Whose Kingdom is it Anyway?
When I go outside I always try to ascertain what the weather’s going to be and dress appropriately. We are going into a new year and we cannot continue with the church having such potential and generally being such a mess. In Ephesians 5:25-27, God says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” It’s not a secret that today’s church brought Paul to tears for three years (Acts 20:31) and that many people in the church don’t get enough of the word in them to even take a sponge bath in it, never mind “the washing of water in the word.”
I did a survey when I moved to my area of the people right here on the street where I live. Many of the people claimed they were Christians but wanted nothing to do with any church because they had been hurt in supposed churches too often. I know exactly what they were talking about. My last big experience with a certain group was after eight years of my life with them I prophesied that many of the leaders there would soon be rejected and many of the people who were silently studying the word and growing in grace would replace them. After some time I visited that assembly. When I did they came rushing to the door and wept on my shoulder telling me, “You would not believe what happened here. It was just like you said it would be.” I had to put up with all those so-called leaders trying to overpower the spirit of God in me and teaching me the traditions of men for eight years of my life and I was blessed to hear that they had been replaced with some sons and daughters of God. Jesus said to some people, “You are of your father, the devil.” (John 8:44) Father here translates to parent. God considers whoever is parenting you is your father. When the devil has the main influence over your life he is your father. If you practice evil, the devil is your dad. Jesus expects that He is your Father if you are following Him and His works: bringing Heaven to earth, restoring the earth and every animal species on it and treating them all with love. This is part of the manifestation of the sons of God!
You may say what you want about “that old time religion” but it is wrinkled. You may say all good things about your pastor, but if he has spots he needs to get washed in the Word of God. (Ephesians 5:26) The bible says, “If any man speaks not according to this Word, it is because there is no light (revealed understanding) in him. (Isaiah 8:20) For example, if a Christian teacher instructs you that animals don’t go to Heaven, his religion is wrinkled and his teaching is spotted with carnal beliefs. The Bible clearly teaches that animals are already in Heaven and that they have the same hope, as we do. If you don’t like to call me David, just call me an ironing board. We cannot tolerate any more of that “old time religion” that caused Paul to weep and lots of preachers to do the same. God said to preach the gospel (of the Kingdom of Heaven) to every creature. I have yet to meet anyone either in California or where I now live who was preaching the gospel to every creature or even to anybody! Where are God’s servants? I recently met a pastor, to go along with what I am telling you about regarding being hurt by so-called churches, who said that no doubt there are a lot of people who get hurt by churches. I was hurt on many occasions before I became a Christian and believe me; I do not want to go to any church where I think I might be hurt with the exception of being hurt by the Holy Spirit correcting me. I know that everyone that God loves He corrects. (Hebrews 12:6)
We can no longer tolerate these Word of God avoiders and hurtful so-called churches to take the place of the uncorrupted bride that Jesus is looking for. There is too much restoration that needs to be accomplished! (Acts 3:21) Too much of the gospel of the Kingdom has never been taught in modern times and too many lies and unwillingness to be knit together in love exists. This is criminal. The way we treat people and animals is immoral and scandalous. We are instructed in 1Corinthians 16:14, “Let all your things be done with charity.” This word charity means an actual love feast. It is the Greek word, agape. Do you agape? The trophy rhino that you shoot with rifle so powerful it can take down aircraft, or do you trap the helpless furbearers in a steel-jawed trap with agape? Your actions are speaking so loud I cannot hear what you’re saying. God is love. As a son of God you should be reflecting that love towards all of your associates and towards all of the other creatures that cover our planet in ever decreasing numbers. Rare are the individuals who do not have other motives for their actions rather than love which is the bond of perfectness. (Colossians 3:14) At some point in time God is going to gather together all things in one. Are you making any progress towards welcoming that goal of God?
God has personally forbidden me, since my salvation around 1970, to join any denomination. That is not to say that I have not worked with some, loved the members and enjoyed Christ in their midst but I never signed up with their denomination. I have noticed on Christian television which I listen to greatly, that now that we are in economic hard times, many of the famous evangelists have gone off the air rather than cooperate and merge with other famous evangelists. Our unity, oneness and love is supposed to be something that we manifest and celebrate yet you find that God is literally going to have to “bomb the hell out of us” before most but not all Christians serve Him with one consent. (Zephaniah 3:8-11)
First of all the majority of ministers are focused on building their own little kingdoms instead of the Kingdom of God. They all want to be called Reverend when Psalms 111:9c says of God, “…Holy and Reverend is His name.” I know people who have given years of their lives other than me only to discover that “Pastor Johnny” was building his own kingdom and not establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, so these people moved on to rediscover it with “Pastor Jimmy” only to find the same story. This is an abomination and tells me they did not serve God, because He is their Heavenly Father, but because they could promote themselves.
Another example of what needs to be changed are these preachers who say, “Go to your phone right now and tell the man of God that you are giving $1000 and gaining a chance to be blessed,” while these preachers have not only huge needed budgets, but sometimes even greater cash on hand but would not do the same for their brothers and sisters in need or respond to their plea. Such hypocrisy has to be answered for to the Almighty. God said, “All unbelievers will have their part with the hypocrites (acting players).” (Matthew 24:51) We do not live in the age where there is the House of God as a building where God dwells, or there is a man of God standing over the people. Such men usually are conquerors of the people (nicolaitanes) which thing God hates. (Acts 7:48 and Revelation 2:6) Jesus said, “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.” (Matthew 23:8) If we are brothers in Christ then whether we are male or female, Jew or Greek, free or slave we are all brothers and joint heirs with Christ.
You might have noticed that Jesus never rebuked anyone for calling Him Rabbi. Rabbi literally means, “master.” Jesus alone is our master and master also means, “instructor and doctor.” Ultimately God is our teacher who teaches us through His word and by His Holy Spirit and if He teaches us something and man tries to teach us something other than that, we must say what is said in Acts 5:29, “It is better to obey God rather than men.” People use “Doctor” with their name to make it seem like they have more authority than their brothers. Paul used the fact that he was taught by the Holy Spirit and compared what he had learned with the other apostles in the church to prove that his enlightenment was authoritative. Consider Galatians 1:12 which says, “For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Jesus had already ascended, so Paul received this of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 23:9 Jesus said, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven.”
I need not say anything about this because you know who you are that call men their spiritual father. I was blessed by God in that Jesus Christ and the Father are one and Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit reveals all things concerning His Kingdom to me through the Holy Spirit. I do not believe that I have a unique experience for the Bible says, “You have an unction from the Holy One and know all things.” (1John 2:20) The word unction means chrisma and is almost exactly the same as the word anointing. This is no unique experience to me although it is quite wonderful. It is part of the normal Christian life. The problems lie where people call other spiritual men Father, the facts are that where the Word of God is ignored in one area, it may be ignored in others and God expects us to obey the Word of Jesus. Acts 5:32 says, “We are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.” If you want to hear Jesus’ voice, set your heart to obey His Holy Ghost because God gives the Holy Ghost to those who obey Him. In fact, God taught in Acts 3:22-23, “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, ‘A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall you hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.’” This is a specific reference to the Lord, Jesus Christ.
One further point that needs the light shone on it is that mingling politics and our relationship with Christ is a dangerous thing. I am never telling you to vote, not to vote, or who to vote for. Jesus Christ was the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and the Prince of Peace and the Everlasting Father. We should never mix in the wrong way, politics with our faith in God. I do not mean we should not do our civil responsibility, but know that it is the harlot that rides upon the beast. We don’t want to ride on the beast whether we ride for free or pay our way to get on board. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” this implies so much more than we have time to write about but one of the things it clearly indicates is that as supreme ruler on earth, we do not need anyone else to give us the victory or to rule and reign in our lives. At Christmas and always we can celebrate this.
In this time period it says that the nations will be failing for a state of quandary. Luke 21:25-26 says, “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” The word meaning of perplexity is quandary. No matter what the difficulty, and no matter who the President, the real perplexity will not disappear. One thing we can be certain of is that this shaking that Luke describes will begin as judgment on the house of God. 1Peter 4:17 says, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” Just so you are certain that this is not talking about your cathedral or church building but at us, read Hebrews 3:6 which says, “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” We are the house. We must put on the whole armor of God and take up the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and silence those voices who won’t give place to the word for they are enemies of what we must stand against. Pray that God would cleanse our way into 2012 and replace those who muddy the waters of the word with those who love His word and are willing to obey Him. He will do it if you pray.
Way back in Leviticus 18:25 the bible tells us, “That the land will vomit out her inhabitants.” Revelation 12:16 declares, “The earth helped the woman and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” No matter what the Adversary pours out to swallow us up, the earth will help us because God will help us and the earth was made for God. Soon He will take it back because we have failed miserably to care for her and the creatures that God gave us to learn from and to love. You can read about this in Revelation 10:2 but that might not be concluded in 2012. What we do know is that there will be a whole lot of shaking going on and those who fail to humble themselves and believe what is written will be ashes under our feet for the beast will hate the whore and utterly burn her with fire. (Revelation 18:8) The portion of the church that is married to Christ will continue to be built by Him and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Let both of these concepts keep you like protective gear in the coming year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.