Priority of the Kingdom (1 of 4)

Mike Connell

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If you don't position yourself right you can't do it. That's why so many Christians are so ineffective, because they come to church but they don't understand that God wants us to understand how the kingdom operates and operate on those principles. Getting the idea? Okay, now I'll just give you a couple more scriptures, then we've got to look at the key one that we've started. Now in case you were concerned about all the end times [let's look 00.23.40] at a couple of good end time ones. In Daniel 2:44, Daniel got a prophetic vision. Now his prophetic vision - I won't go into all the details of it. You can read it for your own - but basically he was in Babylon. What had happened was that Babylon had arisen as a kingdom and it was a world kingdom. It was a world government. All the known world in Asia was ruled by Babylon see, and so what happened then was the king of Babylon got a dream and in the dream he saw certain things. So he asked - and Daniel was the only one who could interpret it.

What he saw was a big image and he saw this huge image; it had a head of gold and then it had a chest of silver and a belly of bronze, and the legs and so on, went right down to the feet. And he saw a stone come and smash this thing and the whole thing crumpled. Daniel said this is what it all means. The head of gold is the kingdom of Babylon. After that will be another one, and of course anyone who's studied history understands that Babylon fell and the Medes and the Persians took over. That was the next one, and then after that they fell and then the Greeks took over. After that they fell and the Romans took over, which are the legs of bronze. Then finally you get the last kingdom which is the current day we live in, and it says in that day, in the days of those kings it said God will raise up a kingdom and it shall smash in pieces the religious kingdom, the educational kingdom. He said every kingdom that's been devised by man, whether it be financial, religious, education, political or military, all will be subdued by the power of God - all.

Notice He said in the days of those kings - read what it says. Let's have a look what it says [unclear 00.25.27] can put it back up again, leave it up there. In the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Now if you were a betting man, if a guy has got already Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, you've got four predictions right, I'd be backing on that last one happening. I've been there and I've seen the ruins of all of those places, and they're all there, great kingdoms, unbelievable kingdoms. When you see what must have been the glory and splendour of Greece, the buildings that they've built there, the - we can't even do that today. And yet they had these huge marble structures - when you stand - I mean I can't even put my arms around some of the pillars, they were that big. And huge pillars that went up sometimes three, four storeys, huge massive constructions that have lasted 2,000 years.

You can hardly believe the glory of it, and yet it was overthrown exactly as was prophesied. Jeremiah as a young man was called by God and raised up to prophesy the overthrow of those kingdoms, and then it took place. So the Medes and the Persians took over, then the Greeks took over. When we went to Greece you can see in Greece the remnants there of all of these massive buildings and amphitheatres, huge amphitheatres and places where people gathered. We went there to the place where, in Ephesus in Turkey where Paul preached. You can actually see the road that they would have come up from on the ships. They'd have come up the end of the road and berthed, then they'd come down this path, marble path with columns all the way, to an amphitheatre which would seat thousands, 60,000 people.

You can hear [without a microphone, 00.27.19] you can hear someone talking quietly like this right up the back - so can you imagine we stood there in that place there, which was constructed by [unclear 00.27.29]. We'd have trouble building a thing like that today, and buildings everywhere like that. They were kings that were once mighty in the earth and they'd been overthrown. The west is a civilisation, the same thing eventually will happen. It's just inevitable, inevitable - so it's just exciting to see these things isn't it. Read this, here's a better one here. Here we are, Revelations 11:15. John saw it too see, so this is only a selection. Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were loud voices in heaven saying now look, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever.