BY THE WAY, ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD . . .

An article describing the Kingdom of God, when and where it will be set up, and who will be its citizens, also detailing the requirements for inclusion, and a description of what life will be like in the Kingdom.

By Cristo Rey

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What is the Kingdom of God, and where is it going to be established? Who will be part of the Kingdom of God, and what are the requirements to making it into the Kingdom? When will it be established, and what will life be like in the Kingdom of God?

      The purpose of this article is to attempt to answer these questions by a departure from the conventional and traditional interpretations of this subject by my fellow Christians. We have been mislead to believe that our integration into the Kingdom of God will not be in our present physical bodies. Jesus the Christ very clearly stated that the Kingdom of God was within us, within our bodies, within our present physical bodies (Lk 17:21). He did not say that it would be in some "later-acquired spiritual body," the only physical body we have and will ever have is our present physical one.

What is the Kingdom of God, and where is it going to be established?

      The Kingdom of God is a self-defining concept, it means just what its phrase states, no more and no less, a Kingdom over which God is its King. In its broadest concept, it encompasses the whole Universe and everything that exists within it.

      The Kingdom of God is not synonymous with any earthly human kingdom, nor with any specific human nation. It is not synonymous with "Civilization, Nations of the World, nor Cities," nor with any specific geographical political location or entity (most of all, not with Jerusalem or Israel), as none of these will be in existence any longer when the Kingdom of God is fully reestablished (Isa 23:13, Isa 27:10).

"And the seventh angel sounded;
and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world
are become the kingdoms of our Lord
,
and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." (Rev 11:15)

      The expression "The kingdoms of this world" implies that even the present Nation of Israel, if it exists by then (although it probably will not exist by then, see "By the Way, About Israel . . ."), will be also taken over by God, to become part of His Kingdom . . .

Who will be part of the Kingdom of God, and what are the requirements to making it into the Kingdom?

      Our attainment of an eternal life in this existence, and our integration into the Kingdom of God are one and the same thing, one and the same act (Mk 10:17-23, Lk 18:18-25); That is to say, our integration into the Kingdom of God will come about through our attainment of an eternal life in this existence, in our present physical bodies. These two events, our attainment of eternal longevity within our present physical bodies, and as a result our integration into the Kingdom of God are the very same event, the very same act . . . one single event, one single act.

      Our "ticket" or price of entrance into the Kingdom of God is the attainment of an eternal life in this existence.

      The attainment of an eternal life within our present physical bodies in this existence will not occur by merely accepting Jesus the Christ as our "Lord and Savior" in a single emotionally-laden instant, even though that He is. Jesus the Christ never said that this was the way for us to achieve any or all of these, but that believing and accepting that He had become the Christ or Anointed One (Anointed with all the Knowledge and Way of Thinking of His Father, God), was a necessary First Step (Jn 5:30-44).

      Thus we are not to believe that we have attained an eternal life and inclusion into the Kingdom of God by an emotionally-laden single instant of acceptance of Jesus the Christ as our "Lord and Savior," even though that He is. It is not the man Jesus that we are called upon to accept, but rather the teachings by the Christ in Him (Jn 14:6).

      This erroneous concept runs counter to the very explicit and clear words of Jesus the Christ, when he acknowledged that we are still mortal beings, even though He understood that our souls yearn for eternal life (Jn 5:39). He promised us eternal life only if we learned to live by the way that He taught (Jn 5:24), and after a future Final Judgment (Jn 5:27-29), something that has not yet happened. His emphasis was on us learning to live by the way that He taught (Jn 5:24), which He in turn had learned from His Father, God, not on merely us believing that He was the Christ and our Lord and Savior, even though that He is; The belief can be instant, the learning and practicing living by the way that He taught will take time, for some it will take only months but for others it might take years or even decades. Even after that learning and practicing having taken place, until after a Final Judgment we will remain mortal beings (Jn 5:24, Jn 5:27-29).

      The most important requirement, indeed an absolute requirement, to learn and successfully practice living the way that He taught is our "spiritual rebirth" (Lk 14:26, Jn 3:1-8), or the remaking of our soul and spirit. This entails our complete rejection and abandonment of all our previous upbringing, cultural, religious, and philosophical values, ideas, concepts, knowledge, and beliefs. We have to become as children (toddlers) again (Mt 18:3, Mk 10:15, Lk 18:17), and not match or compare what we hear or read from Him with our previous ideas, concepts, knowledge and beliefs. We are instead to test the new concepts learned for their validity and correctness within themselves; The correctness of a concept is primarily determined by a test of its logic and consistency under any and all possible situations.

      The everlasting, eternal life promised to us by Jesus the Christ is a real one in this existence, not a "spiritual" one in another existence. His resurrection was into this life (Lk 24:39), not as a "spirit" into another life; However, He was taken from us before He could explain completely, or teach us appropriately how to achieve it, necessitating his Second Advent to finish His work.

When will it be established, and what will life be like in the Kingdom of God?

      The Kingdom of God will be established by the Christ in His Second Advent as the Son of Man, and after He destroys the Beast (666) and its False Prophet (Rev Ch. 1-20, Rev Ch. 21-22), and carries out the Final Judgment of Mankind.

      Eventually, the Kingdom of God will be made up of only mammalian human beings ("lambs with intelligence"), and there will not be any reptilian human beings ("talking snakes") there. A rich cross-section of human talents, training, occupations, abilities, intelligence, and know-how will be represented. These will be used by their possessors for the maintenance of the Kingdom. Life in the Kingdom will not differ in the essentials of what we have become accustomed to in the present Earth Age, but will be done in a wiser and more judicious manner.

      There will not be any governments there, not at national or local levels, for God will be their King. There will be no armies, police, or jails there, and the only Justice will be by His Son, the Christ, which will consist at its most extreme of the banishment from the Kingdom for the worst offenders.

      Reptilian human beings ("talking snakes"), and all others who do not accept the Christ, God, or His Kingdom will remain outside the Kingdom, and will mercifully be allowed to live out their lives; However, without the benefits of the Kingdom or of an eternal life. It is to be understood that lawlessness, pestilences, unlivable conditions, and massive deaths for certain will prevail outside the Kingdom.

"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha
and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will
give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the
water of life freely.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,
and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall
have their part in the lake which burneth with
fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Rv 21:6-8)

Food for thought

"Behold, I come quickly:
blessed is he that keepeth
the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
" (Rev 22:7)



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