The Kingdom and the Forever (For ever in the Bible) Kingdom

Granted if you are trying to study this NDT Appendix simultaneously with the book itself of NATIONAL DENS OF THIEVES, Bible Studies in Jeremiah and Prophesy, it is a challenge in Bible Study. The two Bible studies, both “The Kingdom of God and Christ” and “Jeremiah and Prophesy”, as standalones are spiritual deep Bible studies; however, they do complement each other, and it is essential for the long range perspective of what God is doing in Jerusalem in 587 B.C., in Haiti recently, and in the United States as well as in the world today.
A4-1. This universe under the plan and control of God only makes sense when you have a strong awareness, concept, and conviction that God works through THE Kingdom that Christ established for Him approximately 2000 years ago.
Goodness, the fact and facts of It’s establishment was recorded in Daniel years before it was actually established on earth under Christ with very small beginnings. King Darius of the Persian Empire that took over the Babylonian Empire has a testimony for us which in Daniel 6:25-27 has long been part of the recorded Word of God:

“Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages
that dwell in all the earth, peace be multiplied to you. I make a
decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and
fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast
forever: His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and
His dominion shall endure until the end. He delivers and rescues;
and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth…” (Daniel
6:25-27)

2. It is the message of Jeremiah–and especially Daniel, the book of
“kingdoms” and their fate–that God has directed the destruction of all
kingdoms eventually {and yes that includes the US although some may
want to think that the kingdom of God and the US are one and the same,
but that is also what Rome thought while this little stone was being set up
inside their world-wide kingdom}. It is only by the grace and patience of
God that Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon were not destroyed sooner, even
as also of the kingdoms of Haiti, Judah, and the US. Only the kingdom
of Christ has been established and set up to last forever. {Daniel 2:44,

A4-2: Some Aspects of THE Kingdom.

A Reconciliation of Good and Evil: History from God.

The Forever Kingdom and Jeremiah.

Chapter 1: Golden Nugget And the Mocking Bird.
Chapter 2: Parables of the Golden Nugget.
Chapter 3: “Things Pertaining to the Kingdom”: Work of the
Ministry.
chapter 4: Songs of the Kingdom.

NOTE: For some of these sub-headings on The Kingdom the reader is referred to the chapters of A CUP OF WATER, A Condensed Version of Mark with Comments which is available as a free download on the website of SunGrist_Bible.  Cup of Water, a condensed version of Mark with Daniel

You must begin to see the seriousness of the kingdom of God and Christ, without which you can hardly make any real claim on God, Christ, and Christianity. Also without the kingdom in first place in your life, you have failed to follow one of the prime commandments and teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, namely the one listed below.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

A4-3: The Golden Nugget and the Mocking Bird
How much religious effort today is done in the name of Christ and the church for personal gain, for personal profit, and for personal status. Greed has hit the religious organizations in America like it has hit big business and government. Many man-made religious organizations clamor for your recognition, support, and allegiance, but the good news is that you can join the kingdom of God quite independent of them. In fact, that is the way it was originally set up by God through Christ. The effort of this book is dedicated to the one not in the fold of the kingdom of God. (Matthew 18:10-14)

You might call the existing kingdom of God on earth an underground organism, not exactly an organization like so many other organizations for which Americans have the knack. Even as during the time of the Prophet Elijah, unknown to Elijah and the official religious organization of his day, and according to God Himself, He had reserved 7,000 to Himself for His own kingdom of that time, who had not bowed down the knee to Baal (I Kings 19:18). While local churches and denominations struggle to be like the general assembly {church} of the firstborn who are registered in heaven (Hebrews 12:23), it is this underground kingdom of Christ that comes closer to being like the church written in heaven. Christ in His original teachings had far more to say about the kingdom of God than of church, and there are many good reasons for that.
Also there are many good reasons why today the opposite is true: you hear far more about church, churches, and denominations than you do about the kingdom of God and of heaven. Yet our goal is not to fight battles with those man-made churches and denominations except to the extent that we must in order to win more allegiance for the kingdom of Christ and God, in order to reach that one of the seven thousand.If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and to the mountains to seek the one that is straying’ (Matthew 18:12)
GIST: To present for your consideration the Golden Nugget of things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) GOLDEN NUGGET is an upgrade to CUP OF WATER. CUP had the expressed goal to extend the influence of Christ, while the nugget goes beyond Christ as the gate into the kingdom of God {and this is stated respectfully with full awareness that at the name of Christ every knee should bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God of the Father}, getting beyond sentimental, soft, superficial, and subverted Christologies {images of Christ rather than the real Christ as the narrow gate to God the Father and the kingdom}, to that God and the kingdom that He established.

In your reading of the Bible, did you miss in Daniel 2:44 that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom’
“And in the days of these kings {kings of the Roman Empire} the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)

A4-3: Seek to be part of Eternal History.
IF YOU DESIRE TO BE PART OF ETERNAL HISTORY THAT STARTS RIGHT NOW AND ON THIS EARTH IN THE NOW, THEN YOU MUST AT ALL COST FIND AND SECURE THE GOLDEN NUGGET OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, and that nugget is also a seed of faith, like the mocking bird with 17 different songs, there are many possible seeds of faith. We will in this study of the book of Mark try to find your golden nugget, that single seed of faith that will get the hook of God inside your soul to begin your own personal journey into the kingdom of God, a journey that can start today and which has the assurance to last for eternity; and the bonus, WITH GOD.
Since it is Gods kingdom {and by the way not just any God, but the God of heaven}, as your golden nugget is attained you not only get God but also the kingdom of God. In fact, from this study to come of the Gospel of Mark, you will find that God and the kingdom are inseparable.Like the many songs of the mocking bird, and like the many seeds of faith that can create in you kingdom citizenship, many approaches to faith in Christ as the gate to God and the kingdom, will be tried for compatibility with you, knowing that even as these approaches like Christianity itself have been tested and proven with time, you may find one that particularly suits your preference.
There is: the Christian philosophy approach like from Elton Truebood; there is the Christian apologetic approach like from Bernard Ramm in THE CHRISTIAN VIEW OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION; there is the Christian evidences approach like from Simon Greenleaf, former dean of the Harvard Law School and noted authority on legal evidence {who stated that the testimony of the four evangelists–Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John–would stand up in any court of law}, and Irwin Linton, and a host of others; there is the WHY IS CHRISTIANITY TRUE approach of E. Y. Mullins; there is the EVOLUTION IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION approach of R. A. Millikan, Noble prize winning physicist for proving that there is a discrete particle called the electron; there is the classical approach of Christian evidences which starts with proofs for the Bible as the Word of God–divine in origin, absolute in authority, and sufficient in message, like in McClendon Days THE WONDER OF THE WORD, or proofs for God like from 40 believing scientists in EVIDENCE OF GOD IN AN EXPANDING UNIVERSE, a further development of the even more classical all this minute design of the universe for the benefit of man demand a Great Designer {one of my favorites}, or thirdly in the classical tenor of the evidences is the proofs that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
The Gospel writers started this last classical approach to prove to the world that Jesus was, and is, the Promised Messiah of the Old Testament, the Greek word for which is Christ; and that indeed this very Jesus of Nazareth born in the first century and in the part of the Roman Empire called Palestine, working His ministry and leaving many indelible marks on history, is the very Son of God. It was, according to the Prophet Daniel, this very Lord Jesus Christ {later we will want to discuss the meanings of each of these three names as Mark does in his Gospel, and the other evangelists in their own concurring testimonies}, that God used in the first century of the Roman Empire to from heaven to set up His own kingdom that would start very small like a gain of mustard seed then grow into a much larger and most importantly, an everlasting kingdom.

A4-4: The Apostles of Jesus Started Christian Evidences.
Perhaps in your searches for just the right nugget of faith, you have overlooked the fact that the Gospel writers started this classical approach of evidence in order to engender faith in Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ, the Messiah, and as the Lord of this kingdom of and from the God of heaven; and even that these four Evangelists {actually six as we must include the efforts by Paul and Peter as recorded in the Bible to engender faith that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen and holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit} learned like so many other things about the kingdom and God from the Christ Jesus Himself.
1. Christ while on earth and among men of Palestine and of sophisticated religion sought nuggets of faith in Himself as the Son of God via Evidences. Jesus like is recorded in John 5:31-47 made the classical evidential appeal to four witness: that of John the Baptist (5:33); the works, signs, and miracles that God the Father gave Jesus to do and perform on this earth (5:36); God the Father Himself testified that Jesus is His Son with the words of This is My beloved Son, listen to Him {John 5:37 on the fourfold witness and Mark 1:11 at the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist and Mark 9:7 at the Mount of Transfiguration}; and the Old Testament Scriptures, that these same sophisticated religious had in their possession and which was their basis for expectations of eternal life, these same Scriptures often and in many ways, generally and in great detail, testified or witnessed to Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God (John 5:39).You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. (John 5:39)
NOTE: do not let your search of Bible, Old and New Testament, lead you into false expectation of eternal life apart from the Lord Jesus Christ as the gate to God and the kingdom. In short, there are a lot of pearls or nuggets that glisten and glow, that historical like with the majority of these religious Jews, lead men down other broad paths that lead to destruction rather than through the narrow gate of Jesus into the kingdom and the eternal presence of God. {In this study of Mark plus–you will find much more than Mark here, starting with much from Daniel and II Timothy–we must consider from Daniel and from other Old Testament Scriptures, the prediction that most of the Jews of Jesus day and the day of desolation of Daniel, called the very day of desolation because the majority of this nation of Gods people would not and could not believe in Christ as the means provided by God; and further from Mark how the majority never find the way to Christ, only a few go the narrow way that leads to life everlasting.}
2. The Apostle John near the end of the first century and having in his possession the testimony of the other evangelists, as well as all the other 22 books of the New Testament {John wrote the last five books of the 27 books of the New Testament}, carefully chose 7 miracles to make a very evidential approach to prove that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; but not for academic and theoretical reason in order to justify Christianity, but rather in order that men might (1) believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31a); and (2) that believing with continuous faith might have everlasting life in His name (John 20:31b) {Another step in a fuller definition of Jesus as the gate into the kingdom and into the presence of God the Father.}
3. Dr. Luke makes evident in the two books he wrote {by the way also based on manuscripts and influence left by the Apostle Paul as was also the case of John Mark and the Gospel of Mark, in particular the many Old Testament quotes which we will look at in this condensed study of Mark}, Luke and Acts, that witnesses, evidence, and proofs were a stated goal of writing.
(1). Introduction to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:1-4).Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. (Luke 1:1-4)
(2). Introduction to the book of Acts (Acts 1:1-3).The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teaching, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:1-3)
NOTE: Did you notice what Jesus spoke to His disciples about during those last critical 40 days on earth’ pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4. Mark, well Mark the shortest and therefore the most terse and condensed version of the Gospel, well Mark just told the story of Jesus; and maybe you will like it best as we begin the search for you nugget of faith. However, although Mark as at the forefront in this Bible study, behind Mark and referenced often is the rest of the 66 books of the Word of God, the Bible.John Mark…you will enjoy his narrative, sort of like a layman like you and me. A city boy from Jerusalem, but related to Simon Peter, and one who as a youth admired the fisherman and followed in his boats, boat found significantly in the Gospel of Mark and Peter, not an Apostle but a disciple of Jesus who both followed after Jesus even in the Garden where during the arrest of Jesus he fled naked, one influenced by Paul in an aborted missionary journey and yet who Paul found profitable to me for the ministry, leaving to John Mark several manuscripts for the writing of the Gospel of Mark, a list of Old Testament quotes and the testimony of Simon Peter to Christ.

A4-5: Why not consider the Kingdom of God’
Church or classical Christianity does not interest you! However you do have some interest in God and the Bible, it is now presented for your personal consideration THE KINGDOM OF GOD as originally set up by Christ in the first century. {not to be confused with those pests that come to your door periodically to discuss watchtower, Jehovah without a Christ, and the kingdom hall, perhaps that is one reason that modern preachers are so reluctant to talk about the kingdom.} It was not so in the beginning of Christianity. Granted according to some of the first words of the first chapter of Mark, that historical point which marks the beginning of Christs ministry in Galilee, Jesus came preaching the gospel like most preachers preach today in one form or another; but unlike today, Jesus started His ministry by preaching the gospel of the kingdom. (Mark 1:14)
Of course preachers today could not preach exactly the same message of the kingdom as Jesus did, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand (Mark 1:15) because that time of history, the first century, has been fulfilled for almost two thousand years; and the kingdom of God about to be established on earth during that thirtieth year of the life of Christ, and the first year of His ministry, has been established on earth and in heaven for that same almost two thousand years.Have we lost our interest in the kingdom of God with Christ as the gateway in favor of churches, denominations, and something very vague called Christianity’ Certainly our pulpit messages no longer sound like Jesus on the kingdom or the Apostles of Christ like Peter, James, and John. That very critical 40 days when Jesus had already completed His mission of salvation for the world through the crucifixion and resurrection.

Dr. Luke in the introduction to the history in the book of Acts tells us that the prime subject He spoke to the Apostles during that important and last 40 days was of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).How about a revival with a new twist, one that is as old as the ministry of Christ, one OF THINGS PERTAINING TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Prayerfully in this introduction to the GOLDEN NUGGET, you have generated some interest in these things pertaining to the kingdom of God, what these THINGS are. Surely you realize that you havent heard them before; for there was no one there to present them to you like Jesus and the Apostles did, and if you did not hear a comparable emphasis from Christians and preachers on the kingdom, then certainly you did not also hear about those THINGS that pertain to the kingdom of God and of Christ. Take 40 days to catch up on what Jesus taught the Apostles on these THINGS pertaining to the kingdom of God, which you must do naturally by looking into what these Apostles taught since Dr. Luke does not literally record those specific things in Acts 1 about those 40 day teachings of Jesus on the kingdom; and then take 9 months to let God work the new birth in your life. Please during that 40 days consider Mark and this GOLDEN NUGGET book as a focus on things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) And during the process, we will explain to you how Mark and Luke, not Apostles of Christ, fell under the guidance of the Apostle Paul, chief editor of the New Testament, in the writing of 3 books of the New Testament.

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