IT WAS FINISHED AT THE CROSS Part 6

IT WAS FINISHED AT THE CROSS

THY KINGDOM HAS COME AND IS EVERLASTING

Hello all!

Today I want to briefly summarize the above studies by adding one more important factor, that may have been touched on in those studies, but I want to emphasis how crucial it is. And it is this:

Did Jesus, Himself, ever mention the Millennium Reign?

After Christ’s death and resurrection He appeared to His disciples and spoke with them about ‘of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God’.

Act 1:3 KJV “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:”

Surely, if there was to be a future earthy kingdom where Christ would be reigning as King, He would have mentioned such to His followers! Before His ascension, and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Christ was asked, by his Disciples, about a future kingdom being ruled by Israel.

Act 1:6 KJV When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Act 1:7 KJV “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”

Act 1:8 KJV “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Notice here, that Jesus says nothing about Israel and the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel, but instead clearly emphasizes the sending of the Holy Spirit and what His disciples will do when this Spirit is come upon them. Right before these statements, He tells them to stay in Jerusalem, as that is where the Kingdom will begin as prophesied in the Old Testament, as covered in the studies above.

Act 1:4 KJV ” And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.”

We can see that Jesus never discussed a future 1000 year time when the Kingdom would exist, nor did He answer the question of when the Kingdom would be restored to Israel. The only mention of this is in the Book of Matthew when He states to the Jewish leaders:

Mat 21:43 KJV “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

It is also interesting to note that after Pentecost, the question was never asked again, or addressed in any way in the rest of the New Testament.

Jesus received His Kingdom after His resurrection and ascension, and prior to His Second Coming. In the following verses we see that His Kingdom was not thousands of years in the future, but would come shortly, and some would see the Son of Man inherit His Kingdom. This happened at the Cross and it was fulfilled in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. If, His kingdom was in the far distant future from the time Jesus is speaking, none of those men would be around to see it!

Mat 16:28 KJV “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom”.

Mar 9:1 KJV ” And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.”

And Jesus also tells them that when He comes again, at His Second Coming, He will be coming in great power and glory because He is already King of King and Lord of Lords, ruling over the Kingdom He established on this earth at Pentecost. He is King, now, and always will be.

Mat 26:64 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.”

Rev 1:7 KJV “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. “

We can see this foretold in the Old Testament, when the Lord God is speaking to Nathan about David, and the Kingdom that will be set up coming from the seed of David.

1Ch 17:11 KJV “And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.”

1Ch 17:12 KJV “He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.”

What prayer did the Lord tell his disciples to pray before He went to the Cross?

Mat 6:9-13

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ( 11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

(13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

Christ’s disciples were to pray for the coming of the Kingdom, which was at hand, but had not come fully until after the Cross. After the Cross, Christ’s Kingdom did come, in power and glory forever and ever!! His followers are His kings and priests here on earth, that carry forth His commands, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so they can be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Peter preached by the power of the Holy Spirit that God had fulfilled His promise to Israel in Acts 2:29-36:

Acts 2:29-36 KJV “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. (30) Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; (31) He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (32) This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. (33) Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (34) For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, (35) Until I make thy foes thy footstool. (36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Evidence of the exalted Christ was manifested by the outpouring of the promised Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith!

Heb 12:2 KJV “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The writer to the Hebrews wrote in the present tense that Jesus ‘is set down at the right hand of the throne of God’. The King was already reigning from His Heavenly Throne when this Epistle was written!

In the Book of Revelation Jesus, Himself, tells us who He is. He is already our King, and has the keys of hell and of death. His Kingdom did come and He is reigning.

Rev 1:18-19 KJV “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;”

What did Jeremiah, the Prophet, tells us about the throne of David?

Jer 22:30 KJV “Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.”

When the Kingdom of Judah lapsed into apostasy God finally removed the kings by sending Coniah, also called ‘Jeconiah’, into captivity in Babylon. God decreed ‘for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah’.

Jesus is a descendant of Jeconiah…Matthew 1:11-16 and the rightful heir to David’s throne, but He cannot reign on that throne in Judah according to Jeremiah’s prophecy.

Neither the Old nor the New Testaments ever mention a thousand years reign of Christ on Earth.

The Reign of Christ has no end!

Isa 9:7 KJV “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. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

2Sa 7:13 KJV “He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.”

The Patriarchs

Heb 11:13-16 KJV “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

‘strangers and pilgrims on the earth’

Abraham continued to dwell in tents and never built a permanent home in the land. They desired ‘a better country, that is, a heavenly’ home, or kingdom. Heaven is where we are headed next, not into another earthly kingdom. God has prepared for us the city of New Jerusalem. He will never reign from earthly Jerusalem, there is not one verse in the whole of the Bible that supports that.

At The Lord’s Second Coming He has on His thigh a banner proclaiming who He is. He is our King, and has been since the Cross. How can we ever doubt that He fulfilled His mission, and completed the promises and plans of His Father? Christ is the anointed King and is sitting upon the throne of David in the heavenly realm.

Rev 19:16 KJV “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

I pray we all see this as Truth. The time is short and we must realize that we are in His Kingdom, and we have Him as our King, and He can spread the Gospel through us, even in the worse of times. He would not take us out of His Kingdom when we are needed most. We must love Him more than our own lives!! He will never leave us or forsake us, but He will use us, to His Glory.

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: kinz2all

Hello all! What a long strange trip it has been! I am amazed that through 40 years of Bible studies, Bible College, and attending a multitude of churches, of varying denominations, I have come full circle back to the day when I was “born again”. On that day (Sept 24th 1978) I found the Truth when Jesus found me. I knew in an instant that I could live in eternity by living in the moment with Christ. God is love and loves everyone and wants everyone to be set free in Christ. That the spiritual world trumps the material world and by focusing on Christ one can live spiritually every moment, and death to self brings abundant new life. This was massively life changing! I went from being broken to being whole! I could not contain the love and joy within me. I was a different person and all my relationships changed. And shortly after that earthshaking day, I did sell everything I owned and went on the road proclaiming the JOY of the Good News!! Yet, after three years, I settled down and starting going to church, realizing I had not truly studied the Word of God. I had attended church as a child and as a teen I sang in the choir and taught vacation Bible school, so I knew the major highlights of the Gospel, and pretty much believed what preachers were preaching about God’s Word. Still, I did not find the fire of the Spirit in many of the churches I attended. To me, all the different denominations were creating division not unity in the body of Christ, by chopping up the Word to suit the traditions of men. In 1997 I decided to start reading and studying the Bible for myself. I read books about the “rapture” and the Left Behind series of books and started to see how churches were so divided on these issues and nothing they were teaching really rang true in my heart. I attended Bible College in 2004 and got my Masters in Theology and really got into understanding the End Times as taught by the pre-trib and pre-wrath rapture groups and authors. I was completely sold on this interpretation of the Bible, so much so, that I started writing about it on a pre-trib web site called Five Doves. I got really into waiting for the rapture and trying to figure out the timing and all that, and wrote many many articles about how and when this would happen. It was exciting, I felt that I was learning so much. The more I studied on my own the more I started to see that I did not see in His Word the same things that others were seeing and started to write about what I was finding. As soon as I did this, and started to stray away from the herd of pre-tribbers, I was thrown off the web site. As soon as that happened, the Lord started giving me new revelations and I started asking questions and rely on Him to show me in His Word the answers I was looking for. The major turning point was when I started writing for another web site (Rapture Prophecy Bible Forum) and found out who Israel truly is. That is the foundation for all Bible study…once one knows whom Israel is, one can never go back to dispensational beliefs. That opened the flood gates of revelations from the Lord. He made sure that I would have the time to truly focus on what the Holy Spirit was showing me. I fell down some stairs and broke both of my feet and was not able to do anything but study the Bible. And Study I did!! I was consumed with it, day and night and felt on fire for the Truth. Things that I had believed in for so long just fell away, and everyday I was finding out more and more. Although I started to see that there is no end time rapture, I still believed in a future Second Coming and that we were in the Last Days and how the world was becoming a dark place full of evil. I wrote much about this…even on this blog. Yet, at the same time finding out about the Kingdom of God and how it has already come, and how the Jewish feasts have all been fulfilled in Christ. We are not waiting for the last three to be fulfilled as so many preach and teach. The plan of Salvation was FINISHED AT THE CROSS, and all that was left to be fulfilled was the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…the 7th and last feast not the 4th…and Christ’s Second Coming in Judgment and the resurrection of the saints. That brings me up to recent time, and my most recent revelations from the Lord and I am shocked at what I have found out! I never even conceived that the Bible was a finished work and that there was no longer anything left to be fulfilled. Yet, that is what I have found out and it is AMAZING how I feel totally set free!! The Truth truly does set one free from the searching and the divisions of the traditions of man!! It all makes so much sense and every verse has taken on a new and heartfelt meaning!! It is GOOD NEWS!! Jesus is our King we can live in His Kingdom RIGHT NOW!! He did ALL He said he would do, when He said He would do it, all we need to do is KNOW HIM. The only event left to happen will happen to each of His children when they pass from this world and into eternity. I was so overwhelmed by my discoveries that I did not know how to approach beginning to write about it. Also, it labels me (and I hate labels in reference to divisions in Christ) I find that I have become a full Preterist. I would never ever have thought this is where my studies would lead, but cannot deny it is where the Lord has brought me. I am now ready to start proving it and that is what I will be doing from here on out. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of all this is that it has brought me full circle. When I was born again and shown the power of Jesus and relying on Him, I knew it was finished in Him…He was the answer to all. Love is the strongest power in the universe and God is love. Nothing else really mattered. It was not until I got caught up in the “traditions of men” that the path got crooked and the way confusing. Yet, it is so wonderful to find out that His Word tells us the Truth, and that Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the life. That being said, I will be posting studies that helped me understand, and hope that anyone out there that is reading this may find what they may be looking for, as they take this journey OF FINDING OUT FOR YOURSELF. God bless all, and may you be in His love and Light today and always!! JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!! Patti C.

One thought on “IT WAS FINISHED AT THE CROSS Part 6”

  1. There are such wonderful “keys” to unlocking some of the hidden treasures of God in these blogs!!

    Jesus completely finished what He was sent here to do….plant the “Seed” of Himself within us all. Now it’s up to each one of us to do with It as the Holy Spirit leads. This Holy Spirit of God was given to the world at Pentecost .

    But, as the parable of the “seed” in Matthew chapter 13. Some of us received this “seed” in good ground (vs. 23), and we become believers. And there have been various stages of growth of this “seed” throughout history, since then.

    That was only the beginning of our journey during this short lifetime we are given. When a seed is planted, it does not develop as a full-grown plant all at once. It is progressive in how it is watered, nourished, and in receiving enough “light” for it’s growth.

    Remember, Jesus said that the “kingdom of God is within you”. We are the “temple” in which God dwells, which is where God lives….we are God’s “mansion”….and we are told that in our Father’s house (where God lives) are many mansions. And not all these “mansions” (or temples of God) are progressing exactly alike. All changes which happen, are happening WITHIN EACH ONE OF US…but on an individual basis.

    Perhaps this can best be explained by a teaching from J. Preston Eby….this is taken from “The Woman in the Wilderness” (Part 147 of “From The Candlestick To The Throne”):

    Eby writes:

    “In the great house of our Father’s kingdom there are different degrees of experience and various heights of attainment. In the book of Revelation we see in the progressive unveiling of Jesus Christ within His people a number of different companies, or spiritual planes, to which men attain in Christ — there is one outstanding company called overcomers, or kings and priests, or the manchild, or the 144,000, or the sons of God; another called the woman, or the bride, or the New Jerusalem; another called the church, or the candlesticks; and then there are the remnant: witnesses, martyrs, messengers, harpers, the great multitude, etc.

    “These companies all correspond to the ranks of believers as set forth in the vision quoted above. These are all a variety of redeemed people who walk with God in varying degrees of light and glory, different depths of intimacy, and diverse orders of calling and experience. Some are very near to the heart of God, while others dwell and serve in the outer courts of His presence. Some are queens, virgins, and concubines; others are counselors, judges, priests and kings; some are soldiers and warriors of varied ranks; still others are servants, guests, and couriers.”

    (After a couple more paragraphs, which are omitted at this time, Eby goes on to explain these different mansions being built in God’s kingdom. These “mansions” are where God lives…..they are OUR “temples”, and each one is not built in the same manner, way, or in the same time…..but we are all a part of God’s kingdom, and that kingdom is developing WITHIN each one of US…but in a different manner for each.)

    Going on with Eby:

    “You see, my beloved, it’s just like a school — it is the great school of God. The purpose of a school is not the school itself. The purpose of a school is the PROGRESSION through the grades so that you finally GRADUATE. [caps are mine] So we are not to glory that we are in the first grade, the seventh grade, or the twelfth grade. We are not to cling to our status as a junior, sophomore, or senior. It is wonderful to be a senior, but if you remain a senior you will never graduate! To be a senior is not the GOAL. The beauty of all the grades is that each in turn accomplishes its purpose, bringing EVERYONE to the same, final state of accomplishment and attainment. Everyone walks across the stage and receives his or her diploma and goes out into the world a finished product in the fullness of God. Hallelujah!

    “That’s how it is in the kingdom of God! Today we view believers as being nominal Christians, born again Christians, Spirit-filled Christians, deeper life Christians, sons of God, or some other classification. We equate their standing in God with whether they are in the Outer Court, the Holy Place, or the Most Holy Place [Rev.chapter 11 shows how God is measuring this]. But those are merely broad-swept PICTURES of their spiritual state of growth and development, their progression into God.

    “Each is just a temporary arrangement, a grade to pass through, and ALL CREATION will pass through the grades either now or in the age and the ages to come! When every man who has ever lived, or ever shall live, has received his diploma and walks off the cosmic stage of SPIRITUAL GRADUATION — God will be ALL IN ALL!

    “There will be a sign posted on the door of the school of God’s great redemptive and restoration purposes —“Closed.” When everybody graduates, you don’t need the school anymore.”

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