Daniel 4.17 :â€˜This decisionÂ isÂ by the decree of the watchers,
And the sentence by the word of the holy ones,
In order that the living may know
That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
Gives it to whomever He will,And sets over it the lowest of men.â€™
Â Â This was the mindset of king Belshazzar who was in power over His kingdom. That “God rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the most lowest of men”. Â But he fell from understanding and ascribed his own power and was judged. He glorified not God and ascribed power to another as though God had to regain power. Having been given the heart of a beast to eat grass like an animal “till 7 times passed over him” until? Until he had a revelation of the living God. He went from king to beast and back to king through a series of sevens untill he came to know and believe that Gods dominionÂ isÂ an everlasting dominion,Â And His kingdomÂ isÂ from generation to generation.Â Daniel 4.34
Â Â Â And this is what every one does. Being made in the image of God, we are created in His image to govern,rule,reign, set in order. To “go forth and have dominion”. As we walk with God he “always leads us to triumph”. And in this way Belshazzar fell in understanding. So did Adam and Eve, so do we. We are born in a fallen state and need to be renewed in understanding of our kingship. “For all have sined and fallen short of the Glory of God” but in Christ we arise. Before that we are like beasts being subject to our environment and letting our circumstances govern our lower nature and have power over us. And for how long? Till 7 times passes over. This is symbolic of the 7 times of scripture and the purpose of the gospel. To restore us to our rightful inheritance “In Christ”.
Â Â Â Through a series of sevens we arrive at the rest of God. The Sabbath. The true sabbath. Not just the 7th day but we enter the rest of God from creation, to the place before creation where God is. And the purpose of the Gospel is for us to return there. Where? Where we reign being joint heirs with Christ being “seated in the heavenlies far about all principalities and powers”. Â When Belshazzar came to himself his senses, he was restored his kingship. And that is what happens to us. It is the gospel that takes us by up degree to “attain why Christ laid hold of me “. (See series on Jacob’s ladder)
Â Â Â And here is where the 2nd coming message fails miserably. Â They say the world is out of control and that Christ must come back and do another work because the world is out of control. Â So their world is out of control. And they like Belshazzar eat like a beast the things of God and interpret His word in a carnal way until they come to know that God rules over the affairs of men and puts in place those whom He sees fit. They will remain in their mortal confinements. They will never become rulers over their circumstances. They glorify Satan as ruler.
Â Â Â Paul warned of them saying “why then are you subject to the weak and beggars elements of the earth? You observe days months seasons and years. Â I afraid for you that I’ve labored in vain”. The second coming seekers have Gods work set out in sevens calling it a 7 year tribulation. Â That the god man Jesus will come again in a carnal way to appease their sight sound and senses then He will be king. Then God will be in control. But we have senses of a different nature. Â “To those who have ears to hear” and for us who are born of the Spirit saying “many righteous men and prophets have desired to see what you see and hear what you hear but have not “. And that is? Just like Belshazzar confessed. Â God is not out of control wringing His hands waiting to send His son a 2nd time to come and save us. He already did that but you don’t believe the gospel.The gospel to be restored a king so do we. We are seated with Him in the heavenlies now. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us to the Kingdom. “We have come to know and believe that God rules over the Kingdoms of men and sets over it the lowest of men’and reject the fodder of another coming Jesus. That God rules in any and all generations being “King of Kings and Lord of lords” and need not come back to do so. We who really know God and His Son know that God has come.
Â Â Â They are looking for a carnal, cataclysmic intervention. And like in Daniel, if you don’t bow down and worship their understanding of scripture? They threaten that you will burn with the fire of a 7 year tribulation period. Much like Shadrach and his two friends in the fire? We call this the false gospel of hell and damnation and not “peace and goodwill towards man” of the gospel. They “know not what matter of spirit” they are. The forth man in the fire? Was the Son of God. It was the feeders of the fire who were mortally burned. And as long as you promulgate that message? You are not just spell bound but dead bound with the same demise. It was the wicked servant who said “my lord delays His coming” who was cast into outer darkness. So these are, darkened in understanding. Till when? Learn from Darius. Jesus does not need to come back to fight for this world for scripture says “the ruler of this world has been judged” and Darius confessed that “God rules over the affairs of men and sets in power whomever He wishes. And as it was said of the disciples of Christ. That after Christ was glorified they remembered these things were written about Him. Yes they are expired for “all the law and the prophets were until Christ, now the Kingdom is preached and all are pressing in”. Are you?
Â Â Â Â So for those who are looking for a 2nd coming Jesus? They don’t know who he is. They know His works but they don’t know His ways for “in the beginning was the word and the word was God”. He only became a man for our redemption and restoration and salvation. That “He became flesh and dwelled among us” that he “being found in the appearance of man” that He “taking on the likeness of sinful flesh ” returned to His Kingship with the Father, the place of our calling. He returned to His natural natural pre-creation nature and calls us there as He prayed “Father that they may be with me where I am”.
Â Â Â Â Â As shown in the parable in John 13 . Jesus was seated and taking off His cloak He took a towel and girded Himself. Having washed His disciples feet He laid aside His towel and stood back up. He put His cloak back on and sat down and said to His disciples “do you realize what I have just done?”. Jesus just showed them His Eschatology. Â Nowhere was there a 2nd coming. The word became flesh Â (a construct He is not naturally so why should He come back that way?) and dwelt among us. Â And as the Holy Spirit now convicts and the words of Christ confirm “I go away to the Father and you see Me no more”. Why? Because His coming is the way it has always been, WORD. Before He became flesh He was WORD! Â Gods Son in His natural composition is WORD. Gods word is spirit and life but many seek another Jesus who is not word but a physical thing. They don’t except Him as He truly is.
Â Â Â Â So as long as someone eats the fodder of the 2nd coming gospel, as long as they see a 7 year tribulation and a future Christ to be king later, they are like king Belshazzar eating fodder and reject their inheritance of their salvation now. They are not “seated with Him in the heavenlies” but wait for another Jesus, another gospel and another coming. Didn’t the Jews do that?
Â Â Â Â The Kingdom of God is at hand…. Still, as in the beginning. Come on in if you can receive it.