GOD'S THRONE COMES TO THE EARTH
Copyright © 2013 Robert B. Thompson. All Rights Reserved
(“God’s Throne Comes to the Earth” is taken from The Theology of Robert B. Thompson, copyright © 2012 Robert B. Thompson)
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The Throne of God
Table of Contents
God’s Throne Comes to the Earth
Changing the World
The Throne of God
Man has been created to be the Throne of God. There was a rebellion in Heaven among the angels. Rather than moving immediately and destroying the rebels, the Father, in his infinite wisdom, created from the dust of the earth a new race, the race of mankind.
It is God’s plan to make kings and judges from the new race—judges who will pass judgment on the rebellious angels as well as on people. Because these saints have been faithful under very trying circumstances, they are the guarantee that never again will there be a rebellion against God. This is the master plan. It must be the background for our perception when we think about the Kingdom of God.
It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.” In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. (Hebrews 2:5-8)
Notice carefully: “God left nothing that is not subject to him.” We are speaking here of absolute authority, the authority given to the Lord Jesus Christ and those who are part of his Body, who are coheirs with him. It is all authority in Heaven and upon the earth.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18—NIV)
In short, the Lord Jesus is the supreme Throne of God.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21—NIV)
Please do not count me among those today who are getting God’s people all puffed up with how great they are. The Word of the Spirit today to the believers is: “Confess your worldliness, the deeds of your sinful nature, and your self-seeking. I will help you as you confess and renounce your sins with all the determination you can bring to the conflict.”
I said years ago that the Charismatic move will be divided, with the majority walking according to their own plans on how to save the world, and a minority who forsake their own plans and wait patiently on the Lord Jesus. In fact, the majority will become the False Prophet who will support the self-driven Antichrist.
Any individual who speaks false words in the name of the Lord, who bears a false witness of God’s Person, will, way, and eternal purpose in Jesus Christ, is part of the False Prophet. Many of the palace prophets of the Old Testament were part of the False Prophet. Many of today’s pastors with huge congregations are bearing a false witness of Jesus Christ. They do not know Him or his will for the present hour. They are part of the False Prophet who will support Antichrist (self-directed or demon-directed political leadership) in the last days.
Please notice the following prophecy from Jeremiah:
“In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the LORD, “men will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.” (Jeremiah 3:16,17—NIV)
“They will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord.”
Now notice how this is fulfilled in the new Jerusalem. Remember, the new Jerusalem is the glorified Christian Church, the Wife of the Lamb:
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:3-5—NIV)
“The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city.”
Man has been called to the highest of all thrones:
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:6—NIV)
There is a Divine principle that must be kept in mind when we are considering the high destiny of the new race. It is this: God will never give his Glory to another. The reason the Lord Jesus Christ has received the fullness of the Divine Glory is that he is not separate from the Father. He is an integral part of the Father.
It follows then, that if we are to attain to the high calling that is on us we must become an integral part of the Lord Jesus Christ, and through Him an integral part of the Father. This concept is crucial to our understanding if we are to proceed past the spiritual fulfillment of the Jewish feast of Pentecost.
I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. (Isaiah 42:8—NIV)
If we are to receive the fullness of the Glory that has been promised, we must become part of God. There is no other way.
That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: (John 17:21,22—NIV)
I think it is clear from the Scriptures that man has been created to be the Throne of God, and that this is possible only as man becomes an integral part of God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we are to govern the works of God’s hands, as an integral part of Christ, and of God through Christ, our character must be formed so we are competent to serve effectively as God’s kings and rulers. Our character is formed under the heat and pressures of life on the earth, as portrayed by the precious stones in the twelve foundations of the wall of the new Jerusalem.
All of the tests and trials, the sufferings and denials, we experience, when we are following Christ, bearing our cross patiently after him, are for the purpose of producing a godly personality, a personality that will rule and judge in a manner pleasing to God. The following traits are an example of what our daily experience should be producing:
- Stern obedience to God at all times.
- Righteous behavior.
- Moral cleanliness.
- Compassion and understanding.
- Not a lover of money or power.
If we lack these, our ability to govern and judge righteously would be hindered.
The twentieth century was the “Pentecostal Century,” in that the spiritual fulfillment of the Jewish feast of Pentecost spread throughout many Christian churches of the world. The twenty-first century is the “Tabernacles Century.”
There are three more feasts to be fulfilled: the Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and finally, the feast of Tabernacles. These three compose the goal of the present century.
The three observances have as their purpose bringing the believer into perfect union with God through the Lord Jesus. The “Pentecostal” experience is anointed flesh. The “Tabernacles” experience, on the other hand, is that of man becoming the Throne of God. As he does, as described in the twelfth chapter of the Book of Isaiah, the living Water, the Spirit of God, that always flows from the Throne of God, from nowhere else, will pour out from him that eternal life might be brought to the dead sea of mankind.
This is why the invitation to drink of eternal life is given by the Spirit and the Bride.
The spiritual fulfillment of the twelfth chapter of the Book of Isaiah is the high calling mentioned by the Apostle Paul in the third chapter of the Book of Philippians. All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are invited to press forward to the attainment to this high calling.
God is more than willing that we find our place with Christ on the highest of all thrones. It now is up to us. The price of our admission was paid on the cross of Calvary.
The third chapter of Philippians describes the extreme lengths to which Paul was willing to go in order to attain to this early resurrection. All worldliness must go. All yielding to our sinful nature must go. All determination to manage our own life must go. Christ will enable us to accomplish these three deliverances if we follow Him closely.
Make no mistake. This highest of all callings is being announced in our day, Some will count all else as garbage and reach forth with all their might in order to attain to the “out-resurrection,” the first resurrection, which is out from among the dead. The remainder of the believers may not be ready to renounce everything in order to gain Christ.
This is not speaking of the making alive of our mortal body—that which will occur in the Day of Christ. Rather, the first resurrection is the changing of our soulish inner nature to that of a life-giving spirit. Such change is the prerequisite for the redemption of our mortal body at the time of the resurrection.
Will we leave all and follow Jesus? He is patiently waiting and knocking. Will we open the door of our personality that the King of Glory may enter and dine with us; we on his body and blood, He on our obedience and worship?
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21—NIV)
God’s Throne Comes to the Earth
The Life of God slowly is being withdrawn from the Christian religion throughout the world. The Christians are not aware of this but are continuing with the same liturgies, singing the same songs, preaching the same messages, just as they always have.
But the era of the Christian religion, as we have known it, is over. We are entering a period of moral horrors, as we can see in our country, the United States. Little by little that which hinders the Antichrist world spirit is being removed. A drying up of the Life of God is taking place. As the Apostle Paul prophesied, people are in love with themselves.
At the present time (January 23, 2013). some people are regarding the current president, Mr. Obama, as the second coming of Christ. As far as I can tell from the newspaper, he is not denying it. This tells me that destruction is near for the United States.
Many Christian churches are continuing in their familiar activities with little Presence. of God They do not understand that they are losing His Presence. They soon will be cooperating with the Antichrist government.
Such a change already is taking place in America, and I believe, in nations in Europe that historically have been centers of the Christian faith.
To some of us, the issues in the present presidential campaign appear to be a choice between good and evil, between old American values and new American values—much more so than has been true in the past when the choice was between those of a liberal persuasion and those who rank themselves among the conservatives. It certainly seems to me that the division increasingly is between good and evil—at least good and evil as defined by the Bible.
But, as the Lord told me some months back, although horrors will take place, He is going to do new and surprising things that will be more than adequate to counter the destruction of the American moral values and ideals. I do not believe the “new and surprising things” will do much for the nation of America or the nations of Europe. It is the individual believer who will be able to surmount the moral abominations in a new and surprising way.
One of the new and surprising thing is, God shall move the center of his Person from his position in the heavens into the hearts of those who are living by the body and blood of the Lamb. We have been at Pentecost. Pentecost is the water of the Spirit from above, the planting and harvest rains.
We now are moving into the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles. This fulfillment will result in the water of the Spirit issuing from the Throne of God within us. The Throne of God is being established in those who believe in Christ to the point of obeying Him sternly in every aspect of their existence.
In the future it will not be possible to be saved or filled with God’s Spirit in the Antichrist-governed cities of the earth. This is because Antichrist will be given the authority to ascend into the heavens such that he can tear down some of the host of the saints. Meanwhile he will block our ability to take advantage of the blood atonement or to be filled with the Spirit of God. Think of it!
But there will be a remnant of believers who walk in total obedience to Christ because they really believe in him, not just the facts about him. God and Christ will enter them, and out from them will issue the waters of eternal Life. These waters always flow from the Throne of God, from nowhere else.
The spiritual life of the Christianity we have known is dying at the roots. But each Christian can choose to be one of those who stands with Christ on Mount Zion. We must give our life to him, not just in talk but in actual practice. Only then can we escape being deceived by the spirit of delusion that is beginning to fill the churches.
It is time to move into the spiritual fulfillment of the Jewish feast of Tabernacles. The Father and the Son will take up Their eternal residence in each believer who will keep the commandments of Christ. We must be obedient to God! The current teaching that we do not have to obey Christ, just believe the facts about Christ, is resulting in immorality and disobedience to God. This is why the Life of God is withdrawing from so many churches.
You can save yourself, your loved ones, and those who will listen to you. You can become a tree of life, a fountain of eternal life. But in order to become a source of Divine Life you must—you absolutely must—deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.
The Kingdom of God is God in Christ in the saint doing God’s will wherever the saint is. This is why an individual must be born again in order to see and enter the Kingdom.
The central aspect of the Kingdom of God is the doing of God’s complete will in every aspect of thinking, speaking, and doing.
The average American churchgoer is not a disciple and knows little about discipleship. He and his loved ones will move blindly into the dead religion that soon will prevail in America and Europe. More than this, he never will understand that he is living in a delusion. Christ left him a while back and he did not realize it!
During the hour of greatest moral darkness there shall continue to be salvation and deliverance in Mount Zion and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17—NIV)
Changing the World
“For the law shall forth from Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
If you are a Christian, your calling is to work with the Lord Jesus Christ in changing the world to conform to the Laws of the Kingdom of God. You may be able to make small changes now; but total change will take place at the coming of Christ with his saints to install the Kingdom of God, the rule of God, on the earth.
Your witness is important. When people see your good works they will glorify God. This is how you can change the world today.
But the reason God deals with you as He does is that you might be prepared to work with Christ in the future. The world is in terrible shape. If you are to work with Christ in establishing the Laws of the Kingdom of God, you will have to cooperate diligently with the Holy Spirit as He brings forth in your personality a new creation that lives by the Life of the Lord Jesus.
The adamic man, no matter how hard he tries, simply cannot bring the required changes. Only Christ can do that. It has pleased the Father that Christ use those people who pursue the victorious Christian life to make the changes. They then become coheirs with Him of the nations and the farthest reaches of the earth.
We cannot change the world by means of our own talents and energy. We absolutely must wait upon Jesus until we learn from Him what it is we are supposed to do, just as He waits on his Father to learn what to do.
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” (John 8:28—NIV)
Our country is being transformed. The moral and financial state of the United States has been weakened. The American way of life is giving way to various pressures, such as the Muslim religion, socialism, and sexual perversions of one kind or another.
One of the greatest of all abominations is abortion-on-demand. How many millions of boys and girls have been murdered for no good reason? There also are the various sexual perversions and gender changes. God is not at all pleased with these, and Divine judgment will follow. The Day will come when we can do something about the distortions of God’s intentions.
We ought to know better than to spit in the Face of our loving, gentle Creator!
We can respond by fretting, but there is a better way, a better world view.
There are many statements in the Bible about the saints ruling God’s creation. But I do not believe these are really clear in our thinking. They just do not seem real. The reason is, we have been told that one day we will go to another place—Heaven—and there we will have no problems.
However, our going to Heaven is not the solution to bringing us to righteousness, love, joy, and peace, and certainly not the means of making the world a better place. Going to Heaven is not presented in the Scriptures as the goal of salvation. This hope comes from our Christian mythology, influenced, at least in part, by the religion of Gnosticism.
Dying and going to Heaven will not bring us to righteousness, love, joy, or peace. These come only from the Lord Jesus Christ. He can give us these right now on the earth, and in Heaven later. Actually, we are protected here on earth just as much as we will be protected in Heaven. Our troubles come from spirits, not from the physical things of earth, although physical things and circumstances may appear to be our troubles.
The whole universe of spiritual darkness came to earth from the spirit world. The earth and all its inhabitants were pronounced “very good” by the Lord Jesus when He created them. And they shall be very good once again when the Kingdom of God comes to the earth.
Right at this point is where Christian thinking must be changed. The Scriptures do not teach that man is to be removed to the spirit world to live forever. The spirit world is not our home. The earth is our home. The spirit world is a temporary residence for us until the Kingdom of God comes to the earth.
We are not aware of it, but the spirit world is not far away in some distant area of the firmament. The spirit world is all around us. We “have come to Mount Zion.”
But Jesus went up in the sight of his disciples and He will come again from “up there.” Will he? How about the believers in China, of whom there are millions? Will He also come from “up there”? Perhaps the world is a small sphere inside a larger sphere, which is the spirit world.
Direction is different in the spirit world, as are many of the other dimensions we are accustomed to. For example, Jesus at the same time can be talking to you and to someone across the world from you. (I think someday we will have the same ability if we remain faithful to the Lord!)
The spirit world is all around us. For the past five years, now, I have had an increased awareness of the spirit world. It is a wonderful world, that is, the “Heaven” part of the spirit world where God and Jesus are. The Lord told me He is giving me this experience so I can tell people, especially children, that if they live a decent life, and receive Jesus when He is presented to them, that there absolutely is no need to fear death.
Jesus said He is having me do this, and perhaps many others whom I do not know, because a great multitude of people are going to be dying in the near future and He wants them not to be afraid of what they see and experience.
Now you can understand the reason for the many passages of Scripture that speak of the Christians being given the power and authority to govern, through Christ, the works of God’s hands. While such power and authority may on occasion take place now, through prayer, the main exercise of government will occur when the Lord returns.
The weapons of our warfare are not physical, they are those of righteousness, prayer, and truth. We are to place all of our treasures in Heaven where they are safe. Then when the Kingdom comes to earth they will be our possession for eternity. Our treasures are relationships, circumstances, and things.
The needed changes in the world will not take place because the Church goes to Heaven. The needed changes will come through the saints when they return with the Lord. May I say that in the future, people who have been called, chosen, and have proven faithful, will be on the highest Throne with the Lord Jesus Christ.
At that time every person either will rule, or be ruled by the believers who have pursued the life of victory in Christ. There will be no individual who is not a ruler or else ruled. The rulers will be relatively few in number, we know, because most believers of today are not pursuing the life of victory in Christ, although they could if they would put their mind to it.
Following are some of the passages that tell of the rulership of the victorious believers. They will bring the desired changes to the world when they appear with the Lord Jesus:
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:4—NIV)
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. (Revelation 3:21—NIV)
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4-6—NIV)
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:5—NIV)
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. (Revelation 2:10—NIV)
Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him. (Daniel 7:27—NIV)
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. (Revelation 2:26,27—NIV)
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (II Timothy 4:8—NIV)
Did you ever wonder why John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus did not preach about our going to Heaven? Rather, they bore witness to the rule of God (which Matthew calls “the Kingdom of Heaven” and the other writers refer to as the “the Kingdom of God”—same kingdom!).
“The Kingdom of God is at hand”! “Your kingdom come. Your will be done in the earth as it is in Heaven.” Such is the testimony of John and Jesus.
The present spirit of the world is Antichrist—against Christ. But the earth and all its resources, including the nations, are the inheritance of Jesus Christ and of those who are coheirs with him.
It is evident that the changes we desire will not occur when we die and go to Heaven. They shall take place when we return with the Lord Jesus and govern with the rod of iron. Only then will there be peace on earth. No political effort will accomplish this, only the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and his victorious believers.
But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever. (Daniel 7:18—NIV)
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