1. Introduction

In the previous post titled  The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Like Treasure Which Was Hidden In A Field, I wrote that royal people living in a Kingdom wear the dress of royalty after the example of the King of the heaven and earth. I decided therefore to explore the concept of the royalty of citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and will begin with the Kingdom Church in the wilderness.

 2. The Kingdom Church in the wilderness?

God referred to the nation that came out of Egypt as His Kingdom of Priests. It seems strange that He did not refer to them as His Kingdom of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses. A Kingdom of Priests  is a dual reference to Dominion and Worship,  and pointed the Jews to their creative purpose. The Kingdom of Priests in the wilderness was also a shadow or prophetic parallel of the Royal Priesthood in Christ:

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom (mamlakah/H)  of priests, and an holy nation (Exodus 19: 6).

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light – 1 Peter 2: 9.

God, speaking through Stephen the first martyr, reinforced that Israel was the church in the wilderness. This is why the modern church must be compassionate towards Jews:

This is he, that was in the church (ekklēsia/G1577) in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us – Acts 7: 38.

Church (ekklēsia/G1577)  also means assembly of believers and comes from a root word which parallels the exodus of  Israel the first church and those who are called out of darkness into His marvellous light:

  • hewn out of a rock –  (Mark 15: 46)
  • delivered out of  – (Luke 1: 74)
  •  proceeded out of – Luke 4: 22
  • come out of – Luke 4: 35
  • he arose out of – Luke 4: 38

Apostle Paul later revealed that the members of the church in the wilderness were  baptized in water when they passed through the Red Sea and also ate of the spiritual meat of the Word of God which was revealed to Moses. The spiritual drink was a reference to the Holy Spirit who was not yet poured out upon all flesh. God poured out His Holy Spirit upon 70 elders who prophesied in the camp (Numbers 11: 25 – 29).

More importantly, our dear Apostle Paul revealed by the Holy Spirit that Christ was the One who led the nation of Israel through the wilderness. He is still Head of  His Church:

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea

And did all eat the same spiritual meat

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ  (1 Corinthians 10: 1 – 4)

 

3. The meaning of Kingdom in the Old Testament

I rejoiced as I read about the literal meaning of Kingdom  in the Old Testament. When God told Israel that they were a Kingdom of Priests, they had just emerged from 430 years of slavery in Egypt. How could they possibly become a Kingdom?

It was possible because God created humans with dual purpose – to rule as Kings and Queens in the earth and to fellowship with and to worship Him. God had a vision to restore His Kingdom through the Rule of Righteous in the earth:

“Thy  kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6: 10).

Kingdom (mamlakah/H4467) in the literal sense refers to geographic territories ruled by Kings, the royal lifestyle of kings and the royalty of their descendants. As you read the scriptures, I want you to picture your royal inheritance given to you through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

a. A Kingdom is a geographic location – Jesus has given us the keys of the Kingdom:

  • Kingdom referred to territories or regions ruled by Kings, with the land, cities and coasts – Numbers 32: 33; Deuteronomy 3: 4; Deuteronomy 3: 10.
  • Some Kings ruled over more than one Kingdom, as in the case of Hazor, who ruled over other Kings. This would be similar to the British Kingdom in its hey day which ruled over many nations/colonies which it conquered in war – Joshua 11: 10.
  • Solomon was also a great King who:

    reigned over all kingdoms H4467 from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt   – 1 Kings 4: 21.

b. Kings live a royal lifestyle – we are called to show forth God’s praises and God imparts to us His Spirit.

  • Kings sat on thrones when they ruled over territories – Deuteronomy 17: 18.
  • Kings lived in royal cities – Joshua 10: 2.
  • King Solomon had a great throne of ivory covered with pure gold. Six steps led up to the throne and six lions stood on each side of these steps. No other Kingdom had such a throne. His drinking vessels were also made of pure gold and he was extremely rich in gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks  – 2 Chronicles 9: 17 – 21.
  • Kings also had a certain royal lifestyle. For example, the Queen of Sheba became overwhelmed when she saw the food on Solomon’s tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings Solomon made at the Temple of the LORD – 2 Chronicles 9: 4.

c.  The King’s descendants are his royal seed – we are a royal priesthood, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ

  • The King’s children are his royal seed – 2 Kings 11: 1
  • Royal children inherit great wealth as in the case of Jehoshaphat who gave his children great gifts of silver, gold, precious things, fenced cities – 2 Chronicles 21: 3.

d.  Kings were associated with wisdom – all the wisdom of God is imparted to the believer. We have been given everything that pertains to life and godliness.

And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom –  2 Chronicles 9: 22

 

 4. Our Prayer

Father I thank you that I have been adopted into your Kingdom through the blood of Jesus. Thank you that I am now a citizen of the Kingdom of heaven. I have acdess to you, to Angels, to Saints and to the resources of heaven. I thank you that you have given me a royal calling to worship and to manifest your Kingdom in the earth by my life, power and authority.

I humbly submit myself to your Lordship now in Jesus name and declare that all things are under your feet. All things were created by You and for You – things:

that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers… (Colossians 1: 16).

Amen.

More to come on The Royal dress of the Kingdom Church in the wilderness.  Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.

 

 

 

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