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  • New Heaven & Earth

    I was once asked, in this forum, about the elect being kings in the kingdom of God. If the elect are kings, don't they have subjects? It would seem ridiculous to consider an elect a king, and yet would not have subjects, right?

    Jesus himself implied that the elect person will receive to rule, or govern. (see the parable of talents) (Matt 25:14-30)

    Likewise, priests have their congregations. They the lead or govern their congregation.

    What I used to believed is that those who are called elect, are the only ones to be saved. I came to understand this as a big error.

    I came to understand that those elected to be kings and priests, are not the only ones to be saved, but rather they merely represent those who are favored amongst the saved. Those who are called to enter the kingdom of heaven are not the only ones to be saved, rather that they are the ones elected to be rulers/kings and priests in the whole kingdom of God.

    God established heaven and earth in Israel (Isaiah 51:16), but it is only the tribe of Judah is considered the heavenly one, the mount Zion (Psalms 78:68). Amongst the twelve tribes, Judah is the one promised to have the kingship and the promised of superior priesthood, not the Levitical priesthood. The remaining eleven tribes are then considered as congregations, or the subjects, of Judah; the eleven tribes represent the earth.


    In the Mosaic law, only the tribe of Levi is the one that has the authority to be priests. Yet, when God promised to Israel, the whole nation will be a nation of priests unto God (Lev 19:5-6). Here, in this promise of God, it would seem clear that the priesthood being promised is not about the Levitical priesthood; because amongst all Israel only the tribe of Levi are called to be priests. So when God spoke of the nation that will be a kingdom of priests, it does not represent the nation of Israel, neither it speaks of the tribe of Levi. But rather the promised priesthood fell unto Jesus, of the tribe of Judah, which tribe has no part of the Levitical priesthood (Hebrews 7:11-18). The point I am making in this is that of the whole nation chosen by God to be his kingdom, which represents those saved, only the tribe of Judah was the one given a more favorable promises. They are the ones who will be kings and priests, or which represent the heaven, a more glorious stature, than the earth. So when we speak of the people whom God will saved, we should not mistake of only referring to those who will be in the kingdom of heaven, or those who will be kings and priests, but also of those who will be subjects and congregants of the kings and priests.

    What makes this important to understand is because God will create a New Heaven & Earth(Isa 65:17), and that this New Heaven & Earth will resemble that of Israel as described in Isaiah 51:16. And for those who would hope of the promises of God, we should expect this New Heaven & Earth to come; as it is even prophesied that the whole earth will be a kingdom of Christ and God (Rev 11:15).

    Matthew 6:33
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    ...WISDOM giveth life to them that have it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
    ...the ISLES shall wait for his law (Isaiah 42:4)

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    Greetings FarEastBird,

    I was interested in your suggestion, but I believe the faithful of this present era will be kings and priests to the mortal inhabitants of the earth who survive the judgements of God when Jesus returns to sit upon the throne of David in Jerusalem for the 1000 years.
    Isaiah 2:1-4 (KJV): 1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORDíS house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

    Kind regards


    • #3
      I've come to think that the language of the Bible - Kings, Princes, kingdoms, etc. - was indicative of the human origin of the stories therein.

      Curious that a book of prophecy would not foresee a future where kings and kingdoms would give way to democracy and market systems, rather than freeze-drying humanity in barbaric, unjust feudalism.

      When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. - Bishop Desmond Tutu


      • #4
        Originally posted by NormATive View Post
        I've come to think that the language of the Bible - Kings, Princes, kingdoms, etc. - was indicative of the human origin of the stories therein.

        Curious that a book of prophecy would not foresee a future where kings and kingdoms would give way to democracy and market systems, rather than freeze-drying humanity in barbaric, unjust feudalism.

        As if they'd know what a republican democracy was, mr anachronism. Then you'd have people back then arguing about why the NT didn't think Kings were awesome. If you read some of the parables, having a high government position would be based on how well you acted here(so, a meritocracy).
        If it weren't for the Resurrection of Jesus, we'd all be in DEEP TROUBLE!


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