For those who have an understanding of the Plan of God, the present era of history is a most interesting time in which to be alive.
The Reign of the Christ. The essence of the Gospel may be expressed in the short declaration, “Jesus Reigns!” The everlasting Reign of the Christ commenced shortly after the ascension of Christ Jesus into Heaven, two thousand years ago. It was then that the resurrected Christ was seated by God the Father upon the revived Throne of David. With the Session of the Christ, the prophesied Kingdom of God became a reality. According to the Scripture, the first objective of the reign of the Christ is to subordinate all the nations of the Earth unto the rule of the Son.1
The Influence of the Kingdom. Leaven is an agent of transformation or influence. Jesus prophesied that influence of the Kingdom of Heaven would spread,2 even as a small amount of leaven introduced into a lump of flour eventually permeates and transforms the whole.3 Though the result of the transformation is observable, the process is gradual and subtle. The slow and generally unperceived process is portrayed also in the parable of the farmer.4 When he ascended into Heaven, Jesus had about hundred and twenty followers, all in Jerusalem.5 In the present day, the followers of Jesus are innumerable, and the influence of the Reign of the Christ is seen throughout the Earth, in almost every aspect of life.
Why Sin? Why Evil? Many ask, in sincerity, how it is, if Jesus has been reigning for two millennia, that there should be found today in the World evils such as warfare, disease, poverty, starvation, and crime. But the question, though sincere, is defective, for it ignores the fact that, from the very beginning and without lapse, the Lord God has governed his Creation.6
Sin a Matter of Instinct. The population of the Earth, over which the Kingdom rules, is mortal, and mortals of the Natural Realm are necessarily sinful. Contrary to the teaching of the Protestant Pulpit, sinful behaviour on the part of man is not the result of a “Sin Nature” inherited from Adam; after all, Adam had no Sin Nature, and yet he sinned. Rather, sin is a consequence of unbridled survival instincts; instincts which the Creator designed and placed within creatures of the flesh. The purpose of the Way of Life is to teach the Justified control over his fleshly instincts. However, it is not until he is transformed from flesh to spirit by the Resurrection that the Justified is set free from the power of fleshly instincts. This is the reason Paul asks the rhetorical question, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”7 And though the Justified shall be delivered by the Resurrection, the general populace of the Earth shall remain mortal fleshly creatures.
Sons of God. Heretofore, the Lord has governed through human rulers, such as Nebuchadnezzar, whom he appointed.8 The Kingdom of Heaven being implemented by the Lord God differs both in concept and in degree; the Kingdom governs directly.9 The officers of the Kingdom are Sons of God; they are the Justified, born by the Resurrection into the family of God. And the government imposed by the Kingdom is comprehensive; the Kingdom has many offices, staffed by the Justified, in number sufficient to provide proper governance of the entire populace of the Earth.
The Devil. The Protestant Pulpit attributes to angelic creatures much of the evil men face in life. Indeed, fantastic tales of angelic rebellion and evil machinations of a “fallen” angel called “the Devil” play a central role in the Protestant Faith. Most of these tales are found only in the the Book of Revelation, with support from the Book of II Peter and the Book of Jude. But all three of the books are spurious; none of them has a rightful place in the Canon of Scripture. Though legitimate Scripture does use the term “Devil” (Greek diabolos, meaning adversary), it never uses the term in reference to an angelic creature. Notions of everlasting torture in Hell and of conflict between angelic hosts have their source in the myth of the Talmudic Jew.
Misconceptions. Contrary to common notion:
Creation Groans. As he orchestrates the events of history, Christ Jesus is bringing the entire populace of the Earth face to face with the reality that the governments of man are incompetent and corrupt, if not criminal. And along with government, institutions once venerated as noble and worthy of respect, including the military, the press, medicine, and education, are seen to have been compromised. It is lack of proper governance which dooms mankind to the fate of warfare, disease, poverty, starvation, and crime.
Perfect Environment. In an attempt to justify their refusal to bow the knee to Jesus as King, many Protestants claim that the Session of the Christ instantaneously brings about “perfect environment.” But that is not what the Scripture teaches. Consider:
A New World Order. From time to time, contemporary politicians speak of their desire to create a “New World Order.” But such a desire is nothing more than a pipe dream. The Prophecy of Daniel interprets the vision of a great image seen by Nebuchadnezzar. The image represents a sequence of five world empires, which are contiguous. The first empire is that of Nebuchadnezzar; the penultimate world empire is that of Rome. The Prophecy declares, “in the days of those kings shall the God of Heaven set up a kingdom which ...shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms.” On this basis alone, the present reality of the Kingdom of Heaven cannot be disputed; after all, the Roman Empire fell circa A. D. 476.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the last world order; it is everlasting. Never shall the Kingdom of God be overthrown; never shall the Reign of the Christ come to an end.