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“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done,On earth as it is in Heaven”

I wonder if maybe we have forgotten about this statement in the bible.

I think we have gotten all wrapped up in this ‘church’ thing that we have forgotten that God’s Kingdom is here now, and is coming to its fullness in the future.

I believe I know why Christ said what He said in His profound statement “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matt. 16:18

We have tried to move in on Him to do his work of his kingdom, When it is the King of the said Kingdom that builds the Kingdom. I have alot of issues with people in discussing this with the understanding of what this means.

A Proclamation, an announcement, a invitation, a phone call, an email, a letter, are ways that exactly the same as what the ‘Gospel’ is. It is a notice that something is new, different, or worth shouting about. The Gospel is proclaiming that God is King! God has stepped into his creation, in the middle of time, of man and his ways to say that “His Kingdom is starting”, it is building to a crescendo to make it full of Him.

We have missed out on what the scriptures are and were telling us as we read it the first time. I have told multiple people that I converse with that the bible is a narrative, a story that God is telling about his creation and his image in that creation. Read the scriptures from front to back, take your time and ‘eat it'(this is what is called eating ‘Christ’) chewing each thing 6 times(lol), it is a narrative, a story, to be told in this specific way so that we will know the character and mind of God and his purpose, his eternal purpose.

The story is NOT about a building(church) that we need to worry about, it is the mind and heart of all his images(his people) to be in Him and Him to be in Us. We are to be one. We are to be an Image of God.

God’s kingdom was in the first few pages in the bible. It is characterized in a more plain and bare example of what it was, but it was an illustration of what it is. We revolted. We wanted our own version of a kingdom. Let’s look back at history and see how that has worked out?! lol

God again gives his special images of God, Israel, as another example of ‘the Kingdom’ in the first of what we always think of a kingdom in our minds and our drawings. It is this that we need to keep in mind when we now continue reading the scriptures of the narrative for us to get the right picture. God is faithful. Yes, He is, He has created a ‘New Covenant'(Kingdom of God), and He is going to have it. He will build it, He will build with his son helping him. Jesus, Christ and Savior will be the catalyst for the dawn of the Kingdom.

Matt 6:10 “Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”. This verse I could use as a major screw up in christian theology in it’s usage over the last 400 yrs. “Where did we see in this verse that we were going “To Heaven” at any time? This thought process has been used for the evangelical’s in their message with out any understanding of it!! I don’t understand it!!

But now that we know that the “Kingdom has started, and has started here on earth, and it will continue into it’s fruition. We can finally ‘see’ and ‘hear’ what the “Gospel” is and enjoy God’s Kingdom to its fullest!!

Praise God, Hallelujah, and Amen.

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John- The New Kingdom

I have always thought that the Gospel of John was the ‘Crescendo’ of the story of the Bible. But to really know what it is really saying is key to knowing what the beginning of the bible is telling us. All aspects of the bible are important.

I believe that for us to understand the Gospel of John, we have to read and understand what Genesis,Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy tell us in the first hints of God’s story. It is crucial that we do this. Each one of these books tells us an very important segment of the storyline, each one a different part, not one more important than the other, but important. They are historical, but they also lay the groundwork or foundation to the Gospel of John in the realization the the story is much bigger and is from a different world. The books of the bible do this in various themes that it incites us to look deeper into God’s eyes and soul to know.

Let me point out something right here at this point, That God is so amazing at his logical and illogical things that he brings us to in our world, even tho it makes us stop and ponder and think and be in the mind of our creator. One mind, One Spirit. Even the most studious bible reader may not catch why John’s gospel is in the order that it is, it is there for a reason.

John’s gospel, is the final frontier of God’s Heaven Trek. It is what comes to fruition when all things have been put back to rights. (this is statement that one of my authors says that puts it exactly the way it needs to be said) God has created a storyline that has wonderful beginning that takes a fork in the road, then he plans for that storyline to comeback to the original road to put things back to rights!

God created a Kingdom in the beginning. It was called the Garden of Eden, it was the realm where God(King),Garden of Eden(the land), and his people (christians) are to reign together forever. It was Heaven on earth! Let’s stop again, to define something that has historically been misidentified as to what it was,Heaven.

If we realize that all of us, now and past,and future people that are born will be citizens of the earth. It is just obvious where we have our citizenship. We also have a citizenship that is subletted even more by the country, or state, or providence that we live in. Our world is one of our making by who we are and by how we see fit to rule ourselves as a society. We have a plethora of ways to do this all around the world.

But it is different when we talk about the Creator who created everything we see, everything we participate in, everything that we have, and everyone around us. God created everything for ………..MAN! Not man for the world, as everyone seems to think. Now think of the directionality of the phrases of this statement. God created everything for Man. God created the Kingdom(earth) for man! Everything! including himself, God talked to adam and eve in the Garden of Eden, He walked with them daily with their Creator! How cool was that! A God actually having a connecting with his creation.

This is a stark contrast later in the story of the roman and greek stories being far off from their ‘so called’ creations that they never saw them or talked to them, they had to make themselves the replica’s of them as a idol in their ‘temples’ to worship. Now how is god a god if you are to make a ‘image’ of them with your own hands?

God made his own image of himself. US! WOW!!!! We are HIS Image!! Guess what, He made us as an image of Him, in His own Temple! The Earth!! WOW, how neat is that! God wants to be with His creation again!

Can you see it Now? Look back at the beginning of Genesis 1-2 chapters to see the creation of the world, Now look at what John’s Gospel is saying and foreshadowing of things to come. IT IS THE SAME!!

It is the exact same picture that God made in the beginning that he is restoring back to rights!!

This is the Storyline of the scriptures that God has made and restored to Him the ‘Eternal Purpose’!!!

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Do we have a biblical knowledge problem?

Let me just answer this upfront. Yes We do.

I am not one to come to if you need me to ‘quote’ you something from the bible from memory, but because I have read it multiple times over my life, I know somewhat the message is or can direct someone to where it speaks to this question. I can tell you if I have read something on this subject. My memory doesn’t allow me to remember things as much I would like. But I try.

Either people are really dumb, playing dumb, or only know things that people have fed them over the years, We have a really bad problem.

Does this need to get fixed? Yes

How do we do it then? My solution is, We need to clear our lives of the trivial stuff that we think is important to do or just to have fun in life, and get serious about our God!

But the dominant factor of this is the Acknowledgement that God is God and He is creator of the World and we are His image in it!

Until then, it will be a crazy,mixed up world as today.

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What’s your Passion?

Do you even have one?

God gave us the innate spirit within us to be with Him.

He gave it to all of us. Some of us have pushed ourselves to be in front of God’s purpose. God’s innate spirit is still there. It’s covered up.

We must forget ourselves, or better put, die to ourselves, and realize that we are to be with our maker in His world and His Kingdom, and His people.

Can we see that there is another kingdom out there? What does it look like? It is befitting to share this with the ideals that are swirling around the world, that this should be like this, I should be able to do what I want, I want to be looked as this person, or I should be free to do what ever I want. It is God that is ushering in the perfect paradigm for all. It is one that is perfectness in Him, in His World. Man has had over 8,000 years to try and perfect his ways to do good, but has failed.

God’s eternal purpose is coming into fruition as we speak, His ways are not ours. They are so much better. Our ‘good’ is so bad, God is the designer of ‘good’ when he created us and His world.

So why can’t we See it?

You tell me?

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What is our Vocation,Oh Christians?

I find it very relevant for this question to be asked on a daily basis.

We will always have usual answers such as we are to take care of our family,Have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, but it is when we have achieved this foundation of our ‘Job’ that we sit in our chairs and just enjoy our success. What makes it really bad in God’s eyes, is when we desire all those accessories to go along with basic needs, because we are not content.

I am afraid that this mindset is precipitated by the world, but also our religions. We are proclaiming our ‘fruitfulness’ in our God that says we are ‘blessed’ to be worshiping our God. I personally cringe when people get these xtra toys, or have traveling fancies and go see the world because they are ‘free’ from their humanity obligations. Is this what we are being taught in ‘our’ church’s?

If so, you wonder why God is not achieving his eternal purpose here on earth!

This pillar of Christ is one of the reasons that I left the institutional church, there was no understanding about what the ‘christian’ was or to be in God’s Kingdom! It is this understanding that is being lost in the model of ‘the body’ that has gotten us in this quagmire of a rut. We are continuing to do the same things over and over in our little ‘meetings’ without actually being ‘in the world’, to shine our light.

I am saddened when I do hear from friends or people that are exploited their gains over the years and throwing their enjoyments from sea to shining sea. I say this because I see it. and I hate it. I have been first hand acknowledgment to some of these things in various church’s that I have been in.

One such example was in a church that had a ‘program’ to give everyone this sunday a $25 gift card to ‘do’ what ever they wanted too do with it. The intention was to be an example of ‘the christian’ to ‘give’ to the needy or to make an influence on someone. Although the concept was right, it was not to be done ‘by’ the church, but thru the church by it’s body of believers. It is this that the individual believer is to ‘see’ the need on its daily journey to find and help. This is where the light is shone, and ‘seen’ by the world. Another issue, the one that I see as a real problem, in the institutional church is that ‘they’ cannot see themselves past their noses. There was quite a few people in the congregation that were hurting for money in various ways. Yet, the ‘church’ failed to ‘see’ it. Their a were a few of us that knew of one hurting family that we pooled our gift cards together and gave them to the family.

My belief is really in the concept of the Corporate Body of God, This after all is God’s intention for his creation, but I am in the belief that it is built by that one rock at a time method, Peter being the first rock next to Jesus Christ,the cornerstone. The IC* has failed in doing this or even explained it in all these centuries, thus it is in the condition that it is. My belief in the individual christian(true believer) can be seen as ‘rock’ in the world to show their ‘light’ to whomever comes by, and be a way to stay in the light. God uses this illustration for a reason with Peter for a reason with it being a shadow of meaning for his Body. It was the individual piece of the puzzle that when we build them all together that it builds the body of Christ. Gods scriptures are amazing in showing shadows and goldmines of wisdom in it.

The first example of our vocation is surprise, surprise given to us in the first two chapters of the bible. God creates His world, with man in it,all the beauty and accessories around it with animals,food, and a garden. His instructions is to keep it going, all of the above, forever and ever.

*Institutional Church

fyi -For reference of my past. I am a PK,Preachers Kid, that has been ‘in’ the church realm for 50 years when I left the building. I have been on both sides of fence of being on boards, and in the pew. so I have seen and heard everything.

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“To your descendants I will give this Land”

These were the words that God gave to Abraham in his New Promise.

God’s ultimate goal for mankind was three fold from the very beginning of creation.

First, It was to be their God.

Second, To have all of creation as His people.

And Thirdly, To have His Kingdom in all of His Creation.

This was, and still is the blueprint of the architect, or the creator of the world. God’s design of His Eternal Purpose was to be fulfilled it must be shown in all of creation. Every part of the earth must be filled with his glory. In Isaiah 6.3 it says exactly that- “And one called out to another and said,”Holy,Holy,Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory”. This was God’s intention, it would be fulfilled.

These three things work in unison to achieve the ultimate goal of God, in that they are intertwined with each other to work out God’s Glory. God,Kingdom,Land. All three are as important to each other as the next one. I believe, that they will come together as one, one moment in time for the ‘shock and awe’ that God wants to show his glory to the world.

I want to focus on the Land part for just a minute and expand on it and with explanation. “In the beginning”, was the original start of God’s world, it was being spoke into existence with God’s voice, it was not to be changed,ever. It was the blueprint. Mankind did not comply with its original plan, but it is still in existence today. Garden of Eden was God’s Kingdom, it was also man’s domain mingling with God. It was perfect. It was God’s Kingdom, it was being shared with man, his creation. This was God’s desire.

To see a more illustrative ‘picture’ of what this was in Genesis, let me highly recommend a biblical company called “Bible Project” by Tim Mackie and Jon Collins. You can find them on YouTube and also on their web site called Bibleproject.com. Check them all out for sure, but check out this specific one for now to see an illustration of this concept-“Heaven and Earth”. Enjoy!

Now, back from our commercial! LOL God’s Land is all the Earth. Now, How this is being achieved is key to how this is implemented. The problem that has risen from this is that we ‘all’ seem to see it in the ‘old testament’ eyes of God’s institutional ways, that was only supposed to be an temporary covenant until the one to take it’s place was ready. Hebrews 8.13 says When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. This ‘New Covenant’ which is to be now in effect, means that the old is not in affect. All of it, all aspects of it. The Covenant in detail was for the Jewish Nation, This was now, not just for them, but for everyone. The old covenant was ‘marked’ by the Jewish men being circumcised, the ‘new marker’ for the new covenant was the ‘indwelling of Christ’ in His people. The food laws of the old covenant were specific, in the new covenant there was not any limitations on what to it, but this was allegorically being understood as something even bigger than this, as said to Peter and his vision. All of mankind was included in the ‘eating of food’ together in Christ’s name! God’s New Covenant was New and different, it was to be not anything like the old. Nothing.

God was no longer only in the ‘Temple’ and only one person in contact with him, the ‘High Priest’, the veil was torn down by God for ‘All’ to have Contact with him. This was the beginning of a New Heaven and a New Earth. God and Man together again! In union with their God,the people, in their Land. All of it.

I hope your eyes have been opened to the truth of God’s word and desire for all his people! I pray that you have, and spread the News!!

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What’s the message,Church?

With times of our society now in the United States we would think that the ‘Church’ would have a dominate universal message to All of it’s people stating what the whole world is facing in their lives

But I have doubts that that is what is happening.

I feel that, it is the same old message of what ever the season is, on what the message is this week. Why can’t the ‘Church’ see the world to use as the actual instrument of what God was pointing to as the crescendo of evil in the world by mankind to rise against it and seeing that God’s reign is there for a purpose. This should be on every ‘preacher’ in the pulpit in every church in the world, every week,every day til Christ comes back to claim His Bride!

Just to make things clear, this is not a U.S. problem, its a world issue. This is to be considered a universal problem of all christianity to realize, it needs to ‘see’ the dark battling the ‘light’. God’s light will shine everywhere, there will not be any darkness to be found! God is Sovereign. God is in control. His people,His kingdom and His Sovereignty will be reality!

God is Good.

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and then it was fulfilled.

Where to begin. It seems that what I thought to be a norm, isn’t with everyone.

The reality of the law in the old testament of being fulfilled by Christ’s fulfillment of all aspects of it, in his dying and his resurrection of New Life after it.

The Law. What was it? What did it represent? What was the meaning of the law being fulfilled?

In Exodus is where the story of the law starts, In Exodus 24: 12 is the explanation of the law and it’s intent. The law was directed at God’s people that He appointed to represent Him in the world. It was for these people to ‘be different’, than all others in the world. They were to be His image in the world to show the world that this is who He is. People did realize that these people were different in their worship of just one God, their eating of select things, and their ways of living in the world accordingly to God’s laws.

God’s people, the Israelite’s were unable to fulfill this ‘law’, with their idolatry of other gods and worshiping them instead. It was attempt by man to succumb to it’s own ‘law’ to do what ‘man’ wanted to do. Man being ‘corrupted’ by himself, would never be able to ‘obey’ man’s law, let alone God’s law. God knowing this, sacrificed his son, to fulfill the law and also because God ordained it in the scriptures. It was so.

Idolatry is the sin of man, that turned God’s face away from his creation,man. It was to be the insult that God could not believe let alone stand for. It was God that was the creator of all the universe, including his world, and his creation, Man.

God’s Grace is sufficient. For All. God’s grace covers man and his attempt to control his own world around him for centuries is still grace. No matter how bad he gets in trying to control it by his own ‘laws’.

It is because God’s son Jesus the ‘Messiah’, fulfilling the law to it’s fulness, that it has become the end of the law, in reality of man. Jesus, tied to the heritage of King David and his decree that the ‘Savior’ would come to them. The old covenant to man was fulfilled and a new one was being instituted to man that would be able to fulfill this covenant to all men. God’s grace to man was being instituted to him by his love and faith in man, giving him another chance and ability to come back to their God.

God’s old covenant to man is done and fulfilled to the extent that one covenant can not take effect unless another has been complete, a new one can in come in to effect. Knowing this is key to our moving on in our understanding of God, and His ways, We are to come back to Him with a new and refreshing way to worship Him. It will be different this time.

Man was not able to do it in his own strength with the first covenant. In the second covenant, it will be different in it’s reality, It will be in the Spirit of God that is within us, that will be in the way of Worship. God’s world is defined by Him and by his creation, Man. It is this, that will bring man back to God.

It is this New Covenant that will unite God with his creation,man. Worshiping the one God, that created,watched after his creation and protected his image in the place that He created.

This is the fulfillment of God’s Eternal Purpose!

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From there to here

What?

What does the title mean? The usual comment that we hear, especially for men on the highway is asking someone how do I get from here to there? This is only after hours of driving around the country in a aimless way, while our wife tells us to stop and ask someone! lol been there done that!!

But this is something different. It is how something from far off, going to come to us? First off, we have alot of questions from this statement. Like, What is coming? From where?, When? How? and Who?

This is exactly what the christian should be focusing on in their studies and understanding of the Passages in Revelations 21-22. This is the picture that will be coming to us in a very methodical and perfect way. It is the economy(word used by Witness Lee for the ways of God) that will be brought to all his people of the world in the rule of God. This is word picture that we should see when we read the passages in Revelation. God has designed this way of eternity just as he did in the very beginning of time as the Garden of Eden scene we read with adam and eve.

What-God’s Kingdom

This is the fullness of God in everything.

If we ‘see’ that the revelation in revelation 21-22 is that of Genesis 1-2,then we must see the same eternal things in both of them. What then should we do then, is to look at Revelations and see what it actually says and portrays as ‘our’ eternal life.

Revelation 21. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

Revelation 21. 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

The What is God’s Kingdom, No death, no mourning,no crying or pain, nothing is left from the old world! This is all Great but it is the verse three that should make us shout for joy and excitement for things to come.

“Behold,the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them,and they shall be His people,and God will be among them”. Now this is Great, and our ultimate goal of eternal purpose. But, But notice something in this verse, notice on how it is said, notice it, because I believe that we have read it so fast, that we missed an important thing.

It’s backwards in how we have perceived it,It is as God is coming to us,not us coming to him. God tabernacling of God is among us,He will dwell(live) with us, God will be among us. Our perception on our desolate earth is for us to ‘Go'( Church)to Him, It is obvious that in the New Jerusalem that it actually says that there is not temple(this should be our first clue, that we are doing things wrong, we are to be striving for the end result of our destiny in God! We should be first realizing that it is God’s people in the world, not God’s people in the building, that people will ‘See’ Him!

It is the ‘What’ that I feel must happen first in the christian paradigm of the eternal purpose of God. This must be the first change in the paradigm of God’s people, it is the ‘seeing’ this that will make things change and change fast for the world and the christians!

God’s economy,or paradigm,New Jerusalem, or the Kingdom of God, whatever you want to call it, is coming into our man made world to save it, and bring into His own. This is the What. It is coming!

I will blog on the ‘How’ tomorrow.

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It’s not working folks!

*This is something that has been on my heart for awhile, I just had to speak out on it! Let me know what you think!?

I am a PK. A Preachers kid. My father has left this life, to be with God. He was a Great Man,Father, and Pastor, He was a teaching pastor. I grew up in the faith, the ‘church’ with a good experience thru my childhood. It was a life that I knew that was the thing that I just went along with no reservations.

My remembrance of anything that was detrimental or catastrophic in my journey as a PK is nil. Grant you all I was doing it seems was just soaking everything that my father and mother were preaching, my opinion was still being formed in my mind. It wasn’t until a little later, that I have formed my opinions and my theology.

This is going to really sound like a scathing report on christianity or the ‘church’, and it is. But there are reasons for this.

Let me start by saying that some things have led to my ‘report’ on the ‘church’ as we know it. It has been some personal things over the last 15-20 years that I have been noticing with the failure of the church, in not of an individual church but of the church itself.

*When I talk about the ‘church’, I am talking about the institution of the ‘church’*

I have said that I have ‘lived’ the ‘church’ for over 50 years in the way that people do now. It was when I started to question of ‘Doing the things that they say that they do’. In the New Covenant there is only two ‘laws’ Love your God,Love your neighbor. The first relates to the second and second relates to the first. It is ‘all in all’. There is a disconnect between the actions of the believer and the rest of the believers in their actions.

What I am trying to say is, If we are a child of God it is a natural instinct of God’s people to sense or ‘to know’ when or what is wrong with our fellow believers. Our needs,hurts, desires, loves or loneliness. It is the Spirit that dwells within us that speaks to us when we can’t speak for us or for others. It is ‘not’ the so called institutional group of the ‘pastor’,leader, or committee to find out a need that we have to get a group together to ‘fix’ the issue. This is not the instructions that we have received from God, It is God in us that gives that ‘natural’ being of doing the job of need.

The ‘church’ has long established the need for people to take care of each other when in need,for anything! For people of the church, and for a special circumstance people of interest or locally. When we fail at doing this at the personal level, of knowing people from the ‘church’, and still not taking care of the ones we ‘socialize’ with or our so called fellowship that we talk about, doesn’t work itself into the actual result of actions. When we fail to do this in the early stages of a church and continue to fail to do this, this results in a plethora of failures with God’s servants that are left alone or hurt.

I have personal experiences in this tragedy that goes on a regular basis in churches. It is the always reiterated to me that it isn’t this way, that the ‘church’ always takes care of ‘needs’ when they are told of such things. But it is the more intimate ones that are falling thru the cracks that are not taken care, because it is not ‘seen’ or ‘felt’ or ‘heard’ from the more intimate relationship that one has when they are in more close knit community of people that bound by a daily and closeness life.

The failure of not ‘seeing’ the need in the older people with pain in their lives,let alone the needs of the people all around us in our neighborhoods and communities. I have been ‘preaching'(voicing my concern for this), which has meant that it isn’t that the ‘church’ just doesn’t care or doesn’t have the ‘program’, or they have the ‘programs’ but it is to far removed from the problem that it just doesn’t work. I have personally seen this in my years of being the ‘PK’ and also being in the pews or from being on a boards of churches. It just doesn’t work!

This is why I have searched and re-read the scriptures and Listened to the Lord to see what God’s Eternal Purpose Is!

God came to his people, forgave them, gave them ‘A New Life’ of Holiness in and thru the Messiah for All His Creation! It is in the paradigm, that the ‘church’ is to be different, different in the world, not to of the world but in the world to be that ‘differentness’ that the world will smile and say that is for me! It will be the difference maker that will bring the nations to God to bow down on their knees to proclaim that God is King, and King of All.

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