Time is running out if you desire to be in the millennial kingdom of God. At this very moment, you can make a decision to accept the indwelling Holy Spirit of God and allow him the opportunity to show you whatever you need to know in order to make an informed decision. You retain the right to reject the indwelling Holy Spirit at any later point in time if you so desire. At least you will have made an informed decision. If you do nothing and refuse to accept him, your decision will have been based on hearsay, gossip and slander.
Most people hate manifestos because they believe that manifestos deny them the right and the freedom to make independent decisions. They want to maintain control over the process of change. The truth is that a manifesto merely details a series of urgent actions that must be taken in order to correct a matter of grave urgency. Manifestos from God tell you precisely what actions must be taken in order to correct an emergency situation. The detailed plans for rebuilding the Jewish temple as outlined in the book of Ezekiel was a manifesto for change. The Israelites ignored God's instructions and suffered the consequences. Twenty-first century discipleship requires urgent remedial action. Only God and the Holy Spirit of God can author the solution.
Everyone who is alive and has a soul is supposed to have a halo surrounding their head. If you do not have a halo or a shadow of light surrounding your head, it probably means that you do not have a soul. There are two reasons why someone who appears to be human would not have a soul. Either their body is man-made and they are in fact a sophisticated robot that resembles and acts as a human being, or they were born as a human being but sold their soul to the devil. If you have spirit guides, get rid of them now if you value a relationship with God. Spirit guides are demonic spirits whose job is eventually to get you to enter hell. If you enter hell with or at the invitation of a spirit guide, you will not be able to exit hell unless you pledge allegiance to Satan, that is, you must surrender your soul to him.
If you have family and friends who are planning a trip into hell to visit with a spirit guide, warn them to start running from whoever is trying to convince them to do so. Most importantly, hold onto your minor children and ensure that they have the indwelling Holy Spirit of God who is their only source of protection.
When God creates a human being, he imbues them with a multitude of talents and capabilities. When they receive the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, they receive additional gifts and talents. If we never connect to God during the course of our lifetime, we never truly understand the extent of our capabilities. We may discover and use one or two talents, when in fact God may have given us fifteen or more. Imagine what our world would become if everyone was enabled to live their fullest and most accomplished life. All of the problems plaguing our world would be solved in an instant, and all of the wasted energies would be redirected toward the doing of good instead of evil.
Floors and ceilings set the upper and lower boundaries of each building. They are essential components of everything that purports to be a dwelling place, or a place of business. In the spirit realm, floors and ceilings are equally as important. Thus, the kingdom of God has a floor and a ceiling. The ceiling is that one must acknowledge the supremacy of God. If God is the head, then we cannot also be the head. If God is in control, we cannot also be in control. We must willingly embrace a submissive position in relationship to God.
The floor of God's kingdom is the dividing line between heaven and hell. If there was no floor, it would be impossible to determine whether one was in heaven or in hell. Because of the floor, one is able to determine with certainty one's location in heaven or in hell. When God's Word communicates the components of his floor, our attitude should be one of gratitude that we can have a certainty as to our location. Instead of doubt and confusion, we can have confidence. Look carefully at your spiritual location. If there is no floor, you should have reason for grave concern. If you seek to be in God's dwelling place, his eternal kingdom, your most urgent endeavor should be to locate, and ensure that you are standing on, the floor for God's kingdom.
In every twenty-four hour day, the average person sleeps for at least six hours. The remaining eighteen hours are devoted to work, school, or a variety of other tasks. The details of our lives are woven in those eighteen hours. When the day's cycle is complete, we are compelled to give account for those eighteen hours. We must give account to the ether, to the earth, to the people of the earth, and to God. Giving account means aligning our purpose to our actions on that day to determine whether or not there was congruence.
The ether will have determined whether we fulfilled our obligations to ourself. The earth will have determined whether we fulfilled our obligations to each other. The earth's people will have determined whether we fulfilled our obligations to them. And God will have determined whether we fulfilled our obligations to eternity. Fulfilling our obligations by aligning with our purpose is the most important goal for each day. If we fail to fulfill our assigned obligations, the next day must be repeated. We become stuck in a rut and can never move to the next level until we arrive at a point at which all of the respective obligations for that day have been fulfilled. Only then do we move to the next level.
The sad reality for the vast majority of the world is that they exist on a treadmill, walking the same five feet every day for twenty, thirty or seventy years. The concept of purpose, or of change, growth and repentance are foreign to them because they have become stuck in perpetuity. They may have accumulated countless awards and accolades; they may have reached the highest heights of their profession; they may have raised beautiful, accomplished, well educated children; and they may have an enviable investment portfolio set aside for their retirement years. Yet, all of it may have been earned within the confines of a five foot treadmill existence.
Perhaps you are wondering why anyone would need anything more than what, on the surface, may appear to have been a happy and fulfilled life. If you do not believe in eternity or in the God of creation, then nothing more is needed other than to have a "good" life then, like the animals, cease to exist. If you believe in a living, breathing God, you know that a lifetime of experiences is as a drop in the ocean compared to what God has prepared for those who know and love him. You also know that this eternity that God has prepared is available to anyone who genuinely desires to have it. Speak to God now from whatever frame of reference is customary for you, and irrespective of your current belief system or lack thereof, and tell him of your interest in or questions about eternity. Ask him to show you the path to HIS eternity; he gladly accepts adopted children from any and every frame of reference.
A sense of aloneness is not something one desires to experience. God himself stated that it is not good for man, or woman, to be alone. We think of this as a veiled command to "get married" but even in a marriage one can feel a sense of aloneness. One feels alone when the world seems to be looking in a different direction and is concerned about very different issues from the ones that have desperately grabbed your attention, refusing to let go. Even more disturbing is when the issues that have grabbed your attention are ones that should be of concern to the world, but are not.
The certain cure for a sense of aloneness is God. He offers the 100% guarantee of immunity and/or cure. He also provides the roadmap that leads to community and togetherness. He said in Matthew 6:33 that we should seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and everything else will take care of itself. It is difficult to believe that any solution to life's problems could be that simple, but it definitely is worth trying. If everyone on earth is concerned about the kingdom of God, then it is impossible for one to feel alone. Everyone will be looking in the same direction, grabbed by the same issues of urgency. More importantly, the sense of oneness, togetherness, and community will exist automatically by virtue of the shared vision.
Champions are a rare breed. They have an innate quality that sets them apart from ordinary human beings. They show up when necessary, in the manner of a superman or superwoman, and they delve into action, never stopping until they accomplish the purpose for which they appeared. When they take their exit, it is because the mission has been accomplished. Champions are kingdom people. They are not born, they are made. They are the people whom God will appoint to solve the many problems plaguing our world. When they appear on your doorstep, you will know that your problem has been solved and the mission has been accomplished. You also will know that at the end of the process you will have moved one step closer to eternity.
When you are experiencing an ordeal, especially one of massive proportions, it is easy to become discouraged and to wonder about the existence of God. Who on earth would allow their "children" to experience hardship and turmoil that they, as a parent, have the ability to stop? But it is in the midst of hardship, turmoil and adversity that true character is birthed. Only when we are forced to reach into the depths of our being can we know what exists at our core. When you have been forced to plough deeply into your very being for staying power, and you discover that stamina, resilience, reciprocity, endurance, and tenacity exist at that level, you know that God exists. You also know that God is true to his promise that he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Walloping someone is not something we generally think of doing, but when dealing with the devil, we should be in a constant state of walloping. There should never be a moment in which Satan gains the victory or has the upper hand. Our mindset should be that we always win any battle against the devil. Decide today that instead of letting Satan and his emissaries wallop you as they have been doing in regard to your health, your finances, your investments, your relationships, your career, your family life, and/or any other area, you will now do all of the walloping. If you are a person of the kingdom of God, my prayer is that the Lord God Almighty will always and forever give you the victory.
We often speak of "making money" when referencing our income earning capabilities. Money is never made, not even when the actual paper bills and coins are manufactured. Money exists as an ether currency. It is the currency of give and take, ebb and flow. In order for money to flow, it must be infused with the energy of love. When we love what we do, earning money to do it becomes relatively effortless. However, when our actions are connected to God, we often feel a sense of guilt in being paid to do God's work. Similarly, if we enjoy doing something, we rarely think of it as something that we should be paid to do.
When God told man to till the earth and work the Garden, he intended for him to enjoy his job. He expected that everyone would do some aspect of the task that he enjoyed. He certainly did not expect that work eventually would become drudgery for some, and in some countries, for most. Drudgery is the root cause of virtually every financial crisis or disaster. Whether the problem is bankruptcy, economic collapse, currency deflation, poverty, or lack, the root issue generally is drudgery among the populace.
Having abundance is a natural condition of the universe, but in order for it to be deemed Godly abundance, it must have been honestly and compassionately earned, freely given if donated, lovingly received, and generously and wisely distributed in consultation with God's Holy Spirit. It also must remain in constant motion. It there is stagnation at any point of the cycle, it creates an imbalance that can lead to problems. That imbalance can generate further imbalances that interfere with the flow of abundance. Drudgery is at the core of every imbalance.
If you are not experiencing abundance, ask God to show you the areas of blockage that exist because of stagnation and imbalances that were created by you or by someone else.
When the goal is genuine reconciliation, one need only look to the desired end result in order to discern the truest path to reconciliation. Traveling that path demands that you keep your eye on the goal in the same manner that one always must look straight ahead at the destination, not down at the road, when driving a car. In every journey, it is the destination that one must keep in focus in order not to be derailed. Similarly, in matters of spirituality, if you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith, everything else fades into obscurity. Derailment efforts may seem incessant, and you may need to give them a quick glance, but you always have to instantly return to your principal focus.
When justice demands to be heard, it must be heard, otherwise those who would block their ears must suffer the consequences. For the past several decades, justice has demanded to be heard but we, even the victims, have blocked our ears. We claim to listen, but when fed the wine of our adulterous generation, we easily succumb. We succumb to the wine of cash, the wine of promotions, the wine of larger homes, and the wine of relationships. Most of the world can easily be made drunk with one of these. So where are those whose principles mean much more to them than leisure and pleasure? And where are those who prefer to wait for a better time, a better and more sustainable offer, and a more legitimate offeror?
To those who despise being the only holdout, know that if you function on principle, there are at least millions of others who would join you in the pursuit of principle. With almost nine billion people on our planet, millions of people can seem like a drop in an ocean. But didn't Noah begin again with eight? If you desire truth, justice, and reconciliation, and if you desire a world than spins on the axis of love, know with certainty that there are others who desire the same, and who would be encouraged to step forward and to join you if you had the courage to speak. In every generation, there always is a remnant who are waiting patiently for the time of their revelation.
On this day honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and in the lead up to today, the words of his many speeches calling for justice for the oppressed has reverberated through the halls of many churches and institutions of note. The sad reality is that they were primarily words without soul, repeated with the same manufactured fervor every year in the hope that repeating them will render them as powerful as when they first were spoken. But words with such depth and of such magnitude fall listlessly unless they find a kindred spirit and a kindred soul to birth them. They would prefer to be left unspoken, lest they be rendered sophistry. The powers that be know when the words, as spoken, lack soul; they know that this current generation is "drunk with the wine of the world" (James Weldon Johnson).
Moses had a difficult task; he was required to tread a path between his Israelite heritage and the Gentile royal Egyptian family in which he grew up. At times, he seemed to favor his Israelite heritage, such as when he defended one of the Israelites against an Egyptian attacker. At other times, he seemed to prefer his royal heritage. But God required that he embrace both sides. In today's culture, one is not permitted to embrace genuine diversity, but must strongly align with one side or the other in order to be worthy of inclusion. The slightest notion that one might consider the other side's position to have validity is deemed a justifiable reason for condemnation.
When Moses was rejected by the Israelites, even after defending one of their own, he journeyed to Midian and married an Egyptian. His sons were raised as Egyptians. It was only after God sent him to set the Israelites free from Pharaoh that he again began to embrace his Israelite family. He knew that it was time, once again, to spread his net of inclusion. It was what God expected of him. He also knew that if he failed to win their trust, they would have no other hope; they all had become too entrenched in the mindset of slavery and saw their Egyptian leaders as sent from God. Some Israelites worshipped them as God.
We face a similar dilemma today wherein the trappings of church have become so ingrained in our way of being that it is virtually impossible to think "outside of the box." We try to get off the treadmill but find ourselves catapulted back onto it at the slightest sign of turmoil. When God decides that he wants us to be set free, it is because being free inures to our benefit. We are able to embrace him in a whole new way, and we begin to see a vision of the heights to which we could soar. Trusting God takes faith, but not trusting him may be the biggest tragedy of all time. It means that we will have forfeited the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
God gives us wealth for two purposes only: to support ourselves and our family members, and to support his kingdom. If our giving does not reflect his priorities, it may be time to make adjustments. If our giving does not support the building of his kingdom, it is wasted energy. Finally, if our giving is laced with elements of greed, it poisons our relationship to God's kingdom, and with his people.
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Everything we do, including our giving to ministry endeavors, should be done in consultation with the indwelling Holy Spirit of God. If you believe in giving 10% of your income back to God, ask the Holy Spirit of God whether and how that 10% should be divided. The kingdom of God is a singular entity made up of various components, and as a priest of God and disciple of Jesus, he may ask that you support different facets of the kingdom work, including assisting a neighbor or a single mother in your congregation with grocery costs. If you believe in giving generously without a specific percentage being allotted, the same principles apply. Don't assume that writing a check to one church or entity is sufficient to satisfy your obligation as a disciple of Jesus to seek first and to support the kingdom of God.
When the Lord God Almighty challenged the Israelites to give 10% of their income to the priests, he meant the Levitical priesthood. He did not mean anyone who calls themselves a priest, whether they are a priest of God or a priest of Satan. Anyone can use the name priest or pastor, however, you have an obligation to determine what if any benefit you gain from their ministry. If your understanding and ways of viewing the world have not been challenged in 5, 10, or 15 years, find and support someone who is revolutionizing your relationship with God and with his Word.
Greed always needs a purveyor in order to function most effectively. It requires a systemized methodology by which the purveyor and the recipient can interact. It also requires reward systems to be in place in order to ensure that there is motion. Without motion, greed is not a true motivator. One of the reward systems for greed is money, and another is promotion. Promotion can take place either within or outside of the greed apparatus.
At a moment's notice, greed can function to change the course of history. In one instant, one is traveling down a certain road, and in a flash, greed can put you on a different road to destruction. Last night, one of the purveyors of greed prrevailed upon the manager of an eating establishment to snatch my purse when I wasn't looking. He took it to an upper level that was off limits, hoping to lure me into retrieving it. He was offered $100 for his efforts. When I told him that my purse had been stolen and asked his assistance in retrieving it, he refused; he knew where it was and didn't want to waste his time pretending to search. He also knew that if he called the police for a different issue unrelated to me or to my purse, they would support him in rebuffing my request that the premises be searched. And that is exactly what they did. They claimed to be there to enforce the law, yet when a violation of the law was brought to their attention, they refused to even consider remedying the problem. When a uniformed officer stares a crime in the face and turns away, does he become complicit with the perpetrator? And does he also indicate his team membership?
The extent of the planning and coordination that has gone into Satan's mission boggles the mind. He has a spirit that when placed in his followers throughout the world, can coordinate the tiniest detail with precision. Everyone on his team knows exactly what they are supposed to do and they do it without fail. The instant gratification moves and motivates them. God does not believe in instant gratification. He knows that it is the foundational element in greed. He also knows that when the motivation is an instant reward, there is no character development in the process. So, Satan's mission seems to flourish like a well-oiled machine, while God's mission languishes for lack of an instant reward system. At the end of the day, God still wins this battle because any system built on instant gratification is destined to crumble when the instant rewards end.
The policy of the United States dovetails with global policy in many important ways. For example, both the United States and China launched the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) (in China it is an unnamed health initiative) in January 2015. The PMI is a program slated to cost $1 billion over a four-year period in which the United States will begin to move away from one-size-fits-all medicine, and instead, adopt a precision tuned approach to the treatment and prevention of disease. Many states already have begun to use precision medicine in the treatment process.
The PMI will aim to recruit at least one million volunteers, many of whom already have been recruited, and also ostensibly will generate genetic and other information for the prevention and treatment of a broad cross section of illnesses and diseases, including cancer. When the president's policy dovetails with China's policy, one must be guarded. The Precision Medicine Initiative is a fancy name for a program that will introduce and implant the mark of the beast technology in millions of Americans. Everyone who desires to have precision medicine available to them for prevention or treatment eventually will be told that a tiny device implanted in the wrist with a needle is the only surefire methodology for doing the necessary genetic and related health monitoring.
Thus far, five recruitment centers for volunteers have been established across the country, including in New York City. Four of the centers are connected to university hospitals, and a fifth entity will recruit on the internet and through companies such as Walgreens. We thought we would know exactly when the antichrist announced the introduction of the mark of the beast, and we also thought that we would know the exact timing of his seven-year agreement. On both fronts, we were wrong because we forgot that the Scriptures describe him as cunning, adept at subterfuge, and deceitful. He continues to "pull the wool over our eyes" because we refuse to believe God. As for his army of 100 million people, see "22 QUESTIONS" at www.RebekahIsaac.org.
When our churches wake up and begin to inform their congregations, the rapture of disciples will have already taken place, and the mass murders will begin in earnest. You can wait for that time, or you can encourage your synagogue, mosque or temple to take action now. More importantly, you can take personal action by receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit of God through prayer and, if necessary, light fasting for a day or two. You also can give the Holy Spirit of God to everyone who desires, and to all your underage children. Teach them about God's gift of grace through Jesus, and tell them that the Holy Spirit is their guide and protector. The adults will thank you for their hope, and the children will thank you for their life because they all will be raptured.
When the ether smiles, it is because God is smiling. God smiles when his purposes for the earth or its people have been fulfilled. It may be as simple as a baby's cry being answered. It may be as complicated as a war being ended. When God's people are happy, God is happy. God also smiles when he wants to change the circumstances. If he wants a war to end, he will smile at the prospect of peace. And if he desires reconciliation, he will smile at the joy of reconciliation.
We also can smile in expectation. The stress of difficult circumstances often can generate such negative energy that the problem is compounded. Smiling causes a fragmentation of the negative energy and releases the negative eons, which enables the positive energy to again begin to circulate.
One certain method of reaching a goal is to list everything that will happen when the goal is achieved. It enables one to focus on the positive instead of on the negative circumstances. It also creates an environment that facilitates the flow of energy. The flow of energy is the single most important factor in the smooth functioning of the universe. It also is the single most important factor in the accomplishment of every goal. Energy, like water, must be in constant motion. Energy, like water, flows downward.
Brimstone often is used in the same sentence as hell-fire. Together, they are supposed to denote the wrath of God. Brimstone is a component of the fires that burn in hell and is a combination of sand, salt, sea water and ashes. The ashes are from the souls of individuals who have converted to Satanism. Thus, when someone who has worshipped the devil dies and enters hell, their soul is immediately destroyed in the fires of hell and becomes ashes.
These individuals do not have to await the final judgment because they are judged immediately upon death. They also have no hope of ever returning to the earth realm because Satan, their king, will be trapped in hell during Jesus' millennial reign. Some of these individuals have been brought back to the earth in recent years and they have become demonic spirits embodied in humans. They will be incapable of doing so during Jesus' millennial reign.
All of the saints of God who remain faithful to the end will be able to see the kingdom of God established. Some will be members of the kingdom of God on the earth and others will be in the earth but outside of the kingdom. Those who are outside of the kingdom will have natural lifespans, but the healings and resurrections from the dead that occurred during Jesus' ministry will become commonplace. Unfortunately, those who are currently alive, were told of God's gift of eternal life, and refused the indwelling Holy Spirit of God will be unable to receive the Holy Spirit subsequent to Jesus' return.
In the days of Moses, the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land as God had instructed them after the exodus from Egypt. They were full of fear, ingratitude and arrogance. Two members of their entire group, Caleb and Joshua were faithful, trusted God, and lived to enter the Promised Land forty years later. The remainder of the group died in the desert in the succeeding forty years. Only the individuals who were born after that act of disobedience were able to enter the Promised Land with them. The rebellion had contaminated the entire group.
Similarly, today there are individuals who have been told of the indwelling Holy Spirit and who are now well aware that they do not have the Holy Spirit, yet refuse to pray and to submit. They will suffer the same fate as the Israelites--not only will they be banned from the millennial kingdom of God, but also they will forfeit the chance to enter the final Kingdom of God at the end of time.
If you are a pastor and this sounds confusing, it may be time to re-read the entire New Testament from cover to cover as you would read a book. If you are a member of a congregation in which the pastor refuses to acknowledge the Holy Spirit of God or to give the Holy Spirit to the congregation, you may need to either find a way to convince him, or seek the Holy Spirit's input on what you should do. For some, the solution will be to find a new church, and for others, the solution will be to find a new pastor.
If you are not certain whether you need a new church or a new pastor, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth. If you can see in the spirit realm and your pastor has a crown, but is refusing to assist the congregation in gaining their crowns, he or she may be struggling with selfishness, fear or complacency. You have an obligation to challenge them, and to sharpen them as iron sharpens iron.
If, however, you look at the top of the pastor's head in the spirit realm and see two six-inch horns, it is a sign that he has in him the spirit of Satan. The spirit of Satan is ten times worse than the worst demonic spirit. It contaminates the person to such a degree than they can never again receive the indwelling Holy Spirit. They also cannot die spiritually, so they will experience torment in hell for all eternity. They know that they have in them the spirit of Satan because Satan does not give his spirit to anyone who does not pledge to him their eternal allegiance. They also know that they will live forever, but Satan neglected to mention the part about the torment.
When everything has been said and done, at the end of a thousand years, Jesus will hand the kingdom over to El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty, who will reign on the earth for all eternity.
A woman who is committed to working for the Lord is generally subject to much more hardship and persecution than a man with the same commitment. In the Catholic Church, for example, men who wish to commit their lives to God's service are immediately considered for positions as congregational leaders, while the women are sent to convents where they are taught to focus on doing work as community volunteers.
In other congregations, the same attitudes function to restrict women from taking the pulpit. The reasoning seems to be that because Jesus had twelve male apostles, church leadership should be restricted to men. The idea that the Lord God Almighty would relegate the exclusive leadership of his precious creation to "Adam" who caused the fall of man is incredulous and beyond comprehension.
When Adam decided to take a bite of the forbidden apple, only then did both he and Eve lose the spiritual covering of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God. And only then was death introduced into the world. Prior to man's fall, there was no pain, no sickness, and no death. There was only bliss that emanated from their relationship with God. Eve also ate of the apple, but she did so only after being deceived by the serpent. Hers was not a willful disobedience, as was Adam's who had been directly instructed by God to avoid the apple tree.
The one thousand years of Jesus' millennial reign will be unlike anything that the world has ever seen. Women will be in key leadership roles in every facet of the kingdom of God. The male energy has so dominated the world in the past several thousand years that the world has become gangrenous. It is similar to the condition that exists when one form of bacteria dominates all other forms and creates a state of imbalance. There will be male leaders throughout the millennial kingdom of God, but the principal leader must be a woman, whom Jesus will appoint.
The world functions best when there is a natural ebb and flow of energy. Neither the male energy nor the female energy should ever become dominant. That God has appointed the man as the head of the household does not mean that he functions with exclusive authority. Nor does it mean that he is the appointed head over all aspects of humanity. When cultural norms predominate, different circumstances may apply, but they are relevant only to that culture. God will remedy any ills in due time.
Working woman, reach for the stars.
No one likes to be rebuked. A rebuke feels as a disregard of one's accomplishments. It rarely is accepted for what it is--an urgent call for change, and a reminder of the location of the goal post. When a team is playing a competitive sport, rarely do they make the mistake of scoring a point at the goal post for the opposing team. They are acutely aware of who they are and of their mission and purpose as a member of the team. They also are aware of the mission and purpose of the other team members and they support them in their mission.
The idea that someone could claim to be a member of a spiritual team, yet daily endeavor to score points for the opposing team is blasphemous. It suggests that the lines of demarcation are sufficiently fluid so that no one really knows the location of the goal posts. It also suggests that at least one of the teams is not as committed to winning as they should be.
When a team has lost its sense of identity, the only possible solution is to dissolve it and reconstitute the team, possibly with new members. Modern Christianity has lost its sense of identity and needs to be reconstituted. Either the church as a body can seek to re-engage its constituents, or God will remedy the problem. When God remedies a problem, his primary instinct is to dismantle its components.
There are three ways in which churches, synagogues and mosques can re-engage their constituents. First, they can decide that they are on the same team. Second, they can decide that they will defend each other whenever the devil's team tries to score a goal against one of them. And third, they can decide that they will accept even the most scathing rebuke, provided it enables them to maintain the team spirit, refocus their mission and recognize their Messiah.
When all three faiths are expecting a Messiah and only one person is scheduled to return, one must necessarily question whether he is the same for all three. When they decide that he is, they will have accomplished a major feat.
When your relationship with God consists of a weekly visitation, you know that you are not likely to be called or chosen to be a member of his kingdom. Kingdom people live the Word on a daily basis. They are committed to their spirituality, and to showing the world the face of true discipleship. They want everyone to know their God.
When Christ's millennial reign commences, the priests in the kingdom of God will become a privileged group. They will have fought the good fight and finished the race and will hear the words "Well done, good and faithful servant." When the seventh trumpet is finally blown, they will have earned eternal life. They will be the first human beings to have earned eternal life, and more importantly, they will be in the earth yet not subject to its rules. They will reign with Christ for one thousand years.
These priests of God will have the difficult job of convincing the people of the world that they should forego sin and depravity in favor of living in accordance with spiritual principles. Many will continue in sin and depravity, but many others will repent and will return to God. For those who repent and choose to accept the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, if they remain faithful to the end, they will have earned a place in the final Kingdom of God at the end of time, but will have missed their opportunity to be members of the millennial kingdom of Christ. Unlike those in the millennial kingdom, these individuals will continue to be subject to sin, illness and death for the first portion of the millennial reign. Thereafter, as righteousness increases, health and longevity also will begin to increase, and living for one hundred years or more will become commonplace.
Clearly, while it is true that we are saved by grace from having hell as our certain destination, and anyone who genuinely desires God's protection can have the indwelling Holy Spirit, the pearl of great price is a ticket into the millennial kingdom of God. This ticket must be earned through radical obedience to spiritual principles. It is for this reason that Jesus admonished his disciples to avoid even thinking of sin. They were taught to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ's teachings because transformation comes only from a renewing of the mind.
Wanting to be part of God's kingdom and doing everything necessary to be part of it are very different. For those who genuinely desire to be part of God's kingdom, they must adhere to spiritual principles in their thoughts, words and actions. They also must complete the mission and purpose for which they came to the earth. It may seem impossible to achieve this latter goal, but with God nothing is impossible.
AUTHOR: Rebekah Isaac