The Kingdom Of God, Part II
You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. I Peter 2:9
The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth through the pure vessel of a virgin to establish a supernatural divine kingdom, not of this world, to be inhabited by a royal priesthood of blood washed saints of the Most High God. By His substitutionary death, burial and subsequent resurrection He did away with the temple rituals, animal sacrifices, the old priesthood and the law of Moses was fulfilled in Him.
There was no longer any need for man to come to a priest or any other mediator to be able to come before the very throne of God. Through the blood shed by our King, He gives us the choice to become sons and daughters of God to rule in His stead having authority over all things as He makes intersession for us. The powers of darkness, sickness, infirmity and disease have all been placed under our feet, defeated by the finished works of Calvary giving us power of attorney to use the mighty name of the King of all kings, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus did away with the old and brought about a new way for man to come before God through His own blood. Those who choose to follow the Lord Jesus as His disciples have to die to this world and the lusts of it, giving their lives up for Him who gave His life for us! Jesus left us a blueprint of what His church would look like according to the leading of His Spirit and not according to the whims of men who would do violence to His divine design. What we have today in the modern Western world is only a cheap imitation resurrected from the old priesthood by the devil himself through the manipulation of fleshly men and the traditions of their forefathers.
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth." I Peter 2:21
I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH
"Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." Matthew 16:23
Jesus asked His disciples who men said that He was and several gave answers, but Peter had a revelation from God that He was the anointed One sent from God Himself. Jesus was astounded at his answer and proceeded to give him the keys of the kingdom and said that upon the rock of divine revelation that Peter received He would build His church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it.
If you have heard any truth from these messages, then listen now to what I am about to say about God's kingdom and how Satan has defiled it. Peter had just received a revelation from God, given the keys of the kingdom, told that the church would be built upon divine revelation, and then He told them about what was to happen to Him with His death, burial and resurrection, the most important event in the history of the world that would set men free! After all this, Peter took Him aside and began rebuking the King of God's kingdom by telling Him that this shall not happen!
Jesus looked right into the eyes of one of the greatest disciples to ever follow Him and rebuked the devil in him, saying that he was not mindful of the things of God! Do you see how someone can be turned upside down by your enemy, the devil, who has attacked this divine plan from day one? This is why we have today something that does not resemble anything that Jesus said His church or kingdom would look like, but instead is a dead and lifeless imitation of spectators whose whole spiritual life revolves around attending a ritualistic service once a week, but are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Who is left among you who saw this temple (house) in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is it not in your eyes as nothing? Haggai 2:3
THE GLORY OF THE LAST TEMPLE
The glory of this latter temple (house) shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the Lord of hosts." Haggai 2:9
Jesus never tells anyone to build His church in the New Testament, He said for us to make disciples and He would build His church. This latter house Haggai spoke of is a temple in these last days built of living stones, disciples of the Lord Jesus who come together to fellowship and operate in the gifts of the Spirit in order to edify the entire body to exhort them to continue to multiply by the divine example given by the Lord Himself!
This demonically inspired mess we have today is nothing more than a religious business on every corner, competing with one another and run by deceived people who have no divine revelation or spiritual discernment whatsoever! The congregations are kept in the dark and lulled to sleep by smooth talking false prophets and shepherds who inwardly are wolves in sheep's clothing, fleecing the sheep and padding their pockets by telling "their people" they are cursed if they don't give to them. You tell me! Does this resemble anything you have seen Jesus do or say to His disciples in the New Testament? Does this modern day church act like, or resemble Jesus in any way, other than attending something on Sunday and calling it church?
Does "your" church (I thought it was His) cast out demons, heal the sick, preach the true gospel of the kingdom to the poor, raise the dead, or perform miracles, signs and wonders, or do they only talk about being rich and successful in this life? If your answer is the latter, you are in a place where the Spirit of God is not! There is a big difference in something that produces an emotional response rather than the true anointing and presence of a holy God! For thirty five years I have experienced the power of God in my own life because I trusted Him and went out from those who didn't believe and simply obeyed the gospel of the kingdom. Am I perfect, no, not by any means, have I made mistakes, yes, that is an understatement, have I been truthful about today's organized church? You be the judge!
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, (a cruel instrument of death) and follow Me. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:24-26
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin