How long will God’s Empire last?

Empires come and go.  Why?  Because God is the Possessor of Heaven and Earth.  He instituted a ‘law’ in the promise He gave to Abram about his descendants who would be enslaved,

‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and ill-treated four hundred years….  In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.’  Genesis 15:13,17 

Empires become big and then they sin.  God leaves them until their ‘measure of sin’ is full.  Then another growing empire takes them over.  For example, the Assyrian empire was superseded by the Babylonian-, Persian-, Greek- and the Roman empire at the time of Christ.  

The Roman Empire lasted about 500 years.  The average ‘age’ for empires is around 250 years.  There were many other empires the Bible does not mention like the British – and Mongol empires.  

The question is, how long will the Empire (Kingdom) of God last?  The answer is, eternally.  God will remove the kingdom of Satan, 

‘The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.’  Revelation 11:15b

Jesus also warned, 

‘Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.’  Luke 11:17 

God sorts out all divisions, rebellions and rejections of His Kingdom in the here and now.  On this side of the grave all people have the opportunity to choose to accept or reject God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.   

Therefore the rebellious, those who want their own kingdom and those who are not interested in God, decide to remain outside His Kingdom.  The disobedient who love the pleasures of the world rather than the pleasure of eternal life, make their decision now.  God eliminates all divisions.  

What remains are God’s people united in love for Him, saved by Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit.  What a glorious wonderful wise God!  God’s Kingdom (Empire) will last for ever and ever.  Amen!

Hallelujah, no Judgement!

The one essential aspect of God’s Kingdom is the final division between humans: those who were willing to serve God, and those who were not.   That will take place on the Great Day of the Lord, the final Judgment.  Revelation 20:11-15

God has assigned Jesus to be the Judge. 

‘…the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father.’  John 5:22  

The Great Problem

If Jesus was an ordinary man who was ‘elevated’ during His life to become the Son of God, there can be no Judgment Day.  The reasons are: 

  • The Final Judgement is based on what a person did while on earth (‘each person was judged according to what he had done,’  Revelation 20:13b). 
  • God is clear that no one can ever be considered sinless, ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’  Romans 3:10  If Jesus was an ordinary human being, it means sin was part of his life.  
  • For Jesus to be the Judge, God must have declared Him sinless.  But, that is manifestly unfair!  To be fair God then has to declare all humans sinless, not only one specific one.   
  • The holy God can never do that.  Judgment is serious since on it hinges man’s eternal destiny.  God is a just God.  He will never commit such a serious ‘sin.’ 

Conclusion

God’s rule applies to all people: all sinned and need forgiveness.  Jesus was not a man that became the Son of God, He is the eternal Son of God who became a sinless human Sacrifice on our behalf.  He is qualified to be the Saviour and Judge. 

The War against Marriage, Part 3 of 4

An overview of Part 1, Adam and Eve 

  • God instituted marriage with Adam and Eve, the first couple.  They lived in unity with God in the Garden of Eden.  It was God’s plan to test their love and loyalty.  He allowed the serpent to test their obedience.  They fell into the trap, disobeyed God and Adam lost his position as ruler over God’s creation.  The devil, Satan, became ruler of the world.   
  • Genesis 3 explains how the world was divided into two opposing kingdoms.  One is the Kingdom of Light with God as its Ruler.  The opposing kingdom of darkness has Satan as its ruler. 

An overview of Part 2, The two kingdoms 

Jesus confirmed the existence of the two kingdoms.  They are irreconcilable and at war with each other.  Their goals and standards of living are strange to each other.  There is no peace, no harmony and no common ground between them.  

We will always struggle to interpret what happens in the world if we do not understand the two kingdom world we live in.  This is especially important when it comes to God’s design of marriage.  

Part 3, God’s marriage pattern is a shadow

God created people with a very specific purpose to become part of His eternal Kingdom.

  • Marriage on earth is a shadow of the future marriage in heaven of Jesus and His eternal Bride. 1  The Bride will consist of billions of the saved individuals (it is like a body with billions of cells). 
  • When God pierced Adam’s side and formed his bride, it was a shadow of Jesus’ pierced side on the Cross where His Bride (the church) was ‘born.’  
  • Rejection of God’s marriage pattern is an insult to God and His Son, the Bridegroom and the Bride. 2    

God created marriage for a reason

  • The whole progress of God’s Kingdom is built on reproduction.  Only 25% of people who hear the Gospel respond and remain faithful (according to the Parable of the Sower,  Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23). 
  • That is why the All-knowing God allowed death into the earth.  It paves the way for new generations that can make decisions for Jesus.  So man and woman joined in marriage is important to produce children who can choose to become part of God’s Kingdom.
  • Noah and his generation of godless people illustrate how only a remnant usually choose God’s ways.  Only Noah, his wife and his three sons with their wives were saved.  The rest were all destroyed in the flood. 3   
  • Without reproduction, God would have a very limited number of citizens.  God needs many generations to reach His required number of people.   

The devil hates God’s kind of marriage 

  • For Satan it is very important to thwart God’s efforts to gather people.   
  • Satan hopes to postpone his eternal torture in the lake of burning sulphur if he can prevent God from getting the right number of citizens.  His hope is that the earth will then continue for a long time.  Thus he opposes God’s kind of marriage.

God’s opinion about these anti-Biblical marriage patterns

The Bible is about God’s Kingdom.  God decides whom He includes and excludes.  God is precise, and does not leave us in the dark.  That is so that people can change their ways and ensure an inheritance in God’s Kingdom. 

  • ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.’ 4 
  • ‘The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.’  5
  • ‘For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the Kingdom of God.’ 6 

Note carefully who God excludes from His Kingdom

  • God mentions sexual immorality, homosexual offenders, adulterers, thieves, drunkards, the greedy, et cetera.  Because God never shows favouritism, He cannot pardon some, and judge others.  His Word explains His course of action.  It applies to all people.  Nobody has any exemption ‘certificate.’  You cannot obtain such a certificate, since it would amount to favouritism from God’s side.  
  • God doesn’t exclude people because they are inherently bad, but, because they will not submit to His ways.  Therefore He categorises them as rebels, followers of the chief rebel, Satan.  Yet they can change through Jesus the Saviour.   There are billions of saved people who left the kingdom of darkness and entered the Kingdom of God. 
  • Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to save all people who want to, out of darkness, ‘For He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son [Jesus] He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’ 7 

Should followers of Jesus condemn others?

  • The answer is short and sweet.  No.  We have no right to condemn because the two kingdoms differ.    
  • James 4:12 says, ’There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy.  But you — who are you to judge your neighbour?’  The ‘neighbour’ includes both the saved and (one would accept) the unsaved.  Only one eternal Judge can save and condemn.  It is not necessary for us to do God’s work. 
  • 1 Corinthians 5:12 makes it even clearer, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.  ‘Expel the wicked man from among you [inside the church].’”  It is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of sin, righteousness and judgment, not we.  

What can we do?  

Pray!  Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the devil’s schemes and his demons.  Prayer is powerful and effective.  Do not judge but pray for your loved ones that may be in the devil’s trap.  Satan cannot stop Holy Spirit inspired prayer.

To be continued…

References

  1. Ephesians 5:25-32  
  2. Revelation 19:6-9  
  3. Genesis 6:5-10  
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10  
  5. Galatians 5:19-21  
  6. Ephesians 5:5  
  7. Colossians 1:13
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