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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
Jesus turned the world upside down when He brought a very special
message from God Almighty; in fact, His message is the most
important announcement that we human beings will ever hear! But,
what is that message that He brought? What is the Gospel message?
Do you know what Jesus’ message is? The Lord sent forth seventy;
do we know what He command them to preach? Do you know the
message that Paul and the Apostles preached? Are you sure?
Most Christians would agree that we have collectively believed,
perhaps for all of our Christian lives, that the main message of the
gospel is focused around the concept of the unbeliever repenting and
inviting Jesus Christ into his or her heart! However when we
closely investigate the early church especially those instances
recorded in the Book of Acts, we never observe that the main
message of the gospel is focused upon the concept of inviting Jesus
into one’s heart!
In no way does this statement imply that it is not important, even essential for
believers to experience Jesus in their hearts! In fact, if an individual is indeed
a believer, he/she will definitely experience the ever-present indwelling Holy
Spirit of Jesus in his or her heart. Nevertheless, we never find Jesus teaching
anyone to invite Him into their heart; neither, do we find the first-century
disciples teaching unbelievers to invite Jesus into their hearts.
So, what then was the special message that Jesus brought into the world? What was
the message that He commissioned the seventy to preach? What message did the
Apostle Paul preach? In essence, we are asking, “What is the actual Gospel
message?” Did Jesus preach one thing and His Apostles something different?
What message does Jesus want His Church to proclaim on earth before His return?
Oh yes, we have heard that: the Bible teaches that we are to repent; the Bible teaches that
we are to receive Jesus as our savior; the Bible teaches that we are saved by grace; the
Bible teaches that we are to believe; the Bible teaches that we are to turn from darkness to
light; the Bible teaches that we are to focus upon His death, burial, and resurrection; the
Bible teaches that we are to receive the Holy Spirit; the Bible teaches that we are to confess
Him as Lord and recognize Him as the Son of God! Since all of these concepts originate in
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
the Bible, obviously they are correct; however, these concepts in themselves do not convey
the special Gospel message that Jesus brought to this earth?
What brings unity to both testaments? Is there a collective message that is discernable out
of the whole of the Bible? Shouldn’t the total Word of God ( the Bible ) convey one single
message to mankind? In order to get answers to these questions it is necessary for us to
develop a better understanding of the actual message that Jesus brought to this earth!
We can begin to wrap our minds around Jesus’ message by first observing some
information that was revealed to the prophet Daniel, “in the days of these kings shall the
God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed : and the kingdom shall
not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and
it shall stand for ever ” (Dan 2:44). Daniel made it clear that there was going to be a future
kingdom of God that would “ never be destroyed !” He prophesied about an everlasting
kingdom. In contrast to Daniel’s description of a much longer “ everlasting ” kingdom,
most Christians believe that the literal kingdom of God will last for merely one thousand
years or the duration of the Millennium. Nevertheless, Daniel was consistent concerning
an “ everlasting ” kingdom. In chapter two he outlined all the kingdoms that would
ultimately rule over the earth; just five chapters later he revealed information regarding the
special King who would rule over the kingdom of God, “there was given him ( the Messiah )
dominion, and glory, and a kingdom , that all people, nations, and languages, should serve
him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion , which shall not pass away, and his
kingdom that which shall not be destroyed (Dan 7:14). Indeed he wrote, “But the saints
of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever
and ever ” (Dan 7:18). Daniel stressed that the Kingdom of God would last forever, “the
greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints
of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom (Dan 7:27). Shouldn’t we
expect that Jesus’ message from the Father must somehow correlate to that everlasting
kingdom identified by Daniel?
The prophet Isaiah also wrote similar things concerning this government; he too made a
correlation between the kingdom and its king, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is
given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of
the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end (Isa 9:6-7). The Old
Testament prophets identified a future kingdom; but can we find this kingdom of God in
the New Testament?
We are going to discover that Jesus came preaching the same message of a kingdom that
the people of the Old Testament period recognized! He proclaimed this same everlasting
kingdom, “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of
God (Mark 1:14). His message was the same message that the people of Israel had heard
for thousands of years! They expected a Messiah to come and set-up a kingdom! It was
because of his confusion over this very kingdom that John the Baptist sent questions with
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
two of his disciples asking Jesus, “Art thou he ( The Messiah (king) of the kingdom ) that
should come? or look we for another?” (Luke 7:19) On another occasion Jesus, “perceived
that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king ” (John 6:15). These Jews
were actually looking for their Messiah to show-up so they could overthrow the Roman
governmental yoke that ruled over them! Based upon their understanding of the Scriptures,
they looked for the Roman Government to be put down, and allow the Jewish nation to rise
to its former glory under their Messiah !
Notice what Matthew writes concerning Jesus’ message, “From that time Jesus began to
preach , and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand ” (Matt 4:17); he
continues a few verses later, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom ( Jesus’ message was a message of
the kingdom ) and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the
people” (Matt 4:23). Healing and miracles automatically came along with the preaching of
the gospel of the kingdom ! Jesus was compelled to preach the kingdom of God , “And he
said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God (Luke 4:43). We should begin to get a
hold of the concept that Jesus was sent from God to this earth as the primary messenger of
the gospel of the kingdom !
Clearly, Jesus preached the kingdom of God. He also commanded His disciples to preach
about this kingdom; “he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and
authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom
of God , and to heal the sick” (Luke 9:1-2).
We have observed that the prophets prophesied of the Kingdom of God; we have also
observed that the whole nation of Israel looked for the Messiah to establish the kingdom of
God; likewise, we noted how John the Baptist made specific inquiry concerning the
kingdom of God. We have read where Jesus himself preached the kingdom of God, and
now we see that He sent forth His disciples with the same message of the kingdom of God,
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also , and sent them two and two
before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. ( Notice what
Jesus sent these disciples to do. ) 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them,
The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you ” (Luke 10:1-9).
Jesus’ whole focus was upon the kingdom of God. We can easily observe His dominant
focus by noticing the way that He responded to one of His disciples who wanted to bury a
close family member, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father . 60 Jesus said unto
him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God (Luke
9:59-60). Jesus focused upon preaching the message of the Kingdom of God! He
prioritized the preaching of the kingdom of God above everything else, even above the
personal lives of His disciples.
Next we should take note of the message in the Book of Acts that was preached by Jesus’
disciples, “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
( Notice that the specific topic of his message was “Christ;” notice next how that message is
integral to the message of the Kingdom of God.) 12 But when they believed Philip
preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God , and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:5-12). Notice what Paul preached, “And he
( Paul ) went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing
and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God (Acts 19:8). We can also
observe the subject of Paul’s teaching toward the end of his ministry, “And when they had
appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he (Paul)
expounded and testified the kingdom of God , persuading them concerning Jesus, both out
of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening” (Acts 28:23).
Even at the very end of his ministry, we see the consistency in Paul’s message, “And Paul
dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31
Preaching the kingdom of God , and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus
Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him” (Acts 28:30-31).
We have observed that Paul and Philip both preached “Christ” and “the kingdom of God.”
Sadly, the Christian church today has somehow reduced the message of the Gospel down to
merely the salvation aspects associated with Jesus. The church has essentially eliminated
Jesus’ primary message, which is “the kingdom of God!”
It is as if the very name “Jesus Christ” embodies the Gospel message. There are two
components to that name and each component identifies a different aspect of the gospel
message. The name ( Jesus ) literally means salvation! His title ( Christ ) expresses that He
is the “king.” So, the whole name Jesus Christ means “salvation” and “a king.”
Since the church has so focused upon the salvation ( Jesus ) aspects of the Lord, lets give
some attention to His title, “Christ.” The term “Christ” ( Christos ) literally means the
anointed-one; “he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed ” (1
Sam 2:10). Kings were the anointed-ones in ancient Israel; Saul was the first anointed-one.
Notice how David reacted when King Saul wrongly pursued him, “The LORD forbid that I
should do this thing unto my master, the LORD 's anointed , to stretch forth mine hand
against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD ” (1 Sam 24:6). In ancient Israel, the
anointed-one was the king or the high priest and these individuals were definitely selected
and established by God Himself!
Isaiah wrote of a human yet divine king that would arise and become the last anointed-one
this one would be so anointed that he would actually be thought of as God, “For unto us a
child is born ( human ), unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God ( divine ),
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government
( kingdom ) and peace there shall be no end” (Isa 9:6-7).
Notice how the Scriptures reveal the Jewish perspective concerning the anointed-one, “And
they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ ( the anointed-one ) a
King ” (Luke 23:2). According to the Jewish way of thinking, according to their
perspective, they were incensed that Jesus claimed to be “Christ” ( the anointed-one )! If
you would like to obtain more information regarding, the Messiah and His anointing we
recommend the Bible Study entitled, Anointed Son of the Blessed ;
http://www.rivkah.org/PDFs/021107.pdf the Bible Study can be obtained from the Internet
address: http://www.rivkah.org .
Jesus showed Himself to be the anointed-one; He was the king who came to deliver the
people from their enemy. We have read where during the beginning of His ministry, He
sent seventy emissaries throughout Israel to announce His soon-coming arrival. We’ve got
to begin to understand that He ( the Messiah ) was the entire focus when, “there came wise
men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews ?
(Matt 2:1-2). Obviously, this group of Magi greatly disturbed Herod the King; therefore,
“he ( Herod ) had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he
demanded of them where Christ ( The anointed-one, the king ) should be born” (Matt 2:4).
He received his answer from the Jews, “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not
the least among the princes of Juda : for out of thee shall come a Governor , ( anointed-
one ) that shall rule my people Israel” (Matt 2:6). Herod was so bothered by the
announcement of the Messiah that he, “ sent forth, and slew all the children that were in
Bethlehem , and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under” (Matt 2:16). Jesus
was Christ ( the anointed-one ) sent from God; He was the King who was destined to rule
over the kingdom of God! The messenger and the message were one and the same!
Not only did Jesus perform the work of the Messiah , Paul explained how Jesus was indeed
the Messiah ( Christ ), “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath
days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ
( Christos which means the anointed-one, the Hebrew word for the Greek “Christos” is
Messiah! ) must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus,
whom I preach unto you, is Christ ” (Acts 17:2-3). Notice the problem that the
governmental authorities had with Paul and the Christians, “ these all do contrary to the
decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus ” (Acts 17:7). Essentially,
these people openly claimed allegiance to a new king! However, Jesus did not focus His
attention against governmental authorities; this means that in effect, He illustrated openly
to all that the Roman government was not His primary enemy! Instead, the real enemy was
the spirit being who influences mankind through the spirit realm!
We have seen that the Bible clearly shows that during the period of the gospels, the
kingdom of God was predominantly preached by Jesus and His disciples; and in the Book
of Acts the primary teaching is that Jesus is the king ( Messiah ) of the kingdom; and Paul’s
epistles teach that God, “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear Son ” (Col 1:13). Paul explained in another place that,
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
the Holy Ghost” (Rom 14:17). That is to say, the kingdom of God should be considered a
spiritual reality before thinking of it as a physical reality.
Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles, and since they were not Jewish, they were unfamiliar
with any concept concerning the Kingdom of God! In their minds and according to their
experience, Caesar was Lord! He was even proclaimed as deity. On the contrary, Paul
taught them that Caesar was not their Lord; rather, Jesus is Lord! Paul simply used gentile
terminology to teach the same identical message of the kingdom of God.
We have observed that Jesus did not focus his battle against the political arena; instead, He
focused upon the forces of the spirit realm. In ancient Israel, it was the duty of the king to
deliver the people from their adversaries; that is why Saul was so upset because the women
were singing, “Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 8 And Saul was
very wroth , and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten
thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but
the kingdom ?” (1 Sam 18:7-8) The point is that when David single-handedly conquered
Israel’s enemy Goliath, as a result he was elevated in the eyes of the people into the stature
of a king. In the same way, Jesus took out the spiritual powers of darkness, “And having
spoiled principalities and power , he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them
(Col 2:15). In the spirit realm, Jesus Christ is Lord; He is King! Therefore man must turn
from whatever / whomever he serves to Jesus! That is the essence of the act of repentance!
As a result of the fall of Lucifer, the earth became the headquarters of the rebellion against
God. Since the time of Adam, we human beings have all been drafted or involuntarily
conscripted from birth into that rebellion. In order to change sides and effectively resist
this rebellion, it required that we must have a change of heart and thereby repent and turn
to God! This means that in a spiritual sense, the kingdom of God is the sphere in which
His rule is acknowledged! He saves us by grace and gives us a new heart and a new spirit;
as a result we become part of His kingdom and acknowledge His rule over our lives! A
king is the ruler and his domain is his kingdom; Jesus’ domain will one day include the
entirety of the earth!
What is the gospel ( good news ) of the kingdom? The gospel is that God is active in the
person of Jesus ( salvation ) the Christ ( christos the anointed-one ) to deliver humanity from
the rulership of satan the devil who had previously held us in bondage under his
government, “ the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not ” (2
Cor 4:4). We previously were governed by an unholy spirit, which at one time or another
has ruled over all of humanity! However, we have proclaimed with our own mouths that
we no longer serve that master and instead we serve the LORD Jesus Christ, “if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord ( king over us ) Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9). We have been given
a new heart and a new spirit through which we can conquer the enemy and Jesus Christ is
Lord! When we confess that Jesus is our Lord ( Master, King ) we essentially proclaim that
we live under the dictates of His new kingdom!
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
The kingdom of God comes in two forms: the first aspect is spiritual in nature; Jesus came
against a spiritual force; He came to destroy evil, “For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). The second form of
the kingdom is a literal physical manifestation, “he shewed himself alive after his passion
by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days , and speaking of the things
pertaining to the kingdom of God ” (Acts 1:3). First, Jesus fought against the spiritual
forces and then He showed himself openly after His resurrection to those who believed. In
the same way the Kingdom of God will have in the future an outward manifestation
through those of us who are believers, “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to
be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom 8:18).
Throughout the entire period of the church age, we will look forward to the literal kingdom
of God as a yet future reality. Jesus taught those who would become the church, “After this
manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy
kingdom come (Matt 6:9-10). Obviously, when we pray for something to come; that
thing that we pray for, is a yet future manifestation.
The Bible teaches that there was a time preordained by God when the gospel of the
kingdom of God would be preached, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that
time the kingdom of God is preached ” (Luke 16:16). Notice also the message that will be
preached during the end of the age, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in
all the world for a witness unto all nations ; and then shall the end come ” (Matt 24:14).
Our questions are, “Is the message of the Gospel one of ‘salvation’ or one of ‘the kingdom
of God’ or both; and how does the gospel message relate to the new-birth?”
The leadership of the Jews had completely missed the concept of a new birth of the heart.
Nevertheless, the Old Testament clearly records, “And I will give them one heart , and I
will put a new spirit within you ; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will
give them an heart of flesh (Ezek 11:19); Ezekiel repeated that same message twenty-five
chapters later, “ A new heart also will I give you , and a new spirit will I put within you :
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you , and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall
keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezek 36:26-27). Obviously, this whole concept of a
new spirit in man was lost upon the Jews!
Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and struggled with the notion of the new born-again
experience. Jesus told him that humans must be born-again; Nicodemus was amazed at
Jesus’ teaching, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and
knowest not these things?” (John 3:10) The definite article is used in that passage before
the word “master.” This means that Jesus referred to Nicodemus as the master . This
implies that he was probably a member of the Sanhedrin. Notice Nicodemus’s skepticism
as he responded, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time
into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
(John 3:4-5). Through these few words, Jesus essentially taught that the born-again process
is directly linked to the process of entering into the kingdom of God!
We read in the scripture that, “ if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus , and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved
(Rom 10:9). We refer to this “confession” as the time when the Christian is “saved;” this is
also referred to as the instant when the Christian is “born-again.”
After we are born-again, we should realize that once we change our allegiance and God
has, “delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom
of his dear Son ” (Col 1:13), the devil and his demons are not just going to simply let us
freely get by in all things, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution (2 Tim 3:12). We should expect resistance from the kingdom of darkness
particularly in the area of persecution! The scripture clearly teaches, “that we must
through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God ” (Acts 14:22). Only when we
stand up against “the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high places” (Eph 6:12) can we expect to gain ground in the spirit realm. However, we
must not make the same mistake that the Jews made and think that we are supposed to
overthrow some physical entity. Our fight takes place in the spirit realm, “For we wrestle
not against flesh and blood , but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places ” (Eph 6:12)! We
must realize that in the spirit realm, “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the
violent ( we Christians who are part of the resistance ) take it by force ” (Matt 11:12).
So what was the message of the Gospel? Mark records, “Now after that John was put in
prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God (Mark
1:14). Jesus was the messenger and the message all in one! Therefore, when we hear the
gospel of salvation through Jesus, we should immediately realize that the gospel message
also includes the everlasting kingdom ( Christ ) of God!
What does it mean for us to proclaim Jesus as our Lord? In the eyes of far too many
Christians, satan appears to be our greatest enemy; however, that is simply not true! He
was our enemy; however, he no longer has any influence over the Christian! The only
weapon that he can use against us is our old way of thinking! The devil can only bring up
our past; therefore, our spiritual battle is to renew our minds, “That he might sanctify and
cleanse it ( the church ) with the washing of water by the word ” (Eph 5:26). Notice that
Jesus does the cleansing as we study His word!
The problem is that Christians all too often fear satan more than they trust in God; satan
really has no access to a Christian. Sin ( satan ) no longer has dominion over Christians,
“sin shall not have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under grace”
(Rom 6:14). In other words, we can draw upon help during our spiritual warfare, “Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil , ( we are part of the resistance ) and he will
flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you ” (James 4:7-8). "Submit"
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What was Jesus’ Message?
“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching” (Mark 1:14)
means to let Jesus have His way instead of seeking our own way. Instead of blaming the
devil or the world for all of our problems, we need the Holy Spirit to look into our hearts
and identify to us those areas where we have allowed the devil undue access. Applying
the focus of God’s word as a cleansing agent in these areas is certainly a form of
submission to God; as a result, the devil flees from us. The process is a three-step process:
(1) We submit to God; (2) We resist the devil; and (3) He flees from us!
Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy : and nothing shall by any means hurt you”
(Luke 10:19). Nevertheless, the church of Jesus Christ has only in recent years truly began
to realize that she has dominion over the earth, our flesh, and the devil. Jesus said, “All
authority ( dominion ) has been given to Me, in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). Our
king has all authority! We must believe and trust in His ability to take care of His subjects
and back us up when we properly exercise His authority over our circumstances!
In a spiritual sense, we are already part of the Kingdom of God
and we gladly submit ourselves under His rule in this world.
We are learning to take authority over ourselves, our homes, and
our own sphere of influence. When we exercise authority in the
spirit realm we grow spiritually. By faith we look to and
anticipate the future time promised in Scripture when we will
literally exercise all authority under Jesus Christ, “the Ancient of
days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most
High ; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom
(Dan 7:22)!
To the Kingdom!
To the kingdom!
To the Kingdom!
Forever Lives Our King!
Written by M. Larry Perrino 9 2/15/2008
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