T-8.VIII.3. It has been particularly difficult to overcome the ego’s belief in the body as an end, because it is synonymous with the belief in attack as an end. The ego has a profound investment in sickness. If you are sick, how can you object to the ego’s firm belief that you are not invulnerable? This is an appealing argument from the ego’s point of view, because it obscures the obvious attack that underlies the sickness. If you recognized this and also decided against attack, you could not give this false witness to the ego’s stand.
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” -1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)
Is the role of the church today to prepare the Kingdom of God here on this world, or are we to expect Him to take us to the place He prepared for us? Some of them say, “Well, but Jesus Himself in the prayer says, "Thy kingdom come, on earth as it in heaven. Yeah, but why did Jesus preach about the Kingdom of God here on earth even over 2000 years ago?” He didn’t say, “2000 years from now, there will be a generation of apostles, and they are going to bring the Kingdom of God on earth.” He spoke about the Kingdom of God even then. Why? Luke 17: Now, when He was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, “The Kingdom of God does not come with observation, nor will they say, see here or see there for indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you.”
When Jesus is in you when you believe in Him, you’re already having the status of sons and daughters, and you are already promised that you will reign with Him. It’s in us. We’re not to show and prepare a place where we take over seven mountains, and we are going to prepare the world for Him. No, you cannot see it. It’s in you.
Galatians 5: Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contention, jealousies, the outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in the time past that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God, is not talking about the earthly kingdom that we prepare for Him. God will bring Him back to prepare a kingdom on earth.
It is always a mystery that people can read the same Bible and come out with diametrically opposing interpretations. Like when Jesus said to His disciples;
John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us, come back to get us and take us to where He is. Yet some have concluded that before Jesus can or will come back we have been given the task to prepare the world for His return.
The problems with this interpretation are many. First, the Second Coming of Jesus is clearly at the end of the Tribulation, and if we are to prepare the world for His return, that means the church will be present on earth during the Tribulation. Second, if what this group is referring to is the rapture of the church, why would we need to prepare the world for the Lord’s return if the church meets the Lord in the air and He doesn’t return to earth until the end of the 70th week of Daniel.
The third problem with this interpretation is that the Bible makes no mention of a new group of apostles to lead the way to the church having dominion over the earth in 7 areas. (The Seven Mountain Mandate) The belief of the New Apostolic Reformation is that the church must have dominion over; Education, Religion, Family, Business, Government/Military, Arts/Entertainment, Media. If the Lord has mandated the church to have dominion over these areas, we would have to admit the church is doing a terrible job.
Arts and Entertainment are becoming more and more perverse. The media has become a propaganda machine, education has been replaced with indoctrination, and the family unit is barely recognizable today from what it once was. Many governments are corrupt, false religions abound and are increasing their influence like never before. Some might argue that this is why the church must take dominion over these areas but, the truth is, this is exactly what we would expect the world to look like when it is time for the Lord’s appearing to meet the church in the air with the dead in Christ.
Matthew 24:37-39 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
"The days before the flood” would be an Old Testament parallel to the days before the Tribulation. Noah and his family did not have dominion over the earth. The earth was a mess, evil was dominant, and indifference to the impending signs of coming judgment was prevalent.
Genesis 6:5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Genesis 6:13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
This is what it was like in the days of Noah, and this is what the world will be like when the time of God’s wrath has come. Things are not going to get better, in the sense of the church having dominion over the world. The world, according to Jesus, will be filled with violence, the thoughts and intentions of the heart of humankind will be "only evil continually.” How you can conclude that the church having dominion over the earth and Jesus describing the earth to be as it was in Noah’s day before He returns are compatible, is unimaginable.
The truth is, Jesus said when the world is a mess and dominated by evil and violent people, He is coming to get His people off the planet and will judge the world, for their rejection of Him and their treatment of the Jews.
Revelation 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
These are the kind of people who have dominion over the earth when Jesus comes. People who would rather cry out to the earth than to the One who made it. They will know they are under the wrath of Him who sits on the throne and the Lamb and yet, would rather die than confess that He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The world is a mess morally and spiritually and filled with violence perpetrated by people bent on only evil continually. The righteous don’t and won’t have dominion, and they will be relatively few just as it was in the days of Noah. That can only mean one thing, Jesus is coming soon!
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
It’s a great comfort to those who love the Lord to know that He can be neither intimidated nor defeated. If they are from the Lord, whatever plans we have will unfold no matter who opposes them.Jesus said, “See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it” (Revelation 3:8). Conversely, if your plans are not from the Lord, they ultimately will fail no matter who proposes them. Prayerfully place your plans and desires into God’s hands. Be assured that if they are His will, He will bring them about. Nothing can stop God’s will.No matter what man proposes, it’s God who disposes.
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye
shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall
remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” ~Matthew 17:20 KJB
cannot serve God and money.” On the subject of money, 1 Timothy
6:10 says this: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of
evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from
the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” Wishing you good
health and safety. Much love!
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.