Category Archives: Kingdom

Good Judgement

The references here are chapter and verse from the revelation of Jesus that John experienced:

One day, Jesus will sit on a throne for judgement of humanity. The awe of His might and glory as He sits for the first time as a Judge will be so terror inspiring that heaven and earth will try to get away (20:11). Every human will be judged for what they did in the earth (20:12,13). That is the first judgement.

The second judgement is according to the Book of Life (20:12-15). After every human is judged regarding their work and behavior while alive, their names are searched for in the Book of Life. If it isn’t found there, they are thrown in the lake of fire, where the beast, the false prophet, Lucifer, death and the grave have been thrown already.

These decisions are made based on two categories of participation in the Lord’s work in the earth: the Church and the Kingdom. Family members’ names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Obedience to the co-mission given to each individual by the King is the point of judgement regarding works and behavior.

So – get people saved by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, and teach them to obey Him and become His disciples.

Ordinary Miracles

Today a friend went through a test.

As a result of a series of errors in their judgement, other people suffered loss. Before they went before a court to determine what they were guilty of and what their sentence should therefore be, we prayed.

I felt led to ask our Wondrous Father for much grace and surprising favor. When I got the “here’s how it went” phone call after the trial, I was impressed at the outcome. It represented much grace and surprising favor.

In my prayers of thanks, though, I felt that I was being instructed to stop being surprised by that much favor. We ask for things to happen or not happen, and sometimes we get what we desire and sometimes we don’t. Interacting with the Holy One is clearly art and not science. It becomes very confusing trying to build a picture in our minds or lives about what is “normal.”

The thought that came to me from the Book was something Luke recorded about some astonishing favor in Acts 19. He wrote that God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul. Clearly, there is a category of “usual” miracles if there is, also clearly, a category of “unusual” miracles.

When are we going to step into the position of expecting “usual” to include “miraculous”?

I think that the door is open in heaven. Help us, Lord, to grasp how to get the door on our end open so that we receive and distribute the wealth of the resources of heaven everywhere we go!

Super Rational

One of my favorite advisors advised me this morning to stop calling myself crazy.

Yes, most of what I believe I am to accomplish before I die is impossible, but that doesn’t mean that I am crazy for expecting it to happen.

Yes, the people who receive the most encouragement through me are people who think the normal Christian Life includes raising the dead and healing the sick and stopping plagues and emptying hospitals and ending poverty and ending stinginess and ending stupidity, but they are not crazy for being that sort of people.

We are not “only human.” We are super-human sons and daughters of the One Who breathed the stars and the sun. We are not subject to nature, but we are supernatural spirits, born of the Holy One.

We are not just rational, every-thing-has-to-add-up people. We are born of God, so it is possible for us to see His Kingdom (John 3:3). We are spiritual people, so ideas and activities that are crazy for natural people make perfect sense to us (1 Corinthians 2).

We are super-rational people. We are bringing the laws of our Homeland into the spheres we have the power and authority to be able to influence. Our influence is going to take the power that is changing us and change our workplaces and our neighborhoods and our towns and cities and states and nations.

Super-rational leaders take 300 super-rational warriors and give them a trumpet, a torch, and a jug and send them out to battle enemies that have them outnumbered a thousand or so to one, and they defend their nation (Judges 7).

Super-rational sons of the king attack an army by themselves and inspire an army of quitters and cowards to rise up and defend their nation (1 Samuel 14:1-23).

Super-rational people like you are going to do supernatural exploits and bring glory to the Name that made you free – because you are like the One Who bears the Name that is above every name.

Odds & Oddities

People argue about how many adults were in the crowd Moses led out of Egypt. I hear ranges from 1 to 6 million.

Trim all the fat out of the picture you like, and pretend we know there were 1,102,303. Based on that pretense, let’s create some minimal odds. Joshua and Caleb we don’t have to guess at. 2 people out of however many (1,102,303 pretentiously, today only) is a pretty small percentage.

If the perspective is typical (as in type / antitype), the odds of you being successful at a calling that is not maintenance of some tradition are not good. Half a million to one, you won’t be and do what Yahweh has called you to if it’s new or if it disrupts the status quo.

No problem with those odds when you are an oddity, though! Be encouraged! Your awesome God picked you because you are going to be and do what He likes. You are not going to quit, surrender, faint, fail, or die without accomplishing what He put you in the earth for.

He likes doing things that way. He likes embarrassing His enemies and nay-sayers by picking the likes of us to take out or out last the likes of them.

Go be awesome.

Establishment

There is a Hebrew word that was used for a condition that seems powerful to me. Mr. Jim Strong’s dictionary numbered it OT3559, transliterated it “kuwn” and pronounced it “koon.” I have seen it rendered “kun.”

His definition is: properly, to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).

In Proverbs 16, it is translated:

v3 / Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

v9 / A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

v12 / It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

In Micah 4:1 : But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

In 2 Chronicles 29:35-36 : 35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

Frequently KUWN is describing a situation that Yahweh has caused to be real in the spirit and then it is realized in the earth. He has built it and established it and then it manifests so that we can see and experience it.

The Kingdom of Heaven is being established. Be blessed with eyes to see it and ears to hear it and a heart that values and therefore enters into it.

Be established with it.

Is God For You or Against You?

Joshua encountered the Commander of the Armies of Yahweh (Joshua 5:13,14). He was standing with his sword drawn in front of Joshua one day near Jericho after Israel crossed the Jordan River into the land that had belonged to Canaan’s descendants.

Joshua bravely approached the warrior and asked him if he was on Joshua’s side or his enemies’ side. He responded, “No…”

Yahweh then told Joshua that though He was not on Joshua’s side, He had given Joshua victory over the city of Jericho. He gave Joshua instructions on how to step into that victory by agreeing with Him and obeying Him as His Armies fought the war with Jericho.

God is not on our side. We don’t really have a side. We need to be on God’s side. As He leads us, step by step, into being conformed to His character and values and ways, we take up His side. We learn the mission statement and purpose of the Family Business, which is bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth.

Bless Billy’s Heart

Billy Graham gave evangelism a good name. He had wisdom to know that new believers need to be connected to some congregation quickly at the level of being a family member if they were going to continue to be related to the church.

Still,  only 4 – 5% of his converts lasted more than 4 years in a congregation without separating from the church. Most congregations don’t value new, messy believers, so they don’t hold on to them and grow them up.

Billy taught in his sermons that Jesus said, “Ye must be born again!”

What Billy interpreted that to mean was, “If you want to go to heaven when you die, you have to be born again.” That’s not what Jesus said to Nicodemus, though.

He told him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (CJB John 3:3)

If you have not been born of God, you cannot SEE the Kingdom. It is all around you, but you have to be born from above or you can’t discern its presence and involvement and accomplishments.

Paul wrote to the congregations at Corinth, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  (NKJV 1 Cor 2:14-15)

Yahweh Sent the demon

In 1 Samuel 16:14-23 there is the story of a tormenting spirit that Yahweh sent to Saul after He removed His Spirit from him. Even the servants around the palace knew somehow that Yahweh had sent the demon to torture the boss.

Tormenting Saul was not the point of sending the spirit, though. The point was giving David the throne. You can’t see either of those truths at the beginning of the story. That is important to notice with the advantage we have of knowing the end of the story.

The first impact Yahweh made with the missionary demon was drawing David into the palace. He was called in to play anointed music that drove the demon out of the palace. But Yahweh sent the demon, so it always came back.

Eventually, the demon drove David out of the palace, by influencing Saul to try to kill him. It accused him of evil. It drew on the resources of the throne to chase David with the hope of cutting him off from his destiny. It forced him to form an army. It forced him to serve other thrones. Finally, it caused Saul’s death.

David could not prevail against Saul because of the demon. He could not prevail permanently against the demon for two reasons: If he really overcame the demon, he would have to harm Saul, because of Saul’s alignment with the spirit. Second, Yahweh sent the demon.

David was destined by the call of Yahweh. He was strengthened by the fight with Saul to hate Saul’s ways enough to refuse to walk in them.

He did not quit expecting to sit on the throne, therefore, he did not fail.

Apostle is a Kingdom Word

We should really be something between surprised and perplexed by the fact that one of the times Jesus spent the night praying, He called his disciples around Him and called 12 of them “apostles.”

“Disciples” makes sense. Some of His followers were in deep relationships with Him. Some were intent on being obedient to His instructions and on applying His teachings to their hearts and lives. Other rabbis had disciples. Saul of Tarsus was a disciple of Gamaliel, a rabbi and a member of the ruling council of Israel. No rabbi had apostles.

“Apostle” is a socio-political word. Rome was considered a supernatural city in the first century. Caesar was considered a god. The laws that governed the empire ruled by Rome made special provisions and protections for citizens of Rome. Not citizens of the empire – the city. Some cities in the empire were given a special status that elevated them to some sense of having the super nature Rome had by being “colonized” by Rome.

If the imposition on the colonized city had been sickness, it would have been “infected.” Since, instead, it was being “blessed” by a manifestation of the supernatural identity of the city of Rome, it was a “colonization,” or an impartation of Rome’s magical wonderfulness. The status included that city’s citizens being given the status of being citizens of the city of Rome. It was useful for implementing what some people call “gold chains” – an enslavement that looks like benefit and prestige. Ephesus was such a city. Tarsus, where Saul (Paul) was born, was another.

The colonization that accomplished the change of status included sending citizens of the city of Rome to the lesser city to impart the aura and identity (the magic) of that great city to bring its glory into the colony. The process was “apostolic.” The people who were sent, including the servants who drove the wagons or piloted the ships, were apostles. The fact that they were “sent” was the reason. “Apostle” means “sent.”

Jesus was colonizing the earth with citizens of Heaven. The leaders of that colonization project are apostles. Just like the first twelve, apostles look, think, and work differently from each other today. Some are well educated, some are hillbillies. Some make messes. Some do astonishingly wonderful things. Some get blueprints for big projects. Some you never hear what they did.

Jesus is creating colonies in which the culture of Heaven is providing an environment where His family can flourish. Being a citizen in one of these colonies has the status of Heavenly citizenship.

Manifest Heaven in yours.

The Kingdom and the Church

The Kingdom of Heaven is not the Church of Jesus Christ, and it is not “going to Heaven when we die.”

In perhaps the narrowest terms, the Church is the family of Yahweh and the Kingdom is the people who obey Him, whether they are members of His family or not. Identity is only indirectly characterized by work. “Manager” is my work, not my identity. “Son” is my identity, not my job title. You can describe yourself in terms of what you do, but your identity is more truly expressed by your relationships.

John the Baptizer was the greatest prophet that was ever born of a woman, according to Jesus. When faced with the works of the Kingdom being done by Jesus, however, he could not recognize the King. He only knew Jesus as a King because of the revelation he had received as a prophet. He sent word from prison to ask Jesus what was wrong when he couldn’t see Jesus taking up the continuation of John’s ministry of seeing everything through his filter of sin, of right and wrong – good and evil. He was not born of God, so he could not see the Kingdom. Righteousness was out of reach. He could only see sin. Jesus told him to examine His work as manifesting the Kingdom.

To Nicodemus, Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (John 3:5-8; 1 John 3:9)

Having been born of Yahweh, His sons and daughters have His nature in their spirits. That will never change, without regard for their behavior in flesh. To be able to grasp the stark line dividing the unconditional acceptance of sons from the fierce judgement of servants in the Kingdom makes you able to then easily sift through previously unanswered questions about eternal security as sons and being thrust into outer darkness as disobedient sons.

The disobedient virgins were simply outside when the party began. The unclean creatures caught in the dragnet were thrown into the fire. The virgins all had the same nature, therefore were divided based on obedience, and even then, not to destruction. The fish had different natures, therefore they were divided based on their natures, the unclean to destruction (Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 13:47-50).

Please read The Kingdom of Our God, a paper I have written on the Kingdom of Heaven.