In That Day

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IN THAT DAY

The Coming of the Kingdom, by faith or fact?

Lk17.20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’[a] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come (like today) whenyou will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Lookthere!’[b] Do not go after them or follow them.

 

John 19.36 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

 

Christ clearly states that His Kingdom is of a different make up. He indicates that with the temple too when He said He would rebuild the it in 3 days. He was talking about His body. Subsequently we see the brick temple of that day ripped from top to bottom to where “the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”. Mt 27.51. Totally condemned and put out of business. Any structure of our day with that damage would not allow access but tear it down. But He rose victorious. And of that old age of a physical kingdom being Jerusalem, in Mt 11.13 that “all the law and the prophets were until John” the baptist. Meaning that all the pictures that were played out through the feasts and the sacrifices in the tabernacle/temple, were pictures of the eternal reality, the invisible kingdom, but not the kingdom itself. So when Christ kept saying “the Kingdom of God/Heaven is at hand” He meant right here right now!  The whole old order had expired as seen as the main theme in the book of Hebrews. 8.1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who isseated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. And again in Heb 8 13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete.(mosaic) Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (the city the temple and the sacrifices up to 70 a.d.by Titus) So then the law, the sacrifices, the temple, the city, and the land have all expired as having had only temporary, pictorial meaning to describe the eternal. Eye has not seen nor cannot see the kingdom of God, nor ever will. But it is revealed by the spirit. So Christ truly set up the Kingdom to those born of the spirit, even as Paul said in Galatians that we are born from above, heavenly Jerusalem. So it is from that place that we are of the new creation, as Paul said in 2 Cor  17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  So flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom. I Cor 15.50  Once again in John 4 when Christ was talking to the lady at the well, 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” I plead with you not to follow the seekers of a kingdom on earth. Or even as Paul pleaded in Cor 5.20 “be ye reconciled” 6.2 2 For He says:

“In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”[a]

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

 

Too many people are looking over there when it is right here, “at hand”

Is Christ really coming down in this age to sit on some silly chair in a temple made by men?

 

Look at what YHWH told Ezekiel when he was taken up in visions to see something like the structure of a city. Ez 40.2. After an in-depth examination of that city in that heavenly vision he was instructed to “describe the temple to the people of Israel that they may be ashamed. Ez 43.10

 

Ashamed of what? At the notion that YHWH dwells in buildings made in this age by masons. Acts 17.24, Ex 20.25

This may be hard to receive but that whole thing going on in modern day Israel is anti-Christ. Not only is Christ the Temple, but the true city is a timeless eternal one (Heb 12.22, Mt 25.34) Anything else is a counterfeit. And we can say this also of “the land”. Let me demonstrate from scripture.
In Ex 4.22 the Lord said “Israel is my son, my firstborn“  Well we know Christ really is, but Israel is a picture of Christ. And we know they divided up the inheritance in Joshua and Israel became a land, hence “The promised land”. But Christ is the true son and the true land. That is why the “promised land” is not mentioned once in the New Testament, because those who are truly in the land, are in Christ, are in the firstborn, are in His Son, are in the spirit, and livingin His promises they are born from above and of that kingdom.
So since we are hid in Him (Col 3.1) let us seek the things that are in Him and not in the world. Keeping our eyes on Him and His kingdomthat is “not like this world”. Let us now enjoy the things He reveals to us by the spirit and the fruits of that Kingdom, looking for the blessed hope of being revealed with the One of whom we now enjoy being in His presence .