The Kingdom

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The Kingdom of God is one form of government.
It is like a pure Republic where the people follow The Way.
Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh and others had many other ways and used other Welfare types that employed the people as subjects under their protection and control by a social contract.
Abraham left Haran with many souls and Moses left Egypt with a nation. Both built altars of sacrifice but neither seemed to use taxation of the people to sustain their societies.
There was no king in Israel but there were freewill offerings.
What was the early Church doing that was like the Levites?
The Kingdom of God shall be taken from the Pharisees.
The apostles were appointed a kingdom but they were not to rule over the people but depended upon charity and hope through faith.
A nation may go into bondage by seeking protection, benefits and employment because of an appetite where they are biting one another.
Questions
* What is the perfect law of liberty?
* How does one abundantly minister unto the entrance of the everlasting kingdom in righteousness? 2 Peter 1:11
* Do you go to Church to attend to the weightier matters?
 : How do covetous practices turn you into merchandise and curse children and make you a surety for debt?
* Why were you told in the Ten Commandments to make no covenant?
* What is the difference between 'Kingdom of God' and 'Kingdom of Heaven' or are the terms interchangeable?

The Kingdom, a Society under God

We have been directed to preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The word kingdom154 in the New Testament is translated from a Greek word that has more to do with the right or authority to be ruled by someone, rather than rule in a particular place or location. God endowed everyman with certain unalienable rights. The kingdom is that body of men and women, righteous in their generations, seeking the will of God, faithful to His ways and having no other gods before Him. Nor do they oppress the stranger or covet their neighbors’ goods for their own benefit. They are free souls under God.

Abraham left Haran with many souls. Moses led the people out of the bondage of the Egyptian government. The Israelites wandered in the desert under a different system of self government. The people were required to attend to the needs of that society of God by free will offerings through a network of voluntary contributions. This is what John155 and Jesus preached. This is the kingdom.

The people were told to never again go back156 to the Egyptian system of bondage157 and compulsory offerings.158 Such systems were like the city of Cain and Nimrod ruled by benefactors who exercised authority, ruling over their neighbors in covetous systems that made the word of God to none effect.

In the ancient days of the kingdom the people had been freed by God through Abraham and Moses. There was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes159 in a system of self governance by freewill offerings and public servants who could not exercise authority.

That system worked for a whole nation until the people rejected God.160 When the “voice of the people” chose to give their power of choice to Saul they gave up a right given them by God. Under bondage they forgot the precepts of God and were soon overcome by selfishness, sloth, and superstition.

Christ came as king to take that kingdom away from those who were supposed to be bearing fruit and give it to another who would take their place.161 They were not maintaining an entrance to the kingdom of God.162 In fact, they kept people from entering the ways of God through their ordinances.163

Jesus was the king, doing the work of a righteous king setting the people free. He told us to teach all nations how that kingdom functioned in the name of God164 under the perfect law of liberty.

Footnotes

  • 154 932 basileia basileia 1) royal power, kingship, dominion, rule 1a) not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom 1b) of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah

  • 155Luke 3:11 “He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.”

  • 156“But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.” Dt 17:16, Le 26:13.

  • 157Genesis 47:25 “And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.” [ As a noun the word dbe `ebed is translated “servant, manservant, bondman, bondage, and bondservant, and defined as “slave, servant” and even a “subjects” or “worshippers” as in “worshippers of Baal”.

  • 158Genesis 47:24 “And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth [part] unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.” [This was 20 percent income tax on their labor paid to the government annually.]

  • 159In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6

  • 1601 Samuel 8:7 “And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”

  • 161Matthew 21:43 “Therefore say I unto you, The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

  • 1622 Peter 1:11 “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

  • 163Matthew 23:13 “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”

  • 164Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”



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