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Chapter 11 -

The coming kingdom

 

 

 

 

- (Luke 21:28-31) And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.

29  And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

30  When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your own selves that summer is now near at hand.

31  So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of God is near at hand.

 

We may become depressed because of the worsening conditions in the world and the uncertainty of future events. They can easily make us turn all our attention to these problems and the evil in the world, which by no means is the point.

   Instead of grieving over these matters – over matters that we cannot change – it is much more reasonable to fix our attention on the future kingdom of which Jesus spoke and to which the verses above refer. He taught that when things in the world start getting worse at the end of time, it is in fact a sign of the approaching kingdom of God. So, the end of the present age only means a beginning of a new age, a new dawn:

 

Then I noticed a human figure walking along the shore towards me. I could see from far that he was carrying a torch. It radiated light that was the color of the sky. I immediately knew that it was the Lord. I could tell from the way He walked: purposefully but not urgently. He is never in a hurry because time is subject to Him. As he approached, I could see that He was dressed in a white cloak, which had been tied from the front with a golden rope. There was golden embroidery at the hem of His cloak and on the sleeves.

   "It is both the sunset and the sunrise," He said. "A sunrise in one place and a sunset in another. You live in an evening of one age and in the dawn of another. You are here so that you may learn more of the end of your own time and of the beginning of the new time which is just dawning." (62)

 

From the Bible we can see that the present world is just a temporary stage and it will eventually disappear. We can see this from rather many verses in the Bible:

 

- (Matt 24:35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

 

- (Matt 5:18) For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 

- (Hebr 1:10,11) And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands:

11  They shall perish; but you remain; and they all shall wax old as does a garment;

 

- (Rev 20:11) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

 

A whole new kingdom, the kingdom of God and a new Heaven and a new Earth, will come to replace it. This is in fact the central idea of the whole Gospel: that we can enter this kingdom through the grace of God. In addition, there is nothing incomplete in this kingdom. There is no more sin, illness, death, damnation, or night; the former things have passed away. The presence of God is also characteristic of this kingdom:

 

- (Isa 65:17-18) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

18  But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

 

- (2 Peter 3:13) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.

 

- (Rev 21:1-7) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5  And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6  And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7  He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

 

- (Rev 21:9,10,18-27) And there came to me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

18  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass.

19  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

20  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.

25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26  And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

- (Rev 22:1-5) And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2  In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

The same kingdom is also eternal. Many things – also good ones – are only temporary, but several verses refer to eternity when addressing the kingdom of God. It has no end and its characteristic features are joy and freedom from all anxieties that people may have. Furthermore, all short-term pleasures that we can get from sin are like a fleeting glimpse or the flight of a bird. Let’s see some verses in the Bible relating to this issue:

 

- (John 6:27) Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you: for him has God the Father sealed.

 

- (Dan 7:13,14) "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

14  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

 

- (Luke 1:32,33) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David:

33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 

- (2 Cor 5:1) For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 

- (1 Tim 6:12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 

- (Tit 1:2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began

 

- (Hebr 12:28) Why we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

 

- (2 Peter 1:10,11) Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:

11  For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

- (1 John 2:25) And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.

 

ACCESS TO THE KINGDOM

 

As the eternal life, Heaven, and God's kingdom exist, it is good to find out how to gain access to this kingdom.

   The answer to this question is that God has already done for us what we could never do. We do not need to try and merit an access into Heaven and the eternal kingdom: everything has already been prepared for us. So if you personally want to be saved and be a partaker of all of this, it would be wise for you to carefully read the following lines. They indicate how you can become a partaker of eternal life.

 

God sent Jesus. The first thing you should note is that God sent Jesus to save you and every person so that we all could enter this kingdom. The initiator was and is God Himself, and His motive was His love for all of us because He does not want us to perish, that is He does not want us to go to damnation. (Damnation is an issue of which Jesus spoke even more than about Heaven and therefore, there is reason to take His words seriously. However, He said that He has come to the world so that no one would need to go there; Luke 19:10). He wanted us to be saved and that is why He sent Jesus:

 

- (John 3:16,17) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

 

- (1 John 4:9,10) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

- (1 Tim 2:3,4) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Everything as a gift. God has already done everything for us in Jesus, and another issue that needs to be understood is that salvation can now be received as a gift and from grace. Salvation and access to the kingdom of God do not depend upon our goodness and ourselves, as we may often think, but everything is given by mercy and as a gift, which also you can immediately receive. All this takes place through Jesus because He has already become the way and door to the kingdom of God:

 

- (Eph 2:8,9) For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

- (Rom 3:24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

 

- (Rev 21:6) And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.

 

- (Rev 22:17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

- (John 14:1-6) Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

2  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.

3  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.

4  And where I go you know, and the way you know.

5  Thomas said to him, Lord, we know not where you go; and how can we know the way?

6  Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

 

- (John 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

Answering the call. Since eternal life, Heaven and the kingdom of God exist, now you personally must answer the call to this kingdom. Everything is ready on God's side, and He is calling us to come to the wedding of His Son and the Church, and to receive the water of life as a gift, and it is not worth your while to reject this invitation. This means that you should not turn your back on His Son Jesus, who is the way to this kingdom. Through Him we can all enter:

 

- (John 5:40) And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

 

- (Matt 22:2,3) The kingdom of heaven is like to a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

 

- (Luke 14:15-17) And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said to him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

16  Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

17  And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

 

- (Rev 22:17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

THE PRAYER OF SALVATION:

   

Lord, Jesus, I turn to You. I confess that I have sinned against You and I have not lived according to Your will. However, I want to turn from my sins and follow You with all my heart. I also believe that my sins have been forgiven by Your atonement work and I have received eternal life through You. I thank You for the salvation You have given me. Amen.

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

 

1. David Wilkerson, Näky (THE VISION), p. 41.47.

2. David Wilkerson, Näky (THE VISION), p. 49.

3. Matti Joensuu, Avoliitto, avioliitto ja perhe, p. 12-14.

4. Arthur Lyons, The Second Coming, Satanism in America (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. , 1970).

5. David Wilkerson, Näky (THE VISION) p. 42.

6. Hal Lindsey, Saatana elää ja voi hyvin maaplaneetalla (SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL ON PLANET EARTH), p. 136

7. David Wilkerson, Näky (THE VISION), s. 48.

8. Pasi Turunen, Homoseksualismi, rakkautta ja rajoja, p. 34,35

9. Dave Hunt, America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice, p. 10

10. Information from the book, Hal Lindsey, 1948 Vuosi, jolloin loppu alkoi

11. Rick Joyner, Viimeisten päivien taistelu (Overcoming Evil in the Last Days, p. 36,37

12. Pat Pulling, "Noidankehässä", p. 79

13. Nicky Cruz, David Wilkersonin viimeinen varoitus (A FINAL WARNING), p. 50

14. Nicky Cruz, David Wilkersonin viimeinen varoitus (A FINAL WARNING), p. 26

15. James W. Sire: Missä maailmassa? Maailmankatsomusten perusteet puntarissa (The Universe Next Door, A Basic World View Catalog) p. 19

16. Thoralf Gilbrant, Ennustukset toteutuvat 2. (TIDENS TEGN 2), p. 150

17. Hal Lindsey, Saatana elää ja voi hyvin maaplaneetalla (SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL ON PLANET EARTH), p. 7

18. Citation from the book, Teijo-Kalevi Lusa, Lopunajan salaiset kansiot, p. 92

19. Citation from the book, Hal Lindsey, 1948 Vuosi, jolloin loppu alkoi, p. 47

20. Citation from the book: Hal Lindsey, 1948 Vuosi, jolloin loppu alkoi, p. 40

21. Erling Ström, Atomipommit Raamatun valossa (A-H-K BOMBENE I BIBELENS LYS), p. 39,40

22. Thoralf Gilbrant, Ennustukset toteutuvat 1 (TIDENS TEGN 1), p. 165,166

23. Thoralf Gilbrant, Ennustukset toteutuvat 1 (TIDENS TEGN 1), p. 167.

24. Josephus Wars of the Jews, 6.4.8.581.

25. Josephus Wars of the Jews, 5.13.6.570.

26. Josephus Wars of the Jews, 5.9.4.563.

27. Josephus Wars of the Jews, 6.2.1.574.

28. Josephus Wars of the Jews

29. Citation from the book "100 merkkiä Jeesuksen tulemuksesta", Ensio Lehtonen / Gordon Lindsay, p. 111

30. Citation from the book "Israel polttopisteessä", Jukka Riippa, p. 35

31. Citation from the book." Maa entinen suuri planeetta" (THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH), Hal Lindsey, s. 59

32. Citation from the book. "Maa entinen suuri planeetta" (THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH), Hal Lindsey, s. 59

33. Lance Lambert, Israel, rakas maa (The Uniqueness of Israel), p. 69

34. Joh. De Heer, Kansojen viimeinen ahdinko, p. 129,130

35. Vilho Rantanen, Israel ajan merkkinä, p. 13

36. Derek Prince, Lopullinen sana Lähi-Idästä (THE LAST WORD IN THE MIDDLE EAST), p. 81

37. Derek Prince, Lopullinen sana Lähi-Idästä (THE LAST WORD IN THE MIDDLE EAST), p. 96,97

38. Corrie Ten Boom, Huomispäivän kätköpaikka, p. 30,31

39. Alice Bailey (Djwhal Khul), Education in the new age / Although citation from the book: "Uhattu uusi sukupolvi" (RAVAGED BY THE NEW AGE), Texe Marrs, p. 17-20

40. John R. Keel: "UFOs: operation Trojan horse", s. 220. Although citation from the book: "Rajan taakse ja takaisin" (TO HELL AND BACK), Maurice Rawlings, p. 203

41. Alice Bailey (Djwhal Khul), Education in the new age / Although citation from the book: "Uhattu uusi sukupolvi" (RAVAGED BY THE NEW AGE), Texe Marrs, p. 17-20

42. Edwin Louis Cole, Miehuuden haaste (MAXIMIZED MANHOOD), p. 104

43. H. Kent Geiger, The Family in Soviet Russia. Cambridge, Mass., 1968.

44. Matti Joensuu, Avoliitto, avioliitto ja perhe, p. 85-91

45. Alice Bailey (Djwhal Khul), Education in the new age / Although citation from the book: "Uhattu uusi sukupolvi" (RAVAGED BY THE NEW AGE), Texe Marrs, p. 17-20

46. Rabindranath R. Maharaj, Gurun kuolema (DEATH OF A GURU), p. 190

47. H.A. Baker, Näkyjä verhon takaa (VISIONS BEYOND THE VEIL), p. 62

48. Hal Lindsey, Maa entinen suuri planeetta (THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH), p. 132

49. Citation from the book, "UFO", Bob Larson, s. 233 – Finnish edition

50. Citation from the book, "Ilmestyskirja nyt" (ACPOCALYPSE CODE), Hal Lindsey, p. 179

51. Citation from the book "Israel polttopisteessä", Jukka Riippa, p. 109

52. Citation from the book "Israel polttopisteessä", Jukka Riippa, p. 123

53. Hal Lindsey, 1948 Vuosi, jolloin loppu alkoi, p. 87

54. Citation from the book "Israel polttopisteessä", Jukka Riippa, p. 124

55. David Dolan, Pyhä sota (HOLY WAR FOR THE PROMISED LAND), p. 186

56. Lance Lambert, Taistelu Israelista (BATTLE FOR ISRAEL), p. 9,13

57. Citation from the book, "Harmagedon", Pekka Sartola, p. 155

58. Citation from the book, "Tule Herra Jeesus", Hal Lindsey, p. 53

59. Edwin M. Yamauchi, Foes from the Northern Frontier. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. 1982, p. 64

60. Mark Hitchcock, Varo Israel karhu tulee (AFTER THE EMPIRE), p. 39

61. C. Skovgaard-Petersen, Viimeisten aikojen merkit, p. 18,19

62. Rick Joyner, Soihtu ja Miekka (THE TORCH AND THE SWORD), p. 30

 

 

THE MOST IMPORTANTS SOURCES:

 

Boice, James Montgomery, Viimeinen ja tuleva maailma (THE LAST AND FUTURE WORLD)

Dolan, David, Pyhä sota (HOLY WAR FOR THE PROMISED LAND)

Dyer, Charles H., Maailman tapahtumat ja Raamatun profetia (WORLD NEWS AND BIBLE PROPHECY)

Gilbrant, Thoralf, Ennustukset toteutuvat 1 (TIDENS TEGN 1)

                                     Ennustukset toteutuvat 2 (TIDENS TEGN 2)

                                     Ennustukset toteutuvat 3 (TIDENS TEGN 3)

                                     EU, peto vai pelastaja  (EF I POLITIKK OG PROFETI)

Haavisto, Osmo, Mitä Johannes näki?

Heer, Joh. De, Kansojen viimeinen ahdinko

Heller, Tri A., Kenen maa? (WHOSE LAND?)

Hiltunen, Paavo, Seurakunnan viimeiset 3 ½ vuotta

                                    Raportti terrorista

Hitchcock, Mark, Varo Israel karhu tulee (AFTER THE EMPIRE)

Jablonsky, Peter, Peto, raportti antikristuksesta

Jeffrey, Grant R., 666 antikristuksen yhteiskunta Suomessa ja maailmalla (THE SURVEILLANCE SOCIETY)

Joensuu, Matti, Avoliitto, avioliitto, perhe

Keller, Werner, Raamattu on oikeassa (UND DIE BIBEL HAT DOCH RECHT)

Ladd, George Eldon, Tulevaisuus on Jumalan (THE LAST THINGS)

Lahaye, Tim, Tuuliin ja pilviin (RAPTURE UNDER ATTACK)

Lahtinen, Pekka, Maailman yhdentyminen

                                Ufojen arvoitus ratkeaa

Lambert, Lance, Israel, rakas maa (The Uniqueness of Israel)

                               Taistelu Israelista (BATTLE FOR ISRAEL)

Larson, Bob, UFO

Lehtonen, Ensio and Lindsay, Gordon, 100 merkkiä Jeesuksen tulemuksesta

Lindsey, Hal, Ilmestyskirja nyt! (ACPOCALYPSE CODE)

                         Jeesus tulee

                         Kohtaaminen pilvissä (THE RAPTURE: TRUHT OR CONSEQUENCES)

                         Maa entinen suuri planeetta (THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH)

                         Maaplaneetan viimeinen luku (PLANET EARTH'S FINAL CHAPTER)

                         Tule Herra Jeesus (THE FINAL BATTLE by HAL LINDSEY)

                         Tuleva uusi maailma (THERE'S A NEW WORLD COMING)

                         1948 Vuosi, jolloin loppu alkoi

Lusa, Teijo-Kalevi, Lopun ajan salaiset kansiot

                                     Maailmanloppu 2028?

Marrs, Texe, Uhattu uusi sukupolvi (RAVAGED BY THE NEW AGE)

May, Fritz, Israel, maailmanpolitiikka ja profetiat (ISRAEL ZWISCHEN WELPOLITIK UND MESSIASEWARTUNG)

Mccall, Thomas S. & Levitt Zola, Paholainen pyhäkössä (SATAN IN THE SANCTUARY)

Meller, Leo, 5 Minuuttia keskiyöhön

Pentecost, J. Dwight, Huominen tuho vai tulevaisuus (PROPHECY FOR TODAY)

Prince, Derek, Lopullinen sana Lähi-Idästä (THE LAST WORD IN THE MIDDLE EAST)

Riippa, Jukka, Israel polttopisteessä

Sartola, Pekka, Harmagedon

                              Israel tähtäimessä

                              Jaakobin ahdistus

                              Totuutena valhe

Skovgaard-Petersen, C.,Viimeisten aikojen merkit

Ström, Erling, Atomipommit Raamatun valossa (A-H-K BOMBENE I BIBELENS LYS)

Wilkerson, David, Näky (THE VISION)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jari Iivanainen




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