Friday, June 03, 2016

The Kingdom of God

The kingdom of God may be said to be the theme of the Bible. Sadly, though, most people with some familiarity with the Bible have very little knowledge of the kingdom. The majority of churchgoers suppose that the kingdom of God is merely heaven, since it is alternatively called the kingdom of the heavens. But as the term also suggests, the kingdom of God is a government. That's what the kingdom is God's government. One vital fact concerning God's government of which everyone should be aware is that the kingdom has not always existed. It is something that God will establish. For example, Daniel 2:44, which is a verse that Jehovah's Witnesses frequently cite in their public ministry to explain this vital matter, states concerning the kingdom: And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite. Please notice that the verse in Daniel states that God will set up a kingdom,indicating that it was not in existence when Daniel wrote down this prophecy 26 centuries ago. Nor was it in power when Jesus walked the earth, which is why he exhorted his followers to pray for God's kingdom to come. The prophecy of Daniel pinpoints a certain moment in history when the kingdom will be set up. When is that? As it states, in the days of those kings. Which kings are those? According to the dream that Daniel interpreted for king Nebuchadnezzar, there would be four empires that would succeed the Babylonian kingdom, represented by the breasts and arms of silver, belly of copper, legs of iron and feet of iron and clay. The eighth chapter of Daniel identifies two kingdoms by name that came after Babylon Medo-Persia and Greece. The successor of Alexander's empire was, of course, Rome. The Roman Empire is symbolized by the legs of iron. Although historians speak of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries, the imperial system remained in place through the power of the Vatican up until the ascendancy of the British Empire. The world is now dominated by the Anglo-American dual world power. According to the God-inspired dream of Nebuchadnezzar, there are kings plural that are to be crushed and brought to ruin by the kingdom of God, which are symbolized in the second chapter of Daniel as the iron and clay. The iron and clay symbolize this unlikely union of the London imperial system and the American Republic. The 11th chapter of Daniel pictures these two entities as the king of the north and the king of the south. The king of the north is the British Empire, with its London-centered global financial system and the king of the south represents America. The 13th chapter of Revelation depicts the Anglo-American dyad as a two horned wild beast. So it is that the kings who are destined to be crushed by the kingdom of the heavens are the presently ruling Anglo-American kings. As Daniel 2:44 indicates, the victorious kingdom of God will then rule over the earth. It will not be passed on to any other people, such as the earthly kingdoms that rise and fall. Once established, God's kingdom will rule forever. Indeed, Let your kingdom come.

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