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Josephson

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Also, I can't help but notice that you talk about the key to entering the Kingdom of Heaven being that one see things as the inverse of how they are presented. On a completely unrelated subject, I see that you call yourself Matthew Josephson, which might also be written Mathias bar Josephus, not that it has any significance, of course...
"And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question."
- Mark 12:34​
 

Josephson

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Exactly! Most of the time it means that. Hence the war in heaven when Mucianus cast out the dragon and Vespasian became the most high God. And "earth" almost always represents Israel.
 

Josephson

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Also, in some of the parables "The Kingdom of God" can refer to Christianity or that form of worshiping the Roman empire as "the kingdom of God".

"But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
- Matthew 13:16-17​
“And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death." Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"”
– Thomas 1:1-2​

"Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
– Matthew 13:50-52​
 
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