Morning Service – The Kingdom on Earth


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Christ’s Kingdom
Matthew 25
Last week
Tribulation Period
“kingdom”
The kingdom is where the King is!

 

KEY EVENTS

 

1) Jesus returns in power & glory to set up His Kingdom (25:31)
Revelation 20:4
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.
And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.
They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.

 

They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
(Dan. 12:1-2)
Hebrews 11:39-40
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,
since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

2) The separation of the sheep & goats
Matt. 20:32-46

The sheep {believers}
(34) –> the kingdom

The goats {unbelievers} (41) -> eternal fire
Test of their faith
(35-40 & 42-45)

 

Two parables
(Mt. 25:1-30)
10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom to come
POINT: (13)
“keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

 

A wealthy man entrusts his wealth to three servants based upon their ability
POINT: (21)
If you are faithful to God today He will bless you during his kingdom

Francis Chan, Crazy Love
“When we work for Christ out of obligation, it feels like work.
But when we truly love Christ, our work is a manifestation of that love, and it feels like love.”

 

3) The kingdom on earth
Creation
Romans 8:18-21
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

 

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it,

 

in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 

Health

 

Isaiah 35:5-7
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

 

Longevity of life
Isaiah 65:20
“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
Great productivity
Rapid turnaround in growing seasons
Amos 9:13
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills