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“The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom of God is within [among] you.”

A kingdom is not a kingdom without a king. As such, until God is enthroned within us, the Kingdom of God does not exist within us, no matter what we believe, say, think or do… and the enthronement of God with a person begins when he or she is prepared to listen to God with the due respect, honour and fear that is accorded to a Monarch who holds within His word the ability (power) to bring life or death, prosperity or disaster, darkness or light, to His subjects. For if Earthly kings demand and expect such reverence, how much more God Almighty?

God said to Moses, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole Earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

God’s plan for them was that Israel would be the first Kingdom of God on Earth, not the Kingdom of Israel, but Israel, Kingdom of God, with God as their King so that they would be His priests and His people, rather than the priests and people of Israel. However, when God did speak to them in Exodus 20.1-17, the reply of the people in verse 19 as they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die,” showed that they were not prepared to have God as their King. For it is a king who, when he chooses, appoints a mouthpiece to speak to his people, never the people who appoint a mouthpiece for the king to speak to them. The moment they said, “Speak to us yourself…” to Moses, it meant they had already refused to recognise God’s royal sovereignty.

He may be the God who delivered them out of Egypt with mighty miracles and gave them manna, quail and water… and they may know that He is powerful, Almighty, their Deliverer, but He was not their King. And even though they then had the chance and ability to be a kingdom, they would be their kingdom and not God’s kingdom… that is, they would be the Kingdom of Israel with an Israelite as king over them and not Israel, the Kingdom of God, with God as the King. This is the prime rejection of God as their King from the beginning that finally bore fruit 500 years or so later with their descendants demanding a king for themselves in 1 Samuel 8.19-20.

God was the Deliverer, the Provider, the Healer, even occasionally the God of Israel, but He was never their King… and the Kingdom of God born out of that nation was, is and will be the Kingdom of Israel, not Israel, Kingdom of God.

Their desire and will never to have God as their King was displayed in 500 years of disregard of the judges appointed by God… for who appoints judges in a kingdom but the king? That was followed by 500 or so years of living under their own kings, first of Israel, then of Judah and Samaria, which meant the laws of God became to them a religious law, but the laws of the realm would be determined by their kings, many of whom would supplant the laws of God with their own, like Jeroboam did.

That is why when the eleven asked Jesus, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus replied neither yes nor no… in fact Jesus ignored the question and said, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.”

This is because Jesus never came to restore the kingdom to Israel. The kingdom will be restored to Israel one day, but not by the work or times of Jesus’ first walk on the Earth. For the first mission of Jesus, His first walk on the Earth, if you like, was to save the Earth, reveal the Father and resurrect that which was not only lost but dead, including a Kingdom of God on Earth as God had wanted almost 1,600 years earlier or so. And since it is to be the resurrection of God’s kingdom on Earth, a kingdom of priests and people holy to God, this time it would not involve only Israel, even though its first citizens would come out of the ashes, as it were, of the first attempt by God to have His own kingdom of Earth… this time it would come from all nations, Jews and gentiles, called and chosen, given the new birth by the Spirit to see and enter the Kingdom of God to be its citizens and priests. And since it is the resurrection of God’s kingdom on Earth, this time, like all resurrections, it would be different, better and eternal… undestroyable, undeniable, unspoilable.

This time its citizens would come from all nations, not just Israel. This time its citizens would be born into it, not by flesh or genealogy, but by faith and by Spirit. This time, instead of a man to lead them, the Man would lead them, a Man who did not just see God or speak to God, but the Man who is God and who speaks as God speaks – Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

If Israel had power, this resurrected kingdom would have infinitely more. If Israel had provisions, this resurrected kingdom would have infinitely more. If Israel was meant to change and make history, this kingdom would destroy history and remake the future from the beginning.

And as it was with the first kingdom, this one would start with God as their King speaking to them from a mountain.

However, whereas at least the first kingdom’s potential citizens came to the mountain and listened before they said, “…do not have God speak to us…” the potential citizens of the new kingdom never even went to the mountain to listen, but disbelieved the news, disregarded the invitation and never treated the words of Jesus to them as the command of their King, but rather, stayed where they were instead of running to Galilee. The ‘church’ was born and launched, yes; souls were saved as the gospel was preached and a mighty religion has sprouted from it over the last 2,000 years, yes; but the Kingdom of God that Jesus was to resurrect never happened

Oh, it is spoken of and some even claim to have it or are part of it, but in truth, as surely as Israel was never a Kingdom of God (a kingdom belonging to God with God as King), so the church has never been the Kingdom of God. For no kingdom exists without a king, and if the people never treat God as their King, then the Kingdom of God does not exist for the people.

You see, there is the church of Jesus Christ where Jesus is the Saviour, the Healer, the Deliverer, the Teacher and the Judge and all that… but the Kingdom of Jesus Christ has never been nor was ever birthed because those who were called and chosen to birth it never treated Jesus as their King.

As surely as the apostles and the early church’s disregard for His commands and words show us He was never considered the King, so likewise, we continue to do so. We believe Him, yes; we love Him, yes; we obey Him and so on, even listen to Him… but only as Saviour, Christ, Master, Teacher, Lord, Brother and Friend, even as God… but as King? Not unless you are prepared to heed His word as if your very life depended on it as a subject would obey his King who had the power and ability to bring life or death, prosperity or disaster, darkness or light.

You do not believe this? Or find this offensive? Then look at the Scriptures and read for yourself.

The Kingdom of Christ is mentioned once and once only by Paul, the one unnaturally born, and the church that speaks of ‘the kingdom of our Lord’ is the church that is dead and in Heaven and not on Earth… for those who said, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever, spoke with loud voices in Heaven and not from Earth.

Yes, the Kingdom of God may be within us or among us, but it does not exist until God is enthroned within us and among us, and since God has said to those He has called to His Son, “Listen to Him,” the enthronement of God does not occur until we obey this as the command of our King Himself… that is, until we recognise that this is the royal command, enthronement does not take place, and without enthronement, the Kingdom of God does not exist within us even though it will. Without a present enthronement, there is no present kingdom.

A future enthronement gives a future kingdom, but Jesus has come and the resurrection has taken place for Him and through Him so that the resurrection of the Kingdom of God on Earth has occurred, but it does not manifest because no one has taken up the duty, not the right, but the duty and obligations of the kingdom… that is, to have God enthroned as King and obeyed, revered, feared and loved as the King deserves.

James the Younger wrote to the 12 tribes: If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2.8 quotes from Leviticus 19.18, the law given to the Kingdom of Israel after they rejected Him as King but accepted Him as their God only. Likewise, even Paul reminded the church at Ephesus: The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbour as yourself,” but Jesus said, “…do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” It is one thing to sum up the Law, it is another to fulfil it. Even John wrote to the church: And this is His command: to believe in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. Now compare this with what God said to John when he was there with Peter and James on the Mount of Transfiguration: “This is My beloved Son… listen to Him!” You see, elect, the royal command of the King to His citizens of the new kingdom is not “Love your neighbour as yourself,” but “Listen to Him (My Son whom I love).”

The entire law of the new kingdom is not summed up by “Love your neighbour as yourself,” no, the entire law of the new kingdom is contained in His words, so “Listen to Him!”

The command of God to those He has called to Jesus is not to believe in Him, it is to “Listen to Him,” and since this command was given to disciples and not to God enquirers or God seekers, then the spirit of the command is to listen as to obey and not to listen as to believe.

By now, elect, you must have realised the command, the royal command, the imperial command, of the Kingdom of God was never repeated by any of the eleven and definitely not by the two who were there, Peter and John. John misquoted the command and Peter left out the command. So then, we have learned, we have been taught, and traditions and doctrines have been established, to believe, obey and relate to Jesus and His God as our Saviour, our Teacher, our Healer, our Provider, our Friend, our Brother, our Judge, even our God, but we have never, ever been taught, trained and impressed upon that we are to listen to Him and therefore obey this command as that which a King who has power over life and death, disaster and prosperity, darkness and light, would give His servants, His subjects.

You see, the enthronement of Jesus Christ in a person is impossible if he is not told nor taught that he is to obey the command of His Father as one obeys his King.

And if God is not your King, then His Son, His Heir, is not your King either. So then, to say Jesus is enthroned in your heart and mind, even soul, when His Father’s command is not obeyed as one obeys one’s king’s command, is a joke and a lie.

But if you to whom the royal command has been now restored, see it as the imperial and royal command given by the Father of the King concerning His Heir and you obey it as a loyal subject or household servant would, even if you are also a son or daughter, then you have enthroned God as King within you, and then the Kingdom of God is truly amongst us and that which has been resurrected by Christ Jesus will manifest for all to see, this facet of God’s manifold wisdom, the Kingdom of God on Earth, and if there is a people on Earth who cry out for their King to be among them, then God will send Him and quickly.

“Amen, hallelujah.” Now that you know how, go and do it

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