WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?

 

 

 


THE  HEAVENLY  KINGDOM

Some think the Kingdom is a place
where the good go when they die
a place to float upon the clouds
the yonder by-and-by

They think this is  the only place
where they can find relief
from earthly woes and troubles too
for this is their belief

It’s difficult  for some to grasp
that the Kingdom is so much more
than just a place to float in space
a respit for the poor

The Bible Gospel of our Lord
has been watered down for years
for those to hear what they prefer
to please their itching ears

For Christ fulfilled the prophets words
that echoed long ago
As warrior King, Christ Jesus will bring
an end to all God’s foes

His kingdom rule will be worldwide
with his fellow Kingdom sheep
together they will rule the world
wiping tears of those who weep

He’ll  usher in –  a time of peace
beyond what we can know
upon the earth, a time of mirth
where joy and pleasure flow

All sickness will be done away
forgotten in the past
No missing limbs to spoil our fun
All happiness will last

A thousand years of millenial rule
By God’s Annointed  King
And those who are Christ’s chosen ones
A Theocracy they’ll bring

So never think the Kingdom is
A place of idle repose
But rather a tool for  Sovereign rule
Bringing evil to a close.

For God will regain; his Almighty fame
Through the actions of His son
May you live to see,  His true Sovereignty
When His holy rule’s begun

Not All Good People Go to Heaven
Why ?

Christendom has taught her members that the only
reward for mankind is the hope of going to heaven.
How sad that another grand hope has not been
taught to them.

Although the Bible speaks of a small flock of
specially chosen ones that will rule the earth
with Christ – The subjects of that heavenly
kingdom rulership will reap bountiful rewards
by living in a paradise earth.

Not all good people are chosen for the heavenly
kingdom rulership, but those who survive through the
time of Christ’s return will live on earth in wonderful
conditions, as described by the Bible writers.

Earthly Benefits of the Heavenly Kingdom

“Blessed and happy, are the meek and mild,
for they shall inherit the earth.”
(Matthew 5:5)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“But the meek shall inherit the earth
and shall delight themselves
in the abundance of peace.”
(Psalm 37:11)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“…the righteous are rewarded
here on earth…”
(Proverbs 11:31)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“But God has promised us….a new earth,
where justice will rule.
We are really looking forward to that!”
(2Peter 3:13)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“Behold, I will create….a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.”
(Isaiah 65:17)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“THEN I saw……a new earth…
Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne…
saying, See! The abode of God is with men,
and He will live among them; and they shall be
His people, and God shall personally be with them
and be their God.  God will wipe away every tear
from their eyes; and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be anguish nor grief nor pain
any more, for the old conditions and the former
order of things have passed away.
(Revelation 21:1,3,4)(AMP)-BibleGateway 

Heavenly Calling – A “Small” Flock

A small flock of specially chosen ones will rule the earth.

“Do not be afraid, “LITTLE FLOCK“,
for your Father has been pleased
to give you the kingdom.”
(Luke 12:32)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“…and they shall reign as kings
 over the earth. “
(Revelation 5:10)(AMP)-BibleGateway

Other Sheep – Earthly Subjects

Jesus spoke of other sheep that would benefit from
the kingdom rule.  The other sheep are the earthly subjects
of the heavenly Kingdom rulership.

“I have “OTHER SHEEP“,
which are not of this fold;
I must bring them also,
and they will hear My voice;
and they will become one flock
with one shepherd.”
(John 10:16)(NASB)-BibleGateway

Distinction even in the Resurrection

Even in the Bible’s description of the resurrection,
there is a definite distinction between those who
have been specifically called to heavenly life,
and those who have been chosen for everlasting life
on a paradise earth.

Let’s Look at these two types of resurrections.–

“…the dead in Christ will rise first.”
(1Thessalonians 4:16)(NASB)-BibleGateway

As seen in the scripture above – Those who have
died “in Christ” will rise first.  What does that
mean?  Dying in Christ is another way of saying that
they have been specifically called to be part of
Christ’s heavenly Kingdom.

If those dead in Christ will be resurrected first,
then what about the rest of the dead?

“The rest of the dead did not come to life
until the thousand years were ended….”
(Revelation 20:5)(NIV)-BibleGateway

And what type of resurrection is that ?

An Earthly One 

The Bible Prophets described an earthly resurrection>
They gave attention to the literal body being restored.
They mention bones, sinews, flesh, etc.  An earthly
resurrection is even mentioned in the last book of the Bible,
Revelation.

The word that resurrect(ion) is translated from is
“anastasia”, which means literally – to stand again.


“…the breath of life from God came into them,   
and they stood on their feet;
and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. ”
(Revelation 11:11) (NASB) -BibleGateway

“Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, 
awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth
to the departed spirits. ”
(Isaiah 26:19)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“Thus saith the Lord Jehovah unto these bones :
Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you,
and ye shall live.  And I will lay sinews upon you,
and will bring up flesh upon you,
and cover you with skin,
and put breath in you, and ye shall live;
and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.”
(Ezekiel 37:3-6) (ASV) -BibleGateway 

“…..there was a noise, and behold, a rattling;
 
and the bones came together,  bone to its bone.
 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them,
and flesh grew and skin covered them…..
‘Thus says the Lord GOD,
 “Come from the four winds, O breath,
and 
breathe on these slain,  that they  come to life….
and the  breath came into them, and they came to life
and stood on their feet .”
(Ezekiel 37:7-10) (NASB) -BibleGateway  

“Thus saith the Lord Jehovah :
Behold,
I will open your graves,
and cause you to come up out of your graves,
 O my people;  and I will bring you into the land….
And ye shall know that I am Jehovah,
when I have opened your graves,
and caused you to
come up out of your graves,
O my people. 
And I will put my Spirit in you,
and ye shall live, and I will
place you in your own land :
and ye shall know that I, Jehovah, have spoken it
and performed it,  saith Jehovah.”
(Ezekiel 37:12-14) (ASV) -BibleGateway

“Don’t be surprised !  The time will come when
all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man,  
and they will come out of their graves. ”
(John 5:28) (CEV) -BibleGateway

“…just as I have received authority from my Father.”
(Revelation 2:28) (NIV)-BibleGateway

The Heavenly Rulers –
A Detailed Description

Who has the better hope- the heavenly rulers
or the earthly subjects of that rule?  

 When one reads the scriptures that describe life
on the earth, under the Kingdom rule of Jesus Christ –
it is difficult to decide which is more blessed.

Let’s go into more detail as the Bible describes
the small flock of chosen heavenly rulers 

Just How Small – is the “Little Flock” ?

144,000 CO RULERS WITH CHRIST NEW

Just How Small – is the “Little Flock” ?

“Do not be afraid, “LITTLE FLOCK“,
for your Father has been pleased
to give you the kingdom.”
(Luke 12:32)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“Then I looked,  and there before me
was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion,
and with him 144,000
who had his name
“and” his Father’s name
written on their foreheads.”
(Revelation 14:1) (NIV) -BibleGateway

” . . . Then I heard the number of those
who were sealed:  144,000
(Revelation 7:4) (NIV) -BibleGateway

“No one could learn the song
except the 144,000
who had been redeemed from the earth.”
(Revelation 14:3) (NIV) -BibleGateway 

How Are They Chosen ?

Jesus makes it clear that he does NOT do the choosing of this
Little flock of anointed ones, but rather, his Father, Jehovah God,
does the choosing. 

Jesus said :  “…it isn’t for me to say
who will sit at my right side and at my left.
That is for my Father to say.”
(Matthew 20:23)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“…But Jesus told them,
“You don’t know what you are asking!
I have no right to say
who will sit on the thrones next to mine
.
My Father has prepared those places
for the ones  HE has chosen.”
(Matthew 20:20-22)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“…Jehovah will show who are his,
and who is holy, and will cause him
to come near unto him: even him whom
he shall choose will he cause to come
near unto him.”
(Numbers 16:5)(ASV)-BibleGateway 

“Jesus said to them…to sit at my right
or left is not for me to grant. These places
belong to those for whom they have been
prepared by my Father.”
(Matthew 20:23)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“What do you want?” Jesus asked.
She said, “Give your word that these
two sons of mine will be awarded the
highest places of honor in your kingdom,
one at your right hand, one at your left hand.”
Jesus responded, “You have no idea what
you’re asking….Jesus said…But as to
awarding places of honor, that’s not my business.
My Father is taking care of that.”
(Matthew 20:21-23)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Then Jesus said to them,
`You will drink what I drink.
But I cannot choose who will sit
at my right or at my left.
My Father has planned
who will sit there.'”
(Matthew 20:23)(WE)-BibleGateway

“He (Jesus) said to them,
“You will suffer as I will suffer.
But the places at My right side
and at My left side are NOT Mine to give
.
Whoever My Father says
will have those places.”
(Matthew 20:23)(NLV)-BibleGateway

Duties of the “Little Flock” 

“…with Your blood
You purchased men unto God
from every tribe and language
and people and nation.
And You have made them a kingdom
and priests to our God,
and they shall reign as kings
 over the earth. “
(Revelation 5:9,10)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“Do you not know that the saints
will judge the world? “
(1Corinthians 6:2)(NIV)-BibleGateway 

“I saw thrones on which were seated
those who had been given authority to judge…
They came to life and reigned with Christ
for a thousand years
. . . they will be priests of God
and of Christ and will reign with him
for a thousand years.”
(Revelation 20:4,6)(NIV)-BibleGateway 

 Blessings to
The Great Crowd of Other Sheep

The great crowd of other sheep will enjoy
great blessings from the heavenly Kingdom
rulership.

The Bible explains it this way –

“I have other sheep, which are not of this fold;
I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice;
and they will become one flock – with one shepherd.”
(John 10:16)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“But the meek in the end shall inherit the earth
and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Then the consistently righteous shall inherit the earth
and dwell upon it forever.”
(Psalm 37:11,29)(AMP)-BibleGateway
 

“…I saw a large crowd with more people
than could be counted. They were from every race,
tribe, nation, and language…”
(Revelation 7:9)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“These are those who come from
the great tribulation.”
(Revelation 7:14)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Look! I am creating…A NEW EARTH —
so wonderful that no one will even think
about the old one anymore.”
(Isaiah 65:17)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“…the NEW EARTH that I create
will last forever.”
(Isaiah 66:22)(CEV)-BibleGateway

“We are looking for what God has promised,
……. ..A NEW EARTH 
Only what is right and good will be there.”
(2Peter 3:13)(NLV)-BibleGateway

“Happy are the meek and the mild,
for they shall inherit the earth.”
(Matthew 5:5)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as a deer,
and the tongue of the mute shall sing…”
(Isaiah 35:5,6)(ASV)-BibleGateway

“And no resident will say, “I am sick”;
The people who dwell there will be forgiven
their iniquity.”
(Isaiah 33:24)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“And my servant…shall be king over them;
and they all shall have one shepherd:
they shall also walk in mine ordinances,
and observe my statutes, and do them.
And they shall dwell in the land…for ever:
my servant shall be their prince for ever.

Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them;
it shall be an everlasting covenant with them;
and I will place them, and multiply them,
and will set my sanctuary
in the midst of them for evermore.
My tabernacle also shall be with them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And the nations shall know that I am Jehovah.”
(Ezekiel 37:24-28)(ASV)-BibleGateway

And I will set up one shepherd over them,
and he shall feed them…
and he shall be their shepherd.
And I, Jehovah, will be their God
And I will make with them
a covenant of PEACE,
and will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land;
and they shall dwell securely in the wilderness,
and sleep in the woods.
And I will make them and the places
round about my hill a blessing;
and I will cause the shower to come down in its season;
there shall be showers of blessing.
And the tree of the field shall yield its fruit,
and the earth shall yield its increase,
and they shall be secure in their land;
and they shall know that I am Jehovah
but they shall dwell securely,
and none shall make them afraid.”
(Ezekiel 34:23-28)(ASV)-BibleGateway

There will be no end to the increase
of His government or of PEACE,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with
justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore
…”
(Isaiah 9:7)(NASB)-BibleGateway

“For thus saith Jehovah…
Behold, I will bring…health and cure,
and I will cure them; and I will reveal
unto them abundance of peace and truth.
Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah,
that I will perform that good word which
I have spoken… In those days, and at that time,
will I cause a Branch of righteousness
to grow up unto David
(Jesus Christ);
and he shall execute justice
and righteousness in the land
.”
(Jeremiah 33:4,6,14,15)(ASV)-BibleGateway 

“Behold, I am coming soon!…
I, Jesus…I am the Root
and the Offspring of David..”

(Revelation 22:7,16)(NASB)-BibleGateway 

“Endow the KING with your justice, O God,
the ROYAL SON with your righteousness.
He will judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
He will defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
he will crush the oppressor.
He will endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.
He will be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
In his days the righteous will flourish;
prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.
He will rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
(Psalm 72:1,2,4-8)(NIV)-BibleGateway

 

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