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Kingdom Decline
Kingdom of God
Understanding the Kingdom
Kingdom Commands
Kingdom Dominion
Mammons of the world and of God
The Eucharist of the Kingdom
Christ means the King
Governing in the Kingdom
The Physical Kingdom
The "world" verses the Kingdom
The carpenters' Kingdom
The royal treasury
Baptism of fire
A Deeper Baptism
Tables and snares
Forms and foolishness
Tables of the Lord
Tables of tithes
Whose Kingdom?
In or of the world.
Made by men
Accept Jesus
Virtuous nation
Nation of God
  1. What is the Kingdom of God?
    1. Is there a difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven?
  2. Was Jesus a real king? Bible Ref[1] Note: [2]
    1. Was Jesus the head of a government? Bible Ref[3] Note: [4]
    2. Was His government on earth as in heaven? Bible Ref[5] Note: [6]
    3. But His kingdom was not of this world or was it?
    4. Wasn't Jesus just the son of a carpenter and an itinerant street preacher? Bible Ref[7] Note: [8]
    5. Why did Jesus say he was going to take the kingdom away from the Pharisees? Bible Ref[9] Note: [10]
    6. Why was Jesus in the Royal treasury? Bible Ref[11] Note: [12]
    7. Why do churches teach and preach that the kingdom of heaven, aka the kingdom of God, is not a physical kingdom on earth? Bible Ref[13] Note: [14]
  3. What was the Baptism of John? Bible Ref[15] Note: [16]
  4. What was the Baptism of fire? Bible Ref[17] Note: [18]
  5. What was the special Baptism of Jesus? Bible Ref[19] Note: [20]
  6. Why did Jesus turn over the tables of the money changers with a string whip? Bible Ref[21] Note: [22]
    1. If the kingdom of God is a government does it have its own laws and jurisdiction like any other government?Bible Ref[23] Note: [24]
    2. Why do people think they can be partakers of two different governments? Bible Ref[25] Note: [26]
    3. Was Jesus a ruler of a civil government and the kingdom? Civil law Bible Ref[27] Note: [28]
    4. What was mammon? Bible Ref[29] Note: [30]
      1. What do you mean by allegiance? Bible Ref[31] Note: [32]
      2. What do you mean by fidelity? Bible Ref[33] Note: [34]
      3. Who is your father upon the earth? Bible Ref[35] Note: [36]
  7. What is a "tithe"?
    1. How does the kingdom of God work? Bible [37]
  8. How can I get to Heaven? Seek[38]
    1. Is the Kingdom of God where we go when we die?
    2. Didn’t Christ say He was giving the Kingdom of God or heaven to His little flock? Bible Ref. [39]
  9. What does the word “god” mean as used in the Bible?
    1. When the Bible mentions God or gods is it really just talking about unseen deities that people worship through religious rituals and ceremonies?
  10. Does God love me?
    1. Or does God hate me?
    2. Who are the Nicolaitans?
  11. What have the "poor" ever done for me?
  12. Didn't Jesus already die for my sins?
  13. Won't Jesus fix all this when he comes back?
  14. Should I be living like the Amish?
  15. Why should I care about Jesus?
  16. Does God answer prayers?
  17. Who is the Anti-Christ?
  18. Isn't Jesus' real name "Yeshua"?
  19. We are told to pray in the name of Jesus. Does simply saying the word, Jesus, after a prayer make the prayer righteous?
  20. Is it lawful to pay taxes?
  21. Should babies get baptized?
  22. Why do bad things happen to good people?
  23. What is the "rapture"?
  24. How much should I give in church on Sunday?
  25. Which religion is right?
  26. What is the Holy Spirit?
  27. Are "Christmas" and "Easter" evil?
  28. Is "money" evil?
  29. What is "sin"?
  30. How should I pray?
  31. How can we get prayer back into public schools?
  32. Is Sunday the Sabbath day?
  33. Is gay marriage Godly?
  34. What are the "weightier matters?
    1. of law, judgment, mercy and faith"
      1. Is law a general term for all rules government society or are there numerous forms or types of law? If so, what are some of the different forms or types of law? How do individuals become involved or engaged in the various forms or types of law?
      2. Judgment? I thought we were not suppose to judge? But don't I judge every time I make a choice?
  35. Is there any evidence that civil governments today recognize the Law of God? And if so, how do those nations interact with the Law of God? Is the Kingdom of God recognized by the Law of Nations? Or is the Law of God just something that doesn’t really have any force of law at all, but is mere fiction, and only the law of men through the written will of various legislative bodies, like kings, parliaments, legislatures, congresses, etc. the only forms of law that have any legitimacy to be obeyed? Therefore, the Law of God doesn’t have to really be obeyed by anyone because its merely religious fantasy for those that believe?
  36. I have heard many Christians say that it is impossible to keep the law of God as presented in the Old Testament. In a sense, God’s original law was imperfect. God didn’t know what he was doing, really, so He created a temporary form of law until He could come up with a new constitution, covenant, or contact, which would then make the old covenant null and void. If this is so, why do ministers in churches still preach on certain precepts in the Old covenant, such as the tithing statutes, but other precepts have been done away with, taken out of the way, no longer having to be obeyed simply by saying some words about believing in Jesus? Is this really how God works? Is God incompetent? Is God not really omniscient and omnipotent, therefore unable to make His law perfect the first time, where men merely have to comprehend God’s law, understand God’s law and then come into agreement with God’s law in order to know how to keep it. The United States as a civil government has millions of laws and regulations, yet citizens are expected to know, understand and keep all those laws and regulations that affect them. Why is man’s law superior to God’s law in such a way that God’s law couldn’t be kept and therefore had to be made null and void? Does that mean we don’t have to keep the laws of man just because we say that those laws are too hard to keep?
  37. Are the Ten Commandments still a valid covenant or constitution? If so, do the commandments only apply to interpersonal relationships, such as between two individuals, or do the commandments also govern community, social or national relationships too? And if so, how could the commandments be understood in regards to larger groups of people like communities, nations, states, countries. Can nations violate the law of God? Can nations, lie, covet, steal and murder? Can nations commit a type of adultery? Can nations have other gods? Can nations make graven images? Can nations take the name of the Lord in vain? Can nations violate the Sabbath law?
  38. Do all the stories, parables, chapters and verses in the Bible apply to all individuals, all the time, regardless of personal choices? It seems that some precepts are directed at specific people in specific circumstances, so if I am not doing exactly the same things those people did in those specific instances, then those precepts would not apply to me and I couldn’t twist them to make those precepts fit a completely different situation or status? For a type of worldly example, the United States laws that deal with the distillation of alcohol are written out in the United States code, which I might read, but if I am not distilling alcohol, those precepts, laws and regulations don’t apply to me, and I can’t take those laws and regulations dealing with the distillation of alcohol and apply them to my personal situation of being a manufacturer of wood glue?
  39. I have heard people use two terms, church and congregation. Do they mean the same thing or do they mean different things?
  40. Does God ordain civil governments? If so, then why do so-called Christian nations, like the United States, use a variety of methods, including economic sanctions, and military force, to topple or overthrow civil governments God has ordained? If not, then what is God's purpose for allowing men to create their own governments and systems of law?
  41. There are several references in the Bible to left hands and rights hands. There is even a verse in Matthew 6:3 where Christ tells us not to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. This obvious is a metaphor for something because I control both my hands. So I always know what both of my hands are doing. So what is this metaphor trying to show us?
  42. Why are there sometimes such huge differences in meaning from the Hebrew words and Greek words when the translators use the same English word. For example, the word "devils" is used in both the Old and New Testaments of the King James Bible, but the Hebrew words and their parent roots that are translated "devils" in the Old Testament mean vastly different things than the Greek words and their roots that are translated "devils" in the New Testament. The Hebrews seem to be sticking to their custom of concrete word pictures that are easily understood, while the Greeks seem to be sticking to their abstract word pictures and imposing their deeply ingrained mysticism and mystery religion. Don't these cultural differences cause a lot of confusion when we read the same English word that has been translated from these very different Hebrew and Greek words?
  43. In the Bible we see a repeating pattern of groups of people rejecting God and going their own way, electing to have kings rule over them, to worship other gods, to violate God's laws, and God says he won't hear their prayers when those same people start suffering the consequences of their choices to reject God's way. Why do people think they can do the same things those people did that God counted as a rejection of Him and His way, but believe and think that today God doesn't care any longer, but chooses to forgive that rejection. In other words, is there any validity to the "once saved, always saved" eschatology?
  44. Is the United States Constitution ordained by God?
    1. Are the precepts of God found in Deuteronomy 17 applicable as a way to determine if a nation, state or country's constitution is divinely inspired or ordained by God?
      1. Don't all nations throughout history claim that their foundational covenants or constitutions are divinely inspired by God as a form of justification or as prove of righteousness?
  45. Where does the divine right of kings come from?
    1. Does the divine right of kings have a foundation in the God's law?
      1. Did men take what was righteous about the doctrine of the divine right of kings and twist it to their own destruction?
      2. How does the precept the law of the father relate to the theory of the divine right of kings?
  46. Is democracy a form of government that God has ordained?
    1. In the movie, the Patriot, Mel Gibson's character asks an assembly of land owners, why would I trade one king 3000 miles away for 3000 kings one mile away? Isn't this sentiment expressing the false idea that just by dividing the kings power into three departments, where We the People, are the king, isn't that having 3000 tyrant kings seeking to have their will rule over their neighbors one mile away?
      1. If this is so, could it be said that voting is calling evil good and good evil? And doesn't doing evil bring woe to people? Is this why we see so many different woes in the United States that people are complaining about? For example, I hear a lot of people complaining about illegal aliens and immigration reform. Isn't this just one of curses we see in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 for choosing to reject God and His ways and laws?
      2. Did God originally grant man dominion over other men? Isn't voting a form of exercising dominion over other men? Aren't we praying that our will, our desires, our reasoning and intellect, will be in agreement with the majority, which then becomes the law for the members of the national body politic?
      3. Does the "one accord" mentioned in the Bible mean a simple majority?
        1. Is a true "one accord" in the name or character of Christ arrived at by force, duress, coercion, even subtle force such as persuasion, tempting people, back slapping, bribery favors, etc.? Or do people come into one accord naturally, organically because what is written on their heart by God is written on the whole assembly's heart so they merely come into agreement without all the political wrangling.
  47. What is the purpose for the mark God put on Cain? If Cain murdered his brother, Abel, isn't it an eye for an eye and Cain should be marked for death? Or is there a lot more to the story than what a literal and cursory reading can reveal?
  48. Did God give man free will or are our choices merely an illusion? Is God's will behind all choices man makes, even the evil men seem to choose to do? Free will or pre-destination
  49. If God is behind all choices, pre-destination, how can God judge man for actions man didn't make, but rather actions God is behind, i.e. a puppet master pulling the strings?
  50. If man has an eternal spirit, where was this eternal spirit before a man is born in the flesh?
  51. If man has an eternal spirit, were the spirits of men involved in the war in heaven that broke out when Lucifer tried to usurp God's throne? Did the spirits of men also choose sides?
  52. There are a lot of people that talk about their near death experiences. Could what we call near-death experiences today be what is referred to as resurrection in the bible? Or is resurrection, like baptism, also more of a lawful, legal, spiritual and physical act associated with repentance and returning to the Way of God. In the Bible it is mentioned that when we reject God, like in 1Samuel 8, we leave God's presence, like the "prodigal son" was "dead" to his family while he was off slopping pigs. But when we repent and return home, in the story of the prodigal we hear his father say, "you're brother was dead, but now he is alive". Was the prodigal son resurrected? Was he born again when he returned from "death", out of the presence of his father and family, unto "life" by repenting?
    1. Is all the evil we see in the world, the groaning, the disease, the corruption, the pollution, the death, the war, the famine, just the consequences of man, individually, and collectively as a nation, choosing to be out of God's presence, being dead to God but alive to the gods many of the world?

Top 50

Top 50 Questions

  1. If God is good, why is there pain and suffering?
  2. Can I know God personally?
  3. What do I need to do to please God?
  4. Doesn’t science disprove God?
  5. What is the Trinity?
  6. Is it possible to know with certainty that you’re going to heaven?
  7. Does being a Christian mean judging and retreating from the rest of culture?
  8. Is it possible to be eternally separated from God?
  9. How do I read the Bible?
  10. If there is a God, is he/she/it involved in the world?
  11. Are we a product of chance or blind evolution?
  12. How can I experience God in my daily life?
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  15. Does life have a purpose?
  16. Is there a God?
  17. Is Christianity too narrow in its view of truth?
  18. Is the Bible relevant today?
  19. Wouldn’t the world be better without religion—especially Christianity?
  20. Is it possible to like Jesus but not Christians?
  21. Isn’t the Bible just a man-made book full of opinions and inaccuracies? Hebrews 4:12
  22. What is the Bible?
  23. Is it possible to be a Christian and not be narrow-minded?
  24. Who is Jesus?
  25. Did Jesus exist?
  26. What makes Jesus’ claims different from those other self-proclaimed prophets?
  27. Where did I come from?
  28. What happens when I die?
  29. How can I know God’s will for me?
  30. Who cares if there’s a God?
  31. What does it mean to follow Jesus?
  32. What does it mean to follow Jesus?
  33. How do we know God is a God of love?
  34. What is sin?
  35. Are there absolutes in good and evil, or right and wrong?
  36. Isn’t Christianity just about being a good person?
  37. Aren’t all religions just different ways of seeing God?
  38. Didn’t God just make the world then leave us to ourselves?
  39. What is a “soul”? Do I have one?
  40. What is a messiah? What is the Messiah?
  41. Who is Satan?
  42. Isn’t religion just a human creation?
  43. How is Jesus different any other religious leader?
  44. Are some creatures more valuable than others?
  45. Why do Christians still do bad things?
  46. What is truth? Does truth exist?
  47. What is love?
  48. What are the books of the Bible?
  49. What is the gospel?
  50. Is the Bible reliable?
  51. Who is the Holy Spirit?
== Footnotes ==
  1. Bible Ref Born King.
    • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 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.
    • The word government in Isaiah 9:6 is misrah ^הרשׂמ^ \ from sarah meaning power, noble AV-government 2; 2 1) rule, dominion, government
    • Mt 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
    • Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. also Mr 15:2
    • Mr 15:9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
    • Mr 15:26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
    • Lu 23:3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
    • Lu 23:38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
    • Joh 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
    • Joh 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
    • Mt 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
    • Joh 18:33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
    • Joh 18:39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
    • Mr 15:12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
  2. Note: Real King: [ Menahem] the Essene. “Prominent teacher of the Essene faction in the time of King Herod, about the middle of the first pre-Christian century. He was renowned for his prophetic powers.” Jewish Encyclopedia.
    • The Babylonian Talmud and the Abaye cites a dispute among the sages over the character of this sage some saying he went “He went forth [out] into evil courses (culture)" (Hagigah, 16b), while Rava and Gemara suggest "He went forth [out] to the King's [God's] service" (Hagigah, 16b).
    • The Jerusalm Talmud cites an additional opinion, that Menahem agreed to be appointed to a ministration position in order to revoke Governmental predestinations against Torah studying (Yer. Hagigah, 2:2).
    • “The "Menahem" recorded in the Mishnah is thought to be the same as the one recounted in Josephus' (Antiquities of the Jews, b. 19, Ch. 10:5), where a story is told about a 'Menahem' of the Essene's sect. According to Josephus, when Menahem saw young Herod the Great going to school he clapped him on the back and addressed him as king, announcing to him that he would reign successfully,[1] despite Herod not being in the line of the royal dynasty. When Herod became king, he asked Menahem how long his reign would be. Initially, Menahem didn't reply, and Herod urged him "Would my reign last ten years?". Menahem replied that Herod would reign at least 30 years, but did not specify the exact number. Herod was pleased with Menahem's answer and dismissed him with a clasp of the hand and thenceforth bestowed special honors upon the Essenes.”
  3. Bible Ref Head government. Luke 3:1 ¶ Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
    • Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
    • Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
    • Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
    • Mark 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
    • John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna of Hebrew origins= pray or apply to the savior.
  4. Note: : “Herod’s greatest fault was his ungovernable passion both in love and hate. This coupled with his constant fear of losing this throne led to most of his ‘crimes’ especially those committed within his own family.” Living in the Time of Jesus of Nazareth by Peter Connolly. Published: Steimatzky 1983.
    • There were rebels, malcontents, and doomsdayers as always. There were tax protesters, religious zealots, and extreme fundamentalists who spoke of moral declines, collapsing economies, and other calamities to come.
    “The Zealots were a splinter group of the Pharisees. The Pharisees were content to ignore the Romans. The Zealots were not. They wanted to drive them out. They planned to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth - a kingdom ruled by God and not by man. When Jesus said ‘Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s’, the Zealots would have agreed with him. For all the produce of God’s land belonged to God and this included the Roman tribute. The main Zealot center was Galilee. The revolt really started when Galilee was annexed to the Roman province in 44 C.E.” Living in the Time of Jesus of Nazareth by Peter Connolly. Published: Steimatzky 1983. TKC
    • Head government: We will see that Jesus was instructing the ministers of the Royal treasury and performing acts reserved for the king, taking the kingdom from one group and giving it to another type of leader.
  5. Bible Ref on earth:
    • Genesis 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1 * * Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is thine]; thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
    • Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
    • Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
    • Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
    • Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
    Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
    • Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
  6. Note: Earth and heaven: So how does his kingdom work and who holds His dominion? Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Daniel 4:3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
    • Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: Leviticus 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. Who is the head of your family? Who is your Daddy?
  7. Bible Ref Carpenter: Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
    • Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
  8. Note: Carpenter: The Greek word “tecton” (in Mark) or “tekton” (in Mathew) is more aptly translated a “contractor”; specifically, contracting as a “builder” as in designing and building bridges, stone temples, etc. Because of the region and the resources were rock, most everything was built from rock, from millstones, winepresses, houses, etc. and thrones.
    • Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
    • Mark 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
    • Luke 20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
    • Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
  9. Bible Reftake the kingdom:. Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
    • This was stated after Matthew 21:33 ¶ Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
    35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
    • Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
    After which Christ gives some conditions for His ministers: Luke 12:33 “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth” Jesus then appoint the kingdom because all power exousia was given unto him as we see in
    • Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.:
    • Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
    Another condition: Matthew 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion [to bring under one’s power,] over them, and they that are great exercise authority [κατεξουσιάζω katexousiazo exercise authority upon] upon them.
    • Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over[ ἄρχω archo to be chief, to lead, to rule] the Gentiles exercise lordship [ κατακυριεύω katakurieuo to bring under one’s power, to subject one’s self, to subdue,] over them; and their great ones exercise authority[κατεξουσιάζω katexousiazo exercise authority upon] upon them.
    • Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings [ βασιλεύς basileus leader of the people, prince, commander,] of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority [ἐξουσιάζω exousiazo to have power or authority, use power] upon them are called benefactors.26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  10. Note: take the kingdom:
  11. Royal treasury: * Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury <1049>, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury <1049>: and many that were rich cast in much.
    • Mark 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury <1049>:
    • Luke 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury <1049>.
    • John 8:20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury <1049>, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
  12. Royal treasury: There are other words translated Treasury in the New Testament like the generic term 2344 θησαυρός thesauros which appears 18 times.
    • And then there is Corban ~κορβᾶν~ korban \or ~κορβανάς~ korbanas of Hebrew and Aramaic origin ןברק Kuf Reish Beit Nun from ברק qarab meaning offer The meaning was “a gift offered (or to be offered) to God ... the sacred or religious treasury”.
    • And 1049 ~γαζοφυλάκιον~ gazophulakion \@gad-zof-oo-lak’-ee-on\@
      • from 1047 γάζα gaza gad’-zah of foreign origin; n f AV-treasure 1; 1 1) the royal treasury, and
      • 5438 ~φυλακή~ phulake \@foo-lak-ay’\@ AV-prison 36, watch 6, imprisonment 2, hold 1, cage 1, ward 1; 47 1) guard, watch
    • n AV-treasury 5; 5 1) a repository of treasure, especially of public treasure, a treasury It is used to describe the apartments constructed in the courts of the temple, in which not only the sacred offerings and things needful for the service were kept, but in which the priests, etc, dwelt:
    • SEE Ne 13:7; of the sacred treasury in which not only treasure but also public records were stored, and the property of widows and orphans was deposited.
    • Josephus speaks of treasuries in the women’s court of Herod’s temple.
    • In the N.T. near the treasury seems to used of that receptacle mentioned by the rabbis to which were fitted thirteen chests or boxes, i.e. trumpets, so called from their shape, and into which were put the contributions made voluntarily or paid yearly by the Jews for the service of the temple and the support of the poor.
  13. not a physical kingdom Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
    Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
    Daniel 4:3 How great [are] his signs! and how mighty [are] his wonders! his kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion [is] from generation to generation.
    • Daniel 4:34 ¶ And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:
    • Acts 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.
  14. not a physical kingdom For mortal man, a kingdom is a form of government and there are many forms of government.. We see this all through the bible, even through the history of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. We see foreign kingdoms as governments in the Bible and secular history. We even see kingdoms as governments still today.
    • “Church. In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate his doctrines and ordinances.”
    “A body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies.” Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 325. also 4th, 5th 6th Ed.
  15. Bible Ref Baptism of John: Matthew 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
    • Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
    • Mark 11:30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
    • Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
    • Luke 20:4 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?
    • Acts 1:21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
    22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
    • Acts 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
    • Acts 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
    26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. 27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. 28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
    • Acts 18:24 ¶ And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, [and] mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
    • Acts 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
  16. Note:Baptism of John: Romans 6:1 -6 reveals baptism is more than dunking somebody into water. Romans 6: 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Ga 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
    • Those who walk in the kingdom of heaven can walk in newness of life every day. Immersion in water is only a public declaration of the man's intentions. The full meaning of baptism is immersion into a lifestyle, characterized by its particular set of values, doctrines and beliefs. John’s baptism was immersion into the way and faith of Abraham, which included a lifestyle of faith, hope and charity. Abraham looked to the future, waiting for Messiah to come. John looked to the future for the very same event for which Abraham waited. But John knew it was an imminent event.
    • The baptism of the apostles, which is after Christ’s resurrection, looks back to the historical moment when Jesus Messiah was raised from the dead. He is the first fruits of resurrection. Christ’s baptism (aka, the baptism of the apostles) is (1) repentance to turn onto the path of the faith of Abraham ... faith, hope and charity, (2) trust in the power of Christ’s resurrection, which is proof of victory over sin, (3) receive the earnest of the Holy Spirit, and (4) walk in the kingdom of heaven according to the power of the Holy Spirit which indwells the body-temple of the child of God, and this is the only way to experience victory over the law of sin in the mortal body.
    • Apollos (Acts 18:24) and the certain disciples at Ephesus (Acts 19) only knew John’s baptism, which is item (1) above. They were ignorant about items (2), (3) and (4), until the ways of God were expounded to them.
  17. Bible RefBaptism of fire:.
  18. Note:Baptism of fire:
  19. Bible RefSpecial Baptism: Mark 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: see Benefactors
  20. Note:John's Baptism: After the death of Judas Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
    • bishoprick is translated from ἐπισκοπή episkope ep-is-kop-ay’
      • Which was from ἐπισκέπτομαι episkeptomai ep-ee-skep’-tom-ahee from the base of skopos translated mark to do with an observer, a watchman looking to a distant mark
      • episkeptomai is defined to look upon or after, to inspect, examine with the eyes
      • to look upon in order to help or to benefit; to look after, have care for, provide for:
    • While ἐπισκοπή episkope translated visitation twice, bishoprick once and office of a bishop once means investigation, inspection, visitation which is the person who searches out he ways, deeds character, of men, in order to adjudge them their lot accordingly, whether righteous or unrighteous, well done or not. It was an office of oversight to confirm the union and discipline of those who gathered in the name of their king, in the case of Christ by faith, hope and charity.
  21. Bible Ref turn over the tables: Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table <5132>.
    • Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables <5132> of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
    • Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table <5132> eat of the children’s crumbs.
    • Mark 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables <5132> of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
    • Luke 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table <5132>: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
    • Luke 19:23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank <5132>, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
    • Luke 22:21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table <5132>.
    • Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table <5132> in my
  22. Note: turn over the tables: 5132 ~τράπεζα~ trapeza \@trap’-ed-zah\@ probably contracted from the word four and feet; AV-table 13, bank 1, meat 1; 1) a table 2) the table or stand of a money changer, where he sits, exchanging different kinds of money for a fee (agio), and paying back with interest loans or deposits
    • Did Jesus turned over tables or the position at the tables in the Golden Temple of Herod. The tables were counters or part of the “banks” and the moneychangers were part of the national bankers’ or royal treasury. John 8:20 “These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” The word treasury is gazofulakion gazophulakion 1) “a repository of treasure, especially of public treasure, a treasury”
    SEE moneychangers to learn more about the porters of the temple.
  23. Bible Ref jurisdiction: Luke 23:7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
    • Acts 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus
    • 1Cor. 6:1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
    • 1Cor. 6:4-6 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
    • 1Cor. 6: 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    • Laws: Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
    23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
  24. Note: laws: Law of God operates in the kingdom of God, and the law of sin operates freely in the kingdom of Babylon.
    • 1378 ~δόγμα~ dogma \@dog’-mah\@ n n AV-decree 3, ordinance 2; 5 1) doctrine, decree, ordinance 1a) of public decrees 1b) of the Roman Senate 1c) of rulers 2) the rules and requirements of the law of Moses; carrying a suggestion of severity and of threatened judgment 3) of certain decrees of the apostles relative to right living
    • Laws in the kingdom of Christ include these:
    • --- Matt. 22:37-40 ... Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. --- The nature of laws in the kingdom of God are understood to pertain to righteousness and liberty:
    • Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    • Jas 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
    • 2Co 7:1 ... let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Ac 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
    • 1Cor. 6:12,13 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
  25. Bible Ref Partaker: Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
    • Psalms 50:18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. 1 Corinthians 9:12 If others be partakers of [this] power over you, [are] not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
    14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
    • Ephesians 5:1 ¶ Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
    3 ¶ But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. 2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
  26. Note: Partaker:
  27. Bible Ref Civil: Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but [it shall be given to them] for whom it is prepared of my Father.
    • Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
  28. Note: Civil: Civil law Worship, Faith, Benefactors Christian conflict
  29. Bible Ref mammon: Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
    • Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
    • Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
    • Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
  30. Note: Mammon:
  31. Bible Ref Faith:
  32. Note: Faith: Worship, Faith, Benefactors Christian conflict
  33. Bible Ref fidelity: Faith Religion
  34. Note: fidelity: faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. Latin fidelitas, from fidelis ‘faithful,’ from fides ‘faith.’ Compare with fealty.
  35. Bible Ref Father : John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
  36. Note: father : The father on earth is upheld and honored as a trusted source by his children. He tempts his children toward ways of living 'successfully'. But he is a liar, and his 'successful' ways oppose God's ways of Truth. Yet, his children trust him and his ways, because they desire 'successful' ways in their earthly lifetime. They refuse to believe the Truth, and the father on earth coaches them toward self-imposed destruction (both temporal and eternal). None can say "the devil made me do it". Fueled by lust, pride and hatred (murder), the devil's children willingly follow his footsteps. John 8:44,45 affirms these things are so.
  37. Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until
    • John.
    14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 16 ¶ But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, 17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. 20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
  38. Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    • Lu 12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  39. Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
    • Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
    • Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

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