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160 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
being immortal, composed of Spirit (Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21). They,
with Christ, will compose the KINGDOM OF Goo.
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is necessary, here, to explain the difference between the
GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD and the KINGDOM OF ÜOD. The GOVERN–
MENT of God was established on earth IN PRE-HISTORY OVER THE
ANGELS.
But the KINGDOM of God is BOTH the GOVERNMENT of God
and the FAMILY of God. Those now being saved spiritually will, in
the resurrection, INHERIT the Kingdom of God. They shall have
been BORN of God - boro into the Divine FAMILYof God. They
shall be married to Christ. Of this divine spiritual marriage, chil–
dren of God will be begotten and boro spiritually all during the
thousand years commencing with Christ's returo to earth as KING.
Now let's notice the twentieth chapter of Revelation:
The apostle John is recording what he saw in vision: "And l
saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bot–
tomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the
dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound
him a thousand years" (Rev. 20: l-2).
When Christ comes again to earth in supreme POWER and
GLORY, He shall aiready have been crowned with many crowns. The
coronation ceremony will have taken place in heaven (the throne of
God the Father) before His returo. Christ then shall have been quali–
fied
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inducted into office. 1have said before, Satan must remain
on earth swaying the nations his way UNTIL Christ, the successor, has
both qualified AND been inducted into office.
lmmediately on Christ's returo, Satan shall be BOUND.
Continue: "And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut
him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the na–
tions no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after
that he must be loosed a little season" (verse 3).
Those resurrected then shall reign over all nations with Christ
-anda thousand years of PEACE on earth will ensue.
Imagine what it shall be like with Christ and resurrected
saints forming the KINGDOM OF ÜOD, ruling with the GOVERN–
MENT OF Goo over allliving humans who shall be left alive. Satan
will be restrained from broadcasting. Christ will be ruling with
Goo's
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AYof life.