Shalom! My name is Adam Pastor

Welcome to ADONI MESSIAH which means
"My Lord Messiah" -
a fitting epithet to who Jesus (or Yeshua) is!

Here, I attempt to present the Apostolic Truths according to the Scriptures, that there is
One GOD, the Father, namely, YAHWEH,
and One Lord, GOD's only begotten Son,
Yeshua the Messiah.

And that one day YAHWEH will send His Son back to Earth to inaugurate the Everlasting Kingdom of GOD



Enjoy!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

God's Kingdom to be on earth By Raymond C Faircloth

God’s Kingdom to be on earth!

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that the coming Kingdom of God will be set up on earth with a returned Jesus as King in the literal Jerusalem of the future. Jesus, with his associate rulers, will immediately set about the task of bringing about paradise conditions so that all war, crime, poverty and pollution are steadily eradicated. Increasingly the nations will be living in harmony.
THE KINGDOM WAS JESUS’ PREACHING THEME
· “But he said to them, ‘Also to the other cities I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, for this I was sent forth’” (Luke 4:43).
· “[Jesus] being seen by them throughout forty days and telling the things about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).
Through his entire ministry Jesus gave approximately 18 parables to show what the kingdom was like.
THE KINGDOM IS THE PREACHING THEME FOR CHRISTIANS
· “…when they believed Philip, who was declaring the good news of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, they proceeded to be baptized...” (Acts 8:12).
· “I [Paul] went preaching the kingdom” (Acts 20:25).
· “…he [Paul] explained the matter to them by bearing thorough witness concerning the kingdom of God and by using persuasion with them concerning Jesus...” (Acts 28:23).
· Paul was: “…preaching the kingdom of God to them and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 28:31).
THE KINGDOM WILL BE ESTABLISHED ON EARTH :
THE KINGDOM FORETOLD BY DANIEL
· “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin...” (Dan. 2:44).
· “…a stone [The kingdom]... struck the image on its feet (therefore on earth) ... the stone became a large mountain and filled the whole earth” (Dan. 2:34, 35, 44).
THE KINGDOM ABSORBS THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD AND IS THEREFORE NOT IN HEAVEN
· “Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One;” (Dan. 7:27 NASB).
· “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;” (Rev. 11:15 NASB).
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN = KINGDOM OF GOD (Matthew 19:23, 24).
Also compare Matthew 19:14 with Mark 10:14. This means that it is a kingdom belonging to God. He is its originator and it is superior to all other kingdoms. It does not mean that it is located in heaven.
THE KINGDOM IS AN EARTHLY PARADISE RELATED TO ISRAEL
· “And God planted a garden [Gk. paradeison] eastward in Eden” (Gen. 2:8). Also in Genesis 2:9; 2:10; 2:15; 3:2. The Greek Septuagint translates garden as paradeisos.
· “…remember me when you come into your kingdom! He [Jesus] said to him… truly I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42, 43).
· Paul states that “…a man…was caught away as such to the 3rd heaven ... he was caught away into paradise” (2 Cor. 12:2, 4).
This seems to be the 3rd “heavens and earth” that Peter later described in 2 Peter 3:5, 7, 13 as new heavens and a new earth and was therefore Paul’s vision of the coming paradise on earth. The final use of the word ‘paradise’ is in the Revelation:
· “To him that conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).
The Scriptures consistently use the term paradise in a setting that is of the earth. There is no thought of it as being relocated to heaven.
· “the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them...they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:3, 5).
· “...your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as it is in heaven, also upon earth” (Matt. 6:10).
· “…they will reign upon the earth.”(Rev. 5:10 NASB).
· “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” (Acts 1:6).
Jesus did not correct the disciples as regards the location of the Kingdom, but only showed that the time of its appearance would not be known.
THE PHYSICAL CONDITIONS IN THE KINGDOM
· “…many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens” (Matt. 8:11).
· “I will not drink again from the product of the vine until the kingdom of God arrives” (Luke 22:18).
· “…just as my Father has made a covenant with me for a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:29, 30).
THE KING RULES ON EARTH
· “And a king will certainly reign and act with discretion and execute justice and righteousness in the land” (Jer. 23:5).
· “May he rule…to the ends of the earth” (Ps. 72:8 NASB).
THE THRONE OF DAVID IS ON EARTH
· “The government will rest on his shoulders…On the throne of David and over his kingdom” (Isa. 9:6, 7 NASB).
· “God will give him [Jesus] the throne of David his father” (Luke 1:32-35).
· “God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne” (Acts 2:30).
David’s throne is an earthly one and will be re-established:
· “When the Son of Man arrives in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before him” (Matt. 25:31).
JESUS’ RULERSHIP IS IN LITERAL ISRAEL
· “From you there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel” (Mic. 5:2-4)
· “And I saw, and look! The Lamb standing upon Mount Zion” (Rev. 14:1).
This scene is on earth because the voice that John hears is from heaven. The parables of the Nobleman in Luke 19:11-27 and of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 both show that Jesus will return to where he left, namely the earth:
· “And his feet will actually stand in that day upon the mountain of the olive trees, which is in front of Jerusalem” (Zech. 14:4).
As God’s representative it will be the feet of Jesus that stand on the Mount of Olives.
CHRISTIANS DO NOT RULE FROM HEAVEN
As oppose to what other organisations such as the Jehovah Witnesses teach.
· “…kingdom and priests, and they are reigning upon the earth” (Rev. 5:10 Kingdom Interlinear Translation).
All examples of the very same Greek phrase are translated as ‘upon/on’ in their New World Translation [NWT] in Revelation – all except 5:10. These are: 5:3, 5:13, 6:10, 7:1, 10:5b, 10:8, 11:10a, 11:10b, 13:8, 13:14, 14:6, 14:16, 16:18, 17:8, 18:24.
There are also many similar phrases: Rev. 3:10: “upon the whole inhabited earth”
Rev. 10:5a: “upon the sea.”
Rev. 14:14: “upon the cloud.”
The Greek word epi is also many times translated as over but not properly for the phrase
epi tes ges or similarly structured phrases. The NWT reference Bible footnote for 5:10 says: “epi with the genitive, as in 9:11; 11: 6.” The correct choice of translation in 5:10 one has to decide whether the immediate and broader contexts are substantial enough to translate as over while flying in the face of almost all other committees of translators and the overwhelming evidence as to the way the phrase is translated in the rest of Revelation in the NWT. In Revelation 11:6 although the 2 witnesses “have authority over the waters” they are still on the earth. “The holy ones” of 5:8 are later described as being attacked by the misled nations when the 1000 years have ended:
· “And they advanced over the breadth of the earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city” (Rev. 20:9).
Only an unwarranted interpretation, to the effect that these are different holy ones at the end of the Millennium than before it, can make 20:9 lose its force to show that 5:10 refers to these ones reigning on earth. Of course, they will reign over the mortal population of earth as any King or Queen can rule over their populations whilst sitting on a throne on earth. These holy ones are certainly to reign with Messiah who is himself prophesied in many Scriptures to reign on earth e.g.:
· “And a king will certainly reign and act with discretion and execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will reside in security” (Jer. 23:5, 6).
Jesus is here prophesied to reign on David’s throne, which no Jew of the time would have imagined to be anywhere but on earth (Luke 1:32, 33).
THE KINGDOM WILL BE “INHERITED” AND “ENTERED INTO”
· “…inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world” (Matt. 25:34).
· “Not everyone... will enter into the kingdom of the heavens” (Matt. 7:21, 22).
· “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations” (Acts 14:22).
· “…do you not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators…will inherit God’s kingdom” (1 Cor. 6:9)
JERUSALEM WILL BE THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE KINGDOM
Regarding ‘Heavenly Jerusalem” mentioned in Hebrews 12:22: the adjective heavenly is qualitative and is not referring to a location. It is a present condition of Christians just as in Ephesians 1:3 and 2:6. Hence the “heavenly Jerusalem” is the glorious city of the future which Christians have now approached.
A LITERAL JERUSALEM
· “The rod of your strength YAHWEH will send forth out of Zion, saying, ‘Go subduing in the midst of your enemies.’” (Ps. 110:2).
· “For out of Zion law will go forth, and the word of YAHWEH out of Jerusalem” (Isa. 2:3 and Mic. 4:2).
· “For YAHWEH of armies has become king in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem” (Isa. 24:23).
· “…they will call Jerusalem the throne of YAHWEH; and to her all of the nations must be brought together to the name of YAHWEH at Jerusalem” (Jer. 3:17).
· “Jerusalem...is the city of the great King” (Matt. 5:35).
· “Jerusalem itself will reside in security” (Jer. 33:16).
· “I will bring back again judges for you as at the first...After this you will be called the City of Righteousness, Faithful Town” (Isa. 1:26).
· “Abraham...was awaiting the city having real foundations ... they are reaching out for a better [place] that is, one belonging to heaven” (Heb. 11:8-10, 16).
· “And they advanced over the breadth of the earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city” (Rev. 20:9).
This clearly shows that the beloved city heavenly Jerusalem will be on earth at the end of the Millennium.
THE KINGDOM IS MAINLY FUTURE
· “I will not drink again from the product of the vine until the kingdom of God arrives” (Luke 22:18).
· “In the re-creation when the Son of Man sits down upon his glorious throne....” (Matt. 19:28).
· “Give the word that these my two sons may sit down, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom” (Matt. 20:21).
· “When you see these things [The disgusting thing that causes desolation and the Great Tribulation] occurring, know that the Kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31).
· “The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” at the second coming. (Rev. 11:15).
The parable of the Nobleman who goes:
· “…to a distant land and to return”.....verse 23 indicates a long time lag: “why is it you did not put my silver money in the bank? Then on my arrival, I would have collected it with interest” (Luke 19:11-27).
IN WHAT SENSE IS THE KINGDOM PRESENT NOW?
“But if it is by means of God’s spirit that I expel the demons, the kingdom of God has really overtaken you” (Matt. 12:28).
This gives a taste of the power of the coming kingdom because Jesus defeated Satan on numerous occasions including his expelling of demons.
A TASTE OF THE KINGDOM NOW
· “…those who have once been enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift...and have tasted the.....powers of the age to come” (Heb. 6:4, 5 ESV).
· “He delivered us from the authority of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son of his love” (Col. 1:13).
· “For the Kingdom of God [means]...righteousness and peace and joy with holy spirit” (Rom. 14:17).
The message of the kingdom and preparation for it by the development of the Christ-like character are how the kingdom is present now.

Recommended reading:
The Theocratic Kingdom (3 volumes) by George N.H. Peters.
The Presence of the Future (339 pages) by George Eldon Ladd.

(Some editing has been done).