This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
He delivered us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us
into the kingdom of the Son of his love. Colossians 1:13,
Who did the delivering?
The principal subject of the previous verse: God the father,
Who is the us here?
Those who will be the heavenly Kingdom. Here from the NWT 2013 revision:
Out of what darkness?
Israel's darkness of never of seeing the light of fulfilment of the
promises because of their transgressions of the law.
Who is the Son of His Love?
God's firstborn son Israel -Exodus 4:22.
That same firstborn of Hebrews 1:6 (in the person of Jesus meant to be redeemed and die IN HIM)
and Hebrews 12:22-24 the congregation of the firstborn: Heavenly Jerusalem.
Who or what is the kingdom of the Son of his love?
The son of God's love has no other ID than the one identified in Exodus 4:22 as His firstborn son Israel. So, in the fulfilment it is as it was under the law, the kingdom is that firstborn son and does not belong to any son of God to rule over.
All kings over Israel in the flesh* from Saul to Jesus* were temporary caretakers solely ruling God's Kingdom by proxy.
* There are only one flock of Jacob - no Israel other than in the flesh.
* Jesus' authority through descent to become king of Israel in the flesh, passed
on to the heavenly
only begotten son after his death. Ezekiel 21:27 (initially a little to complicated to deal with here)
As Ezekiel’s Prophecy has it: (Ezekiel 21:25-27) 25 “And as for you, O deadly wounded, wicked chieftain of Israel*, whose day has come in the time of the error of [the] end, 26 this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said, ‘Remove the turban, and lift off the crown. This will not be the same. Put on high even what is low, and bring low even the high one. 27 A ruin, a ruin, a ruin I shall make it. As for this also, it will certainly become no [one’s] until he comes who has the legal right, and I must give [it] to him.
* Zedekiah, who, like all the other kings of Israel, was still an integral part of God's firstborn son Israel ruling only representatively over that kingdom of God.
Note that this only applies to Israel in the flesh and NOT to the heavenly kingdom God shall give to the little flock of Jesus' disciples -Luke 12:32.
That little flock of Jesus' disciples had now come out of forgiven Israel under the Law or first covenant/testament continue to be the same Israel of God in the flesh, but now under the new covenant/testament.
They are not transferred into the heavenly Kingdom of the promise, where they will actually be the kingdom and not in a kingdom ruled by a king descended from David, because in that heavenly kingdom of God composed of Abraham's virtual Seed of the promise, ALL ethnic, family and gender connections will cease:
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Now for the source of above page headline:
(Colossians 1:13-14) 13 He delivered us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 by means of whom we have our release by ransom, the forgiveness of our sins. NWT
Before interpreting anything in the Bible, first identify target audience of the OT prophets and NT writers via their use of plural personal pronouns here
Who was released by Ransom?
Why, the transgressor Israel, sold into sin by God through their collective disregard of His law upon being repurchased, redeemed, released by ransom - Hebrews 9:15:
15 So that is why he is a mediator of a new covenant, in order that, because a death has occurred for [their] release by ransom from the transgressions under the former covenant, the ones who have been called might receive the promise of the everlasting inheritance. . .
as well as in Galatians 4:4-5:
4 But when the full limit of the time arrived, God sent forth his Son, who came to be out of a woman and who came to be under law, 5 that he might release by purchase those under law, that we, in turn, might receive the adoption as sons.. . .
How did Jesus fulfil the law?:
(Matthew 5:17) 17 “Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill;
Breaking the law incurred the death penalty for the whole nation Israel:
(entire chapters: Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 27-30)
Israel were executed in Jesus, their final atonement*, while simultaneously escaping
the death of the firstborn* through Jesus their second Passover*.
They were thus released from all adverse consequences due them for their blatant sins against a law only they had.
*1 Corinthians 5:7.
Now for the most challenging and dramatic point of all:
The heavenly Christ is NOT king over any Israel in heaven nor will he ever be, just as there is never going to be a spiritual Israel or an Israel of spirits in heaven.
Jesus, who died a sacrifice and, in the manner of all sacrifices, needed to remain dead for what was saved to remain saved, can therefore never be a king.
In any case, he was only of a fleshly royal line of descent from David and had therefore a legal right to rule Israel, but only in the flesh on earth; nowhere else.
On the basis of the inspired apostle Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 15:50 and, for that matter, much of the entire bible, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom, neither can concomitant descent from a flesh-dependant bloodline continue in heaven:
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. NKJV
The moment God's Kingdom is established in heaven, Israel will cease to be the temporary entity it was along with any attendant royal lines of descent.
The little flock chosen* to be the kingdom of the promise will have no earthly relatives.
* as an entity, numerically but not individually predetermined, as Christian dream-time merchants allege or desire.
Not only is the heavenly Christ, Jehovah's only-begotten-son, never going to be a king over any group or nation anywhere in the universe, but he is also as much a part of Jehovah's Kingdom of heaven, as King David was just another sheep of the flock of Jacob, the Kingdom of Israel, whatever his position relative to his fellow sheep.
Those given the Kingdom of Heaven, in the sense of constituent ownership, are born again as sons of God, as was His only begotten son when he came off the altar of God's will after the son of man and sheep Jesus had died to save him and the seed of Abraham Israel, will be completely integrated into Jehovah's heavenly family of equal brothers.
The things they did will go with them alright, but not they themselves as genetic descendants of Adam #1, having become the new creatures out of Adam #2, who is no descendant from Adam #1, for his life came also directly from God.
They shall be as much a part of Jehovah's family as being of the same kind and quality as their Heavenly Father.
A little more to contemplate and understand about the Kingdom of the son of His love. May it enhance your understanding of the way God thinks and acts:
In the Biblical context this is a difficult phrase in Colossians 1:13: the kingdom of his dear Son (AKJV) where it can very well be a kingdom ruled by a son or be the son. The latter perfectly fits the type of the people Israel who collectively were the son Exodus 4:22.
The antitype is the continuing Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) in a forgiven state for whom their Messiah Jesus had been born to die as their final atonement and second Passover lamb to take away the sin of their world (Strong's 2889) in keeping with John 3:16 and Jesus' own words to the Syrophoenician woman that he had only come unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel -AV, the very same people of the old testament who were to be given a New Testament according to Jeremiah 31:31-32, with testament indicative in both instances that the testator had to die for another to inherit i.e.: Israel, the testator, who had to die with Christ the first heir and God the Father Himself the second.
This is not about the 10 tribes alleged to be lost, but all Israel, the very subject of the above verses in Jeremiah and of Isaiah 53 in the context of chapter one which clearly identifies the whole of Israel as being the audience Yahweh is addressing here through Isaiah.
The firstborn in Hebrews 12:23 is also that same firstborn son of God Israel, reduced to just a little flock of faithful ones disciples manifested themselves in obedience to the new covenant/testament were to be joined by Gentiles to form the ethnic genderless Seed of Abraham to be given the kingdom by God Luke 12:32; Isaiah 41:8; Galatians 3:28-29 all in the context that God NEVER changes His mind and ALWAYS keeps His promises.
Christianity needs to know to whom the Good News were meant to be good. Israel is the subject of the entire Bible. It is, however, the whole of humanity, past present and future, who shall be the ultimate beneficiaries as this temporary seed of Abraham Israel (Isaiah 41:8) complete their mission of becoming a blessing to all humans subject to yielding to God's wishes as promised to Abraham.
Does anyone ever bother themselves with the all things written aforetime of Romans 15:4? Jesus and the Apostles did, for without these they would have had nothing whatever to say.
How about all the plural personal pronouns used by the OT Prophets and the epistle writers? Who were their audience?
Were us we and our/s addressed to humanity as a whole or to a specific segment of that humanity they were an intrinsic part of? For more detail click here.
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