HOW TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Throw Down Your Crowns
Fixed Focus on God
Rule in the Midst of Your Enemies
The Power of Our Return to the Lord
Futility-The State of Our Fallen World
The Army of the Lord-Joel Chapter 2
The Truth About Armageddon
Old Testament References to Christ
Revelation-Message to the Seven Churches
Slain By the Spirit
The Book of Hosea
The Book of Malachi
The Future of Christianity
The Little Flock
Your Sins Separate You From God
Know The Lord
These are a collection of articles written under the hand of the Lord to reveal the way one enters into the Kingdom of God. Itâs purpose is to reveal the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and to show how one can enter the highest level of the coming age of Christâs rule on earth. The road to perfection, which is what God longs for, is a narrow road. Few there be that pass on it. Christ said: âEnter ye in at the strait [narrow] gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find itâ (Matthew 7:13-14).
Well you say I am a born again Christian and have accepted Jesus as my Savior. Isnât that enough to get me to heaven? The answer is that what we call âbasic salvationâ is just the beginning to a real walk with God. Yes you that have saved will obtain a measure of eternal life. But beyond that are many things you must learn, which things involve a continuing salvation process that brings you into perfection; and not necessarily after you physically die.
More than anything God is after a relationship with you like He had with the first humans in the Garden. There He spoke face to face with them in the cool of the night. The first humans were babies in their overall spiritual development and God had much to teach them. We who are saved are in much the same place. God has much to reveal to us and much more He would like us to become. He desires us to become Sons of God, like the first Son Jesus Christ. Together Christ and His brethren, us, form the Fatherâs family that he longs for.
At the last supper Christ made it clear to His disciples that they had much to learn when He was gone He would send the âhelperâ, the Holy Spirit to teach them many things. He said: âWhen the Helper [ Gr. parakeets, one called alongside to help, comforter, advocate, intercessor] comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginningâ (John 15:26-27). âBut I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [paracletos] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to youâ (John 16:7).
Christ was not speaking to babes here. He was speaking to disciples who had been with Him for 31/2 years; they had cast out demons, healed people and done other mighty works. But Christ said He had more to teach them, through the helper that was to come, the Holy Spirit. Christâs ministry was within a 30 mile radius of His home yet he wanted the gospel to go to the end of the earth. He wanted His disciples to do greater works than He did (John 14:12). He wanted the disciples to reduplicate themselves and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).
What is often overlooked about Christâs ministry is that He came to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth. When asked by others how to pray His suggested prayer was short and to the point. After instructing the multitude to Honor His Father He said: âYour kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heavenâŚ.â (Matthew 6:10). Christ was the personification of the Kingdom of the earth. Most of His parables began with âthe Kingdom of God is likeâ or âthe Kingdom can be compared toâ or âcan be likened toâ. Christâs forgiveness of sin was simply a prerequisite to the Kingdom that was to come. Since there can be no unrighteousness in the Kingdom Christ had to forgive and remove sin and remove it in preparation for a new age.
Christ also made it clear in His parables that not just anyone, even if they came in the name of the Lord, would automatically enter His Kingdom. In Matthew 7:21-23 he said: âNot everyone who says to Me, âLord, Lord,â will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. âMany will say to Me on that day, âLord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?ââAnd then I will declare to them, âI never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESSâ. Those rejected actually did miracles in the name of the Lord but were rejected. There are many more parables and teachings along that line in the Gospels.
This book is an attempt to present the Word of the Lord in what may seem to be a new and different way. The book teaches what God really wants from His people in these end and beginnings of time. At this time the realm of the spirit is merging with the realm of the physical forming what will be Christâs Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Since the road to complete salvation is a narrow road it behests us to consider very carefully our individual walks with the Lord to ensure that we are really doing His will. Many Christians and others walk believing they have something from God when in fact they donât have enough.
The parable of the 10 virgins illustrates this beautifully. All 10 were virgins and were close enough to the bridegroom to know that He was coming. However, when the time came 5 of the virgins discovered they did not have enough to enter and were left out. We donât want to delude ourselves into believing that just being saved or doing great works in the name of the Lord is enough.
In this day Paul said that Satan masquerades as a religious spirit. Paul warned of false apostles who were deceiving people, He said: âFor such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their worksâ (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). The charismatic preacher you may be following may very well be one of these deceitful workers.
With great humility I present this work to you. It is by no means complete. Neither is it necessarily made to be read cover to cover. However every point and every article is confirmed by the Bible which is the guide to our feet. This has all been revealed by God Himself through other men of God. The writing may not be as eloquent as you would think. Paul said of himself: âFor his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptibleâ (2 Corinthians 10:8-10).
God Himself said (through Isaiah) said he would speak through a stammering tongue. Moses himself stuttered. God said: âSo the word of the LORD to them will be, Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,â That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captiveâŚ Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips and a foreign tongueâ (Isaiah 28:10-14). Therefore when reading this book pay more attention to the message than the way itâs presented. I can assure you, after much prayer and waiting on the Lord, that it is the word of the Lord for you today. Please apply it as such.