...seek first his kingdom and his righteousness...
This is a direct command from the Lord. A very high priority it
seems, to seek these things, since they come from our Commander and Chief Himself so early in the New
And this command is not merely to seek anything, but something very
particular. There are two things to be sought, one being His kingdom
and the other being His righteousness. Thence, since it bears such
solemn weight as a high, heavenly standard to follow, then the people of
God who have been so commanded would do well in abiding by it. And
that is precisely what these Chronicles have set out to do and to help
facilitate the Church in doing, hence the title of them, The Kingdom
Most of us have an ethereal view of heaven. The picture that has been
painted in most of our minds is a throne set in the midst of clouds. And
this view is only natural, since individually we are given only vague
hints as to what awaits us when we cross the threshold from this physical
life and enter into His presence. And since the dawn of the New Covenant
until this time in history this picture has been adequate. We have only
been able to see it from afar. We know, more in a subconscious way, that
it is a return to our roots, and return to the center of the wellspring of
life, the source and substance of all life. We know that it is a place for
which we were designed and for which we are destined. We have inklings of
the pure, unadulterated love, peace and bliss, the majestic atmosphere of
this eternal place. However, as we come to the end of the age, as we
approach the climax of history culminating in that grand day for which all
of creation has been waiting, the Day of the Lord, our understanding of
our destiny and the place where our Lord dwells and administrates His
authority will require an adjustment. Heaven, as we envision it, is not
really our ultimate destination, but a temporary residence. We abide
there, in the presence of our Lord, awaiting the climactic permeation of His
kingdom throughout the earth. Heaven for us, though certainly in His presence, is
not our ultimate end or final resting place. A transition is about to be
made of our understanding of the dwelling place of God.
This transition is from heaven to earth. There is a millennial reign that
is soon to commence and it will take place upon terra firma. The
soil beneath our feet, this planet soon will be our home, the Promised
Land of which all others are types, under the sovereign authority of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven,
saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and
of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
This transition of understanding requires a people with a kingdom view.
God is looking for these transitional people. Joseph was a transitional
man, having been sent to Egypt ahead of his family and through tribulation
prepared for the transition of Jacob's posterity. Moses likewise was a
transitional man, prepared in the wilderness for forty years to be the
leader of Israel as they made the transition from Egypt to the Promised
Land. Samuel too was a transitional man. He was the last of the ruling
judges whose job it was to prepare for the new form of monarchial
government. David, in a way, was a transitional man. He subdued and
subjected the surrounding nations, which allowed for the glorious reign of
his son Solomon, his sovereign rule being a type of the transition that we
are about to make, when the kingdom of this world, on a day that is not
far off, becomes the kingdom of the one true King, Jesus Christ. God is
looking and desiring to prepare a people with a kingdom view, who are not
overly distracted by the kingdom of this world, but who are preparing for
the future and envisioning this great day for which we all have been
Most of these transitional people were, within their time and among their
race, the best representatives of misfits known to man. They did not
fit into the social and/or religious order of the time. They were
out of sync with the rest of humanity. Joseph was a
misfit. He did not fit with his family and particularly with his
brothers. Moses was a misfit. He fit with neither the Jewish
people nor the Egyptian aristocracy, and was ostracized into the
wilderness (not to mention being launched away from his family in a basket
when he was a mere infant). Samuel was a misfit. He was given
up by his mother to be raised by a licentious priest, and as a child in
the care of this priest, had a most peculiar and seemingly ostentatious
sleeping chamber: the Holy of Holies. David was a misfit. He,
like Joseph, was held in disdain by his brothers, went completely against
the grain of military strategy with his individualistic assault upon
Goliath, and was hiding in a cave isolated from everyone, later to be
surrounded by the scum of the earth, the dregs of Israeli society, a
motley crew and the epitome of the term "misfits." Indeed it was
with this band of misfits that David conquered, making possible the full
potential for his son's reign, which for us is the millennial reign just
Now as then the transitional people are seen as being odd both to their
Christian siblings and to the world at large. They are out of sync
with the rest of humanity, being more in sync with another realm. They carry this
reproach, incapable of fitting in with either the current religious order
of Christianity, or with the immoral and idolatrous nature of society,
marching to the step of a different drum, one not heard by most.
They bear a two-edged sword, being true to their nature, true to the
Spirit of Christ, having been designed by the hand of God, not for this
world, but to prepare this world for the next. Up until now they
have existed within a quandary. They do not fit or meld into the
current world, yet the world for which they are fitted has not yet
arrived. Though they
themselves may not understand it, they were born for such a time as this,
for the great transition, prepared before the foundation of the world to
help usher in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the inexorable desire of their
This group currently is relatively small and unknown, but as the day draws
near they will be the central core, equivalent to David's misfits, and
will grow in quality and quantity, in spiritual stature and in numbers.
Their message and their mission will come to the fore. The ranks of Christianity will be
awakened by their war-cry. Their passion will stir even the most
heartless Christian, and most will join in the preparation for the triumph
of the ages, making ready for the advent of Jesus Christ our Lord.
These Chronicles are intended primarily for this group, to give them
encouragement, to let them know that they are not alone, that their hope
has not been in vain. And secondarily it is to the Christian
community at large, to answer once again (or with some for the first time)
the quintessential, existential question borne in every heart, "why am I
here?", or "What is my purpose?" We all are here, not by chance, but
by a sovereign plan. We all are here for such a time as this, with
prearranged destinies and parts to play in the fast approaching climax of
the ages. We all have a stake in the unfolding of God's end-time
strategy, as He raises us up in spiritual strength and stature, making us
ready for the age of Glory.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy
kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
[Italics are mine] Matthew 6:9 & 10
So the title was chosen, based upon the Lord's command and upon His prayer, with the millennial reign
in view, and for the purpose of aiding the people who currently envision
that reign, who are called to implement it. However, there is more to it than simply the next age,
particularly since the time of commencement of that age is unknown to us
and could easily be several decades and possibly centuries away yet.
(And these Chronicles will not attempt to guess at that
time.) Before we can even prepare for the kingdom to come we must
understand what a kingdom is, how "his kingdom" differs from "the kingdom"
currently in existence in this world, or the world around us, and most of
all begin thinking in kingdom terms and praying with a Kingdom objective.
This will require an adjustment in perspective. Up until now our
perspective has been more upon Church than Kingdom. The Church is
inclusive in the Kingdom, but the Kingdom is not inclusive in the Church.
In other words, in reference to "kingdom" much more is included than
merely the Church, while referencing the "Church" targets only one
particular part of the Kingdom. So our understanding will need
adjusting. And the hope is that as these Chronicles progress that
divine revelation will enlighten us to this, making clear precisely what
is to be sought.
In following the directive, as the search begins for "His Kingdom" and for
"His righteousness," by necessity we encounter Jesus Christ, the King of
His Kingdom and the only source of righteousness for mankind. And
really the search ends here; it begins and ends with Jesus Christ, who is
the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. And we come to see
the longing within the heart of every person, the yearning for a
habitation, the desire to build a city; all the attempts of mankind to
establish a civilization, a government, a rule of authority, a kingdom of
their own; all attempts from the beginning of time until now, from the
Tower of Babel to this current world system; this desperate need, this
craving within every heart for a kingdom is only satisfied as each heart
finds its eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord. He alone satisfies
this quest, and is Himself the satisfaction of this quest and all quests
of the human psyche.
So our directive to search for "His Kingdom" and "His righteousness" is
immediately adjusted and becomes a pursuit after the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our vision is honed. What at first seemed broad and wide now becomes
a "narrow way." Our search is for "the way, the truth and the life."
This is the eternal "path of the righteous." We disembark from the
broad, worldly way of license, and in this journey to full stature we
willingly submit to the constraining truth of the narrow way, the one and
only way to God, being stripped of all preconceived notions of "Kingdom"
and "righteousness" as we behold the epitome and source of both, Jesus our
Our vision is honed, and our eyes become dove's eyes with only one focus,
with only one object, not distracted by peripheral vision.
I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to
present you as a pure bride to her one husband. But I am afraid that
as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led
astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:
2 & 3
Jesus is our aim. Jesus is our greatest pursuit. Everything
else is a distraction.
And one of the notable distractions used by the enemy to lead our thoughts
astray is an underlying, almost subconscious deception which equates "His
Kingdom" with the current government of the United States. His
Kingdom is a rule and an authority far above the politics of this world
and particularly this country. God has indeed greatly blessed this
nation. We all should be extremely thankful that we have been given
the privilege of working out our salvation in such a place. God
certainly was involved in the inauguration of this nation and has been a
guiding hand throughout her short history. However, this country is
not synonymous with the Kingdom of God. This nation is but one of
many nations that make up this world system; that make up "the kingdom"
that will become "His Kingdom."
And also, in light of the Lord's very clear command to "seek first,"
anything else that is sought which renders the seeking of His Kingdom and
His righteousness as secondary, whether it be politics or anything else,
obviously brings one into disobedience. To "seek first" means
it is the foremost priority in ones life; the main objective; the primary
mission. Everything we do, everything we say, all our plans and
purposes, all our day to day activities are to rally around and support
this edict from Jesus Christ, the very desire in the heart of God for us,
spoken very clearly and articulately within the pages of scripture.
And of course this is speaking directly toward the motivation of the heart
in all of us, the foundation of our lives and the very core of our being.
That is where our course is set and this is where this command is obeyed
and fulfilled. It can only have a corporate fulfillment to the
degree that it is fulfilled individually.
For too long the Church has been distracted by the politics of this nation
and has allowed a slow erosion of Her faith and confidence in God, having
it displaced by reliance and hope upon political parties and political
agendas, all of which are earthly, carnal and temporal. In 1992
many within the Church were crestfallen because of the election of a
president from the Democratic Party. And what was the result?
Then being seemingly without political help, the Church turned to God and in 1993
began to pray in earnest. And what was the result? What
happened when She turned from what She thought was Her hope and the answer
to Her dilemma; what happened when She inadvertently though divinely
orchestrated turned toward God as His people, called by His name and
humbled herself and prayed? What was the result of this seeming
defeat for the Church in America? The answer: RENEWAL! In 1994
a renewal began. She was forced to turn away from Her failed
attempts at bringing in the Kingdom of God through earthly, political
means. She was forced to refocus and She turned to God for help
after what appeared to Her as a devastating blow. And the result was
a renewal called the "Laughing Revival," and the "Toronto Blessing" that
completed changed Her countenance and renewed Her hope. It was a
"time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord." It was God
hearing Her prayer and healing Her land.
Have we learned this historical lesson? Is our individual and
corporate hope locked solidly upon Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living
God? Are we seeing through Godly eyes with His Kingdom vision?
Do we have our priorities in order? Or has the passing of time and the ever changing political climate
distracted us once again?
Of course the Church in this nation is to have an extreme social and
political impact. She is to have a profound effect upon the social
order and upon the government of this nation. But these are secondary
byproducts of Her "sincere and pure devotion" to Her Lord. When
Her eyes are "dove's eyes" and no one or anything else has Her attention except
Her Bridegroom and Lover, then it should matter little to Her what
transpires socially or politically. Whether the Emperor is Nero or
Constantine, whether the president is a republican or a democrat, whether
the society around Her is Philistine, Babylonian, or American, moral or
immoral; these make no difference. These are Her environment.
These are Her field of labor. These are tools in the hands of God, used to form Christ within
her. These are used to prepare the Bride of Jesus Christ for Her wedding day.
So we can rejoice even when the political horizon looks bleak, because our
sights are set higher. We see the heavenly Jerusalem coming down
from above, the perfect Bride prepared for Her Husband. We see the
Kingdom of God coming. We see the great Day of the Lord and the
earthly kingdom made up of temporal governments displaced by the glory and
majesty of a Kingdom which has no end. We see Jesus, eternal in the
heavens, and are being made ready for His coming and the culmination of
The Authority of the Kingdom of God
Prior to the New Covenant the legitimate, God recognized governor of the
earth was Satan. Though he had usurped that authority, obtaining it
by underhanded means, yet because mankind represented by Adam and Eve had
freely given it to him, God abided by that transaction. Satan,
according to the sovereign rule of God, was the legal, rightful ruler of
Then came resurrection day; the turning point of history. Jesus Christ
rose from the dead, having defeated death, hell and the grave, and
returned as the triumphant God-Man to His heavenly throne. And at that
time, as His foot crossed the threshold of heaven, an extraordinary event
took place, something that had never happened before and will never happen
again. There was a war in heaven; there was a battle, there was a clash
of swords, there was a struggle of wills and a conflict within the very
throne room of God (Revelation 12:7 & 8). And what was this about? Why
was there a struggle in heaven? This contention occurred because there
was a change in government. The then ruler of the earth had lost his
right and authority to rule. Satan was being evicted from heaven. Up
until then he had a legitimate right to be there. Now he was deemed a
traitor, a renegade, an enemy of God and of His creation, and was forcibly
removed from his seat. Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross, has
won back for mankind the governorship of the earth.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go
therefore... Matthew 28:18 & 19
Jesus could say "Go" because He is the only one with the legitimate right
to do so. He has been since that day the rightful governor of the
earth. All authority has been given to Him. The only reason
any earthly, temporal government can exist at all is because Jesus, in one
form or another, has chosen it to be so. He is the rightful ruler of
the planet even over governments that are in opposition to Him. He
holds the very authority over which they govern within that opposition.
And Jesus has no desire to rule alone. He shares His authority and
His power with the redeemed. And it is interesting that, within that
authority given to Him whereby He says "Go," that the directive is not to
run governments. The government of the Kingdom is already
established. His authority on the planet will not be affected by the
takeover of carnal governments, those establishments built by man.
The authority and the Kingdom of God will only increase and fully come as
we truly answer the directive to "make disciples," and then "teach them,"
thus harkening back to the point and purpose of His authority as seen in
the establishment of ministry, to build up the body of Christ until that
body reaches full adulthood, arriving at full stature (read Ephesians
4:1-16). The authorities and governments propagated by fallen man
will crumble, as the Church of Jesus Christ on this planet and in this
country takes Her appointed place with Her Bridegroom and Lover, and they
rule together first for a thousand years on this earth, then forever in
the eternity to come.
So, though we certainly can have a big part to play in national politics,
it should not be our primary objective. We are called to a much
higher realm. And we must be careful not to judge the fidelity of a
Church based solely upon the earthly government that is ruling nor upon
social morality. In fact we are told prophetically that it will be
in the time of darkness, when "thick darkness" is blanketing the earth,
covering, distorting and perverting lost humanity, when the Lord
will make His move, and the transformation of His Church, Her maturity and
arrival at full stature, will be completed (Isaiah 60:1-3). So if
our hope is set upon temporal governments we will certainly be
discouraged, because it is likely that they, influenced by the enraged
enemy who knows his time is short, may grow quite worse. Yet we can
be encouraged by this, since we have an eternal hope.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in
heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our
Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever." And
the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their
faces and worshiped God, saying,
"We give thanks to thee, Lord God Almighty, who art and who wast,
that thou hast taken thy great power and begun to reign.
The nations raged, but thy wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
for rewarding thy servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear thy name, both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth." [Revelation 11:15-18]
"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure" -
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. [Revelation