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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Description of the Kingdom of God, #20
And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? (Joel 2:11)
The army. The Kingdom of God has an army. It is a powerful army indeed!
The army of the Lord will invade the earth at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven.
When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. (Habakkuk 3:16)
The army of Christ will destroy the forces of Antichrist at the Battle of Armageddon.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (Revelation 19:19,20)
Because the Kingdom of God is both spiritual and material there is an army of angels, led by Michael, that fights alongside the army of saints. There actually are two armies (Mahanaim —Genesis 32:2).
The army of saints is an army of judges passing judgment, opening and closing the gates of the Kingdom, forgiving and retaining sins, as they are guided by the Spirit of God.
The army of angels constitutes irresistible power that moves at the judgments and pronouncements made by the saints in whom the Lord Jesus is abiding. All this is an expression of God the Father who is dwelling eternally in Christ.
The power. The Kingdom of God possesses the power to perform the will of King Jesus, to crush all rebellion and sin and drive it from the creation.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:3)
Satan himself will be forced to bow the knee to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. (Habakkuk 3:13)
And the God of peace shall bruise [crush] Satan under your feet shortly. . . . (Romans 16:20)
The wall. The Kingdom of God has a great wall that protects its center of government from all that is unholy.
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: (Revelation 21:12)
No sin ever will be allowed past those gates.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
To be continued.