Program: Lekki Soul Centre (LSC)
Date: Wednesday, 5th April 2023
1. (Heb. 2:5-8). God's intention has always been to set up His kingdom in man, but He could not give it to a living soul. There was something God had in His mind; that was why He constantly visited man. God gave Adam and Eve a dominion that was over all the works of His hands. However, there was another dominion God originally intended to give Adam – a Kingdom that the God of heaven would set up.
2. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Dan. 2:44). The God of heaven setting up a Kingdom connotes that the operations of such a Kingdom would be the operations of God. God had been intermingling with the kingdoms on the earth before this time, but it was not yet the season for Him to set up His kingdom on earth. When the God of heaven begins to set up His kingdom, the kingdoms typified in king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream would no longer have a physical expression on the earth but very much in operation in the spirit. The stone that was cut out without hands in Daniel 2:34 speaks of the Kingdom that shall be set up by the God of heaven. The stone was cut out of its original place ‒ God (Rev. 4:3).
3. “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  for our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:28-29).” Both Daniel and Paul were referring to the same Kingdom. While the book of Daniel referred to it as a Kingdom that shall not be destroyed, the book of Hebrews referred to it as a Kingdom that cannot be moved. The same stone is the operation of our God who is a consuming fire – one that will consume every other kingdom such that there will be no more place for them (Dan. 2:35). The Kingdom which the stone will set up will be indestructible and stand forever because it will be set up by God and not man; it is an everlasting Kingdom.
4. (Heb. 2:7-10). God’s original intention is to put all things under man, but man ought to come into glory before this can happen. Jesus had to come in the similitude of the first man (Adam) to show us the process of receiving the Kingdom. Adam had the glory of the earth, but the Son of God has a higher glory that made Him able to officiate a dominion that cannot be destroyed by the thief or one who is corrupted. It takes God to give such a dominion to man, but there is a process involved.
5. What made Jesus (last Adam) different from the first Adam is that the first aborted the “suffering of death” programme, whereas He (Jesus) went through all the temptations and sufferings required and fulfilled the demands of God. The first Adam ought to reject the serpent’s offer and die to the promises of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which was a good death. Rather, Adam died the death of what the devil offered. The introduction of the “suffering of death” programme starts with the faith of the Son of God (Gal. 2:20). The commandment given to Adam in the garden was a programme of faith (Gen. 2:16-17). It was a prototype of the Most Holy faith programme that would give man a right of way to the tree of life. Adam was meant to fulfill that programme so that the way to the tree of life could be opened to him.
6. There is a suffering of death that separates one from the evil one, and another that makes one depart (separate) from the living God. The latter was the temptation Adam fell into. Adam was supposed to depart from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19b), but he did what made him depart from the living God. Every departure is death. If he had departed from that evil (iniquity), he would have been purified unto good works (2 Tim. 2:21; Tit. 2:14).
7. Adam disobeyed God when he partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This led to him losing the dominion he had to Satan. Satan became a legal rebel holder of dominion and authority. Satan and his angels began to use that dominion to perpetuate their reign on the earth. Satan manipulated the dominion of the earth, which is why men on earth became powerful and could now easily work with spirits. Spirits cannot rule on the earth without man’s involvement because God did not give the earth to them to rule. Similarly, the God of heaven cannot also run His programme on earth without cross-breeding with man.
8. We see the expression of the dominion used by spirits in the beast and the false prophet. In Revelations 13, a beast came from the sea and another beast – the false prophet – came from the earth. They were using the dominion Adam handed over to Satan. When the dominion of the earth that was given to Adam is crossbred with spirits, the result is false beasts (2 Pet. 2:1-2). Satan camouflaged himself in the first beast that came out of the sea giving him his power, seat and authority; while Satan’s angels trained the false prophet and expressed themselves through him in order to get men to follow Satan in the beast. Satan, the beast and the false prophet share the same properties (Rev. 16:13).
9. Satan, being a fallen Cherub, manipulated the dominion he robbed man of such that when it began to find expression among men, it could easily be manipulated by evil spirits to perpetuate darkness and wickedness in men. This is why men can handle the government of a nation, but in reality, it is more than that; there are covenants and powers behind those dominions. Man was unaware that the dominion he was using on the earth was that of “sin and death”, and “hell and death”. Their reign was responsible for the ideologies men perpetrated on earth, and the physical kingdoms that emerged.
10. The kingdoms that were spoken about in the book of Daniel began in Genesis. Cain established a kingdom, and then Nimrod. Satan gave the dominion he took from Adam and Eve to Cain, who began to build cities and civilizations with it. Although God cursed the earth, when we consider Cain’s community we see something beyond the ordinary that helped them raise giants and also made their daughters alluring to the sons of God (Gen. 6). In Genesis 7, the contention God had against sin and iniquity in men had heightened; that was why God had to wipe out everything via flood. Although the physical structures and men were destroyed, that dominion was not taken away. As we see in Genesis 10:9-10, Nimrod began to build in order to replicate what Cain previously built. Contrary to how things looked naturally, man was not conquering. As such, spirits grew men at different levels and used them to drive their intentions. As men made use of and lived by the manipulated dominion, they were being caused to depart from God in their hearts.
11. Although Satan seemed hidden in the book of Genesis, his operations were very evident. This is how things will also play out in the end: Satan would not be visible yet very much at work. The greatest strength of God is His hidden wisdom. Likewise, the greatest manifestation of Satan is his hidden operation which is evident through the operation of the beast and the false prophet. The realm of the unseen are visibilities that control the seen realm (Heb. 11:3).
12. In the days of those kings referred to in Daniel 2:44, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which is His own kingdom but while He awaits that time, He will rule within the kingdoms of men. Satan was not the original owner of the dominion he now wields; that dominion was given to man by God. This is why God has the right to interject from time to time. Those in whom the kingdom of heaven is being set up in, by the formation of Christ and putting the image of the Son of God in them, have more authority to permit heaven to rule in the kingdoms of men. This is why we can pray for our nation (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Also, a time is coming when Jesus will take back the kingdoms of this world (Rev. 11:15).
13. Satan seems to be having the upper hand against man. However, when sin is abounding and death is reigning – which we already see prevalent in our day – we must pray, walk in obedience, and bring God. Bringing God is bringing the kingdom of God. We must take our stand for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus which is being written in us, and not transgress it. If we transgress this law, the formation of Christ in us would be truncated. The thoughts that evil spirits, seducers and the doctrine of the devils perpetuate are ordained to corrupt our pure minds if we give heed to them.
14. The God of heaven is setting up His kingdom within us; this is why He gave us the Holy Ghost to dwell in us. The disciples asked Jesus, “...Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...” (Acts 1:6-8). The kingdom of God (heaven) is in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17). Every believer having the Holy Ghost has the seed of the Kingdom in him; but the Kingdom ought to be on the increase in our souls (Isa. 9:7).
15. 2 Peter 1:5-8 admonishes us on things to add to our faith so that we can gain entrance into the Kingdom. God is administering His kingdom to us and some have taken it in different measures. Some have taken the Kingdom to the dimension of Christ but need to move to the dimension of “the Lord and His Christ” (Rev. 12:10). God wants us to partake of His Kingdom in every fold – thirty-fold, sixty-fold and hundred-fold.