Jesus asked his disciples; Who do people say the Son of Man is? And more importantly he is asking you the same question today; “Who do you say I am?”
Matthew 16:13-20 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say, “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock (of revelation) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Binding and loosing is one of the keys of the Kingdom God gives those that receive revelation. Through prayer you can bind the negative dark things of sickness, disease and sinful influences away from someone and loose them from their influences. You can also bind the positive fruits and things of God’s kingdom to them like love, light, joy and peace. As we pray for someone they are able to exercise their choice to make positive changes in their lives by coming into agreement with God’s promises. We inherit the Kingdom through possessing the promises of God and walking in the beatitudes.
Holy Spirit is still coming to each one of us asking the same question, “Who do you say that I am?” What is your response going to be?
If your ears are open to hear revelation from the Father in heaven about His son Jesus you will be used to build His church. If your hearts receives revelation of the Christ you will be trusted with the keys of the kingdom. If your ears are not open to hear revelation you will be used to build the traditional kingdoms of man.
God has granted those that walk in Kingdom power and revelation the ability to decree and declare things to be established on earth.
Job 22:27-29 You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, and you will pay your vows (things promised). You will also declare (decide to: cut down, or off, to destroy, divide or exclude) a thing, and it will be established (to rise, abide, accomplish, to make sure to succeed) for you; so light will shine on your ways. When they cast you down, and you say, 'Exaltation will come!' Then He will save the humble person.
Jesus is going to build His church on the revelation that “He is the Christ the First Born Son of the Living God.”
Revelation is an important building block of the Kingdom. If we don’t take action on the revelation we receive to share and teach it, that revelation becomes a religious things. What good is revelation that isn’t acted upon with obedience? God is looking for the “Sons of God” that he can pour his love and revelation into. The revealed, manifested love of God is what will change the world and the people living in it.
God builds His Kingdom with burnt stones that have passed through the fiery furnace of testing and trial to become living stones that reflect His brilliant light in a dark world.
Isaiah 48:10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
In this world we will have trials and afflictions but they are all lite compared to the true riches they qualify us to possess.
Jesus said, Repent and believe the “good news” for the Kingdom of God is at hand! Pick up your cross, come follow me and I will make you “fishers of men.” This speaks of a Kingdom process.
Mark 4:11-12 He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside (of the Kingdom)everything is said in parables so that, "'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'"
All of us have areas in our lives that we need to release by submitting them to God’s dominion allowing him to heal and direct us into his Kingdom purposes and plans.
Psalms 119:1-3 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways.
To remain pure we must meditate on his precepts, and ways, living life with our whole heart following the commands of his word. God’s grace will keep us from the shame of being deceived or believing a lie because our hearts chose his truth and understanding. God promises his unfailing love and salvation will come to us.
Jesus is making us into fishers of men so where are we going to bring these fish we catch? The obvious answer would be the church but, is the church prepared, equipped and ready to handle a boat load of stinky, floppy, fish? When Jesus said he was going to build his church do you think he was talking about the churches we have in existence today?
What do you think the church Jesus builds would look like?
Will it be a church where the Word is spoken but not in boldness? Where no signs and wonders are allowed to follow because they don’t really believe the word?
Will it be a church that has a form of godliness but denies the demonstration of the power of God?
Will it be a church where the prostitutes, drug addicts and sinners are not welcomed and embraced in love because they smell like cigarettes and alcohol, dress seductively or not in the latest designer fashions?
Will it be a church where the poor widow and orphan are not taken care of?
Will it be a church where the gifts of the Spirit are not encouraged and allowed to have a place in the services to impact the people that come looking for God’s relevant answers in their lives?
Will it be a church that doesn’t reach out to those in a dark and dying world; deceived in the New Age and occult practices because they are afraid they will be defiled by a spirit of deception?
What kind of church would Jesus build?
What kind of church would you want to attend and be an active part of?
We are to change and conform to the image of Christ.
Jesus would build a supernatural church full of love, Kingdom power and authority. A church founded on revelation, the seven pillars of wisdom and understanding; a miracle working church that heals the sick, cast out devils, raises the dead, opens the eyes of the blind, unstops the ears of the deaf, and saves the lost from their sin.
Jesus would build a church that would restore hope, with an emphasis on every dimension of the Kingdom of God being manifested on earth.
We are the living temples of God. Is your temple a place that worships idols of money, success and the ideals of man, or are you a true worshiper of God?
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch (to attach oneself to make implied relations) no unclean thing, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom that support Jesus’ Church:
James gives us the seven essential building blocks, qualities or pillars of wisdom we need to develop successful lives to walk in Kingdom integrity and character.
James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
Heavenly wisdom is:
1. Pure; properly clean, innocent, modest, perfect; chaste.
2. Peace- loving; oneness, peace, quietness, rest, salutary, prosperity.
3. Considerate; “gentle” appropriate, mild, moderation, patient.
4. Submissive; good for persuasion, easy to be in treated.
5. Full of mercy and good fruit; human or divine compassion
6. Impartial; double minded, two faced, undistinguished. Acts 10:34 God is no respecter of persons.
7. Sincere; without dissimulation or hypocrisy, wearing no mask, beholding him with an unfeigned or unveiled face.
If our faces are covered by hypocrisy, lies, deceit or any unclean thing we will not be able to reflect his glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Whatever we sow in our thoughts, agree with in our emotions, speak forth from our heart in conversations will manifest in our lives. We will reap the harvest of its fruit either good or evil.
Our thoughts sow an action.
Our actions sow a habit.
Our habits sow our character and integrity.
Our character sows our destiny.
Our destiny determines our eternity.
The Heart is a storehouse for good or evil things.
Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
We must filter everything that comes through our mind so only good things reach our heart.
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
King David was a brave and valiant warrior yet he also possessed a heart of worship that sought God day and night. David was quick to repent and sought to please the Lord.
Jesus was perfect impartial love. He didn’t see gender, race, age, education, or wealth.
Luke 18:35-4 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied. Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
Jesus’ unfailing love, miracles and healing words caused man to praise God.
Jesus returned to Capernaum to minister and a multitude of people crowded in to hear his teachings and observe the great miracles. The house was not able to contain all those who sought the Master. The religious leaders came as detractors, critical spectators to find fault because their hearts were jealous of the Kingdom power Jesus possessed. The presence of the teachers of the law prevented others who came seeking with faith, willing to pay a price and make great sacrifices to receive in word and deed from entering the house. But this obstacle didn’t stop the men who were seeking healing for their paralyzed friend. They were willing to pay the price to replace a roof to see their friend walk into destiny whole again. Their faith filled actions demonstrated their heart felt belief that Jesus was the answer.
Mark 2:1-12 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . ." He said to the paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"
The demonstration of God’s power releases praise in the heart of man.
The Kingdom of God is not only in word but in demonstration of the Spirit’s power. Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.”
The Kingdom of God is very vast, yet it is within the heart of the believer. Luke 17:20-21, “Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
The Kingdom of God is heaven, but it is more than that, the sphere of God’s Kingdom includes the whole universe, heaven, hell and earth. God is omnipresent.
David expressed it this way in Psalms 139:7-10, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Paul said, in Romans 10:6-13 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
This passage removes all the difficulty of receiving salvation it is very simple; believe in your heart and confess with your mouth and you will be saved.
There are many Christians but not a lot of sons and daughters of the Kingdom. God is gracious to save many who call out at the last moments of their life. The bible tells us many are called but few are chosen.
Just because we are saved, believe in Jesus and will go to heaven when we die doesn’t mean we will inherit the Kingdom of power here on earth. Those that pursue God with their whole heart in obedience will receive a great reward.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
There is resurrection life changing power in the cross and the shed blood of Jesus.
Paul is stoned and left for dead yet he returns to that city, strengthens the disciples and encourages them to remain true to the faith.
Acts 14:19-22 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many “hardships” (tribulations = pressures, afflictions, anguish, burdens, persecution, and trouble) to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
If you are not pursuing the Kingdom of God you will not experience these hardships, afflictions, and tribulations.
If your desire is simply to be saved, live life believing in Jesus and when you die to enter into heaven you will live a much different life.
Matthew 5:10, Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Seek first the Kingdom of God.
If you seek with all your heart, you will see with your heart.
When you see with your heart, you will enter the Kingdom.
When you enter the Kingdom, you will possess the Kingdom.
When you possess the Kingdom, you will inherit the Kingdom.
When you inherit the Kingdom, you will pass it on to others and advance the Kingdom
Example New Testament: The Thief on the Cross
Luke 23:39-43 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? (The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom) We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
Example Old Testament: Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt through the Passover celebration, and placing the lambs shed blood upon the door post. Moses attempted to lead them through the wilderness into the Promised Land, their resting place into the Davidic Kingdom of God. Exodus 19:4-6'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."
When they died they were able to make it into heaven but they did not enter into the Kingdom rest in their promised land. Hebrews 3:8-11 Do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.' So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'"
The Prodigal Son was redeemed; but The Older Brother inherited the Kingdom. Luke 15:11-33 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. "Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' "The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' "'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours (inherited the Kingdom). But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother (redeemed) of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'"
God’s unconditional love will save anyone in any condition that will come to him with a repentant heart. But the Bondservants that love Him, serve Him, and are obedient to His every wish and command will receive a much greater and different reward.
Paul was not content to know he was going to inherit heaven. He wanted to be a son of God and inherit the Kingdom on earth.
Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
God has called us to rule and reign with Him now while we are on earth and when we inherit heaven too.
We are called to be a Bride of Christ who is without spot or wrinkle.
1Timothy 6:11-16 Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
Upon our death, the life we lived here on earth will forever polarize the realms we rule in heaven for eternity.
Ecclesiastes 11:3 If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.
Our life affects the people around us, for no man lives unto himself.
Romans 14:7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.
As believers we are not to judge one another because we are not qualified and we only know in part and see through a mirror darkly.
The Python Spirit gets you to come into agreement with religious traditions and doctrines of man through fear and intimidation. When you say “I do” to that type of covenant relationship you are not entering into covenant you are entering into a “Coven” that is operating out of a false and religious spirit that will squeeze the spiritual life and power out of you.
The blind man Jesus healed knew Jesus was a prophet. He had enough insight to know the truth even though he had been blind his whole life. The Pharisees were divided and his parents wouldn’t take a stand for what was right because of the fear of being thrown out of the temple. John 9:18-25 The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?" "We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" It’s hard to argue with the supernatural miracle working power of God that opens blind eyes.
Jesus seeks and finds those that are thrown out of the religious establishments of men.
John 9:35-41 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you." Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him. Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Many in Jesus’ day were afraid to make a bold stand and confess their faith because of the fear of man and being put out of the social club or synagogue. It is the same today. Many choose the respect and praises of men more than the praise and approval of God. John 12:42-50 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God. Then Jesus cried out, "When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. "As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."
We are going to reap what we sow. If we are judgmental and critical of others we will reap judgment in our own lives. Matthew 7:1-2 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Only God knows each of us in our entirety. He knows the fullness of the times and seasons of our lives. Only he knows when it is time to judge and He does it with a heart of compassion. Luke 6:37-45 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn-bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
God is preparing us to rule and reign with Him forever.
God uses the trails, tests, disappointments, sorrows, grief, and painful failures in life.
He stretches us to the breaking point time and time again so we are able to hold more of his essence, and overcoming power.
God uses pressure to cause us to expand and be strengthened.
Spiritual opposition enables us to learn to defeat the enemy through different warfare tactics.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are might through the Spirit of God.
We are called to stand up and fight and take the Kingdom by force.
Those that do not learn to war in the spirit and to use their spiritual weapons will not make it through the calamites and diseases that are coming on the earth.
We must learn to walk in the fullness of what God has given us.
When Jesus returns 2/3 of the earths population has perished.
The ones who are still standing are the Bride of Christ who has been perfected and made herself ready.
We are to be preparing our mind, heart, soul and spirit for the end times. Revelation 19:7-9 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God."
We will see terrible things take place in the last days upon the earth.
Psalms 91:7-8A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
When we come to the end of ourselves we can either quit or ask for God’s help, His grace and wisdom. Luke 21:12-19 But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.
We serve a generous God. Anything we lack he will give.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
Jesus was able to handle rejection and disappointment without quitting and giving up. His father died at an early age leaving Jesus his brothers, sisters and Mary without someone to provide for them. Jesus was limited to his humanity while here on earth. He could only do that which he saw the Father doing. He was tempted in every area as we, yet without succumbing to sin. He never embraced self pity and depression, but he embraced the cross to save the very ones who had rejected him from their sins. He had to go through the testings, trials and wilderness wanders just like you and I in order to qualify for the power. He had a destiny and a call to prepare for.
Paul knew the pain of rejection, persecution, beatings, stoning, and ship wreck but he also knew his calling and purpose in life.
Medical science states that over one third of their patience suffers from un-diagnosable, psychosomatic symptoms because their lives are meaningless haunted by fear and emptiness. No one can survive without a purposeful meaning in life.
We live in the end times where nations or (ethnos) will rise against nations with anger and hatred; where the Kingdom of Light will clash with the kingdom of darkness for the rule of the planet. We are living during the times of the restoration of all times.
Daniel was shone the anti-Christ spirit’s plan to destroy and wear out the saints of God or the “sons of God”.
Daniel 7:18 But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever-yes, for ever and ever.'
Daniel 7:21-22 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the saints and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
Daniel 7:27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.'
There are two categories of believers:
Those going to remain in heaven.
Those who are called to rule and reign with Christ in His millennium Kingdom here on earth.
We have to qualify for Kingdom privileges. Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Psalms 91:1-16 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the LORD, who is my refuge-- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
We can look at the lives of Enoch, Job, Daniel, Peter, James and John the Beloved those who have gone on before us as great examples of “sons of God.”
Paul was taken into the third heaven where he was shown and heard things he was not permitted to speak of yet he returned to complete his time here on earth to qualify as a “son of God” to rule and reign for eternity.
Life is one test after another that prepares us for promotion.
Deuteronomy 8:15-17 He led you through the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
The things we endure here on earth help to mold and make us into champions of God. Romans 8:18-21 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
The Kingdoms of this world are going to become the Kingdom of our God. Ezekiel 36:35-36 They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like the Garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited." Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'
Believers will be the head and not the tail. We will lead and rule by God’s righteous right hand. Isaiah 65:22-25 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of their hands. They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD.
When God shakes the earth the heavens are going to be shaken as well. The earth will be struck with stars from outer space that will ruin a third of the worlds water supply. Revelation 8:10-11 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water- the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
We are called to complete the race, to subdue the earth, to take dominion and rule and reign with Christ to fulfill the original commission that was given to Adam and Eve the first man in Genesis.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:22-23 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect.
Pray these scriptures over yourself asking God to fill you:
Colossians 1:9-20 Asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Holy Spirit please enable us to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God so we may walk in its fullness.