Our Sermon Section
By Elaine - 29 Jul 2012
In Reference to: 29 July 2012 - They Will Hammer Their Swords into Plowshares
This is all great except the Scriptures being used are those describing the KINGDOM, when God will be reigning on earth and He will put a "new heart" in the people. We are NOT living in the kingdom and our feeble efforts to bring peace will not prevail in this evil world. Only God can usher in His Kingdom, HIS reign of righteousness and HIS peace. We long for that day, until then, we know that the battle against evil rages.
Question: Friend, once you have created peace on earth through the efforts of mankind, how will you bring it to the creation? How will you stop the lion from eating you when you preach a peace that is not yours to proclaim?
Mixing God's message and purpose for Israel and His message and purpose for us, the Church, His instrument of reconciliation in the dispensation of His Grace is the recipe for confusion and failure.
Jesus says in the last days, there will be wars and rumors of wars. Things will get worse and worse until HE returns to judge the earth and establish HIS kingdom where He will physically, literally reign from Jerusalem. Friends, we CANNOT force this Kingdom into existence. Preaching the Kingdom is not our message to the world, the Kingdom of God is NOT at hand as it was in Jesus' day. It has been set aside while God call's people from all nations to Himself in a body of believers which He will take out of the world before unleashing His wrath and judgement upon the earth. We cannot deny the increasing evil all around us in this world, things are NOT getting better nor will they. We are the CHURCH, we are not Israel.
We have guests coming in a few moments, I'll be glad to get the scripture references tomorrow for those who would like them. We have a busy day today. May God open hearts and minds to His truth and wisdom in these matters of great importance.