Sluice Box Adventures

Believing Bible Study in the 21st century

All About Dispensational Truth

The Postponement of The Kingdom

There is coming to this earth a dispensation called: “the regeneration”, a “time of reformation”, a millennial kingdom, which the Lord will put his laws into the minds of the Jews.

The Postponement of The Kingdom of Heaven

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.James

The Postponement of the KingdomIsrael rejected the owner of the house, whose house was meant to be “the house of prayer."

They took him, and despitefully abused him, and “cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him." [Luke 23:21] Jesus Christ came to this earth the first time “to seek and to save that which was lost.” [Luke 19:10] Amen!

In the book of Acts chapter seven we see the Branch of Zechariah chapter 6, verse 12 … who is Jesus Christ … “the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God,” [Acts 7:55] in a momentous scene just seen this once in the whole Bible. He is not sitting but standing ready to come to the earth to set up the Kingdom of Heaven, and build a temple “not made with hands” (Hebrews 9:11) “Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:"  [Zechariah 6:12b].

For Jesus Christ as “a minister of the sanctuary” of “the true tabernacle” as “an high priest” will come from heaven and “minister” [Hebrews 8:1-2 & Hebrews 8:8-10] “a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”. This is “the covenant …“ of Hebrews 10:16.

Yes, with the rejection of Stephen’s message by the Jewish nation, the postponement of the Kingdom of Heaven was inevitable. God would now bring to pass Romans 11:17. Hence, the natural “branches” of the house of Israel were rejected by “The Branch”. In their place the wild “branches” of the Gentiles were grafted into the tree ... TEMPORARILY!

God now ushers in something not seen by the prophets, the Church Age, whereby all men, whether Jew or Gentile, must come to Jesus Christ as individuals for salvation. “Who among you will give ear to this? Who will hearken and hear for the time to come?" (Isaiah 42:23) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]

The Translation (Or Rapture) Of The Church

In a short time, the body of Christ, “the Church”, will be taken up to heaven. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” [I Thessalonians 4:16]

The Tribulation And Second Of Jesus Christ

God will signal at the right time, and at the right place (for his people Israel will be back in the land which is at the center of the earth) for the supernatural re-grafting of the natural branches back into its tree. But not without TROUBLE!

For God will bring the Jews (and all the EARTH) through a seven year tribulation called the Great Tribulation. “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.” [Joel 2:1-2] Then he will set Jesus Christ on his throne. “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2:6) See Psalm 2 verse 8.

The Kingdom Of Heaven ...

The Earth Will Shine With His Glory!“Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.” [Ezekiel 43:1-2]

The Place Of Jesus Christ’s Throne (And The Place For The Soles Of His Feet)

“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]

“And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.” (Ezekiel 43:4-7)

“This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.” [Ezekiel 43:12]

The Temple

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands” [Hebrews 9:11]

“Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” [Zechariah 6:13]

All nations Will Come To The Lord Of Hosts At Jerusalem

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” [Zechariah 8:20-23]

The Re-Institution Of The Blood Sacrifices And Of The Sabbath!

“And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord God; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.”[Ezekiel 43:18]“Thus saith the Lord God; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.” [Ezekiel 46:1]

The Prince Worships

“And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.” [Ezekiel 46:2]

The People Are Happy!

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.” [Zechariah 8:4-5]

The Lord Is There!

“And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures. And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.  At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, the Lord is there.” [Ezekiel 48:30-35]"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." [Psalm 48:2]

Indeed, my friends, very near in the future, there is coming to this earth a dispensation called: “the regeneration”, a “time of reformation”, a millennial kingdom, which the Lord will put his laws into the minds of the Jews. For the last six thousand years ever since Adam sinned, the whole creation has been groaning and waiting for a reformation. It will be a Sabbath, or a rest for the earth, lasting one thousand years. Jesus Christ will reign. The Bride of Jesus Christ … The Church … will reign with him. “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” [Revelation 5:10]

The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven will be coexistent during the regeneration. And all this, after the thousand years with Jesus Christ, reigning visibly from Jerusalem, will come a new heaven and a new earth. (The present Earth will have burned with fire in a fervent heat!)

The Kingdom of Heaven will have transitioned into eternity. There will be no physical temple in it: “for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it”[Revelation 21:22]

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”[Revelation 21:1-5]

These words are true and faithful, my friends. I want to plead with you again! Please be sure that you have been saved by the blood of the Lamb of God. You need to come by faith to Jesus Christ. Remember, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God! If you know these things are true, REPENT … come now to him. You will never regret it!

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. [John 1:12]

And for those of you that already are true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, just visualize by the eyes of faith this beautiful scene.

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.” Revelation 22:1-6

Amen! Amen! Amen!

Trust Jesus Christ for your salvation now!

Next: The Church Age