Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 3 * PART 2 * BOOK 64
BUT GOD – (Kingdom of God) – PART 2
We were talking about the difference between the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and we haven’t mentioned it yet but we will, and the Body of Christ.
Remember from our last half-hour, I explained that if you will just draw a circle on your notepad and call the large circle the Kingdom of God. It includes everything pertaining to the Word of God. It includes the Body of Christ. Every true believer becomes a member of the Body of Christ, and since the Body of Christ is in the Kingdom of God, yes, we are associated with the Kingdom. But our number one priority is not to fill the Kingdom. No, we are working today to fill the Body of Christ! Matthew 6:33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” All right, we took off in our last program on delineating the Kingdom of Heaven as over against the Kingdom of God. Now, let’s go back to Daniel again and pick up where we left off concerning the Kingdom of Heaven. That is going to be the veritable Sovereign rule and reign of Christ on the planet. He’s going to be totally Sovereign God. Daniel 7 and drop in again at verse 13.
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man (That’s, of course, God the Son, Jesus Christ of the New Testament.) Adam! Daniel 7:14a
It’s going to be heaven on earth. It is Heaven on earth. That’s why it’s called the Kingdom gospel, or the Kingdom of Heaven, because it’s going to be heaven on earth. All right, now finish the verse.
“…his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom which shall not be destroyed.” All right, so what’s going to happen? All right, now let’s go a little further in the Old Testament. Isaiah 2:1-2a
“The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:2b
“…that the mountain (or the kingdom) of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, (Or kingdoms! All right, this kingdom is going to be established as the top kingdom of the kingdoms.) and shall be exalted above the hills; (Or the smaller kingdoms or the other nations of the world – this kingdom with its capital, of course, in Jerusalem.) and all the nations shall (What?) flow unto it.” All right, now from Isaiah 2, let’s jump up to chapter 9. Isaiah 9:6a
“For unto us (the Nation of Israel, again) a child is born, (Now, that’s a reference to Christ at Bethlehem.) Israel. All right, now back to our text in verse 6.
See, He’s God in total. Now verse 7:
Now, we’ve said it a hundred times on this program, where was David’s throne? Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Isaiah 9:7c
The word judgment means “righteous rule.” Isaiah 9:7d
All right, now let’s take our time and jump in at Zechariah 14 and see what has to precede the coming in of this glorious heaven on earth Kingdom.
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh,…” It’s called the day of the Lord: Judgment – Wrath – Punishment.
2. For I (God) will (Sovereignly) gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle;…” Stop right there. Jump ahead to Matthew 24 with the words of the Lord Jesus Himself. All right, you’re going to come down to verse 7, you can jump in almost anyplace, but let’s jump in at verse 7, and Jesus is speaking.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there will be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” Matthew 24:8
All right, now verse 9, and once it starts, like the woman approaching delivery —
“Then (Jesus says, and remember, He’s speaking to the Twelve who are representative of the Nation of Israel.) Matthew 24:21
All right, let’s go back to Zechariah. Here is what Jesus was making reference to, this prophecy right here in verse 2.
When all the nations of the world have come to the Middle East for the sole purpose of destroying and removing the Jewish people, God will intervene. Zechariah 14:4
All right now verse 8.
“And it shall be in that day, (When Christ returns to Jerusalem.) 9. And the LORD shall be king over (What?) all the earth: (Not just Israel. Not just Jerusalem. He’s going to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords over the whole planet.) All right, now let’s jump up to Acts a minute. Acts chapter 1. Now, what Kingdom did they have in their mind? See what glory for Israel! Is Israel again ready to have that kind of a kingdom? All right, now let’s go over quickly to verse 9, as they are standing on the Mount of Olives talking about things pertaining to this coming kingdom.