“BUILDING THE KINGDOM THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD”
PIERCING THE VEIL
WHERE IS THE KINGDOM
When our Lord spoke of the Kingdom of God He said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21). Without a doubt, this is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the bible. The mainstream church totally disregards the evidence right in front of them. Instead, they keep teaching and preaching about some far out kingdom on a planet called heaven out in another galaxy light years from here. They seem to have first hand knowledge of a Utopic experience with saints having gone to their eternal reward, living in a house that Jesus has been building for them for the last 2000 years. And, it is not just a house, it is an exclusive mansion beyond comprehension sitting on a street of gold, sitting in a pasture with beautiful clear blue babbling brooks, verdant life green grass with sheep milling around, a Canaan land of peace and plenty, with a gargantuan Four Square Tabernacle at the end of the street bedecked with the finest gems and minerals as pure as glass, columns of pearl, and a visible king sitting on a golden throne of judgment who destroys his enemies and theirs with a swipe of his eyes and a fiery sword going out of his mouth. Is that about right so far? Only problem is, it just ain’t so; it’s a fairy tale, a myth, and a real bad interpretation of scripture. The Jews believed almost 2000 years ago that the Messiah was coming back. His grand entry to planet earth was to be as a conquering King riding a white horse with a whole host of warring angels riding on flaming chariots, and an entourage of departed Jews like Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Elisha, and others to show the world that they were the only true children of God and the Messiah’s elect in the world. He was to come in a grand entrance with trumpets blaring announcing his arrival, with the red carpet rolled out as befitting such an honorable person as God himself. The whole nation led by religious Pharisees and Sadducees had already described his arrival in a natural and carnal way similar to the way kings of the earth make their grand entrance, and how they came into the city. But, By faith he (Abraham) sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Abraham’s search was not in outer space; it was not for a Temple made of Gold; it was here, and he was looking for a celestial city that abides in men. He was looking by faith not by sight. For the Holy City of God which is you has been under construction since the beginning of time.
Now you should know by now that Jesus, Yeshua, Jehovah, Yahweh, the Messiah, Emmanuel, the Prince of Peace, the Great I Am, the Lord of Glory, and the King of kings over all the earth did not make a grand entrance when he came. In fact, those looking with natural and carnal eyes did not even know him when he arrived though they knew by the words of the prophets, the wise men, the biblical scholars, and the sages of that day that his arrival was imminent. But, because he didn’t have on regal robes, come in a beautiful horse drawn carriage, and enter with pomp and ceremony, he was totally overlooked. Who would think that the King of kings would come as a little babe wrapped in swaddling clothes born in a manger meant as a feeding place for live stock because there was not even space in a respectable inn. His birth was of poor peasant folks and not of kingly descent, his youth was the same as all other common children, and he was not raised in a palace; his clothing was common garb not regal array; he sat in a homemade chair and not on a throne; his entrance into Jerusalem was on a donkey, not on a noble white steed with accompanying soldiers; his ministry was as one who was a servant rather than Lord of all; his attitude was one of humility rather than arrogance as most kings; his crown was made of thorns rather than a bejeweled crown, his death was as a sinner on a cross rather than in the king’s chambers with many attendants, and he left this earth as quietly as he came rather than with great acclaim and inauguration of all the people. His ascension to the throne was in heaven where it was not seen and not in Jerusalem where he could be seen.
Jesus was not recognized then and he is not recognized now. Though he abides in multitudes, he is not acknowledged. Sadly, the same as it was then, it is the same today. With billions of dollars of beautiful ornamental temples, shrines, tabernacles, churches, crystal cathedrals, and costly buildings, most still cannot see his appearance because he will not enter the first one of these man made structures though they look for him for they built these elaborate edifices for him. Why? Many Christians today are no different than the carnal and natural Pharisees and Saducees and the religious people of Christ’s day. They are looking for him to come upon a white horse with an entourage of saints on white horses to split the Eastern Sky, destroy his enemies, throw the false prophet and the antichrist in the Lake of Fire, stand on Mount Zion and proclaim himself King over all the earth, and rule with great pomp and ceremony to all the peoples of the earth out of Jerusalem, the city of God. Again, it just ain’t gonna happen. In the first place, God destroyed all the synagogues, temples, and tabernacles that men built as a “so called house for Him” as they tried to make a place for God. Nothing even exists on earth that is worthy to be a home for the King of Glory. For it is written, the heavens is his throne and the earth is his footstool. But, these pitiful buildings are nothing for God. He does not dwell in temples built with hands. David wanted to build him a house. God told David, “David, I’m going to build you a house.” So it is today, the Tabernacle of David is being restored. But, not like folks think. This tabernacle will be built without hands. This tabernacle will be built with the finest of craftsmanship, God’s own creation. Man will have in him the creator of the Universe, this treasure in earthen vessels, the mystery that has been withholden from the ages but is now revealed to us by his holy apostles and prophets, “Christ in you the Hope of Glory.” Besides Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, there has never been an event so glorious. The glory that he had with the father in the beginning, he now has put in us. But, the false prophets of which there are multitudes highly esteemed of men readily testify that Christ is coming again riding on a white charger and establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth. What a lie, how asinine, how presumptuous, how egotisical, for once again Christ is coming by humble means choosing to dwell in man himself, his excellent creation, his true tabernacle, and his glorious work from the beginning of time to have daily communion with man and fellowship throughout the ages that Adam cast away. He won’t be seen, and the Kingdom of God will not appear in Jerusalem. God is a spirit and he has come to dwell in men. His kingdom is not in the church buildings, in the synagogues, in the mosques, in the tabernacles, or in any building made by men, and it is not over there or over here, but HIS KINGDOM IS WITHIN YOU! GLORY!
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OR WHAT IS IT NOT
Reason together with me. If Jesus himself said the Kingdom of God does not come with observation, then why is there so much excitement throughout the church world and the nations of the earth that Israel is planning to reconstruct a temple in Jerusalem? Architectural plans have already been made.
According to Bible scholars, The Third Temple, or Ezekiel's Temple is a Jewish Holy Temple architecturally described and prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel, a house of prayer for all people with a sacrificial service. It is noted by Ezekiel as an eternal edifice and permanent dwelling. The architecture of the temple is described in detail in Chapters 40 to 42 of Ezekiel. The layout and measurements of the building are described in detail, and decoration of "carved cherubim and palm trees. Palm trees alternated with cherubim. Each cherub had two faces: the face of a human being toward the palm tree on one side and the face of a lion toward the palm tree on the other. They were carved all around the whole temple" Ezekiel 41:18–19. The Third Temple is also portrayed as a religious notion and desire in Judaism rooted and expressed in many of Judaism's prayers for the return and rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem that had once stood as the First andSecond Temples that were destroyed by the ancient Babylonians and the Romans. Since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, religious Jews have expressed their desire to see the building of a Third Temple on the Temple Mount. Though it remains unbuilt, the notion of and desire for a Third Temple is sacred in Judaism, particularly Orthodox Judaism, and anticipated as a soon-to-be built place of worship. Since a number of Jewish scholars have stated that the deadline for the arrival of the Jewish Messiah is the Jewish Year 6000, this would also seem to be a deadline for beginning the construction of the Third Temple. The generally accepted position among Orthodox Jews is that the full order of the sacrifices will be resumed upon the building of the Temple and that animal sacrifices will resume in the third temple, and explicit details how they will be carried out, however, conservative Jews do not require animal sacrifices. Orthodox Jewish prayers include, in every prayer service and at the times when corresponding sacrifices would have been offered in the Temple, a prayer for its reconstruction and resumption of sacrifices. The Temple had elaborate rules of ritual purity forbidding entry to people with ritual impurity, arising from contact with the dead, seminal emissions and menstrual blood, contact with non-kosher (unclean) animals, certain diseases, and a number of other sources. While many of the original purification ceremonies involved such as the Red Heifer ceremony became impossible in the absence of the Temple and its rites, Rabbinic Judaism, and later Orthodox Judaism, considered Jews obligated to observe such laws of ritual purity as are possible, and retained a large number of the rules as principles for ordinary life. Although in mainstream Orthodox Judaism the rebuilding of the Temple is generally left to the coming of the Jewish Messiah and to Divine Providence, a number of organizations, generally representing a small minority of even Orthodox Jews, have been formed with the objective of realizing the immediate construction of a Third Temple in present times. These organizations include The Temple Institute and the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement . Each state that its goal is to build the Third Temple on the Temple Mount (Mount Moriah). The Temple Institute has already made several items to be used in the Third Temple. The most immediate and obvious obstacle to realization of these goals is the fact that two historic Islamic structures which are 13 centuries old, namely the Al Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock, are built on top of the Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock is regarded as occupying the actual space where the Temple once stood, and Israel has undertaken to preserve access to these buildings as part of international obligations. Any efforts to damage or reduce access to these sites, or to build Jewish structures within, between, beneath, beside, cantilevered on top of, or instead of them, would lead to severe international conflicts, given the association of the Muslim world with these holy places. that would progressively align in support. (Information derived from Wikapedia).
What is absolutely amazing is that the majority of the Christian Church, wanting to build a 3rd Temple in Jerusalem, have a 3rd covenant, and a whole new set of laws for God’s chosen people. Israel throughout the world has bought into this mockery of Christ’s crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Think about it. If the whole Jewish economy, religion, and political structure were totally demolished in 70 AD, why then do folks believe that God would raise it all back up. The Jews said to Samuel, give us a king like other nations. Samuel goes to God and says, “They have rejected me.” God told him that they had not rejected Samuel, but they had rejected Him, the Father. The Jews rejected Christ the Son and nailed him to a cross. And finally, once again, as Stephen was being stoned, he said to the Jews, “You do always resist the Holy Ghost.” With these events, over time, the entire Godhead was rejected by the Jews. Jesus said, “if you reject me, I will reject you.” Their demise was fully earned. Israel had been given the presence of God in the Ark, the Law and Commandments from Moses, The Temple and Tabernacle approach into the Holy of Holies, the promises, the priesthood to the nations, God’s theocratic government, and a Temple to make sacrifices for sins. One by one, they rejected it all. With one fell swoop, God destroyed all that He had given them including the Temple and the Eternal City of God. Israel was no more after Titus, the Roman General destroyed all the eye could see stone by stone. Jesus had said, destroy this temple and I will raise it up after three days. Of course, he was not talking about rebuilding the temple or the city or the nation. He was talking about himself. Allegorically he spoke to the multitudes, and they could not see his purposes and plans. Why? Because they were looking with carnal eyes just as multitudes do today. After one of his parables, the disciples asked him, “Lord, why do you speak to us in parables.” Jesus said, “For it is given to you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom, but, to them that are without, it is not given.” Without a parable, he spoke to them NOT. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. (Matthew 13:34, 35). God’s rejection of Israel was complete. The feast days though widely acclaimed and still followed by many Christian believers have all been done away. They serve only to point to Christ. The Temple has been replaced by flesh bodies of the believer. There is no more wooden box in which God dwells called the ark. You are the ark of God in which he dwells. The burnt offering points to Passover which is Christ’s crucifixion. The Holy place beyond the first veil is representative of the Day of Pentecost which Christ gave when he filled 120 believers with his Holy Spirit 50 days after his death. And, he is still filling folks with his spirit. The Day of Tabernacles has been fulfilled when the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from top to bottom paving the way for all believers to go into the presence of God into the Holy of Holies to see him face to face as High Priests of God boldly by the blood of Jesus. There is no more sacrifice for sin. The ultimate reconciliation of all men was complete on the Skull, Mount Moriah, the hill of Golgotha, Mt. Calvary where Christ hung on the cross taking on the sins of the world through his flesh. To rebuild the Temple would be an abomination to God. It would do despite to the Spirit of Grace. The Law and all its covenants and restrictions have been done away. Yet, for all this, folks still celebrate all the feast days, observe days, months, times, and years, and proclaim touch not, taste not, use not, which Paul clearly said not to do, and are followed by those who still want someone to tell them what to do. For some reason, they have to have a law or guidelines to live by. Little do they know that a personal relationship with Christ is all they need. There is excitement in the air as the prophecy pundits proclaim the coming of the Lord by the outward signs of Tetrads, blood moons, potential war in Israel, the coming of the day of the greatest war called Armageddeon in the field of Megiddo, the rise of the AntiChrist, seven years of tribulation, the rapture of the church so that the dear holy saints of God can miss the hard trials called Jacob’s troubles, the coming of the Lord with his saintly army whereby he will destroy all his enemies, stand on Mt. Zion, and rule over all the Earth in person. The greatest excitement in this Millennium is the plans to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. With the architectural plans already having been made, Jews are coming from all over the world to Israel to be recognized with proof from their respective tribes, the Levitical priesthood being raised up and sanctified, the production of the perfect red heifer which will be used to purify the sanctuary, the manufacturing of all the Temple utensils, table of shewbread, candlestick, the brazen altar, the altar of incense, and the supposed finding of the Ark of the Covenant, there is jubilation in the camp and around the world. Only all this celebrating is in vain. God has moved on. To rebuild what God has destroyed is totally meaningless.
HOW IS THE KINGDOM MANIFEST
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3). Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10). When these scriptures are read, it tends to connote that those who are persecuted or poor in spirit will possess the Kingdom of Heaven. And if they are to possess it, it must mean some thing or some place apart from here. It’s definition is akin to the idea of a baffling wind and is the reflexive pronoun “self” or “your own self”. In other words, it doesn’t mean exactly what one would think. Re-reading with that in mind, the scripture would say, “you are the kingdom of heaven.” So, instead of possessing some planet in outer space, the Kingdom of God possesses you. This would clarify the scripture which says, Repent ye, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. (Matthew 3:2). Thy Kingdom come thy will be done in Earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10). God’s plan for man has never been through space exploration and living on some far off star in a distant galaxy. From the beginning of time, at the dawn of creation, he put his spirit on earth and fashioned a man in his image. The Kingdom of God has always been and always be to enjoy the pleasures of his hand here and now. No where in scripture can one prove God has established Utopia somewhere else. His Kingdom and his will is to be done here in the natural arena even as it is in the spiritual. I have talked with many people who said they died and went to Heaven. They would argue that they went somewhere, but just exactly where they do not know. The Heavenly planet and the spiritual life can be observed as soon as one steps out of his fleshy man. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:6,7).
What can be seen of Heaven can only be seen with spiritual eyes not the natural eyes. Elisha and his servant are surrounded by the Syrian Army. The servant is afraid, but Elisha beseeched the Lord that He might open his servant’s spiritual eyes that he might see. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened theeyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2 Kings 6:14-17). A whole host of heavenly angels appeared with chariots of fire pulled by spiritual horses which could only be seen by the spirit. For one moment the servant pierced the veil of the flesh and saw what all could see if they could walk in the spirit. And that is, one does not need go anywhere to see heaven on earth, but he does have to have spiritual eyes.
The Kingdom is manifest by folks who has been possessed by Heaven. This earthly tabernacle is clothed by the heavenly. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven. (2 Corinthians 5:2). Having been clothed by the heavenly, we now produce fruit unto eternal life: But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom ofGod. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such thereis no law. (Galatians 5:18-23). Once the Kingdom of God has come upon us, we begin to exhibit the characteristics of the heavenly. Others can immediately begin to see the Kingdom in us. I shall never forget one of my childhood friends, who seeing me after my conversion said, “I have a successful business, I have all the money I want to spend, I have a nice home, I have all the liquor I want to drink, and I have many different women every week. I have everything one could ever want on earth, but I don’t have the PEACE OF GOD AND JOY I see in you. And I want it. What he saw could not be observed by the natural eye. He saw with spiritual eyes the presence of the Kingdom of God and the Heavenly attributes. He got saved right away.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23). The Kingdom of God is also manifest by power. When you see all manner of healings and miracles, you can be sure the Kingdom of God has come unto you. Jesus said if you don’t believe me, at least believe the miracles I do. The Pharisees affirmed this by saying, “No man can do these miracles except God be with him”. The disciples went in demonstration of the Kingdom by healing the sick, casting out devils, cleansing the lepers, and raising the dead. They did it then and many disciples are doing it now. The indication is that the Kingdom of God was, and is, and is to be NOW. Why do people wait to fly away to a home that does not exist. I grieve in my heart because they do not appreciate that the Kingdom of God is here on Earth now, and it abides in them. Rather than be despondent, depressed, oppressed, weak, sickly, and without hope, they could embrace the Kingdom NOW and their mourning would be turned to gladness, their sickness to health, their poverty to riches, and their depression to exaltation. But, instead, they wait to put off to some future date in the by and by a beautiful transformation from dark unto light. It appears that multitudes that have been born again have no clue what has come unto them, they know not what God has prepared for them, how he has imbued them with his Spirit to enjoy his presence and manifest the Kingdom on Earth. GLORY!
Many have thought that what we preach is the Gospel of Good News, The Gospel of Grace, The Gospel of Jesus, The Gospel of the Church, The Gospel of Faith, but the truth is there is only one Gospel and that is the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM. “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it” (Luke 16:16). It is really hard to get the message of the Kingdom of God across when folks change the message to satisfy their doctrine. I heard from some missionaries who are causing the Kingdom of God to come to pass in the nation they have been ministering for 35 years. But, with all their success, they told me I was a false prophet because I taught the Kingdom. What a paradox. According to them, that gospel is of the devil. I have no clue how they come up with these so called revelations, but I do know the written or spoken word is loud and permeates the soul. What one first hears apparently is the way it is. You can’t change their mind with the truth. One said, don’t confuse me with all your facts, my mind is totally made up. So, a Catholic will tell you that Mary is the mother of God, a Methodist will tell you that you must be sprinkled, a Baptist will tell you that tongues is of the devil, a Pentecostal will tell you that you must speak in tongues to be saved, and a Charismatic will tell you that you can confess a Mercedes into existence. I’m not throwing stones, but I do think we need to really re-examine the scriptures and rightly divide the Word of Truth.
As Ambassadors of Christ, we must be mature Sons of God He can trust with His Word to speak a right Word in season and particularly those words that come from the throne. The doctrines of men will never be sufficient to propagate the Kingdom. As mature Sons of God, we must leave the elementary principles of the Faith and go on to deeper things. We have shallow water fished for 2000 years, and it is time to get in the deep water. I asked the question in a meeting of 30 pastors about the “so called coming of Christ“. No one spoke a word being afraid what others might say and how their doctrine may be different. As I expound on paper and put my understanding down for all to see, then suddenly they have an opinion and begin to yell, devil, lying prophet, and false teacher. No wonder the Kingdom goes no further than it does since so many seem to have so much knowledge about things that simply aren’t true.
WHO MAKES IT UP
Whoseoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19). Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21). Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least is in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:11, 12). Then Jesus saith unto them. Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. (Matthew 21:31). But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Matthew 23:13). And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19). Whosovever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4). The Kingdom is not made up of the arrogant, the proud, the egotistical, the narcisstic, the great kings, the presidents, the noble, the powerful, the influential, the religious, or the rich. Can you now see that those one would never think would comprise the Heavenly host are the very ones who enter in. It should come as no surprise to anyone that God chooses the weak, the humble, the poor in spirit, the peacemakers, the down and out, the abject sinners, and the unknowns. Everything He does is contrary and opposite to the thinking of carnal man. Play king on the mountain if you wish, but know for sure, there will be a fall. God knows those that are his. His sheep know His voice. And they enter into the Kingdom that has been reserved for them from the foundation of the world. I CAN’T HELP PRAISING HIS NAME FOREVER!
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