PROPHETIC MESSAGE TO AMERICA

           THE LOST MESSAGE OF THE KINGDOM

Where has the kingdom gone?  The lost message of the chuch today is the "gospel of the kingdom". This has left the church powerless and unable to affect society and our nation. The "Kingdom of God" is mentioned 153 times in the New Testament yet rarely mentioned from the average pulpit.  It was the preparatory message of John the Baptist.  It was the message of Jesus Christ.  He launched His ministry preaching the "gospel of the kingdom" (Mark 1:14-15)  He even continued to teach this message to the disciples the 40 days after His resurrection until His acension.  He told His disciples to preach it and He said it would be the final gospel preached in all the world..."then the end would come" (Matthew 24:14).  Paul, often called the Apostle of Grace to the Gentiles, preached the "gospel of the kingdom" to his death.  "Paul continued to preach the kingdom of God in Ceasar's household and concerning the Lord Jesus..."  Acts 28:31.  Why has the gospel of the kingdom been neglected and even rejected today?  Because the demands it places on us, it becomes a violent message of "death to the flesh", total ruler ship and authority of Christ over our lives, "abiding" in His presence continually by walking in the "power of the Holy Spirit" and releasing His power on earth "now" by "signs and wonders".  Therefore it is not a popular message.  Today we have rather chosen a message of convience that does not offend.  We have become "politically correct" religiously.  We have embraced psychological and motivatonal talks on how to be more successful in the flesh.  We have chosen to become  churches using the most modern growth techniques following the models of the megachurch "seeker friendly" approach.  The results have been devastating.  We have filled our churches with people who have not genuinely repented and come under the authority of their King. Remember, you have no authority if you are not under authority! This has left the church powerless and impotent.  Thus we resort to techniques that try to bring growth but little power.  
 
What is the "Gospel of the Kingdom?"  It is not some American rightwing movement of political agendas.  It is a "kingdom life" committed daily to walk under the authority of Jesus Christ. One has defined the "kingdom of God" as where ever Jesus rules without resistance. The word "kingdom" comprises "King" and "Domain". It is the King's dominion over all things. His rulership over us can only happen by total repentance.  The kingdom comes with violence and "violent men take it by force".  It opposes religious pride, the flesh, the world system and Satan himself.  It becomes an act of "dying daily" to self. It embraces the discipline of "abiding" in Christ and practicing the "presence of God". It majors on walking in the Holy Spirit's power and hearing the voice of God  It originates in heaven at the throne room of God.  Jesus said, "My kingdom is not from this world".  (the word "of" is a poor translation) It transcends from heaven to earth and Jesus made that clear in His prayer.."on earth as it is in heaven". 
 
Why will this message triumph?  Because "the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of His Lord and of His Christ". Ultimately, "Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord..."  That is not universal salvation but ultimate confession at the judgment that God was right, He had a right to rule over all of us the whole time. Jesus asked the Father in Psalms 2 for the "heathen as His inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth as His possession".  Jesus said in His final address that "all power had been given unto Him in heaven and earth.. go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations".  John saw it in Revelation 7:9 as completed, "I saw the throne and Him that sat on it and people from every tribe, tongue, people and nation bowed to the Lamb".  The kingdom of darkness under the authority of Satan will increase and grow until the return of Christ.  But in the midst of this "present darkness" the kingdom of God will shine forth in glory!
 
What is our challenge?  Jesus prayed to the Father, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven".  We can reign in life now by releasing "His kingdom" in our personal life, our marriage, our churches, our communities, our cities and our nation. The lack of teaching people the present power of the kingdom of God in their lives has resulted in a defeatest theology.  After all, we have declared ourselves in America to be "One nation under God..".  
 
IT HAS BEEN THE NEGLECT OF THIS MESSAGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD THAT HAS NOT TAUGHT BELIEVERS THEIR PRESENT AUTHORITY TO REIGN "NOW".  How far can the church of Jesus Christ on earth take the kingdom of God to the nations before His return?  We don't know, but Jesus said we should do it.  Only the Father will determine the time of the completion of the task.  Jesus Himself said that the Father knows that time. By not teaching people to reign now in life, we are not properly preparing them to reign with Christ in His kingdom after His return.
 
What does America need?  A return of the true gospel of the kingdom of God.  Preaching that asks men to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.  Preaching that says, "Repent or you will likewise perish".  Preaching that releases God's "presence and power" over the church by declaring Jesus Christ as the only King!  Worship that presses into God's abiding presence. Leadership in the chuch that practices integrity, accountability, purity and responsiblity. 
 
What are the results of this gospel of the kingdom?  Jesus said it would bring "righteousness, peace and joy".  He said we would not be shaken in troubled times.  Heb. 12:28 "for we have a kingdom which cannot be shaken".  Let us celebrate Jesus and His great statement, "the kingdom of God is at hand", for it is "NOW" present in our lives.
 
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