Consider todayâs world! Advances in technology and industry have never been greater. What was once science fiction is now everyday reality. Material prosperity abounds for millions of people across the Western world. But what about the half of mankindâbillions!âwho have little or nothing? And what about mankindâs rapid decline in values, morals and characterâonce believed to be the most vital underpinnings of any society? Is the human race equipped, and are its leaders collectively willing, to solve the greatest challenges of civilizationâor must a greater unseen power intervene?
Jesus taught His disciples to pray, âYour Kingdom come!â The next thing He instructed was directly related: âYour will be done on earth as it is in heaven.â A loving God must soon send His Kingdom to end manâs failed experiment or there will be no world to receive it!
Jesus Christâs ReturnâHis âSecond Comingââis central to Christianity. Billions are waiting for it. Scoffers deny it. But those who know anything of Godâs Word know Jesus is returning. Every indicator suggests His Coming cannot be far away. The Bible speaks extensively about how Jesus will establish the Kingdom of God, sometimes called the Kingdom of Heaven. Few things could be more important. Jesus Himself plainly described how Godâs Kingdom will beginâand it is not what youâve learned. This booklet contains knowledge never before explained! And it represents only a tiny fraction of all the biblical proof throughout the Old and New Testaments of how the Kingdom of God will arrive in a manner no one is hearing about!
Godâs Kingdom will bring His marvelous way of life to those living in it, which will one day include the whole world. But not at firstâŠ
The universally held belief is that Jesus Christ will return to Earth in Jerusalem, and this will follow three-and-a-half years of Great Tribulationâinvolving the seven seals of Revelation. Vast numbers of mankind will die. He will then immediately establish a world supergovernment. The Bible says none of this! While all of these things will happen in their time, and will in every way be worse than anyone imagines, Godâs Word is most plain that Christâs Return will come in an entirely different manner than what anybody is looking for!
Letâs ask a surprising question, one that no one seems to consider. How many comings of Jesus does the Bible describe? Contrasting verses hold the surprising answer. The prophet Haggai wrote of Jesusâ Return, âThus says the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the Desire of all nations [long understood to be Jesus Christ] shall comeâŠâ (2:6-7). Vast numbers today are looking for and desiring Christâs coming. While most understand little about His arrival, the Christian masses do desire it, with greater reason every day to hope for it more than the day before because of worldwide character breakdown!
Hereâs the problemâand itâs big! The book of Revelation speaks of a very different reaction to Jesusâ appearance: âThe kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and everâŠthe nations were angry, and Your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judgedâŠand [You] should destroy them which destroy the earthâ (11:15, 18). A picture of angry nations is incompatible with Haggai.
These passages cannot refer to the same time!
Lacking knowledge of Christâs multiple comings, many assert He comes and immediately vanquishes all enemies, establishing His Kingdom. Revelation appears to say this, but consider I Corinthians 15:25, which shows something entirely different, saying Christ âmust reign, till He has put all enemies under His feet.â Those who would suggest He arrives, reigns for a split second, then annihilates all enemies are simply ignoring this verse, with many others.
Understand. The start of Godâs Kingdom has nothing to do with the false Protestant belief that Christ secretly ârapturesâ His servants to heaven. Nowhere does Godâs Word say Jesus takes Christians back to heaven with Him. (Many verses prove this.) You will see plain passages showing He establishes Godâs Kingdom on Earth, using servants that are here. This will become clear.
The establishment of the Kingdom of God is our focus. No true Christian doubts that Christ is coming. But no one is explaining how He will comeâwhen He is coming (under what conditions)âwhere He will arriveâwhy He must comeâand how He will ultimately set up His Kingdom. They simply donât know.
Mustard Seed Kingdom
Everyone knows Jesus spoke often in parables. In Matthew 13 alone, He presented sevenâmost very short. Each illustrates aspects of the Kingdom, collectively painting a full picture. The place to start is verse 31: âThe kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereofâ (vs. 31-32). The mustard seeds Jesusâ audience was familiar with were extremely smallâvery hard to see. This is why He called them the âleast [meaning small in size] of all seeds.â Godâs Kingdom is akin to microscopic when it arrives! No one focuses on this. It eventually grows into a world government, becoming the âgreatest among herbsââa âtreeââbut it does not start that way. This parable is never mentioned because nobody truly understands it.
So there could be no doubt of the Kingdomâs small beginning, the next parable confirms this: âThe kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavenedâ (vs. 33). The Greek word âhidâ is egkrupto, meaning concealed in. Think of the modern equivalentâencrypted. Jesus saysâliterallyâHe is bringing an encrypted Kingdom. It is initially hidden but it expands because leaven always spreads.
Jesus underscores this in a third parable: âThe kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that he has, and buys that fieldâ (vs. 44). âHidâ here comes from krupto, meaning âto conceal by covering.â Christâs message is again made clear: Godâs Kingdom starts tiny, hiddenâand covered. One must go and find it!
Yet another parable confirms this: âAgain, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearlsâ (vs. 45). Rare and precious, naturally occurring pearls are hard to find. âWho, when he had found one pearl of great price [it was hidden and he had to look for it], went and sold all that he had, and bought itâ (vs. 45-46). Besides reinforcing the mustard seed and leaven parables, the hid treasure and pearl parables also add focus to the value of entering the Kingdom.
Before looking at the three remaining parables of Matthew 13, realize that every kingdom on Earth today has four necessary components: (1) Land, property or territoryâhowever large or small. There must be clear boundaries establishing the size of the kingdom. (2) A ruler or king leading the government. (3) Peopleâsubjectsâliving within the territory governed. And (4) a system of laws and rules with a basic structure of government.
Despite its size, when the mustard seed Kingdom arrives, it does have all four elements. When Christ repeatedly spoke of the Kingdom being âtinyâ and âhidden,â He was referring to the numbers of subjectsâwhich would grow dramatically in the second and third âmeasures of meal.â Christâs power and the territory He will govern will be anything but tiny.
It is a literal Kingdom. Do not spiritualize it away as a church, or something âin the hearts of men.â
Three More Parables
A fifth parable shows expansion of Godâs Kingdom from a small beginning, as well as something else no one seems to notice: âAgain, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the seaâŠâ (vs. 47). The net starts out empty. Over time it fills with fish of âevery kindââpeople from all nations. But not all âfishâ belong: âWhen it was full, they drew to shore, sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world [or age, when Christ moves to Jerusalem]: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just [note this!], and shall cast them into the furnace [or oven] of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teethâ (vs. 48-50). (The end of the wicked is incompatible with an ever-burning afterlife. For more on this, the reader will want to read our booklet The Truth About Hell.)
Abandon any notion that the Kingdom of God begins with only divine spirit beings. This parable dispels that misconception. The wicked can get into the Kingdom and must at a point be removed!
Yet another Matthew 13 parable describes wheat and poisonous tares initially growing together in the Kingdom of Heaven. Obviously the Kingdom is not in heaven. Christ instructs that the tares must remain with the wheat until the harvestâwhen He shifts to Jerusalem. He explains that, at this point, as when the net is pulled to shoreâafter the mustard seed Kingdom has been on Earth for some timeâangels gather âout of the kingdomâ the tares and âall the things that offend and do iniquity,â repeating that these are burned in a furnace.
So then, the Kingdom is such that, as it grows, the wrong kinds of people can get in. Christ said this twice, using easy illustrations so the point cannot be missed. Verse 43 calls the harvest the time when the righteous in the Fatherâs Kingdom âshine forth as the sun.â The Greek means âbecome resplendent.â Other passages make clear it is at this point many more saints, people who qualified for rule in Godâs Kingdom, join Christ and the Father in Jerusalem where He will superimpose His Kingdom over all nations. It will have by then sprouted into the large mustard tree that started from the smallest seed.
The very first parable in Matthew 13 brings yet another perspective, showing those who ultimately succeed in the Kingdom. Jesus spoke of a sower that cast seed, with some falling on good ground, some on stony ground, some where thorns could choke it, and some falling by the wayside. As with the wheat and tares, Jesus went on to interpret it for us: âHear you [or understand] therefore the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one [Satan], and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word [of the Kingdom], andâŠwith joy receives it; yet has he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word [many do not want to hear of the Kingdom], by and by he is offendedâ (vs. 18-21).
Notice also that tribulation and persecution are associated with subjects in the Kingdom! Yet the rewards will be awesome. No one ever hears that such a thing is possible.
Continuing the parable, âHe also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the [same] word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitfulâ (vs. 22).
Here is the last category: âHe that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word [of the Kingdom], and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyâ (vs. 23). This is the only category of hearer who survivesâand these thrive.
Matthew 13 alone is enough to understand that all popular Kingdom narratives are woefully incompleteâand often totally wrong! Be careful of rejecting or spiritualizing away plain teachings about how Godâs Kingdom will come simply because you have never heard them beforeâbecause no one else teaches them. God has His Church and this is where He reveals His truth.
But there is much more to learn.
The âLittle Flockâ
Jesus used a fascinating term to describe a group that would be the early administrators in His tiny Kingdom. Like the Kingdom itself, this group will not be large to start. In Luke 12, Jesus instructed His servants to âFear not, little flock; for it is your Fatherâs good pleasure to give you the kingdomâ (vs. 32). âLittleâ is mikros in the Greek. It is a micro-flock that takes a tiny Kingdomâhow logical and easy to understand!
Another parable in Luke 19 describes a nobleman (Christ) who went to a far country (heaven) to âget for himself a kingdomâ (vs. 12). This parable carries an extraordinary message for every true Christian. It describes a judgment, a reckoning, that comes immediately to a group of âservantsâ upon Christâs arrival bringing His small Kingdom. Notice: ââŠwhen He was returned [from heaven], having received the kingdom, then He commanded these servants to be called unto Him, to whom He had given the money, that He might know how much every man had gained by tradingâ (vs. 15). Some servants had passed Godâs test, others failed it.
Reading the whole account reveals that those who succeed are placed over cities on Earth (not yet the entire Earth) in the initial phase of the Kingdom. God has been working with people all over the world, preparing them for leadership positions in the initial phase of the Kingdom. Only after a reckoning of past performance before Christâs judgment seat (Rom. 14:10; II Cor. 5:10) will these specially called and trained servants be permitted to rule.
Matthew 25 contains a related account, in which some are told, âWell done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lordâ (vs. 21). The âjoy of the Lordâ involves what is the first phase of salvation as well as receiving a part in governing what will be a fast growing Kingdomâa role with the purpose of helping others enter the Kingdom during its first short phase, so that they also can qualify to rule at a point a little later. Anyone desiring to come into and under the Kingdom will have opportunity.
Christ as King
Jesus Christ, as King of the mustard seed Kingdom, also Himself starts âsmallâ in how He manifests Himself in the phase leading up to His rule. The account of Christâs ascension to heaven holds an eye-opening clue that no one ever notices. The apostles asked the question: âLord, will You at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?â (Acts 1:6). After His answer it adds, âWhile they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparelâ (vs. 9-10). These two men, actually angels, asked, ââŠWhy stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus [a man, not a Spirit Being in glorified form], which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heavenâ (vs. 11).
The phrase âthis sameâ in reference to Jesus is an all-important key. The angels were emphasizing that Jesus would return in the identical human form He had when He ascended.
It is not surprising then that Christ is so often called âthe Son of Man.â This is because He intends to continue (initially) His first-century form when He returns. Letâs see more proof.
The prophet Jeremiah described Christ in His expanding Kingdom by an unusual name, while also calling Him its King: âBehold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days [at a point, but not right away] Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSâ (23:5-6). The Hebrew for âBranchâ is sprout. Like mustard seeds, sprouts are also tiny to begin. This âsproutâ depiction is completely incompatible with an all-powerful Jesus Christ returning in glorified form.
Ten chapters later Jeremiah adds more, confirming something crucial about sprouts: âI [will] cause the Branch [sprout] of righteousness to grow up unto David; and He shall execute judgment and righteousnessâŠâ (33:15). The Hebrew âgrow upâ is simply the verb form of sprout. God is saying, literally, He will cause the sprout to sprout. Ponder the enormity of what we are being told. Jesusâ role will grow from small to large.
Both accounts in Jeremiah tie the âBranchâ to King David. Notice another prophecy about Christ from the angel Gabriel to Mary: âHe [Christ] shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no endâ (Luke 1:32-33). At His mustard seed comingâactually His revealing in Luke 17:30âChrist sits on King Davidâs throne before later assuming His own throne in Jerusalem (when David comes up to receive the vacated throne Jesus had just occupied).
From âHis Placeâ
Powerfully confirming Jeremiah, Zechariah 6 also pictures growth toward worldwide rule. This verse is perhaps the most plain of those speaking about Christ as a Branch: âThus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the MAN [again, not a Spirit Being in glorified form] whose name is the Branch [sprout]; and He shall grow up [sprout] out of His place [where He resided away from Jerusalem], and He shall build the temple of the Lord: even He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne [at a later time]; and He shall be a priest upon His throneâŠâ (vs. 12-13). This last part obviously involves Christ ruling in glory from a physical temple.
Zechariah 6:12 pictures Christ growing out of an undisclosed locationââHis placeââto build two temples.
The first half of the verse describes building the spiritual Temple, which we will see is the Church. This fits perfectly with Malachi 3:1, which describes Christ returning to Earth to His Temple. Notice: âBehold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts.â
This cannot be a physical temple in Jerusalem because none exists there today. The Jews do not even occupy the Temple Mount! Notice that Malachi says Christ coming to His Temple means to a people who seek and desire Him.
The apostle Paul defined this Temple as the Church: âKnow you not that you [the ChurchâGodâs people] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you areâ (I Cor. 3:16-17). (Also see I Corinthians 6:19-20.) Hereâs how the apostle Peter describes true Christians: âYou also, as lively [meaning living] stones, are built up a spiritual house, [a] holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christâ (I Pet. 2:5). It is living stones (human beings) that collectively form the spiritual âtemple of God.â
Where the Kingdom Begins
The almost universally believed destination of Christâs Return is Jerusalem. But is this what Godâs Word says? Christ will of course ultimately rule from thereâcountless scriptures show thisâbut is this where His tiny mustard seed Kingdom begins? Does His first-century coming provide a clue?
Notice Mary lived in âa city of Galilee, named Nazarethâ (Luke 1:26). This is where Jesus was conceived and where He later grew upâwell north of Jerusalem! Far from a prominent city, Nazareth was scoffed at as a kind of dead-end backwater by Jerusalemites. After Jesus called Peter, He then called Philip who reported to Nathaniel that they had found Christ. Not convinced, Nathaniel asked, âCan anything good come out of Nazareth?â (John 1:46). Clearly Christâs first-century coming was to an unexpected place. His arrival shocked and confused the masses: âOthers said, this is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?â (7:41). Both Nazareth and Galilee were looked down on by the elites of Jesusâ day.
Christ started His ministry away from Jerusalemâa pattern we will see holds.
Certain passages prove Christ relocates to Zion, and these provide clues about which nation He will come to. A prophecy for our timeâthe latter daysâthat almost no one talks about is found in Numbers 24. The prophet Balaam foretold, âIn the latter daysâŠthere shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre [Ruler] shall rise out of Israel [not Judah]âŠOut of Jacob shall come He that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remains of the city [this is Jerusalem]â (vs. 14, 17, 19).
Called the âStarâ here, other passages describe Christ as the âSun of Righteousnessâ (Mal. 4:2), âDay Starâ (II Pet. 1:19) and the âBright and Morning Starâ (Rev. 22:16). He brings His dominionâHis rule!âto Jerusalem and Judah from a different modern nation of Jacob (Israel). This cannot merely be referencing Christâs birth lineage because He was born of Judah, and in Judea. Many scriptures covered in my thorough book America and Britain in Prophecy make clear the distinction between Judah and the other 11 tribes of Israel. In fact, the very first reference to âthe Jewsâ in the Bible shows them at war with Israel (II Kgs. 16:1-6)! The modern Mideast nation called Israel is in fact Judah, with the democratic, English-speaking nations of the West identified as the descendants of the rest of the tribes of ancient Israel. Jesus Christ first comes to one of these countries, NOT Judah!
Genesis 49 further clarifies to which of the remaining 11 tribes Christ initially comes. Notice verses 22-24, all of which describe Joseph: âJoseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence [Joseph!] is the shepherd, the stone of Israel).â Jesus Christ, indisputably the âShepherdâ and âStone of Israel,â is foretold to return to, and be stationed in, Josephânot Judah. (America and Britain in Prophecy makes plain the modern identities of each tribe.)
A Coming City
We saw earlier that a Kingdom contains four elementsâland, a king, subjects and law. Of course, the territory would also contain a structure from which to rule. Does Christ build all of this upon arrivalâor does He bring it with Him?
The same disciples who asked about Christâs Return in Acts 1 would have heard Him explain the following from John 14: âLet not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Fatherâs house [Greek: residence or abode] are many mansions [Greek: residences]: if it were not so, I would have told youâŠâ (vs. 1-2). Christ is telling us to believe whatever He is about to sayâno matter how unbelievable it may seem! Continuing, ââŠI go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be alsoâ (vs. 2-3). This is Jesus Christ coming from heaven to His people, not the other way around.
The Greek word translated âplaceâ is topos, from which comes the word topography. The word can also be translated âa spot or locality.â Christ spoke of bringing this already prepared place.
Understand! Christ is bringing mansions from heaven. But where will they sit?
Revelation 22 pictures a coming city. Christâs Return is the context: âBehold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be [this is an element of the reckoning or judgment described earlier]. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.â
Next is a very distinct description of the cityâs setting: âFor without are dogs [false prophets and ministers], and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lieâ (vs. 12-15). This passage is also connected to Christ being the offspring [Branch] of King Davidâs lineage: âI Jesus have sent My angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Starâ (vs. 16).
This âcityâ cannot be âNew Jerusalem,â established at the outset of Christâs later 1,000-year rule. All who oppose Godâevery person on Earth who took the Mark of the Beastâwill be executed before the arrival of that city. So the above categories of people could not be âwithoutââmeaning outside it. Just think of the devil being bound at this time. This makes impossible that there could be even one sorcerer anywhere on Earth. The same with false prophets and idolaters. Also, since the devil is the âfather of murder and liesâ (John 8:44), there will be no murder and love of lying.
All through Revelation 21 and chapter 22 verse 5, John records Christâs message about the awesome New Jerusalem that will come to Earth at the start of Christâs later Millennial reign. At the very end of Revelation 22, God does briefly reference again New Jerusalem, calling it the âholy city.â Do not miss the crucial distinction!
âMarvelous Work and Wonderâ
Prior to the mustard seed Kingdom, vast numbers will come to know these Bible truths in what God, through the prophet Habakkuk, calls a âmarvelous Work.â Notice: âBehold you among the [nations], and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told youâ (1:5). In Scripture, a âWorkâ represents Godâs servantsâ teaching and warning all who will listen. Will you believe advance report of this Work?
The prophet Isaiah powerfully underscores what Habakkuk foretold: âBehold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder [a miracle]: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidâ (29:14).
Paul also cited Habakkuk in the book of Acts, altering it slightly: âBeware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets [Habakkuk]; Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto youâ (13:40-41).
This means we should expect a gigantic, Earth-rattling Work to precede the Kingdom of Godâone so far-reaching it will stagger the mindâone that cannot be fully comprehended until itâs seenâthat upon hearing of it most wonât believe it! This booklet is not only declaring it to you, but adding that it is coming soon!
Many are surprised to learn that the Bible calls Satan âthe god of this worldâ (II Cor. 4:4), who has through history âdeceived the nationsâ (Rev. 20:3). In Matthew 4, the devil claimed ownership of âall the kingdoms of the worldâ (vs. 8)âa fact Christ did not dispute.
Satan seeks to counterfeit everything. Look what immediately follows the âmarvelous work and wonderâ and precedes the Kingdom of God. Paul records, âLet no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perditionâ (vs. 3). The apostle John called this man the âantichristâ (I John 2:18).
The same passage goes on to show the sourceâand extentâof his power: ââŠwhose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wondersâ (II Thes. 2:9). He brings the full power of the devil to bearâsomething akin to what Job experienced, but that the world collectively has never even begun to imagine!
This man will tower over the world at his coming. He claims to be God: ââŠHe as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is Godâ (vs. 4). This manâs reach (and many verses show that there are two other men who work alongside and under him) extends beyond Christianityâhe âopposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshippedâ (vs. 4)âevery religion on Earth!
The first phase of Godâs Kingdom will begin the day this manâs reign ends. Returning to II Thessalonians, ââŠthe Lord shall consume [him] with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy [him] with the brightness of His comingâ (2:8).
The Unmistakable Picture
A basic summary. Christ first comes to His peopleâHis Temple. The Kingdom of Israel is initially led by a little flock under Christ. He will at first hide His presence by being sprout-like. The Kingdom will grow in number of subjects before Christ transfers a ready-to-be greatly expanded world government to Jerusalem. From there He will rule all nations with a larger group of saints coming from His by then much larger flock.
If you are surprised, even shocked, at the simple truths within Jesusâ parables, and wonder why you have never been taught their meaning, recognize that He designed them to confuse those He was not calling. Hereâs what Jesus said: âTherefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: for this peopleâs heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closedâŠâ (Matt. 13:13-15). The masses choose to close their eyes to the truth of the Bible. Parables keep them from understanding what they donât want to hear.
But you can understand! Speaking more of the reason for parables, Matthew added, âAll these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke He not unto themâŠsaying, I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the worldâ (13:34-35).
Youâve received precious knowledgeâkept secret from the world. It is not the popular traditionsâfablesâof modern Christendom, but Jesusâ plain wordsânow understood in our time. God has been waiting for thousands of years to establish His Kingdom on an Earth that desperately needs it. Yet it will not come as billions expect. Think. Youâve heard word of the Kingdom before it comes. There is great advantage in this! Christ is today preparing a specially chosen team of qualified administrators in advance of its arrival to rule under Him.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ built His Churchâthe true Churchâthe only one He built. This Church believes and teaches the truths of the Bibleâall of themânot human ideasâany of them! The people of this Church have always stood in the plain certainty of what God promises for those alive at the endânot the false hope of human inventions.
Nowâwill you cling to long-held beliefsâor take hold of life-changing truth?