March 15, 1994.
Revised August 31, 2005
The Kingdom of God
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17
The phrases “Kingdom of God” and the “Kingdom of Heaven” are mentioned over one hundred times in the New Testament. They are not found in the Old Testament at all.
Paul tells us that the Kingdom of God is righteousness. “Righteousness” is translated from the Greek dikaiosune, which is defined, “in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be… the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God … in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due.”
The idea of God’s dominion does appear early in that first Testament. Beginning in Genesis, Chapter 1, Verse 26, we see God entrusting Adam with dominion over His creation and later commanding him to “dress it and keep it.”1
This command, “to dress it and keep it”, is telling us that this man called Adam is being entrusted with the care of God’s dominion or kingdom on earth. The second part of the command, “to keep it”, infers the possibility that man could lose that dominion, granted by God, to another who desires that power and right.
The dominion given to Adam was called radah (hdr) in the Hebrew. It is a root word that does mean “dominion”, but also “scrape out” or “tread upon”.
There are over fifteen other Hebrew words found in the Bible that are translated into or defined as “dominion”. None of them mean exactly the same thing. English, like most languages, can have several different definitions for the same word.
“Translators are traitors”2
There are many kingdoms mentioned in the Old Testament. One of the first was Cain’s city-state named after his son, Enoch. This institution of iniquity was followed by others including Nimrod’s civil kingdom of benefits, Sodom’s city of sin, Pharaoh’s bondage of Israel, and many more.
The whole context of the Bible is centered around men who serve and walk with God or men who establish their own governments with a central leader exercising authority over other men, granted by or taken from the people who become its servant or subject citizens.
“For the LORD [is] our judge, the LORD [is] our lawgiver, the LORD [is] our king; he will save us.” Isaiah 33:22
In the Greek, the Kingdom of God is Basileia means “royal power, kingship, dominion, rule.” While, Theos, translated “God” or “gods”, was a common word used to denote a ruling judge or any judge or magistrate with an exercising authority, the same is also true for the Hebrew word elohiym, commonly translated “God” or “gods”. Both terms were used every day to address magistrates and judges in common courts in nations like Greece, Rome, and Israel.
When these words are capitalized in Bible translations, we are to assume that they are referring to the God of the created universe, or Nature’s God, YaHWeH or Jehovah. The God of Creation holds ultimate dominion over the universe and all His creation. His dominion is called the Kingdom of God. Men often create kingdoms that have gods many who stand between the God and men.
God’s kingdom could be considered the vastness of the universe in both a spiritual and physical sense, but His kingdom on this planet was entrusted to Man. As long as some men walked with God, instead of bowing to the gods of this world, God’s kingdom will be represented by His faithful children.
Possession is, as it were, the position of the foot.3
Jesus gives us some insight into the Kingdom of God in Matthew 20 through 25:
“For [the kingdom of heaven is] as a man traveling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.” Mt 25:14
Some men, like Enos, called upon the name of God and some men like Enoch “walked with God” and some men strayed and disobeyed God, becoming like gods of men. Men, like Cain and Lemech, who set up their own dominion to oppress men,4 did not call upon God, but seduced men to go under their exercising authority.
All men sinned, but one man was “perfect in his generations, Noah walked with God”5.
“All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.” Psalms 145:10-15.
These few men and those who followed their lead were the generations of God’s people on earth. They were the Kingdom of God on earth. God prevailed in their lives and they walked in the ways of the LORD God. We see this idea again described by a king of men, Nebuchadnezzar.
“And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:” Daniel 4:34:
God’s kingdom was from generation to generation. It was from Adam to Christ. During the lineal consanguinity of the kingdom, Israel became known as God’s kingdom on earth. It was not a kingdom or government like what we commonly see today in most nations, but it was a nation where every man was prince in his own house. Each family shared in the occupying of God’s dominion on earth enjoying the milk and honey of that domestic dominion in pursuit of happiness “under the perfect law of liberty”. His Kingdom had no king or ruling body, but only God the Father living within the tabernacle of each man’s soul and mind. This was Israel, the dominion “Where God Prevails”.
Thy Kingdom Comes begins, Chapter 1 the beginning and the next section
Table of Contents
of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Peace be to this house,
The Prologue of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
1. The Kingdom of God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Is Righteousness of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
A Man as King of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
2. Abraham Uncivilized of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The City State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Two kingdoms/ The Merchants of Men of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Hindu Connection of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Abraham and the Legend, The Prodigal Son
Our king and our god? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Code of Abraham of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Abraham and the Family of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
3. The Altar of Abraham of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Moses and the Altars of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Altar of Sin of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Sacrifice of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
4. Moses, Moses of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Civil State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Gods Many of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
No Kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Servant Priests of a Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
5. Joshua’s Altar of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
White Altars of Joshua
King over us of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Adultery of a Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Fear, Faith and Foolishness of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
6. The World of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Of Rome and Judea of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Remarkable History of Israel of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Rome the Believer of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Commander in chiefs
A Father’s offer of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Hasmonean Appeal of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Socialization of Rome
The Love of kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
7. Factions at the Altar of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Pharisees and The Sadducees of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Essenes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Healers of a Nation
8. A King is Born of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
A King is Born of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
What is redemption? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Kingdom in Turmoil of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The New Deal of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
9. Temples and Churches of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Investing in Diana of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
One Father of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Arts of the Temples of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Temple of Satan of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Royal Treasury of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
10. Two Paths of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
God’s dominion from the Beginning of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The revenue of the wicked
Beams in our eyes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Removing the Beam
These two Kingdoms of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Faith is actions of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The kingdom appointed to Liberty of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
11. Where is the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The kingdom comes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Eating in the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Washing in the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Where is the Church? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
We are all kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
12. Apostasy of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Ship of State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Allurement of Wolves of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Church of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Separate Church
13. The Kingdom of Heaven of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The State of the Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Seeking the kingdom, The Law of God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
What does the Kingdom look like? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Assembling a congregation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Where to start seeking the kingdom of God
Appendix of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 1. Kingdom of Heaven and God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 2. The things He says of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 3. What is Worship? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 4. Who are the Nicolaitans? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 5. Who is a god? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Appendix 6. Oaths and Swearing of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Cover of the book, Thy Kingdom Comes
The Elixir of Love.
About the Author of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
The Covenants of the gods
The Free Church Report