The greatest single doctrine in the Bible is the knowledge of the true gospel. You are about to learn why.
Understand. There is only one correct gospel. All others are perversions designed by Satan to replace the incredible truth of its Message. It is this enormous understanding that Satanâs ministers always seem to pervert first.
At the very beginning of His ministry, Christ taught, âRepent you, and believe the gospel â (Mark 1:15). But what is the true gospel? Is there more than one that God approves? The answers to these and other questions about the gospel are found in the Bibleâand they are absolutely VITAL for you to understand. But the answers have remained hidden from the vast majority.
Much False Knowledge
Thousands of new books on religion are published each year in America! And there are over two thousand separate denominations and sects in America, as well! Yet, there has never been more confusion and disagreement among professing Christians, or in the world as a whole, about the true answers to lifeâs great problems. WHY? Why is there so much knowledge available, while at the same time so much ignorance of the truth about lifeâs BIG questions?
The answers to these questions have everything to do with the gospel!
The vast majority have been taughtâand believeâthat the gospel is merely about the Person of Jesus Christ. Certainly, Christâs role is an extremely important subject, but He is not the gospel. The Bible shows that the name of Jesus Christ is preached in conjunction with the gospel. Again, His role is vital to Christianity, and must be understood, but He is not the gospel!
Some proclaim a âgospel of salvationâ or âgospel of grace.â Others believe a âgospel of miraclesâ or a âsocial gospelâ or a âgospel of foodsâ or âhealingâ or âfaith.â Still others merely think of âgospel musicâ when they hear this word. These are all manmade ideas that ignore the truth of the Bible!
Letâs return to Mark 1, and notice verse 14: âNow after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.â This is the gospel Jesus preached. And it was in the same context that He said, âRepent you, and believe the gospel.â Again, what gospel? The gospel of the âkingdom of God.â Verse 1 refers to this message when it states, âThe beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.â Christâs gospel was about the Kingdom of Godânot something else! One must believe that gospel, not a counterfeit or substitute. The world simply does not know of this gospel!
Few comprehend. But why? Why do so few today grasp the awesome future of the Christian calling? Paul was inspired to explain: âBut as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of Godâ (I Cor. 2:9-10). Without God opening the mind, it is impossible to understand any of the things of God. It is also impossible to even come to God (John 6:44, 65). Quite literally, this verse states that Godâs purpose has never entered manâs thinking!
God, for His own marvelous purpose at this time, has opened the truth of the gospel to a very fewâand has put them into His Church. The rest of the world remains blinded. Understand this! The devil does not want human beings to enjoy what is forever denied to himâmembership in the God Family, which you will learn of.
Most will not wake up to the deceptionâthe mass delusionâof a seduced âChristianityâ that denies the plain truths of the Bible! Godâs plan for mankind is staggeringâincomparable to anything human beings have devised to replace it. The world ignores plain, clear scriptures found throughout Godâs Word about the Kingdom of God. This book explains the astonishing truth that so many ignoreâand reveals what can be your future!
Strong Warning Not to Pervert Gospel
This subject is so important that God inspired Paul to issue this warning to the Galatians then and to us now: âI marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursedâ (1:6-9).
This is a very strong statement! A little later, Paul stressed his hope that the âtruth of the gospel might continue with youâ (2:5). So there is one true gospelâwith all others false. You can now better understand Paulâs warning of Galatians 5:7-9, referenced earlier.
Although some assert that Paul taught a different or additional gospel, it is plain that he never did. Ironically, God used Paul to warn against ever allowing such false teaching by pronouncing a curse on any man, angel or even any apostleââBut though we [meaning, apostles]âŚpreach any other gospelââwho choose to violate this command (1:8).
What a powerful scriptureâand WARNING!
Paul explained that the apostles were entrusted by God to preserve the true gospel. Notice I Thessalonians 2:4: âBut as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.â That is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. True ministers must always teach what God commands, not what pleases men (including Bible âscholarsâ). So any claim that Paul taught a different or second gospel (usually thought to be about Christ or of âpeaceâ) is impossible. He would have literally been pronouncing a curse on himself!
Jesus Was Prophesied to Bring the Gospel
Jesus came as a newscaster carrying an announcement. Everywhere He went He made the same announcement concerning a coming supergovernment to be established at His Return.
When speaking to a group of listeners in the desert, Christ explained His purposeâHis responsibility. Notice how He explained His commission: âAnd He said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sentâ (Luke 4:43).
Matthew amplifies this: âAnd Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the peopleâ (Matt. 4:23). Christâs job was to take the message of Godâs Kingdom throughout the cities of Israel. He was âsentâ for this purpose.
In the Old Testament, Jesus was prophesied to come as a messenger. Notice Malachi 3:1: âBehold, I will send My messenger [this is one called âElijahâ in Matthew 17:11, typed by John the Baptist], and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the MESSENGER [Christ] of the covenant, whom you delight in.â
Christ was the âmessenger,â not the message. His message about Godâs Kingdom is the very coreâthe centerpiece!âof the entire Bible.
Now compare the passage in Malachi with another in the New Testament: âThe law and the prophets were until John [only the Old Testament scriptures had been preached until John the Baptist]: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into itâ (Luke 16:16). Remember that, in Mark, Christ preached the âkingdom of Godâ and called it the gospel.
Satan, who knew that Christ was foretold to preach the Message that he hates, sought through King Herod to kill Him in His infancy. This is also why the devil sought to tempt Him in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11). He knew if he could be successful in either attempt, he could thwart Godâs Plan and retain power over the nations of the world. We will also learn more of this later.
Meaning of âGospelâ
The word âgospelâ is an old English word meaning âgod spellâ or good news. The word âkingdomâ is also an old English term, simply meaning government. We may accurately say that Christ preached âthe good news of the government of God.â We will learn the who, what, where, when, why and how of this good news and how it relates to the Bibleâs greatest prophecy.
The word gospel is found 101 times in the Bible. Sometimes it is found alone, and sometimes âof the kingdomâ follows it. Other times it includes âof the kingdom of Godâ or the equivalent phrase âof the kingdom of heaven.â Note that it says, âof heaven,â not âin heaven.â It is heavenâs Kingdom and there is a big difference. Just as Kingdom of God means Godâs Kingdom, not the Kingdom in God, the same is true of the Kingdom of heaven or heavenâs Kingdom. This is critical to understand.
Throughout the New Testament, the word âkingdomâ is found 27 times, âkingdom of Godâ 75 times and âkingdom of heavenâ 34 times. All are clearly one and the same.
Now grasp this point. The subject of the Kingdom of God is not only the dominant theme in the New Testament, but it is also the dominant theme of the entire Bible. Yet, incredibly, most know little or nothing of it. The ministers of this worldâs churches are ignorant of the true gospel and never preach about it. Therefore, virtually the whole world stands in complete ignorance of the single greatest truth in Godâs Word. Incredible, but true!
Also, all who once learned it must constantly beware lest it slip away (Heb. 2:1).
The Apostles Preached the True Gospel
What evidence is there that other New Testament writers preached this same message? A great deal!
Peter preached the Kingdom. Notice: âFor so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christâ (II Pet. 1:11).
So did the apostle James: âHearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to them that love Him?â (2:5).
Matthewâs account mentions the term âgospel of the kingdomâ three different times. Here is another example, almost identical to 4:23, already quoted: âAnd Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the peopleâ (9:35).
In most of His parables, Christ taught the basics of the Kingdom of God. Matthew alone, mostly through parables, makes over fifty references to the coming Kingdom of God.
Luke records that Christ commissioned His disciples to preach this same message: âThen He called His twelve disciples togetherâŚAnd He sent them to preach the kingdom of Godâ (9:1-2). Soon after, He sent seventy others to preach, and they also carried the message of the âkingdom of Godâ (10:1, 9).
John records Christâs words before Pontius Pilate on the night He was betrayed. This is an important clue to comprehend. Christ said, âMy kingdom is not of this world [this present society]â (18:36). We will discover the details later of exactly how Godâs government will be established on Earth.
Recall that Philip, a deacon, preached the Kingdom to the Samaritans (Acts 8:12). Notice that he preached separately the Kingdom and Christ: âBut when they believed PhilipâŚconcerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.â
Philip not only preached the gospel of the Kingdom, but he also differentiated it from the teaching about Jesus Christ. Take time to read this entire account. Remember, the messenger is not the message. Christ is not the gospel. However, He does stand directly alongside it and will rule the entire Earth when the Kingdom is established.
So then Luke, the writer of Acts, further differentiates between preaching about the Kingdom of God and preaching about Jesus Christ! While both are vitally important, they are clearly two separate subjects!
We have addressed how some claim Paul preached a âdifferent gospel.â These are obviously unaware that it was Paul whom God used to pronounce a curse on anyone who did this (Gal. 1:8-9). We have seen that Paul preached the Kingdom of God. However, you will notice two verses in Acts, which show that he did not neglect the second subject of Christâs role in the process of salvation.
First, letâs establish that Paul preached Godâs Kingdom to the Gentiles. Acts 19:8 states, âAnd he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.â There are many places in his epistles where Paul taught the Kingdom to various Gentile churches. His message was always the same, continually preaching and referring to the Kingdom of God.
Examine this from Acts 20:25: âI have gone preaching the kingdom of GodâŚrepentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christâ (vs. 21). This account makes clear that Paul preached the same gospelâalso alongside the role of Christâto both Jew and Gentile. (The Ephesians were primarily Gentile converts.)
Next, notice chapter 28:30-31: âAnd Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.â Like Philip, Paul understood that the gospel and who was Jesus Christ were two separate subjects.
Finally, consider one more passage where Paul made a distinction between the gospel and the Person of Christ, by briefly referencing again II Corinthians 11:4: âFor if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preachedâŚor another gospel which you have not accepted, you might well bear with himâ (the margin more correctly renders this last phrase âwith meâ). Paul urged the Corinthians to reject false teachers and to hold to what he had taught them. He plainly distinguished the teaching of a false Jesus and a false gospel as two separate errors.
Again ask yourself: If Christ is the gospel, then why did Paul (four times) and Philip speak of them as two separate matters?
Every Old Testament Prophet Preached the Kingdom
Many have supposed that the gospel is exclusively a New Testament message. Nothing could be further from the truth! The Bible is literally filled with places, Old and New Testament, which describe various aspects and prophecies about the Kingdom of God.
Letâs consider an amazing statement by Peter found in Acts 3:19-21: âRepent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.â
Notice that Peter refers to the Coming of Christââthe presence of the Lordâ (vs. 19), with verse 20 stating that God âshall send Jesus Christ.â Verse 21 describes Godâs Kingdom as the ârestitution of all things.â Peter stated that this ârestitutionâ (Christ establishing His Kingdom) is something that âGod has spoken byâŚALL His holy prophets since the world began.â
This is a stunning statement! But is it true?
Could God have actually used every one of His prophets to announce His Kingdom? Why do Bible scholars and religionists ignore thisâor even reject it outright? Letâs survey the Old Testament.
The Pre-Flood Preachers
Jude wrote that âEnoch [Noahâs great grandfather]âŚprophesiedâŚsaying, Behold, the Lord comesâŚto execute judgment upon allâ (vs. 14-15). This obviously refers to Jesus Christ returning to establish a government, ruling ALL nations.
In II Peter 2:5, Noah is referred to as the âeighthâŚpreacher of righteousness.â Jude wrote that Enoch was the âseventh from Adam.â Hence, Noah, next to follow him, is referred to as âthe eighth.â Beginning with Abel, and including Enoch, there were seven men who previously held this role before Noah. These eight menâs lives spanned the entire period between Adam and the Flood, and they all preached the same message.
Careful review of Jude reveals that Enoch also preached about sin and righteousness. While much could be said about this sixteen-and-a-half-century period, suffice to say, all of these men spoke the same message. Remember, Peter said, ââŚsince the world began.â
Who else preached of Godâs Kingdom?
Abraham, Moses, Samuel and David
Is there evidence that the gospel was preached during the period following the Flood?
In Genesis 12:3, God said to Abraham, âIn you shall all families of the earth be blessed.â This is also referenced in Galatians 3:8, but phrased a little differently: ââŚin you [Abraham] shall all nations be blessed.â This same verse states that the gospel was âpreached before unto Abraham.â
This is fascinating! Not only did Abraham have the gospel preached to him (almost certainly by MelchizedekâChrist), but it was also preached in Genesis, through Mosesâ writings, about Abraham! Now consider. How could all of the nations of the Earth be blessed unless Christ will have established His government on Earth?
While Moses was not a âpreacher of righteousnessâ or an apostle, he was a prophet and a judge, and the first man God raised up to lead Israel. Perhaps you have never thought of Moses as one who preached the gospel. Yet, the Bible reveals that he did, to ancient Israel, when they were in the wilderness. We saw that Genesis 12:3 refers to the gospel, as does Numbers 24:17-19, and both were recorded by Moses.
Acts 3:22 plainly states Moses foretold that God would raise up a prophet (Deut. 18:15) to preach the Kingdom of God to the whole world (Acts 3:23) before Christâs return! Most are only familiar with Moses leading Israel out of Egypt, and are completely ignorant of how God used him in this way.
Hebrews 3:9 and 4:2 also demonstrate that Moses preached the gospel to ancient Israel. âFor unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them [ancient Israel]â (4:2). These verses, with Acts 3, show that this included the period all the way up toâand throughâSamuel!
Acts 3:24 references Samuel as also having preached the gospel. Notice: âYes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken [meaning everyone], have likewise foretold of these days [the Coming of Christ and Godâs Kingdom].â These are clear and powerful statements. They cannot be glossed over. Make yourself take a moment to reflect on what you have read. This verse declares, âALL Godâs prophetsâŚas many as have spokenâŚforetold of these days.â
Finally, while virtually everyone knows David was a king, almost no one understands that he preached the Kingdom of God. In Psalm 67:4, he wrote, ââŚfor You [the Lord] shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.â This statement is a plain reference to Godâs coming government.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel
The prophet Isaiah made even more plain statements about Godâs Kingdom, about how it would appear and bring peace to all nations on Earth. He also made clear that Godâs Kingdom involves government. Notice: âFor unto us 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, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even foreverâ (9:6-7).
This prophecy is so obvious that it needs no further explanation!
The prophet Jeremiah foretold, âBehold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch [Christ], and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days 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; also read vs. 7-8).
As with Isaiah, these verses need no further explanation. Jeremiah gives a plain description of events that could only be described as the period after Godâs Kingdom has come to Earth.
The book of Ezekiel describes a time when God will gather His people from coming captivity. This is the period immediately after the time of Jacobâs troubleâthe prophesied time of calamity on the modern descendants of ancient Israel. Now notice: âFor I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own landâ (36:24).
The next ten verses describe a period of rebuilding and prosperity that can only happen after Christâs Kingdom has been established in Israel. Take time to read them.
Daniel wrote this: âAnd in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand foreverâ (2:44).
Did this prophet preach the Kingdom of God? The Bible answers yesâand we will see later that he did so in many other places!
All the Minor Prophets
It can be shown that, in one way or another, all those often identified as the âMinor Prophetsâ preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God. (Jonah is a possible exception.) Remember, seeing the phrase âthe gospel of the kingdom of Godâ is not the only way of describing the gospel! Genesis 12:3 and Galatians 3:8 have already shown this.
Review the following verses. In each case, you will find that they refer, directly or indirectly, to the Kingdom of God: Hosea 2:16, 19; 3:5; Joel 2:21-27; Amos 9:11-15; Obadiah 21; Micah 4:1-3; Habakkuk 2:14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Haggai 2:7; Zechariah 14:1-3, 8-9; Malachi 3:1-3.
After reading these scriptures, it is obvious that Peter was right, and that âGod has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world beganâŚthe restitution [restoration] of all things,â which can only occur with the coming of Godâs government to Earth.
It is crucial to make one final point. Acts 3:21 states, âGod has spoken by the mouth ofâŚâ The gospel of the Kingdom is a message from God.
It should be clear that it is GOD who speaks through whatever kind of servant He is usingâprophet, patriarch, judge, deacon, preacher of righteousness, king, pastor, evangelist or apostle! If a man was truly His servant, God always spoke this same message through himââsince the world beganâ!
(To understand exactly how Godâs Kingdom will be established on Earthâonly now fully understood!âread my booklet How Godâs Kingdom Will Come â The Untold Story!)
Is There a Separate Gospel of Jesus Christ?
As mentioned, Mark 1:1 speaks of âThe beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.â Letâs ask: Is the âgospel of Jesus Christâ a differentâa secondâgospel? Did Paul forget that there was another gospel besides the one about the Kingdom?
The answer is an emphatic âNo!â But most preachers teach that the gospel of Jesus Christ is about Christ, also claiming that He is the Kingdom of God and that the gospel of the Kingdom is Christ. We have seen this is false, and completely unbiblical! The gospel of Jesus Christ is His gospelâHis message about the Kingdom of God!
We have seen that Jesus was a Messenger sent from God with an ANNOUNCEMENT! It was not about Himselfâit was about Godâs Kingdom coming to reign over the entire Earth. In John 12:49-50, Jesus said, âFor I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.â It should now be clear that Jesus functioned as a messengerâas a spokesman for the Kingdom of God.
In John 14:24, Jesus said, âThe word which you hear is not Mine, but the Fatherâs which sent Me.â Christ brought the Fatherâs messageânot His own. This should now be absolutely clear. Remember, He stated in Luke 16:16 that âThe law and the prophets were [preached] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached.â
That is what this Work is doing today. Through this book, and many others, the truth of Godâs Kingdom is being preached to you and to millions of others.
The Kingdom of God Is Coming
Make no mistake! With world conditions nearing the final crises, no human could ever bring about a single, world-ruling government that would work. Jesus Christ will soon return and establish his Kingdom.
The disciples did not understand when Christ would establish Godâs government on Earth. He had to explain to them through use of a parable. Notice: âAnd as they heard these things, He added and spake a parable, because He was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appearâ (Luke 19:11). This long parable explains that much time would pass before it came.
Before His ascension into heaven, in Acts 1, after a series of meetings with His disciples, Christ met one last time with them. Until the very end, He continued to expound the Kingdom of God to them. But they remained confused about when it would be established: âUntil the day in which He was taken upâŚ[He was] speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of GodâŚWhen they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, will You at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?â (vs. 2-3, 6).
Christ explained, âIt is not for you to know the times or the seasonsâŚâ (vs. 7). We cannot today know exactly when it will come, but we can know that it is close.
Now notice Daniel 7:18: âBut the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.â Then, verse 22 states, âUntil the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.â
Finally, notice verse 27: âAnd the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions [rulers] shall serve and obey Him.â
Daniel knew that the saints will one day reign on Earth with Christ!
Jesusâ first recorded sermon, called âThe Sermon on the Mount,â states that âthe meek shall inherit the earthâ (Matt. 5:5). Actually, Christ was quoting David, who had recorded this statement in Psalm 37:11âanother place where David proclaimed the gospel. The wording there is precisely the same. Other prophecies also demonstrate that David himself will one day rule over all the tribes of Israel within the Kingdom of God.
Notice three separate verses in Revelation. Christ is quoted through John, saying, âTo him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throneâ (3:21). Also 2:26-27: âAnd he that overcomesâŚto him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.â Finally, âand has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earthâ (5:10).
Has organized religion told you about any of these verses? Almost certainly not. Yet they have been in the Bible for thousands of years.
No wonder that when Christ was on trial for His life, He added more to one of His statements quoted earlier in the book, âMy kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hereâ (John 18:36). In this exchange, Pilate had asked Him, âAre you a king then?â Christ answered, âTo this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the worldâŚâ (vs. 37).
Jesus fully understood that He was born to be a King!
Christ To Be a King
Christâs First Coming was to be a great event. Isaiah prophesied of His birth to a virgin: âTherefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuelâ (7:14).
Before Jesusâ birth, an angel appeared to Mary to explain Godâs purpose and what was about to happen to her: âAnd in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virginâŚMaryâ (Luke 1:26-27).
Beginning in verse 30, Gabriel explains more about Christ and how He would eventually rule from the throne of David. Notice: âAnd the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He 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 (vs. 30-33).
Christ was never in doubt about His lifeâs mission and purpose. This is why He continually preached the Kingdom of God everywhere He went.
Isaiah spoke in more detail about how Godâs Kingdom would spread around the Earth, eventually encompassing all nations: âAnd it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lordâs house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any moreâ (2:2-4).
This identical prophecy is repeated for emphasis in Micah 4:1-3. These passages foretell that Godâs Kingdom will spread around the worldâbeginning with the modern nations descended from Israel. This is why one of Christâs parables likened the Kingdom to leaven (Luke 13:20-21), which always spreads until it fills its host. The overarching purpose for your life is to participate in the future spreading of Godâs government.
In front of the United Nations Building is the sculpture of a large man forging a plow from a sword. I have seen it hundreds of times, because I conducted church services across the street from that spot for several years. But no one seems to any longer take notice of, or even believe, the amazing prophecy depicted by this famous sculpture.
Jesus Christ came to be a KING who will one day REIGN on the Earth. Suffering, misery, unhappiness and all the worldâs troubles and evils will eventually disappearâand world peace will literally âbreak out,â along with supreme happiness, harmony, prosperity and abundance for all nations. No human government has ever been able to bring these things to even one country on Earth. This is the core of the very gospel that Jesus brought.
Do you believe it? Will you believe it?
The Kingdom of God Must Still Be Preached Today
In the Matthew 24 (and 25) Olivet Prophecy, Christ was asked about those events that would be the sign of His Coming and the end of the world (age). He answered that a number of different trends and conditions would occur first.
One event preceding Christâs Return in power and glory is described in verse 14: âAnd this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.â The true gospel was foretold to be preached until âthe end come.â This plainly means that someone will be preaching it in our present age.
Remember, the end has not yet come. Therefore, The Restored Church of God is continuing this commission, boldly preaching this greatest of prophetic truths. The arrival of Godâs Kingdom is sureâit is certain! When it comes, you too can be a part of it.
Cut off from God by sin (Isa. 59:1-2), mankind has believed the lies of the god of this world for 6,000 years. The span of Godâs plan with men encompasses 7,000 years, followed by additional phases beyond that time. Few have understood this. Many have correctly understood at least some little of the verses describing Christâs coming 1,000-year Reign (Rev. 20:4-6). But they know nothing of God allotting 6,000 years, or six millennial days of a âseven-day week,â to manâs rule, under Satan, prior to the seventh 1,000-year âday.â We are very near the end of the âsixth day.â
Letâs understand! The Bible states, âBut, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one dayâ (II Pet. 3:8; Psa. 90:4). Of course, most are âignorantâ of almost everything that the Bible teaches.
But you can know!
Man (under the invisible sway of Satan) has been given six âdays,â or 6,000 years, to try his own ways, governments, religions, philosophies, value systems, codes of conduct and forms of education. Under the influence of Satan, he has practiced sin and disobedience to Godâs commands for all this time. He has then tried to treat all of the ill effects this has brought on, instead of the cause, which is the breaking of Godâs commandments. God is allowing humanity to learn hard, bitter lessons. The masses, who have never known the precious truth of God, must learn that their own ways do not work!
Jesus Christ was born to be a King who will rule all nations of the Earth forever with the help of other spirit-composed kings: âAnd out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of ironâŚand on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDSâ (Rev. 19:15-16).
Has anyone ever told you of these passages? I never learned of them or even heard of them in the church of my youthâand yet, here they are, written with unmistakable clarity of meaning for all who will heed.
Kingdom of God Explained
Matthew 6:33 states, âBut seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousnessâŚâ If you seek something first in life, you had better know exactly what you seek.
The main purpose in this chapter is not to explain in detail the Kingdom of God. (This will be done later.) It is to explain the definition of the true gospel and mankindâs awesome potential.
So letâs understand. The word âkingdomâ simply means government. Of course, you cannot have a government without a nation to govern. Therefore, a kingdom is at least one nation with a government.
There are four necessary components to any kingdom: (1) Land, property or territoryâhowever large or small. In other words, one must have a specific and definite set of boundaries that constitutes the size of the kingdom; (2) a ruler, king, monarch or governor leading the government; (3) people or subjects living within the territory; and (4) a system of laws and rules along with a basic structure of government. No kingdom is complete without all of these fundamental elements.
But how does this apply to Godâs Kingdom? Most do not understand the most basic elements of the Kingdom of God. Is it a literal, physical place on Earth, with people and laws, presided over by a ruler? Many believe the Kingdom is merely something in the hearts of men. Others believe that it is wherever you find a particular church. Still others believe that it is Jesus Christ Himself. Some believe that it is here on Earth now and others believe that it is yet to come, but do not understandâhave no ideaâhow this will occur.
We may ask: How does one actually enter the Kingdom of God?
One Must Be Born Again to Enter the Kingdom
Paul wrote that Christ is âthe firstborn from the deadâ (Col. 1:18), and also âthe firstborn among many brethrenâ (Rom. 8:29). When connected, these verses show that Jesus is merely the firstborn from the dead, with many others to follow. But when, and into what, will these others be born?
In John 3:3, Christ said to Nicodemus, âVerily, verily [this means truly, truly], I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.â In verse 6, Christ continues, âThat which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.â Simply believe the plain meaning of this verse. One must become spirit to see the Kingdom of God.
Paul taught, âflesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Godâ (I Cor. 15:50). The next two verses explain that the resurrection will occur at the last trumpet, when âthe dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.â
This is when the resurrection of the dead will occur. Do not misunderstand this climactic event, more carefully explained much later. Suffice to say here, people who were once fleshly human beings will be changed into spiritâwill be born againâand enter into the Kingdom of God. No physical people can enter this Kingdom.
John 4:24 states, âGod is a Spirit.â Under the Father, Christ leads His Kingdom, which is composed of spirit beings. At His Return, Christ, as a member of the God Family, will have many younger âbrothers and sisters,â who will have qualified to rule with Him.
Think of it this way: There is a plant kingdom, an animal kingdom, human kingdoms and an angelic kingdom. There is also the Kingdom of God.
Now notice Genesis 1:26: âAnd God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.â When referring to themselves, the One speaking says, âUs,â âOurâ and âOur.â This is proof that there is more than one Being in the Godheadâthere are presently two! In this scripture, the Hebrew word for God is Elohim. This is a uniplural term like group, team, committee or family. All of these represent one entity, comprised of several members or persons.
Thus, we will see that the Bible teaches that there is one God, composed of two Personsâthe Father and Christâwith many more persons to be added later. The first great time when God will add more sons to His Family is when Christâs Kingdom is established throughout the Earth. But entering Godâs Kingdom will not be automatic for anyone.
There Are Conditions to Entering the Kingdom
We read in several places where Christ said only those who overcome will inherit the Kingdom and rule with Him. There is more to being in the Kingdom of God than just desiring it. There are qualifying conditions that must be met.
Jesus said to a young rich man who inquired about eternal life, ââŚif you will enter into life, keep the commandmentsâ (Matt. 19:17). He explained that one must keep the Ten Commandments to be saved, and specifically cited five of them.
Now what is sin? Since committing it results in death (Rom. 6:23), should you not know what it is? I John 3:4 records, âSin is the transgression of the law.â This is the same law that the young rich man was told he must obey to inherit eternal life.
Many claim to be Christianâto be followers of Christ. They claim to âbelieve on Christâ and claim to be âseekers of truth,â when they do not want the real truth of the Bible at all. Notice this long exchange that Jesus Christ had with the Pharisees: âThen said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him [these were âbelieversâ], If you continue in my word, then are you My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you freeâŚbut you seek to kill Me, because my word has no place in youâŚBut now you seek to kill Me, a man that has told you the truth, which I have heard of GodâŚIf God were your Father, you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from GodâŚWhy do you not understand My speech? Even because you cannot hear my wordâŚand because I tell you the truth, you believe Me not [yet it says they believed âonâ Him]âŚAnd if I say the truth, why do you not believe Me?â (John 8:31-32, 37, 40, 42-46). Jesus continues in the account by bluntly indicting those who would claim to be Christians when they are really âof (their) father the devil.â
Many assert that they âknow Jesusâ when they know virtually nothing of the true Christ of the Bible. As He said, they literally âcannot hearâ Christâs wordsâthe truthâthough they may think that they do: âHe that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in himâ (I John 2:4). The world is filled with hundreds of millions of such âChristians,â professing a Jesus, but ignorant of the truth.
Many who are not practicing Christianity find their way into the true Church. But eventually they all leave. John continued, âThey went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of usâ (vs. 19). I have seen this too often. Many seem to only believe âonâ Christ, not really believing Himâthat is believing what He said, and said to DO!
Recall Christâs words in Mark 1:15: ârepent you, and believe the gospel.â Repentance is from sin (Acts 3:19). A Christian is one who has turned fromârepented ofâhis sins, and been baptized (2:38) and converted (3:19). Through a lifetime of overcoming sin, the Christian qualifies for (though he can never earn) salvation and spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God.
Your Awesome Potential
Recall that God said that He made human beings in His âimageâ and âlikeness.â This verse means what it says. God created you to become âlikeâ Him in every way. Through His Spirit entering the mind of each of His newly converted children, a literal, brand new spirit life is begotten. At that moment, a tiny spirit-begotten âembryoâ comes into existence, ready to grow and develop in overall spiritual appearance, in a sense we could say, first to âfetus,â then to birth.
Both the Old and New Testaments make this point absolutely plain! While many have some vague understanding that Christians might, in some way, be âsons of God,â none ever consider this: âBeloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He isâ (I John 3:2). Comprehend this staggering knowledge, unknown to almost all who consider themselves Christian! We will one day have the very likeness of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:16 states that we are âchildrenâ of God and âheirsâ with Christ.
King David also understood this a thousand years earlier when he wrote, âAs for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likenessâ (Psa. 17:15). Incidentally, this verse dispels the delusion of the âbeatific visionâ idea made popular by the universal churchâthat people will not actually see Godâs face in the afterlife. David understood that we will see Godâand face to face. So did John. Both knew that at the Resurrectionâwhen we âawakeââwe will be exactly like God, in form and character.
So then, God is actually reproducing Himself in human beings who have received His Holy Spirit. He is creating children that will resemble Him in every way!
But Peter wrote that Christians must âgrow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christâ (II Pet. 3:18). Christians are toâand mustâgrow in this lifetime. In order to be given divine authority and power, as joint-heirs with Christ, they must qualify, through the building of Godâs holy, righteous character in their lives.
Paul explained that the role of faithful ministers in the Church is to feed the flock. Jesus said, âI will build My Churchâ (Matt. 16:18). It is the ChurchâTHAT Churchâwhich is âJerusalem aboveâŚthe mother of us allâ (Gal. 4:26; Heb. 12:22-23). Like any mother, the Church nurtures and feeds her childrenâand she has been doing this for 2,000 years. (More about the Churchâs role as our mother will be explained in Chapter Ten.)
An Astonishing Scripture
The book of Hebrews reveals Godâs awesome purpose with crystal clarity. The context begins in Chapter 1. Watch the picture of salvation unfold.
First, understand that God created angels to be âministering spiritsâ to assist the âheirs of salvationâ (vs. 14). This is their role within Godâs Plan. Angels are not offered membership in the Family of God. This is why Satan (as a fallen angel) so hates the idea that puny, little, fleshly men can receive what he has never been offered nor can achieve.
Paul quotes two places in the Psalms: âFor unto which of the angels said He at any time, You are My Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?âŚâ (vs. 5). God has never said this to any angel!
Paul then quotes another psalm, explaining what has always been Godâs purpose: âYour throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom âŚâ (vs. 8). A scepter is a rod or staff used as a symbol of rulership or authorityâand in His Kingdom it is God who has all power.
Finally, Paul re-frames the same question about angels: âBut to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?â (vs. 13-14).
This sets the stage for what we must understand! Letâs really comprehend the incredible future that God has prepared for all those who serve Him.
An amazing series of verses continues in chapter 2. Paul quoted David (from Psalm 8:4-6) when he asked the all-important question, âWhat is man, that You are mindful of him?â (vs. 6). Since God is eternal, and sits over the entire universe and has all power under His control, it is no wonder David asked, and Paul repeated, this most central question of life.
The astounding answer begins in the next verse: âYou made him [man] a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of Your hands.â
God will eventually share rulership of His entire creation with His Sons. Again, Christ is merely the first of many Sons. The birth of a firstborn son does not preclude the birth of additional sons (and daughters) to that same family. I have two sons and am a firstborn son with a younger brother. My father was a second born son, having an elder brother and so on.
Paul goes on to explain that God plans to give enormous power and authority to His Sons: âYou have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under himâ (vs. 8). This has not yet happenedâbut it will soon.
When God says that âall thingsâ will be put under the feet of man, that is what He means! The vast universe, with all of its quadrillions of stars and one trillion galaxies, will be put under the authority of men who have been born into the Family of God. In fact, the Moffatt translation renders the Greek word for âall thingsâ as âthe universe.â
This is truly staggering knowledge! Take time to grasp it. Savor what can be YOUR future!
Before continuing, consider a fascinating verse about another related aspect of salvation not understood before. We have seen that Christians await a truly awesome salvation. But the entirety of creation is also intensely awaiting the appearing of those new sons to be added to Godâs Family. Carefully read the following verses from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible:
âFor the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation [all things in the known universe] was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation [everything] has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves [Christians], who have the firstfruits of the Spirit [the few now called], groan inwardly as we wait for [birth] as sonsâ (Rom. 8:19-23).
All future âsons of Godâ will eventually be liberators of a creation now in bondage, and foretold to grow much worse. A decayed and wounded Earth, sun, moon and starsâthe universe!âwill soon be renewed and returned to a state of beauty, harmony and tranquility under the leadership of Christ and the resurrected saints.
âBringing Many Sons unto Gloryâ
Now we can continue the all-important account in Hebrews 2: âBut we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferingsâ (vs. 9-10).
This passage reveals the staggering potential planned for all Christians. When Christ returns, Paul reveals that it will be âmany sonsâ who are brought âunto gloryâ through the âCaptain of our salvation.â
Verse 11 states that Christ âis not ashamed to call them [the other many sonsâus] brethren.â These are all those of whom Christ is called the âfirstborn.â Truly, the begotten person has been called to âgloryâ and to be one of âmany sons.â It is Christâs suffering and sacrifice that allows Him to be the âCaptain of their salvationââand potentially yours!
What an awesome potential for those Christ âcallsâŚbrethren.â Now notice this final verse: âFor both He that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethrenâ (vs. 11). Christ and the saints share the same salvation.
This verse shows that Christians are âsanctifiedâ (set apart). How? John stated, âSanctify them [begotten Christians] through Your truth: your word is truthâ (John 17:17).
The cherished traditions and fables of men, about life after death or anything else, collapse under scrutiny. Christians, having come out of a deceived, confused world, are set apart from the world by the truth!
If Christ is ânot ashamed to call them (us) brethren,â then we, Godâs begotten sons, must not be ashamed to defend the very truth that sanctifies usâand the truth of the gospel (Phil. 1:17). We must âgrow upâ unto Christ (Eph. 4:13) and hold to the true doctrines of God. We must qualify to one day stand beside Christ over âall things.â
Now step back. Do you see what is described here? The incredible goal of a Christian is to be born into the Kingdom of Godâto become a spirit being RULING under Christ, as a very Son of God. What could be more wonderfulâmore glorious!âfor a Christian to look forward to?
Matthew 24:27 states that when Christ returns in power and glory, His Coming will be like lightning shining from the east to the west. This will be an earth-shattering event, impossible to miss.
Daniel spoke of Christ coming in the âclouds of heavenâ (7:13). Before His Return, God officially grants Him authority to rule the world. The saints cannot be given authority with Christ until He is given authority first. Only then can He give power to others. Notice: âAnd there was GIVEN Him [Christ] 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 destroyedâ (vs. 14).
But the Christianâs responsibility in this life is to qualify to be part of Godâs Kingdom. No wonder Christ stated, âAnd he that overcomes, and keeps My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of ironâŚeven as I received of My Fatherâ (Rev. 2:26-27) and a few verses later, âTo him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throneâŚâ (3:21). When Christ returns, the saints will rule with Him!
The excitement of eternal life will be beyond description. We shall have the power of God, never experiencing fatigue, suffering, pain or evil of any kind. Anticipation of new projects, thrilling accomplishments and unspeakable joy will last for eternity.
Who would not want this? Why has mankind not known that this has always been its destinyâthat all human suffering and misery could be eliminated, if man understood the origin of human nature, the source of evil of every kindâand overcame it?
Why is the world in the terrible mess that it is? Why was man offered eternal life, yet made of the dust of the groundâmortalâable to die? Whyâand howâis he different from the animals? Why is he able to think and reasonâresolve problems and find solutionsâwhile animals cannot? Why is the human mind infinitely more capable than any animal brain? Exactly what is the difference between them?
Read on for the plain answers that scientists, theologians, philosophers and educators have missed!