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  1. 1. Prepared by Armando S. Capangpangan Session 2
  2. 2.  "Whatever may he man’s intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the Scriptures for greater light," — Testimonies.Vol. 5, 708.
  3. 3.  "Those who start up to proclaim a message on their own individual responsibility, who, while claiming to be taught and led of God, still make it their special work to tear down that which God has been for years building up, are not doing the will of God. Be it known that these men are on the side of the great deceiver. Believe them not. They are allying themselves with the enemies of God and the truth.THEYWILL DERIDETHE ORDER OFTHE MINISTRY as a system of priest craft. From such turn away, have no fellowship with their message, however much they may quote theTestimonies* and seek to entrench themselves behind them. Receive them not; for God has not given them this work to do.The result, of such work will be unbelief in the  Testimonies,7"—Test. Ministers andWorkers, 51.
  4. 4.  "It is such messages as these men have borne that divide the church and put us to shame before the enemies of truth, and IN SUCH MESSAGES IS PLAINLY REVEALEDTHE SPECIOUSWORKING OFTHE GREAT DECEIVER, who WOULD HINDERTHE CHORDS FROM ATTAINING UNTO PERFECTION IN UNITY,"—Test. Ministers andWorkers, 56,
  5. 5.  "I am encouraged and blessed as I realize that the God of Israel IS STILL GUIDING HIS PEOPLE, and that 'HE WILL CONTINUETO BE WITHTHEM, EVENTOTHE END.”—Life Sketches, 437,438.
  6. 6.  TheTime of setting  Location of the Kingdom  The Stone Kingdom  The Situation of the Kingdom
  7. 7.  a)“Kingdom of grace” - in the kingdom of grace Christ is a new gracious king who forgives repentant sinners and helps them to live happy new lives.
  8. 8.  As used in the Bible, the expression “kingdom of God” is employed to designate both the kingdom of grace and the kingdom of glory. The kingdom of grace is brought to view by Paul in the Epistle to the Hebrews. After pointing to Christ, the compassionate intercessor who is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities,” the apostle says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace.” [Hebrews 4:16.] The throne of grace represents the kingdom of grace; for the existence of a throne implies the existence of a kingdom. In many of his parables, Christ uses the expression, “the kingdom of Heaven,” to designate the work of divine grace upon the hearts of men. GC88 374.1
  9. 9.  b)“Kingdom of Glory” – In the kingdom of glory Jesus reigns as a literal king, maintaining world peace and promoting universal prosperity.
  10. 10.  So the throne of glory represents the kingdom of glory, and this kingdom is referred to in the Saviour's words, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all nations.” [Matthew 25:31, 32.]This kingdom is yet future. It is not to be set up until the second advent of Christ. {GC88 347.1}
  11. 11. The Kingdom of Grace and Kingdom of Glory
  12. 12.  “timed and designed to reveal the Davidian Kingdom rising anew before the appearing of Christ in the clouds.” The Answers 2 (1944): 77.
  13. 13.  That these events shall ultimate in the setting up of the Kingdom (Dan 2:44; Isa 2:1-4; Mic 4; Ezek 37), wherein the 144,000, those who follow the Lamb “withersoever He goeth” (Rev 14:4), shall stand with Him on Mt. Zion (Rev. 14:1), and there “receive the forces of the Gentiles” Isa. 60:5, 11.1
  14. 14.  “receive the forces of the Gentiles” (Isa 60:5,11).This meant that while the time of probation had closed for the SDA Church, it remained open for the great multitudes who were to be saved from all nations
  15. 15.  “house of David—the kingdom that is to be set up, which is but the church purified, no sinners among them (Isa 52:1), shall be as the angel of the Lord before the people.” Timely Greetings 1, no. 10 (1946): 26.
  16. 16.  "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1. Christ is coming with power and great glory. He is coming with His own glory and with the glory of the Father. And the holy angels will attend Him on His way.While all the world is plunged in darkness, there will be light in every dwelling of the saints. They will catch the first light of His second appearing.The unsullied light will shine from His splendor, and Christ the Redeemer will be admired by all who have served Him. While the wicked flee, Christ's followers will rejoice in His presence. {PK 720.2} continue… 
  17. 17.  …Then it is that the redeemed from among men will receive their promised inheritance. Thus God's purpose for Israel will meet with literal fulfillment. That which God purposes, man is powerless to disannul. Even amid the working of evil, God's purposes have been moving steadily forward to their accomplishment. It was thus with the house of Israel throughout the history of the divided monarchy; it is thus with spiritual Israel today. {PK 720.3}
  18. 18.  By faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
  19. 19.  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
  20. 20.  Not until the personal advent of Christ can his people receive the kingdom.The Saviour said: “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” [Matthew 25:31-34.] Great Controversy 322. 1
  21. 21.  Man in his present state is mortal, corruptible; but the kingdom of God will be incorruptible, enduring forever. Therefore man in his present state cannot enter into the kingdom of God. But whenJesus comes, he confers immortality upon his people; and then he calls them to inherit the kingdom, of which they have hitherto been only heirs. {GC88 322.2}
  22. 22. It is then that the peaceful and long-desired kingdom of the Messiah shall be established under the whole heaven. “The Lord shall comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord.” “The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon.” “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called My Delight, and thy land Beulah.” “As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” [Isaiah 51:3; 35:2; 62:4, 5 (MARGIN).] {GC88 301.4} The coming of the Lord has been in all ages the hope of his true followers. The Saviour's parting promise upon Olivet, that he would come again, lighted up the future for his disciples,…
  23. 23. …filling their hearts with joy and hope, that sorrow could not quench, nor trials dim. Amid suffering and persecution, “the appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” was the “blessed hope.”When the ThessalonianChristians were filled with grief as they buried their loved ones, who had hoped to live to witness the coming of the Lord, Paul, their teacher, pointed them to the resurrection, to take place at the Saviour's advent.Then the dead in Christ should rise, and together with the living be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. “And so,” he said, “shall we ever be with the Lord.Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.] {GC88 302.1}
  24. 24. At the Second Coming
  25. 25.  Moreover, these prophecies show that the renewal of the ancient kingdom of Judah is to be a real thing, not something imaginary. Its subjects are to be real people, not ghosts. Now we can see that the common expression, “going to heaven,” means first going to the Promised Land, there to be fitted for the society of the pure and eternal.  Timely Greetings 1, no. 22 (1947): 28.
  26. 26.  I am positive upon Bible authority that the kingdom restored is not to be made up in heaven above. It is to be made up in the very land where God’s people lived until they were driven out because of their sins.Yes, the Bible teaches that all the twelve tribes some day will return and possess that land--the land that He gave to their fathers. After the millennium God’s people will possess not only Palestine, but they will possess the whole earth. They must first, however, return from among the Gentiles and possess the land of their fathers in fulfillment of the prophecy we are now studying. Necessarily, then, it must take place before the millennium, before God's people go to heaven.  Symbolic Code 13, nos. 1, 2 (1957): 8.
  27. 27.  The servants of God shall then flee to the valley of the mountains, where the Lord’s feet shall stand, and all the saints with them; that is, the Lord's “feet” will open the way for the restoration of the Kingdom, and for the gathering of the people into it.  “The Restoration and theTime,”Timely Greetings 2, no. 31 (1948): 6-7.
  28. 28.  Subsequently, “Arab, Jew, or Gentile” will “have to move away and give room to God’s clean and purified people.” “That Which Is to Be During theTime of the End,”Timely Greetings 2, no. 42 (1948): 36.
  29. 29.  Then I was pointed to some who are in the great error of believing that it is their duty to go to Old Jerusalem, and think they have a work to do there before the Lord comes. Such a view is calculated to take the mind and interest from the present work of the Lord, under the message of the third angel; for those who think that they are yet to go to Jerusalem will have their minds there, and their means will be withheld from the cause of present truth, to get themselves and others there. I saw that such a mission would accomplish no real good, that it would take a long while to make a very few of the Jews believe even in the first advent of Christ, much more to believe in His second advent.  Early Writings p 75
  30. 30. New Jerusalem not Old…
  31. 31.  The prophecies of judgment delivered by Amos and Hosea were accompanied by predictions of future glory. . . . Until the end of time, they were to be ‘wanderers among the nations.’ But through Hosea was given a prophecy that set before them the privilege of having a part in the final restoration that is to be made to the people of God at the close of earth’s history, when Christ shall appear as King of kings and Lord of lords. Patriarchs and Kings 298
  32. 32.  Promises not already fulfilled to literal Israel either would never be fulfilled at all or would be fulfilled to the Christian church as spiritual Israel. Prophecies that fall into the latter classification are to be fulfilled in principle but not necessarily in every detail, owing to the fact that many details of prophecy were concerned with Israel as a literal nation situated in the land of Palestine.The Christian church is a spiritual “nation” scattered all over the world, and such details obviously could not apply to it in a literal sense. Prophecies of the former classification cannot now be fulfilled because they were strictly conditional in nature and limited in scope, by their very nature, to literal Israel. “Role of Israel in OldTestament Prophecy,” SDABC, 4:36-37.
  33. 33.  "The Bible, the Bible, is the foundation of our religion." And we want to search the Scriptures, praying the God of heaven to give us light upon it. And when these doctrines come pouring in upon us from every side, then we can say, "The Bible, and the Bible alone, is the foundation of our religion.  {2Sermons AndTalks 28.5}
  34. 34.  And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.And many shall stumble on it.They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”  Isaiah 8:14-15
  35. 35.  The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone Psalms 118:22
  36. 36.  But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”  Luke 20:17-18
  37. 37.  Act 4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well.  Act 4:11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.
  38. 38.  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, Ephesians 2:20
  39. 39.  The mountain from which it is cut out, must necessarily represent the church from which the first fruits of the kingdom, the 144,000, are gathered. And as the stone grows and becomes “a great mountain” (Dan. 2:35) after it is “cut out,” it obviously at first represents the kingdom in its infancy--the “first fruits” only.The fact, also, that the stone grows and fills “the whole earth,” is another evidence in the proof that after this long-looked-for kingdom is “set up,” a great multitude is to join it  Tract Studies 9 (1942): 41.
  40. 40.  The dream of the great image, opening before Nebuchadnezzar events reaching to the close of time, had been given that he might understand the part he was to act in the world's history, and the relation that his kingdom should sustain to the kingdom of heaven. In the interpretation of the dream, he had been plainly instructed regarding the establishment of God's everlasting kingdom.  Prophets and Kings, 503
  41. 41.  The prophecy of Daniel pictured the glory of His reign over an empire which should succeed all earthly kingdoms; and, said the prophet, "It shall stand forever." Daniel 2:44.While few understood the nature of Christ's mission, there was a widespread expectation of a mighty prince who should establish his kingdom in Israel, and who should come as a deliverer to the nations. {DA 34.3}
  42. 42.  KINGDOM OF GRACE BEING ESTABLISHED.— The kingdom of God’s grace is now being established, as day by day hearts that have been full of sin and rebellion yield to the sovereignty of His love. But the full establishment of the kingdom of His glory will not take place until the second coming of Christ to this world.  {Heaven 167.2}
  43. 43. Jesus Christ and His glorious Eternal Kingdom For more info in this topic please listen on my lecture on a depth Daniel 2
  44. 44.  Moreover, in that day the Lord’s feet will stand on the Mount of olives, and the mountain cleaves toward the east and toward the west, making a great valley.Then to this valley of the mountains, to the place where the Lord’s feet stand.The people of God flee as hastily as from an earthquake.Thus is Jerusalem to be re- inhabited by God’s own people. … Plainly, Jerusalem is to become the great gathering place for God’s people. Sheperd’s Rod Series 216
  45. 45.  Here we see that there is to be peace in the valley of the mountains- peace between beast and beast, and also between man and man, for the Lion shall not hurt the lamb, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim are nevertheless to be in conflict with the countries surrounding the land, for they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Palestine's, and lay hand upon Edom and Moab…The Ammonites though, shall obey them, God’s people in these last days shall be gathered from every land, not from the land of Egypt… Thus shall the kingdom of Judah and Israel be restored, and be given peace and plenty.  Sheperd’s Rod Series 366
  46. 46.  Characterizing both the king and kingdom to be established after the “many days” the prophet Isaiah declares: ‘… with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked.And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins. And faithfulness the girdle of His reins,…  Tract Studies no 9, page 44-45
  47. 47.  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.  Tract Studies no 9, page 44-45
  48. 48.  This prophesied era of absolute righteousness, peace, and knowledge of God (in the kingdom) under the reign of the “rod” (David) and of the “Branch” (Christ), must begin.  Tract Studies no 9, page 44-45
  49. 49.  As the decree issued by the various rulers of Christendom against commandment-keepers shall withdraw the protection of government, and abandon them to those who desire their destruction, the people of God will flee from the cities and villages, and associate together in companies, dwelling in the most desolate and solitary places. Many will find refuge in the strongholds of the mountains. Like the Christians of the Piedmont valleys, they will make the high places of the earth their sanctuaries, and will thank God for the “munitions of rocks. Great Controversy 626.1
  50. 50.  But many of all nations, and all classes, high and low, rich and poor, black and white, will be cast into the most unjust and cruel bondage. The beloved of God pass weary days, bound in chains, shut in by prison bars, sentenced to be slain, some apparently left to die of starvation in dark and loathsome dungeons. No human ear is open to hear their moans; no human hand is ready to lend them help. {GC88 626.1}
  51. 51. The groanings and lamentations of the creation shall cease, but songs of praise and thanksgiving shall be heard.” “When Jesus comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels,” “the dead believers shall rise first. 1Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:23.This is what we Christians call the first resurrection. Then the animal kingdom shall change its nature (Isaiah 11:6-9), and shall be subdued unto Jesus. Psalm 8. Universal peace shall prevail.” “The Lord again shall look down upon the earth, and say, ‘Behold, it is very good.’” {Great Controversy 88 359.1}
  52. 52.  The members of the Kingdom-Church, are, according to Isaiah, to be skilled in their respective trades and proffessions. As builders, engineers, carpenters, masons, mechanics, whatever, they are to “build the old wastes,… raise up the former desolations, and … repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.” Isa 61:4  Answerer 5:22.1
  53. 53.  Besides being skilled agronomist, artisans, and tradesmen, these governors of the Kingdom, as living embodiments of Living Christianity, are to be expert international bankers, economist, personel and traffic engineers, and provisioners, together handling “the forces” and “the riches of the Gentiles.” Isaiah 6:5, 11; 61:6  Answerer 5, 23. 1
  54. 54.  Our kingdom is not of this world. We are waiting for our Lord from heaven to come to earth to . . . set up His everlasting kingdom. Faith I live by 240
  55. 55.  His (Satan) purpose was to establish a kingdom which would be governed by his own laws, and carried on with his own resources, independent of God; and so well did he succeed, that when Christ came to the world to establish a kingdom, He looked upon the governments of men, and said, "Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?" Nothing in civil society afforded Him a comparison  {Amazing Grace 14.2}