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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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posed of four things: (a) a
KING,
ruling over (b) people, subjects
or citizens within (e) a definite jurisdiction of territory, with (d)
laws andan organized system of administering them.
(2) A
FAMILY
(as the kingdom of Israel was a family of the
children of Israel) - in this case the Family of God - a family
into which humans may be born, which shall be a
GOVERNING
or
RULING
family that shall have jurisdiction over
ALL NATIONS
-that
is, the
WHOLE EARTH -
and, later, the entire universe.
The Kingdom: a Govemment
Christ is to be the King of the Kingdom of God. He is the
Son
of
God, whom He addressed as His Father. When the Church, by a
resurrection or instantaneous
change
from mortal to immortal
(from physical to spirit composition) becomes the Spirit-com–
posed children of God, Christ will marry the Church which shall
become His wife. So we have Father, Son, wife, and children of
the Father- all a
FAMILY
relationship- the Divine God Family!
Notice, now, sorne of the prophecies:
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Im–
manuel [which means "God with us'')" (Isa. 7: 14).
"For unto us [Israel] a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and
the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall
be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The ever–
lasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of
his govern–
ment
and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,
and upon his
kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judg–
ment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of
the [Eternal] of hosts will perform this" (lsa. 9:6-7).
The angel Gabriel is a super archangel - a cherub - one of
only three mentioned in the Bible.
It
is recorded, "And in the
sixth month [of the pregnancy of Elizabeth] the angel Gabriel was
sent from God unto a city ofGalilee. named Nazareth, toa virgin
espoused [betrothed] to a man whose name was Joseph. of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel
carne in unto her. and said. Hail, thou that art highly favoured.
the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.... And the
angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour