What follows is an extremely important article dealing with our standing before God as God's children during "THE TRIBULATION PERIOD;" our status is (will be) completely and totally tied up with our association with (to) the 'GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM."
Several years ago I first broached the subject that the "Gospel of the Kingdom" and the "Gospel of Salvation" were not necessarily the same thing. Shortly thereafter I was viciously attacked by many people who said that in differentiating between the "Gospel of Salvation" and the "Gospel of the Kingdom" I was preaching a lie; that they were in fact one-in-the-same thing. Several weeks later I replied to my critics in a second article entitled "The Good News of the Coming Kingdom;" [PRESS HERE] I wrote then:
I was utterly shocked recently by some who apparently had no idea what I meant when I spoke of the "Gospel of the Kingdom" ... and who were mystified when I talked of it as something distinct and separate from the "Gospel of Salvation." Many people acted as if I had made this up out of thin air - even some who are closely and very positively associated with the ministry.
This is extremely unfortunate because there is nothing more important today than this specific Gospel, and that is so because of the presence on this earth at this time in history of an entity - the American New World Order System - that falsely claims to represent Christ on earth.
Such claims can only be a "turn-off" to the poor of the world who see the American New World Order System and the church that justifies it as frauds. The fact is, most of the poor in the world today see Christianity as a rich, white man's religion having NOTHING to do with them. Sadly, Islam is more a religion of the poor than is Christianity. What do the poor of the world want to do with a religion that justifies the very system - i.e., the American New World Order System - that oppresses and brutalizes them? [We urge you to read our article, "A Woman Riding A Beast Going Forth Conquering and to Conquer" [PRESS HERE] for insight as to how this partnership between the rich of the world and Christianity works.]
The 'Gospel of the Kingdom' is God's answer to this deception. It has been calculated to rip away the mask of piety behind which the religious FRAUDS who wickedly justify this system hide - for example, Christian leaders like D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley and John Hagee - while at the same time revealing the evil, avaricious "money-grubbing" that's really at the heart of the American Empire, and that animates ALL those associated with it. [Please see "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles" [PRESS HERE] for a discussion of the theology and eschatology that animates people like John Hagee
RIPPING AWAY THE MASK OF PIETY BEHIND WHICH THE CHURCH'S ELITES HIDE
NOTE: WE URGE YOU TO TAKE THE TIME TO SEE ALL OF OUR SEVEN-PART SERIES ON THE AMERICAN EMPIRE AND THE AMERICAN CHURCH "GREED IS GOOD." [PRESS HERE]
Once these frauds - and the system they excuse - are exposed for what they actually are, then the poor can see Christianity for what it really is: God's way of salvation for them, and see Christ for whom He really was (is) - a POOR carpenter who said of Himself:
'... Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head." (Luke 9:58) -
A Man who rather than placating the rich (as the leaders of today's church so shamefully do), said of them,
'... Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
'And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a (sewing) needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:23-24) [Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."] [PRESS HERE]
The FACT of the 'Gospel of the Kingdom' - it's reality in Scripture - is NOT something that I dreamed up; it is a reality that is taught at every fundamental Bible school and seminary throughout the country - for example Multnomah School of the Bible and Dallas Theological Seminary. Without meaning to offend those who have been perplexed by my rather unoriginal teaching on it, all I can say to them is what Jesus said to Nicodemus:
'... Art thou a master (or a teacher) of Israel, and knowest not these things'? (John 3:10)
These are, unfortunately, the kind of people about whom Paul said have not advanced beyond the rudiments of the faith:
'For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again ... THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF THE ORACLES OF GOD; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat'. (Heb. 5:12)
Brothers and sisters, if we are to get anywhere with God, we must get beyond the rudiments of the faith (what Paul calls here "the first principles of the oracles of God"), especially if we are to play any kind of meaningful role in the "end of days." We must go further; we must get to the 'strong meat' of the Word. The 'Gospel of the Kingdom' is that 'strong meat' about which Paul talked - and knowledge of it does not come by means of osmosis or by inhaling it out of thin air, but by HARD and DILIGENT study. The Bible says:
'Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (interpreting) the word of truth'. (2 Tim. 2:15)
So let us get down to this 'strong meat', and to do that, let us use a reference guide that is universally accepted by 'old-line evangelicals': the Scofield Reference Bible. Concerning the differing gospels spoken of in the Bible, Scofield writes:
'The word 'gospel' means GOOD NEWS. As used in the New Testament, the word deals with different aspects of divine revelation'.
In other words, there are various aspects of the 'divine revelation' that the Bible vouchsafes to man. The 'good news' of salvation, of course, is paramount; but there are other aspects of the 'divine revelation' that go beyond the matter of salvation and are also a part of the 'good news' of the Word of God.
One is the "good news" of the kingdom [i.e., the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" (Matt. 24:14)] which foretells the coming kingdom of Christ that will entail social justice and equity between and among all men; and still another is what the Bible calls the "ETERNAL GOSPEL" (Rev. 14:6) which forecasts the destruction of "Babylon the Great," the kingdom of Satan which antichrist will set up in the "end of days" in opposition to the coming kingdom of Christ.
Finally, of course, there is what the Bible calls a "DIFFERENT GOSPEL" (2 Cor. 11:4; Gal. 1:6) which is NOT "good news" at all, but a perversion of the "good news" of the Bible. We are warned by Paul against it and all its "SEDUCTIVE" forms which are at war with God's "Plan and Purpose in the Ages."
Obviously, then, when the Bible speaks of "good news" it has more in mind than the "Gospel of Salvation." No doubt, the "Gospel of Salvation" is paramount, for without it, one cannot even think about what the Bible has in store for those who are called according to His purpose, especially as that purpose relates to the Kingdom of God. Concerning the "GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION," Scofield writes:
"Absolutely essential to man's salvation is the GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD [SALVATION] (Rom. 2:16). This is the good news -
- that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world,
- that He was raised from the dead on account of our justification, and
- that by Him all who believe are justified from ALL things.
It is described as the Gospel 'of God' (Rom 1:1)
But once more, this is merely the "milk of the Word" - or, as Paul puts it, the "first principles of the oracles of God." We must push on beyond this to God's Plan and Purpose in the "Latter Days" as expressed in (1) The "good news" of the coming kingdom of Christ and (2) the "good news" relating to the destruction of Babylon the Great, i.e., the American New World Order System. [Please see our article on Babylon the Great, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say?"] [PRESS HERE]
This is what Scofield believes as well; he writes:
"Another aspect of the good news is the 'GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM' (Matt. 4:23), i.e. the GOOD NEWS THAT GOD PURPOSES TO SET UP ON EARTH THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST ..."
"The good news of this kingdom was announced by the Old Testament prophets (Is. 9:6-7), by Christ in His first coming (Matt. 9:35) AND WILL BE PROCLAIMED DURING THE ... TRIBULATION." [Note carefully for future reference when Scofield says this Gospel will be proclaimed: during the TRIBULATION period.]
As we have already indicated, the kingdom being proclaimed here will be a kingdom grounded in social justice for ALL mankind, a world of equity 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 up 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 God; 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. [Please see our article, "Capitalism and Christianity" (PRESS HERE); please also see "The Marxist Paradigm." (PRESS HERE)]
Very obviously, such a kingdom would be TOTALLY at variance to the world we now live in and with the American New World Order System that now prevails on the earth - especially the kind of world we described in our recent article, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents." [PRESS HERE] [Please see that article plus our article, "Algeria: A Study of the Dreadful, Two-Tiered Economic System the U.S. Is Promoting Among Its Muslim Client-States."] [PRESS HERE]
A world based on social justice where the rich do not oppress the poor? A world where there are no John Dimitri Negropontes, no Liamine Zerouals and no Augusto Pinochets? – YES! This, of course, is something much more than the "good news" of salvation, because 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.
This is NOT to take anything away from the "good news" of salvation; but very plainly social justice and social equity have yet to be established on the earth, which the coming Kingdom of Christ is calculated to accomplish.
The "Gospel of the Kingdom" announces the "good news" that the Kingdom of Christ is close "at hand."
This, of course, is not the first time that the Kingdom 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 2:10-11):
"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.
"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)
Shortly after - and in conjunction with what the angels declared to the shepherds - the Kingdom was announced to be "at hand" by John the Baptist, then by Christ Himself, and finally by the Twelve.
BUT THE KINGDOM WAS REJECTED BY THE JEWS in fulfillment of the Scripture that -
Now, after an interval of some 2,000 years, the Kingdom is once again "at hand!" The so-called "church age" is all but past, and the Jews - once dispersed over the whole earth because of the rejection of their king - have now been re-gathered again to their land. Everything is ready! - and God is raising up a people to proclaim that the Kingdom is again "AT HAND." [Please see Part 6 of chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Two Witnesses."] [PRESS HERE]
Listen to me dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. The Lord is "coming again" and we have been commissioned to proclaim His coming, the setting up of His Kingdom, and the destruction of "Babylon the Great" and all those who have allied themselves with her - AND WE HAD BETTER BE ABOUT DOING IT. Jesus said,
"Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
"Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods." (Matt. 24:46-47)
But those like C. Peter Wagner, D. James Kennedy, Charles Stanley et. al. who have forgotten what true Christianity is all about, and who have partnered with the rich of the world (and by doing so have portrayed Christianity as a rich man's religion) will not fare very well at His appearing. Jesus said of them,
"The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
"And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. 24:50-51)
Now I don't know exactly what the Lord means when He says that He will "cut asunder" such people and "appoint them a portion with the hypocrites" (i.e., people who say one thing, but do another - who falsely represent what Christianity is really all about) where "... there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth," but I don't want to find out. And one must bear in mind here that Jesus is talking about His servants - people who claim to be "born-again." These are not words one would want to be cavalier about.
And so the warning goes out: Those who ally themselves with Babylon the Great (i.e., the American New World Order System) - either actively or passively, no matter - will pay a HORRIBLE price when the Lord returns. And how does a Christian get himself into such a mess? - by neglecting the physicality of Babylon, and the danger that that physicality presents.
God bless you all,