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How to Understand “The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence”

What did Jesus mean in Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16 when He said, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force?” After a detailed study, I believe a more accurate translation is, ‘From the days of John the Baptist until now men are forcefully pressing into the kingdom of heaven, and eager men pursue it, grab hold of it, and forcefully claim it.’

For years I thought the verse “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force” meant something negative. Like me, have you pondered how the Devil could possibly use violent men to abuse the kingdom of God? Now I know that’s the exact opposite of what Jesus really meant, as I’ll prove below.

The kingdom of God suffers violence: John the Baptist

Matthew places our subject verse “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence” between some fantastic verses about John the Baptist.

Matthew 11:11-15

John was the greatest man who ever lived – Until God’s kingdom came to earth

Jesus praised John the Baptist, saying John was the greatest man that ever lived in the 4000 years since Adam. Think about it…John the Baptist was greater than Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and all the prophets!

And yet, beginning with the proclamation of God’s kingdom coming onto the earth, Jesus said every person in the Kingdom of heaven–even the weakest and most humble of them–are greater than John and all the ancient patriarchs. How can this be?

The kingdom of God is a new humanity

Members of God’s kingdom are greater because they’re no longer ‘mere men;’ they are reborn–they’re a new creation. Members of God’s kingdom are begotten-again of God’s Spirit. They are ‘born again’ as a new kind of human. They literally become a child of Almighty God. Here are 3 verses attesting to this fact:

1 Peter 1:23
John 3:3
1 Corinthians 3:3

Luke’s version of our main subject verse agrees.

Luke 16:16

John’s ministry marked a turning point in the evolution of God’s plan for mankind. Until John and Jesus began proclaiming that God’s kingdom had arrived on the earth, the law and the prophets were the highest form of God’s revelation to man. But then, John and Jesus proclaimed that God’s kingdom had come, eclipsing the law and the prophets as the highest manifestation of God’s revelation to mankind.

With reference to the kingdom of God, what is John the Baptist’s significance? John’s role was to announce the coming King, Israel’s Messiah, the royal Son of David, and to smooth the way for this King’s arrival. His primary message was,

Matthew 3:2

The kingdom of God suffers violence: Elijah

Jesus said John the Baptist fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy that Elijah the prophet would come before the Day of the Lord.

Malachi 4:5-6

Jesus came in history, but He is also coming again in our future. In the same way, many believe there will be a double fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy. That is, John fulfilled the prophecy 2000 years ago, but Elijah will also come again in the end time as one of the Two Witnesses in Revelation chapter 11.

And so now, in the 21st century, when Jewish and Messianic Christian families celebrate the annual Passover dinner, they always set a place at the table for Elijah in anticipation of his promised return.

The proclamation of God’s kingdom signaled the turning point in God’s plan for mankind

Why is the proclamation of the kingdom of God the turning point in mankind’s history? How is the world different before and after this event?

For about 4000 years, from Adam until Jesus, not even one person lived a sinless life. All had sinned and therefore all were under the power of the lord of this world system, the Devil.

1 John 5:19

But then, Jesus lived a sinless life as defined by God through the Hebrew Bible, also know as ‘the law and the prophets.’ Even before His death on the cross, as a sinless man He claimed the right to exercise dominion over creation, according to God’s blessing to our first ancestors in Genesis chapter one:

Genesis 1:28

Jesus displaced the Devil as Lord of mankind

Therefore, when John and Jesus proclaimed the kingdom of God, they proclaimed (to both men and angels) that Jesus displaced the Devil as the lord of this world. Jesus restored mankind’s original authority over creation. God finally had a man who could begin the restoration of God’s intent for creation–that all creatures would live in obedience and fellowship with their Creator.

The good news of the kingdom of God

The good news of the kingdom of God is that, through Jesus, the Devil’s authority has been overpowered. Jesus authenticated His kingdom message by binding the Devil and plundering the Devil’s kingdom during His earthly ministry. He healed people, walked on water, raised the dead, cast-out demons…

Jesus said,

Matthew 12:28-29

What is the kingdom of God?

So, through faith in Jesus, we can now enter the kingdom of God. But, what is this kingdom?

Answering the question “What is the kingdom of God” would become a whole book in itself. So for now, here’s a brief summary definition.

Definition of the kingdom of God

Today, the kingdom of God includes all people reconciled to God through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice; people who honor His authority in their daily lives. It also includes spirits (angels, etc.) who are not in rebellion against God.

At the end of this age, God will institute the Millennial Reign of Jesus over all nations.

For sinners, the initial door into God’s kingdom is repentance. The path from there is discipleship, in cooperation with God’s Holy Spirit. This cooperation continues until we’re complete and mature, with the character and righteousness of Jesus.

The kingdom of heaven suffers violence? This doesn’t make sense.

Forcefully pressing into the kingdom

How can the kingdom of heaven suffer violence? It just doesn’t make sense. One big problem is that it contradicts Jesus’ victory and current position at the right hand of God. For example, this verse says that after His victory on the cross Jesus openly humiliated all of His spiritual enemies.

Colossians 2:15

The ‘Gates of Hades’ shall not withstand the Ekklesia’s advance

God’s kingdom is not under violent attack. No! We’re not on the defensive.

On the contrary, the disciples of the Messiah are advancing the kingdom of God against the enemy. Jesus said their gates shall not withstand our advance.

The historical ‘Gates of Hades’

What are these enemy’s gates that shall not withstand our advance?

Caesarea Philippi was the ‘home’ of the pagan god Pan on Mount Hermon. It’s in the far Northern part of Israel, bordering Syria. This is ‘the gates of Hades,’ where pagans offered human sacrifices by throwing them into a huge, deep cave.

Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi exhibit – the ‘Gates of Hades’

Jesus intentionally chose this pagan spiritual stronghold at Caesarea Philippi to ‘poke the Devil in the eye.’ This is where He proclaimed:

Matthew 16:18

What Jesus really meant in Matthew 11:12 | the kingdom of heaven suffers violence

In the beginning of this article I said we should understand Matthew 11:12 as saying:

“men are forcefully pressing-into the kingdom of heaven, and eager men pursue it, grab hold of it, and forcefully claim it.”

Let’s dissect this sentence to learn why this is the correct meaning, and how the common translations are not only misleading, but harmful.

The original Greek word biazatai is translated ‘suffers violence’ in many translations. However, in Luke 16:16 biazatai is ‘forcing his way into’ or ‘pressing into.’ This is the correct meaning instead of ‘suffers violence.’

‘Violent men take it by force’

The root for biazatai “suffer violence” is biazo. In the example below you can see this term is positive in the only two places where the Bible uses this word: Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16.

https://biblehub.com/greek/971.htm

Eager men pursue the kingdom of God

‘Violent men’ is the Greek word biastes, which (as you can see below) means ‘one who is eager in pursuit’ or ‘positive assertiveness… of the believer living in faith.’

So, according to the ‘word studies’ at the bottom of the snapshot below, it’s reasonable to replace “the violent man taking the kingdom of God by force” with “an eager Christian believer who is positively ‘fired up’ to pursue the kingdom of God.”

This is a much-different (and much better) understanding than I had when I looked at it from a negative perspective–i.e., violent men abusing the kingdom.

https://biblehub.com/greek/973.htm

‘The kingdom of God suffers violence’ means we must seize it!

‘Harpazousin’ the kingdom of God

The final Greek word to shine light on the meaning of Matthew 11:12 is harpazousin, a variant of the root word harpazo.

Bible students will instantly recognize harpazo as the same Greek word the Bible uses for the ‘rapture‘ or catching-away of the saints.

As you can see below, harpazo means to seize or snatch-up using an open, public display of force. In combination with the words we’ve already discussed above, the context of harpazo in Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16 means to decisively grab onto, hold, and eagerly claim the kingdom of God.

https://biblehub.com/greek/726.htm
Philippians 3:12-14

The kingdom of God suffers violence — Conclusions

1. Based on the information presented above, here’s how we should read Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16:

2. “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence” is a bad translation. It presents a negative, defensive perspective, as if the Devil’s forces assail God’s kingdom. The opposite is true.

3. The correct interpretation teaches us that we cannot enter God’s kingdom passively. We must actively eagerly press into it, pursue it, grab onto it, and claim it with both hands.

What Do You Think?

Did this article answer all your questions on this topic? Please leave a comment below and tell me:

  • Did the information in this article satisfy you?
  • Or, did it leave you wanting more?

Q: Almost all Bible translations present Matthew 11:12 from a negative perspective, as if the kingdom of heaven is being attacked by violent men. How can they all be wrong?

A: You’re correct in saying that almost all translations use the negative perspective of Mt 11:12. Some exceptions are God’s Word Translation and the Jubilee Bible 2000. I explained my rationale for the positive perspective of Mt 11:12 in the article above. Snapshots show the Greek word meanings. A positive interpretation fits much better into the overall context of the Bible as a whole.

Q: How can I press-into the kingdom of heaven, pursue it, grab hold of it, and forcefully claim it?

A: Here’s a short answer:

  1. Repent of your sins and receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice for your sins. Receive new life from God as a result. (Romans chapters 1-6)
  2. Walk in discipleship, which means daily obedience to and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8)
  3. Be proactive to study and meditate on the kingdom of God. Today’s ministers (almost universally) neglect God’s kingdom in their teaching.
  4. Serve and fellowship with fellow disciples of Jesus.

44 comments

  1. Thanks for. Breaking the scripture down. The word says we have to grab hold to. Eternal life. And fight the good. Fight of. Faith. God bless

  2. Thank God for this explination . I wholeheartedly agree !We should be RUNNING towards heaven with zeal !

    1. Ali,

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  3. always though the violence required to take the kingdom was to repent to dethrone ourselves as king and enthrone the real king innour lives. repentance is an act of violence it is a whole hearted rebellion against our own flesh.

  4. Jesus is explaining that for us to enter the new and everlasting covenant will require us to be prepared to suffer as we deny the fleshly passions, and while we are living in this world where evil (the adversary) exists and while people are being controlled by their fleshly passions that causes them to behave against the nature of the Heavenly Father. People that are led by the flesh will persecute the Lord’s people who are focusing and living by the love of the Heavenly Father including the fruits of the spirit.

    Luke 16:16
    16 “The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one (will suffer to enter life).

    Matthew 7:13-14 – Revised Standard Version
    13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

    Mark 10:24-27 – Revised Standard Version
    24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

    Luke 18:24-27 – Revised Standard Version
    24 Jesus looking at him said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” 27 But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

    Hebrews 10:32-39 – Revised Standard Version
    32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on the prisoners, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised. 37 “For yet a little while, and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry; 38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
    39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and keep their souls.

    Matthew 10:21-23 – Revised Standard Version
    21 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.

    Matthew 13:18-23 – Revised Standard Version
    18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

    2 Corinthians 1:5-7 – Revised Standard Version
    5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

    Hebrews 12:3-11- Revised Standard Version
    3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?—
    “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

    James 1:12 – Revised Standard Version
    Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.

    1 Peter 2:19-20 – Revised Standard Version
    19 For one is approved if, mindful of God, he endures pain while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it, if when you do wrong and are beaten for it you take it patiently? But if when you do right and suffer for it you take it patiently, you have God’s approval.

    1 Corinthians 10:12-13 – Revised Standard Version
    12 Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

    Hebrews 5:7-11 – Revised Standard Version
    7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchiz′edek.
    11 About this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

    For those who have (been born anew / born from above) entered into the new and everlasting life through being baptized, which is the Baptism of Jesus Christ, and received the Holy Spirit are a new creation and have started the putting off of the old life, which are the passions of the flesh and as we know the passions of the flesh can at times be quite deep in us and so as we are being changed into the nature of the Heavenly Father, this momentary affliction will at times be painful and we will suffer as we turn away from the ways of thinking and behaviors. We are now being trained to think on the way of the spirit:
    Romans 8:3-8 – Revised Standard Version
    3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

    Romans 12:1-2- Revised Standard Version
    1 I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

  5. Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus says to the crowds, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.” The title for Flannery O’Connor’s irresistibly powerful second and final novel, The Violent Bear It Away, is taken from the Douay-Rheims translation of this last phrase.

    This famously ambiguous passage has given rise to a variety of interpretations over the centuries. Many have taken it to mean that the kingdom of God is attacked by violent people (such as those who killed John the Baptist) and that they threaten to take it away. But others have interpreted it in the opposite direction, as a word of praise to the spiritually violent who manage to get into the kingdom. Flannery O’Connor herself sides with this latter group.

    The “violent,” on this reading, are those spiritually heroic types who resist the promptings and tendencies of our fallen nature and seek to discipline it in various ways in order to enter into the kingdom of God.

  6. We press into the Kingdom of God by faith. With forceful and aggressive faith we take hold of God’s Kingdom as believers in Christ Jesus… Thank you very much for sharing this revelation from God. It never made sense that the Kingdom suffered violence. I’m grateful for you obedience to share. May God continue to bless and keep you and your loved ones 🙏🏾 ❤

  7. Grateful for your work on this.
    Another issue is whether the verb “biazatai” is active or passive. I have heard this verse taught as if the Kingdom of God is invading or forcefully pressing into the world. I notice that Thayer’s Greek Lexicon allows for the verb to be active but says it is very rare. I am curious about your thoughts on that.
    This verse has puzzled me for a while and I think it is the translation that opts for “violence or violent”. Violent is generally a negative term in our minds. I wonder if the verb had that kind of connotation in Jesus’ day or not. If Jesus was speaking this word to us would he have used the word “violent”?
    I think the context supports your understanding. The Pharisees did not accept or embrace the teachings of John or Jesus. Jesus is exposing them as those who are not forcefully pressing into the message of the kingdom, they have done the opposite. Rather than forceful men who are grasping hold of the message, they are like children in the market who complain that what is offered is not to their liking.
    One critique. I thought the citing of Phil 3:12-14 was significant until I realized that the Greek in Philippians is not the word “harpazo” . It would be a much stronger connection point if it was the same word. I think you can still include it but you should clarify that it is a different Greek word, so you are talking about a concept connection rather that a word usage connection.

  8. The Holy Spirit of God is so on point!! I got up this morning after having a vision of me and some others just praying and proclaiming that it is finished! You know that verse dropped into my spirit the kingdom of God suffer violence and violent men take it by force. I started to look I tell you it makes perfect sense! The Holy Spirit dropped it in my spirit to go deep into this scripture and finally understand what it is saying. God be the glory!!

  9. This was perfect!! I think it’s good, they have it worded the way it is in the translation, because then people like us who are pursuing the Kingdom, will do just that! Try to find out what it means!!

    Blessings to all and thank you!

  10. Woow super explanation, I understood well after reading this article and also the training the Lord taking me through as well. Thank you.

    It is so important we study the bible properly otherwise we can be mislead.

  11. God bless you for breaking it down to me so clearly . I love the way you broke it down . Now I have a clear understanding of what this means and I’m so happy it does not have a negative meaning . Thank you God bless you .

    1. I’ve been a Christian for 32 years and early on I came upon this verse and pondered what this meant …… and did come to conclude that ….. if a person is going to get to Heaven he will have to get there on purpose , that he will not just waltz into Heaven , he’s not going to stumble into Heaven , he’s not going to (metophoriccally speaking ) float into Heaven as person that is riding an inner tube on a lazy river crosses the end of the ride …..

      He’s going to get there on purpose , he’s coming in the gate kicking and screaming , he will not allow himself to not get there , he will destroy every enemy in his way of crossing that finish line , he will claw down the Jasper Walls single and barehandedly !!!!!! by faith , by the Blood of Jesus !!!!!! , he will by no means backdown , hesitate , sainter in , traipse through , he’s coming in to be with his Perfect , Forgiving , Almighty , Benevolent Merciful Father , he knows on Whom he believes and knows how to get there and get there he will !!!!!!

      Lance Armstrong said “ when I die , I want to be careening down a steep Alpine mountainside peddling my heart out and destroy , obliterate the finish line ribbon “ This is not his quote verbatim but it should paint the picture as to the violence with which he wanted to pass from this world to his Heaven ….. I don’t know if he was a Christian but I just wanted to convey my thoughts of the violent taking Heaven by force ……

  12. Wow! Transformative Thinking Here!
    There Must Be Tons of Misinterpretations. Thank God For The Holy Ghost Who Can Make Plain The Difficult Things. Press On Christian Soldiers! Press On Until The Battle/Pursuit Is Won! 🙌

  13. Thank you so much! I always believed this to be positive and through the power of the Holy Spirit I understood it to mean exactly what you said. This is confirmation that what I believed is truly the correct interpretation! Thank you for the labor of love in your word study. It proves that Gods Holy Spirit is revealing truth through His Holy word to believers. What an Awesome God we serve!! The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against us. This implies we are attacking the gates of Hell by laying down our lives and living in full surrender to our Commander and Chief the Lord Jesus Christ! We will have the Victory when we are on our knees interceding for the lost and putting on the full armor of God!! Amen! Let it Be Dear Lord!! 🙏🏻

  14. Maybe the word suffer needs examination. As when Jesus said “suffer the children to come to me” suffer would be to patiently allow. The Kingdom patiently allowing the eager and desperate, forceful grasping of mankind’s determined exercise of faith to apprehend and defend the kingdom in our lives.

    1. Owen,
      1. In the KJV, Luke 18:16 says “Suffer little children to come unto me.”
      In this verse the word translated suffer is aphete, which means ‘permit.’ But, the word translated ‘suffer’ in the KJV in Matthew 11:12, where it says, “the kingdom of God suffers violence,” is the Greek word biazatai, which means ‘forcefully press into.’ So, even though the KJV uses the same word ‘suffer’ in both verses, they have very different meanings in the original Greek.

      2. You wrote the “eager and desperate, forceful grasping of mankind’s determined exercise of faith to apprehend and defend the kingdom in our lives.”
      This sounds like what I wrote, “men are forcefully pressing-into (biazetai) the kingdom of heaven, and eager men (biastai) pursue it, grab hold of it, and forcefully claim it (harpazousin).
      So, I think we’re basically in agreement.

      Shalom brother.

  15. Great study of the proper use of the term “kingdom suffers force”.

    Isn’t the aswer “how to enter the kingdom”? as you mentioned? After salvation, we can return to our original purpose “to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28

    This is done by using the name of Jesus subduing the earth.

    Thanks

    1. Keith,

      Thanks brother.

      Yes, I agree the main point of what Jesus was teaching in Matthew 11:12 was ‘how to enter the kingdom.’ He said we must forcefully press into the kingdom of heaven, and eagerly pursue it, grab hold of it, and forcefully claim it.

      Regarding “fill the earth and subdue it” two verses immediately come into my mind:

      1. “Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end.” Isaiah 9:7 I believe that in the ages to come His faithful saints will not only govern the entire earth, but a populated universe as well.
      2. “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” Psalm 110:1, Heb 1:13, 10:13, Mt 22:44
      Before Jesus can stand up and return to earth in His second coming, all His enemies must be subjugated under His authority. How will this happen?
      His ‘overcoming’ saints must cause the Devil and his angels to be cast down. We are His body, so we’ve got to cause them to be put under our feet. I explain how this will occur in The Overcomers Treasure Map, available as a free PDF on the Spiritual Warfare tab of this website.

      Shalom brother

  16. Your clarification of this scripture was extremely helpful. The Holy Spirit has high lighted it to me for years and I have struggled to fully grasp it’s meaning. Thank you.

  17. I’ve been going through tough trial and the clarification of these key verses has really bless me. I totally agree with this stand because of the whole context of that passage.

    Thank you for having shared this knowledge that is useful for the body of Christ.

    Gretings and Blessings!

  18. This is the best interpretation for this particular word of Truth so far. I am really blessed to learn this from you. Thankyou thankyou. Blessings

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