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John the Baptist,
the Forerunner
of Jesus


 

Why didn’t Jesus set up his kingdom at his first advent?

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Jesus healing,
a foretaste
of his kingdom
on earth

 

 

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Walking
to Emmaus


 

 

Why man’s redemption precedes
kingdom blessings.


 

 

Is the kingdom
to be earthly?
or heavenly?

 

 

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Waiting for
God's kingdom seemed absurd
to the worldly-wise.

 

 


Jesus taught that his kingdom was not of this world and would not be established until after his suffering and death.
But zealot Jews rebelled against Rome, endeavoring to set up their kingdom prematurely
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The Masada

    The last outpost of Jewish rebellion in 73 A.D., is the famous location where 960 Jewish zealots chose to take their own lives rather than submit to a life of Roman slavery.


 

 

"The Kingdom
of God cometh not with observation"--

Yet it would be everywhere present
and powerful.

The spiritual kingdom
is being set up first
and will be
for a time
unrecognized.



 

 

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"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night, and
said unto him,

‘Rabbi, we know that thou art from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.’"
John  3:1,2

 



 

 

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Jesus healing

 

 

"Begotten"
and "Born"
of the spirit

*The Greek word gennao and its derivatives, sometimes translated begotten and sometimes born, really contains both ideas, and should be translated by either one of these two English words, according to the sense of the passage in which it occurs.

The two ideas, begetting and birth, are always in the word, so that if the one is stated, the other is always implied, as birth is the natural consequence of begetting, and begetting the natural antecedent to birth.

When the active agent with which gennao is associated is a male, it should be translated begotten; when a female, born.

Thus in 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1,18, gennao should be begotten, because God (masculine) is the active agent.

Sometimes, however, the translation is dependent on the nature of the act, whether masculine or feminine.

Thus used in conjunction with ek, signifying from or out of, it should be translated born.

So in John 3:5,6, gennao should be translated born, as indicated by the word ek--"out of water," "out of flesh," "out of spirit."

 

+This same Greek word is translated consider in Acts 15:6.
"The apostles and elders came together for to consider [know or understand] this matter."

The same word is rendered behold in Romans 11:22.
"Behold [consider, understand] therefore, the goodness and severity of God".

Also in 1 John 3:1--
"Behold [consider, know, understand] what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us."

 

 

 


How can a man
be begotten
when he is old?

 

Repentance
is not the
new birth.

Spiritual begettal precedes
spiritual birth.

 

 

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Elisha and his Servant

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:
so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:8

 

What is
spirit begettal?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


*The words "which is in heaven" (verse 13) are not found in the most ancient and reliable MSS.

 


 

 

 

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Jesus taught
about an earthly
kingdom.

 

 

The kingdom
of God
has not yet
reigned on earth.


 

 

Christian allegiance.

 

 

 

 


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Christ's earthly kingdom will reach the whole earth.


 

 

"He said therefore,
‘A certain nobleman went into a far country
to receive
for himself
a kingdom
and to return.’"
Luke 19:12

 


 

God’s kingdom
is not yet set up in glory and power.

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Parable of the Publican  and Sinner

"And again
I say unto you,
It is easier
for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:24

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Needles Eye Gate --
Humans could pass through easily; but large animals, such as camels, had to be unloaded and kneel to get through.

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Jaffa Gate -- Located at the west side of Jerusalem, the Jaffa Gate has a "needleís eye," a small opening used as a security entrance at night when the large gate was safely shut.


 

 

Christian liberty

 

 

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Christians must be
overcomers
to sit with Jesus
in His Father's throne and reign
over the nations
of earth.

 

 

 

 

 

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Overcoming  requires death in the Lord's service.


 

"Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you."
I Corinthians 4:8

 

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Paul preached that present suffering
would be followed by future reigning.


 

 

The true church has not yet reigned over the earth.

 

 

 

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The Pope crowning Charlemagne

 

 

 

 

 

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There can be
no kingdom
without a king.


 

 

 

"To him that overcometh
will I grant
to sit with me
in my throne,
even as I also overcame,
and am set down with my Father in his throne." Revelation 3:21


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What does "resurrection"
mean?

 

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"Marvel not at this: for the hour
is coming, in the which all that are
in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth;

"They that have done good, unto the resurrection
of life; and they that have done
evil unto the resurrection
of judgment (Greek "krisis")."
John 5:28,29

 

 

 

The kingdom work of Jesus
and the Church

 

Who are the "Ancient Worthies"?


Abraham

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Jewish hope --
Believing that God’s Kingdom would be established in Jerusalem and all nations would come to the "house of the God of Jacob," Jewish tombs thickly cover the slopes of Olivet, giving evidence to the Jewish faith in God’s promises of a kingdom and the resurrection of the dead.

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Moslem hope --
When Messiah comes, he will enter Jerusalem through the Golden Gate; hence, the resurrection and judgment will begin from here.
Those who cannot walk the line of justice will fall into the Valley of Death below.  Moslem tombs  surround the Golden Gate, waiting for the Messiah.

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Christian hope --
A Christian cemetery lies in the Kidron Valley between the Jewish cemetery (on Mt. Olivet to the east) and the Moslem cemetery (on Mt. Moriah to the west).   
When Christ returns, he will judge the world in righteousness.


 

 

How will the
two phases
of the kingdom
operate?

 

 

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Moses


 

 

When mankind stands holy
and righteous
at the end
of the 1,000 years, the kingdom will be returned
to God.


 

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The earthly seed and the heavenly seed of Abraham’s promise

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The earthly (human) and heavenly (spiritual) resurrection





Stephen’s sermon shows that Israel was yet to receive their earthly promise.

 

 

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This gate is traditionally
the location
where Stephen
was stoned
while giving his
sermon of  Acts 7.

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On the east side of Jerusalem is Stephen’s Gate, also called "The Lion’s Gate" because of the carvings of lions in the stones above.
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The Church’s completion
must precede
Israel’s receiving
the promise.

 

 

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Tombs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Hebron


 

Israel’s prominence
in the earthly kingdom

 

 

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills;

And all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob;

And he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem..."
Isaiah 2:2,3

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Ezekiel 47:1-12 identifies this gate as the one through which flows the river of waters of life.

Golden Gate --
The sole eastern gate of the Temple area is kept permanently closed until Messiah comes.
When Jerusalem was rebuilt by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538-41 A.D., he had the gate sealed in the hope of postponing the "day of judgment" and the end of the world.


 

 

 

 

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Israel's promises will be fulfilled
in Messiah's
earthly kingdom.


 

 

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The Law will
go forth from Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.


 

 

"Beautiful
for situation,
the joy of the
whole earth,
is mount Zion,
on the sides of the north, the city of the great King."
Psalms 48:2

 

"In that day
shall this song
be sung in the
land of Judah;
We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

"Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee."
Isaiah 26:1-3

 

 

 

 

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"Walk ye about Zion and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.

Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces: that ye may tell it to the generation following.

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death."
Psalms 48:12-14

Walls --
The present walls
(much of which are on the site of earlier walls) were built by Suleiman II about 1540 A.D.

The walls extend for 2-1/2 miles, with an average height of 38 feet.

Some of the stones from the wall of the temple enclosure at Jerusalem still exist.

They measure 30 feet long, 8 feet wide and 3-1/2 feet high, weighing over 80 tons.

Josephus tells of 60-foot long stones in the temple of Solomon.

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Jerusalem,
literal and symbolic

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Israel, literal
and symbolic

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Samaria
"...plant them
upon their land..."


 

 

 

The Law Covenant,
typical of the
New Covenant


 

 

Israel will be
a firstfruits
among the nations.

 

 

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"What then?
Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded."
Romans 11:7


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"And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

"For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?" Romans 11:23,24

 

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God knew
Israel would reject the Messiah and lose the chief blessing.

 

 

Israel was temporarily
cast off from
Godís favor.

 


 

 

Israelís blindness will be removed
by the Deliverer.

 

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"Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD?"

    

Holyland Hotel Model of Jerusalem

     One of the most detailed models of ancient city, this was designed by a team of historians, archaeologists and builders to make the model painstakingly accurate. Made from Jerusalem’s famed orange-pink stone, it portrays the city as it would have been in Herodian times.

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Tyropean Valley

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The Temple

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Herod's Three Towers


 

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The Most Holy, in the sacred
precincts of the Temple.

 

Entire consecration to God will be essential in the earthly kingdom.

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The iron rule
will grant no liberty to do wrong.

 

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None will live
at the expense
of others.

 

 

Laws of righteousness and equity
will be firmly enforced.


 

 

Jehovah will be king; Christ will be his vicegerent.

 

"For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet."

"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
I Corinthians 15:25,28


 

Perfect man
will be capable
of obeying
God’s perfect law.

 

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