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Chapter 1. The Kingdom of God

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Part 2 A Man as King

In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes.” Jud 17:6

The inhabitants of Israel were free to obey or disobey God. The people called for other men to rule over them and chose to reject God as they had since the day he took them out of Egypt.1 In 1 Samuel, Chapter 8, we see that their decision displeased God and he warned the people that this desire for a central government with exercising authority, common in most nations, would lead to terrible oppression, tyranny, and bondage. They would not repent from that sin. So, Samuel, God’s prophet, appointed the popular man of the people, Saul, as king over the people in God’s kingdom on earth.

That was not what God wanted. Things went from bad to worse as prophesied until a king came to set men free and restore the Kingdom of God, the right to be ruled by God on earth.

“Are men the property of the state? Or are they free souls under God?

This same battle continues throughout the world?”2

Saul was entrusted with an office that seized the imperium which each patriarch had once enjoyed as free men in the kingdom of God. “Saul took (from lawkad’, meaning “to capture, take, seize”) the kingdom (from maluwkah, meaning “kingship, royalty, kingly office”) over Israel (the people in whom God was to prevail), and fought against all his enemies on every side…”3 The real enemy was in their midst. Saul now possessed the kingship that should have remained in them.

His reign was called salvation4 but Saul, in this centralized office of power, did many foolish things. With great power there is great temptation. The power to command allegiance and obedience; is the power to divide faith and service, with such power comes great corruption for the ruler and the ruled. Few on this earth could remain pure under such temptation of dominion and power.

The high office of government did not automatically pass to the sons of Saul. Eventually, before Saul was dead, David would be anointed king. The word “anointed” is translated from the Hebrew word, mashiyach, which, in English, is written “Messiah”. When ever you see Saul, David, or any king of Israel being called the “LORD’s anointed”, they are being called the “messiah” in the Hebrew. The Messiah was simply the anointed King of God’s kingdom on earth. He was the trustee of God’s dominion on this planet since the son of Seth, called Enos, when ‘men began to call upon the name of the LORD’ instead of the name they make for themselves.

When Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand”,5 many people were angry because they did not want to believe in Him or have Him as King. His policies and doctrines were contrary to what their kingdom had become. Yet, many called him Messiah, which, in the Greek, would be written Christos. This is where we get the word “Christ”. Christos means “anointed” and is a way of saying that Yeshua Mashiyach, a.k.a. Jesus the Anointed, is the King of Israel, the people who, God’s kingdom on earth.

This Jesus Christ was and is the Anointed King of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, He is the ruling judge of Judea, which was the remnant Israel, the kingdom where God prevails.

Of course, unlike other rulers in other nations, Jesus did not fall to the temptation of ruling over men. He only came to serve and trained ministers to do the same. They were not to exercise authority like the other nations, but truly be servants in a government based upon the perfect law of liberty, where each man must learn to walk with God, according to His way. This was the kingdom about which Jesus preached and to which He appointed His Apostolos, His Ambassadors.

God’s kingdom on earth has been here from generation to generation. Jesus became its king in spirit and in truth by His birth and anointing, and sealed that Kingdom in the innocent blood of His sacrifice. There is a common and religiously held misunderstanding concerning the phrase the “Kingdom of Heaven”. God’s kingdom can be called the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. These two phrases are just the results of translation from one language to another.

The only author in the Bible who used the phrase “Kingdom of Heaven” was Matthew and, if we compare the Gospels, we can see that the phrases were used interchangeably within the different Gospels when speaking of the exact same incident.6

Matthew wrote in Aramaic. In translating from Aramaic to Greek, the word malkuthach becomes basileia ouranos, or Kingdom of Heaven. It actually means a “realm” on the earth. The word ouranos in Plato’s Dialogues is translated “world”, not a mystical ethereal or spiritual realm called ‘heaven’.7 The Kingdom of Heaven can mean the Kingdom of the world, since the same word is commonly translated “world” by Greek scholars.

Ouranos, is from a root word meaning “to cover, encompass.” The meaning of ouranos includes the “vaulted expanse of the sky”, from the outer edge of the atmosphere to the center of the earth. Many other cultures believed that, if a man actually owned the land as a true and actual dominion granted by our creator, then he owned it from the sky above all the way to the center of the earth. This is clearly expressed in the maxim of the Roman law:

He owns the land from the heavens and to the center of the earth.”8

When someone actually owns land, holding more than a mere legal title, the maxim in American courts states, “that a man’s land extends to the center of the earth below the surface, and to the skies above, and are absolute in the” ownership of the land.9 Land owned with a true and actual title by an individual was his realm, his kingdom. Land owned by a mere legal title does not even include the beneficial interest of the property in question.10

Although the kingdom of God may include dominion on earth in a godly way, it is far more than that. In order to understand the Kingdom of God, a.k.a. the Kingdom of Heaven, this Righteous Dominion of God granted to Adam, sought by Abraham, taught by Moses, and preached by Jesus, we should examine its history as presented in the Bible and the Historical record.

God made men free to choose. He may obey the God of heaven, or he may go out of His presence, allowing us to reject God and make other men gods over us. That liberty of choice has a price. The Bible tells us of this struggle of men to worship the God of Heaven, remaining faithful to His institutions and principles of law or abandoning God in exchange for the benefits and protection of men who would be gods. When we create institution of power and authority with our own hands for our own benefit at the expense of our neighbor we diminish the liberty God gave all men.

Patrick Henry, who was often as much prophet as a patriot, witnessed a preacher flogged to death in Culpepper, Virginia because the man refused to get a license to preach the gospel. Today, most churches and ministers participate in some form of application or registration process with governments assuming a right of determination that should only be God's to give. Patrick was moved by the faith of such men who endured agony and death to maintain a fundamental right. He wrote a speech that is still remembered by some students of American history in which he said:

... it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”11

To fully and honestly examine the record of God's way we must be willing to look at every aspect of that record with an open and questioning mind and heart. We must be willing to suffer the pain of knowing that we may have been deceived. Every idea we have come to accept as true must be reexamined with a hope of understanding the whole truth at whatever anguish of spirit it may cost.

The trouble with people isn’t their ignorance - It’s the number of things they know that just ain’t so.” Attributed to Mark Twain

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Footnotes:

1 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 1 Sa. 8:8

2Cecil B. DeMille in “The Ten Commandments.

31Samuel 14:47.

4And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel. 1 Samuel 11:13

 

5Mark 1:15

6See Appendix A-1

7“…indeed we have no suitable word to express what the Greeks at first called an ouranos. It will be convenient to use the term ‘world’ for it”; Plato’s Dialogues, Early Greek Philosophy, Introduction , John Burnet.

8Cuius est solum, ejus est usque ad caelum et ad inferos.

9“that a man’s land extends to the center of the earth below the surface, and to the skies above, and are absolute in the owner of the land.” Taylor v Fickas, 64 Ind. 167, 172 (1878)

10See Law vs Legal in The Covenants of the gods.

11“Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” speech by Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.

   
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