The Kingdoms of Men are of this world, and are built up with lies and guns, bombs and bribes.
The Kingdom of God is not of this world, and is built up with truth, clearly and fearlessly proclaimed.
Not of This World
Now, when Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world”, most people agree with Pilate, and think that God’s LawWord is a mystical-spiritual affair, and has no authority in the here and now. That’s why Our Masters love to quote this verse, almost as much as they love to quote “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
But of course, everyone judges, without exception. The question is: by what standard do you judge: by God’s, or some other standard?
And when Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world”, he means that it does not originate from this world. It’s foundation is not a man-made mess of lies and blood and greed and lust and self-righteousness. It’s foundation is rooted in the authority of God.
And God’s authority is real, stemming not only from His Being, but also from His position as Creator. He made us (and everything around us, visible or not), so we (and everything around us visible or not) is under His lawful authority.
As it is written:
Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
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.
Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. (John 18:33-38)
Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. (John 19:10-11)
The Lords, Masters, Power Elites, and Establishments of this world have no authority, except what God has chosen to give them. They are below, God is above. Men proposes, God disposes.
But see how Christ rules? The Kingdom expands not by bloodshed and oppression.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:7-9)
It is not by the flesh that we shall prevail. The Israelites of old conquered Canaan by violence, authorized by God Himself – but they could not hold it. In the end of the day, they were unable to destroy their own evil, so God used the Assyrians and the Babylons as His sword instead.
(For some odd reason, everyone thinks that they can judge others, but not be judged themselves by the same standard. Such thinking is a snare and a delusion.)
Actually, the Israelites never even fully fulfilled the actual order of God, and were unable to even kill everyone God commanded them to. Men could not even keep their hands of a single fruit God told them not to touch; and men could not even destroy all God told them to destroy.
Men proved themselves incapable of doing anything completely right: the flesh cannot save. So, God sent Christ, who saves by His Word, and not by the power of a sword-arm – or fire from the sky.
The violence of men has been proven not to save, and is now authorized only to protect your own family and property, nothing more. Outside of the bounds set by God, violence…
- …is not justified by the name of the Empire.
- …is not justified by the name of Democracy.
- …is not justified by the name of the People.
- …is not justified by the name of the Race.
- …is not justified by the name of entities like Allah, Krishna, etc.
- …and as Paul taught us, may not be justified by the name of Christ.
We are not to expand the Kingdom by doing what we want. We may not blaspheme Christ’s Holy Name, by using it as a cover to satisfy our hatred and our lusts.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Worshiping Christ in an unlawful manner is a punishable offense, as is illustrated by the example of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10.
All nations – yes, even pagan nations – are permitted to lawfully defend themselves: There is One God, and thus One Law. In contrast, when was the last time the U.S. government used violence to defend itself? The next time will be the first – all its wars have been unlawful wars of aggression, wars of choice.
This trend goes right up to and past the Revolution, to the French & Indian wars, and even a solid percentage of the Colonial Indian Wars. Anyone wants to guess how far back the trail of broken Indian Treaties goes – in complete defiance of the example set by Joshua of the Conquest, who had no hesitation in waging a God-authorized, zero-negotiations, genocidal war?
‘But that’s so long ago – it’s irrelevant today. Who cares if we founded our nation on a sea of murder and lies? What matters is that we have power today!’
Fair enough – just don’t go about telling the world about the City on a Hill. Unless you are talking about a (rather incompetent, very short-sighted, and hilariously sanctimonious) Imperial Rome: if that’s the city you are talking about, then I don’t have any major objections.
‘And the American Revolution was justified!’
Christ commands us to judge a work by its fruits. I suggest that you compare the amount of freedom and the level of taxation under King George III with the governments that rules Americans today.
Lesson learned: Democracy does not bring freedom: indeed, the People, used as the Source of the Law, is just another loathsome idol, just another ugly enslaver.
Also, it would be wise to avoid service to a master that is willfully defiant of God’s authority. Better to just do productive work, care for your family, and build up your local community.
A holy, righteous, and compassionate life is the goal. A life devoted to God, and not to our own power and pleasure.
We know that we are to work in the Spirit, and not in the flesh.
So, how do we do this, without following in the bloody path of Islam, the Marxists, the Fascists, the Democracies, and all the rest of the kingdoms of power’n’pleasure built by the lies and the swords (and bombs… and abortuaries…) of Men?
All kingdoms are founded by bloodshed and sacrifice: but the only sacrifice that truly appeases God’s rightful wrath is that of His Only Begotten Son.
There are a few who are deemed worthy of dying in His Name: the righteous martyrs have a high position in His eyes. But while they are an example to us, we are not saved by their blood. Only the Name of Jesus Christ saves.
‘But this is just the foundation of the Kingdom of God: how is it expanded, if not by our flesh and our power and our plans and our will?’
A good question!
As the Bible teaches:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
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. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Christ created the heavens and the earth by His Word of Truth, following the will of His Father. So, it is primarily by teaching and propagating the Word of Christ – and following His example in our own lives – that the Kingdom of God grows.
As Christ said before, we must judge a work by its fruits. And what are the fruit of the Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)
This is the path to the future. Christians must lead others along this clean and bright path to life: life everlasting, for all peoples and nations. And we cannot properly lead even a single man – never mind all the nations of the world – without walking on the path ourselves. Christ taught us, and is the example for us, we can only teach others and be the example for others, by welcoming Christ’s Holy Spirit into our hearts, and then imitating Christ in a fashion that pleases Him.
Kingdom Glory, Kingdom Joy
Certainly, there are two, not just one, kingdoms in this world: the Kingdom of God, and the kingdom of Satan. However, God has decreed that His Kingdom, proclaiming His Name, Christ Jesus, will be victorious, undermining, pushing aside, and disinheriting the kingdom of Satan (regardless of the name it chooses to wrap itself with).
How can you know which kingdom you serve? By the fruits of your life.
How can you know if a government is righteous before God? By the result of it’s work.
The truth has a way of showing what a government is really made of: and for God’s people, tools that clearly spell out and show the truth are far more valuable than tools of violence. We already know that Facebook is far more useful than violence for showing what the authorities are really made of, and thanks to the cellphone camera and the camcorder, the lawless authorities are increasingly revealed to be what they really are.
Such revelations will only increase over time. And the Establishment will be broken, not by violent revolutionaries (who only seek to create Yet Another Oppressive Regime, regardless of the pious and/or rational words they mouth), but by delegitimizing Our Compassionate Masters.
There is no need to lie about them, or spread slander about their motives or actions. The truth alone, widely seen, read, and understood, is more than enough to get the job done.
One by one, by two, by four… more and more… the Orders of the Establishment will be simply ignored. No violent revolution is necessary.
The key, though, is not to raise Yet Another Lying Oppressor over us, but to families and businesses, communities and peoples, counties and towns and neighbourhoods, to willingly follow the lead of Christ the King.
This is the way to justice and peace, a productive and good life in the here and now, and eternal glory and joy in the New Creation.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 10:9)
The process has already started, and it simply cannot be stopped. So all that is left is to get on the winning side, and kneel before and obey Christ the King. From our hearts to our families; from our business to our towns and neighbours; from our nations to the world.
His Word, His Holy Spirit, is on the move, right now.