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The Gospel of the Kingdom

First posted: December 3, 2007

 

This article is the ninth in a series of articles dealing with the spiritual events --- as prophesied by the Lord in Matthew 24 --- that are already taking place prior to the coming of the Son of Man. This article will share on the words spoken by the Lord in Matthew 24:14.

 

Index

Preached to whom?

Preaching scope

Face the nations

Witness

What Gospel?

 

 

Preached to whom?

In Matthew 24:14, the Lord declares the following:

 

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14)

 

What is the Lord saying in the verse above? God's message is always in the details. He has designed His words to be truly understood only by those who are listening in the Spirit and not the natural mind. Those who try to understand God's words as if they were listening to a natural conversation that can be interpreted with the natural mind shall never understand what God was really saying.

 

"13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this peopleís heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. 18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:13-23)

[Notice that the Lord refers to the Word in verse 18 as "the word of the kingdom". Very few, even amongst those who consider themselves "church-going Christians", truly understand what the Kingdom of God is all about.]

 

"Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word" (John 8:43)

 

"39Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him." (John 12:39-41)

[The Lord did not speak the words above to "heathens" who worshipped idols and practiced pagan rituals. He spoke them to the Jews, who were supposed to be the people on Earth who knew God the most. In the same way, God is presently indicting the Church, not the "non-Christian infidels", for refusing to understand His words in the Spirit. Those who are supposed to know Him and understand Him the most are the ones who have hardened their hearts the most. They delude themselves into believing that they understand God because they know His literal words in their natural minds, but they have yet to understand the meaning of the words they have so adeptly memorised.]

 

When the eschatological parrots read Matthew 24:14 quoted above, they merely understand it as prophesying that the Gospel would be heard all over the world before the end of all things, and they even point to the spread of Christian broadcasting networks as fulfilment of Jesus' words. Even though the literal spread of Christian broadcasting is somewhat related to the fulfilment of Matthew 24:14, Jesus' words have a meaning that is much more profound than that. The eschatological parrots fail to see this meaning because their natural minds can do little more than summarise Matthew 24:14 into the phrase "The gospel will be preached all over the world", and they are quick to discard the relevance of each word that Jesus uttered in that verse. If you take the time to meditate on the spirit of each word and the spirit of the verse as a whole, it becomes evident that Jesus is giving more than "factual information" about future events.

 

In Matthew 24:14, the Lord declares that the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached in all the world. Generally, the word "world" in the New Testament is a translation of the Greek word kosmos. In this case, however, the Lord uses a different word in the original Greek text, the word oikoumene, which is a feminine participle of the verb oikeo meaning "to dwell in"; oikeo, in turn, is derived from the word oikos meaning "house". Therefore, we can say that the word "world" in Matthew 24:14 (oikoumene) refers to a world system dominated by the 2 "female" ministries, pastor and teacher, which are the ministries designed to "stay home" and nurture what the "male-projection" ministries have brought to the "house" from the outside. Because the 2 "female" ministries have lorded it over the 3 "male" ministries, the Church and the world in general have remained spiritually stagnant, operating in the "female" soul, without allowing man to project himself in the Spirit.

 

The word "all" in the New Testament is generally a translation of the Greek word pas. In Matthew 24:14, however, the word "all" in the phrase "all the world" was translated from the Greek word holos, which means "whole, completely", and is the word from which the English word "holistic" is derived; holos has the connotation of "comprehensiveness", of something that covers all aspects of something and makes sure to leave no aspect uncovered, regardless of how small it may be. Therefore, the phrase "all the world" means that God will begin a comprehensive spiritual attack against all aspects of the soul matriarchy on Earth. As His remnant carry out their work, all the issues produced by the matriarchy of the soul will be addressed and confronted.

 

Preaching scope

In Matthew 24:14, the Lord declares that the Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached as a witness to "all the nations". Notice that Jesus said "as a witness", and not "through many witnesses". Notice also that Jesus said "all the nations", not "people everywhere". This reveals a spiritual principle that most believers in the institutionalised Church have failed to understand: that each individual believer is called to push forth God's latter-day message with his or her eyes set on the nations of the Earth. I know believers who shy away from declaring words regarding entire nations, believing it more "prudent" to simply worry about person-to-person "evangelism". This more "humble" mentality is derived from the "religious Theresa" spirit in the Church that has reduced believers to mere "drops" in the "ocean", to microscopic individual entities who are nothing outside of the big religious institution. This mentality makes sense only within the context of man as a "natural soul". However, as we become aware that we are spirit beings, as we realise that the nature of God Himself has been placed inside of us, we are able to see ourselves as spirits who can transcend the limitations of the natural realm. In the natural, things are finite; in the spirit, things are infinite, and they operate by different rules, rules that are "odd" or "ridiculous" when considered from the perspective of the natural. In the natural realm, the big guys defeat the little guys; in the spirit realm, the little and unarmed Davids defeat the big and armed Goliaths with one stone. In the natural realm, big armies defeat little armies; in the spirit realm, a small group of singers and praisers can defeat a multitudinous army of vicious attackers (2 Chronicles 20:20-30). In the natural realm, one person is defenceless against a big institution; in the spirit realm, a single man can defeat the most powerful empire in the world and liberate an entire race of people (Exodus 14-15). One "infinity" is greater than billions of "finities", and those in the Spirit become deeply aware of this.

 

As the end time approaches, a "clearing" process begins, a process that requires a judgement of all nations, for the coming of the Lord requires a cleansed Earth. God's manifestation implies a massive transformation of the Earth, not a paltry quasi-transformation of one person here and there. A Perizzite "I-am-not-worthy" attitude is useless in the massive transformation that God purposes. God requires an army of believers willing to judge entire nations into submission.

 

"8Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. 9For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:8-10)

 

"2And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:2-3)

 

"16The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. 17They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee." (Micah 7:16-17)

 

Notice that verse 17 above says that the nations shall fear because of "thee". At first, it would appear that the word "thee" is referring to God, yet the verse clearly refers to God in the 3rd person, meaning that the "thee" is referring to someone else; that "thee" is you, i.e.- he who reads the passage above and believes it. The generation of Israelites that left Egypt were unable to enter the Promised Land because they refused to believe what God said about them:

 

"2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." (Hebrews 4:2-3)

 

Notice that the passage above says that the "gospel" was preached to the Israelites, but that they did not mix the gospel they heard with faith. When the Lord speaks of the "gospel", He is referring to more than what the traditional evangelical understands as "the gospel". Otherwise, it would make no sense to say that the Israelites who left Egypt heard the "gospel". The word "gospel", in its original Greek form, literally means "good news", and these "good news" are more than the news that we can escape the torture of literal hell. The Israelites' faith was enough to get God to deliver them from the torture of slavery in Egypt; they prayed with faith unto God for deliverance, and God heard their cry (Exodus 3:7). Their faith, however, was not enough to get them into the Promised Land, which means that trusting God to deliver you from literal hell does not constitute faith in His gospel. When God prompted the Israelites to take the Promised Land, they became sceptical; they saw the giants in the land and saw themselves too "minute", too "insignificant", to overtake them:

 

"31But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 32And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." (Numbers 13:31-33)

 

Therefore, believing in the "gospel" means believing in the good news that God has deposited His Spirit within you (2 Corinthians 1:20-22), that He has granted you an impartation of His God-nature, and that He can shake the nations of the Earth through you. Yes, you, oh little one, have been given these good news, and it is up to you to mix that "gospel" with faith. God cannot use you to take the land (i.e.- the Earth) unless you believe in the gospel. If you are not interested in taking the land (i.e.- the Earth), you have yet to believe in the gospel. After escaping the tortures of Egypt, all that the Israelites cared for was to live a "happy" life, and that made them unworthy of entering into God's rest, a rest that includes the subjugation of all things unto God.

 

"4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:4-9)

 

"7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potterís vessel." (Psalm 2:7-9)

[The word "heathen" in verse 8 is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word goyim meaning ""nations"]

 

Therefore, we can say that the scope of the preaching mentioned by the Lord in Matthew 24:14 covers all the nations (notice that Jesus did not say "some nations" or "many nations"; He said "all nations"). You must visualise yourself as an agent of transformation and judgement for entire nations. You must believe that the sacrifices in your life can lead to the shaking of entire kingdoms. Though others may not know your name, you have a mighty name in the spirit realm, a name that only you and God know (Revelation 2:17). As you believe in the gospel of the kingdom, you activate that name and cause it to irradiate the light of God across the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth, like a bright star shining in the sky. If you confine "preaching the gospel of the kingdom" to little more than "personal evangelism", you have yet to believe the Lord's words in Matthew 24:14, and you have yet to understand the scope of the gospel that has been entrusted to you.

 

"7And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. 8The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. 9The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts." (Haggai 2:7-9)

 

Face the nations

As we have studied before, a "nation" is more than a legal entity recognised by the U.N. In the deepest sense of the word, a "nation" is a spiritual structure that upholds and sustains a set of traditions and values, i.e.- a set of teachings that define the "default" thinking and actions of a group of people. In that sense, therefore, we can say that nations "program" people into acting and thinking in a certain way. This means that the subjugation of the Earth under God's command requires the dismantling of all the "nations" that uphold values and methodologies that are contrary to the truth. These contrary nations are like "machineries" that keep producing people with erroneous thought patterns and behaviour. Therefore, ignoring them is like spraying a room with air freshener whilst ignoring the pig's cadaver decomposing in the corner.

 

The "nations" that are contrary to God establish frameworks that serve to "legitimise" people's wrong thoughts and behaviour because they make people believe that their erred acts are supported by a solid logical structure developed and "reaffirmed" over many years. Therefore, those frameworks must be confronted and destroyed in order for God's dominion to be established on Earth. These nations arise from an implicit/explicit faith in a falsehood, and all falsehood must be unmasked and uprooted in order for Truth to reign.

 

Even though "nations" are essentially spiritual entities, they have very clear and well-defined literal manifestations. Literal nations are generally very clear representations of the spiritual nations on Earth. Therefore, God is sending His spiritual army to confront the literal nations of the Earth on the issues in which these nations stubbornly defy the Truth. God has issues with every literal nation on Earth, and that is why God has always sent His prophets to pronounce words that confront entire nations. With some nations, God has reconcilable differences. With others (such as the Latin American nations), He has irreconcilable differences that require their spiritual nullification; these nations' presence and active influence on Earth irradiates a resistance barrier that prevents and delays the coming of the Lord. He is Truth, and He cannot manifest Himself and remain on an Earth that continues to uphold untruth.

 

God is calling you to confront the faith that nations have in untruth through your faith in Him. The battle against the nations is, in, essence, a spiritual battle of determined faiths. As you carry out this spiritual struggle, physical manifestations of your battle will surface. The nations you battle against will most certainly feel the effects of your war against them, and God's righteous manifestation will expand on Earth.

 

"17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them." (Romans 1:17-19)

 

Witness

The word "witness" in Matthew 24:14 was translated from the Greek word martyrion, which, as we have said before, points to the spirit of prophetic sacrifice. As we have also said before, the ministry that is most directly related to the anointing and its impartation is the prophetic ministry. Therefore, being "a witness unto all nations" requires that you operate in the anointing of the Spirit. Thus, being a "witness unto all nations" means that you must reject the belief that certain people (namely, the religious "ministers") have a monopoly on the anointing. As we have said before, rejecting this false belief is equivalent to rejecting the spirit of anti-Christ. We are, in essence, a prophetic people, a spiritual race of prophets on Earth:

 

"14He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; 15Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." (Psalm 105:14-15)

 

"20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth." (1 John 2:20-21)

 

"15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy" (Acts 2:15-18)

 

When you operate in the Anointing, you become One with the Anointed One, and you immediately enter into conflict with the nations of the Earth:

 

"1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." (Psalm 2:1-3)

[The word "heathen" in verse 1 is a mistranslation of the Hebrew word goyim, which literally means "nations"]

 

Notice that verse 3 says that the kings of the earth declare, "Let us break their bands", not "Let us break his bands". This is because this passage does not apply to a single, historical figure (i.e.- Jesus), as the eschatological parrots want the Church to believe. It applies to Jesus the Christ and to anyone who becomes One with Him in His Anointing:

 

"27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christís, then are ye Abrahamís seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:27-29)

 

What Gospel?

A detail that the eschatological parrots tend to overlook in Matthew 24:14 is the type of Gospel that shall be preached in the latter days; according to the Lord, it shall be the "Gospel of the Kingdom". There is a deep message behind this "detail". The traditional Church has always associated the word "gospel" with "salvation" from hell. To the Church, the only Gospel is the "Gospel of salvation", with the word "salvation" having an incomplete meaning. However, the New Testament never refers to the Gospel as "the Gospel of salvation", per se. By contrast, it refers to the Gospel as "the Gospel of the Kingdom" on 4 occasions (Matthew 4:23, Matthew 9:35, Matthew 24:14, and Mark 1:14), and it relates the word "Gospel" to the word "kingdom" in a 5th verse (Mark 1:15). On the other hand, the words "Gospel" and "salvation" appear in the same verse on only 2 occasions in the New Testament (Romans 1:16 and Ephesians 1:13). In Ephesians 1:13, the Spirit does say "the Gospel of your salvation", but notice the context within which this phrase is uttered:

 

"10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:10-14)

 

Notice how verse 10 speaks of how God wants to gather "together in one all things in Christ" in the latter days, both the things in heaven and the things on Earth. This points to the conquering nature of God's incursion into humanity and to the conquering nature that should be manifested in us if we have truly believed in the Gospel. Notice also how verse 11 speaks of an inheritance, which points to the spiritual Promised Land that we are called to push towards. Our salvation starts when we leave "Egypt" (i.e.- when we are saved from literal hell), but it is completed when we enter the "Promised Land" and conquer it; and, just as with the Israelites, not all who leave "Egypt" will enter the "Promised Land". As we have studied before, Scripture shows that our inheritance involves possessing the nations of the Earth, meaning that the inheritance mentioned in verse 11 once again points us to subjugating all the nations of the Earth under God's command. Notice also how verse 13 speaks of the "promise" we have "heard", which points to the "Promised Land" that the Israelites heard of upon leaving Egypt. Conquering this land implies mixing with faith the message we hear (Hebrews 4:2), meaning that it is not an automatic process; it is by no means a process that happens "by default". The Israelites were not given the Promised Land on a self-indulgent Hivite silver platter. They had to selflessly take it unto God by force.

 

From the above, it becomes evident that, even in the only New Testament verse that comes close to saying "the Gospel of salvation", God is emphasising the establishment of His kingdom over the nations of the Earth. Instead of emphasising the "Egypt" we were saved from, this passage emphasises the Promised Land we were saved for. By contrast, the Church constantly emphasises a "gospel" that looks to a salvation moment in the past. To the Church, "believing in the Gospel" means "being born again". To God, "believing in the Gospel" means believing that we have been equipped and called to a mighty conquest task that is ahead of us. That is the reason why Ephesians 1 (quoted above), goes on to say the following:

 

"17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." (Ephesians 1:17-23)

 

For centuries, the Church has preached the "gospel" of personal salvation from hell. In the latter days, however, a faithful remnant shall preach the "Gospel of the Kingdom", a gospel that does not focus on personal benefits in the past and the present but rather on the activation of the awesome God-nature in us in order to inherit the nations of the Earth and subjugate them under God. God is expansive in nature, and, if we truly understand the magnitude of what Christ has done for us, we will long to have the God-nature in us expanding to overtake the Earth.

 

{The next article is titled "Discerning the abomination"}