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.”

INTRODUCTION

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." (Matt. 26:26-29)

"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 came saying,

"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. 4:17)

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." (Matt. 10:7)

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. 10:5-6)

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, "The Distinction 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, "The Distinction Between Israel and the Church."]

Paul continues:

"Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.

"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 tree?

"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." (Rom. 11:19-25)

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 of God,

"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 (Matt. 10:5-6).

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:

  1. 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 day:

    "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 in heaven.

    "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)

And -

  1. 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 of God.

"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 Days."

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 it.

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. 14:12, 14-15)

THE HARVEST IS GREAT,
BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW

The harvest is ready, but God needs laborers for this harvest. The Bible says:

"... 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." (Luke 6:24)

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)

Jesus continues:

"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." (Luke 14:22-23)

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 2:5)

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 said,

"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 ..." (Matt. 6:19-20)

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 said,

"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.

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