Category Archives: Kingdom

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.