: "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God"
(Verse 5). The Kingdom of God is something that can be entered intoBUT,
only those "born of water and of the Spirit" can enter into it!
Notice further! In the Resurrection chapter of the Bible, we read: "Now
this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption" (I Cor. 15:50). The Kingdom of God is something no
human, of flesh and blood, can enter or inherit!
Now do flesh and blood people enter into the CHURCH?
If so, then the Kingdom of God cannot be the CHURCHfor the
Kingdom of God is something flesh and blood humans cannot enter into!
What do you think the "church" is? Is it the building?
Flesh and blood people can and do enter buildings and cathedrals called
"churches." Is it the converted PEOPLE? Flesh and blood people
can and DO enter into the membership of any group of PEOPLE
that may call itself the church. But flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of GODso
the CHURCH is not the Kingdom of God!
In Men's Hearts?
Now some think the Kingdom of God is some ethereal sentimental feeling
or something set up in men's hearts. If so, then the Kingdom of God enters into mortal
man. But these plain Scriptures say plainly that it is men after they are no longer flesh
and bloodbut resurrected into spirit-composed bodieswho can enter into
the Kingdom of God. It does not enter into men. Men enter into itafter
resurrected in gloryafter they are no longer "flesh and blood."
Is it the "god within you"? No, it is not something that was born
inside of man, or has ever entered into manit is something man may enter after
he is "born again."
What about the British Empire? Well, I have been pretty well over the British
Isles, Canada and Australiaand all of the multi-thousands I have seen there were
flesh-and-blood humans. They did enter The British Empirebut they cannot
enter the Kingdom of God, in their present flesh-and-blood life. So the British Empire cannot
be the Kingdom of God.
But, someone misunderstanding the Scripture may ask, "Didn't Jesus
Himself say that the Kingdom of God is within you'? In the 17th chapter of
Luke, verse 21, King James translation, is a MISTRANSLATION which has led
some to suppose the Kingdom of God is some thought or feeling or sentiment within man.
In Hearts of Pharisees?
Let's take a good look at this. First realize, if it does say that, it is
contradicted by all the other Scriptures I am giving you in this article. If the Bible
does contradict itself, you can't believe it anywayso then it still would prove
First, to whom is Jesus speaking? Read it!
"And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God
should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within
you" (Luke 17:20-21).
He was speaking to the unconverted, carnal, hypocritical, lying Pharisees.
Notice, "He answered them, and said" It was the Pharisees who
asked Him the question. Were they in the CHURCH? No, never! If one thinks
the Kingdom is the CHURCH and the Kingdom was "within"
the Phariseeswas THE CHURCH within the Pharisees? Such an
assumption is rather ridiculous, now, isn't it?
Notice again, precisely WHAT JESUS SAID. Remember the CHURCH
had not yet been set up. Jesus did not say "the Kingdom of God shall be
set up in your hearts." He said none of the things people interpret into
this verse. He said to the Pharisees "the Kingdom of God IS"present
tense is, NOW! Whatever He was saying the Kingdom of God is, He
made it present tense, not future.
But Jesus was speaking in the Hebrew or the Greek language. At any rate, Luke
wrote these words, originally, in the Greek language. He did not write
the words "within you." The Greek words he wrote were mistakenly translated into
the English words "within you." If you have a Bible with the marginal
references, you will notice that this is corrected in your margin to read "in the
midst of you," or "among you." If your Bible is a Moffatt
translation, you will notice that the translation recognized that Jesus was talking of His
reign or rule, at the head of government.
This is the Moffatt translation of the same verse: He answered them,
"The Reign of God is not coming as you hope to catch sight of it; no one will say,
Here it is' or There it is,' for the Reign of God is now in your midst."
The Revised Standard translation renders it "the Kingdom of God is in
the midst of you." All these translations render it present tense.
Jesus was not talking about a Church soon to be organized. He was
not talking about sentiments in the mind or heart. He was talking about His REIGN,
as the Messiah! The Pharisees were not asking Him about a Church. They knew nothing of any
New Testament Church soon to be started. They were not asking about a pretty sentiment.
They knew, from the prophecies of Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and others, that their Messiah
was to come. They overlooked completely the prophecies of His first appearing as the
"Lamb of God," to be slain for the sins of humanitybeing born as a babe,
growing up, being rejected and despised by them, as recorded in Isaiah 53. They looked
only to the prophecies of His second coming as the all-conquering and ruling KING.
But they had even these prophecies distorted in their minds. They looked for
Him to come as a purely Jewish Messiah, to liberate them from the Romans, and reversing
the situation so that the Jews would be masters over the Romans. They looked for a limited
Jewish Kingdom, located in only a small part of the world, with the Messiah
ruling and letting the Jews lord it over the Romans.
This, the Pharisees anticipated as the Kingdom of God. They had an erroneous
conception of the Kingdom of Godbut at least they did know it was to be a REIGNa
Jesus set them straight. He explained that it would not be a local, or
limited Kingdom for the Jews only. It would not be merely one of many human and visible
kingdoms which men could point out or see, and say, "This is it, here";
or "that is the Kingdom, over there." But He, Himself, was born to be
the KING of that Kingdom, as He plainly told Pilate (John 18:36-37). The
Bible uses the terms "king" and "kingdom" interchangeably (see Daniel
7:17-18, 23). The KING of the future Kingdom was, then and there,
standing in the midst of them. And in the language in which He spoke to them,
that is precisely what He saidas the marginal rendering and other translations
Jesus went on, in the following verses, to describe His second coming, when
the Kingdom of God shall rule ALL THE EARTH. In Luke 17:24 He refers to
lightning flashing, just as in Matthew 24:27, describing His second coming to RULE
the whole world. Verse 26as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when Christ
comes in power and glory as world Ruler. Verse 30the day when He is revealed.
Plainly, Jesus was not saying that the Kingdom of God was within
those Christ-hating, hypocritical Pharisees. Nor was He saying that the Church would be
Now continue with the other Scriptures, and it becomes very PLAIN!
Jesus distinctly said that those Pharisees would not be in the
Kingdom of God. To them, He said: "There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when
ye (you Pharisees) shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in
the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east,
and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the
Kingdom of God" (Luke 13:28-29).
The Kingdom of God is something men shall ENTERat the
Resurrection of the just! Yet Abraham is not there yet (see Heb. 11:13, 39-40).
Has Not Yet Appeared
But one may ask, did not Jesus Christ say the Kingdom of God was "at
hand"? Yes, we quoted this, in the beginning of this booklet, from Mark 1:15. This
naturally led some to mistake what He said, and what He meant, and assume the Kingdom of
God was established and set up during Jesus' ministry. Thus some supposed it was the
But Jesus did not say the Kingdom of God had been established. It was now
being preached (Luke 16:16). He did not say it was already here. Jesus, Himself,
corrected this false notion. Will you read this IN YOUR OWN BIBLE?
Will you then believe Jesus Christor will you call Him a liar and believe
so-called "Christian" traditions of men? Will you believe YOUR BIBLE?
Noticeread it in your own Bible: Jesus "added and spake a
parable.. . because they thought that the Kingdom of God should immediately appear"
(Luke 19:11). WHY did Jesus speak this parable? Because some, even then,
mistakenly thought the Kingdom should immediately appearbecause some
thought it would be THE CHURCH!
Now continue: "He said, therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far
country to receive for himself a Kingdom, and to return" (Verse 12). Christ is that
"nobleman." He is speaking of His ascension to the throne of God His Father, in
heaven. Notice, He went there to be given rulership of the Kingdomto
receive the Kingdom. Notice, too, He is to return, when He has received it! He has not
yet returned! Other Scriptures explain this. We will turn to them a little later.
But continue: "And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten
pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a
message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us." The original
12 tribes of Israel had been divided into TWO nations, immediately after
the death of King Solomon. The nation Israel rejected Solomon's son, Rehoboam, and set up
Jeroboam as their King. They made the city of Samaria their capital. But the tribe of
Judah seceded from Israel, in order to retain Rehoboam as King and Jerusalem as their
capital. Then the tribe of Benjamin joined them, and many Levites. The northern Kingdom
then became known as the TEN TRIBES.
Now Jesus Christ was born of the tribe of Judah. The promise of the
"Sceptre"or kingly tribe, from which Messiah was to be bornwas
divinely given to Judah. Consequently when it is stated that Christ "came unto His
own, and His own received Him not," it is speaking of His having come to the Jews of
the Kingdom of JUDAH, dwelling then in Palestine, with its capital still
at Jerusalem. At that time the TEN TRIBES had migrated from Assyrian
captivity northwest across Europe. They were far away, had lost their identity, were
speaking a different language. It was then 700 years after their captivity and removal
from northern Palestine.
Not Church Language
And so the nobleman's citizens who rejected him were the Jews at
Jerusalem and dwelling in Palestine. And notice, Jesus is here talking about a KINGDOM
which is a literal GOVERNMENT. His citizens would not accept Him as KINGthey
refused to have Him REIGN over them. That is not CHURCH
languagethat is civil government language!
So it becomes plain that the ten servants of the parable, to whom He
gave the ten pounds, represent the TEN TRIBES, who had become known as
the LOST Ten Tribes. After the Jews rejected Christ, He sent His original
apostles to the "LOST sheep of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL"and
the term "House of Israel" always applies, after the division, to the
ten-tribed kingdomnever to the Kingdom of Judah or, as often called,
the House of Judah.
Continuing the parable, spoken because some thought the Kingdom of
God was immediately, then, in the first century, to appear: "And it came to pass,
that when he was returned, having received the Kingdom, then he commanded these servants
to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every
man had gained by trading" (Verse 15). When Christ returns, we shall all be called
before the Judgment Seat of Christto give account!
Now notice in verse 17, the one who had gained ten pounds is given authority
to RULE CITIES "have thou authority over ten cities!" To
the ones who had gained five pounds, he said, "Be thou also over five cities."
This is speaking of the SECOND COMING OF CHRISTand of
His delegating authority to rule to saints converted during this Christian era,
between Christ's first and second appearings on earth.
This parable, then, was spoken to make clear to us that the Kingdom of God is
a literal GOVERNMENT, to be set up AT CHRIST'S SECOND COMINGand
not before! The CHURCH, then, cannot be the Kingdom of God.
But the true Church of God is to be changed, by a resurrection and instantaneous
change from mortal to immortal, INTO the Kingdom of God. The Church, when
all its members have been changed to immortality, shall BECOME the
Kingdom of God. But it is not, now, the Kingdom!
Saints to Rule
Now read the description of Christ's actual receiving
authority to RULE the Kingdom. He is the nobleman who went to heaven to
receive this kingship, and to return.
We have already seen how the prophet Daniel recorded the setting up of the
Kingdom of Godat Christ's comingto consume all present national
governments on earth, and set up the world-ruling Kingdom of God. This was recorded in the
second chapter. Notice now chapter seven:
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man
(Christ) came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought
him near before him" (Verse 13). Jesus continually referred to Himself as the
"Son of man"all through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Christ ascended to
heaven in clouds (Acts 1:9). He ascended to the very throne of God in heaven (Mark 16:19).
"And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all
people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed" (Verse
That is plain! Christ ascended to the throne of God in heaven. God is
Sovereign over the entire universe. This version shows God Almighty, Father of the
resurrected living Christ, conferring on Christ dominion. Dominion means sovereign or
supreme ruling authority. Also given to Him was "a kingdom." Where is that
Kingdom to be? It says "a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages, should
serve him." The people and the nations speaking different languages, are here on
earth. He is given dominion over ALL NATIONSthe whole world!
Important Word "UNTIL"
Now will you read, in your own Bible, Acts 3:21? It says the heavens
have received Jesus Christ UNTILnot permanently, just until
a certain time. Until when? Until the times of RESTITUTION of
all things. Restitution means restoration to a former state or condition. It is speaking
of restoring God's laws, God's governmentof restoring happiness and universal PEACE.
In this 7th chapter of Daniel, the prophet had experienced a dream, and
visions. He had seen four wild animals. Notice, verse 16, the interpretation
begins verse 17. This is God's inspired interpretationnot mine: "These great
beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints
of the most High shall take the KINGDOM, and possess the Kingdom forever,
even for ever and ever" (Dan. 7:17-18).
NOTICE IT! Not only is Christ to rulebut the saintsthat
is, converted true Christiansthose begotten as sons of Godare to take and
possess the Kingdom! They are to rule under, and with Christ! In the New
Testament it is recorded that converted saints are co-heirs with Christ!
In this same 7th chapter, Daniel explained another power. The fourth beast of
his dreamthe fourth Empirethe Roman Empire, was pictured as an animal having
ten hornsexplained here and in Revelation 13 and Revelation 17 as ten revivals of
resurrections of the Roman Empire, after its original fall in 476 A.D. But among
themafter 476 A.D. arose another little horna religious kingdom,
actually ruling over the last seven of the other "horns" or revived Roman
kingdoms (Verse 20).
Now read about this "little horn"the religious
kingdomverse 21: "I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and
prevailed against them, UNTIL (note, another "UNTIL")
the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the
time came that the saints possessed the Kingdom."
The saintsthen no longer human flesh and blood, but immortalare
to possess the Kingdom, at the second coming of Christ!
Jesus Christ makes that plain. It is Christ who is speaking in Revelation
3:21, and 2:26-27: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne." The Father's
throne is in heavenwhere Jesus Christ is now; but Christ's throne, in which
the saints shall sit with Him, is the throne of David, in Jerusalem (Luke 1:32).
Further: "And he that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, to
him I will give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron."
Can't Know the TIME
After His resurrection, on the Mount of Olives at the very hour of His
ascension to heaven, Jesus was explaining to His disciples how they would receive the
inspiring God-begetting POWER of the Holy Spirit on the approaching day
His disciples wanted to know whether the Kingdom of God was to be set up at
that time! The CHURCH was established on that
imminent day of Pentecost. Was that CHURCH, then, to be the
setting up of the Kingdom?
"Lord," they asked, "wilt thou at this time restore
again the Kingdom to Israel?"
Jesus again made plain that the Church is not the Kingdom.
"And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud
received him out of their sight" (Acts 1:6-9).
The commission He had given the CHURCH was to preach His
Gospel to all the world. They were to receive the Holy Spirit, begetting them as
saintsas Christiansputting them into God's CHURCH. This would
infuse them with the power to carry out the mission of the Church. But it was NOT
the setting up of the Kingdom of God. Of that they were not to know the time.
Just what did Jesus mean, "It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons?" He explained it another time. It is recorded in Matthew 24:36: There He was
speaking of the end of this age and his second coming:
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only." He was speaking of His second coming, and setting up of the
Kingdom, the time of which no man knows, but only the Father.
However, though we do not, even now, know the day or the hour, we do
know, from God's prophecies, that it is today very near! Notice this, in Luke 2
1:25-32: He had been foretelling the world events, right now beginning, leading
to "distress of nations" in world troubles and world wars, "with
perplexity""men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after
those things which are coming on the earth"world trouble such as never before
experienced. "When ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the Kingdom of God
is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be
The Two Fateful Alternatives
This world trouble began in 1914, with World War I. There was a recess from
1918 until 1939. We are in a second recess now. But now at last we have nuclear energy. We
have hydrogen bombs stock-piled in such power and volume that they could blast all human
life off this planet several times over. There are two other destructive weapons today in
existence, either of which could erase humanity from the earth.
Today world-famous scientists say only a super world-government can prevent
world cosmocide. Yet MEN cannot and will not get together to
form such a world-ruling government.
It's time we face the hard, cold, realistic FACT: humanity
has two alternatives: either there is an Almighty, all-powerful GOD
who is about to step in and set up THE KINGDOM OF GOD to rule all nations
with supernatural and super-national FORCE to bring us PEACEor
else there will come a time when no human being will be left alive on the earth.
If the deceived religionists who think the CHURCH is the
Kingdom of God were right, and there is not going to be any supernatural and all-powerful WORLD
GOVERNMENT which is the Kingdom of God, then humanity is utterly without HOPE.
But notice what Jesus Christ said!
Can you BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST?
Where is your trustin the Word of God, or in empty, deceiving teachings
falsely labeled "Christianity"inherited as "Christian
tradition" which says the CHURCH is the Kingdom of God; or,
that the Kingdom is merely a meaningless, frothy and ethereal sentiment "set up in
our hearts"? It's about time you come to know who are the false prophets,
and WHO is speaking the true Word of God faithfully!