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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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The Kingdom of God
So the parable of the pounds shows Christians are to
RULE
under
Christ,
when
the Kingdom of God is set up. Jesus was speaking of
GOVERNMENT -
world government.
This parable was given to show
that the Kingdom of God was not to appear at that time. The
Kingdom is
not
an ethereal, sentimental something "in our
hearts."
It
is
not
the Church.
Daniel's prophecy shows that the
SAINTS
are to
RULE,
under
Christ the Messiah, when He sets up literal
WORLD GOVERNMENT.
See Daniel 2 - read it through and then notice verse 44. This
Kingdom will break in pieces every other form of government -
all rule of man - and will stand forever. Notice Daniel 7: And es–
pecially verses 18 and 22.
It
will be an earthly kingdom - not in
heaven, but
"UNDER
the whole heaven," verse 27.
Jesus said: "And he that overcometh, and keepeth
MY WORKS
unto the end, to him will 1 give
POWER
over the nations: and he
shall
RULE THEM
with a rod of iron" (Rev. 2:26-27).
He said, "To him that overcometh will 1 grant to sit with me
in my throne, even as 1 also overcame, and am set down with my
Father in his throne" (Rev. 3:21). When Jesus said this, through
John in the 90s A.D., He was in heaven with His Father on the
throne from which the entire universe is governed.
When Jesus sits on His own throne on this earth it will be the
throne of David, in Jerusalem. Notice what is said of Jesus: "He
shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the
(Eterna!] God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
and he shall
REIGN
over the house ofJacob forever; and ofhis king–
dom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:32-33).
But He was not going to set up the world government of the
Kingdom of God
at thattime.
The Bible speaks of
three
worlds -
or
ages
-
in time order. First, the world that then was, overftowed
with water - prior to the Flood; second, this present evil world;
and third the world to come. On tria! for His life before Pilate,
Jesus said He was born to be a king (John 18:37), but that His
kingdom was "not ofthis world." He will rule
THE WORLD TOMOR–
ROW
(verse 36).
The saints (Spirit-led Christians) are to reign, under Christ,