Possessing the Kingdom

One morning I awakened to a prompting of the number 721. I was unsure as to whether the number was in reference to a date, a time, to a Scripture or to something. When I was unable to determine specifics, I set it aside until the Lord was ready to reveal more details to me. Later that day I lay down to worship and listen, and immediately heard “Daniel.” Daniel 7:21. “I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.” I then proceeded to meditate on Daniel 7:15-22, which is not unlike much of what is transpiring globally today. I was stirred with an excitement in my spirit about Daniel having a vision that pertained to the very days in which we are living! I also sensed the Lord’s urgency for us as His disciples to unite in prayer concerning verse 22, because the time has come for the saints to possess the Kingdom. We have already been given the favor of Christ, and all things with which to discern and act from in Him (Romans 5:2, 2 Peter 1:3). We have His Word and His Spirit to give us spiritual eyes and ears with which to receive His favor, and to partner with Him in possessing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

We know an anti-Christ spirit is waging war on Christianity in our own nation. We know the enemy is waging war against the saints, and in so many cases, he has ‘appeared’ to be prevailing, even though we are already aligned in the favor of Christ as we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. What are we not understanding about the greater works He said we would do (John 14:12), other than the obvious, that Christ has not yet returned, we have not yet received our glorified bodies, nor is this Earth the ‘New Heaven’ or the ‘New Earth’ that He has gone to prepare? What does it mean to possess the Kingdom, and to pray His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, since as disciples of Christ, we have already received His Kingdom and His favor?

I believe the saints of the Kingdom have been journeying through an appointed time of testing, refining, maturation, and transformation, in order to better carry the very nature of the Father in Christ (Ecclesiastes 3:1, Habakkuk 2:2-3). As humans, unless our flesh is submitted to the will of the Father, we misuse His power, His strength and His authority, which accompany His favor for bringing Heaven’s perspective and provision to Earth.1 The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been misrepresented far too long (see my article on Religion or Relationship). His saints have been cooperating with a transformation period of learning to walk in the fruit of the Vine (John 15:4-8), which will result in His favor being released in greater measure, empowering us to partner with His Spirit and His Word in possessing the Kingdom. We must learn to see our circumstances and our world from Heaven’s economy, and then bring that perspective to Earth through our worship, praise and thanksgiving; through abiding in Christ and operating in the Fruits of His Spirit; and through releasing the giftings He has given to each to manifest His glory and His heart out in and to a world who needs to KNOW Him, not just about Him.

What does possessing the Kingdom look like? In reading Daniel 7:15-22. verse 18 states,“But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.” We must first receive the Kingdom in order to possess it. Receiving the Kingdom comes through our repentance, for the Kingdom is at hand (Matthew 4:17), through receiving the gift of the Father’s love and forgiveness in Christ, and through seeking first the righteousness of Christ (Matthew 6:33). In order to possess the Kingdom, we have to seek our King and His righteousness: all He has extended to us and accomplished on our behalf. We seek to know and understand who Jesus and all His favor has made us to be. To possess the Kingdom we must learn to perceive ourselves as the Father sees us through the love of the shed blood of His perfected Son and His righteousness (Heaven’s perspective), and then learn to walk in continual relationship  with His Spirit. Wholehearted seeking (Matthew 22:37) and being aligned in Christ – His blood-covered favor, His Word & His Spirit – releases revelation for partnering with the Father in possessing His Kingdom on the Earth.

It’s one thing to read a truth, another to know or understand a truth in one’s mind, and yet another to be transformed by a revelation of that truth in one’s spirit and soul. When we really take hold of the truth of the Kingdom, we understand it’s all about what the blood of Jesus has already accomplished. It’s about cooperating with His Spirit and His Word at work within us, transforming us into the very nature of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). We pursue His presence to possess His love, as love is an actual position in Him. We pursue His presence to possess His joy, as joy is an actual position in Him. We pursue His presence to possess His peace, as peace is an actual position in Him, as is every other Fruit of His Spirit. His Kingdom is His very nature, and in Christ we have been given favor to tangibly possess the fullness thereof. Mindboggling!

To conclude, I believe the entire Word-filled, Spirit-filled Body of Christ has been in an intense and accelerated season of this very process for such times as these. The world is either currently looking or will soon be looking for people who not only know the truth, but actually know the Truth in the Person of Christ Jesus and walk it out. Kingdom citizens have been devoting and yielding themselves to His plan for their lives, and are actually learning to walk out the truth of His very nature manifesting in us…loving others with His love, and experiencing His joy and peace, regardless of circumstances…learning to pursue and carry a greater measure of His tangible, weighty presence into whatever atmosphere we are sent. He has been ‘fine tuning’ His orchestra, in order that we ‘play’ in tune, in time, and in harmony with His conducting, His favor, and with one another, as we learn to seek His higher ways in possessing the Kingdom of Heaven on the Earth. There is a multitude who has not ENCOUNTERED the living Christ that has yet to take their place in His Kingdom Symphonie. The Kingdom orchestra needs to brilliantly resound in order for the all of the individual notes to be drawn to their place in His magnificently beautiful and creative masterpiece. The Body of Christ should be stirred to great joy and excitement, to go deep, high and wide in relationship with Him, in continual pursuit of His presence, because we were created for this very day and hour to be His hands and feet on the Earth. It is our time to partner with the King of Kings in possessing His Kingdom!