The Kingdom of God is Like…
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The Kingdom of God is Breaking Forth
Matthew 11:12 (ESV) From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.
Brad Young translates Matthew 11:12 in his book “ Jesus the Jewish Theologian”
Matthew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven breaks forth and those breaking forth are pursing (seek) it.
“I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob,
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel.
I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
Like a flock in the midst of its pasture
They will be noisy with men.
“The breaker goes up before them;
They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
So their king goes on before them,
And the Lord at their head.”
And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.
Luke 4:18, 19
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim RELEASE to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.