#562 – Defining The Kingdom
The Kingdom Life And Function
The Kingdom Viewpoint of Lawlessness
Adjusting to The Kingdom Reality
December 17, 2013
After having written more than 450 articles on the Kingdom, it may seem that there is nothing more we can write to define the Kingdom, its Reality or to clarify its unique Life and Function. Over the years we have assumed that there is a Technical Kingdom Standard already established by identifying certain values associated with the Kingdom. If these standards could be lived out in practical life experiences they could be established as the “NORMAL CHRISTIAN LIFE.” Therefore, we have attempted to identify that “standard” as the Required Behavior for us to inherit the Kingdom. It seems obvious that Jesus did exactly that when He shared the Parables and the Kingdom of God requirements! Jesus certainly lived what He taught! Then I have theorized that there must have been others in the last 2000 years who have also been able to live according to these revealed Standards. If we could relate this Kingdom reality to the Lampstand Church we could conclude that others have lived the “Normal Christian Life” since the first Pentecost.
Even though I have made a certain personal judgement based upon a certain standard I think I have discovered, I have most likely developed a strong prejudice toward certain viewpoints that has biased what I record as “sub-normal or non-Christian or pseudo-Christian.” For example; “Just say yes to Jesus and you are saved,” is perceived as sub-normal or even ridiculous when that is applied to Kingdom level of Salvation!
It is also true that some of these documents I have written depart from the usually accepted doctrines and have run against the grain of popular Christianity. I offer no apology for anything that can be confirmed by scripture but many things I have written seem to have offended many sincere Christians. This might be enough to discourage me from recording any more of my “theories” about the Kingdom but I have found no peace with that decision.
For a few weeks I wrote nothing at all and had no negative comments. Of course, it may be true that I have exaggerated certain details in order to make a point. Some of my viewpoints may really be extreme and radical but that is exactly how I see the Kingdom. Some of the things I see written or hear spoken about the Kingdom, at the present time, appears to have a high degree of dishonesty or ignorance connected to it. For example; God wants everyone to be “saved” and enter His Kingdom. The assumption is that everyone who is “saved” is automatically part of the Kingdom. The reason for this assumption is probably because heaven and the Kingdom are perceived as the same thing. I find this extremely arbitrary.
I can find NOTHING arbitrary, apathetic or casual about the Kingdom or its demands. EVERYTHING about the Kingdom demands a fully consecrated life. Does that fly in the face of the modern gospel of the half-priced sale? It certainly does! Still, there must be some divine reality that we can discover about the way Jesus presented His Gospel. Why? That is because His Gospel always seems to include an extreme viewpoint of the Kingdom of God. For example;
Luke 14:25 Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace. 33 “So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. 34 “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 “It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Luke 12:31 “But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. 34 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
We hear the preacher’s response; Yes, it is true that this man began to build but was NOT
able to finish! However, he sowed a lot of seed that, we assume, will one day bear much fruit. Now, it seems some of these “seed theories” are not even close to what Jesus taught. Those who are no longer “salt or light” or who are natural men, walking in the flesh, have no ability to sow any good seed. Does that mean they just preach lies? No! It means that what they share is not acceptable seed which IS only identified as the Kingdom Seed. Does any seed the sower decides to sow constitute good seed? Not at all. Seed that has no inherent life in it is just more impotent seed that can produce nothing acceptable and nothing eternal.
Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?
Is this extreme, radical, extraordinary and does this fly in the face of the modern gospel of “come and get, it is all free, so just fill your pockets.” Can you imagine the answer that is given by theologians to this radical modeling of the Kingdom? Some say that these four gospels were just spoken to the Jewish Nation before Calvary and is certainly not applicable to the church that is living under grace.
My theory is that the sickness, that is abundantly evident in society, is very radical and invasive, therefore, the cure must also be very radical and invasive. It appears that we are losing society to this deadly epidemic of lawlessness, crime and debauchery. Governments pass thousands of laws each year to fight this decay of society but no solution is found, nothing changes and the downward spiral continues. The giant sucking sound of hell dominates the media.
Society assumes that the person who ends up with the most money wins, regardless of how he obtained it. Another concept is that the poor are poor because the rich are too rich. Society could be healed if there could be a redistribution of the wealth and the financial gap between the poor and the rich could be reduced by some percentage points, which we will figure out later. There is no mention of poverty being the consequences of broken families and an entitlement mentality. The concept seems to be that poverty is the result of society failing to provide the necessities for the poor.
Does the Kingdom have a clear answer to these sicknesses? Yes! However, the cure is radical and invasive. Still, what if the perceived solution to this creeping disease is NOT radical and invasive and is more kinder and certainly it must be gentle, will that be effective? This is obviously implied by the modern gospel of come and get? Has the Gospel of the give-a ways solved any of these eternal problems? Could the solution ever be just another happy message about going to heaven when we die or God loves you just like you are! God wants everyone to be “saved” and He wants none to perish so He will work it all out while we just rejoice.
If this is true then most everything I have written SHOULD be condemned. Is it really true that I have never been properly taught how to interpret these things in harmony with modern theology? Yes, that is certainly true! Therefore, you must be very careful to double check everything I have written OR just check with a modern theologian and he can tell you what to believe. Of course, you could just read and believe the Bible yourself.
With that disclaimer and warning, we shall continue with the Radical, Extreme, Difficult, Exaggerated and with a High Degree of Legalism; “the Gospel of the Kingdom.” After all the Kingdom is the Sovereign Government of God Almighty by which He Rules the Universe! However, His Governmental solution to the apathy of mankind appears to run against the grain of human acceptance, human ability, fleshly desire, carnal understanding or the natural psyche of the natural man. Therefore, God’s total solution to man’s total need MUST begin in a totally new species of man. Why? The entire old species of man, in the genealogy of the first Adam, is barred from the Kingdom dimension.
My thesis revolves around this assumption; Until we can actually live within the Kingdom Government and obey its laws, using the words “Lord, obedience, Kingdom, laws, study, or ministry” is very tenuous, shallow or simply misunderstood! Without the actual “Kingdom Experience,” these words just form more religious cliches. Why? They are not the actual TRUTH in our life but just convey more religious jargon. Many “truths”, within the Kingdom realm, are only personally “True” when they have taken root in our lives to transform us into Kingdom people. All “church people” should be “Kingdom people” just as the reality of being “normal.” My theory is that would produce “the Normal Christian Life” in the visible realm.
However, we should not expect that any of these things could be attained by the old man of the species of first Adam. For that reason; EACH of us MUST be born again within the Kingdom species of the Last Adam. The Last Adam is a King/Priest after the order of Melchizedek and He functions at the Throne of God and within the Kingdom Realm. The old order MUST pass away and everything MUST begin totally new. Otherwise many Kingdom qualities just become religious cliches.
Luke 6:46 “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 “Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 “But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
How are we supposed to interpret these verses? Do we need the Hebrew, the Greek or the Arminian? Do we need a theological degree to delve into the hidden truths expressed here? Do we need to study the culture and refer to certain customs or idioms to understand what He said. Of course not! None of this is complicated or difficult to understand. If we don’t actually do what He said, we might as well just sing some Beetle songs on Sunday morning. Singing “How Great Thou Art” by a people who have no intension of doing what He said is just more religious theater.
My theory is that all this popular religious theater is a big deception! However, lukewarmness is nearly universally accepted today because that is what is needed to build huge congregations and raise a LOT of money. The problem is that this “gospel of just believe”, actually IS believed by unsuspecting believers who trust the preacher to tell them the truth.
But, actually, what is the point of telling the casual believer the “truth” because they have no intention of doing it anyway.
Well, brother, that is where you are wrong with your gospel of doing! According to our gospel we are not required to do any thing except to believe something about Jesus because we are living under grace and not law.” Therefore, let us sing, dance, wave our flags and run the aisles and rejoice because “We are already saved.” The Kingdom is just an option for any who are already “saved.” It is just a matter of rewards in heaven which we will have to throw at Jesus’ feet anyway.
Most all of these casual Christians just do not realize that very soon the whole phony house collapses. Well, brother, we don’t really want your gospel because it is too radical. In fact, we really don’t want to know any more about the Kingdom because we want to use the excuse that “We were not told.”
Another of my theories is that “Truth” is not connected to doctrine as much as it is directly related to “Life.” This is the meaning of the priests “eating from the Showbread, feeding the inner man.” However, what is commonly preached is just meant to be another “message” that is to added to a thousand other irrelevant messages. Some actual “Personal Gospel experience” is certainly NOT required in the ordination of the preacher. He isn’t required to have personal conversion testimony as a requirement to preach.
I asked a preacher, where we were visiting, about his call and he said that his mother expected at least one of her sons to be a preacher so he was elected. This “call to a career” is the source of most empty of Life messages. Even though I had a genuine testimony of a genuine conversion I am still embarrassed by how many “empty of life” messages I have preached!
My theory is that even if the “message” has no reality in the preacher’s life, it may still be implemented to be a Sunday communication of facts and information. At least it can encourage the casual believer to think positively about his lack of Christian reality. The preacher can preach AND believe that “Under grace all that is required is to pay your tithe and be faithful to this congregation. If you do that, God counts this faithfulness as your overcoming.” Is he then “A BELIEVER?” Is this “phony gospel” just ignorance or is it gross dishonesty and a known LIE?
Could the Gospel of the Kingdom really that radical that it rejects all who are embarrassed by it’s demanding requirements?
Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
Rev 21:27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, ( the New Jerusalem) but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
(There is a difference between the Lamb’s Book of Life and the book of life) Those who are qualified to enter the New Jerusalem have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. However, if your name is not, at the very least, written in the “book of life” you are thrown into the lake of fire. “Well, brother, that is way too radical to be true. The God I know would never do that.” Of course that may be true of the god you know but the God Jesus knew would certainly do that!
Rev 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
I was sharing on the Kingdom recently and I was asked how we could make the Kingdom practical for the church. In other words, what you are sharing is much too idealistic and cannot be practical for the believers in our church. Within our group, this Kingdom Message appears to be too unrealistic, irrational and unattainable. Couldn’t you just make it more down to earth and practical so we could all be encouraged instead of made to feel utterly defeated and depressed?
This charge is often made that the Kingdom is just another Christian Idealism that is not practical for a church setting. Many groups believe this but this adds to the confusion about God’s Eternal Purpose! The Kingdom is NOT an Idealism (higher than what is really normal) at all but is the Ultimate Realism.
It is certainly true that the Scripture is only practical to the degree we can live what it says. The Scriptures are only made practical by a genuine Life experiences. The scripture is not made practical nor does it come “alive” by just sharing a verse or even a doctrine from the scripture! That was my failure and IS the failure of most ministries today! We really cannot preach the Spirit and Life realm of scripture until we are actually living (experiencing) the Truth, Life and Spirit of the Scriptures.
This agrees with what Jesus said in Luke 6. A doctrinal house will surely collapse. A “doctrinal house” is one with good doctrine but lacks the life and experience of the doctrine. As we view past church history, and the vast number of “houses” that have crashed, this fact has been proven to be reliable and is experientially true. Just in the last 40 years we have seen many “movements” crash, not because their doctrine was wrong but because there was a lack of Christian Life and Experience. Knowledge without Life equals “crash” in the Kingdom dimension and is the same way it worked in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve crashed.
We simply cannot continue to identify True Christianity by evaluating the doctrines to see if they are scriptural. The Scriptures can only be made practical by the Life they define. For example; When “Christ is formed in us” there should be an accompanying Life manifested. Since the Eternal Christ is the Living and Abiding Word of God, when “Christ is formed in us” the scriptures can at last be fulfilled as a living testimony. A doctrinal testimony has no power but is more of a religious declaration.
I have heard several testimonies similar to this; I used to believe the lie but, thank God, now, at last, I believe the truth, even if I don’t live it.
Now I can confess that most of my preaching for many, many years was “doctrinal” but was lacking in Divine Life and Spirit. The question we are asking today is this; Does inwardness promote the “doing” or does the “doing” promote inwardness? There may be no definite answer but it seems certain that without a true inwardness most of our “doing” is in the flesh. “Doing in the flesh” can also be called “LAWLESSNESS! Why? That is because the Kingdom Laws are within and are only understood by “inwardness,” which, when understood, demands doing! When our outward doing, whether out of necessity or just out of “ministry” ego, is accomplished outside the laws of the Kingdom, and is done “in the flesh,” it is declared to be lawlessness. The “miracles are included” in this lawlessness.
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
It is by inwardness that we learn obedience but it is by doing that we fulfill our obedience! Doing, outside of obedience, is lawlessness in the Kingdom dimension. In the visible church dimension ALL doing is justified by need and expediency and all doing is acceptable and welcomed. Every good member does something, even if it is wrong!
All ministry, including the miracle ministry, and our loud confession of Lord, Lord, can be a big deception, Why? It is so easy to interpret that as “successful ministry” and with Divine approval and acceptance, which it is NOT! There is nothing wrong with that ministry when it is done out of the Life and obedience and within the Laws of the Kingdom.
Without the Dan 7 vision, the ultimate goal can be totally missed and the demand for Kingdom obedience is easily interpreted as the lack of grace or faith and is just another legalistic error. When we view Dan 7 from the Kingdom Viewpoint, it should be easy to see who will inherit the Kingdom; only those who serve and obey Him! Outside of this Kingdom realm most everything we do could be judged as lawlessness. Most everything we learned about “serving God” 45 years ago could now be judged as “lawlessness” because we built, acted and “ministered” outside the Kingdom realm of obedience.
Building our own Kingdom, which we called church, looked good for 30 years but then became irrelevant when we began to see things from the Kingdom viewpoint. We are certainly NOT saying that “church” is wrong but that our motive and function in building one of our own design was wrong.
Heb 4:11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
It is THIS Living and Abiding Word of God, within, that instructs, divides and cuts that is ACTIVE and devastating when it reveals the motives of our inward Life. It is THIS Word that reveals WHY what we have “accomplished” is not recordable in heaven because our motives were carnal and not in harmony with or obedient to the Kingdom Government of God. The fact that men (leaders) applauded and confirmed our work was very deceptive because they only saw from the visible realm. For that very reason “inward understanding” can be very discouraging when we face the actual reality of our motives. (The Veil of Truth) However, it is Daniel, the seventh chapter, that brings everything into proper balance and counters the devastation of seeing ourselves for what we are. Why? It reveals who the saints of the Highest One really are. Those who serve and obey Him. Dan 7 turns our focus upon eternity future and gives us the inspiration necessary for overcoming the difficulties. This ILLUMINATION within the Kingdom / Priesthood preparation should be seen as the Ultimate Blessing! What is more common is the feeling that God doesn’t really love or respect us even though we are just doing the very best we can to serve God.
When we modify the New Covenant, that will immediately require that we modify the Kingdom of God and its demanding message. Why? The thought is that the Kingdom is too difficult and we cannot live that way, in the flesh! This will lead to a modified Ministry of the Holy Spirit (limited to the down-payment) which is much less that what Jesus announced. This lack of revelation will then promote a modified salvation. When that happens, the result is a modified Christianity. When we modify Christianity, the things that Jesus insisted were essential aspects of the Kingdom are just shared as church doctrines and not as absolutes. The result of all this modification is the pitiful condition seen in the visible church and its lack of testimony before the world.
After the end of World War #2 several Germans intellectuals were interviewed and questioned why they accepted the Nazis philosophy and that terrible totalitarian government. They said that life in Germany had become hopeless. Following World War #1 Germany had lost all acceptance and status in the world. Their economy was very poor and life was difficult. They had no hope of a better life and life had no real meaning. Life was so difficult, routine and discouraging that they were anxious for change.
Hitler promised them a better life and hope for a better future. He wanted to return Germany to wholeness and a solid position among the world orders. They accepted this “good news” of good jobs and world leadership of a super race that could take its place among the leading Governments of the world. The German people weren’t seeking for world domination but just for hope and recognition and a better life. For a nation in such depression, the message was welcomed and they fell for the Nazi lie. They accepted a Totalitarian Government because of the great benefits they would receive. They gave up their personal freedom for the big lie!
What people everywhere are seeking and longing for is the Kingdom Government of God but they don’t know it. Why? Because the church has become silent about this Divine Totalitarian Government that is of the righteous and eternal kind. Why? The church leadership fears that their believers will not accept that Totalitarian Government which offers no alternatives and refuses to negotiate or modify its radical demands.
The source of that ignorance seems to be that the “leadership” obviously does not realize that it is the personal experience of the total New Covenant provision that releases the ability to function and prosper under that Severe and Demanding Government called the Kingdom of God. How can we account for that degree of ignorance when the Bible makes it so clear?
Isn’t it amazing that Germany accepted the totally opposite kind of human Totalitarian Government that led to the death and destruction of millions of people and several nations! But the leadership of the visible church is afraid to become the heralds of something so radical and unreasonable because they are certain that the believers will not accept it and leave the churches.
We could ask why do we see this restlessness and this hopelessness in the believers and why are they moving from group to group looking for reality?
When Obama ran for president he had enough insight to play upon the discouragement and hopelessness of the inner city people who were unemployed or who could only qualify for the low paying jobs. He spoke and campaigned among those who were the poor and the disenfranchised and who had no expectation of anything better within the existing system. The message was that your terrible situation must be the prosperous white man’s fault. That seemed true and at last someone was going to make things right.
Now, this black man is one of us and he understands our situation. He has promised us economic equality and all kinds of social programs to help us rise up to acceptance, recognition and the excitement that, at last, we can become part of the American Dream. Even though this will require a modified Totalitarian Government to enact this great benefit, it will only be necessary until this equality is reached. The excitement in these communities was as high as it was in Germany in 1936. Here was a great hope and expectation and it all began to make sense to elect this man and we will reclaim our significance in society. Even those with intelligence and should have known better, the intellectuals of all races, believed the lie.
Hitler was not a brilliant leader but he had a bold and radical ability to stir up unrest and play upon the discouragement of the German people.
Obama is not a brilliant leader but he is an inner city organizer who can give a very bold message and play upon the discouragement of the unemployed American Citizen or the illegal alien. He can shamelessly promise them a new place in society and an economic equality that he cannot deliver unless he can change the basic structure of our society. We must learn to submit to a Totalitarian Government that controls the entire economy so there can be a genuine equality. Why? That is because the money must be taken from those who earn it and redistribute it to the under employed. This sounds reasonable so where the problem? The US Government has no money that it can give away UNLESS they take it from someone who has it. This just creates more of an entitlement mentality that becomes insatiable. This “system” is working great in Cuba where most everybody is now in abject poverty.
None of these human run systems are compatible with the Kingdom of God. Still, some level of entitlement and expectation of free things have infiltrated the church systems. Now, if we mention that we sit down to calculate the real cost of participating in the Kingdom of God it sounds like false doctrine.
Still, the Kingdom does offer us hope and acceptance in a higher dimension but in this higher realm “entitlement” means; If you don’t work, you don’t eat. If you don’t do His will, you cannot participate. If you don’t overcome, you will not inherit. The Lukewarm are easily vomited out. But, brother, isn’t that rather harsh to attract new believers? No, that IS the real gospel!
The question is where are the New Covenant leaders who, with unrestrained boldness, will proclaim the Gospel of the Divine Totalitarian Government of the Kingdom of God? Will a few people be offended? Of course, there may be many of these. Then who will receive the message? Those believers who have lost confidence in the church system and are now so discouraged they are without hope that the current system will ever change. They have no expectation of a better spiritual life in the status quo. They are weary of hearing the same shallow messages week after week that promises them happiness but cannot deliver any reality.
But what kind of message will they receive? Maybe something Extreme, Radical, Difficult, Demanding, Extraordinary and Unreasonable. We may need to raise up a kind of Nazi Kingdom person who can present a Totalitarian Government without fear because of its Divine Origin and its Great High Priest of the Most High God who is ruling now and is the mediator of a better Covenant. We don’t even have to lie to the people or con them into believing some ridiculous hype. All we have to do is to tell them the Truth and let God confirm the message by drawing them into the Kingdom Life.
Now the Germans are amazed at how easily they were deceived into accepting the great Lie and the consequences that followed. It seems that there are many Christians today that are amazed at how easily they were deceived into believing a lie. The Gospel of the Bargains is the big lie. The Gospel of Unreasonable Demands and the Unrelenting Totalitarian Government of the Kingdom of God is the truth. Which message can you believe? Our Eternal Destiny hangs in the balance.
If Dan 7 is true, then EVERY THING ELSE is irrelevant. But, brother, this gospel of the Kingdom must be preached in the whole world as a “witness” to every nation. How will these unbelieving societies receive the message? Can there even be “One Universal Solution” to solve the ills of every group in the Universal Society?
That IS the message of the Kingdom, but that “reality” can only be shared in its fullness by a Life that has experienced the message! This can ONLY be experienced by the New Species of minister!
In most nations today there is an unrest and a discouragement because there is NO revealed purpose to living and no real meaning to life. Therefore, eat, drink and fornicate, do anything you want, because tomorrow we die. All we have is today so make the most of it! Some societies are just prisoners, confined to a cell of hopelessness. They are living under a death sentence that is fast approaching. While there was some hope through politics, social change and universal health care, even that is eroding very quickly. The world is totally losing this battle for life, hope and expectation.
The real question for the lukewarm church to answer is this; Is the world ready for this Totalitarian Message of Ultimate Reality? It seems reasonable to assume that the World has been ready through two World Wars and through many regional wars. How do we know that? Simply because these wars were caused by these same cruel and oppressive situations and the arbitrary exercise of human power and oppression. These wars were the result of hopelessness and by a perverted desire to dominate the world.
All these untenable situations required answers to solve the tyranny of hopelessness and the feeling of total discouragement in the status quo. The people responded very quickly to any hope of a solution even if it was very radical and unreasonable. For example; just look at Korea and Vietnam and the outcome. Just look at what is happening in Africa today. What was behind the Arab Spring? What great hope is available to Egypt? In contrast, look at the lack of hope in the oppressed underclass in China and the obvious disaster that is fast approaching and the collapse of the world economy. Look at the unrest in the Ukraine and the Balkan countries.
Is the world getting ready for the Gospel of the Kingdom? Where will God find the Heralds of hope to announce the New Order of the Totalitarian Government of God? Would they rise up out of the visible church that is just offering the hope of heaven someday? Will these ministers of the New Covenant rise up out of the doomsday prophets of total collapse and the domination of an out of control government?
What would be the result if several people got converted as far as the Kingdom of God and began to preach, like Paul. Would the secular and oppressive governments of the world just give in or would there be tremendous conflicts and persecutions arise and many Heralds killed? Who would want to look forward to that and still accept the commission to preach this Gospel to the whole world.
Is this message of the Kingdom just for down and out, skid row citizens, or is it even for the successful, affluent and those who are prospering in the financial realms? This message is for everyone because no one has a full assurance or hope and confidence that they are prepared for the terrible times that face the world. In addition to that, there must be multitudes that question if they are ready to face the Ultimate reality and the Ultimate Judge. Regardless of our financial situation, everyone faces eternity on an equal basis.
However, going to a mystical heaven someday has not been a powerful message among these three classes within our society. The affluent, the middle class and the growing majority of the poor MUST be challenged by something Ultimate, Absolute and Eternal. Maybe a radical and demanding Kingdom is what everyone is looking for. IF we could persuade people that GOD, the ALMIGHTY, IS REALLY IN TOTAL CHARGE AND OUT OF HIS SOVEREIGNTY HE SETS THE RULES OF ACCEPTANCE. If this Absolute Government is totally free of politics and special interest groups maybe it can be trusted.
Maybe this message is too difficult but at least it should be tried, even if it is just to prove that God has misjudged the man of His creation. Maybe He has just expected too much for His Eternal Purpose to be fulfilled, by this new creation man. He should be content that at least one SON is be prepared and that many Sons was just wishful thinking. He should just be satisfied with He has now and not trouble us with these unreasonable plans!
Really, an Absolute Totalitarian Government that offers no compromise? What was He thinking?