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Letter From William Bradford - April 29, 2022

Letter From William Bradford

April 29, 2022

A Kingdom that Can Not Be Shaken! 

Through the ages, the kingdoms of this world have desired to establish invincible security in their empires with the hope of never being subjugated.  What we might call an unshakeable kingdom

The Babylonians had built what they thought was an invincible city. According to Greek historian Herodotus the walls of Babylon were formidable at 350 feet high and 87 feet thick. Walls also lined the river on either side, and 150 gates of solid brass protected the entrances. On the wall were 250 watchtowers, 100 feet higher than the wall itself. The outside wall had a deep moat 30 feet wide.

In Daniel chapter 5, we see evidence of the Babylonian people's extreme confidence in the fortifications of Babylon when Belshazzar the king had a party while under siege by the Medes. He thought his kingdom was impregnable, yet that very night, the Babylonian empire fell, and Belshazzar was slain.  

In contrast to all the kingdoms of this world that have risen and fallen over the millennia, in Hebrews 12:25 - 28, we learn about a kingdom that will stand forever and not be shaken. 

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven." Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  (Hebrews 12:25-28, NKJV) 

We see shaking occurring currently in different areas of the world and even in our own country. If our confidence is in the economy, military, or government, we might be feeling uneasy with the effects that the current shaking is having on our society. 

At this time, our eyes should be set on the Kingdom that God, which God will give to those who faithfully serve God acceptably and with reverence and godly fear. With this assurance from scripture, we can continue in uncertain times with confidence, knowing the promises of God will be fulfilled. We learn more about this permanent kingdom in the prophecy of Daniel 2. At the height of the Babylonian kingdom, during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, God inspired Daniel to prophesy the following.

And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. (Dan 2:44, NKJV) 

Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; this Sabbath, let's sharpen our focus on the Kingdom that God will not be shaken and our incredible invitation from God to be part of that Kingdom.   

As Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:2, "grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord". 

-Bill Bradford