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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 5

The Empire of the Kingdom

The Empire of the Kingdom.

A kingdom and empire, though often connected, are not the same. The dominion of a king over a particular nation and country is a kingdom. But when, in addition to this, his sovereignty extends over several nations, kingdoms, and countries, this secondary and extended dominion constitutes the empire. The kingdom is the first dominion; the empire the second and subordinate.

The same distinction obtains in the sovereignty of Jesus the Christ. "The First Dominion shall come to Zion, and the Kingdom to the daughter of Jerusalem"—Isa. lxii. 6; Ixv. 9, 17, 18; Jerem. iii. 17, 18; Micah iv. 7, 8. These are the same. The first dominion is limited to the land promised to Abraham, lying between the Euphrates and Mediterranean; while the second dominion or empire extends over ail people, nations, and languages, to the ends of the earth—(See the Abrahamic promises, Genesis.)

"He shall have the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession—Psa. 11. "All kings shall fall down before Him:" "all nations shall serve Him"—Psa. lxxii. How many rival and independent governments will there be over the nations then. "Not one;" for "the kingdoms of this world," not kingdoms beyond the shies, shall become the kingdoms of Jehovah and of his Christ so that then "there shall be one King over all the earth," and He "the Son of God, the King of Israel." This is the Testimony of God, Such is the Kingdom, the Subject Matter of the Gospel, and the Great Fact of the Age to Come.

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The following Lecture has been published at the joint request of the Members of two Associations before whom it was deliveral.