God’s Kingdom

General characteristics

  1. Obedience to God (Matthew 5:19)
  2. Servanthood (Matthew 20:25-28, Matthew 23:11, Mark 10:45) like Jesus. 
  3. Humility (Matthew 18:3-4)

Command structure: 

Sovereign King:  God, manifested in three "persons" - Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Forces

Followers of Jesus Christ (adopted "sons of God"  Romans 8:14-17)

Holy Angels:  Holy Angels are created spiritual beings that do God’s bidding.  God can give angels "great authority" (Revelation 18:1) to carry out missions.  Their roles may include:

Communication:  God can use many different ways to communicate with His forces.  When we are walking close to God, we will best receive and interpret His communication with us.  If we are not seeking Him, we may fail to receive or understand what He is saying.  

  1. God's wisdom.  Examples:  Ephesians 3:10, 1 Corinthians 2:8, Daniel 1:17-20, 5:7-9, John 1:5
  2. Dreams/Visions.  Examples:  sorcerers unable to interpret king's dream, but secret revealed to Daniel - Daniel 2:4-45, 4:18; prophets unable to understand visions - Isaiah 29:10-12; Gabriel interprets Daniel's vision - Daniel 8:15; time release revelation of vision's meaning - Habakkuk 2:2-4; angel interprets Zechariah's visions - Zechariah 4:5-7
  3. Speaking in tongues:  1 Corinthians 14:2 ( speaking mysteries to God)

Future: Jesus will reign over the earth and heaven until all his enemies have been put under his feet (Hebrews 10:12-13).   Jesus will crush Satan's kingdom completely (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).  He will then hand over the kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-25).  The book of Revelation describes this final victory over Satan's kingdom and the establishment of God's everlasting kingdom on earth.

Please refer to my Spiritual Warfare Bible Study for more info on the topics covered in this page.

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