TWO WORLDS

A kingdom is either a physical country or geographical boundary or a sphere/area of collective endeavours and mutual beneficial existence without physical boundaries . 

In a Kingdom, there must be subjects(Citizens/Residents/People) of the kingdom and a King or Monarch.

The King is not elected and does not consult it’s subjects to take decisions.

The word “Kingdom” is an old English word, the modern replacement is “World”. That is why we don’t say the entertainment kingdom but we say the entertainment world; We don’t say the political kingdom, we say political world

In Luke 10: 18-19 Jesus said to the disciples…“He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Isaiah 14:12 also says about Satan(Lucifer) “…How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!”

Satan/Lucifer/The Devil/Demons live in a fallen world/Kingdom because they are fallen creatures. They became fallen along with their World/Kingdom because of their disobedience to Jehovah God’s Words and commands. 

In order to operate and dominate in ours, Satan “persuaded” man to disobey God for the singular purpose of turning our World/kingdom into a fallen world/kingdom too and IT succeeded.

Man disobeyed and our World/kingdom  fell and so Satan entered, gained control and authority and freedom to rule here….hence in 2nd Corinthians 4:4 the bible says “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

So Satan/Lucifer is the Ruler/King/Monarch of this World/Kingdom prior to the coming of Jesus, hence the statement from Satan in Luke 4:5-7 “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”

This statement was right, hence Jesus did not reply that he was lying. 

In A fallen World/Kingdom Satan/Lucifer/The Devil/Demons rules with sickness, disease, war, famine, lack, crimes, disasters, death, dearth, depravity, etc and these are the characteristics of our world because IT is ruling.

In our World/Kingdom we see crimes that express a grave depth of wickedness and perversion; sicknesses and diseases that defy cure and resistant to treatment; modern day slavery and forced prostitution, corruption, embezzlement, bribery, stealing, poverty, lack, insanity, murder in the name of religion and tribe, etc. 

What about ecological disasters like hurricanes, wild fires, mudslides, erosion, earthquakes, tornadoes and storms and man made deforestation and pollution. Immoralities and perversion like addiction to pornography, child sexual abuse, etc. Insincerity, unfaithfulness, cheating, bearing false witness, being drunk, etc.

These are all the defining feature of a fallen World/Kingdom; of Satan’s World/kingdom; of Our world/kingdom.

But glory to God because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross,  there is another World/Kingdom called “The Kingdom of God” hence Jesus rather replied thus in Luke 4: 8 “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

That is why we say in the Lord’s prayers…”thy Kingdom come thy will be done…” and Luke 9:2 says “And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

This “Kingdom of God” is more powerful than this Satan’s fallen World/Kingdom … 1st Corinthians 4:20 “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power…..”Matthew 12:28-29 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.   Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.”

The World/Kingdom of God is the direct opposite of the World/Kingdom of Satan and no one can belong to the two at the same time… 1st Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Only those declared righteous by genuinely and utterly forsaking Satan’s Kingdom and declaring by Faith that Jesus died for them and Jesus is Lord and saviour over their lives.

Jesus brought the  World/Kingdom of God to us and only through Jesus can we access the World/Kingdom of God…Luke 17:20-21 “Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,  nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst”.. but we must First seek for it….Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The features of the kingdom of God includes but not limited to healing, divine protection, divine power, success in life, divine wisdom…Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

The World/Kingdom of God has peace of mind, sanity of mind, doing good to others, no crimes but loving each other   full of joy and happiness, no sadness, no depression, no disappointments, no frustrations…Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

The World/Kingdom of Satan is death and the World/Kingdom of God is life. Which do you want? Its a choice and God recognises it so hence HE said in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”….. Jeremiah 21:8 “And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.”

I pray that your response will be that of Joshua in Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord .”

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