Psalm 76:1 God is honored in Judah; His name is great in Israel. 2 Jerusalem [“Salem”] is where He lives; Mount Zion is His home. NLT
The Kingdom of God is a mysterious concept for many people to grasp and comprehend. The Bible that we have today, is a miraculous and meticulous literary masterpiece of 66 amazing authors, that reveals the answer to this mystery!
The Bible is a library of faith-filled stories, exhilarating family dynamics, unbelievable dramas and amazing life lessons. Its power-packed pages, reveal real people, in need of a real remedy, for life’s real and raw dilemmas and distressing situations. We need a relevant message that people can relate to, and an authentic solution that has the power to change their lives. This is what the Messiah calls the “Gospel of the Kingdom.”
When we read the Scriptures, we quickly begin to see the harmony of its forty authors, who contributed their literary masterpieces of 66 different books, and how although there are a variety of sceneries, scenarios and settlements, what stands out is the overall underlying message, of the total redemption and restoration of mankind and the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth. The Almighty and All-Sufficient One, who is both, our Creator and our final Judge, has unveiled His heart’s deepest longing, to be close with His Creation. Without denying the mistakes that His predestined people have plundered and plummeted into, and the devastating and destructive decisions that man has made, Our God still has a plan in mind. The Holy One that formed us, from a single lump of moist red clay from the ground, is patiently persistent in the plan which He has purposed for Adam and his fallen family, as well as the lost dominion. All of Adam’s descendants have fallen into the same set of lustful traps [John 2:15-16], that the Enemy has deceptively used in every generation, to blind us from God’s glory and saving grace.
What if Adam would have simply responded to the voice of His Master? What would have happened to the Adversary’s seductive schemes, if the infamous couple in the Garden, would have ran into the loving arms of God, instead of hiding from His Abiding Presence. Do you think that God would have restrained His love? Would God refrain from emanating His own divine character, and not show mercy? Isn’t the Psalmist correct, when he declares that “His love endures forever?” Doesn’t King David reveal the restoration process in his poetic and prophetic writings of the book of Psalms. Especially all of the Messianic Psalms that reveal the Messiah’s kingdom reign and rule in the earth.
Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations plan evil together? Why do they make useless plans? 2 The kings of the earth rise up against the Lord. The rulers of the earth join together against His anointed king [King Messiah]. NIRV
Psalm 110:2 The Lord will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem you will rule over your enemies. NLT
Psalm 114:1 When the Israelites escaped from Egypt— when the family of Jacob left that foreign land—2 the land of Judah became God’s Sanctuary, and Israel became his kingdom. NLT
Revelation 11:15b…“The kingdoms of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Anointed One. And He shall reign forever and ever!” TLV
Does the Lord ever reject His children, when they chose to draw close to Him again, in complete repentance? If we read the sacred pages of the Biblical record, we can’t help but walk away with an undeniable answer, that positively proclaims His unending mercies and unbreakable covenants, to a world that is lost and submerged in guilt, shame and insecurities. We see this principle and promise, in what the Bible calls, “The Sure Mercies of David.” This Davidic Covenant establishes Jerusalem as the seat of God’s Kingdom on earth, as we prepare to reign with the Messiah for 1000 years, in His Millennial Reign of the Messianic Days.
Man’s sin is definitely the problem to the sovereign reign of God’s kingdom in our lives, but it is God’s grace, accessed through the Messiah, that is undoubtedly the only real solution to our sin problem. When this message is preached and boldly proclaimed, the destructive direction of humanity’s pathway changes, and the “gospel of the kingdom,” or ”good news” takes over, and begins to liberate fallen people from tripping over the same stumbling blocks. These tricks have always prevailed against humanity, keeping people stuck in their sinful past mistakes. Look at how the Prophet Isaiah boldly declares this foundational truth of the power of “good news.” He writes to the chosen nation of Israel, which allows the Apostle Paul, to pick up the same message, not only to the Jewish world, as physical descendants of Abraham, but also including the larger Gentile world, fulfilling Abraham’s promise, that he would become a “father of many nations.”
Abraham was promised a covenant of blessing, that required him to leave his dysfunctional homeland and family life, and travel to a place or city, that the Almighty declared that He would lead Abraham to. The writer of Hebrews described Abraham’s model of faith for us to follow.
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he was to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he migrated to the land of promise as if it were foreign, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob—fellow heirs of the same promise. 10 For he was waiting for the city [Jerusalem] that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. TLV
Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion—to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, a joyous gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are written in a scroll in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous ones made perfect, 24 and to Yeshua, the Mediator of a New Covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than the blood of Abel.
Not only did Abraham allow God to lead him to the city of Jerusalem, and King David to establish it, He sent His Heavenly Son to be born Jewish People, to one day, to sit on David’s Jerusalem throne, as He descends back to the very site that He ascended from. When the Messiah returns, all nations will know that Jerusalem is the seat of God’s Kingdom, and they will all be united, both Jews and Gentiles, to study the Torah and learn the way, the truth and the life, of perfect peace.