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#527 — The Viewpoint From The Highest Kingdom.

                        Understanding The Ultimate Goal and the Conclusion of Earth.

                        The Ultimate Kingdom; The Key To the Parables.

September 17, 2012

When we look at the Kingdom of God from the earth viewpoint, the Kingdom does not seem very important. Why? It just becomes a “someday” issue! When we look at the earth from the Kingdom Viewpoint, the earth and its realms assume a much different importance. Why? Because the whole creation and its existence originates from the Kingdom Realm. The earth is important to the Kingdom only because of what God has designed to earth to provide during its dispensation. After the Kingdom is fully established and the final number of Zion is built up, the earth will no longer be needed. The present heavens will no longer be needed either so both can be destroyed by unquenchable fire. The Dispensation of this Earth can be defined from Genesis 1:2 to Revelation 20:15.

Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This defines the end of the earth’s existence, as we know it, and signals the beginning of a new dispensation in which everyone who survives from the earth’s dispensation must find their proper place in the Tabernacle of God. Some will rise only as high as the New Earth, some will rise as high as the New Heaven, some will ascend to the Realm of the New Jerusalem and some will ascend to the Heights of Zion.

Jer 3:17 “At that time they shall call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the LORD,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the LORD; nor shall they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

Zec 8:3 “Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain.’

Both Zion and Jerusalem are called the Throne of God. Mount Zion is inherently and eternally linked to the New Jerusalem that is also called “the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain {Zion} , and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

To even suggest that the Lord will return BEFORE all this is fully prepared and the Bride of Christ has reached her full glory, without spot or wrinkle is ridiculous. After all the New Jerusalem is called the THRONE OF GOD or the place of His Ultimate Government. It is called THE CITY OF TRUTH which means every lie has been eliminated. Zion is called GOD’S HOLY MOUNTAIN.

But how do we know that Jerusalem and Zion refer to the heavenly City, the New Jerusalem and not the Jerusalem that is now in Israel? Many think that HEAVEN will be located on this earth because of the references to Jerusalem and Mount Zion.

Heb 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

Rev 22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

Rev 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

It is a shock when we first realize that God’s final judgement is NOT by whether we are saved or not but the character we have at that time and not just by faith alone. Those with an unchanged character will be thrown into the lake of fire. These mentioned here might have “accepted Jesus as personal Savior” but then did not change. To say this to a fundamentalist would not be received as true in any respect.

Heb 6:7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. 9 But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.

2Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

We might wonder why God has hidden so much understanding about the future of the earth, the heavens and the Governments of the world yet to come. The fact is that God has NOT hidden it but has concealed this knowledge by distributing it through out the Bible.

Jude 1:7 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them are types of what will happen in the end time. The Book of Revelation is full of the references to fire and destruction that is destined for the earth at the end of this dispensation and before the Millennial Kingdom begins. To say that “the God I know would NEVER do that” is to cover your eyes to the revealed facts in the Bible and to recite some cliches that are simply not true.

Those ministers that are engaged in gross immorality are in great danger but say “we are already saved.”

Heb 10:26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

The seriousness of being fully prepared for the summation of all things is not often preached effectively. Why? Because of this questionable doctrine of “receive Jesus as your personal Savior and go to heaven when you die.” This doctrine ignores the preparation for the Kingdom of God and the radical change that is required.

The fact that Paul is writing to believers is ignored in favor of a spurious doctrine about forgiveness, mercy and grace. The doctrine says; because of God’s forgiveness, if we go on sinning willfully is no problem. Just ask for forgiveness and everything will be forgotten. This is a very dangerous doctrine! Why? Because, this doctrinal viewpoint is from the earth viewpoint and NOT from the viewpoint of the Kingdom and God’s Eternal Purpose.

Jude 1:12 These men are those who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. 14 And about these also Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” 16 These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.

The common answer to verses like these is that these persons were “never saved” but were just pretend Christians. If these people were heathens they would NOT be included in the love feasts. These are “BELIEVERS” who have remained unchanged, unconverted and without the EXCHANGE OF LIFE that is necessary to qualify to participate in God’s Eternal Purpose!

God’s grace and mercy in forgiveness of sins must NOT be confused with the furious wrath of God that will be loosed upon this earth at the end of time as we know it! The fact is that God will destroy this Earth and the present heavens when His ultimate purpose is fulfilled and that without any mercy.

Neither the earth nor the heaven will have any purpose to exist AFTER God’s Ultimate Purpose is achieved. Therefore, it should be clear that the earth only has importance in the process of producing a sanctified, purified, transformed and perfected people who are able to function somewhere in God’s Ultimate Purpose. We are identifying that Ultimate Purpose as the World yet to come. More specifically, His Ultimate Purpose is to have a specific, consecrated and sanctified people who will make up the Kingdom Government that is destined to Rule over the World yet to come.

The Throne of this Kingdom will be Mount Zion and the New Jerusalem that are made up of the saints that have grown to “perfection.” Zion is called “the Perfection of Beauty.” The job description for that future Government is to rule over the New Heaven, the New Earth and to function within the confines and Glory of Mount Zion and the New Jerusalem.

My thesis for this study requires that we START our viewpoint FROM Mount Zion and the New Jerusalem in the Eternal Realms and from there to reason DOWNWARD to the present dispensation. We will then define the present dispensation as the time period when God is preparing a full and ultimate Government for the Tabernacle of God which is the New Earth, the New Heaven and the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is referred to as “the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

It seems that when we reason from the earth realm up to the heaven realm all that is necessary to be included is to “be forgiven of sins.” However, when we reason beginning with the New Jerusalem and Mount Zion and reason down to the earth realm, forgiveness of sins is just a very basic beginning. The Perfection and Beauty of Zion and the Glorious Presentation of the New Jerusalem sets the standard goal for the New Covenant Church. Even the Pure Gold Lampstand Church is still in the process of coming to the Ultimate Perfection of Mount Zion. Scriptures indicate that we must OVERCOME at the Lampstand realm of the Holy Place before we can advance to the Ultimate Goal of sitting with Him on His Throne.

Rev 3:21 ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Overcoming “AS HE OVERCAME” sets the standard for us to qualify to sit with Him on His Throne. There are so many false cliches connected to the throne and those who sit there that we cannot quote them here. This ignorance of Zion generates volumes of cliches that are just more deceptions and lies. Example; “The song leader now is going to take us to the Throne of God with his guitar.”

It should be clear that UNTIL ZION IS FULLY BUILT UP THE LORD CANNOT RETURN. Of course we don’t know how the “construction” of the Heavenly City is advancing. Since “Zion” is a perfected people and the “place” of His Throne, building up Zion is building up a people to function in God’s Ultimate Purpose. Maybe, Zion is just about completed because this “building process” has been going on since the first Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago. However, we surely don’t see very much activity in that level of work today. Most “ministers” are more concerned about hyping their success than the tedious cooperation with the Holy Spirit and the Lord and His demands that are required of us as He builds up a people who are qualified for Mount Zion. When He builds His Church it is ONLY with persons who can meet His standards and these “standards” are determined by God’s Ultimate Purpose and the requirements for participants in His absolute Government.

It should be clear why a partial recovery of the saints to fulfill God’s Purpose will NOT be sufficient. However, to identify what a “full recovery” entails is not so clear. The Bible speaks of an “Eternal Salvation” which seems to indicate a “full salvation.” The Bible calls the full recovery the “perfection of the saints” but we don’t know exactly what that means. We can be reasonably assured that “forgiveness of sins” is not a complete salvation or the same as going on to perfection. Jesus was “made perfect” through the things which He suffered so we know this is a process in which God works “IN US” until He is satisfied that we meet His Kingdom requirements.

Man’s total reconciliation, rectification, sanctification and growing up into “perfection” seems to be the total answer to man’s total need. This is to fulfill God’s Ultimate Purpose for creating man in the first place. A “partial recovery” which is the best we can assign to the “gospel of forgiveness of sins” appears to be the goal of the Evangelical Church. The fact that this “partial recovery” will not satisfy God’s need for eternity has been overlooked because “being saved” has been the final goal of that failed message.

The “kingdoms of this world” which Satan promised to Jesus indicate that there are many kingdoms functioning now upon the earth. Every one of the kingdoms are in a head to head clash with the Kingdom of God. Why? Because, the Kingdom of God is a Totalitarian Government to which ALL other kingdoms must submit. This Kingdom does not just recruit “servants” who serve on a part time basis but it recruits “bondservants” who are totally given to the Kingdom and the King and who serve Him exclusively. These are those who follow the Lamb wherever He goes and will sit with Christ Jesus on His Throne on Mount Zion. These are those who have been (fully) redeemed from the earth. What does that really mean? V3 who had been purchased (redeemed - bought back) from the earth.

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

Rev 14:4-5 These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.

Having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads indicates they were given wholly to God as bondservants and fully belong to Him. Therefore, since they are fully His possession He can put His Name and the Name of His Father on their foreheads. This fulfills the law of the Bondservant and is the result of the full consecration offering being personally fulfilled experientially in our life. Now, maybe we can define what it means to be “fully redeemed.” It means to be fully given wholly to God as His Bondservants.

Is being servants of God wrong? Certainly not! However, that is simply what is required of EVERY person who owed a debt he could not pay. When our “redeemer” paid our debt we became His “purchased possessions” so we were no longer our own. Why? Because we were bought with a price, by he precious blood of Jesus. The requirement for EVERYONE who was purchased was to serve the Master for 6 years with double the service of a hired man.

Now, the “gospel of forgiveness of sins” looks rather pitiful in the light of God’s Eternal Purpose. Why? Because, “forgiveness of sins” indicates that we owed a debt we could NOT pay and that He paid a debt He did not owe but became our “Kinsman Redeemer” and paid the full price for our “forgiveness of debt/ sins.” He “fulfilled the law of the kinsman redeemer” and now we belong to Him and serving Him for “six” years ( the time of our stay on earth) is not an option.

From this simply study using the types in the Old Covenant and verses from the New Covenant it should be VERY clear why this “gospel of the bargains” produces such a pitiful result in the visible church. The “believer” accepts the debt as “paid in full” but then goes his own way to live unto himself. This is what the Evangelical Church calls “salvation.” However, this is just looking from the earth viewpoint and man’s need for forgiveness. However, this “partial redemption” can never fulfill God’s need for eternity. These “laws” in the Old Testament are types or pictures of the reality in the New Covenant.

Deut 15:12 “If your kinsman, a Hebrew man or woman, is sold to you, then he shall serve you six years, but in the seventh year you shall set him free. 13 “And when you set him free, you shall not send him away empty-handed. 14 “You shall furnish him liberally from your flock and from your threshing floor and from your wine vat; you shall give to him as the LORD your God has blessed you.

Duet 15:15 “And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command you this today.

Deut16 “And it shall come about if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you; 17 then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your bondservant forever. And also you shall do likewise to your maidservant. 18 “It shall not seem hard to you when you set him free, for he has given you six years with double the service of a hired man; so the LORD your God will bless you in whatever you do.

1Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

1Peter 1:17 And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

Heb 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

To receive the benefit of the blood that redeemed us and then ignore the One who redeemed us and go our own way is a terrible doctrine. He purchased us as his servants or slaves off the auction block when we were destined for hell because of the debt we owed but could Not pay. We MUST serve Him for the rest of our days on earth. However, if we say “thank you Jesus” but then go our own way we have totally disrespected the blood that was paid for our redemption. We are denying that we were “bought with a price.”

This IS really the effect of this “gospel of the give-a-ways” that only proclaims “the forgiveness of sins” but forgets to mention that we were “bought with a price” and we are no longer our own. If we “accept” “forgiveness of sins” we must also “accept” what goes with it and that is the main failure of ministry and this pitiful message! The “gospel of the half-priced sale” tells us to “accept Jesus” but fails to question if “Jesus accepts us.”

When we observe earth from the Kingdom Viewpoint we will first be concerned whether “Jesus has accepted us” or have we been deceived into believing everything is free and there are no requirements to participate in the full salvation. Thank God there is the New Earth for those who only achieve to the Outer Court dimension of “salvation.” However, even that “beginning” entails much more than forgiveness of sins.

For any ministry to proclaim grace, mercy and forgiveness to those who know the truth but refuse to walk in it, is just lawlessness on the part of the minister. If a “person” sets himself up a “a minister of the gospel” he better first learn the truth and preach it with full conviction or he may be leading hungry souls astray.

If a “minister” cannot see the earth from the Kingdom/ Throne Viewpoint he will most likely preach a man centered gospel that ignores God’s purpose for creating man in the first place. Man and his happiness or his prosperity is totally irrelevant in the big picture. Only God’s happiness and His Eternal Purpose totally fulfilled is Relevant from the Kingdom / Throne Viewpoint. The present heavens, the earth and mankind are only relevant in the degree that God’s joy in His creation is being fulfilled. Any gospel that approaches “salvation” only from the human need viewpoint can be considered as spurious.

From the Kingdom Viewpoint, God graciously meets the human need simply because He has predestined man to fulfill His Eternal Purpose. Fallen man has been eliminated from that purpose! However, for God to fully redeem man and meet the human need for ‘salvation” and then have man live just for himself is an abomination. If God rejects this “salvation” there will be multitudes in serious trouble at the judgement seat of Christ!

Heb 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

2Peter 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

2Peter 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

Since these things are certainly not hidden in the scriptures there will be No Excuse for ignoring these requirements that accompany salvation. These “ministers” that have ignored the Gospel of the Kingdom in favor of a spurious gospel that appeals to the natural man will be without excuse in that day. Trying to build a large assembly without preparing them for God’s Eternal Purpose will be seen as a big disappointment in that day.

Heb 10:26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.

To be “saved” but then to be included with the adversaries and their judgement will be a terrible day when the final evaluation is given and that sentence is passed and FIRE and eternity begins.

Is this message designed to cause us to fear God? Yes!