The Kingdoms of this World

by John Grant
John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
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“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying,” The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Revelations 11:15-16

In the change of  our national leadership, I could not help but think of the implications of the seventh angel in Revelation. As I watched the inauguration, I noted the prayers of invocation and benediction, the singing of God Bless America and the many references to God in various remarks from the podium, but most of them seemed ceremonial and obligatory and few could claim any apparent sincerity. The references seemed superficial at best.

Perhaps it was because I knew the background of the speakers and the many past comments they have made which sounded like there was no connection to God or desire for Him to get in the way of their own personal (kingdom) agendas.

When people proclaim that it should be legal to terminate the life of a human being in the name of a woman’s convenience or those who proclaim that it is alright to marry the person of your choice, regardless of gender, I wonder what connection with divine inspiration they really have.

When people say that a policy of celibacy in singleness and monogamy in marriage is puritanical or claim that church attendance is for the weak, who need a crutch, I wonder if they really desire God to bless America, or do they want God’s approval for their self-centered kingdom.

Some day, when the seventh trumpet is sounded, America will find out how insignificant their kingdoms are when the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of the Lord.

The plain truth of the Bible reveals that the “Kingdom of God” is to be a literal government composed of spirit rulers who shall rule over all nations on earth. It is to take over the governments of the nations at the second coming of Jesus Christ. Christ will become the “King of kings,” and He will rule by the law of God.

Jesus Christ will return to earth for the purpose of setting up the Kingdom of God and judging the nations. This time, He will not come meekly but with God’s wrath against a rebellious mankind! The nations’ political rulers will be furious when they realize that Christ has come to abolish the governments of this world and to establish the Kingdom of God, which will rule over all the earth. Then those who glibly ask for God’s blessing over their personal ungodly kingdoms and agendas will find out what the Lord’s kingdom really is. Lord, come quickly, because we can’t hold on much longer. 
(a thought on life from John Grant )

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