The Jews – Kingdom on Earth

The Jews – Kingdom on Earth

 

Cal Poulsen

Scripture Insights

12-28-2015

First Century Jews could easily identify with the phrase “Kingdom of God.” The prophetic book of Daniel predicts a Kingdom of God that will rule the earth (Daniel 2:44).

Daniel 2:44 

And in the days of these kings (tribulation kings) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed .  .  .  .

The idea of Jesus being King of kings and Lord of lords means that there will be no higher authority. His reign over all things will be absolute. God raised Him from the dead and placed Him over all things.

The book of Revelation twice describes Jesus as “Lord of lords” and “King of kings” when He returns to earth (Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16). At this time Jesus will be the King ruling over the Kingdom of God here on earth.

We then have to ask the question, if the Jews inherit the Kingdom of God, what will the Body of Christ inherit once Jesus returns. Scripture affirms that we, the Body of Christ will be with Jesus when he returns and sets his feet upon the Mount of Olives. This will happen because of the rapture of the Body of Christ before the tribulation begins. We will be caught up to meet Christ in the air, and will be with the Lord forever.

This is one of the least understood doctrines of the Bible, yet one of the most important in rightly dividing the truth; the separation of Church Age doctrine from Tribulation doctrine.

The disciples were clearly asking about a literal Kingdom, and the Lord says it is not for them to know the time when that literal Kingdom (the Kingdom of Heaven) will take place. Until that time the disciples were given power to preach the Kingdom of God. There is righteousness through faith in the risen Savior, who will return to Earth and rule over the whole creation from Jerusalem. There are many references in scripture indicating that Jesus will be King and ruler. Let’s look at several.

Revelation 19:16 

And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

Revelation 17:14 

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”

Revelation 11:15

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.

Luke 1:33

And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Daniel 7:14

And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Zechariah 14:9

And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Luke 22:29

And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

The Jews will not only be part of Jesus’ Kingdom, they will rule with him. They will sit on 12 thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

1 Timothy 6:15 

For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

1 Timothy 6:16 

He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.

Matthew 25:34 

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Those people that are at his right hand, are identified as God’s chosen people (Jews) who will inherit the Kingdom prepared for them. This Kingdom, existing from the beginning of time, is sure and unchangeable. Believers need never doubt its existence. The fact still remains that Jesus is King of the Jews. The apostle Paul never associates a member of the Body of Christ with the Kingdom. We must remember that Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles (Body of Christ). We are to follow him as he follows Christ.

Matthew 27:11 

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

Matthew 27:29 

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

Matthew 27:37 

And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

The Jews received the salvation of Christ by believing that he is the Messiah, the Christ, and the Son of the Living God. Gentiles are saved by the shed blood of Christ and by believing in the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The book of Ephesians tells us that at one time you and I (Gentiles) were without Christ. That we were aliens to Israel and without God, having no hope. Then by the blood of Jesus we were made near to God.

Ephesians 2:12 

That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Ephesians 2:13 

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

The book of Ephesians also tells us that the Body of Christ has been spiritually blessed in heavenly places in Christ. Our citizenship is in heaven.

Ephesians 1:3 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephesians_2:6 

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Finally, believers (Body of Christ – Gentiles) are seated with him in the heavenly realms. Christ has taken his seat at the right hand of the Father, indicating his finished work and his victory over sin. Christ has been exalted by God’s great power (Ephesians 1:20). Yet Ephesians teaches that we are seated with Christ now. We share with Christ in his victory now. This view of our present status should help us face our work and trials with greater hope! Believers, as heirs of Christ, are spiritually exalted into the heavenly realm, from the moment of salvation. We have a new citizenship in heaven. The power that raised and exalted Christ also raised and exalted us because we are one with him. That same power works daily in believers, helping us live and work for God during our time in the world.

Once again, It is critical to note that the living and resurrected Christians meet the Lord in the air, but resurrected Israel meets the Lord “in the land” (Ezekiel 37:14). The impossibility of reconciling these two events as a single occurrence is only one of many contradictions that arise if one tries to lump together the Church and Israel. In (Galatians 3:28), it clearly says that Christians are not Jews.

Galatians 3:28 

There is neither Jew nor Greek (Gentile), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

This verse is saying that as a Gentile, and being in the Body of Christ that there is no human identity. We are Christians in Jesus Christ seated in heavenly places.

The prophecy regarding Israel in their own land is found in (Ezekiel 37:14).

Ezekiel 37:14 

And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I (God) shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

All our questions and many others are answered in the pages of God’s Word, when we simply understand to whom He is speaking.

In the meantime, the understanding of many critical subjects that definitely affect the quality of one’s Christian life, and which Christians have debated for centuries, hinges on an understanding of the way in which God relates to mankind. Exclusively, when reading the various books of the Bible, is to understand to whom is what written.

The pages of the New Testament, that are the first four books, called the gospels, addressed a Jewish audience. They echoed the pattern of historical narratives interspersed with instruction found in the Torah. The controversies between Jesus and the Scribes and Pharisees have no reference outside the community of Israel. At this time the Gentiles were without God and Christ. They were pagans and idol worshippers.

Jesus' preaching of the coming kingdom could have been meaningful only for the Jews. The synagogues in which Jesus reads from the prophets, heals the sick, and forgives sins are Jewish houses of worship for believing Jews and not unconverted Gentiles. The Jewish festivals that are celebrated throughout the pages of the New Testament were not feasts of interest to the Gentiles but were part of the daily life of the Jewish people.

The four gospel accounts contain numerous references to the Hebrew Scriptures, references that deal with the messianic theme. This is clearly seen in the narration of the birth of Y'shua (Jesus). His conception was prophesied in (Isaiah 7:14) and referred to in Matthew: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God with us'” (Matthew 1:23).

In the last book of the New Testament, Revelation, we see God's continual care for his people Israel. It is written that the tribes of Israel will one day be revived and identified (Revelation 7) and that a glorious New Jerusalem will have twelve gates inscribed with the names of the tribes of Israel (Revelation 21:9-27).

 

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