THE “GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM”
& THE CHURCH
[Your instructor for this training will be S.R. Shearer - the head
of Antipas Ministries and author of The New Antipas Papers.]
"And this GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then
shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)
We URGE you to read what
follows in conjunction with Chapter IV of our “book in progress,” Reaching
Safety on the Other Shore: the Church and the Gospel of the Kingdom –
“Preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom OUTSIDE
the Borders of Babylon the Great.”
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord – all those who live OUTSIDE
the borders of Babylon the Great (i.e., the United States) - you have
a great commission that is now laid open to you insofar as God’s “Plan and
Purpose in the Ages” is concerned, a commission that all the angels of God
[i.e., that “great cloud of witnesses” spoken of in Heb. 12:1] – bending over
the parapet of heaven – long to be a part of; but it’s YOU that
God has honored with that commission, if so be you choose to pick it
up: THE PROCLAMATION OF THE COMING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
The Bible says that - in the words of a popular folk song of the
1960s - there's a "NEW world coming;" a NEW kingdom
HERE ON EARTH; it's the same kingdom that Jesus spoke of at the "Last
Supper" when He -
"... took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples,
and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
"And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of it;
"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for
the remission of sins.
"But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the
vine, UNTIL THAT DAY WHEN I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU IN MY FATHER'S KINGDOM."
"My Father's kingdom!" - that's what Jesus called
it; a kingdom, the substance of which Jesus prayed would become as real ON
EARTH as it is in heaven; this is the kingdom for which Jesus told His
disciples to pray:
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
"THY KINGDOM COME, Thy will be done IN EARTH, as it is
in heaven ..." (Matt. 6:9-10) [In other words, May Your kingdom, dear
Father, be as real ON EARTH as it is in heaven.]
THE ATTRIBUTES OF THE COMING KINGDOM
Oh, what a marvelous thing that would be; a kingdom ON EARTH
with all the attributes of the Father's kingdom in heaven -
a kingdom that is grounded in SOCIAL JUSTICE for ALL
mankind; a world where everyone is treated equally; where men
are not divided up between the "owners of capital"
on the one hand and "labor" on the other hand; and
where men and women are not divided on the basis of their race
or even their gender (Gal. 3:28); where the rich do not oppress
the poor; where every man has equal access to the Father's love;
where privileges cannot be bought by the wealthy; where there
are no death squads, no poverty, no torture, no hunger, no disease,
and no room for oppressors of any kind. Naturally enough, such
a kingdom would be at TOTAL variance with this "present
evil world" (Gal. 1:4) - AND MOST ESPECIALLY WITH THE
AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM [Please see our article,
"Capitalism and Christianity;"
please also see our article, "Inside
the American New World Order System."]
C.I. Scofield says that the "coming kingdom" will be -
"... HEAVENLY IN ORIGIN, principle, and authority (Dan. 2:34-35,
44-45) ... (whose) ... moral characteristics ... are ... RIGHTEOUSNESS
and PEACE. The meek, not the proud, will inherit the earth ... knowledge
of the Lord will be universal; beast-ferocity will be removed ..."
Can you imagine? - "Beast-ferocity" will be removed! Yes!
Indeed! - for I tell you, it was never - I say again,
NEVER - God's intention that such a thing should prevail on the earth,
and it will NOT prevail in the coming kingdom. Instead, it will be
a place where "They shall not hurt nor destroy (i.e., kill) in all
my holy mountain, saith the LORD" (Is. 65:25); it will be a realm
where - as Isaiah says - "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid (goat); and the calf and the young
lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them"
(Is. 11:6); a domain where "The sucking child (i.e., the infant) shall
play on the hole of the asp (serpent), and the weaned child (i.e., the older
child) shall put his hand on the cockatrice' (scorpion's) den" (Is.
11:8); a place where "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and
the lion shall eat straw like the bullock ..." (Is. 65:25)
Can you conceive such a place? How marvelous! Scofield continues:
"ABSOLUTE EQUITY WILL BE ENFORCED; and open sin (i.e., when people
hurt other people) will be visited with instant judgment ... (Ps. 2:9; Is.
11:4, 6-9; 26:9; 65:20; Zech. 14:16-21). (Moreover), the N.T. adds a detail
of immense significance - the removal of Satan from the scene (Rev. 20:1-5).
It is impossible to conceive to what heights of spiritual, intellectual, and
physical perfection humanity will attain in this, the coming age of righteousness
and peace." (Ps. 72:1-10; Is. 11:4-9)
THE "GOOD NEWS" OF THE KINGDOM
Yes! - brothers and sisters, there is such
a kingdom conceived in the heart of God, and, as Scofield suggests, the "Good
News" or "Gospel of the Kingdom" is -
"... THAT GOD PURPOSES TO SET UP ON EARTH (EXACTLY) SUCH A KINGDOM
And more than even that, the "Gospel of the Kingdom" announces
that this Kingdom is close "AT HAND."
THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT
THE KINGDOM HAS BEEN "AT HAND"
This, of course, is not the first time that the Kingdom of Heaven
has been announced to be close "at hand." It was announced the first
time 2,000 years ago when the angels proclaimed it to the shepherds "in
the field" at the time of Christ's birth in Luke 2:7-8, 10-11:
"And she (i.e., Mary) brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him
in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room
for them in the inn. [Can you imagine? God, the Creator of all things, Master
of the Universe - Who is clothed with all glory and all power as an attribute
of His very nature - chose a POOR carpenter's family in which to be
born: He purposefully became conversant with poverty; He intentionally
dwelt with the poor.]
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good
tidings of great joy, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL people.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which
is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:7-8, 10-11) [Again, can you imagine? The
first people to whom God announced the presence of His precious Son ON
EARTH were poor shepherds "keeping watch over their flock by night"
- not the rich and powerful in Jerusalem; how unlike the "natural man"
is our God!]
It is PRECISELY the kingdom of this Savior, of this King (i.e.,
Christ the Lord) that John the Baptist preached in the wilderness when he
"Repent ye (which means, turn away from this present evil world): for
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND." (Matt. 3:2)
This is the same kingdom that Jesus preached in Capernaum at the
beginning of His public ministry:
"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent (i.e., turn
from this world): for THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND." (Matt.
And the same marvelous kingdom that he charged His disciples to preach
at the start of their public ministries:
"... go, preach, saying, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND."
THE KINGDOM WAS FIRST
OFFERED TO THE JEWS ONLY
However, in all these instances, you should understand that at THAT
time (2,000 years ago), this gospel (i.e., this "good news" of the
kingdom) was preached only to Israel; it was offered EXCLUSIVELY to
the Jewish people:
"These twelve (i.e., the twelve apostles) Jesus sent forth, and commanded
them, saying, Go NOT into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city
of the Samaritans enter ye NOT:
"But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Matt.
THE OFFER OF THE KINGDOM IS
WITHDRAWN; THE CHURCH AGE BEGINS
BUT THE KINGDOM WAS REJECTED BY THE JEWS in fulfillment of the Scripture that says
- "... they (i.e., the Jews) without us (i.e., the Gentiles) should not
be made perfect" (Heb. 11:40), and in compliance and agreement with the
words of Christ when He said,
"... Many shall come from the east and west (i.e., the Gentiles),
and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob (i.e.,
the Jews), IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." (Matt. 8:11)
[Please see chapter 6 of the New Antipas Papers,
Between Israel and the Church."]
Consequently, the offer of the Kingdom was WITHDRAWN - until,
as Paul says -
"... the FULNESS of the Gentiles be come in." (Rom. 11:25)
[In other words, until all those foreordained by God among the Gentiles be
gathered into the kingdom through the church.]
Obviously, then, the Kingdom of Heaven - as it is being offered today
- is no longer exclusively a Jewish phenomenon (as it was conceived to be
at the time of Christ's first appearing), but a Gentile phenomenon as well.
Paul explains when - paradoxically - he warns the Gentiles not to "boast
against the Jews" (i.e., not to revile the Jews because they rejected
Christ at His first appearing):
"I say then, Have they (i.e., the Jews) stumbled that they should fall?
GOD FORBID: BUT RATHER THROUGH THEIR FALL SALVATION IS COME UNTO THE GENTILES,
for to provoke them to jealousy.
"Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing
of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
"For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles,
I magnify mine office:
"If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh,
and might save some of them.
"For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what
shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
"For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root
be holy, so are the branches.
"AND IF SOME OF THE BRANCHES BE BROKEN OFF, AND THOU, BEING A WILD
OLIVE TREE, WERT GRAFTED IN AMONG THEM, and with them partakest of the
root and fatness of the olive tree;
"Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not
the root, but the root thee." (Rom. 11:11-18)
THE FELLOWSHIP OF
THE MYSTERY OF GOD
What's Paul saying here? - he is describing the work of the Holy Spirit in grafting the
Gentiles into God's "Plan and Purpose in the Ages" in this present
era [the 2,000 year interval between Christ's first appearing (when the kingdom
was first announced to be "close at hand") and Christ's second appearing
(when it is to be announced for a final time to be "close at hand")],
making them (i.e., the Gentiles) partakers together with the Jews in the glory
of the coming kingdom so that - again, as the Bible says -
"... they (i.e., the Jews) without us (i.e., the Gentiles) should not
be made perfect." (Heb. 11:40) [Again, we URGE
you to see Chapter 6 of the New Antipas Papers,
Between Israel and the Church."]
"Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted
"Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by
faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
"For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also
spare not thee.
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell,
severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise
thou also shalt be cut off.
"And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted
in: for God is able to graft them in again.
"For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature,
and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more
shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive
"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery,
lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; THAT BLINDNESS IN PART IS
HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, UNTIL THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN."
There's that phrase again: "Until the FULNESS of the
Gentiles be come in," that is, until those Gentiles who
have been foreordained by God in ages past (Eph. 2:10) have come to
know and comprehend -
"... what is THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, which from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
"To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly
places might be known ... (THROUGH) THE CHURCH the manifold wisdom
"According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus
our Lord ..." (Eph. 3:9-11)
THE CHURCH AGE
Before the church, all men could NOT comprehend the
"manifold wisdom of God" - only the Jews, and only
partially so. But for the last 2,000 years, the Holy Spirit
- working through the agency of the church - has been grafting
the Gentiles into (and making them partakers of) the "fellowship
of the mystery" of God. [We URGE you to read part
4, chapter 8 of the Antipas Papers, "The
Two Witnesses;" we again urge you to see chapter
6 of the Antipas Papers, "The
Distinction Between Israel and the Church," and
chapter 7 of the Antipas Papers, "The
Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture."]
In Matthew chapter 25, the Lord describes this long interval of time
(i.e., the last 2,000 years) in the parable of a man (i.e., the Lord) -
"... traveling into a far country (back to heaven) ... (who) called
his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
"And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one;
to every man according to his several ability; AND STRAIGHTWAY TOOK HIS
JOURNEY. (Matt. 25:14-15)
But now the Master of those servants is returning; the work of the
church is almost complete, and - as a result - THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES
HAS COME IN. And - more than that - the Jews, once dispersed over the
whole earth because of the rejection of their king, have been re-gathered
again to the "Promised Land" in anticipation of Christ's renewed
offer of the kingdom,
"... for God is able to graft them in again." (Rom. 11:23) [In
other words, what we have today is a kind of reversal of Heb. 11:40; that
"... they (this time, the Gentiles) without us (this time, the Jews)
should not be made perfect." (Heb. 11:40); How wonderful is our God!
Full of equity and justice to all those who call upon His name!]
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
IS "AT HAND" ONCE AGAIN
Plainly, what all this means is that the Kingdom of Heaven is once
again "... AT HAND" (Rev. 1:3), and this fact must -
"... be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; AND
THEN SHALL THE END COME." (Matt. 24:14) [That Christ is speaking
here of His second coming is made clear by the context, and also by the fact
that this Gospel is being preached to "all the world" rather than
just to the Jews.]
Are YOU ready for this great work? - i.e.,
to preach this Gospel (specifically, the "Gospel of the Kingdom")
to the WHOLE earth? Think about it! - Christ is delivering up to YOU
the same great work that He delivered up to the apostles 2,000 years ago -
if so be YOU have the courage and faith to accept His offer
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM IS
NOT THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION
Now you must understand something here: The Gospel (or "Good
News") of the Kingdom is NOT the same thing as the
Gospel (or "Good News") of Salvation. The latter (i.e.,
the Gospel of Salvation) pertains to personal salvation (which
is the UNIQUE ministry of the church); the former (i.e.,
the Gospel of the Kingdom) pertains to SOCIAL JUSTICE,
and proclaims - in fulfillment of the "Lord's Prayer"
- the coming of the Father's heavenly kingdom TO EARTH
(Matt. 6:9-10) - a kingdom where there will be no more John
Dimitri Negropontes, no Liamine Zerouals and no Augusto Pinochets.
[Please see our articles, "Algeria:
A Study of the Dreadful Two-Tiered Economic System the U.S.
Is Promoting Among Its Muslim Client-States" and
"The Horror of John Dimitri
Negroponte and Everything He Represents;" please
also see our article, "The
Third World as a Model for the New World Order."]
This, of course, is something much more than the "good news" of
salvation, because - as we just suggested - while the "good
news" of salvation promises redemption to the INDIVIDUAL,
it does not promise to "make over" the world per
se - and this is evidenced by the fact that from Pentecost
until now there has been NO social justice and NO
equity between and among men; tyranny and oppression have continued
to flourish; and sickness, poverty and hunger have continued
to wreak their horrible work on mankind. [Please see our article,
"The Good News of the
Coming Kingdom" for a more extensive explanation
as to the Biblical differences between the "Gospel of Salvation,"
and the "Gospel of the Kingdom."]
Now in saying this, we are not asserting that the Gospel (or "Good
News") of the Kingdom is something superior to the Gospel (or "Good
News") of Salvation, or takes precedence over it. By
no means. But you must understand what has happened here, and why -
to a very large extent - the Gospel of the Kingdom has been necessitated,
and why it MUST be -
"... preached in all the world for a witness unto ALL nations
..." (Matt. 24:14)
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM IS GOD'S
ANTIDOTE TO THE DECEIT OF BABYLON THE GREAT
The reason is this: A powerful COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM - "Babylon
the Great" - has been raised up in these "Latter Days" - a
counterfeit kingdom which claims to stand for Christ's rule on earth, but
in reality serves the Prince of Darkness rather than Christ the Lord. It is
PRECISELY the presence of this COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM on earth
in the "Latter Days" that is the immediate cause of the "GREAT
DECEPTION" of the "end of the age" - AND THAT DECEPTION
WORKS IN TWO WAYS:
It deceives Christians into thinking that by serving this COUNTERFEIT
KINGDOM they are serving Christ - when, in reality, they are serving
the "Prince of this world" [i.e., Satan (cf. John 12:31;
14:30; 16:11; and Eph. 2:2)]; and those Christians (so-called) who choose
to serve this kingdom are precisely those to whom the Lord will say on THAT
"NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER THE
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied
in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done
many wonderful works?
"And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART
FROM ME, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:21-23)
The presence of this COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM brings terrible disrepute
and shame on God's great Name - especially insofar as the poor of the world
are concerned; it advances the horrid fraud that Christ's kingdom is a matter
for the rich and powerful rather than what it really is, a place where,
as Mary - the mother of Jesus - described it, He -
"... hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
"He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them
of low degree.
"He hath filled the hungry with good things; and THE RICH HE
HATH SENT EMPTY AWAY." (Luke 1:51-53)
[THIS DESCRIPTION (i.e., Luke 1:51-53) IS HARDLY A PORTRAIT OF
THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM to which Christian leaders
like C. Peter Wagner, Tim LaHaye, Beverley LaHaye, Gary Bauer,
James Dobson, Bob Dugan, Ron Godwin, Robert Grant, Rebecca Hagelin,
Bob Jones, Alan Keyes, Peter Marshall, Sam Moore, Pat Robertson,
Duane Motley, Ralph Reed, Oliver North, Phyllis Schafley, Jim
Woodall, John Ankerberg, E.V. Hill, James Robison, Jay Sekulow,
Larry Burkett, Reed Larson, etc., etc., etc. have pledged themselves.
No wonder the Lord will declare to these leaders and those who
follow them, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that
work iniquity" (Matt, 7:23). [Please see our article, "A
Woman Riding a Beast Going forth Conquering to Conquer."]
Come on now! - is it that difficult to see that when the armies of this COUNTERFEIT
KINGDOM ravage and pillage the earth - ALL IN THE NAME
OF CHRIST AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN CHURCH -
that the poor of the earth would be offended by it, and "turned-off"
to Christ? What would you think if you were one of the citizens
of Falujah and had had your city "liberated" IN
THE NAME OF CHRIST by the American army - death squad-style?
To say nothing of seeing your neighborhood blown up by 2,000
pound bombs - once again, IN THE NAME OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE?
Be honest! - what would you think? [Please see our article,
"Sowing the Seeds of
the Gog / Magog War."]
The Gospel of the Kingdom and it's corollary Gospel, the "Eternal
Gospel' - which declares the coming destruction of this COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM
- are the antidotes (i.e., the antitoxins) to the work (poison) of this great
SHAM KINGDOM. They declare that this COUNTERFEIT KINGDOM and
the APOSTATE CHURCH that supports this kingdom are none of Christ's.
EXPOSING THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD
ORDER SYSTEM FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS
When we proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom, we expose this sham kingdom
- i.e., "Babylon the Great" - for what it really is, and it's not
that hard to do; after all, all one must do is shine the light of God's word
on the shameful activity of this bogus kingdom. For example, how can a kingdom
that is founded on the type of murder and slaughter that forms the basis of
the American New World Order System be compared to the kind of kingdom for
which Mary, the mother of Jesus, prayed; or to the kingdom described in the
beatitudes? - a kingdom where Christ says:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for
they shall be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for
theirs is the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall
say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN:
for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." (Matt. 5:3-12)
Pretty obvious, isn't it? Where, for example, is there any room for
the "poor in spirit" (v.3 above) in the American New World Order
System? There is no room for them; instead, they are trampled under foot,
and robbed blind of what little they do possess (which is exactly what's occurring
today in Iraq, in Thailand, in the Philippines, in the Congo, in Argentina,
etc. - to say nothing of the poor in the United States).
Where in the American New World Order System do the meek (v. 5 above) inherit
anything? - only the proud and the selfish can get anywhere
in this system. And what about those who "hunger and thirst
after righteousness?" (v. 6 above) - how far do you think
people like that would get in the "corporate culture"
of Boeing, of Exxon-Mobile, of Conaco-Phillips, of General Electric,
of Union Carbide (Dow), etc.? There's no room for those who
"hunger and thirst after righteousness" in these corporations;
they would last about as long as a snow ball in hell would last.
And, moreover, where is there any room for mercy (v. 7 above)
in this system of things? - is that what John Dimitri Negroponte
meted out to the people of Honduras and Guatemala? Is that what
he is meting out today to the people of Iraq? to the citizens
of Falujah? [Please see our article, "The
Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]
All this to say nothing about where in a system like the American
New World Order System - a system that is based on the concept of "perpetual
war" - is there any room for peacemakers (v. 9 above)? There is none!
- OR do you really think that's what Paul Wolfowitz, Richard
Perle, Douglas Feith, Abram Skulsky, William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Elliot
Abrams, et. al.
are after? - peace? If you do, you truly are an idiot!
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OPENS UP
THE POOR TO THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION
What Christ did (i.e., His actions) backed up (and gave authority
to) what He said - and so it must be with EVERYONE who wants to involve
himself with the "Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven" in these "Last
When Christians speak out against Babylon the Great, and shine the
light of God's Word on this phony kingdom, the poor will take note of what
they are saying only if they have completely disassociated themselves from
If they have done that, then they can say honestly and sincerely
that the American New World Order System is NONE of Christ's (and none
of theirs); it is a bogus kingdom; that THERE IS A NEW WORLD COMING; ONE
THAT HAS SUBSTANCE TO IT - a kingdom which has been hid from the poor
of the earth because of the "smoke and mirrors" of Babylon the Great,
and the absurd "hocus-pocus" of the Apostate Church with which Babylon
is associated; AND THAT THE POOR OF THE EARTH SHOULD PREPARE THEIR HEARTS
FOR ITS COMING BY OPENING UP TO THE GOSPEL ("GOOD NEWS") OF SALVATION.
If we patiently and persistently "keep on keeping on" (so
to speak) in this great work - and if our lives demonstrate that we have DISASSOCIATED
ourselves TOTALLY and COMPLETELY from Babylon the Great - then
what we say will have substance, and what our work will ultimately produce
is THE GREAT HARVEST OF THE LAMB:
"Here is the PATIENCE of the saints: here are they that keep
the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat
like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand
a sharp sickle.
"And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice
to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time
is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe." (Rev.
THE HARVEST IS GREAT,
BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW
The harvest is ready, but God needs laborers for this harvest. The
"... The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into
his harvest." (Luke 10:2)
That's what is needed today: laborers to go forth into the harvest
armed with the Gospel of the Kingdom; it will open up the door of the Kingdom
to the poor of the earth and cause them to flood into it in such numbers that
your "mind will be blown" - after all, whether rich Christians in
America want to admit it or not, IT'S THE POOR FOR WHOM CHRIST CAME,
not the rich. Jesus said,
"... woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation."
And He went on to say,
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO
PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised ..." (Luke 4:18)
That's why Jesus said,
"Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God." (Luke 6:20)
COMPEL THE POOR TO COME IN
Brothers and sisters, listen! - Forget the rich - THEY SIMPLY
ARE NOT OPEN TO CHRIST! These are the people
about whom Jesus said,
"Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me
with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
"... in vain they do worship me ..." (Matt. 15:7-9)
You are wasting your time on the rich! Revolutions (so to speak)
are made with the poor, not these conceited twits. Jesus said:
"... A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
"And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden,
Come; for all things are now ready.
"And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said
unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it:
I pray thee have me excused.
"And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove
them: I pray thee have me excused.
"And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
"So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master
of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets
and lanes of the city, AND BRING IN HITHER THE POOR, AND THE MAIMED, AND
THE HALT, AND THE BLIND (i.e., the outcasts of society)." (Luke 14:16-21)
"And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and
yet there is room.
"And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges,
AND COMPEL THEM (i.e., the poor) TO COME IN, that my house may be filled."
GOD IS GOING TO FILL UP THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
WITH THE POOR AND DOWNTRODDEN OF THE EARTH
God's desire is that His house be filled, AND HE PLANS TO FILL
IT WITH THE POOR.
Believe me when I tell you, brothers and sisters, that when the Lord
speaks of filling His kingdom with the poor, these are not rhetorical flourishes.
Christ means it.
HE IS GOING TO FILL HIS HOUSE WITH THE POOR AND DOWNTRODDEN OF THE
WORLD - and if you are going to have anything to do with this great work,
if you are going to reach the poor of the world - you must DISASSOCIATE
yourselves from the American New World Order System, or else the poor will
never listen to you. They would rather listen to the purveyors of Islam than
you if you come to them preaching Christ behind the guns of the American army.
Again, if you are to be successful with the poor insofar as the Gospel
of Salvation is concerned you MUST couple that Gospel with the Gospel
of the Kingdom - and in doing so, you must TOTALLY
separate yourselves from the American New World Order System. To do anything
less is to make yourself out to be a HYPOCRITE - which is precisely
what countless numbers of American missionaries are doing today: for example,
taking Christ to the natives of the Amazon basin in 120 foot long motor launches
fitted out with all the conveniences of home, pulling up to villages along
the way, singing "Jesus loves You" to the children, passing out
a few Bibles and some medicine, and then moving on to the next village (and
this is a real example, not a made-up one).
There are some, of course, who say that we are being too hard on
the rich, and that we act as if there is some kind of nobility in being poor;
that in dwelling so much on the poor, we are being a little bizarre. But in
the early years of Christianity what we have had to say about the poor vis
a vis the rich would have made perfect sense - because only the poor were
Christians. It certainly made sense to the Apostle James. He wrote:
"Hath not God CHOSEN THE POOR of this world rich in faith, and
heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?" (James
And Paul wrote to the Corinthian brethren:
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after
the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the
wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things
which are mighty;
"And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God
chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are
..." (1 Cor. 1:26-28)
CHRISTIANITY IS A POOR MAN’S RELIGION
The fact of the matter is, Christianity is a poor man's religion. It was "created"
(so to speak) for poor people. When we try to fit the rich into the church,
the church is CORRUPTED. That's a hard saying, but it's true! Jesus
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye
cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24)
That's why Jesus told the rich young ruler that if he wanted to serve
God, he had to -
"... sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou
shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me." (Luke 18:22)
Money and those who possess it corrupt the church. Dom Helder Camara
of Brazil was right when he said,
"I used to think, when I was a child, that Christ might have been exaggerating
when He warned about the dangers of wealth. Today I know better. I know how
... (impossible) it is to be rich and still keep the milk of human kindness.
Money (or the desire for money) has a dangerous way of putting scales on one’s
eyes, a dangerous way of freezing people’s hands, eyes, lips and hearts."
Jesus warned His disciples:
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal ..."
GOD IS OFFERING YOU A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
Listen to me here, dear saints of God: God is offering you the Kingdom
of Heaven; and not only that, He is offering you a chance to be a worker in
that Kingdom - TO ANNOUNCE ITS COMING, AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT
HARVEST OF THE LAMB. Don't miss out on this opportunity, because once
offered and rejected, it may never be offered to you again. The Apostle Paul
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily
beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the
joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb. 12:1-2)
STUDY TO SHEW THYSELF
APPROVED UNTO GOD
Needless to say, in choosing to raise up a testimony where you live
YOU WILL, to put it crudely, HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!
- and this does not come by way of osmosis, but by
hard study. The Bible says:
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
We have, therefore, carefully arranged for you a course of instruction
that will prepare you for the task to come.
TO BEGIN THIS
COURSE OF INSTRUCTION