Monthly Manna Revelation: September 2021

Apostle Dr. James Brewton

An Exploration into the Kingdom of God

 

 

The difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Heaven is simple. The first reveals the person to whom the kingdom belongs and the second shows the place it is located, or where it is from. It is similar to saying – the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar and the kingdom of Babylon – one shows ownership and the other shows location.

 

We are created in the image and likeness of God. Image stands for nature and creativity, and likeness represents similarity, behavior and capability. If you want to know about yourself, study and discover God. You are created to act like God on the earth. The more you know God as Father, the more you will know about yourself.

 

Many believers wait all their lives to die and go to heaven because they interpret the longing in their heart as “a desire to go to heaven.” Instead of discovering God’s kingdom here on earth and fulfilling His purpose here, they waste a lifetime just waiting. The religious gospel has trained them to think that once they are saved their next stop is heaven.

 

Therefore, it is very important for you to know what the kingdom of God is before you start seeking it. Many people have fragmented ideas about the kingdom. A simple definition of a kingdom is - a territory or a nation ruled by a king, where the king’s will and plans are executed without question. In this case, God is the King. He has a country called heaven and He created earth to be colonized with humans who will adhere to His rule or dominion.

 

Many think of the kingdom of God futuristically, something that will take place later in time or as a place or state they reach after they die. But the entire Bible is about a King, His kingdom, and His royal family. He decided to extend that kingdom to a planet called earth. To manage that kingdom, He created a unique species in His image and likeness call human beings. That is our purpose: to represent God and manage His kingdom on earth.

 

The first mandate that was given by the King to man was to have dominion over the earth and everything He created in it (Gen. 1:26). According to the law of first mention, when God speaks about something for the first time, He reveals His heart and purpose concerning that thing. A mandate is an authorization to act, a charge to get things done, a commission to carry out an injunction, a precept of which to adhere, a guideline to follow without deviation, and an important order that must be obeyed. God gave this mandate to Adam and Eve. They were to have dominion over the earth and subdue and rule everything God created. But Adam failed in his assignment.

 

Man was deceived by the enemy and lost his dominion over the earth. Still, God did not change His purpose concerning man or His kingdom. He chose individuals and then a nation – the nation of Israel – to represent Him and His kingdom on earth. Eventually, they also rebelled and failed in their assignment. So Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you (Israel), and given to a nation (the Church/Ekklesia) bearing the fruits of it” (Matt. 21:43).

 

In that same verse, Jesus is saying the kingdom of God will be taken from the people of Israel and given to a nation. Which nation is He talking about? He is talking about the church. The church is a holy nation in itself, a nation within the nation you are living in.

 

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”(1 Peter 2:9, NKJV)

 

God sent His Son to die for our sins and to reinstate His kingdom purpose. He instituted the church, comprised of both Jews and Gentiles, to represent Him and His kingdom. This is not a new revelation just discovered or made up. The revelation of God’s kingdom is as old as the heavens and the earth.

 

Throughout the centuries the church has been asking God for particular benefits and specializing in a few aspects of the kingdom, instead of crying out for His kingdom to come. As a result, He sent the Salvation Movement, Healing Movement, Holiness Movement, Word of Faith Movement, and others. They are all different aspects of His kingdom, but not the kingdom. The time has come for us to receive the whole kingdom and administer it so that God’s will is done on the earth as it is in heaven.

 

God’s children need the same environment, like Eden, to survive. We won’t go back into a physical Eden; instead God placed Eden (the kingdom) inside of us (Luke 17:20-21). When God created man and put him on earth, He established a process, or a political system, to take care of man. That system is called the Kingdom of God, which is the same system He has in heaven – operated or governed by love and grace.

 

You can be saved and still not live in God’s kingdom. According to Jesus, before we do anything spiritual or Christian, He wants us to seek His kingdom first. Now the question is, what is God’s kingdom and how do we seek it?

 

Since a kingdom is a country ruled by a king, as already mentioned, the word kingdom refers to the dominion of a king. Jesus is a King and He has a kingdom over which He has dominion and rule. His subjects are His children who live in His kingdom and seek His dominion, rule, His way of doing and being righteous, in every area of our life. When any aspect of our life comes under the dominion or rule of Jesus, His kingdom has come and His will is done in that area of our life as it is in heaven. It is what Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Once our life comes under His dominion, then we can bring the same to the community we live in, and eventually, to the whole nation.

 

When people think of God’s kingdom, many of them think it is all about power. Every kingdom has power, but that is not all a kingdom has. Some say it is about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17) – That is the culture of the kingdom: righteousness, peace, and joy driven by the Holy Spirit. That’s the culture Kingdom citizens are supposed to live in. Compare that culture with the culture you live in right now and notice the things people do to be happy, to have fun, and to have peace of mind. In many cases, their culture is not consistent with being led by Holy Spirit into righteousness, peace and joy – Kingdom culture!

 

The kingdom of God has an economy. It is governed by sowing and reaping – seed, time and harvest. We are supposed to live our lives based on the economy of the kingdom, not the world’s system of greed built upon consumer lusts through buying and selling. There can never be a recession, depression, inflation, or downturn in the kingdom economy. There is always more than enough!

 

The earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof; the world, and all who live in it.” (Ps. 24:1)

 

“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of hosts.” (Hag. 2:8)
 

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” (Matt. 6:8)

 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33).

 

“And my God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)

 

As kingdom citizens, we must understand how to draw upon the ever-increasing supply that the kingdom provides for us. The King wants His subjects to be complete and entire, lacking nothing. This is the benefit afforded us as kingdom citizens.

 

Kingdom education is also different from the education system of the world. The World’s education is focused on getting a degree and a job so you can make a living. Kingdom education is focused on discovering your Divine purpose and developing your gifts and skills so that you can live life more abundantly to the full and expand God’s kingdom rule on earth. A company can fire you from your job, but they cannot fire you from your Divine purpose. An employer can remove you from your position, but he or she cannot take away your Divine endowments, gifts and the skills you’ve developed.

 

Every person has at least one natural and spiritual gift. If we look at the lives of the disciples of Jesus, they were fishermen [businessmen] before Jesus called them. That was their natural gift. After He called them, He gave them power and authority to heal the sick and cast out demons. That was their spiritual gift. Then He sent them out to do what He taught them to do. He said the worker is worthy of his food (Matt. 10:10b). So, God is about paying or compensating us for the work we do to advance His Kingdom on earth.

 

The kingdom has a health care system as well. Do you know how many trillions of dollars our nation spends on health care? Kingdom health care provides Kingdom citizens with live a healthy lifestyle. That healthy lifestyle protects their bodies from injury and builds their immune systems to fight disease and sickness.

 

“Because you have made the LORD, who is my (Jesus) refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” (Ps. 91.9-10, NKJV)

 

When you live in God’s kingdom, He will show you what is good for you to eat and what isn’t good for you to eat. But really, it’s not so much what to eat or what not to eat, as much as it is how much to eat. In the Kingdom health care system, the health of our food is determined by our offering prayers of thanksgiving to the King for our abundant supply; thereby sanctifying our food, making it good for our consumption. As we serve the King as faithful and wise stewards (subjects), the King blesses our food and water. There is no sickness in God’s kingdom.

 

God created food to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

 

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1Tim. 4:4-5, NIV)

 

“Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.” (Exod. 23:25-26, NIV)

 

Misunderstandings About the Kingdom

 

When Jesus preached the kingdom of God, He met the physical needs of the people first - “…all that Jesus began both to do and teach.” (Acts 1:1) He healed their sickness and promised them that if they sought His kingdom first, their food, clothing, and the basic things of life would be provided.

 

Many believers think that healing the sick and doing miracles is the kingdom of God. They are not the kingdom, but they are signs of the kingdom. When you go to a place or a location, you will see the signs long before you reach your destination. Those signs lead you or tell you about the place you want to go. Jesus sent His disciples to heal the sick, to cleanse the lepers and to raise the dead, then tell them that the kingdom of God is near, or at hand. That means those miracles were not the kingdom, but the signs that the Kingdom had come near to them. (Matt. 10:7-8; Luke 10:9)

 

Jesus said: “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36a).  Too many Christians interpret Jesus’ statement to mean that God doesn’t allow anything material in His kingdom because it is not of this world; but that is not what Jesus meant. He meant that His kingdom is not like the kingdoms of this world because it is not from here [not man-made].

In the kingdoms of this world, some rulers are known for abusing and oppressing their citizens, and the king’s army will fight and kill to protect him. Kings tax people to pay for what the kingdom needs. Initially, kings promise their subjects good things, but eventually they will rob and kill them.

 

Jesus was saying, “My kingdom is not like that. I don’t tax people to pay for My needs. My kingdom is self-sufficient and feeds the whole world. In My kingdom, I fight to protect the people. I didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to give My life as a ransom for many.”

 

Many people quote the verse from Romans 14:17 that say’s, the kingdom of God isn’t about eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean that there is nothing to eat in the kingdom of God and that we will fast every day if we are in God’s kingdom.

 

There is definitely food and drink in God’s kingdom. What Romans 14:17 says is: the kingdom of God is not made or established upon food and drink; it most certainly has food and drink. In any kingdom, people have to eat in order to live. In fact, the first thing Jesus promised we would find when we discover the kingdom is food and other material things we need. (Matt. 6:33)

 

Church is not the kingdom, but the church is its governing body – the central hub and branch of the heavenly systems, governed by grace. Because of confusion and misunderstanding of the kingdom of God, we have been misinformed about the truth of the kingdom message Jesus and the apostles preached.

 

The Kingdom Is Inside You

 

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, “See here!” or “See there!” For the kingdom of God is within you.’” (Luke 17:20-21)

 

The kingdom of God is an invisible kingdom - geographically. We cannot see its physical location or determine how it operates with our natural eyes (Mark 4:26-29). God put His kingdom inside of us and it manifests to the world through the lifestyle we live. It is God’s desire that His will is done on this earth as it is in heaven. This can only be done through human beings because the earth was given to us.

 

The kingdom of God began to operate on earth through the apostles with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The Ekklesia of Jesus’ kingdom began to operate from that day onward. The church’s primary purpose is to see God’s will accomplished on earth as it is in heaven.

 

It will require an enormous amount of wisdom, power, and resources to see God’s will accomplished on earth as it is in heaven. Too many Believers are still saying they wish they had more money to help the kingdom, to start schools, to help ministries and churches, etc. They have a vision from God, but lack the resources to fulfill it. The reason they say such things is because of a lack of understanding of the economy of the kingdom.

 

God never intended for us to depend on our limited resources, jobs, wisdom, and power to establish His kingdom on earth. It would not be justice on God’s part to ask us to do something of which we are not capable. He knows we are limited without Him, and the resources we have are also limited. That is why He put the unlimited kingdom inside of us. Everything His kingdom has is unlimited. His wisdom, power, wealth, and resources have no limit; “for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few” (1 Sam. 14:6b).

 

Every time we see a need, instead of looking at the limited resources we have, Abba Daddy wants us to learn to tap into His unlimited resources and release it to meet that need: releasing heaven’s resources to meet earthly needs. This is the way each child of God is supposed to operate. That is why Jesus told us to seek His kingdom first; and, that all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). Believe what? Believe that the kingdom of God is inside of us and the King has made available His unlimited resources to see His will done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

Right now, the Holy Spirit wants you to take off every limit that you have put on yourself. From the time we were born,  many of us were brought up hearing statements like, “You can’t have that,” “We can’t afford that,” “That’s too expensive,” “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” “You’ll never be able to afford that,” “You can’t do anything right,” “You are so stupid.”

 

The kingdom of darkness has programmed our minds with lies. We need to tear down those strongholds and replace them with a kingdom mindset. God speaks truth into us, truth we desperately need to believe and act upon.

 

We have taught that the kingdom of God is all about healing, prophesying, and casting out demons. But Jesus says that you can do all those things and still miss the will of God for your life and the kingdom of God (Matt. 7:21-23) if you didn’t do things in alignment with the principles of the kingdom. Jesus taught His disciples to pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. In order to enter God’s kingdom of living and being righteous on earth – not in heaven – we need to discover God’s will for our lives.

 

Sadly, many people run after miracles instead. There are many prophetic and healing schools that teach how to prophesy and pray for the sick, but not very many schools teach how to discover God’s will for your life and teach how to live in His kingdom. That is why our School of Ministry, The Identity Institute, in addition to teaching how to prophesy, lead, minister to, and pray for the sick, also teaches how to discover God’s will for your life and how to live in His kingdom on the earth. We need to make our calling and election sure. When we do this, we will never stumble.

 

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 1:10-11, NKJV) 

When you are sure of what you are called to do - God’s will – His assignment for your life on earth, an entrance will be supplied to the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Once you seek God’s kingdom and discover your purpose, it is still not easy to enter or commit to live in His kingdom. The enemy will fight and do his best to keep you in his fold. As long as you are a good church-going Christian, you are not any threat to his kingdom; but the moment you renounce the kingdom of this world and enter God’s kingdom, all hell will break loose.

 

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NKJV)

 

We are in the midst of an age-old fight between two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. They both want human souls. Therefore, as kingdom leaders, we must continue to strengthen and confirm the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:21-22). 

 

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