Tuesday, July 12, 2011

De Civitate Dei

And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
Mark 4:30-32 KJV

Single mustard seed

In a very rough chronology of the world we can say that something fundamentally important happened to humanity about four thousand years before the birth of the King, about two thousand years B.C. Abraham was taken into divine covenant with God, Jesus was born at the beginning of our chronology and now we are living time about two thousand years after the birth of the King.. 

4000 B.C.
The long easy life in the paradise of Stone Age changed and began an exponential growth, the rise of first high civilizations in some great river valleys of the world with the ability to read and write.

2000 B.C.
After some two thousand years of early civilizations from the very heart of Sumerian glory, the Third Dynasty of Chaldean Ur Abram begins his journey to the Promised Land. God the Creator makes with him a covenant marked by circumcision and gives him  a new name, Abraham:

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
Genesis 17:1-8 KJV

0 A.D.
After some two thousand years later about 7-4 B.C. the King was born in the city of David, in Bethlehem Ephrata, as prophetized seven hundered eyars early by Micah in the name of the God of Israel.:

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Micah 5:2  KJV
The people of God rejected the King of the Jews and the House of God was brought down and the people of Israel dispersed among the pagans around the world - the Time of the Gentiles started.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:6 -14 KJV 

2000 A.D.
After some two thousand years later the Time of the Gentiles is coming to an end and a new age upon Earth is about to begin. The turning point was June 1967 when the deeply and widely hated people of God retook the City of the Great King under their rule and will not relinquish it again.

But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Luke 21:23-24  KJV 

The secret of the Kingdom is such that cannot be seen with natural human eyes as it is a kingdom that is inside human beings - Christ conquers hearts. Through the conquest of hearts He begins to rule individuals, families, communities, tribes, kingdoms and multinational states. The Kingdom is now invisible so we can follow the victorious work of the invisible King only with eyes of faith. This faith He donates to us freely from His grace.

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luk 17:20 -21 KJV

The days will truly come when the Kingdom is visible indeed! But first, humiliation and rejection of the King of Kings
And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.  But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Luke 17:22 -26 KJV 

How can we follow the history of an invisible King and the growth of His invisible Kingdom?
We follow the baptism.

This way I am going to discuss the Conquest of the world by Christ through the early history of Europe concentrating on the sequence of events that culminate in the baptism.


Earth from Apollo 17

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:16-20 KJV

My prayer is that these studies in the battles and victories of the Kingdom of God would encourage someone to invite Lord Jesus Christ to rule also his or her life.

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