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120. Tabernacles: Thy Kingdom Come

121. Tabernacles: Kingdom Authority

Chapter One Hundred Twenty

The Feasts of God

Tabernacles

Thy Kingdom Come

 

The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus in Luke 17:20-21

 

Jesus didn’t preach the Gospel of Personal Salvation, which has been the main focus of Evangelical Christianity for many years.  Instead, He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom.

 

Evidently, the Kingdom message was as misunderstood when Jesus first preached it as it is today.  In Luke 17:20-21 Jesus was responding to a question the Pharisees had asked Him pertaining to the Kingdom.  The Pharisees wanted to know when the Kingdom would come.

 

I believe the rest of chapter seventeen of Luke’s account of the Gospel is a prophetic scripture, looking ahead to the Church Age and the eventual coming of the Kingdom Age.

 

Age is a relative term, and can be used to describe different periods of history. 

 

I often use the term Church Age to describe the first two millennia since the crucifixion, resurrection, ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the term Kingdom Age to describe the third millennium of the Church, which we are now entering into on the timeline of history, according to the Gregorian calendar.

 

Peter informed us that a day is as a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are as a day (see 2 Peter 3:8).  Some of what Jesus prophesied in the seventeenth chapter of Luke was concerning the first two days (millennia) of the Church, but most of what He said was a picture of the third day (millennium) of the Church, which is the day (millennium) we have now crossed the threshold of, when the Church Age is transitioning into the Kingdom Age.  (Note: The Church won’t cease to exist during the Kingdom Age, but instead will come to completion/perfection.)

 

I believe the seventeenth chapter of Luke describes the greatest of all spiritual awakenings, which is about to take place throughout the world.

 

This awakening is going to be a major suddenly of God, seeming to take place spontaneously and all at once throughout the world, as described in Luke 17:24.

 

For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Luke 17:24

 

The third day of the Church, which is revealing the Kingdom coming in/on Earth as in Heaven, is also the seventh day (millennium) of/since creation.  There is a parallel between the seven days of creation and the seven millennia the Bible focuses on. 

 

The seventh day is the Sabbath.  The millennium we have now crossed the threshold of, is the Sabbath of all Sabbaths, which the Sabbaths of the law and the Sabbath of creation all point the way to.  It is the day (millennium) the writer of Hebrews prophesied about.

 

For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Hebrews 4:8-9

 

This day (millennium) is His day that Jesus spoke of in Luke 17:24.  It is the Day of the Lord spoken of throughout the Bible.

 

It is the day that will reveal the ultimate prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, when God fully indwells His people, tabernacling in them to such an extent that they literally become an extension of Him, becoming the true Ekklesia (Greek word for Church, meaning a governing body), bringing His Kingdom on/in Earth as in Heaven, which is no less than the fulfillment of Revelation 11:15:

 

The kingdoms [nations] of this world are become the kingdoms [Kingdom] of our Lord [Jesus], and of his Christ [the Body of Christ]; and he shall reign for ever and ever [Jesus the Head and Body joined in perfect unity].

 

There is a remnant on Earth today finding that rest that remains, trusting completely in God to reveal the purpose of this new day (millennium), and beginning to get a glimpse of this reality, a taste of it, and as a result they are operating in greater authority than ever before.

 

So, while the Kingdom of God first has to manifest in us, ultimately it will manifest throughout the world, literally changing the world.

 

Surely, absolutely, we were born for such a time as this!

Chapter One Hundred Twenty One

The Feasts of God

Tabernacles

Kingdom Authority

 

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Matthew 4:8-9

 

And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:18

 

In Matthew 28:18 (above) the word power (KJV) is exousia in Greek, and literally means delegated authority and the right to use it.

 

When God created Adam in the Garden of Eden, He gave him authority over Earth.  But when Adam fell, he in turn gave that authority to the devil.  The devil had no legal right to that authority, except that the one (Adam) who possessed it had given it to him.

 

However, as we have established in previous teachings, the real man God created in the garden was not the first Adam, but the last Adam, Jesus, who had a legal right to the authority God had given the first Adam.  So, in essence, the devil really had no legal right to that authority.

 

When the devil tempted Jesus, by promising to give Him the authority the first Adam had given him (if Jesus would fall down and worship him), there was really no temptation, because Jesus knew the devil was an illegal possessor of that authority.  Jesus knew that authority was already in His possession, actually given to Him and not the first Adam in the garden, when God created man.

 

Obviously, the devil had no clue to this reality, and thought he was operating in that authority when he used the Jews and the Romans to crucify Jesus.  Had Jesus not allowed the Jews and the Romans to crucify Him, they would not have been able to.  Jesus alone had the authority to lay down His life, but it had to be at the hands of the Jews and the Romans, crucifying the only innocent man who had ever lived on Earth, to make it a legal transaction and a covenant cut in His own blood with the Father, enabling and securing the salvation of all.

 

It was that authority that belonged solely to Jesus even when He was crucified, that enabled Him to descend into the lower parts of the Earth and take the keys to death and Hades.  And that same authority also raised Him from the dead.

 

It is the same authority that now indwells us, those who are born again (born from above) and baptized with the Holy Spirit. 

 

The verses that follow Matthew 28:18 commission us to use that authority.

 

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world [age].

Matthew 28:19-20

 

Using this authority to reach, teach and literally change nations will bring about the fulfillment of Revelation 11:15:

 

The kingdoms [nations] of this world are become the kingdoms [Kingdom] of our Lord, and of his Christ [the Body of Christ]; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 

Surely, absolutely and without a doubt, we were born for such a time as this!

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