Our destiny

The Kingdom Of God And You

 


Saints will be like Christ in His glorified state
Romans 6:5 – For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.

 Jesus as king of kings over nations
(Revelation 15:4) - Who shall not fear You, 0 Lord, and glorify Your name?..For You alone are holy For all nations shall come and worship before You,….

The saints as kings over the nations
(Revelation 3:9) - “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

Jesus the bright morning star

Revelation 22:16 (ASV)
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star.

The saints will be given a morning star

Revelation 2:27-29 (ASV)
27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father:
28 and I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

The morning star is symbolic of who Jesus is and what He will do, and since Jesus will give His people a morning star it means that they have the same nature and characteristics that Jesus has. The morning star rises just before the rising of the sun. It tells us that the darkness has now come to an end and a bright day is now upon us. The symbolic morning star or stars (Jesus and the saints) will appear (The saints will be glorified at Jesus’ second coming) on the world scene at the end of this world’s darkest period (which began when Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin and will end when Jesus appears)

 


(*) Worship:
A person of importance--used as a title for various officials (as magistrates and some mayors) 2: reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also: an act of expressing such reverence 3: a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual 4: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem ²worship vb -shiped or -shipped; -ship.ingor -ship.ping vt (13c) 1: to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power 2: to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion

David talking to God
(Psalms 17:15) – As for me, I will see your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

(*) Likeness:
1: Copy, portrait 2: appearance, semblance 3: the quality or state of being like: resemblance
Likeness, similarity, resemblance, similitude, analogy mean agreement or correspondence in details. Likeness implies a closer correspondence than similarity, which often implies that things are merely somewhat alike


Romans 8:29 – For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might the firstborn among many brethren.

1Cor.15: 49 – And as we have borne the image of the man of dust we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

(*) Image:
1: A reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing; esp: an imitation in solid form: statue 2a: the optical counterpart of an object produced by an optical device (as a lens or mirror) or an electronic device b: a likeness of an object produced on a photographic material 3 a: exact likeness: semblance

(*) Dust:
1: Fine particles of matter (as of earth) 2: the particles into which something disintegrates 3 a: something worthless

The man of dust:
Genesis 2: 7- And the Lord God formed man (Adam) of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.

The man of dust vs. the heavenly man:
1 Corinthians 15:48-49 (NKJV)
48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.


Colossians 1:15 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation

Colossians 2:9 – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.


Philippians 2:6-9 – who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name

John 17:5- “And now O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

Please note: the vision that is mentioned in Revelation 1: 14-16 is not a physical description of how Jesus appears in heaven. It’s a description of His nature, His hairs as white as wool or white as snow symbolises His age. Eyes like flames of fire symbolise His ability to see the darkest corner of our minds for example, the first part of Romans 8: 27.


Psalms 8: 3-6 – 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, and the son of man that You visit him? For You made him a little lower than the *angels, and You crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; you have put all things under his feet.

*angels: Hebrew word ELOHIM = God *Tg Jewish tradition angels
*Tg = Targum: an Aramaic paraphrase of the Old Testament
See Targum at the end of this article for more details.

Hebrews 2: 6-9 – But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You made him a *little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a *little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

*little lower than the angels or **for awhile was a little lower than the angels Should be: for a little while lower than Elohim
** THE WAY The Catholic edition


Philippians 3:21 – Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

(*) Lowly:
1: In a humble or meek manner 2: in a low position, manner, or degree 1: humble in manner or spirit: free from self-assertive pride 2: not lofty or sublime: prosaic 3: ranking low in some hierarchy 4: of or relating to a low social or economic rank 5: low in the scale of biological or cultural evolution

(*) Glorious:
1 a: Possessing or deserving glory: illustrious b: entitling one to glory 2: marked by great beauty or splendor: magnificent 3: delightful, wonderful

1John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

(*) Like:
Resembling

(Rom. 8:18) – For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

(*) Glory:
1 a: praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent: renown b: worshipful praise, honor, 2 a: something that secures praise or renown b: a distinguished quality or asset 3 a (1): great beauty and splendor:

Saints shall judge angels
1Corinthians 6:3 – Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

Saints shall judge the world
1Corinthians 6: 2 – Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matter?

Jude 1:14-15 (KJV)
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.



Rev.20:4-5 - And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgement was committed to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or it’s images, and not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. *But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

(*) Judge:
1: To form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises 2: to sit in judgment on: try 3: to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation 4: govern, rule

(*) Judgment:
1 a: a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion b: an opinion so pronounced 2 a: a formal decision given by a court b (1): an obligation (asa debt) created by the decree of a court (2): a certificate evidencing such a decree 3 a cap: the final judging of mankind by God b: a divine sentence or decision; specif: a calamity held to be sent by God 4 a: the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing b: an opinion or estimate so formed 5 a: the capacity for judging: discernment b: the exercise of this capacity 6: a proposition stating something believed or asserted syn see sense


*See The Three Resurrections (not in this article) for more details

God did not create us to rule over each other but over lesser life forms that were not created in God’s image
(Genesis 1: 26-28) – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them. “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

(*) Dominion:
1: domain 2: supreme authority: sovereignty 3 pl: an order of angels 4 often cap: a self-governing nation of the Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom that acknowledges the British monarch as chief of state 5: absolute ownership

(*) Subdue:
1: to conquer and bring into subjection: vanquish 2: to bring under control especially. by an exertion of the will: curb 3: to bring under cultivation 4: to reduce the intensity or degree of: tone down.


Ruling over each other is a curse
(Genesis 3: 16) – To the woman He said: I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.

(*) Rule:
1 a: to exert control, direction, or influence on b: to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining 2 a: to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily b: to be preeminent in: dominate 3: to determine and declare authoritatively; especially: to command or determine judicially 4 a (1): to mark with lines drawn along or as if along the straight edge of a ruler (2): to mark (a line) on a paper with a ruler b: to arrange in a line ~ vi 1 a: to exercise supreme authority b: to be first in importance orprominence: predominate


Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom
Mathew 4: 23 – Now Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Mark 1: 14-15 – Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Mathew 9: 35 – And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

(*) Gospel:
From god good +spell tale--more at spell] 1 a often cap: the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation b cap: one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ


Luke 4: 43 – But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also because for this purpose I have been sent.” And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

Luke 8: 1 – Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him.

Luke 9: 11,27 – But when the multitude knew it, they followed Him and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing. “But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God.”

Luke 4: 43 – But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also because for this purpose I have been sent.”

(*) Kingdom:
1 Archaic: kingship 2: a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen 3 often cap a: the eternal kingship of God b: the realm in which God's will is fulfilled 4 a: a realm or region in which something is dominant b: an area or sphere in which one holds a pre-eminent position


Luke 21: 25-31 – “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the wave roaring: ‘men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” And He spoke to them a parable, “Look at the fig tree. “When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. “So you, likewise, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.”

Mathew 11:11- 12 – “Assuredly I say to you among those born of a woman there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist, until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violence take it by force.”

Luke 16: 16 – “The law and the prophets were until John, Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”

Luke 7: 28 – “For I say to you, among those born of a woman there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

Mathew 13: 10- 11,19 – And the disciples came to Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And He answered and said, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given”. “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then comes the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the one who received seed by the wayside.”

(*) Mysteries:
Religious truths that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand


Acts 1: 3 – to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

The invitation into the kingdom of God
Luke 14: 15-24 – Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” He then said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, “and sent his servants at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ ”But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ “And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ “Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ “So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ “And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ “Then the master said to his servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. ‘For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”


Mathew 5: 3,10 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Luke 6: 20 – Then He lift up His eyes towards His disciples, and said! “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”

Mathew 8: 11 – “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”

Mathew 19: 12,14 – “For there are eunuichs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuichs who were made eunuichs by men, and there are eunuichs who have made themselves eunuichs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it”. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Mark 10: 15 – “Assuredly I say to you, whosoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Luke 18: 16-17 – But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of God. “Assuredly, I say to you, whosoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Jesus represented the kingdom of God on earth
Mathew 12: 28 – “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

Luke 11: 20 – “But if I cast out demon with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come near you.”

Luke 17: 20-21 – Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observations; ‘nor will they say, ‘See here! Or see there.’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is @within you.”

@Within you: among you or in your midst

Each Christian represents the kingdom of God
Luke 10: 9,11 – “And heal the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near you.” “The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless now this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.”

In our prayer our focus should be the establishment of the kingdom of God
Luke 11: 2 – So He said to them, “When you pray, say: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The disciples thought that Jesus would set up the kingdom of God during their life time
Acts 1: 6 – Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

At the Passover meal
Mathew 26: 29 – “But I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Luke 22: 16-18 – “For I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

Mark 14: 25 – “Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it a new in the kingdom of God.”

We must be willing to give up all if it is necessary for the kingdom
Mathew 13: 45 - 46 – “Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

Mathew 13: 44 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

(Luke 5: 11, 27-28) – So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

(Luke 14: 26, 33) – “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate (love less) his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. So likewise, whosoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

Where our heart (mind) is that is where our treasure will be also
Mathew 19: 16-22,23-26 – Then Jesus to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”.

Mark 10: 23-27 – Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God.” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were astonished beyond measure, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

Luke 18: 18-25,29-30 – Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to Him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. “You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God.” “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brother or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come everlasting life.”

How does one see or enter the kingdom of God?
John 3:3,5 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly I say to you unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

At times the people of God will suffer for the sake of the gospel
Acts 14: 22 – Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

The kingdom of God is not of this time or age
John 18: 36 – Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this @world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My kingdom is not from here.”

@World: Greek word Kosmos, Age or Society

Parable of the two sons
Mathew 21: 28-31 – “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard,’ “He answered and said, “I will not,” but afterward he regretted it and went. “Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said. “I go, sir,” but he did not go. “Which of the two did the will of his father? They said to Him, “the first.” Jesus said to them, Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.”

Parables about the kingdom of God
Mark 4:1-20 – And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: “ Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.” “Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no dept of earth.” “But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.” “And seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirthyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn and their sins be forgiven them.’” And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all parables?” “The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. And when the hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.” “These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; “and they have no root in themselves, and so they only endure for a time. Afterwards, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it become unfruitful.” “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

Mathew 13: 24-33 – Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in the field. “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. “But when the grain had sprouted and produce a crop, then the tares also appeared. “So the servants of the owner came and said to him. “Sir, did we not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them up?’ “But he said, no, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. ‘Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Luke 8: 4-10,11-15 – And when a great multitude had gathered, and others had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable. “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. “And some fell among thorns and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. “But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does these parables mean?” And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may see, and hearing they may not understand.’ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. “These by the wayside are the ones who hear, then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. “But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. “And the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

Mark 4: 26-32 – And He said to them, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then, the head, after that the full grain in the head.” “But then the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

And He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?
“It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.

Luke 13: 18-19 – Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, a man took and put in his garden, and it grew and become a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

Mathew 18: 21-35 – Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. “And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him ten thousand talents. “But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. “The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I Will pay you all.’ “Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, release him and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ “So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ “And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt “So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. “Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you a1l that debt because you begged me. ‘Should you not also have compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ “And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

The kingdom of God is like leaven
Luke 13: 20-21 – And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leaven.”

The parable of the land owner
Mathew 21: 33-43 – “Another parable: there was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. “Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. “And the vinedressers took his servants beat one, kill one, and stone another. “And again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. “Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ “But when the vine dressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ “And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and kill him. “Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.”

Parable of the marriage feast
Mathew 22: 1-14 – And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their way ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burnt up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guest. But when the king came in to see the guest, he saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Jesus said the Pharisees shut up the kingdom
Mathew 23: 13 – “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Jesus command His disciples to preach the gospel of the kingdom
Mathew 10: 7 – “And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 9: 2,60-62 – He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick. Jesus said to them, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

(Acts 8: 12) – But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

(Acts 19: 8) – And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.

(Acts 20: 25) – And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.

(Acts 28: 23, 31) – So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets, from morning till evening. Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

(Romans 14: 17) – For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

(Galatians 5: 21) – Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which. I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in times past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

(1Corinthians 6: 9-10) – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

(1Corinthians 15: 24,50) – Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

(Ephesians 5: 5) – For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

(Colossians 4: 11) – And Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision, they have proved to be a comfort to me.

(1Thessalonians 2:12) – That you would have a walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

(2Thessalonians 1: 5) – Which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.

(2Timothy 4: 1,18) – I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever, Amen!

(Hebrews 1: 8) – But to the son He says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.

(Hebrews 12: 28) – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear.

(James 2: 5) – Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

(Revelation 1: 9) – I, John, both your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, who was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

We should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
Mathew 6: 33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Luke 12: 31
– “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”


(*) Seek:
1: To resort to: go to 2 a: to go in search of: look for b: to try to discover 3: to ask for: request <~s advice>4: to try to acquire or gain: aim at 5: to make an attempt: try 1: to make a search or inquiry 2 a: to be sought


God, our Father is very happy to give us the kingdom
Luke 12: 32 – “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

 

Our reward in the kingdom of God is to be given ruler ship 
Matthew 25:14-23 (KJV)
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 


Only those who do the will of the Father will enter the kingdom
Mathew 7: 21 – “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord”, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

1Corinthians 4:20 – For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

(*) Lord:
1: One having power and authority over others: a: a ruler by hereditary right or pre-eminence to whom service and obedience are due b: one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudal tenure c: an owner of land or other real property d: the male head of a household e: husband f: one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area


Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the prophets and others will be in the kingdom
Luke 13: 28-29 – “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.” “They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south and sit down in the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19: 28-29 – So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And anyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit everlasting life.

1Cronicles 28: 4 – “The Lord God of Israel chose me above all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever, for He has chosen Judah to be the ruler, and of the house of Judah, the house of my father, and among the sons of my father, He was pleased with me to make me king over all Israel.

(*) Judging:
govern, rule

Who will not be in the kingdom of God?
1Corinthians 6: 9-10 – Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Man’s government will end when the gospel of the kingdom is preached into every nation
Mathew 24: 14 – The gospel of the kingdom will be preached into all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then shall the end come.

Saints will reign as kings and priest during the 1,000-year millennium with Christ
Rev.20: 4,6 – And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgement was committed to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or it’s images, and not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Zechariah 14: 5,9 -21 – Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azali. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judiah. Thus the Lord my God will come and all His saints with *You.

And the Lord shall be king over all the earth, in that day it shall be “The Lord is one,” And His name one.

All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananeel to the king’s winepress.

The people shall dwell in it; and no longer shall there be utter destruction, but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:
Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their
eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall
dissolve in their mouths. It shall come to pass in that day that
a great panic from the Lord will be among them. Everyone will
seize the hand of his neighor, and raise his hand against his
neighbor’s hand; Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the
wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together;
gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance. Such also shall be
the plague on the horse and the mule, on the camel and the
donkey, and on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So
shall the plague be.

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts and to keep the Feat of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts on them will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the houses. The pots-in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the alter. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the Lord of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

*You: Him = Christ

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream
Daniel 2: 31-45 – You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arm was of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floor; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great *mountain and filled the whole earth. This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. You, O king, are a king of kings.
For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beast of the field and the
birds of heaven, He has given them into your hands, and has made you ruler over them all, you are this head of gold.
But after you shall arise another inferior to yours, then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters all things; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.
Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.
As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.
As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdom, and it shall stand forever.
Inasmuch as you saw the stone was cut out of the **mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to you the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.


**Mountain = Nation

A glimpse of the 1,000-year rule of Jesus and the saints

Zephaniah 3: 9-13 – For then I will restore to the people a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord, from beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, the daughter of My dispersed ones, shall bring My offering.
In that day you shall not shamed for any of your deeds in which you transgress against Me, for then I will take away from your mist those who rejoice in your pride, and you shall no longer be haughty in My holy mountain.
I will leave in your mist a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed their flocks and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.

Malachi 1: 11 – “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the Lord.

Psalm 86: 9 – All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.

Psalms 22:27-29 – All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all families of the nations shall worship before You. For the kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.

Numbers 14: 21 – “But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”

Micah 4: 1- 4, 6 - 7 - Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, “Come and let us go up to the *^mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off. They shall beat their sword into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of host has spoken. “In that day says,” the Lord I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast and those whom I have afflicted; I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; so the Lord will reign over them in mount Zion. From now on, even forever.

Isaiah 2: 1-4 – The word of Isaiah the son of Amos saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Now it came to pass in the latter days that the *^mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on top of the *^mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills and all Nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say, “Come let us go up to the *^mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob: He will teach us his ways, and we shall walk in His path for out of Zion shall go forth the Law. And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the Nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshare and there spears into pruning hooks Nation shall not lift up sword against Nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

*^Mountain = Nation

Isaiah 11: 1-16 – There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of council and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor by the hearing of His ears, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and fatefulness the belt of His waist. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat. The calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young ones shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den, they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious. The Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathmos and Cush, from Elun and Shinar, from Hamath and the island of the sea. He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcast of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth, also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, and the advisories of Judah shall be cut off, Ephraim shall not envy Judah, but they shall fly down upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; together they shall plunder the people of the east; they shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; the Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the sea of Egypt; with His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, and strike in the seven streams, and make men cross over dryshod. There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who will be left from Assyria, as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.

Isaiah 65: 24-25 – “ And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy *^mountain.” Says the Lord.

Isaiah 30: 20-26 – And though the Lord gives you the bread of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left. You will also defile the covering of your graven images of silver, and the ornament of your molden images of gold. You will throw them away as an unclean thing; you will say to them, “Get away!” Then He will give the rain for your seed and bread of the increase of the earth; it will be fat and plentiness. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures. Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat cured fodder, which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan. Then will be on every high mountain and on every high hill rivers and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold. As the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bind up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 35: 1-10 – The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of the glory of the Lord. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst fort in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool. There shall be grass with reeds and rushes. A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks that road, although a fool, shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall be found there, and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Jeremiah 23: 3-8 – But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. “I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord. “Behold the days are coming, “says the Lord, that I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt.’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them, and they shall dwell in their own land.”

Jeremiah 30: 8-11 – ‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from your neck, and will bust your bonds; foreigners shall no more enslave them. But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, who I will raise up for them. ‘Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the Lord, nor be dismayed, o Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, and have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you, says the Lord, to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.’

Jeremiah 31: 31-34 – “Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the new covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

Ezekiel 34: 11-24 - For thus says the Lord god: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. “As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I. seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. “And will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the
Country. "I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. there they shall lie down in a good
fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. “I will feed My flock, and I Will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; hut I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.” ‘And as for you, 0 My flock, thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats. “Is it too little for you have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture—and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet? “And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet?’ ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD to them: "Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep. “Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak Ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad, “therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. “I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—”My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. “And I, the Lord will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

Ezekiel 36: 25-36 - “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your
idols. “1 will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgements and do them. “Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.
“I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. “And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. “Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. “Not for your sake I do this,” says the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be
ashamed and confounded for your own ways, house of Israel!” ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I
will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. “The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate- in the sight of all who pass by’ “So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ “Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Loan, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it,”


Hosea 3: 5 – Afterwards the children of Israel shall return, and seek the Lord their God and David their king, and fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.

Revelation 15:2 (GW)
2 Then I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire. Those who had won the victory over the beast, its statue, and the number of its name were standing on the glassy sea. They were holding God's harps

The sea of glass represents the people or nations of the world….in this vision the saints are seen standing on the sea of glass, which means that the saints are ruling over the world and the people. The nations are at peace, which is depicted as a sea that is so calm that it looks like glass. This is what Jesus meant when He said that he that overcome I will give power over the nations Revelation 2:26.



During the millennium (1,000 year-year rule of Christ and the saints) God will give all people His Spirit
Isaiah 44: 3 – For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.

Joel 2:28 – And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions, and also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

Ezekel 39: 29 – ‘And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel says,’ says the Lord God.

Zechariah 12:10 – And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for his first born.

All nations will find shelter under the kingdom of God
Mathew 13: 31-32 – Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air comes and nest, in its branches.”

Christ and the saints will rule forever
Rev.11:15 – Then the seventh angel sounded. And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The “kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever”.

Daniel 7: 18, 22, 27 – But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom ever, even forever and ever.
Until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.

Psalms 37:9-11,18,29 – But evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you shall look diligently for his place, but it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance is forever. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.

Luke 22: 29-30 – “And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

2 Timothy 2:12 – If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

Christ to give the saints power over the Nations; the saints will now have the right to rule over the Nations because they are now superior to humans and is like God and are now fully and complete offsprings of God

Revelation 2: 26-27 – And he who overcomes and keeps my works until the end to him I will give power over the Nations. He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces. As I also have received from my Father…

The saints standing on the sea of glass

Revelation 15:2 (KJV)
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

In the vision the saints are standing on a sea of glass, which represents all the nations of the world. The earth/ nations are at peace with God and each other. The earth is so peaceful, that the sea which symbolized the nations looks like the saints are standing on a vast glass…the saints are ruling over them. The fire that is mingled with the sea of glass symbolized God’s just punishment on the wicked.



(*) Power:
(1): Ability to act or produce an effect (2): ability to get extra-base hits (3): capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect b: legal or official authority, capacity, or right 2 a: possession of control, authority, or influence over others b: one having such power; specif: a sovereign state c: a controlling group

(*) Rule:
1 a: to exert control, direction, or influence on b: to exercise control over especially by curbing or restraining 2 a: to exercise authority or power over often harshly or arbitrarily b: to be preeminent in: dominate 3: to determine and declare authoritatively; especially to command or determine judicially 4 a (1): to mark with lines drawn along or as if along the straight edge of a ruler (2): to mark (a line) on a paper with a ruler b: to arrange in a line a: to exercise supreme authority b: to be first in importance orprominence: predominate 2: to exist in a specified state or condition 3: to lay down a legal rule.

No end to his rule
Luke 1: 33 – “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom there will be no end”.

Psalm 89: 29 – His seed also I will make to endure forever, and His throne as the days of heaven.

Isaiah 9: 6-7 – For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with
judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of host will perform this.

Never be destroyed
Dan.2: 44 – “And in the days of these kings the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

(Ps.89: 36-37) – His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; It shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.

Luke 1:33 (ASV)
33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.



Saints to be with Christ
Rev.17: 14 – “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lords of lords and Kings of kings; and those who are with him are called chosen and faithful”

(2Peter: 1:11) – for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thrones will be put in place
Dan 7:9-10 – I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, It’s wheel a burning fire,
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.

(Hebrews 12:28) – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptable with reverence and godly fear.

(Hebrews 13:14) – For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

(1Corinthians 9:25) – For everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

(*) Crown:
1: a reward of victory or mark of honor; esp: the title representing the championship in a sport 2: a royal or imperial headdress or cap of sovereignty: diadem 3: the highest part: as a: the topmost part of the skull or head b: the summit of a mountain c: the head of foliage of a tree or shrub d: the part of a hat or other headgear covering the crown of the head :
Something that imparts splendor, honor, or finish: culmination:to invest with regal dignity and power: to recognize officially. To bestow something on as a mark of honor or recompense: adorn

(*) City:
1 a: An inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance than a town or village

(James 2:5) – Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

(1Corinthians 4: 8) – You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as king without us and indeed I could wish you did reigned, that we also might reign with you!

They shall reign on Earth
Rev.5:10 – And have made us (them = the saints) kings and priests to our God; And we (they = the saints) shall reign on Earth.

(*) Reign:
1 a: Royal authority: sovereignty b: the dominion, sway, or influence of one resembling a monarch <the ~ of the Puritan ministers> 2: the time during which one (as a sovereign) reigns ²reign vi (14c) 1 a: to possess or exercise sovereign power: rule b: to hold office as chief of state


Jesus the Christ will crown the saints kings and priest
Revelation 1: 5-6 – and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

King:
(*) 1 a: (1) a male monarch of a major territorial unit; esp: one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life b: a paramount chief 2 cap: god, christ 3: one that holds a preeminent position

(1) Note: in the kingdom of God there will be no male or female.

Revelation 3: 21 – To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on my throne, as I also overcome and sat down with My Father on His throne.

(*) Throne:
1 a: The chair of state of a sovereign or high dignitary (as a bishop) b: the seat of a deity 2: royal power and dignity: sovereignty 3 pl: an order of angels--see celestial hierarchy ²throne vb throned; thron.ing vt (14c) 1: to seat on a throne 2: to invest with kingly rank or power: to sit on a throne 2: to hold kingly power

Jesus’ illustration of the reward for being a faithful servant
Mathew 24: 45-47 – “who then is a wise and faithful servant, whom his master made ruler over his house hold, to give them food in due season? “Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. “Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.”

My research
(*) TARGUM
Any of several translations of the Old Testament or its parts into Aramaic.
The earliest date from after the Babylonian Exile and were designed to meet the needs of uneducated Jews who did not know Hebrew. After the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem (AD 70), Targums became established in synagogues, where scripture was read aloud with a translation in Aramaic. These readings eventually incorporated *paraphrase and commentary. Targums were regarded as authoritative throughout the Talmudic period (see Talmud), and began to be committed to writing in the 5th century AD.
In Judaism, the systematic amplification and analysis of passages of the Mishna, the Gemara, and other oral law, including the Tosefta.

(*) Talmud
Two Talmuds exist, produced by two different groups of Jewish scholars: the Babylonian Talmud (c. AD 600) and the Palestinian Talmud (c. AD 400). The Babylonian Talmud is more extensive and thus more highly esteemed. Both Talmuds formulate their own hermeneutics to convey their theological system by defining the Torah and by demonstrating its perfection and comprehensive character. The Talmud remains a text of central importance, particularly in Orthodox Judaism. Intensive modern Talmudic scholarship is pursued in Israel and the U.S.

(*) Paraphrase
from Greek, from paraphrazein to paraphrase, from para-+ phrazein to point out. 1: a restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form 2: the use or process of paraphrasing in studying or teaching composition

(*) Biblical Translation
Art and practice of translating the Bible.

The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, with scattered passages of Aramaic. It was first translated in its entirety into Aramaic and then, in the 3rd century AD, into Greek (the Septuagint). Hebrew scholars created the authoritative Masoretic text (6th-10th century) from Aramaic Targums, the original Hebrew scrolls having been lost. The New Testament was originally in Greek or Aramaic. Christians translated both Testaments into Coptic, Ethiopian, Gothic, and Latin. St. Jerome's Latin Vulgate (405) was the standard Christian translation for 1,000 years. New learning in the 15th-16th century generated new translations. Martin Luther translated the entire Bible into German (1522-34). The first complete English translation, credited to John Wycliffe, appeared in 1382, but it was the King James Version (1611) that became the standard for more than three centuries. By the late 20th century the entire Bible had been translated into 250 languages and portions of it into more than 1,300.

(*) Septuagint
Earliest extant Greek translation of the Old Testament from the original Hebrew, presumably made for the use of the Jewish community in Egypt when Greek was the lingua franca.

The Pentateuch was translated near the middle of the 3rd century BC; the rest of the Old Testament was translated in the 2nd century BC. The name Septuagint was derived from a legend that 72 translators worked on the project. Its influence was far-reaching. The Septuagint rather than the original Hebrew Bible was the main basis for the Old Latin, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Georgian, Slavonic, and some Arabic translations of the Bible.

(*) Pentateuch:
The first five books of Jewish and Christian Scriptures





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We have an awesome future…to God be the glory.


The scriptures above were taken from The New King James Version

(*) Quoted from the encyclopedia Britannica Ready Reference 2003


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The metamorphosis you speak of won't happen in this life, it cannot. You mean a glorified body, that happens either after death or when Jesus returns.

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