Some Short Tips for Getting Real and Relevant on Revelation #1: A little Harmony on Ephesians, Revelation, and I Corinthians about the Church and the Kingdom.

1.  THE END in Revelation 11:15.

Cyrus, a friend from Baylor and a Baptist preacher had a favorite saying about last things (eschatology), “What part of END do you not understand?” when confronted with Scofield followers of confusion on the Second Coming and the END.  Surely everyone can agree that with the sounding of the seventh trumpet, it is all over for this old earth.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 11:15)

You can not misunderstand this unless you really want to, unless your prejudices mess with the Word of god realities:  it speaks of the kingdoms (kingdom) of God our Heaven Father, “our Lord” and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ.  The kingdom Jesus, according to the plan of His Father, started establishment and growth to be completed and delivered to the Father at the END, when in the beginning of His ministry and to the completion of His ministry on earth continued to do with interruption for 3 and one-half years with the Bible words of “Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom”.  You can not believe Scofield or any preacher who says God and Jesus made a mistake in starting to establish the kingdom right here, that when the Pharisees rejected anything but an earthly re-establishment of a material kingdom to the extend of the kingdom of David, Jesus and God changed their mind; putting off the kingdom until a millennium kingdom could be established on earth and at a time they determined.  I am trying to say positive and optimistic here, since faith itself is positive and optimistic here, but it is hard to see how a world class debater like Jeffers and an aggressive football player like Adrian Rogers can in all intellectual honesty say God and Jesus made a mistake and the Pharisees then and now rectified and rectify.  Do you realize this denies the sovereignty of God and the divinity of Christ?

2.  The Church and the Kingdom in Ephesians are almost the same, especially in that in one body they include both Jews and Gentiles.

It is possible to measure the beginning of the download of Southern Baptist when ignored the one church but many churches teaching of the Bible.  Here, John R. Rice was right in his message, “One Church but many Churches’.  Dr. Lee during my exam for a license to preach and I disagreed on this point.  I agreed to study the Bible on it later finding that of the approximate 128 places ecclesia for church is mentioned in the NT, most of them are the local church at the church at Ephesus and the church in Jerusalem; however approximately 2 0 of them are undeniably a gigantic one body of real believers in Jesus and the atonement.  The book of Ephesians several places establishes that reality including in the 7 one essential doctrines, the “one body”.  Ephesians also clearly presents the kingdom and the church as almost that same one body in Ephesians 2:19.

“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

You can clearly see the matter of citizenship in the kingdom of Christ with “fellow citizens”; you can find it obvious that in his ministry at Ephesus Paul lead first Jews and then a larger body of Gentiles into the local church at Ephesus, which any that truly believed automatically became members of the one assembly of Christ and the Church, written in heaven; and it is obvious that Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles that he liked to call himself was addressing primarily the majority of Gentiles in the church that they had become fellow citizens in the kingdom and the church.

3.  It is THE KINGDOM that Jesus delivers to God the Father at the END.

During my salad days (green and mixed up) on Revelation, eschatology, and the extent of the Scofield heresies, I was fascinated on the startled reaction of some Baptist and churches when preaching on the final sounding of the seventh trumpet marking the end, listed above in Revelation 11:15, not yet comprehending that the kingdom mentioned here is not there kingdom nor the one they want to think about.  So enamored are their brains on a Pharisaic millennium kingdom that they wish to hear of nothing else.  And with the reading straight from the Bible without any comment or explanation of Corinthians on Christ delivering THE KINGDOM to God the Father, and almost a violent reaction; and before the Spirit and good Ramm like hermeneutics on the Word, and Dr. Ray Summers on Revelation straightened me out, I failed to appreciate the depths of darkness Scofield followers have fallen into.  (Parenthetically it must be stated that while kingdom members are the same as the church of the firstborn written in heaven, any local church can and will have members not in the kingdom of Christ.  As Paul also wrote in Ephesians, they are there in the local assembly, but they never properly learned Christ, and is the difference between the One Church and the Kingdom only.}

 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”  (I Corinthians 15:24-28)

What pat of END do you not understand here, and what part of THE KINGDOM the Son delivered to the Father do you not understand, Cyrus would say?

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