The ‘Seed’ – God’s Kingdom

INDEX:
*The Start of the ‘Mystery of God’
*Clues to the Kingdom and the Seed
*The ‘Seed’ is the ‘Anointed One’
*Others of the ‘Seed’ who are Kings and Priests
*When Does the Kingdom Begin?
*Are We Living in the Last Days?
*The Kingdom No Longer a Mystery

The Start of the ‘Mystery of God’

If a person doesn’t accept and trust in the whole message of the Bible – from the Paradise in Edem (Eden) through the Revelation – he or she can never understand its promises, because these promises are all closely connected and interrelated. Take for example the first prophecy in the Bible, which is found at Genesis 3:15; for, this is where God’s promise of a Kingdom begins. It’s where God foretold the results of the first sin – Adam and Eue’s (Eve’s) eating the forbidden fruit. And there He addressed the snake that was being manipulated by the Opposer (Satan), within earshot of Adam, Eve, and all of God’s messengers (angels) who were listening. He said, ‘I will create hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will watch for your head and you will watch for his heel.’

So, notice that God told the snake (the Opposer) that he would produce ‘a seed,’ and that ‘the woman’ would produce ‘a seed.’ Also, the two seeds would hate each other, and the woman’s seed would be ‘watching’ to step on the snake’s head. So, the first Divine Mystery (gr. mysterion) is: Who would the woman and the two seeds prove to be?

Many have assumed that the woman was Eve, since she appeared to be the only woman present at the time. And for a fact, she would eventually bring forth the seed through her human descendants. However, there appears to be something greater implied here than just Eve.

Clues to the Kingdom and the Seed

We find the first clue as to who the woman’s seed would be in God’s promise to AbraHam, as found at Genesis 22:17, 18, where we read: ‘I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea shore. Your seed will inherit the cities of their enemies and all the nations of the earth will be blest by your seed, because you’ve listened to My voice.’

So, here was a ‘seed’ that was to change the world.

And thereafter, the same promise of a seed was given to AbraHam’s son IsaAc, and then to Jacob. Then, centuries later, we see that the promise of a seed is tied to a Kingdom. This is indicated through God’s words to Moses regarding the opportunity that was held out to the children of IsraEl. Notice what we are told regarding this at Exodus 19:5, 6: ‘Now, if you will listen to what I say and keep My Sacred Agreement, you will be a special people to Me that will be higher than all other nations. And because the whole earth is Mine, you will become My holy nation and a Kingdom of Priests.

So, since the children of IsraEl were literally the seed of AbraHam, IsaAc, and Jacob, they had the first opportunity to be ‘the seed of the woman.’ However, IsraEl proved unfaithful time and again by breaking their Sacred Agreement with God and by rejecting and even killing those whom He had sent to them; so, they lost that privilege as a group. But, because the promise was made to their forefathers, the primary seed was still to come through them.

There are numerous other places throughout the Bible where this seed is further identified and clarified. For, any promises to IsraEl (and later to the Christian Congregation), or regarding the Kingdom, have to do with the fulfillment of the first prophecy in the Paradise of Delights (Eden).

One of the most important prophecies having to do with the identification of the woman’s seed, is the promise that was given to faithful King David. For, at 2 Samuel 7:12-16, we read: ‘[It will be] after your days are finished and you’ve gone to sleep with your ancestors, that I will raise up your seed after you – someone who has come from within you – and I will prepare his kingdom. Then He will build Me a House to My Name, and I will make his throne stand through the ages… I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. Then, if he acts unrighteously, I will discipline him with the type of switch that men use, and spank him the same way that the sons of men do. But I will never remove My mercy from him in the same way that I’ve removed My mercy from others. Rather, his house and his kingdom will stand before Me through the ages, and his throne will last through the ages.’

So, here we learn that the ‘seed’ and the Kingdom would come through the family line of David.

The ‘Seed’ is the ‘Anointed One’

Who did this ‘seed of David’ prove to be? Although Solomon appears to be the specific seed mentioned at 2 Samuel 7, the ultimate seed proved to be Jesus. For, he was a descendant (or seed) of David, as is shown in the genealogies found in Matthew Chapter One and Luke Chapter Three. Also, notice what Paul wrote concerning Jesus at Romans 1:3, 4: '[He] came in the flesh from the seed of David and proved to be God's Son in a powerful way, when he (by [God's] Holy Breath) was resurrected from the dead…yes, Jesus the Anointed One and our Lord.’

But we might ask: Was he also the primary seed of AbraHam? Yes, for we are told at Galatians 3:16: ‘Now, the promises were given to AbraHam and his seed. It doesn’t say, to his seeds, as though there were many of them, but just one, to your seed, who is the Anointed One.’

Then, was he also to be the king of God’s Kingdom? Yes, for notice what Jesus testified to in front of Pontius Pilate, as recorded at John 18:36: ‘My Kingdom isn’t from this world. Why, if my Kingdom were from this world, my followers would likely have fought so I wouldn’t be handed over to the Judeans. But, my Kingdom isn’t from here.’

Therefore, it isn’t surprising that the main topic of Jesus’ preaching while he was on the earth was this Kingdom. In fact, it was one of the main things Jesus told his Apostles to preach about; for, notice what he said, as recorded at Matthew 10:7: ‘[You may each] go your own way, but as you go, preach that the Kingdom of the Heavens has drawn near.’

But, wasn’t Jesus’ Kingdom already there and ‘within them,’ as some Bibles quote him as saying (at Luke 17:21)? Well, yes and no; for, his rulership hadn’t begun yet. In fact, it wasn’t to begin until ‘the Lord’s Day,’ as we will discuss later on. However, he was there among them, and what he was telling them was that they also had the opportunity to become kings in that Kingdom… to become God's ‘Kingdom of Priests.’

Others of the ‘Seed’ who are Kings and Priests

That there were to be others who are the seed of Genesis 3:16 and the seed of AbraHam, is clearly pointed out by what Paul wrote at Galatians 3:26-29: ‘The fact is; you’re all sons of God because of your faith in the Anointed Jesus. And all who were baptized into the Anointed One have put on the Anointed One. So, there aren’t any Jews or Greeks, slaves or freemen, males or females; because, you’re all in the Anointed Jesus. And if you belong to the Anointed One; according to the promise, you’re AbraHam's seed and his heirs!

So, all of Jesus’ faithful disciples are that seed. All? Yes, that’s what Paul wrote… for, the hope of being part of the seed wasn’t just offered to a special few among his followers. Rather, in order for the promise to AbraHam to be fulfilled in them (‘I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand on the sea shore’), they literally had to become a huge nation whose first loyalties are to God and to His appointed king.

But, doesn’t the rest of the prophecy to AbraHam (that ‘all the nations of the earth will be blest’ by this seed) mean that the seed is a limited number? No! Notice that this is not what God promised; for, that seed was to be unnumbered! Then, who are ‘the nations,’ or ‘the ethnics,’ or 'the gentiles' for whom the seed of AbraHam was to serve as Priests? They appear to be the 'unrighteous' who have not been found worthy to be counted among the seed of AbraHam. For more information, see the linked document, 'Jerusalem and the IsraEl of God’.

Then, in what sense will spiritual IsraEl become Priests in the Kingdom? In a very literal sense, which is in line with the promise that God gave to Moses… that this seed would become His ‘holy nation’ and His ‘Kingdom of Priests.’ However, it appears as though some will receive their reward as Priests in the heavens, while others will serve as Priests on the earth. For more information, see the linked document, 'God’s Promise of an Inheritance.'

When Does the Kingdom Begin?

It is at Revelation 12:1-12 that we find the answer to when God’s Kingdom will begin. For, in verses 1 and 2 we read: ‘And then, a great sign appeared in the sky. There was a woman who had the sun wrapped around her; the moon was under her feet; on her head was a crown of twelve stars; and she was pregnant… screaming to give birth in labor and agony.’

Notice that this seems to be a description of the same ‘woman’ as described in the prophecy at Genesis 3:15; for, she is about to give birth and produce a seed. Also, notice that this woman is in 'the sky' or 'in heaven.' So, our conclusion is that this woman is likely ‘the Jerusalem above,’ which Paul described to other Christians at Galatians 4:26 as being ‘our mother.’

Continuing from Revelation 12:3, 4, we read: ‘Then another sign appeared in heaven. {Look!} There was a huge fire-red dragon with seven heads and ten horns. On its heads were seven royal turbans. It was dragging a third of the stars of heaven with its tail, and it threw them down to the earth. This dragon was standing in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she had her baby, he could eat it.’

Now, a dragon in mythology is usually described as snake with legs (which may have been very much like the snake in Eden). And throughout the Bible, that term is used to describe the Opposer, Slanderer, or BeelZebub (see the Note 'Dragon'). And notice that he has also produced a seed, ‘a third of the stars (or messengers) of heaven,’ which he drags down to the earth.

Thereafter, in verses 5 and 6, we read: ‘Then she gave birth to a son, a male, who is going to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. And her child was snatched away to God and to His throne. Then the woman escaped into the desert to a place that God had prepared for her, where she would be fed for a thousand, two hundred and sixty days.’

Who was this son? The easy conclusion is that the son was Jesus. However, Jesus will obviously not be born again in heaven. Rather, what will be born or begin there is his Kingdom! So, the seed of the woman of Genesis apparently wasn’t a person, but God’s Kingdom through Jesus (the primary seed and king of that Kingdom).

Then verses 7 through 9 tell us: ‘Next, war broke out in heaven. MichaEl and his messengers went to war with the dragon; and the dragon and his messengers fought back. However, he lost and could no longer stay in heaven. So, the huge dragon was thrown out. He is the first snake (the one called the Slanderer and Opposer) who is misleading the whole habitation [of man]. He was thrown down to the earth along with his messengers..’

The easy conclusion here is that this scripture is speaking of something that happened ages ago; for, most people believe that the Slanderer and his demons have been living in and stoking the fires of hell, not living in heaven. However, that is a myth based on a misunderstanding of the Bible's use of the Greek term 'Tartarus' (for more information, see the linked document, Is there a Burning Hell?).’ Why, if you read the Bible book of Job, you’ll see that the Opposer has always had access to God in the heavens.

Notice that Revelation 12:10, 11 goes on to tell us this: ‘Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say,
Now it has come to pass;
The salvation, the power, the Kingdom of our God,
And the empowerment of His Anointed!
For, the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out…
He who accuses, before God, both day and night!
They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb,
And by the things that they said when they testified,
And because they didn't value their lives,
Even in the face of [their] deaths!

So, the Kingdom of God begins after the battle in heaven is won. And when is that? Verse 12 tells us:
'So, rejoice you heavens and all those who live there,
But, woe to the earth and the sea;
For, the Slanderer comes down to you in great rage,
Knowing that he has little time.
'

So, when the Kingdom begins, it will be signaled by a terrible time of ‘woe’ on the earth… woes such as we would expect to see in the ‘last days,’ in ‘the Lord’s Day,’ and in the time when the four horsemen begin their ride!

Are We Living in the Last Days?

Notice that when the Kingdom begins in heaven, it doesn’t mark a good time for the people on the earth, but bad times. For, when the Slanderer and his messengers lose the battle there, the time of ‘woe to the earth’ begins. Did that Kingdom begin in heaven around the time of World War One, as some religions had once concluded? It could have, since that was a time of 'nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom,' as Jesus foretold. Of course, people have been saying their generation was the one that would see the fulfillment of these prophecies for centuries. Why, many First-Century Christians believed that the Kingdom was coming in their time. And in Europe, Christians thought they were surely living in the last days during such things as the invasion of the Huns, the times of plague, the Napoleonic wars, and many other such difficult times. However, several other prophecies have come together in our time to indicate that we could be close to living in the period of ‘woe’ for the earth. For information on why this could be so, see the linked document, 'Armageddon – When?'

The Kingdom No Longer a Mystery

So, as you can see; the mystery of who ‘the woman’ of Genesis 3:16 would prove to be, and who her ‘seed’ and the seed of the snake would ]prove to be, has (after almost 6,000 years) been unraveled by the last writings of the Bible (the Revelation) and by world events.

The woman of the prophecy at Genesis 3:15 appears to be ‘the Jerusalem above,’ which consists of all God’s faithful messengers who are helping to bring about God’s Kingdom.

The woman’s seed appears not to be a person, but the Kingdom.

The primary portion of the seed of the woman is Jesus, because it’s his Kingdom! And as all governments require administrators and local governors, it appears as though the Kingdom of Jesus will have many (a secondary portion of seed) who are appointed to positions of rulership both in heaven and on the earth… people that will already have proven themselves righteous and trustworthy.

The snake’s seed includes ‘a third of the stars of heaven,’ who he draws with him. These could include many of God’s former messengers who have joined the Slanderer in his rebellion against God. Also, there are humans who qualify as his seed. For, notice what Jesus told a certain crowd of Judeans at John 8:44: ‘You are from your father the Slanderer and you want to do whatever your father wishes. He was a murderer from the start. He didn’t stick with the truth, because truth isn’t in him.’

So, it is our hope that the Jesus will soon bring an end to all those wicked 'seeds,' whom the Bible shows will choose to stand in opposition to the rulership of Jesus, his true Disciples, and his Kingdom (for more information, see the linked document, The Mark of the Beast). Then, the kings and priests (the 'seed') of that Kingdom will rule the earth in age-long righteousness.

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