We are given much assurance that the Kingdom of Elohim is open for all souls, but we must also understand where the Kingdom of Elohim is and where it is not.
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.
He that does love not his brother abides in death”
1 John 3:14
Obviously the Kingdom dwells within those who have entered into life, in Mashiyach which is the Father’s love. However the question and discussion then ensues, where? Is the Kingdom a place? Can it be defined by a theological or intellectual model? There is only a hint about the Kingdom that is given by a definition in Scripture about Love;
“He that loves not, knows not Elohim; for Elohim (G-d) is love.”
1 John 4:8.
Love is where the things of Elohim are, in Love there is Judgment, Faith and Mercy because Elohim is Love. Love is mentioned throughout the Bible, it takes all of Scripture to also define love, because in the effort of defining Love, we also defining Elohim (G-d), because Elohim is Love. Wherever Elohim is there is Love, this is where the Kingdom of Elohim also is, these are inseparable.
The Kingdom of Elohim is the government of Yeshua Mashiyach. Those who are in Mashiyach have His Kingdom within them and we know we do when we can overcome evil with good, when we resist evil and reject hatred, bigotry, gossip, slander, carnal religious peer groups, unrighteous living and talk. The Kedoshim (Holy People) walk according to the Kingdom of Elohim within our hearts, minds, imaginations, mouths, and actions. We reject injustice and hypocrisy of every false teaching and all false government and teacher and religious big mouth who wants to deprive us of our liberty to be obedient, resourceful and modest in our offerings to YHWH and His Mashiyach. Let’s look at more Scripture;
“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Mashiyach, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:23-27
The Kingdom of Elohim requires every soul to observe those times and seasons as Kadosh (set-apart/holy) and uphold all Righteousness as a Mishpocha (family) of YHWH. YHWH places His Name upon His people as we enter into Covenant with Him, and, as we do so we come out of the present World’s system. Many have a theology about coming out of the world, but don’t actually feel the need to do so. Clearly, the Kingdom of Elohim is NOT of this world, we cannot as James said, be “blemished” or contaminated by this world and yet see ourselves as living in His Kingdom!
“Yeshua answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My Kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My Kingdom not from hence.” John 18:36
The deceptions among those who call themselves “Believers” or “Christians” is that these think, teach and live as though they can have both. Most are very busy living out their “American Dreams” (regardless if they are Americans or not) and want to believe they are part of the Kingdom of Elohim. The great deception is they think they can have both, and, their spiritual leaders encourage them and coach them into what is called relativism, they they can live like the world and then go to heaven, but Y’shua said:
“No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
Those who are living within the Kingdom of Elohim have come out of Babylon, neither they or their taxes are being used by their “State” to wage war against the poor and innocent. Those in the Kingdom of Elohim uphold a demarcation between what is YHWH’s and what is of this world. Those who are living in the Kingdom here and now are not employed by the Beast to harm others health or finances or spirituality. There is a separation between the Kedoshim (Set Apart People) and the world. However many “believers” think that rendering unto Caesar means only to faithfully give Caesar the tax money and then live a lifestyle that is appealing to others of “the world”. There are many “Believers” and “Christians” who make their money off the lusts of the flesh and pride of life, carnal music, movies, vanity, drugs, sugar water and toxic food products, selling immodest clothing etc.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, “Does not your master pay tribute?” He said, “Yes”. And when he was come into the house, Yeshua prevented him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?” Peter said unto Him, “Of strangers.” Yeshua said unto him, “Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Matthew 17:24-27
Caesar requires that each one in the Household of Faith pays a tribute unto Caesar, and Mashiyach taught us to be responsible, honest and pay our taxes as required by Caesar, but each of us also has the opportunity to come out of Caesar’s world system. Caesar also allows us to mitigate our taxes and make contributions towards the Kingdom, we choose to be taxable to Caesar by degrees. If we choose to live and operate in community where our efforts are shared equally in Mashiyach and Torah then we are not in violation of Caesar’s edicts and laws, but, we’re not going to be pumping more energy into our own demise. This is how Yeshua and His Talmidim lived, they were not entangled with the things of this world, as most “believers” choose to be today.
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Him in his talk. And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true, and teach the way of Elohim in truth, neither are you a respecter of man: for you regard not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What do you think? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Yeshua perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, you hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he said unto them, Whose is this image and inscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto Elohim the things that belong to Elohim. Matthew 22:15-21
The fact is that many who claim to be followers of Yeshua are as much the “faithless and perverse generation” as those who profess no religious ideals whatsoever. In other words, if we are searching for where the Kingdom of Elohim is, we must know what qualifies the people of Elohim to be His peculiar treasure and where the counterfeit kingdoms are.
The Kingdom of Elohim operates where there is no oppression of the poor, widows, orphans or those who don’t have the YHWH given advantages or opportunities that we have. Those who are making a secret war against the Kingdom of Elohim are not living within His Kingdom. Only a faithless and perverse generation would have people who claim to be “Believers” while the live of the avails of things that are displeasing to Mashiyach.
Many “Believers” call each other “brother”, but they are deceiving themselves because Y’shua taught:
And it was told unto him, Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and desiring to see you. And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brothers are these which hear the word of Elohim, and do it. Luke 8:20-21
Y’shua’s own family thought they had a privileged in the Kingdom because they were related by blood, but he clearly made a distinction. We can know everything there is to know about Mashiyach, be born Jewish or even be born into his physical family, so what? Y’shua also said;
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said unto you, ‘You must be born from the beginning”. The wind will blows where it desires, and you hear it’s voice, but you do not know from where it comes or where it goes: Likewise is every one who is born from Spirit.’ John 3:6-8
Where is the Kingdom of Elohim? This has to do with where are hearts are right now. If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, we will see the Kingdom of Elohim in our actions and in our lifestyles, and we will see the Master working in us through His love and the sacrifice that was made for each one of us to be able to walk as a Kedoshim, a peculiar and a set apart people. Life itself is not the highest order of our existence, YHWH is higher and greater than life. As we see in the example of Y’shua Mashiyach we are called to look beyond our live in this world as it is written;
“Thou are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity: how can you look upon them that deal treacherously, and hold your tongue when the wicked devour the man that is more righteous than he?” Habakkuk 1:13
And YHWH answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:2-4
Where is the Kingdom of Mashiyach?
And when the Pharisees demanded to know of Him, when the kingdom of Elohim should come,He answered them and said, The kingdom of Elohim comes not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold,
the Kingdom of Elohim is within you.
And He said unto the disciples, The days will come,
when you shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man,
and you shall not see it.
If the Kingdom is within us then our lifestyles express a present reality that Torah is written upon our hearts. This is the New Covenant that Jeremiah wrote about in 31:31-34 that Torah is within ALL souls, from the least to the greatest.
There is no religious or financial exchange we can make, everyone who enters into the Kingdom is also entering into the Government of Mashiyach. We can’t make a bunch of money in a carnal way and then finance the feeding of the poor or the preaching of the “Gospel” as a way of sanctifying a lifestyle or career that is not pleasing to YHWH.
Many have become judges and philosophers of Torah rather than doers of Torah.
The Torah is not impossible for us, it is not a wearisome thing to learn how to be obedient to YHWH.
YHWH is not wearisome, it is religion that is wearisome.
As you pray and meditate on the Word of YHWH the Torah becomes your delight. The Torah is the Government of Mashiyach and by observing Torah you have entered into a Kingdom that is not of this world because HE is joyfully within you.
Where your heart is so shall your treasure also be.
Baruch Ben Daniel