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Kingdom v. Kingdom

[This is the thirteenth post about the Blessed Hope–the return of Jesus Christ (Wars and Rumors of Wars)]

Many Christians are aware of the prophecy that Jesus gave to his disciples concerning the last days. His prophecy includes these words: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom . . . ” (Matthew 24:7, kjv).

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In the last decades, we’ve been exposed to many wars. So many that we’ve almost become numb to this passage of Scripture. We shake our heads, feeling powerless in the face of ongoing conflict.

But could this verse have another layer of meaning we have missed? I’ve often wondered why the passage seems to repeat itself. Wouldn’t it have meant the same thing if only “nation against nation” had been written? Why the additional words about “kingdom against kingdom”?

Could it be that the kingdoms that are mentioned refer to conflict in the spiritual realm? The Kingdom of God overcoming the kingdom of the world, now under the persuasion of Satan?

In case we imagine that Evil doesn’t claim a kingdom, the words of the apostle John remind us, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19, nkjv). 

Also consider Satan’s arrogant assumption of kingdom ownership when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Jesus responded with, “Away with you Satan!” (Matthew 4:9-10, nkjv).

As we see and hear about the rage of nations, behind the scenes are spiritual kingdoms at war. Unseen forces are controlling dictators–evil men who lust for power and control.

In the present Middle East conflict, the leader of Syria has descended into the darkness of genocide. He has twice used chemical weapons, including Sarin and chlorine gas, on his own people.

When we are assaulted by reports of evil, it is easy to fall into despair.

In an Old Testament story about Israel and the King of Syria, the prophet Elisha’s servant is panicked.

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The King of Syria has surrounded them with his powerful army:  

. . . there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?'” (2 Kings 6:15, nkjv).

Wise Elisha responded, ” . . . ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:16-17, nkjv).

As spiritual battles are fought at every level do we as Christians believe God has us surrounded with his mighty help?

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Comments on: "Kingdom v. Kingdom" (5)

  1. Another excellent reminder that we face more than earthly battles.
    We take hope in knowing God is able, whatever battle we face.

  2. Reblogged this on The Proverbs 1:20 Column and commented:
    Thank you Jeris for a well thought out article. I pass this along to my readers, that they may be encouraged and uplifted in these troubling times. May their faith and hope, along with ours, be renewed in the Power of God. Thank you for opening OUR eyes to these truths, so aptly gleaned by you from the Word of God! Thank you! Blessings to you and to all who will take time to read your gleanings…

  3. Ruth Anderson said:

    This brings to mind 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

    In our surroundings we are often unaware of what God is doing or preparing for us or even what he is preparing us to do.

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