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What Is the Kingdom of God?

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In1966, as God began to call me into His truth, I had the opportunity to meet with my United States congressman from Ohio. All applicants to the U.S. Naval Academy were required to have a personal interview with their congressman before possible acceptance. At the end of the interview, my congressman asked if I wished to ask him any questions. Here was a highly respected, long-time member of Congress—for 26 years, until 1973—giving me the opportunity to ask him any question.

I had only one.

I was learning about a coming, world-ruling, supergovernment to be established at the Return of Jesus Christ. I asked the congressman his opinion of one world government, if it were in the hands of men. His answer was immediate and emphatic, “I do not believe it would work, but if I did, I would shout it from the housetops.” He went on to express various concerns.

Since that time, more and more people have suggested that one world government is the only way to save civilization. But many questions arise. Who would bring it? How would it be phased in? What laws would it administer? How would they be enforced? Would sovereign nations relinquish their authority to it? Would it succeed, or eventually oppress and enslave all mankind? These questions always stop thinkers, planners, leaders and politicians in their tracks!

Like a newscaster far ahead of his time, Jesus came with an announcement about a complete change in the way the world would one day be governed. World peace, happiness, harmony, universal health and prosperity would come.

But He did not bring it in the way that most believe.

In Mark 1:15, Jesus declared, “Repent you, and believe the gospel.” We must ask, just what is the gospel? Most “gospel believers” never concern themselves with what it is they believe. The truth of the gospel has remained hidden to the vast majority of professing Christians. Ever since the first century there has been a conspiracy to deceive would-be Christians about the meaning of the gospel.

As a result, most believe the gospel is about the Person of Jesus. Certainly, Jesus’ role is enormous, but He is not the gospel. The Bible shows that Jesus Christ is preached in conjunction with the gospel.

Some proclaim a “gospel of salvation” or “grace.” Others a “gospel of miracles” or a “social gospel,” or one about “foods” or “healing” or “faith.” Some talk of “gospel music.” These are all manmade ideas—and not what the Bible says!

Notice what Mark recorded! “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” (vs. 14). That is the gospel Jesus preached. It was in this context He said, “Repent you, and believe the gospel.” What gospel?—the “kingdom of God.” Verse one refers to, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The gospel of Jesus Christ was about the kingdom of God—not something else! One must believe and understand that gospel to be saved. No counterfeit or substitute will do.

Paul explained that the apostles were entrusted by God to preserve the true gospel. Notice: “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God” (I Thes. 2:4). This is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. True ministers teach what God commands, not what “pleases men.”

Why do preachers not fear to do this? Why are so many willing to teach a variety of false gospels? Because they fear preaching what could displease their congregations—and cost them their jobs. Also, the churches of mainstream Christianity cannot agree on what the gospel is.

The masses are deceived by the god of this world, who uses his ministers as instruments to spread the most popular false gospel, that of the Person of Jesus, instead of Jesus’ message about God’s kingdom.

People need to wake up to the deception—the mass delusion—of a supposed Christianity that denies virtually all the truths of the Bible! God’s Plan for mankind is staggering—incomparable to anything human beings have devised to replace it. The world ignores plain, clear, unmistakable scriptures found throughout the Bible about God’s kingdom.

Very few recognize that Jesus Christ was born to be a king—to rule all nations of Earth forever with the help of other spirit-composed kings. This is the central theme of the entire Bible: “And out of His [Christ’s] mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron…and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:15-16).

To learn much more about the astonishing truth of the kingdom of God, watch The World to Come broadcast “The Kingdom of God—What No One Knows! (Part 1).”


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