|Matthew 11:12,16:28,21:31-32 |
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven is forcibly entered, and forceful men lay hold of it.
28 Truly I say to you, There are some standing here, who shall not taste death, until they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."5 [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. In addition 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 100 generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him. From the Word of the Lord within: "The kingdom, the grand prize. Seek first the kingdom, and all else will be provided — provided you stay on course. Do not be misled; you must enter the kingdom while on earth. You can live in heaven and still walk the earth."]
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."]
32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. But you, after you had seen it, [the way to righteousness by repentance], you did not repent afterwards and believe him. [The way of righteousness is by repentance. The Lord commands your repentances, (of behavior, of speech, and even your thinking), as you sit and wait on Him, listening, watching, hearing, believing, and obeying. What you hear is always, "first pure, then peaceable, fair, gentle, easily accepted, full of mercy and good fruits, immediately understood, and sincere." James 3:17.]