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Order the book Thy Kingdom Comes
Thy Kingdom Comes
by Gregory Thomas Williams d HHC
Minister of His Holy Church

March 15, 1994.
Revised August 31, 2005

 

Chapter 9 Temples and Churches

Part 1 The Church


"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:17-18


When Jesus gave Simon the keys to the Kingdom, He was giving them to all of us. Simon became Peter, the Rock, because he answered Christ by faith. Simon listened to the revealed word of God in his own heart and mind and acted upon that revelation. With that answer, Simon took his first step in his walk with God’s holy spirit in the kingdom of Heaven.

Because he responded to that revelation with the Spirit of Faith, he had begun to move, not by flesh and blood alone, not by his own knowledge of good and evil, but by the wisdom of God written in his own heart and mind. Faith is that rock.

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

Jesus revealed to us that the keys to the kingdom are whatever you bind or loose on earth is bound and loosed in heaven. God had told us not to make covenants, leagues, or agreements with those who are not our brothers in Him. We are warned about striking hands, applying for benefits, and eating the deceitful meats of rulers. Christ did the same with His stand on prayer or application, the benefits of Corban, making a man on earth our father, and his bar against the taking of oaths of any kind repeated by James. Paul says that, if we can be free, choose it rather and that he would not be bound under the authority of any. To follow the path and precepts laid down by God, Christ, and the Apostles is key to seeking the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus preached a Kingdom to which He was Servant-King and told us to preach the same. He appointed1 His Apostles a Kingdom to serve as the Father had appointed unto Him. What is the Church appointed by Christ?

In the King James Bible, we see the word “Church” translated from the Greek word ekklesia, defined “an assembly called out”. It is composed of two words that individually mean “called” and “out”, but together they take on a new sense of oneness out of many.

Some say the word means an “assembly”, but an ekklesia, literally translated “called out”, is more specific. The words agora,2 paneguris,3 trugao,4 sustrepho,5 sullego,6 sunathroizo,7 ochlopoieo,8 sumbibazo,9 sunagoge,10 episunagoge,11 sunago12 episunago,13 heorte, koinon, and thiasos all mean or include the concept of an “assembly” with a slightly or drastically different meaning or inference.

An ekklesia is not just any assembly, but it is, “the lawful assembly in a free Greek city of all those possessed of the rights of citizenship, for the transaction of public affairs”14 Ekklesia was a political term, not a religious term. In classical Greek, ekklesia meant “an assembly of citizens summoned by the crier, the legislative assembly.” The princes of Israel were originally composed of the elders of each family group. Their power or authority was not collective or democratic, but individual and consensual. If they decided something, it was done by accord and not by vote of the majority over the minority.

In Acts 7:38, there is reference to “the church in the wilderness”.15 The people were called out of bondage of Egyptian government and the Levites were called out of the walled camp to be ministers of Israel, God’s kingdom. The Apostles were called out to be bondservants of Christ the King, in service of His appointed Kingdom. Peter was to maintain an entrance16 to that Kingdom, ministering to it under the perfect law of liberty17. Jesus came to set at liberty them that are bruised. His ministers have no less a task.

All of this is no different than Abraham being called out of Ur and Haran or the distinction made between those who followed the ways of Cain and his city-state and those who walked with God as free souls upon the earth.

Are men the property of the state? Or are they free souls under God?

This same battle continues throughout the world?”18

We were all called out of sin. What sins? Is it the sins of bowing down and serving other gods in the shape of men or their man made institutions? Is it the sins of coveting and even taking by force from our neighbor under the license of civil government? Is it the sin of ruling over our neighbor, even democratically? Is it the sins of oppression, injuring, and even killing the innocent strangers under the excuse of self-defense or the assumption of superiority or national self-righteousness?

The word “sin” is from the Greek hamartia and hamartano, which can be defined in the Greek as “to be without a share in”. It does have a relation with being off the path or mark, but it specifically means without a share in the inheritance of Kingdom of God.

“Grace” is from the Greek word charis, which means “a given benefit”. If you sin, you have no share in the benefit, for you have left the path. Grace is never owed or earned, but it is the granted gift. Sin is related to usurping God. It is deciding, for yourself, what is good and evil, judging others, compelling charity, and failing to forgive so that we may be forgiven.

Jesus lived and died that we might be saved. He has done his part and has stood aside so that we may learn to do our part in salvation. We are not saved simply because He died, but also because we repent.
Where we haven’t forgiven, we must now forgive.19 Where we did not obey, we must now seek to obey. Where we departed from the path, we must now make straight the way of the LORD that we might receive the benefit of His grace. If we do not do these things that Jesus says, then our faith in Him is a lie.20 Our relationship with men and their institutions is often a sign of where our hearts are and who is writing upon our hearts and minds.

Order alone is not the purpose of godly government, but a strengthening of the character of all, in bonds of love and charity. We must open our hearts and our hands to the ways of the Lord and not merely wave them in churches on Sundays. Sodom was destroyed because it failed to strengthen the poor in the midst of its affluence.

This is why God has called men out of the affluence of the world: in hopes that they will be strengthened and that they, in turn, will strengthen others in the ways of God. The Levites were called out to strengthen the people in a free nation and that nation was to be a priest to all nations. This is God’s purpose for His kingdom and the Church that serves it.

Jesus called and appointed men to follow Him in service of His Kingdom. These were the men He called out and appointed to the Kingdom. These were the men He prayed could live in the world, but not be a part of it, as they ministered and taught His ways of freedom and love.21 These servants belonged to Jesus, but were as brothers. The Levites before them also belonged to God and were servants of the congregations of the people.22

    When Jesus called out His disciples to teach them to serve the Kingdom,23 He also applied restrictions upon them, limiting their office. This was done under remarkably similar conditions as Moses had done centuries before.

 


Footnotes:

1Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Lu 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

258 any assembly, especially of the people

33831 a festal gathering of the whole people to celebrate public games

45166 to gather in ripe fruits

54962 to twist together, roll together to collect, … to assemble

64816 sullego to gather up. to collect in order to carry off

74867 sunathroizo to gather together with others. to assemble. to be gathered…

83792 to collect a crowd, gather the people together

94822 sumbibazo to cause to coalesce, to join together, .. knit together: in affection.

104864 sunagoge a bringing together… (as of fruits)… assembling together of men,

111997 a gathering together in one place

124863 to gather together, to gather

131996 … to bring together to others already assembled. to gather… in one place.

14R.C. Trench, Synonyms of the New Testament, 7th ed., pp. 1-2

15Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

162Pe 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

17Jas 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

18Cecil B. DeMille in “The Ten Commandments.”

19 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 18:35 See: Appendix 2 “forgiveness”

20Appendix 2 The things He says.

21Joh 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are].

22Nu 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

23Lu 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.


Table of Contents

of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

Peace be to this house,

The Prologue of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCa1-0Prologue.php

1. The Kingdom of God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     Is Righteousness of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCa1-1IsRighteousness.php

     A Man as King of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCa1-2AManasKing.php

 

2. Abraham Uncivilized of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     The City State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCb2-1TheCityState.php

     Two kingdoms/ The Merchants of Men of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCb2-2MerchantsofMen.php

      The Hindu Connection of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCb2-3HinduConnection.php

     Abraham and the Legend, The Prodigal Son
     Our king and our god?
of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCb2-4Legend.php

     The Code of Abraham of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCb2-5code.php

     Abraham and the Family of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCb2-6Family.php

 

3. The Altar of Abraham of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     Moses and the Altars of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCc3-1AltarsofClay.php

     The Altar of Sin of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCc3-2Sin.php

     Sacrifice of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCc3-3Sophistry.php

 

4. Moses, Moses of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     The Civil State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCd4-1CivilState.php

     Gods Many of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCd4-2godsmany.php

     No Kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCd4-3NoKings.php

     Servant Priests of a Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCd4-4Servants.php

 

5. Joshua’s Altar of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

    White Altars of Joshua
     King over us
of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCe5-1WhiteAltars.php

     Adultery of a Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCe5-2Adultery.php

     Fear, Faith and Foolishness of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCe5-3RearFaith.php

 

6. The World of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

    Of Rome and Judea of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCf6-1Rome.php

     The Remarkable History of Israel of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCf6-2Israel.php

     Rome the Believer of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
     The Commander in chiefs
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCf6-3RomeBeliever.php

     A Father’s offer of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCf6-4TheOffer.php

     The Hasmonean Appeal of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
     Socialization of Rome
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCf6-5SocialAppeal.php

     The Love of kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCf6-6LovingKings.php

 

7. Factions at the Altar of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     The Pharisees and The Sadducees of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCg7-1Factions.php

     The Essenes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
     The Healers of a Nation
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCg7-2Essene.php

 

8. A King is Born of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     A King is Born of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCh8-1KingBorn.php

     What is redemption? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCh8-2Redemption.php

     Kingdom in Turmoil of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCh8-3Turmoil.php

     The New Deal of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCh8-4NewDeal.php

 

9. Temples and Churches of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     The Church
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCi9-1TemplesandChurches.php

     Investing in Diana of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCi9-2InvestinDiana.php

     One Father of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCi9-3OurFather.php

     Arts of the Temples of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCi9-4TempleArts.php

     The Temple of Satan of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCi9-5SatansTemple.php

     The Royal Treasury of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCi9-6RoyalTreasury.php

10. Two Paths of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     God’s dominion from the Beginning of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
     The revenue of the wicked
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCj10-1Paths.php

     Beams in our eyes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
     Removing the Beam
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCj10-2Beams.php

     These two Kingdoms of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCj10-3TwoKingdoms.php

    Faith is actions of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCj10-4Action.php

     The kingdom appointed to Liberty of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCj10-5AppointedLiberty.php

 

11. Where is the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

    The kingdom comes of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCk11-1Kingdom.php

    Eating in the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCk11-2Eating.php

    Washing in the kingdom of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCk11-3Washing.php

     Where is the Church? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCk11-4Where.php

     We are all kings of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCk11-5AllKings.php

 

12. Apostasy of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

     The Ship of State of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCl12-1Ship.php

     The Allurement of Wolves of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCl12-2Wolves.php

     The Church of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCl12-3Church.php

     The Separate Church
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCl12-4Separate.php

13. The Kingdom of Heaven of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

    The State of the Nation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCm13-1Heaven.php

    Seeking the kingdom, The Law of God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCm13-2SeekLaw.php

    What does the Kingdom look like? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCm13-3looks.php

    Assembling a congregation of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
    Where to start seeking the kingdom of God
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCm13-4Start.php

Appendix of the book Thy Kingdom Comes

    Appendix 1. Kingdom of Heaven and God of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCn-1Appendix.php

    Appendix 2. The things He says of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCn-2AppenSaid.php

     Appendix 3. What is Worship? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCn-3AppenWorship.php

     Appendix 4. Who are the Nicolaitans? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCn-4AppenNicolaitan.php

     Appendix 5. Who is a god? of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCn-5Appengods.php

     Appendix 6. Oaths and Swearing of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/TKCn-6AppenOaths.php

    The Cover of the book, Thy Kingdom Comes
The Elixir of Love.
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/tkczzwa.php

     About the Author of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
http://www.hisholychurch.org/media/books/TKC/tkczzwb.php

 


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