Most World Leaders are of superior ability. Yet they are unable to abolish world evils or bring about world peace. Many scientists and leaders say that the only hope for world peace is the formation of a World Government, controlling the world’s sole military power. Yet in the same breath they admit the impossibility of this, claiming that such supreme world power in human hands would enslave us all!
Few realize it today, but centuries ago a famous person was forecasting this very solution. He was hundreds of years ahead of his time, and the world of his day rejected and suppressed the pronouncement. The world soon lost knowledge of his forecast. World leaders would do well to search out that amazing forecast, in the light of present world conditions.
Few know that Jesus Christ came not as a religious leader on a soul saving crusade, but a News Forecaster. No man of historic note has been so completely misrepresented, so misunderstood! He came as a messenger with a message from God to mankind. His message was a vital and sensational news announcement for the future. It announced world peace. It was good news for the future- world peace in our time! That was Christ’s message! The word gospel means Good News.
And what was that news announcement for our times which was suppressed by first-century enemies? The one official record which the first-century conspirators were unable to suppress-the Holy Bible-gives the official answer! “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God ...Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the Good News.” Mark 1:1,14-15.
Believe what good news? The good news of the coming
The Written Record
To say that the truth
proclaimed by Christ was not proclaimed to the world after A.D.
70 for nearly nineteen centuries is a shocking statement. This same written record the
conspirators were not able to destroy confirms it. The
And further-verses 13-15: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers, also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness....”
To the early Christians at
Then again, even Jesus Christ
Himself made it very clear that His good news of the coming
First He warned against being deceived. Many would come, in His name, claiming to be the ministers of Christ saying that He was the Christ and at the same time deceiving many. When " .... this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations... then shall the end- of man's rule -come.” Matt. 24:14.
This proclaiming of the
Some have preached a “gospel of
salvation” and some a “gospel of grace” turning
grace into license to commit law breaking. Still others have turned to a “social
But Jesus brought from God the
Father a vital message announcing the
Few seem to know that Jesus’ message was about government! Few realize that this is not the time God is trying to spiritually save the world. Few knew He was concerned with government.
Jesus was born to be a King! Notice what was prophesied in Isaiah about Christ: “... the 'government' shall be upon his shoulder... Of the increase of his 'government' and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.” Isa. 9:6-7. Notice what was said to his mother: “ He will be great... and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke -33.
When He was on trial for His life before Pilate, He was asked, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, "To this end was I born, and for this cause I came into the world.” But He also said, “My kingdom is not of this world - age.” John 36. Why has the whole world been deceived, not knowing why humanity was created and why human life exists upon this earth! Where are we going? What is the way to peace and happiness? Why can’t science give us the answers? These questions are the most important in life.
The greatest religion in the world in number of adherents, is Christianity, people suppose the Christian religion came out of and is based on the Bible. Then why don’t the various sects and denominations of traditional Christianity tell us the real theme of the Bible? Why do they not know the true message that Jesus proclaimed? It’s all in the Bible, it’s not suppressed there! It’s plain and clear. It’s time someone shouted to this lethargic, indifferent, sleeping humanity, Wake Up!
The truth is plain and clear in the Bible.
good news was about the coming the
everywhere preaching the 'good news' of the
amazing that the world has lost the knowledge of what it is?
good news Paul taught, the Kingdom of God. Acts 19:8;
you heard men speak of the
they rejected Christ’s gospel 1900 years ago, the world had to supplant
something else in its place. They had to invent a counterfeit! So we
have heard the
prophet Daniel, who lived 600 years before Christ, knew that the Kingdom of God
was a real kingdom, a government ruling over literal people on the earth.
Daniel was one of four young Jewish men
who were stationed in the
was the first real world ruler. He had conquered a vast empire, including the
Daniel disclaimed any more human ability to interpret dreams than the Chaldean magicians, “but,” he said, “ there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets, and makes it known to the king what will be in the latter days.” Dan.
First, God’s purpose was to reveal to this world ruling human king that there is a God in heaven, that God Is Supreme Ruler over all nations, governments, and kings that God rules the universe! This Chaldean king knew only about the many pagan gods. He knew nothing of the true living God. Like people and rulers, even today, he did not know that God is the living, real, active, Ruling and Governing Personage who actually and literally governs the entire universe!
The whole purpose of this dream was to reveal God's government-the fact that God rules-the truth of the Kingdom of God, the very thing that is the one and only true message of Jesus Christ! And, secondly, to preserved in writing for us today what is to happen.
For US, Today!
This is no dry, dull, dead writing for a people of 2,500 years ago. This is living, tremendous, BIG NEWS for OUR DAY! It is advance news for us, now. News before it happens, of the most colossal event of all earth’s history! This is the true 'gospel'! It is the 'good news' Christ brought! It is intended for you and me today! It is important that we understand!
Read, verses 28 through 35 of the second chapter of Daniel. In his dream, this king had seen a vast statue, larger than any image or statue ever built by man, so tremendous it was terrifying, even in a dream. Its head was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, the belly and thighs of brass, legs of solid iron, feet a mixture of iron and clay.
There was a time element. The King had viewed it until a supernatural 'stone' came from heaven, smashing the statue on its feet. Then the whole of the statue broke into fragments, and was actually blown away by the wind, it disappeared! Then this 'stone' expanded and quickly became a great 'mountain,' so great it filled the whole earth!
Unlike ordinary dreams, this one was caused by God to convey the message of God’s rule to this world ruling King and, because it is part of the written Word of God, to us today, to reveal important facts of the true gospel! “This is the dream,” verse 36, “and we will tell the interpretation before the king.”
“You are a king of kings, he was the first real world ruler over a world empire.... for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength..." God was revealing Himself to this human world dictator as the Most High Ruler over all.
People today, like this king, seem never to think of God as a ruler, as the One who governs, as the head of government. The Eternal God was revealing Himself through Daniel and through the Bible to you and to me today, as an all powerful, governing God. Daniel continued to this human emperor, “You are this head of gold. And after you shall arise another Kingdom inferior to you, and another third Kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.”verses 37-39.
What IS a Kingdom?
Notice! This is speaking of Kingdoms. It is referring to kingdoms that bear rule over the people on earth. It is speaking of governments! It is not speaking of ethereal sentiments “set up in the hearts of men.” It is not speaking of churches. It is speaking of the kind of governments that bear rule and authority over nations of people here on earth. It is literal. It is specific. There is no misunderstanding, here, as to what is meant by the word “Kingdom.”
There is no misunderstanding the interpretation. God gives His own interpretation through the prophet Daniel. The great metallic image represented national and international governments, real, literal Kingdoms. It represented a succession of world ruling governments. First was the head of gold. That represented Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom, the Chaldean Empire. After him in time sequence was to come a second, then a third Kingdom “which shall bear rule over all the earth”-world empire!
Then, verse 40, the legs of iron represent a fourth world empire. It was to be strong, even as iron is strong, stronger militarily than its predecessors. Yet, as silver is less valuable than gold, brass than silver, iron than brass, though each metal was progressively harder and stronger, the succession would deteriorate morally and spiritually. The two legs meant the fourth empire would be divided.
After the Chaldean Empire came the still
“And in the days of these kings..." it is here speaking of the ten toes, part of iron and part of brittle clay. This, by connecting the prophecy with Daniel 7, and Revelation 13 and 17, is referring to the new UNITED EUROPE which has formed out of the European Common Market, before your very eyes! Revelation 17:12 makes plain the detail that it shall finally evolve into a union of TEN militarized states-Kings or Kingdoms which- Rev.17:8- shall resurrect the medieval “holy” Roman Empire.
So, mark carefully the time element! “In the days of these kings”- in the days of these ten nations or groups of nations that shall IN OUR TIME resurrect briefly the Roman Empire, notice what will happen: "... shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed... but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever”!
Now here we have described 'four'
Gentile universal empires, the only four that ever existed! Revelation 13 and 17
show that, after the fall of the original Roman Empire, there would be ten
revivals-seven' of which would be ruled over by a Gentile church, the “daughter”
of ancient Babylon, a church claiming to be Christian, but actually named by God
“Mystery Babylon the Great” or, more plainly, full of Babylonian Mysteries! Six of
those have come and gone. The seventh is now forming, the last final brief
resurrection of the
In their days, they shall
last only a very short space of time, shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom. This shall be the Kingdom of
God! Compare this with Revelation 17.
Here is pictured a church. Not a small church, a great church. She rules over
“many waters” verse 1, which are described in verse
15 as different 'nations' speaking different languages. She posed as the
But she has committed fornication.
By having direct political union with human governments of this world! She “sat on” Rev.17:3 all seven of these resurrections of the
She is to “sit on” this
last “head of the beast” this final resurrection of the
We see it in the process of rising now.
Therefore we are close to the coming of Christ! We are now very near the
end of man's rule on earth! When Christ comes He is coming as King, ruling the
whole earth-Rev. 19:11-16, and His Kingdom, the
This is the Kingdom of God. It is
the end of present governments that rule
This makes completely plain the fact
But all this is only part of
the amazing truth about the
someone may ask, “Didn’t Jesus Himself say that
He explained that it would not be a local or limited kingdom for the Jews only. It would not be merely one of many human and visible kingdoms which men could point out or see, and say, “This is it, here”; or “that is the Kingdom, over there.” But He, Himself, was born to be the King of that Kingdom, as He plainly told Pilate. John -37. The Bible uses the terms “king” and “kingdom” interchangeably. See Daniel -18, 23.
The King of the future Kingdom was, then and
there standing in the midst of them. And in the language in which He spoke to
them, that is precisely what He said, as the marginal rendering and other
Plainly, Jesus was not saying that
Has Not Yet Appeared
But did Jesus
Christ not say the
But Jesus did not say the
“He said, therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.” verse 12. Christ is that “nobleman.” He is speaking of His going to the throne of God His Father, in heaven. Notice, He went there to be given rulership of the Kingdom. Notice, too, He is to return, when He has received it! He has not yet returned! Other scriptures explain this, we will see these later.
Continuing the parable, spoken because some thought the Kingdom of God was immediately, then, in the first century, to appear: “And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.” verse 15.
Now notice in verse 17, the one who had gained ten pounds is given authority to 'rule cities'- “have you authority over ten cities”! To the one who had gained five pounds, he said, “Be you also over five cities.” This is speaking of Christ and of His delegating authority to rule.
This parable, was spoken to make clear to us that the Kingdom of God is a literal government, to be set up at Christ's return and not before! The church, then, cannot be the Kingdom of God. But the true Church of God is to be changed, by a resurrection and instantaneous change from human to spirit, into the Kingdom of God. The Church, when all its members have been changed, shall become the Kingdom of God. But it is not, now, the Kingdom!
Acts 3:21 is speaking of restoring God’s laws, God’s government, of restoring universal peace. In the seventh chapter of Daniel, the prophet had experienced a dream, and visions. He had seen four wild animals. Notice verse 16: the interpretation begin's verse17. This is God's ’inspired interpretation “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High-those changed to spirit,- shall take the Kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever... Dan. -18.
Not only is Christ to rule but those sons of God are to take and possess the Kingdom! They are to rule under and with Christ! In the New Testament it is recorded as co-heirs with Christ! In this same seventh chapter, Daniel explained another power.
The fourth beast of his dream, the fourth empire (the Roman Empire) was pictured as an animal having ten horns, explained here and in Revelation 13 and Revelation 17 as ten revivals or resurrections of the Roman Empire, after its original fall in A.D. 476. Among them, after A.D. 476 arose another little horn, a religious kingdom, actually ruling over the last seven of the other “horns” or revived Roman Kingdoms -verse 20.
Read about this “little horn” the religious kingdom, verse 21: “I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, the true church, and prevailed against them, until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” The saints, then no longer human flesh and blood, but made spirit, are to possess the Kingdom, at Christ's return!
It is Christ who is speaking in Revelation
him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.”
The Father’s throne is in heaven, where Jesus Christ is now; but Christ’s
throne, in which those who qualify shall sit with Him, is the throne of David, in
Can’t Know the TIME
The commission He had given the
true Church was to preach His gospel to all the world. They
were to receive Gods Spirit, putting
them into His church. This would give them the power to carry out the work of the Church. But it was not the setting up of the
Just what did Jesus mean, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons”? He explained it another time. It is recorded in Matthew 24:36: There He was speaking of the end of this age, and His Coming: “But of that day and hour knows no man... but my Father only.” He was speaking of His return and the setting up of the Kingdom, the time of which no man knows, but only the Father.
However, though we do not, even now, know the day or the hour, we do know, from God’s prophecies, that it is today very near ! Notice this, in Luke 21:25-32: He had been foretelling the world events, right now beginning, leading to “distress of nations” in world troubles and world wars, “... men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.”
World troubles such as never before
experienced. “When you see these things come to pass, know that the
This world trouble began in 1914, with World War 1. There was a recess from 1918 until 1939. We are in a second recess now. But now we have nuclear energy. We have hydrogen bombs stockpiled in such power and volume that they could blast all human life off this planet several times over. There are other destructive weapons today in existence, any of which could erase humanity from the earth.
Today world-famous scientists say only a super world government can prevent world cosmocide. Yet man cannot and will not get together to form such a world-ruling government. It’s time we face the hard, cold, realistic fact, humanity has two alternatives, either there is a God, who is about to step in and set up the Kingdom of God, the World Ruling Government of God to rule all nations, to bring us peace, or else all human life will be obliterated. Matt. 24:22.
The present recess between wars will soon
erupt into nuclear World War III, called in bible prophecy the “Great
Tribulation.” Matt. 24:21-22. But God will cut short that final supreme world
trouble, to restore God’s government by the world ruling
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