The Gospel of the Kingdom of God –
Bound and Gagged for 2,000 Years
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
Torah Kingdom Living
Our Lord Yeshua referred to “the kingdom of God” forty-four times as recorded in the Gospels.
He referred to “the kingdom of heaven” another thirty times in the gospel of Matthew. Both phrases together are mentioned ninety-six times in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”), yet neither expression appears at all in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”). From this, we conclude that this Gospel of the Kingdom is an essential part of the Renewed Covenant established by Yeshua in his blood, and is therefore of paramount importance to the Church. In fact, the good news (“Gospel”) of “the Kingdom of God” is almost the ONLY THING that the Lord Yeshua and his disciples/talmidim ever preached! Despite this astounding FACT, the Body of Christ remains almost totally IGNORANT of it!
Anyone comparing the traditional Christian message with the actual messages preached and taught by Yeshua of Nazareth as recorded in the gospels cannot but conclude that the two messages are substantially different. In fact, the singular message taught and preached by Yeshua and all of the apostles after him has been set aside entirely and “another gospel” has been embraced by “the Church” and preached by it, to the almost total exclusion of the original message. In a monumentally bizarre reversal of roles, it is this “other gospel” which is the one universally received today as the orthodox (legitimate) Christian message.
How did this happen?
The Kingdom of God
The Lord Yeshua repeatedly says that he came to teach us about the coming Kingdom of God on the earth, and that:
1. The gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God/heaven is that, through his life and suffering, this Kingdom of God/heaven as it originally involved Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden has NOW been spiritually re-established on the earth for mankind, just as it was in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve, but only for those who believe in him (Yeshua/“Jesus” of Nazareth) as Lord and Savior;
2. Whereas the first Adam lost his place in the original kingdom of God on earth through his unrighteousness when he sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, YHVH Elohim has now re-established His direct rule or government in the earth, through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Yeshua of Nazareth. This government has already been partially manifested in the world for believers in Yeshua, and will be totally manifested worldwide at his physical return through the perfect righteousness of the second Adam, the Son of God, Yeshua Messiah (Isaiah 9:6-7; Psalm 2);
3. In fact, the entirety of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7) is Yeshua describing the present Kingdom of God on earth, how it operates in the here and now, and surely not “pie in the sky, bye and bye”;
4. The very first words that Yeshua spoke after he had started his earthly ministry were that the poor were now blessed. (Luke 4:16-21) Well, what is the curse of the poor? Poverty. In the Kingdom of God on earth, there is now provision for material prosperity here on earth for ANY and ALL who will enter into the renewed Mosaic covenant with the Creator through the shed blood and suffering of his only-begotten Son, and obey the laws (Torah) of the Kingdom;
5. At the Lord Yeshua’s ONLY return, at the END of the seven years of The Tribulation (also known as “Daniel’s 70th Week” and “the time of Jacob’s trouble”). he will introduce a period of “the restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21), which will ultimately result in the removal of the curse for whomever will accept him as Lord and Savior (Revelation 22:3); and finally,
6. The Messiah will physically return in the Glory of God (Matthew 16:27). When he does, the visible manifestation of God (chabod) will again physically reside in the Temple in Jerusalem as it did in the Temple in the wilderness as Israel came out of Egypt (Isaiah 4:5), and in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem until 586 B.C. (Ezekiel 11:23)
7. We, his talmidim (disciples), are to “hold until he comes”, and to serve as his emissaries and ambassadors of the Kingdom of God to the lost;
8. As his ambassadors, he imbues us with ALL of his power and authority to heal the sick, raise the dead, set free the captives, and preach the gospel of his kingdom which so empowers us.
In other words, there are no “miracles” in the Kingdom of God. What we call “miracles” are, in fact, normal occurrences for those who are walking in Kingdom faith and power.
Understanding the Kingdom of God on Earth . . .
When Adam and Eve disobeyed the Law (Torah) of the Kingdom of God on earth in the Garden of Eden, they lost their places in that Kingdom and had to be exiled from it, exactly as would happen in any earthly kingdom. When they left the Kingdom of God on earth, they no longer enjoyed God’s total provision for them, and were suddenly totally on their own as far as their physical survival was concerned! Imagine the shock and horror they experienced as they discovered what the real consequences were of listening to the devil’s “advice”.
Then, and for the rest of their lives, their every waking moment was absorbed in getting food, in getting shelter, in getting clothing, in getting a safe place to live, in learning the hard way how to defend themselves from all kinds of hostile elements, from bad weather, to insects, to wild animals, to diseases, and all while learning, from scratch, how to raise children! And we think that we have stress!
In fact, every human being is born into exactly the same sin-cursed environment as Adam and Eve were thrust into by their choices. The main difference is that, with the devil’s “help”, we have come to accept it as normal, as our “lot in life”, as “the way of the world”. Over the last five thousand years or so, we have “learned” some things along the way, things which our Lord Yeshua has come in the flesh to allow us to change, IF we will follow his instructions.
The Kingdom of God on Earth is Something We DO . . .
Practically everything that Yeshua DID during his earthly ministry was designed to SHOW us the Kingdom of God on earth, and HOW we were supposed to DO it. In fact, it was the ONLY thing he actually preached! When was Yeshua openly angered by his disciples’ actions? When they failed to understand his instructions and failed to DO what he had been trying to teach them.
Mat 17:14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
Mat 17:15 “Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is subject to fits, and badly afflicted: for ofttimes he falls into the fire, and oft into the water.
Mat 17:16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.”
Mat 17:17 Then Yeshua answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”
Mat 17:18 And Yeshua rebuked the demon; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
Mat 17:19 Then came the disciples to Yeshua apart, and said, “Why could not we cast him out?”
Mat 17:20 And Yeshua said unto them, “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If you merely have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, ‘Remove from here to yonder place;’ and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Mat 17:21 But this kind (of unbelief) is only removed by prayer and fasting.”
When the Pharisee Nicodemus came to Yeshua by night (John 3:1-21), he only did so to let Yeshua know that at least he (Nicodemus), out of all of the Pharisees, recognized that Yeshua was from God. Please note that Nicodemus at no time asked Yeshua anything about the Kingdom of God on earth! Yet Yeshua totally ignored what Nicodemus said, and instead tried to tell him what it was that he was missing, and would go on missing, unless he changed his way of thinking. There is no indication in Scripture that Nicodemus ever did “get it”. Unfortunately, neither have most of us.
Some examples of the Kingdom of God expressed on earth
Elijah and the starving widow
1Ki 17:8 Then the word of YHVH came to him (Elijah), saying,
1Ki 17:9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
1Ki 17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.”
1Ki 17:11 As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”
1Ki 17:12 But she said, “As YHVH your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
1Ki 17:13 Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son.
1Ki 17:14 “For thus says YHVH God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that YHVH sends rain on the face of the earth.'”
1Ki 17:15 So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days.
1Ki 17:16 The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of YHVH which He spoke through Elijah.
2Ki 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant did fear YHVH: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be slaves.”
2Ki 4:2 And Elisha said unto her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house, except a pot of oil.”
2Ki 4:3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
2Ki 4:4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door upon you and upon your sons, and shall pour out into all those vessels, and you shall set aside that which is full.”
2Ki 4:5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
2Ki 4:6 And it came to pass, when the vessels were all full, that she said unto her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said unto her, “There are no more vessels.” And the oil stopped flowing.
2Ki 4:7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt, and you and your children live off of what is left.”
Gen 39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there.
Gen 39:2 YHVH was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.
Gen 39:3 Now his master saw that YHVH was with him and how YHVH caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Gen 39:4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.
Gen 39:5 It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, YHVH blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus YHVH’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.
The loaves and fishes
Mat 14:15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
Mat 14:16 But Yeshua said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”
Mat 14:17 They said to him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
Mat 14:18 And He said, “Bring them here to me.”
Mat 14:19 Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, he blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds,
Mat 14:20 and they all ate and were satisfied. They gathered up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets.
Mat 14:21 There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.
The Lessons from these Scriptures . . .
In each of these situations, one who was in covenant relationship with YHVH Elohim, the God of the Hebrew Tanakh and the Christian Bible, was physically and miraculously blessed through their obedience to the laws of the Kingdom of God. In many cases, the person who is in covenant with YHVH Elohim takes a sample of something which is in short supply, blesses it, and puts it back out into the physical world to multiply according to its new kingdom nature! In other words, the person who is in covenant with YHVH through faith in his son, Yeshua, has the power to move things from this accursed world (which is still ruled by the devil – Jeremiah 27:6 & 30:8; 2 Corinthians 4:4) into the Kingdom of God on earth, to our advantage and benefit.
Questions . . .
* In the “miracles” of the loaves and fishes, was everyone in the crowd in covenant with YHVH?
Obviously not, yet they all benefited from the obedience of those who were, and many came to faith through in Yeshua by observing the miraculous consequences of their obedience.
* When Yeshua went through the countryside, “and he healed them all” (Matthew 12:15; Luke 6:19], were they all in covenant with YHVH?
Obviously not, yet they all benefited from Yeshua’s obedience, and many came to faith in him through his obedience.
* What about the “woman with an issue of blood”? In this case (Matthew 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43), she thought to herself, “If I can just touch the edges of his garment, I shall be healed”. This is faith. If she was a Hebrew, she would have been aware of the Messianic prophecy in Malachi 4:2:
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings.”
As a devout adult Hebrew male, and especially as one who was working miracles in the name of the Elohim of the Tanach, Yeshua would certainly have been wearing the commanded fringes/tassels (tzitzit) on his exterior garment. Then as now, these are commanded of those claiming to be in covenant with Him, to remind the wearer to always be mindful of YHVH’s Law, the Torah. These tassels were referred to as “wings” in the Hebrew vernacular, and this woman very likely made the association that, IF Yeshua was the Messiah, and she apparently believed that he was, that she would be healed just by touching the “wings” of his garment, according to the prophecy of Malachi 4:2.
When she did manage to touch his garment, she was immediately healed, although the Bible makes it clear that Yeshua was not even aware of her until after she had been healed! So he was definitely not ministering to her individually or personally, yet she was healed.
This event is related in three different places in the gospels, so it must be important! It proves, beyond any doubt, that what was working here was an immutable LAW of the Kingdom of God, the operation of which had nothing to do with the person of Yeshua, except insofar as he was its conduit, exactly as we are empowered to be, as his shaliachim (representatives).
In other words, the operation of the LAWS of the kingdom of God on earth may or may not have anything to do with the faith of those DOING the blessing! It is the demonstrated OPERATION of these LAWS of the kingdom of God, regardless of WHOSE faith is being manifested! It is the manifestation of the visible power of YHVH as miracles of healing which brings people to repentance, and ultimately, to salvation!
In the very next recorded example, the daughter of the Pharisee ruler of the synagogue is reported to him to have died, and Yeshua says to him, “Do not fear. Only believe and she shall be made whole.” (Luke 8:50)
So these are but a few examples of how the Kingdom of God/Heaven operates now, but what will it be like when our Lord Yeshua actually returns? Few can imagine what those cataclysmic, stupendous events will be like, even after a lifetime of studying Scripture.
When the Messiah returns to earth, he is not coming as the meek and humble carpenter’s son from Nazareth, but as the Lion of Judah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the following changes will instantly take place:
● Every man-made government will be abolished. Every constitution and the entire body of man-made laws on earth will cease to exist, because from that moment on, and for all time, the government will “rest on His shoulders”. (Isaiah 9:6) This will be true for all of today’s nation called “Israel”1 as well as all of the heathen2 nations.
● There will be no “pockets of resistance”. All self-directed activities of mankind will end.
“Every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
● After the final defeat of the forces of the anti-Christ at Armageddon, and during the Millennial Reign of Yeshua from Jerusalem, there will still be some unrighteous people on the earth, some among the heathen nations (Zechariah 14:16-21), and perhaps even in the newly recreated nation of Israel of that time. These will be given until the end of the Millennial Reign to accept Yeshua’s reign, and repent of their evil ways or perish in the Lake of Fire at the White Throne (Last) Judgment. While the lifespans of the righteous will be extended (Isaiah 65:15-25), it is also clear that some will still die during the Millennial reign. We conclude that “All who have sinned outside Torah will also perish outside Torah, and all who have sinned under Torah will be judged by Torah” (Romans 2:12), even as today.
● The government and national boundaries of the “Israel” of today will be destroyed, being itself, in spiritual reality, a Gentile nation3 created by wicked men for their own political purposes, and eventually to usher in their “god”, the anti-Christ.
Yeshua often used parables to convey the basic message of the Kingdom of God. Prior to the time of Yeshua, and by the Jews to this day, the Kingdom of God was envisioned as God’s reign in Israel in the manner that occurred during the First Temple era. God was manifested during this era through the visible, physical manifestation of his indwelling glory (the chabod – NOT “shekinah”) in the Temple. Yeshua introduced an entirely new aspect of the Kingdom of God and began to lay the foundation for the establishment of this future Kingdom during His earthly ministry. It would take thousands of years for its complete realization.
God will rule directly through His indwelling holy Spirit in the hearts of believers. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Ezekiel: “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Yeshua also introduced the concept of the “Living Temple”. His body was the temple during his earthly ministry. After his ascension the Church was supposed to function in this capacity. Ultimately this “Living Temple” will be established in Jerusalem just as the First Temple had been. With Yeshua as the “chief cornerstone” (Isaiah 28:16) the individual believer is positioned or seated in the presence of the living God as a “living stone” of this temple.
Footnote1 : “Israel” – Today’s nation called “Israel” is a 100% secular creation of political men, for strictly political reasons. The spiritual reason for its continued existence is that a nominally Jewish government in Jerusalem is essential, so that the Temple may be rebuilt. If the Holy Land were to be completely controlled by Islamic forces, there would be no way that the Temple could ever be rebuilt according to prophecy. If the Temple were not rebuilt, then the prophecies concerning the anti-Christ (who will be the Zionists’ “messiah”) entering it could not be fulfilled. See our article, “Is Zionism of God?” So the present UNrighteous rule of the “fake Jews” (Isaiah 28:14 ff; Revelation 2:9 & 3:9) in Jerusalem is truly a necessary evil, until YHVH of Glory returns in His power to set up His millennial reign. This is not “anti-Semitism”, since the Bible states that those ruuling in Jerusalem today are NOT JEWS according to the God of the Bible and His Son!
Footnote2 : “heathen nations” – all of the nations of the world, including today’s “Israel” and the U.S.
Footnote3 : “Gentile nation” – same as above.
Many other aspects of the Kingdom of God were introduced by Yeshua as he taught his disciples with parables. These began to be fulfilled through the early Church. They have continued to be partially fulfilled for almost 2,000 years. The vision outlined by these parables will not be fully realized until the Lord Yeshua himself returns and reigns in Jerusalem directly in the midst of Israel.
Today, when we consider the basic message of the Christian Church to the world, we hear something quite different from Yeshua’s message of the Kingdom of God. The Church message today focuses almost exclusively on the reconciliation of individuals to God, which was what Paul outlined in his second letter to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Indeed, this is a valid message for the Church to share in the midst of the nations. Necessary, but tragically inadequate by itself.
Nevertheless, as is obvious from our discussion of Yeshua’s actual message, the message of reconciliation simply does not include the Kingdom message which he taught. The Church has basically spiritualized the Kingdom message and based its evangelization efforts almost entirely on the reconciliation message, practically to the exclusion of the Gospel of the Kingdom. And these things are true of practically all so-called “evangelical” Protestant denominations.
Evidently, the so-called “Church fathers” – those Gentile converts to Romanized “Christianity” who were responsible for the killing of all the Nazarenes (the original Torah-true faith of Yeshua and his faithful disciples) and who eventually corrupted the Nazarene faith into the pagan Roman Catholic Church – determined to separate Christianity from Torah, to de-emphasize Yeshua’s message of the Kingdom of God (which is inextricably involved with Torah), and substituted the message of reconciliation in its place.
There are a number of reasons for this. The message of reconciliation is a “good, positive” message causing little reproach to the one who proclaims it. The Kingdom message, on the other hand, is like a sword causing a polarization in those who hear (Matthew 10:34). The one proclaiming the message of the Kingdom of God must be willing to bear reproach.
A second reason why the Church de-emphasized the Kingdom message is that God’s Kingdom, as preached by Yeshua, is intimately linked with “Jewishness” and Torah. The Church succumbed to the pressure to adopt a more universal (pagan) identity and tried to totally erase its Hebraic roots.
Therefore, Yeshua’s actual message became an embarrassment for them. Also, Paul’s message of the Gentile inclusion in the Covenant was altered by the Roman Catholic Church (and later by the KJV translators) to seem to be disavowing Torah altogether, which was never the actual intent of Paul’s gospel. The message of reconciliation, on the other hand, was easily adapted to the universal identity.
A final reason why the message of reconciliation was emphasized so strongly by the Church is that its leaders were more interested in promoting their Hellenized (Greek-influenced), Romanized “Christianity” as a new world religion, than in being faithful to the Torah of its founder. Like all other man-made religions, it mapped out a way for man to come to God. The message of reconciliation served this purpose very well, but the message of the Kingdom of God would have been “counterproductive” to their carnal goals. This is also how the pagan concept of “heaven” as the destiny of the righteous came to be taught, when it appears nowhere in Scripture as a doctrine!
Today, this whole sequence is simplified in the minds of Christians by the rationalization that the message of Paul is the highest form of revelation available to us. They proclaim that Yeshua preached his message to “the Jews”, whom they claim rejected it; “therefore” God supposedly anointed Paul to bring forth this new, “improved” universal message. Hence, the Church vision is logically built on Paul’s message or letters rather than on the message of Yeshua, which most of “evangelical Christianity” considers to have replaced it. But if the God of the Hebrew Tanakh tells us that He does NOT change (and He does – Malachi 3:6), what chance is there that this is true?
Unfortunately for all those who believe this, it is not only not true, but serves to separate His children from Torah, from His loving provision for us. To the extent that any follower of Yeshua believes that “we are not under the law, we are under grace” (Romans 6:14-15) means that Christians do not “have to” keep the commandments, they are in mortal danger of losing their salvation. Why? Because of the eternal provisions of the very God-breathed Torah which they are rejecting!
Even in heathen societies, the principle is clearly taught that “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, and this is no less true of the provisions of the unchangeable Torah of YHVH Elohim!
And if a soul sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of YHVH; though he knew it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his sin. (Leviticus 5:17)
And we have a high priest, Yeshua Messiah who, “IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 4:19)
The question arises as to how is one supposed to confess sins which one is not aware of having committed? The obvious answer is that, although one cannot possibly confess sins of which one is not aware of having committed, there remains a penalty to be paid for that sin, since, by the unconfessed sin, one has effectively REMOVED oneself from the Covenant of Grace, and is therefore no longer “under grace”, but back “under the Law/Torah” as concerns the penalty for sin!
The same principle stated in Leviticus 5:17 and elsewhere throughout the Tanakh/“Old Testament”, that it is only through the intercession BY THE PRIEST on the sinner’s behalf, and only the PRIEST’s offering of the required sacrifice FOR the sinner, that the sinner may be returned to a state of righteousness before YHVH Elohim! Before our Lord Yeshua’s death and resurrection, this was done in the Temple in Jerusalem, as a symbolic action. It is said that these actions “covered” the sins (Romans 4:7), but did not “wash them away” as only Yeshua’s sacrifice does. All those deceased “children of Israel” who faithfully followed these requirements of the Covenant are going to be resurrected – the “dry bones” of Ezekiel 37 – and given the opportunity to accept the Lord Yeshua as their prophesied Messiah.
But since the resurrection of our Lord Yeshua and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 68AD there has been no acceptable (or possible) sacrifice for our sins – neither for “the children of Israel”/“the Jews”, nor for non-Jews/Gentiles – other than faith in Yeshua as the Messiah, and a genuine (Scripture-based) relationship to the Father, YHVH Elohim, through him!
And there is the central problem confronting most of “Christianity” today. According to ALL of Scripture, the ONLY WAY one may have such a GENUINE (Scripture-based) relationship with the Father through our Lord Yeshua is to be OBEYING ALL of the commandments, both of Father and son. NO such relationship is possible for anyone who habitually and continually BREAKS ANY of the written commandments, and especially any of the Ten Commandments! They are WITHOUT EXCUSE! And this surely includes the Fourth Commandment, to keep holy the seventh-day Sabbath!
Consider how important this particular commandment is to the Creator. In Numbers 15, we see several crucial concepts spelled out in crystal-clear fashion by the Creator, so that they, and we, are without excuse for the consequences of our errors:
Num 15:22 And if you have sinned, and not observed all these commandments, which YHVH has spoken unto Moses,
Num 15:23 Even all that YHVH has commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that YHVH commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations;
Num 15:24 Then it shall be, if anything be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet aroma unto YHVH, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.
Num 15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto YHVH, and their sin offering before YHVH, for their ignorance:
Num 15:26 And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourns among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
Num 15:27 And if any individual sins through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.
Num 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the one who sins ignorantly, when he sins by ignorance before YHVH, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.
Num 15:29 You shall have one law for him that sins through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourns among them.
Num 15:30 But the one who does anything willfully, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproaches YHVH; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Num 15:31 Because he has despised the word of YHVH, and has broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his sin shall be upon himself.
Num 15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath.
Num 15:33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.
Num 15:34 And they confined him, because it was not declared what should be done to him.
Num 15:35 And YHVH said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
Num 15:36 And all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as YHVH commanded Moses.
Num 15:37 And YHVH spoke unto Moses, saying,
Num 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribbon of blue:
Num 15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that you may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of YHVH, and do them; and that you seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you used to go a whoring:
Num 15:40 That you may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Num 15:41 I am YHVH your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am YHVH your God.
And here are some additional verses which confirm the necessity to keep ALL of the commandments, for those who intend to inherit the prize, which is eternal life in the coming Kingdom of God/Heaven on earth:
Num_15:40 That you may remember, and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Deu_5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would revere Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
1Ki_6:12 Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes, and execute My judgments, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; then will I perform My word with you, which I spoke unto David your father:
We cannot overstate the importance of this!
Today, as God has re-awakened a yearning for their Hebraic roots in many of his children in the “Christian” church, the Kingdom message is being preached again with a fresh anointing. With endtime events rapidly approaching, we are beginning to focus anew on the King and his message of the Kingdom. Indeed, this in itself is a sign of the end.
Yeshua proclaimed, “This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come” (Matthew 24:14). Yeshua was not speaking of the “gospel of reconciliation”, which has been set forth by the Church for almost two thousand years. He was speaking of the original message of the Kingdom of God.
The message of reconciliation could be preached to every living soul and we would not necessarily be any nearer to seeing the Kingdom of God established. It is the message of the Kingdom that must be proclaimed, and now.
The Kingdom of God (or, The Kingdom of Heaven) . . .
The Gospel (good news) message of Yeshua was the coming “Kingdom of God”. He not only preached it, he repeatedly declared that he had been sent to preach this message specifically.
“But He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.’ ” (Luke 4:43).
As we consider the gospel account and the Biblical foundation on which it is based, we can formulate some cardinal points of this message. These include the teaching that:
God is re-establishing His direct rule or government in the earth, and this government will be manifested through the Promised One, the Messiah, the uniquely-qualified messenger, the Sent One (Hebrew – shaliach) of God, born of a virgin, a descendant of David, the prophesied Son of God (Psalm 2).
All righteous human beings will have a place in the Kingdom, some as priests and some as rulers, apparently with their places determined by the Kingdom value of their lives prior to the establishment of the Kingdom. The role of Prophet will have vanished, for God will now speak to his people directly from then on and forever. Seen this way, we are here now to prepare to rule and reign with our Lord Yeshua, and to develop whatever skills we can in whatever time each of us may have before we die or are raptured.
God will re-establish the peace that was in Eden, and rule the entire earth in perfect righteousness, justice and fairness through His Messiah, who will be the one we know as Yeshua of Nazareth. (Psalms 98:9);
God will hold every man accountable for the deeds of this life (Ezekiel 18:4).
He will introduce a period of “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21), which will ultimately result in the removal of the curse on mankind (Revelation 22:3). And finally,
the Messiah will return physically in the Glory of God (Matthew 16:27). As He does, God’s Glory (chabod) will reside in Jerusalem in a way similar to the phenomenon which occurred in the wilderness as Israel came out of Egypt. (Isaiah 4:5)
Some implications of these foundational points concerning the establishing of God’s kingdom include:
Every form of human government (international, national, state and local) will be abolished. Every constitution written will be voided because the government will “rest on His shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6).
Human self-determination will end. “Every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
The false dreams and illusions of man will be extinguished completely. God is the God of reality. (Jeremiah 10:10)
Israel will be the only national entity that survives in the kingdom. As God’s elect nation, it will be exalted high above all previous nations for praise, fame and glory. (Deuteronomy 26:19)
Yeshua taught continually by parables to convey the basic message of the Kingdom. Prior to the time of Yeshua, the Kingdom of God was envisioned as the return of God’s reign in Israel in the manner that occurred during the First Temple era. God was manifested during this era through His indwelling glory (chabod) in the Temple and through His anointed prophets, priests and kings. Yeshua introduced a new perspective of the Kingdom of God and began to lay the foundation for the future worldwide establishment of this Kingdom during His earthly ministry. It would take another two thousand years for its complete realization.
God is to rule directly through the indwelling of His holy Spirit in the hearts of believers. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Ezekiel in which God promises: “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Yeshua also introduced the concept of the “Living Temple”. His body was the temple during his earthly ministry. After his ascension the church would function in this capacity. Ultimately this “Living Temple” would be established in Jerusalem just like the First Temple had been. As a “living stone” of this temple the individual believer was positioned or seated in the presence of the Living God.
Many aspects of the Kingdom of God were introduced by Yeshua as he taught his disciples in parables. These aspects of the Kingdom of God began being fulfilled through the early church; they have continued to be fulfilled for almost 2000 years. But the vision outlined by these parables will not be fully realized until Yeshua returns and reigns in Jerusalem directly in the midst of Israel.
Understanding “the Gospel of the Kingdom of God”
What our Lord Yeshua went to such pains to describe, especially in his parables, was that all of the existing kingdoms of this world – especially including the devil’s – were to be ended, and that he was going to return to re-establish the Kingdom of God on earth – what was lost by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The apostles finally began to grasp this, but they had some difficulty in accepting the new revelation that Gentiles (non-Jews) were also to be admitted to this New World Order, and on the same basis that they were, by an act of faith, and by their obedience to the written Torah of Moses from their hearts. The mere slavish adherence to rigidly prescribed patterns of physical behavior, as the Pharisees, Sadducees, etc., had believed (and still do, both Christian and Jewish “Pharisees”!), would not suffice, and in fact had never sufficed.
Evidently, once the pagan elements of Greek and Roman philosophy achieved dominance in the Church Councils, the essential Hebraic elements of Yeshua’s original message of the Kingdom of God were erased and the message of reconciliation substituted. This was considered to be a practical “improvement” to the gospel since the message of reconciliation is a “good, positive” message causing little reproach to the one who proclaims it. The Kingdom message, on the other hand, is like a sword causing a polarization in those who hear (Matthew 10:34). The one proclaiming the Kingdom message must bear the sometimes violent reaction of some who hear it – especially the Pharisees, Saduccees, etc., who foresaw the reins of power slipping from them.
A second reason why the Church de-emphasized the Kingdom message is that God’s Kingdom, as preached by Yeshua, is intimately linked with Israel and Jerusalem. The Church succumbed to the pressure to adopt a more universal identity while rejecting any identification with Israel outright. Therefore, Yeshua’s message became awkward for them. The message of reconciliation, on the other hand, was easily adapted to the universal identity.
A final reason why the message of reconciliation was emphasized so strongly is that Rome was in the process of forming a new world religion, “Christianity”, completely distinct from the Apostolic faith which preceded it. Like all other man-made religions it described their way for men to come to God. Unfortunately for those who have believed it, it is surely not God’s way for them to come to Him!
There are probably any number of other factors that influenced this transition, but these three should be sufficient to outline for us why the message of reconciliation was emphasized at the expense of the Kingdom message. Today, this whole sequence is simplified in the minds of Christians by the rationalization that the message of Paul is supposedly the “highest” form of revelation available to us. They proclaim that Yeshua preached his message to Israel, whom they claim rejected it. Therefore, God supposedly anointed Paul to bring forth this new universal message. Hence, the Church’s vision is “logically” built on Paul’s message or letters rather than on the message of Yeshua. But, it is a satanic lie, designed to lead the unwary into the Lake of Fire!
Today, the original Kingdom message is finally being preached again, as it must. With endtime events rapidly being fulfilled, many are beginning to discover the errors which they have inherited from their fathers, and rediscovering the coming King and his message, exactly as prophesied by the Prophet Jeremiah:
O YHVH, my strength and my fortress and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.” — Jeremiah 16:19
Indeed, this in itself is a sign of the end. Yeshua prophesied, “This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come.” (Matthew 24:14).
Yeshua was not speaking of the “gospel of reconciliation”, which has been set forth by the Church for almost two thousand years. He was speaking of the message of the Kingdom of God. The message of reconciliation could be preached to every living soul, and the hearers would still not have enough information to live their lives so as to actually “be saved” at our Lord Yeshua’s glorious return. And that is no doubt its Satanic purpose.
It is the message of the Kingdom that must be proclaimed.
Will you help?
In Our Lord Yeshua’s Blessed Service,
Bob & Suzanne Hamrick email@example.com http://torahkingdomliving.com
Authors of: Exposing Satan’s ‘Left Behind’ An exposé of the “Pre-Trib Rapture” myth, and a handbook for surviving the Tribulation – paperback, 400 pages