An attentive reading of the whole Bible will let this dawn on us:
The Earth belongs to its Creator... everything in it, the world (nations, societies and its institutions), and all who live in it.
Man is God's creation and was initially placed in the Eden-region to guard it, to grow it and govern it... this is a prophetic model and pattern.
Man fell and was put out of the region and his initial mandate and function.
Immediately the Father planned for man's full redemption, because the heart was eternally damaged.
Man was meant to be God's representative and influential agent on Earth.
There is no mention about Church... yet. He destroyed the physical temple to build it inside man's heart. Therefore: first things must be first again. When we have a clear understanding of the accurate global frame again, the nature and role of the Church will become clear for us as well. This is the chronology in the Son's words recorded in the 16th chapter of Matthew verses 17 to 19. And it is the chronology today. Unchangeable and non-negotiable.
When God speaks, three major issues are addressed:
1 He speaks about His Earth, its nations and how He will bring them back under the Kingdom,
2 He speaks about His Son and His work to save Man and transform him into His likeness,
3 He speaks about His partnership with Man, and consequently the partnership between His Men, so His will can be done on and with Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Remember: God does not explain Himself, He reveals Himself.
The Kingdom Mandate is built on three elements: God - The Christ Man - The nations.
"His Man" will become important. The bible from God's friend to the electrified words of the His Son -"I will build my church..."- is all about His strategic men and women, their connection and partnership with Him... in spite of hearts of stone, and stiff minds. The 11th chapter of the letter to the Hebrews is much more than a catalogue about the so-called heroes of faith. It is about God's nobles.
I believe that the first five books of the Old Testament together with the five first books of the new Testament are inter-related. In the next few years we will understand what we have neither seen nor understood before. Both record the rise of God's nobles.
God is selecting, calling, forming and training, testing and will ultimately gather the nobles, not the rulers. Why not rulers? Because rulers are children inside! Therefore Jesus warned his men against their mentality.
King Solomon wrote: "Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time for strength and not for drunkenness."
The nobles God is selecting, raising, forming, training and testing do not have power in themselves. But their king will look for them, and he will position them accordingly to their nobility and stature and empower them for the purpose of initiating and monitoring changes in their jurisdiction for the benefit of all.
This is the place where the Kingdom-church comes into the picture. You may call her the Zion-church.