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I. Worship and the Kingdom


A.) A Kingdom of Priests-Exodus

19:5-7

"Now therefore, If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the worlds which you shall speak to the children of Israel. So Moses came and called for the elders of the people and laid before them all these worlds which the lord commanded him."

1.) In these verses the Lord indicates


objective for His delivered people.

his

2.) His purposes requires their understand


His priority for them--WORSHIP as a nation of His foundational 3.) As they learn to worship priests they will discover victories.

of

means for their possessing their future

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4.) Their dominion kingdom.

will be His promised

5.) Their restored rule will be the possession of God's kingdom and their walk before the Lord in worship. 6.) Israel's deliverance from Egypt is God's type showing His plans and methods for the church's deliverance and conquest of the world.

B.) Psalm 22:3-4-

"But you are holy and

enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted and You delivered them." 1.) Praise and worship of God. 2.) There is a distinct worship. 3.) God enters and takes up residence lives when we worship Him. in our will bring the presence manifestation of His

presence in an atmosphere

of praise and

4.) "He inhabits the praises of His people * inhabits means to "sit down", "to remain" " to settle", 5.) His presence doesn't just visit but His presence abides with us. 6.) This truth: * creates faith and trust

* lead to deliverance from satanic harrassment, torment and bondage

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7.) Notice how this text ties 3 words together: a.) praises b.) trusted c.) delivered c.) Establishing God's Throne-Psalm 22:3 1.) God is the power; ours is the priviledge to praisefully invite His presence 2.) Psalm 18:3-" I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my enemies." those most basic reason for our praise is He is worthy.

D.) Inviting God's Rule-Psalm 93:2- " Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting." 1.) God's Spirit is invited into any situation by praying. 2.) We are to welcome the kingdom and administrate situations on earth by inviting God's Spirit into our situations-this is done by praise and worship * praise brings the entry of God's kingdom today

E.) Wo~ship and Praise---Rev. 1:5-6

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Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and has made us kings and priests to God..."

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1.) The authority

we are called to move is as in

"priests to God" is only fully accomplished the spirit of praise and worship. 2.) John addresses two very important a.) We through, His glorious dominion

truths: have

been delegated "kings and priests" to God. b.) These dual offices give perspective on our authority and duty and how we most effectively may advance the Kingdom of God.

3.) We are to be kings in the sense that under the King of kings we are a new breed: * the reborn

* God has delegated authority to administer


the power of His rule.

* We are to be witness to the gospel in the


power of the Spirit.

* We are to be in loving service to humanity


through the love of God.

* We are to confront the dark powers of


hell through prayer warfare.

* We are to have an expectation of the


miraculous works of God. 4.) This authority is only fully accomplished in spirit of praise and worship as we exercise the office of "priests". 5.) Worship is foundational advancement. to kingdom

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F.)Priority of Worship--I Peter 2:9-

"But you

are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."

1.) Chosen:

* This word designates one picked out from


among the larger group for special service

* This word describes:


+ Christ as the chosen Messiah of GodLuke 23:35 + angels as messengers from I Tim. 5:21 +believers as recepients Matt. 24:22 heaven-

of God's favor-

2.) The priority and growth in worship births power evangelism and spiritual victories. 3.) I Peter 2:9-notes the "royal priesthood" and the kingly nature of the redeemed worshipper. -This text is rooted in God's call to Israel in Exodus 19:5-7 4.) The spirit of worship is essential to all advancement of the kingdom.

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5.) We only experience promised power for evangelism and spiritual victories as we prioritize and grow in our worship of the living God. 6.) Kingdom power is kept from pollution this way---a kingdom people keep praiseful and worshipful before the king.

7.) I Peter 2:9 *represents a basic revelation of the Bible * God wants a people who: + walk with Him in prayer +march with Him in praise +thank and worship Him

8.) The progression in Peter's description of Kingdom people as kings and priests: * we are a chosen generation *we are a royal priesthood * we are a holy nation * we are His own special people

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II. Prophecy and the Kingdom


A.) Old Testament-Possessing the KingdomDaniel 7:21-22- II I was watching; and the horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom."

1.) Saints possess the kingdom by steadfast battles with a mixture of victory and defeats with the final victory anticipated by Christ's coming. 2.) Daniel's prophecy spans the struggle covering the ages through Messiah's first and second coming.

3.) Daniel uses2 important kingdom terms: a.) dominion-prevailing against saints enemies b.) possess---the saintsto possessthe kingdom 4.) Between the first and second coming of Messiahthe saints "possess"-hold on or occupy the kingdom

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* a long

struggle for the saints

* Christ's cross is forecast as the pivotal


impact upon the enemies of the kingdom

* through

the cross of Messiah/Christ

the saints do battle against God's adversariesl

5.) Daniel's prophecy sovereignity foundational b.) God entrusts kingdom a.) God's sovereignity

balances divine accomplishes the for the

and human responsibility: victory-v.22 the responsibility to His owntoward victory as the

advancement

possessing the kingdom c.) There is movement saints "press in" and seize realms controlled by evil.

d.) The saints wrestle the dominion from the powers of hell, continuing in warfare until the ultimate seating of the Son of God. e.) The foundational fact remains that the struggle between "the saints" and the powers of evil in the world calls each believer to a commitment to vigorous battle with set back and victories anticipated until Christ's return.

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B.) New Testament-Age Rev. 12:10-11

Long Warfare-

"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have come for the accuser of our brethern, who accused them before our God day and night has been case down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

1.) This is an age long battle where the believer is supplied with resources for kingdom victories. 2.) John's prophecy in Rev. 12 conveys the same essential message as Daniel 7. 3.) Revelation 12:1-17 relates: a.) The on going warfare on the earth between the righteous and evil.---v9

b.) The overcoming ability of the redeemed because the "kingdom has come". c.) the 2 edged truth that their victories often cost martyrdom-v.11 d.) The basis of their truimph-the Crossthe blood of the Lamb and the authority of God's Word-the ---v. 12 word of their testimony

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e.). We (the saints today) must realize that our wisdom is to embrace the Cross as our salvation f.) Rev. 12 provides established and source of victory. 2 indisputable facts:

* the kingdom of God has already


the victory over the serpent are required to

* those engaged in conflict in the name of


the Lamb of God sometimes lay down their life for the kingdom.

4.) The kingdom to come (v.lD) shall become the kingdom accomplished---Rev. 19-22 5.) We must do battle in faith and look forward to that day when God's kingdom is a reality--knowing that God's Holy Spirit is preparing us for kingdom victories today.

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