|Genesis 10:||8: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.|
9: He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10: And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel...”
Yahweh also has a kingdom. We get a glimpse of how it concerns
mankind in this verse when He spoke to His people Israel.
|Exodus 19:||6: “And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”|
|Daniel 2:||28: “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days...”
|Verse:||44: “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”|
|2 Kings 24:||16: “And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.”
|Daniel 7:||23: “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.|
24: And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25: And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
|Daniel 8:||22: “Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.|
23: And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24: And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25: And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”
A few countries are still ruled by a single individual, a dictatorship. Others have party rule - communism. In ancient times many nations were ruled by a priesthood - theocracy. This Sabbath I want to talk about a special kind of kingdom and a special kind of king. My subject is the Kingdom of God! The vast majority of mankind is ignorant of the Kingdom of God. They know next to nothing of its King or the territory over which He reigns. They know even less about His laws which He formulated for the benefit of the universe, which He created. Saddest of all, they are also woefully ignorant of the fact that the King has personally invited them to become citizens of His Kingdom. It was to dispel humanity's enormous ignorance of the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ came to earth. He came to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and to invite you and me to enter that Kingdom.
That divine objective was written into his terms of reference,
his sacred commission. He was commissioned to preach the Good
News, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
|Matthew 4:||23: “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom...”
|Luke 4:||43: “And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.”|
|Exodus 18:||13: “And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.|
14: And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
15: And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
16: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17: And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
19: Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to Godward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
21: Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
22: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
23: If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
24: So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
25: And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
26: And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
27: And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.”
|Luke 19:||11: “And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.|
12: He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
13: And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14: But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15: 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.
16: Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17: And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18: And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19: And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20: And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22: And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24: And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25: (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26: For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27: But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”
|Daniel 2:||44: “And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever.”|
|2 Peter 3:||13: “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
|Revelation 21:||1: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea...|
5: And He that sat upon the throne said: Behold I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write; for these words are true and faithful.”
|1 Corinthians 15:||28: “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son (Christ) also himself be subject unto him (the Father) that put all things under him (Christ), that God (the Father) may be all in all.”|
|Psalm 111:||7: “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.|
8: They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”
|Matthew 5:||17: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.|
18: For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled:
19: Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
|Romans 8:||3: “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:|
4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.”
|John 1:||12: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
|1 John 3:1||1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”
|Daniel 7:||27: “And the Kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the Kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.”
|James 2:||5: “Hearken my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which He hath promised to them that love Him?”
|Romans 8:||17: “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”|
|Mark 1:||14: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,|
15: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
|Matthew 6:||9: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.|
10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11: Give us this day our daily bread.
12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Notice how the Saviour advises us to pray for the Kingdom to come and that Yahweh's will (His law) be done (obeyed) on earth as it is obeyed in heaven. The Most High is anxious that all His children know about His Son, His love, His mercy, His law and the place He has reserved for them in His eternal Kingdom. Nothing pleases Him more than to know that we Christians are eager for Him to replace this world's corrupt and tottering governments with His Kingdom. When a believer prays “Thy Kingdom come” we are certain His heart is gladdened. For there is nothing in the universe He wants more than to see this world's ills forever ended. And when we say “Thy Kingdom come” we are echoing His will.