Originally posted by robbie carrobie
It appears to me that the vast majority of those who profess to be Christians are unaware of what the Kingdom is, yet it is the central tenet of Christ's teaching. Notice how this is described in the book of Isaiah, King James version.
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the [b]government will be upon His shoulder.
And ...[text shortened]... give your allegiance, the self serving governments of the system, or the Kingdom of the Christ?[/b]
Indeed Gods Kingdom is described as a government.
What you may miss is that it is a government by God dispensing His Spirit INTO man. That is a government by installing His life and nature in His people.
This is the significance of the water of life pouring from the throne of God and of the Lamb -
"And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Rev. 22:1)
Out of the seat of divine administration flows out the Holy Spirit dispensing the Triune God into the city. That means into the people.
You may remember that John wrote before of the Spirit being the rivers of living water -
" ... If anyone thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified." (John 7:37b-39)
The throne is the place of God's administration. And out of the throne flows the river of water of life - the Third Person of the Trinity - the Holy Spirit. And our of the innermost being flows the Spirit also. This proves that the government of God and the Lamb (for there is only one throne - God is in the Lamb) is a matter of Father-Son-Holy Spirit ruling man by being his life flowing out of his innermost being.
This is the government of God in its purest form. If one does not want to receive the Spirit as living water in the innermost being, how can one say he is for the government of God ?
In terms that we understand a government usually has different constituent parts, an executive body made up of a prime minister and minsters if you are in the UK. It also has an electorate or subjects over which the government holds dominion.
Gods Kingdom (government) is no different, its ruler is Christ Jesus, its ministers the 144,000 who rule with Christ as co rulers and priests and a great multitude of persons from all tribes nations and tongues who will live under the direction of the heavenly government and who are its loyal subjects.
Concerning your 144,000 co-governers - In either chapter of Revelation that specifically mentions 144,000 WHERE does the word reign
In either Revelation 7 or 14 where is the word "kings"
In either Revelation 7 or 14 which both mention 144,000 where do the words "co-kings," "co-rulers," or even "rule" appear ?
We see that Christ has a government. But your association of that with 144,000 in either chapter 7 or 14 is something you are reading into the text. The chapters do not mention government and 144,000.
Chapter 7 emphasizes that 144,000 are sealed and preserved.
Chapter 14 emphasizes that 144,000 follow the Lamb and are firstfruits to God for His satisfaction.
Preservation and Satisfaction are what is written in connection with each instance of the number 144,000. All this about them being co-kings are concepts you are putting into those chapters.
It does not say that they do NOT reign with Christ. But neither does it emphasize that they do.
That Christ has co-kings is evident. Today the believers who overcome "reign in life through the One Jesus Christ"
. As a reward for reigning in life over self, temper, old man, sin, fallen nature, they will reign with Christ as co-kings in the millennium.
This is a reward which can be obtained of loss depending on how the believer has reigned in life, lived by the reigning grace within in the church age.
Ie. "And he who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations. And he will shepherd them with an iron rod, as vessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as I also have received from My Father." (Rev. 2:26,27)
"Faithful is the word: For if we died with Him, we will live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him, ..." (2 Tim. 2:11,12)
If we receive Jesus into our hearts and reign in the abundance of the grace which He brings in the church age, at His return we will continue to reign over the nations with Him as a reward, reigning on in the divine life.
" ... much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." (Rom. 5:17)
If you want to participate in the reigning with Christ as a co-king over the nations you must receive Christ into your being, receive the abundance of grace He brings, and reign over the old fallen Adamic nature in your own being in this age first. This is to overcome. And to the overcomer He grants the reward of reigning with Him to shepherd the nations.
The nations on earth left after the great tribulation will need a period of shepherding, even as breaking pots with an iron rod as the need arises.
But only those filled up with Christ in their daily living in this age will be prepared to govern with Him for those thousand years.
Considering the corruption and greed of politicians, its a privilege to have such a contrast as our great leader the Christ is, loyal, just, self sacrificing and loving, his Kingdom being no part of this world, remains incorruptible.
Christ is coming as the smiting stone to break in pieces all the world governments and establish His reign on the planet. See the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel's interpretation in Daniel
To whom shall you give your allegiance, the self serving governments of the system, or the Kingdom of the Christ?
This is why I am saying men should receive Christ into their hearts by faith. He is today not only seated in the heavens at the right hand of God (Rom. 8:34)
but also within those who receive His Spirit (Rom. 8:9-11)
For the "last Adam became a life giving Spirit" (1 Cor. 15:45)
in order that Christ, having forgiven us of our sins and washed us in His blood of redemption, may come and live within us bringing the abundance of grace with Him.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit." ( Philemon 21)
The promise to reign as co-king with Christ is open to every single Christian that has lived. It is not restricted to some number and certainly not limited to 144,000 in Revelation 7 or 14.
" IF ... we endure, we will also reign with Him ..." ( 2 Tim. 2:12)
"He who overcomes and keeps My works until the end ... to him I will give authority over the nations ... etc." (Rev. 2:26)
As long as you believe that those passages are not addressed to anyone except the 144,000 you are being cheated. You should stop believing that. And you should understand that all who are washed in the blood have the right (if they overcome through His abundant grace) to participate in the kingdom and priesthood now and in the millennial kingdom.
" ... from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and has released us from out sins by His blood
And made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be tge glory and the might forever and ever. Amen." (Rev. 1:5,6)
As long as you read any promise like this and think it only applies to 144,000 your are being CHEATED by a lie. The promise is to anyone washed in the blood of redemption in Christ and is loved by Christ, and lives through, by, and unto Christ by His indwelling Spirit. A-N-Y-O-N-E !