A "Kingdom" Paradigm for Your Consideration

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    I have been reading Three Crucial Questions about the Last Times By Daniel Lewis and it occurred to me that from Adam to the cross was the kingdom of man (~3000 yrs), Cross to MK is the kingdom of the Spirit (~2000 yrs), the MK is the kingdom of Christ and Spirit (1000 yrs), and the New Earth for eternity is the kingdom of God, Christ, and Spirit (Eternity).

    Can you follow that? I envision that Adam to the cross, man was ruled by 1) a progression of "fleshly" rules and 2) various interventions by God (by God Himself, by the "Angel of the Lord," or by the Spirit) as corrective measures (flood, Babel, Egypt, etal. -- some would say "dispensational" corrections). Satan keeps TRYING to wrest "control" but when that possibilty seems unavoidable, God steps in to "rescue Adam's chestnuts!" :laugh:

    The era we live in now, the Holy Spirit rules an "invisible" kingdom -- many refer to it as the "invisible church" in that not even everyone who goes to church is a true citizen of the kingdom. However, there are no appearances of Christ or God until Christ returns. Christ "all in all."

    In the MK, Christ/Messiah will rule 1000 years in a visible, every person on earth kingdom but it is not yet a kingdom exclusively made up of glorified beings. The Holy Spirit will indwell believers as He does now. There will still be sin and death.

    The New Earth is the kingdom where God-Spirit-Christ rule glorified soul-spirit-body citizens and no others exist. No sin -- no death. God "all in all."

    So do you see the progression? Kingdoms of Man -- Spirit -- Christ -- God?

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    OK, followon questions then ...

    Does anyone think that Satan has ever completely taken over the kingdom of the earth?

    Or do you think that God intervened several times to keep this exact thing from happening?

    How do you think the church 'restrains' Satan (2Thes 2:6-7) in God's place now (instead of God intervening directly)?

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