Kingdom government

Kingdom Passport

Introducing the “Kingdom Passport Project”

Every human is a migrant! Some flee from bombs and destruction, others flee from religious or political repression, but most people flee from the traumas of their own past.

KP_Cover_w_StickerThe urging question is, “where to run?” Europe is not really the promised land. Where is the country that so many people feel homesick for, without ever having been there? This booklet addresses that best kept secret of the world.

We are launching a new missionary project that aims at explaining to the above mentioned migrants of all three categories how to become naturalized citizens of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The goal is not to make more proselytes for the religion of Christianity, but to seed into them the Gospel of the Kingdom in such a way, to directly become “citizens of heaven” (Phil 3:20), without the detour of man-made religion. The readers are encouraged to start “Kingdom communities”, explained in the booklet, with the imagery of the Ark. While the entire world increasingly drowns in a whirlpool of events, the house-boats of God do swim! They are the earthly beachheads for the colonies of the Kingdom of heaven, and provide the only firm and secure ground in a world seemingly spinning out of control. This message is also an important topic for the post-Christian societies of the cultural West, which is facing economic, political and moral challenges of dramatic proportions. That is why there is no better way to prepare ourselves for the future than to become determined citizens of the most fascinating domain that will dominate the future of the world ̶ the unshakeable Kingdom of God (Heb 12:28).

This project is different from the classical evangelistic tract distribution which usually aims at leading people to a conversion and membership of a traditional church. This is explicitly an apostolic sowing initiative. Instead of a come-message, this booklet contains a go-message that can and should spread virally. We will only be able to harvest what we have sown. Let us therefore, give this world a new kind of seed! Jesus Christ said it like this: “This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be proclaimed to all people groups, and then the end shall come.”

We distribute these 28-pages, passport size (A6) booklets for free in various languages. The electronic versions can be downloaded at the website www.kingdompassport.eu. It contains the basic, minimum information of the Gospel of the Kingdom. At the end of the booklet we include the most important Laws of Christ, so that anyone can know beforehand what legal framework he can expect in his new home country and start living by it immediately.

We invite anyone who is interested to become a partner in this project. You could help by posting the Kingdom Passport pdf file on your website. Please let us know if you want to be a translator, a distributor, a sponsor (for printing, translation, logistics), or an intercessor of this project. If we want “to harvest without ceasing” (Gal 6:9), we need to start sowing a seed that multiplies itself. And only the seeds of the Kingdom can do that.

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The Inaugration of Government

Pages 146-148 of “The Starfish Manifesto”

Where humans join God voluntarily in this conquest, ever new beachheads of God’s rule are established, breakthroughs and victories are accomplished that advance God’s ultimate plan – that heaven and earth should meet – against the dark schemes of “the enemy”. If the Bible describes “The Kingdom” as the sphere of God’s uncontested rule, we can call the growing synchronization and increasing integration between heaven and earth Kingdomization. Jesus teaches us to pray to our father: “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

The Kingdom is designed to grow on earth, based on two core prerequisites:

1) when and where human beings as individuals place themselves under the King, they become royal subjects, “God’s own possession” (Titus 2:4), sons and daughters of the Kingdom. 2) As they do that in unity with others, and as more and more individuals – starting with two – begin to understand their role and mission in life, they become officials – agents! – of their heavenly King here on earth, his ambassadors, and are empowered and mandated to start establishing his heaven-based Kingdom also here on earth as Jesus did. Just like him they need to die like a kernel of wheat in order to see fruit. And as they do that, they stop being individuals anymore, and become part of a corporate entity, the church, a civitas dei, a city of and under God, where Jesus has promised his presence “when two or three are gathered in my name,” or, an Old Testament precursor of this: “How good it is when brothers dwell together in unity, for there the Lord commands his blessing” (Psalm 133).

Once a part of the Kingdom, people will need to begin functioning according to the laws of the government of this Kingdom – and not anymore according to their own whiff and will, personal preferences, and opinions, the operating system of the world. For a government to be established, it has to be inaugurated, to be sworn in. And once it is operational, it requires not only individual but corporate obedience to the governmental principles of the Kingdom. Much of what the Kingdom actually is all about has been misinterpreted in our modern hyper-individualistic times as individual obedience.

Individuals, passionate for God, pursuing their individual journeys with their God, being obedient to their maker, are simply not enough. Individual Christians make no sense whatsoever. That aspect of individualism, seen through the glasses of our modern times and mainly a problem of the highly liberalized West, is not entirely correct. And to reject the fact that a kingdom has rules and regulations, and to demand or celebrate the complete absence of systems or structure is neither a biblical nor a particularly mature thing to do. It is chaos, absence of order, and has neither a lasting shelf life nor power to change anything. The anti-institutionalism that we often see today among many Christians is often born out of the spirit of the Age – remember Elvis, Marlon Brando, jazz, Hip-Hop, Pop, 1968, the results of an age where being anti-everything was hip and cool? But many Christians are also perplexed: if the church is supposed to be the solution, why do they experience so many problems with the church? Many have wandered the minefields of church systems not at all built in accordance to God’s patterns and have been cut and bruised in the process. Today, many carry wounds of loneliness, bitterness and rebellion, suffering from church-produced – ecclesiogene – traumas, wounds and neuroses. But none of this should cloud the reality that a Kingdom is not a group of individuals doing what they want, but a group that does as it should. It has to learn the high art of moving in unison, flying like birds in formation, swimming like fish in a shoal. This only becomes possible when the sons and daughters of the Kingdom will specifically agree on three things: a) who they are (and therefore what their specific role is), b) what the general objective is (the mission), c) and what the battle plan, the overall architecture looks like. This can only happen when people reach a certain maturity level, a level of Christian existence I call corporate obedience, where people start to do what the early church modeled for all of us. They preached as one, acted as one, they were one. And God was with them, because they respected and reflected his building principles of ekklesia. One of these principles was: they dwelled in unity, so God could command his blessing. This is how the apostolic multiplication of the church to the ends of the earth began. Another principle was apostolic alignment: apostles were able and allowed to function as apostles, and the rest of the body aligned itself into their architectural design.

Once this crucial oneness has been established, then the Kingdom can expand, according to the will of Jesus who taught us to pray: “Your Kingdom come.” The Kingdom is designed to grow organically, “like a mustard seed,” says Jesus, and it grows unerringly towards a culmination point, a climax. The Bible calls that ultimate historic apex the “fullness of time,” when the fullness (Greek: pleroma; Rom 11:12) of the gentiles are brought into the Kingdom, when all nations have heard the gospel of the Kingdom (Matt. 24:14), and all nations are being discipled (Mt 28:18). “With your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on earth” (Rev. 5:9.10). This speaks of the time seen by Daniel, when the rock, Jesus, devastatingly thrown without a human hand at the feet of the Statue representing systems of human might has grown to became a mountain and filled the whole earth (Daniel 2), when “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Rev. 11:15). From our present day situation, this will mean getting the church ready to become truly prepared for a host of mass movements in order to reach all those goals, rather than to be or to remain a reflective group with a ghetto-mindset that huddles together in seemingly safe traditions and that tries to weather the storms our globe will go through.