The Two Kingdoms
Every reference in the Bible of “Kingdom of God” is to that of a kingdom, which is of a spiritual and of a moral nature, and every reference in the Bible to “Kingdom of Heaven”, is to that of a kingdom, which is of a physical and of a literal nature.
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The Basic Truths Of Life!
Everyone that ever walked on this planet must come to terms in this life with some basic TRUTHS. These will be the basic truths that no one can argue with, if they are sane. Of course, if you believe what God says in His Own BOOK about you, then you will have no problem with accepting these basic truths.
1. The Brevity Of Life
"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." (James 4:14b) Our life is brief! like a vapor, or like smoke. "Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?" (Job 7:1) He is born, and then he will die! This is certain! (The exception being Enoch and Elijah, and also, those believers in Jesus Christ who are alive when He comes for His Church.)
2. The Brevity Of Your Remembrance
You will soon be forgotten. A man is remembered only a little while, and then he is forgotten. "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him anymore. Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness." (Job 7:10 & 10:20-22)
3. The Sureness Of Trouble
Life is bale full of troubles. I have also found this very true!!! "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not." (Job 14:1).
4. The Verity Of The White Throne Judgment
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). You will not miss this one unless YOU ARE HID in the CLEFT OF THE ROCK!
5. The Eternality And The Finality Of What You Do With Jesus Christ:
We will all be held accountable over this issue. It is a hard fact of life, my friend. Now will you take God's offer of eternal life ... purchased by His Son ... for all those who will put their trust in Him ... a thumbs down? You will everlastingly suffer the consequences!
6. That Men Never Learn From History
We learn from History That Men Never Learn From History! It is a heart problem! Men refuse to learn the "lessons" afforded by the light of HISTORY: the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!
7. What Should You Do?
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"; [Romans 10:8-13]
THE BIBLE :
Believe The BOOK!
The King James Bible
This is God's Holy WORD to you and I! Do you believe it? The A.V.1611 (or The King James Bible) is God's word PRESERVED in the English language for you and me. It came from the English Reformation. This Bible declares that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." [2 Timothy 3:16] God's inspired word is preserved in the A.V.1611. The word "preserved" means maintained inspiration. "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." [Psalm 12:6-7] “PRESERVE.” .
Home In The Hills:
[Or New Jerusalem]
Everybody is going home someday. Everybody is going to their LONG HOME. When you die, you are going to go to your “long home” whether, it be in “Heaven” or in “Hell”. Do you realize that truth? “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:” [Ecclesiastes 12:5]. Read More?
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.James
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven
The primary theme of the Bible is one of kingdoms and kings.
In fact, two books are named KINGS: I Kings and II Kings. Kingdoms and Kings! Two more books that chronicle kingdoms and kings (in particular the Jewish kingdoms and their kings) are 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles.
In Matthew 4:8, we see a strange scene … six thousand years
in a moment of time, with all “the kingdoms of the world” being
offered by the god of this world (Satan) to the SON of GOD,
Jesus Christ. “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding
high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and
the glory of them.”
These kingdoms are collectively called by God in Daniel 4:17 “the kingdom of men.”
Now we are not as interested here with the “kingdom of men” as we are with “the kingdom of God” or “the kingdom of heaven”.
Furthermore, there are more references in the Scripture of the singular form of “the Kingdom” than there are of those concerning the topic of salvation in Jesus Christ. And again, the subject of “the Kingdom” in the Bible far outnumber the references it makes to Heaven or to Hell, or even to that which is made of the first coming of Jesus Christ. More than any other subject in the Bible, the subject of the KINGDOM comes up.
The Bible shows that the KINGDOM is manifested to man in two distinct forms. This is a basic biblical principle. Every reference in the Bible of “Kingdom of God” is to that of a kingdom, which is of a spiritual and of a moral nature, and every reference in the Bible to “Kingdom of Heaven”, is to that of a kingdom, which is of a physical and of a literal nature.
Careful and “believing” Bible study will take you by the logic of faith to this understanding.
Two Things Different Are Not The Same
The phrase “kingdom of heaven” appears thirty-two times in the Bible, and every instance of the phrase: the “kingdom of heaven”, is found (only in the New Testament) in the book of Matthew. The phrase the “kingdom of God” is found seventy times including in the book of Matthew. The two kingdoms are not the same! However, many expositors of the Bible think “the kingdom of God” is identical to “the kingdom of heaven”. They have broken their necks here.
These unbelieving scholars are confused and blind. (Do not get me wrong. I did not say, they are not Christians! I just said that they do not believe the Book.) They have misunderstood the Scripture to their hurt, and to the hurt of those who have followed them. This is where the Roman Catholic is. This is where the Presbyterian is, including most professing Christians. Christendom (whatever that means) can make no differentiation in these terms because of heart trouble.
This is why the Roman Catholic Church, and all the Protestant denominations that came out of the Reformation, have usurped the Bible. They see no place for Israel as a nation now, and they see no place for Israel in the future. They think the literal nation of Israel does not figure in any Kingdom of Heaven. They think “the Church” has inherited all the promises given to Israel, (so-called Covenant Theology). They have become thieves! These people see no future literal, physical, Messianic kingdom to be established in “the holy mountain” of Jerusalem. They willingly are fooled!!! “Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.” [Zechariah 8:3]
This also, impart, explains the hostility we see in the world today toward the Jew (Israel), and why the jealousy of the Church of Rome toward Israel. The center of the Earth is not Rome. The center of the Earth is Jerusalem! And Jerusalem belongs to the Jews! Amen! And it soon will belong to the King of Kings!!! For Jesus Christ will reign in Israel in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Post-Millennial viewpoint (including the Amillenial viewpoint) erroneously spiritualizes, and steals the promises for themselves, promises that God gave only to Israel. It behooves us then, as believers of God’s word, to see that two things different are not the same.
The Kingdom of Heaven is primarily for Israel. (Israel will be the dominant nation in the Kingdom of Heaven.) This KINGDOM in the Bible is always a visible, physical (or natural), Davidic, one thousand year kingdom on this Earth. In contrast, the Kingdom of God is a KINGDOM, which is first inward, or moral (in the heart!), and is invisible (or supernatural), and is currently present in the age we live in, which is the Church age. Jesus Christ revealed that: “The kingdom of God is within you.” It is inward and spiritual! The salient verse is in Luke 17:20-21. “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Go to: The Kingdom Of Heaven
Psalm 12 ... is the promise to us!
Purified seven times ... God's word is kept in spite of men!
Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from
among the children of men.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. [Verse 2]
The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: [Verse 3]
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? [Verse 4]
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. [Verse 5]
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [Verse 6]
Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. [Verse 7]
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. [Verse 8]