Kingdoms of this world are shaking as world economies are on the brink of financial meltdown. The news in America is odious with rising health care cost, more than 93.1 million working age people not employed, and over 18 trillion in Federal debt. What's a Christian to do?
I'm convinced Christ offers meaningful hope, change, and solutions. The answer is found with embracing the Kingdom of God. Christianity has a success culture. We need to learn more about it. In this series of essays I’'m going to share with you such things as the meaning of the Kingdom of God, what it was like living in the Kingdom under Adam’s leadership, when the kingdoms of this world started, the division of kingdoms under Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Sodom, and Caesar, and Abraham's relationship with God. We will also discover the true identity of those warriors born in Abraham's own house, the dangerous democratic voice of the people that rejected God for a golden calf, Christ as restoring King and your part in the restoration of all things including the Kingdom of God.
THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD
Christ said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Some think Jesus was referring to “saving” men alone. Could it be possible he was also talking about seeking and saving the Kingdom of God?
Is your allegiance to Christ and the Kingdom of God or another kingdom? In our world, there are many kingdoms. Kingdoms can be likened to various nations such as the United States, Russia, and China with governments of men ruling over men contrasted by the Kingdom of our Lord with Christ ruling over men.
The Word teaches the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, a shift from kingdoms of man ruling over man to kingdoms of God ruling over man. God ruling over man is how things were at the beginning of creation before Cain’s murder of Abel. When you look at the many multifarious kingdoms throughout the world the restoration of God ruling over men seems impossible yet Scripture makes it clear that kingdom change will happen. So the question is, “Will the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord suddenly or progressively?” Let’s examine this verse.
Scripture declares, “The kingdoms (basileia) of this world (kosmos) are become (ginomai) the kingdoms of our Lord (kurios), and of his Christ; and he shall reign (basileuō) for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
Again, when will the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord? Will it happen instantly after some event like the rapture of the Church, Jacob’s trouble, the great tribulation, after the resurrection of the just and the unjust as some teach, during the millennial reign, or will the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord slowly? The word “become”, Greek ginomai, may help us find the answer.
According to Strongs the Greek word gionomai (become) is: “A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be (“gen” -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being)… .”
If Strongs is correct then gionomai means caused to be as in generated, becoming. That means that something has and is causing the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our Lord. This “caused to be” is not what many of us have been taught. We have been schooled to passively wait for the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our God through the sovereignly of God. Could it be possible that disciples of Christ are involved in some way in the kingdoms becoming? According to Apostle Luke, the kingdoms of this world have been in a state of restoration since the world began (Acts 3:21).
Even though the kingdoms of this world are shaking you can take courage because Christ is the way, the truth and the life. These shakings are part of His restoration (gionomai) plan. As you put first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, your road to freedom will become apparent.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark