I have often heard people say that the times are evil and the time of Yeshua return must be soon. However, what I do not see anyone living as if He is returning soon. I think that if you think that the time is short then why are you not living as a life that reflects your thinking? Some say; how do you live a life as a child of the King in a world that goes out of their way to shove God out of their lives? My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways, says the King. If we say we are His children then why do we not live according to His ways?
What does it look like living in His Kingdom? Do we reflect Kingdom living or the ways of the world? I would say the vast majority do not even understand what it means nor do realize that they are not living a life that reflects His Kingdom. So what does it look like? How does it feel? What does it mean to live this life that glorifies YHVH? First let us look at the rules for His Kingdom;
And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, “I am YHVH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. “You have no other mighty ones against My face. “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YHVH your Elohim am a jealous visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands. “You do not bring1 the Name of YHVH your Elohim to naught, for YHVH does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. Footnote: 1Or lift up, or take. “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. “Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath1 of YHVH your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. Footnote: 1There are other Sabbaths, but this is the weekly Sabbath. “For in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart. “Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the soil which YHVH your Elohim is giving you. “You do not murder. “You do not commit adultery. “You do not steal. “You do not bear false witness against your neighbour. “You do not covet your neighbour’s house, you do not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbour.” And all the people saw the thunders, the lightning flashes, the sound of the ram’s horn, and the mountain smoking. And the people saw it, and they trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Mosheh, “You speak with us and we hear, but let not Elohim speak with us, lest we die.” And Mosheh said to the people, “Do not fear, for Elohim has come to prove you, and in order that His fear be before you, so that you do not sin.” So the people stood at a distance, but Mosheh drew near the thick darkness where Elohim was. (Exodus 20:1-21)
The passage above is the basis of the Kingdom of God. Admittedly most people would say that these are nearly impossible to keep in our today. That is the main reason Yeshua came to show how to live these basic rules for being in His Kingdom. The problem is everyone has their own idea on how it is supposed to look like. The way I see it if family by family submitted themselves to the Kingdom as it is presented in the Torah then we will see a change in our lives. We have to relinquish our formal ties to any authority on this Earth and pledge ourselves to His Kingdom. This is the pattern established in Exodus when we were under the Kingdom Egypt and YHVH delivered and YHVH redeemed us. He offered to us to marry Him and we said yes, but we did not know what the terms were, now we know them and we have the Spirit so we can live them. But there is a problem when our fathers were in the land they committed adultery and YHVH sent out with a certificate of divorcement.
“If a man chooses to enter into marriage with a woman, but she finds herself displeasing to him because he has found something objectionable about her, he must draw up divorce papers, hand them to her, and then send her out of his house. If she goes out from his house, becomes the wife of another man, and this second husband dislikes her, he, also, must draw up divorce papers, hand them to her, and then send her away from his house. Should the second husband die, her first husband who married her and divorced her earlier must not remarry her, because she was defiled, since this is detestable to the LORD. Don’t defile the land that the LORD your God is about to give you as a possession. (Deuteronomy 24:1-4)
When we were ejected from the land we married other gods and committed greater sins. As according to the law we were not allowed to remarry YHVH so He made a remedy for our transgressions.
For the married woman has been bound by Torah to the living husband, but if the husband dies, she is released from the Torah concerning her husband. So then, while her husband lives, she shall be called an adulteress if she becomes another man’s. But if her husband dies, she is free from that part of the Torah, so that she is not an adulteress, having become another man’s.(Romans 7:2-3)
This the part everyone misses; While we were in Egypt, the King made us into slaves so YHVH redeemed us from the house of slavery and set us free, as when Abraham rescued Lot and all of Sodom, He brought us to Mt Sinai and proposed and we accepted with one accord. We proved our virgin state to Him by the blood on our white garments.
Then Moses came and reported all the words of the LORD and all the statutes to the people, and they all answered with one voice, “All the things that the LORD has spoken, we will do.” So Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He got up early in the morning and built an altar with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel at the bottom of the mountain. He sent young Israeli men to offer up burnt offerings and sacrifice bulls as peace offerings to the LORD. Moses took half the blood and put it in bowls, while he sprinkled the other half on the altar. He took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do and obey.” Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD made with you based on all these words.” (Exodus 24:3-8)
So here’s the deal we were indexed to the covenant not just to here in Exodus 24 but all the way back to Gen 15. For Gen 15 was the arranged marriage covenant.
But he replied, “Lord GOD, how will I know that I will inherit it?” The LORD responded, “Bring me a three year old cow, a three year old female goat, a three year old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” So Abram brought him all these animals and cut each of them in half, down the middle, placing the pieces opposite each other, but he did not cut the birds in half. When birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun began to set, Abram was overcome with deep sleep, and suddenly a frightening and terrifying darkness descended on him. Then the LORD told Abram, “You can be certain about this: Your descendants will be foreigners in a land that isn’t theirs. They will be slaves there and will be oppressed for 400 years. However, I will judge the nation that they serve, and later they will leave there with many possessions. Now as for you, you’ll die peacefully, join your ancestors, and be buried at a good old age. Your descendants will return here in the fourth generation, since the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet run its course.” When the sun had fully set and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a fiery torch passed between the animal pieces. That very day the LORD made this covenant with Abram: “I’m giving this land to your descendants, from the river of Egypt to the great Euphrates River–including the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:8-21)
This is my thinking on this that this took place on Mt Morriah, and the pieces were laid North and South and YHVH walked from West to the East. So essence showing that He already new that the Kingdom would be divided into two. And declared that would die for them to be allowed to return to Him in that day.
So what does Kingdom living look like? Yeshua said that if you love me obey my commandments. If we want to stay in His Kingdom we must obey His commandments. We do things according to the way He wants to be. Most will say it is too hard to do things that way. Again Yeshua said The entire Law and Prophets can be summed up in two 1) Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’2) The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31) By keeping these two you will not violate the rest of the commands and you seek the rest out. If we love God the we will honor Him and Keep His Shabbat, Feast and will be pure before Him. If love our neighbor as ourselves and we not steel from him and will be envious of anything he has and we will do no harm to him in anyway.
In all of the scriptures if we say that the Kingdom of YHVH is near and we do not reflect what He has demonstrated for us to live then we are not living a life that shows we believe that His Kingdom is returning. If our ambition is to rule over man then the kingdom we live in is not His rather it is ours. Repent for the Kingdom of God is near!