"From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it." Matthew 11:12 (NIV)

"Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word." Psalm 148:8 (NASV)

Taking the Kingdom by Storm

"From the days of the first appearing of John the Baptist, until now (which was not much above two years), a great deal of good was done; so quick was the motion when it came near to Christ the Centre; The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence—biazetai-vim patitur, like the violence of an army taking a city by storm, or of a crowd bursting into a house, so the violent take it by force. The meaning of this we have in the parallel place, Lu. 16:16. Since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. Multitudes are wrought upon by the ministry of John, and become his disciples.

The violent take it by force. They who will have an interest in the great salvation are carried out towards it with a strong desire, will have it upon any terms, and not think them hard, nor quit their hold without a blessing, Gen. 32:26. They who will make their calling and election sure must give diligence. The kingdom of heaven was never intended to indulge the ease of triflers, but to be the rest of them that labour. It is a blessed sight; Oh that we could see a greater number, not with an angry contention thrusting others out of the kingdom of heaven, but with a holy contention thrusting themselves into it!"1

Matthew Henry

"What violence is offered unto the Kingdom of Heaven by the Christian? That sounds like a wrong statement. But this is wholly otherwise. The Christian is required to take the Kingdom of heaven by force, to take heaven by storm. He is to be a tornado, or a hurricane, in respect to his violence and his disposition in raging or pressing into the Kingdom of God with all his might. Would God require anything less than for the Christian to strive and place forth his best for the power of the Kingdom?"

Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

Puritan divine Thomas Watson said, “When zeal like incense burns, first the lamp of knowledge must be lighted.” Taking the Kingdom by Storm (TKS) Publications seeks to light the "lamp of knowledge" by publishing authors who maintain a firm belief in the inerrant authority of God's Word and are not afraid to stand firm, in promoting a biblical worldview which speaks boldly to the issues of our day.

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1  Matthew Henry's commentary on the whole Bible : Complete and unabridged in one volume (Mt 11:7–15). Peabody: Hendrickson.