14 Now after John had been put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 Saying: "The time has come, and the kingdom of God is at hand [near]; repent and believe the gospel of God." [The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. Paul, Jesus preaching, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past one hundred generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him. From the Word of the Lord within: " Six attestations prove the reign's existence. The second coming is a personal experience. The second coming is in the hearts of purified believers. The King is where He is king."]
7 Behold, I come quickly; blessed is he who keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book."
12 "Behold, I come quickly! And my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his works.
20 He who testifies these things says, "Surely I come quickly. Amen." Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." [Jesus said further: "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, that repentance and release from bondage of sins (remission) should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:46-47.]
7 And as you go, preach, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' [Notice! Jesus said the kingdom of heaven was at hand, (available); he said it being entered then, by forceful men, by tax collectors, and prostitutes — but not by religious hypocrites who thought they were righteous. Jesus also said that some standing beside him would not die until they saw the kingdom of God come with power. John and Paul, testified to having entered the kingdom then, (including some of the Colossians with Paul); and there is record of thousands of Quakers that entered the kingdom three hundred years ago. Only by repentance is the kingdom entered, and you must enter while you are on earth. Sin must be eliminated because "no sexually immoral, impure or covetous person has any inheritance in the kingdom," Eph 5:3-6. That is why Jesus and John the Baptist preached, "the kingdom is at hand, believe the gospel, repent with remission sin, (release from the bondage of sin.")]
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of its place — unless you repent.2
16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. [Notice, in the Book of Revelation, Jesus emphasizes the necessity of repentance from all sins; but the Christians of today think they have no need to repent, presuming that they are excused from all the warnings of Jesus and all the Bible's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; they also overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words. So today's Christians, listening to the words of the scriptures, hear them like a beautiful song that is sweet to their ears, but they fail to apply the commands to themselves — always thinking the warnings and commands apply to bad people, not righteous believing people like themselves; so they do not obey the commands of repentance from sin that they hear or read, remaining slaves to sin; and then they are banned from heaven when they die.]
16 The law and the prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. [People were entering the kingdom then, two thousand years ago; for to enter the kingdom is an inward, personal experience; and it does not come with outward signs to be observed. Matthew reports the same: "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven is forcibly entered, and forceful men lay hold of it." Mat 11:12. ]
31 Which of those two sons did the will of his father?" And they said to him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, that the tax collectors and prostitutes will enter into the kingdom of God before you.3 [The Pharisees did not repent because they thought they were righteous. The prostitutes and tax collectors knew they were not righteous, so they responded to Jesus' calls to repent. Christians of today also think they are righteous with no need to repent; they presume that they are excused by grace from all the Bible's stated exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of salvation; and they overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words. When they listen to the words of the scriptures, they hear them like a beautiful song that is sweet to their ears, but they fail to apply the commands to themselves — always thinking the warnings and commands apply to bad people, not righteous believing people like themselves; so they do not obey the commands of repentance from sin that they hear or read, remaining slaves to sin; and so they are banned from heaven when they die. From the Word of the Lord within: "Do you agree with any who in their arrogance have stated that God excuses evil in believers? It's not fair, but they don't care. See myself — thus no sin has a place in me. Sin in believers is intolerable. Those who are immoral have no inheritance in God's kingdom."]
25 But what you already have, hold fast until I come. [2000 years ago, He told these people "hold fast until I come!" Jesus does not deceive people, and the people He addressed are long gone from this earth. For his statement to be true, He had to have come to them thousands of years ago. He comes to every man in all generations who has worked hard to follow His spoken commands to them. The return of Jesus is a personal experience in the hearts of purified believers; He is seen, He appears, He is revealed. From the Word of the Lord within: "I will come again to the elect; I will be their crown to lead and guide them."]
11 Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no man takes your crown.
|Matthew 11:12 |
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven is forcibly entered, and forceful men lay hold of it.