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    A Strange Antagonism
    by C. O. Stadsklev

    Quite often people question me about the strange antagonism which is so prevalent and so evident toward the Gospel of the Kingdom and the National Message of the Scriptures.

    Such uncalled-for hostility on the part of many Christians has puzzled me for years, but I believe I can account for this strange and unreasonable antagonism.

    I am convinced that this hostility to the Gospel of the Kingdom is Satan inspired just as Satan prompted Peter to persuade the Christ ...
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    From Abram through Armageddon
    by C. O. Stadsklev

    Two Great Purposes of God

    In this Bible study, which we shall entitle From Abram through Armageddon, we shall consider two of the most timely and yet to many, two of the most startling revelations found in the Scripture.

    As with all great Bible doctrines, these two doctrines have their beginning in the Book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. To those who will stop and consider there is tremendous significance in the fact that it was after Abram's "return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh," that Melchizedek "the priest of the most high God" blessed Abram and served him bread and wine.

    Why did Melchizedek choose this particular time to bless Abram and serve him bread and wine?

    In appearing to Abram after Abram returned from the slaughter of four aggressive heathen kings, Melchizedek "the priest of the most high God" sets forth two great purposes and provisions of God which have run parallel throughout the Scriptures from Abram through Armageddon.

    1) Abram's descendants through Isaac were ordained of God—before the birth of Isaac—to administer judgment and justice not only among their own people, but among other nations and races as well.

    2) Before Isaac was born these same Isaac sons were placed in a blood covenant relationship with God, thereby giving them God's protection as they administered God's civil and moral laws.

    We shall first consider the blood covenant relationship which has existed throughout history between Almighty God and the Anglo-Saxon people, who are the literal and physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    Abram's military campaign to deliver five heathen kings from four aggressive heathen kings and how Melchizedek met Abram upon his return and blessed Abram, serving him bread and wine, is recorded in the 14th chapter of Genesis.

    Many Bible students merely see significance in the fact that Abram armed his own men and through force delivered his nephew Lot. But Abram did more than rescue Lot from unjust and cruel oppression. He also delivered the king of Sodom by defeating the four aggressive kings led by Chedorlaomer.

    The fact that Melchizedek served Abram bread and wine, and blessed Abram, shows clearly that there was a blood covenant between God and Abram, and that this covenant involved Abram's enemies.

    Turning to the 15th chapter of Genesis we find a very definite statement, and a very definite act by God, showing clearly that Abram's seed through Isaac were in a blood covenant relationship with God.

    As we consider this blood covenant which God Himself established with the Isaac sons, we must realize and remember that a blood covenant is the most sacred and binding covenant known to either God or man, and under no circumstance can a blood covenant be broken.

    In Genesis 15:9 God said the following to Abram: "Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.

    "And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

    "And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram: and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not their's, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

    "... And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces."

    The smoking furnace and the burning lamp that passed between those pieces of slain bodies was the presence of God sealing with His presence the blood covenant He had made with Abram's seed in verses 13 and 14. You recall God appeared to Moses as fire in the burning bush, and in Hebrews 12:29 we are told "our God is a consuming fire."

    Some of the tremendous power and significance of this blood covenant is seen in the fact that 400 years later, when the time for the Exodus had come, it was "the blood of a lamb on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses of the Israelites" that made possible and brought about the deliverance of the Isaac sons from the Egyptian bondage and servitude.

    We must not lose sight of the fact that the miraculous deliverance from Egypt was the deliverance of a race. While personal salvation is typified in the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, this was the deliverance of Abram's physical seed through Isaac, as God promised Abram. The Exodus was the deliverance of one race from bondage, oppression and servitude of another race—namely, the Egyptians.
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    The Cleansing of Our Nation
    by Rev. C. O. Stadsklev

    Perhaps the simplest and clearest parable given by the Lord on the cleansing of the Kingdom of God on earth in these last days is the parable on the tares recorded in Matthew 13, verses 24 through 30. The interpretation by the Lord is given in verses 37 through 42.

    Let us consider ...
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    America in the Kingdom Parables
    by C. O. Stadsklev

    The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

    Introduction

    All the prophets and the apostles, as well as the Lord in His kingdom parables, spoke of the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, as a way of life, which was to be established and come into manifestation here on earth.

    The prophets and the apostles also taught, just as did the Lord, that the Kingdom of Heaven on earth would become manifest on earth in the last days.

    These inspired writers also taught that in the "last days" the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, on earth would be the greatest and the most exalted kingdom or nation on earth.

    Since our study of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be largely limited to what the Lord taught, we shall cite but few passages from the Old Scriptures. At this juncture we want to call your attention to Micah 4:1: "But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it."

    The word "mountain," as every Bible student knows, symbolizes kingdom, and "hills" symbolize nations.

    Therefore Micah 4:1 could be paraphrased to read, "But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the kingdom nation of the house of the Lord shall be established at the top of the kingdoms, and it shall be exalted above the nations."

    In order to clearly and firmly establish in our minds the fact that God's great ultimate purpose throughout the ages has been, and still is, the Kingdom of God on earth, we shall quote a few scriptures and list others.

    While it was left largely to the prophets to set forth God's ultimate and long-range purpose for this earth, this purpose is clearly indicated throughout all the Scriptures.

    One such scripture is Numbers 14:20-21 where we read, "And the Lord said, I have pardoned according to thy word: But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord."

    Psalm 72 sets forth God's final purpose for this earth, so we shall note a number of verses from this beautiful prophecy that will soon be a reality.

    "Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

    "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

    "He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust ....

    "Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy ....

    "His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen."

    Rather than quoting here more scriptures revealing God's ultimate purpose for this earth, please read at your leisure Isaiah, chapters 2, 11, 32, 35 and 66.

    The prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Micah, Zephaniah and others all prophesied that God's ultimate purpose for the earth is the Kingdom of God on earth, when the will of God shall be done in earth as it is in heaven. For this reason this Kingdom of God on earth is often spoken of as the Kingdom of Heaven because it is of heavenly origin.

    With this summation in mind of what the Old Scriptures teach concerning the Kingdom of God on earth, we shall consider what the Lord taught relative to the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, on earth.

    In Matthew 6:9,10 Jesus exhorted His disciples to make the Kingdom of God their first petition. In these verses we read, "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." The church has prayed this prayer for 1,900 years and now, according to prophecy and the Lord's parables, the time has come for this prayer to be answered.

    One of the first references in the New Scriptures to the Kingdom of Heaven on earth is Matthew 8:11,12: "And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

    Here we learn that the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be the fulfillment of the promise of a great nation that was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    The first recorded promise God made to Abraham is found in Genesis 12:2 where we read, "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing." Subsequent prophecy makes it clear that this nation was to come into being in the "last days" as we have shown in our book, The United States in Bible Prophecy.

    From the Lord's statement in Matthew 8:11 we would expect most of the people who enter this kingdom or nation to come from, or enter from, the east and the west rather than from the north and the south. The expression "sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven" means that the people who are fortunate enough to enter this nation would enjoy and take part in the national and material blessing God promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    In verse 12 Jesus makes a statement which He repeats and emphasizes in great detail in other kingdom parables, namely, that this kingdom of God would be cleansed, and even the children of the ...