Blue Flower

The Kingdom of God

By: Themis Papaioannou

 

Many people have a view which Scripture proves false, it is that of a literal 1000 year Kingdom of Christ on earth.

What is the 1000 year Kingdom?

Revelation 20
1   And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2   And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3   And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4   And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5   But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6   Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7   And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8   And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.



To answer our question we must see when Satan was tied. Those who have ears to hear let them hear Christ,

Matthew 12
28   But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29   Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
30   He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.



Christ said that he frees people from demons, etc. because He has tied up the strong man (i.e. Satan). Satan is tied up for those who accept Christ and obey Him, they are free from his dominion, they are free from sin.

What is the first death?

Matthew 8
21   And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
22   But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
23   And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.



The first death as Christ made clear is the death of sin. So what is the first resurrection?

John 3
3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4   Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5   Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.



But to be born again we must die,

Romans 6
1   What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2   God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4   Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.



When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit we are resurrected with Christ, we are new creatures. Through out history those who follow Christ and do not follow the dragon are translated into His Kingdom,

Colossians 1
12   Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13   Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14   In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:



For the true Christian the Kingdom is come, and we pray that it spreads in all the earth how? By people doing His will,

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.



This Kingdom will rule the earth one day,

Revelation 11
14   The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15   And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16   And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,



The number 1000 is not to be taken literally it means a long period,

2 Peter 3
7   But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8   But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9   The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.



Those whose day of visitation passes are under the total influence of Satan, for them he is loose, Satan and his forces always persecute the Church but Christ will have the final victory.

Christ rules as King,

1 Corinthians 15
24   Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25   For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.



and the Saints rule with Christ,

1 Peter 2
5   Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6   Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7   Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8   And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;



Do you rule with Christ now? Or are you like the Jews missing the inward and spiritual because He did not come as an outward ruler? His Kingdom is not of this world,

John 18
35   Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36   Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37   Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.



It is not outward...but inward,

Romans 14
16   Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17   For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18   For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.



It is within us,

Luke 17
20   And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21   Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22   And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.



Now is the New Covenant,

Jeremiah 31
31   Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32   Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33   But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.



Are you members of His Kingdom. With John I declare,

Revelation 1
6   And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.