How important it is that we take to heart the words of the Lord Jesus. How very vital to become intimately acquainted with all that He said. Remember His words – My kingdom is not of this world. He is indeed coming back to rule and reign on earth – so why this strange saying? Why did He say: 'My kingdom is not of this world'? Well, His coming empire will indeed be upon this earth. His future kingdom will indeed stretch from shore to shore, in this earthly realm… until the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14 So why would He seem to contradict His future reign, with these staggering words:- My kingdom is not of this world? John 18:36
Well, the coming kingdom of Christ has its roots in heaven. The Lord’s future world empire is to reflect the will of God and the rule of heaven, and Jesus taught them saying, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10. No, the coming kingdom of Christ is not of this present world’s SYSTEM. Christ’s future empire is not rooted in the sin-sodden soil of today’s current satanic system. Christ’s sovereign state will not be founded on the foul filth of this doomed domain.
The incumbent occupier prowls around, like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The current ‘prince on the power of the air,’ must be first chained in the bottomless pit. The resident ‘god of this world,’ must first be smashed by the Stone, that is 'made without hands….' For it is 'that old serpent called the devil, and Satan', who currently rules this world system. It is “Satan which deceiveth the whole world,” for he currently holds the reins of earthly dominion.
Christ’s kingdom is not of this 'world' – of this current world system, and Christ’s kingdom could never be set up under the authority of Satan. But Satan was defeated at the cross, so Satan is already a defeated enemy, and he knows that his time is short. Revelation12:10. But one day soon Christ is returning to take up His rightful position on earth. He cries… behold, I come quickly and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22:12. This world system of today is not the place of Christ’s rewards, recompense, and reigning with Him. He is talking of the believers’ inherited rewards of those that love Him.. for those that live by faith in His Word – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” we are encouraged. Matthew 6:20
This world and its satanic world system is soon to be judged. This current world kingdom is to be replaced by a heavenly rule and a heavenly Ruler. This world system, which is currently under the power of Satan.. is to be wrested from that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. This world system kingdom is to be taken back from the ‘prince of the power of the air’ – the ‘god’ who currently rules this sin-sodden, sickening world-system. And all heaven will rejoice when: the kingdom of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 11:15
The Lord Jesus Christ is to rule and reign with those that overcome.. those that trust in His love, no matter what! Remember – this life under this world system, is one of humiliation and suffering.. just as it was for the Son of God’s love. This current world system is not where we should be placing our hope – for our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Saviour – the Lord Jesus Christ Philippians 3:20. Scripture informs us that the love of many believers will grow cold. The Bible tells us that many Christians will forsake Him for alternative truths. The Word of God warns that the Church will be leavened at the time of His return. And Christ tells us that faith in His return and His kingdom will not be found.
Will you not cling fast to Him Who loves and trusts you to be one of the few that will remain faithful to the very, very end.. despite absolutely everything? Will you be one of the remnant few? Will you be one that does not place your trust in this present world system? Will you be faithful to the end, and trust Him no matter what befalls you? Then said Jesus to His disciples.. Will ye also go away.. will you.. will I? John 6:67
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