March 15, 1994.
Revised August 31, 2005
The kingdom comes
It is not enough to hate tyrants but one must despise tyranny even in ourselves.
“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” Romans 12:14
We need more than mere water to wash us, to clean our souls. We need true repentance, a true turning around, and turning away from the beast in our own hearts and spirit, and, in our hearts, we must seek the true path of spiritual and temporal repentance.
“Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?… Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.... Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee… It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy [qodesh, set-apart, separate], and after vows to make enquiry.” Proverbs 20
We may be beginning to wake up to the evil schemes of men, but are we willing to let the whole light of truth into our souls? Will we see our own love of the darkness that has been a comfort to our slumber? As we awake to the true light of the Lord God, the direction of our walk must change. Shall we make manifest the work of the Lord in us, edifying His kingdom in word and deed? Shall we walk with God or follow the ways of Cain?
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19, 21
Yes, we may be vexed with the whips and scorpions of the taskmasters of the world, created by our own wantonness or ignorance. Yet, the sting they inflict has awakened men to their own slavery. Do we hate slavery or just hate being a slave? Is it only our flesh that is vexed, or in hope, is it our love of the righteous spirit which wishes to dwell in us and free all men to do the will of the Father? Do we love our neighbors freedom as much as our own?
The rulers of the world are as much a slave to their own lust of tyranny as we are victims of our own sloth and avarice. They have been corrupted by our weakness. Shall we seek to free the oppressor as much as we wish to free the oppressed? Christ came that all might be saved. If they repent and believe they might come to that salvation and it to them.
If we are not purged by the light of all darkness, greed, envy, avarice, lust for power, and pride, then what part of the curse of God should we not inherit? Have we loved our neighbor or coveted his goods? Have we lived by liberty or exercised authority? Who shall deliver us if we will not repent and turn around from the path of Balaam?
“And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government1 [dominion]. Presumptuous [are they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities [from doxa opinion, judgment]. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” 2 Peter 2:
Who can understand the ways of the LORD? Many shall claim to come in the ways of our Father in Heaven, but they know Him not. Being out of the system of men does not bring you out of the darkness of men, nor does it bring light into the world.
Men have forsaken the right way, feasting on the benefits of Nicolaitans and seeking the rebellion of Core. By applying and loving the wages of these covetous practices of Balaam, men mock Christ, saying that He was not King and did not come in the flesh as King of that Kingdom and that His Kingdom was not at hand.
Many believe that social and indirect democracies are the best form of government and maybe it is, for those who will not follow the ways of righteousness. The beast in their hearts cannot resist ruling over others and compelling their neighbor to comply with what they see as right. Those who love the spirit of God must seek another way.
“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever… These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” Jude 1
Eating in the kingdom
There has always been a kingdom of God on earth. Its standards and stories of the men who follow those righteous precepts, and those who don’t, is what the Bible is all about. Those who deny that the kingdom is at hand have gone the way of Cain, while they idly claim to wait for the Lord. They say there is no kingdom of God at hand and that it was not restored but postponed.
“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Acts 1:6
We are told to believe that the power2 of the kingdom has not yet come. Is that what the Bible and history tells us? The Apostles knew the kingdom had always been there. They knew Christ had taken the kingdom of Judea from the Pharisees and moneychangers and appointed it to them. They knew that thousands now believed. They were asking if he would, “restore again the kingdom to Israel,” which had separated many years before.
Jesus told them that they would receive the power of that kingdom first.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
People have learned to think that governments are locked into single locations by boundaries and borders. The kingdom of which Jesus spoke was not a territory, but the right to rule.3 Although there is often land set aside to mark some place, the seat of government, the jurisdiction, and authority of the government travels with its people wherever they go. Jesus was the king of Judea, but they queried when He would restore all of Israel, not just in that single geographical place.
As it was in the day when Moses pulled down the walls of the camp of the Golden Calf and gave the people a tabernacle that moved about, Jesus had made it clear that He was not limiting His Kingdom to one centralized place.4 This was also true in Abraham’s day when God promised the lands of the merchants of men as possession to the seed of Abraham’s faith.5
“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” Romans 4:13
It is the whole world that is to be the footstool of God’s heavenly Kingdom. The Apostles had already been told what to do by the Anointed King in Acts 1:4.
“And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.” Acts 1:4
After they were assured power would come, they returned unto Jerusalem and waited as they were told. They did not have to wait long.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…” Acts 2:1
The power was received by those called out by Jesus the King and they went out preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. In this moment the ekklesia, called today “His Church”, began preaching and teaching the Kingdom in earnest.
The Kingdom, like life, may come to us individually in stages of development and growth, but it was always here. Jesus took it from the Pharisees, Scribes, and moneychangers who were unfruitful as they sat in the seat of Moses. He also said it was His pleasure6 to appoint that Kingdom to His disciples and He did. He told them at the last supper that He would not eat with them again until the Kingdom of God was fulfilled.
“For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:16, Matthew 26:29, Mark 14:25.
After Jesus explains that the apostles are not to exercise authority like the benefactors7 of other governments, He appoints a Kingdom unto them.
“And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;” Luke 22:29
This is a very direct statement, which was part of the fulfillment of Christ’s purpose and salvation. It was an essential part of Christ’s gospel. It is so ignored by modern religion and churches, who are entangled and unequally yoked with governments that do exercise authority. These modern churches send the people to governments that exercise authority to obtain the daily ministration. The first-century Church did not do that, but fulfilled those needs of the people, though, in those days, government programs were available to the people.
How do these modern Churches excuse such neglectful behavior? They claim that the Kingdom is only spiritual. Yet, they still call for a physical tithe while neglecting, or abandoning altogether, those services once provided by Christ’s appointed Kingdom.
Jesus tells the apostles that they will eat and drink with Him at His table in the Kingdom.8 After the resurrection, the Bible makes it very clear that Jesus’ promise of not eating again until He ate with them in the Kingdom was to be fulfilled.
“And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took [it], and did eat before them.” Luke 24:41-3
This physical act of eating and drinking in a real kingdom is important to understand and is reaffirmed in the Gospel of John and in Acts.
“Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” John 21:13
“Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.” Acts 10:41
It was at that time that Jesus began to open their understanding even more as to the nature and reality of the Kingdom of God, telling them that they would have to wait in Jerusalem for a little while before the power would be restored to them.
“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures... I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:45-49
Each of us must have our understanding opened to comprehend the nature of His Kingdom. This is what we are to seek in communion with His precepts: doing as He says and allowing the doctrine of His gospel to be fulfilled in us. The Kingdom is at hand and within our reach. We must seek it and apply to it. Put on the full character, or armor, of God the Father, that you may all eat in the Kingdom, established by Christ the King.
“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” John 21:17
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