By Rav Yeshua Ed | June 26, 2017 edition
During the first century C.E. when Jesus Christ presented Himself to the Jews, He preached unto them the good news of the coming Kingdom of God here on earth. Mark relates to us how it happened, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, THE TIME IS FULFILLED, AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1: 14-15, KJV).
Though the gospel of the kingdom of God had been preached unto the Jews, the 3-and-½-year ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ converted only a few of them. Those Jews who truly believed in Him were taught in private how they could enter into the kingdom of God.
“Then the disciples came to Him and said, Why do you speak to them in parables? And He replied to them, TO YOU IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO KNOW THE SECRETS AND MYSTERIES OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT TO THEM IT HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN” (Matt. XIII:10-11, The Amplified Bible).
One may not just enter into the kingdom of God, even if he wants to. There are many secret ways into God’s kingdom, and Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) shares only the truth about the kingdom of God to those He had chosen. The way to the kingdom of God comes to many today in the form of parables or hard sayings, but those whom He had called, and those whom He had chosen would be given clear and true understanding on how they may be a part of the coming kingdom of God.
Though many today preach the good news of the kingdom of God, and many other more are preaching the gospel about the personality of Jesus Christ, only a few of them have truly grasped understood how one can enter into the kingdom of God. Most of those who used the Holy Bible in their preaching, whatever they are preaching about, for many today run without being sent by God, could help you enter into the religion of Christianity but the way into the kingdom of God they know nothing about.
We cannot just enter into the kingdom of God however much we desire to. During the Ephesus and Smyrna eras, many had deceptively entered into the kingdom of god in embryo—the true church of God—and then later on, spirited away most of the congregations that Paul the Apostle had established and founded. The New Testament churches were taken away from the Judaism religion of the first century C.E. and were made to embrace the religion, which Simon Magus had started in Rome. That kind of faith and religion will not get you into the kingdom of God.
There are many today who claimed they are already inside the kingdom of God, that their churches are the kingdom of God here on earth, but how could that be when the leaders or priests of their churches are publicly known as child molesters, adulterers, and even homosexuals. All forms of sexual immorality and perversion can be found inside their religion however much they try to hide and cover them up. History bears record to this fact, and at this point in time, it can no longer be erased nor denied.
Jesus Christ relates to us the first thing He will do in His kingdom when He establishes it on earth. There won’t be any honeymoon period with the children of darkness. There won’t be any period of repentance at all for the wicked.
“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matt. 13:41-43, KJV).
Only the righteous could enter into the kingdom of God, but those who continue to break and transgress the law (Torah) of God would not find forgiveness and mercy when the kingdom of God comes. Everyone who tries to hide under the convenient doctrine of Grace will be graciously led out of the kingdom of God. There are many who believe they could continuously break the laws and commandments of God, and still find forgiveness and mercy in the end. People in many nations today treat the law of God (Torah) as if it is also a law made and established by a human government of this world.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY” (Matt. 7:21-23, KJV).
If your church leaders will not be accepted into the kingdom of God, for they have become defiled and unclean by their iniquities, how can you—a babe in Christ—be welcomed into the kingdom of God?
Don’t you think its time for you to grow up a little bit, put on a little cloth, and think for yourself whether your faith or religion is right before the eyes of God?
How can we really enter in the kingdom of God?
Jesus Christ implicitly shows us how it can be done. “And Jesus called a LITTLE CHILD unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, EXCEPT YE BE CONVERTED, AND BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN, YE SHALL NOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me” (Matthew 18:2-5, KJV).
We could enter into the kingdom of God only if we humble ourselves and become like the little children, like God’s little children. The minds of the little children are still open and willing to learn new instructions from our Lord God while the minds of those who have grown old have now become complacent and closed. Many in the scattered and divided churches of God act as if they are the fulfillment of the prophesied ‘church of the Laodiceans’ (Rev. 3:14, KJV). The Christian people behave in like manner and believe many things that are not biblical. They believe they already have what it takes to enter into the kingdom of God. They are spiritually rich and self-sufficient. They thought they could make it into the kingdom of God on their own, not needing any spiritual guidance from anybody at all.
John informs us of their dire predicament. “ For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are WRETCHED, PITIABLE, POOR, BLIND, AND NAKED. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and REPENT” (Rev. 3:17-19, RSV).
Jesus Christ wants many of His called-out ones in this end of time TO REPENT AND BE CONVERTED AGAIN like little children. He wants His chosen people, both physical and spiritual, to humble themselves and become like little children, teachable and open for true instructions.
How may we know we have truly become God’s little children?
Well, here’s an easy test for you.
You will find outstanding little children’s story titled “THE UGLY DUCKLING,” written by Hans Christian Andersen that has been linked to this article. If you can find a spiritual significance in this story and could certainly relate to it, then there is still a hope for you. Maybe there is still a hope for those who are locked in their spiritual prison, for those who are being held in spiritual captivity, for those who are spiritually blind, and for those who have given up their faith already. Perhaps there is still a hope for God’s chosen people whom He had scattered (Dan. 12:7) in this end of time.
However, if you are unable to relate with the UGLY DUCKLING then surely in QUACKERIES there you will stay, while those who will be converted back could fly safely into THE GREAT GARDEN that God has prepared for all of His servants.
According to the Webster’s New World Dictionary (Third College Edition), the word “QUACK” which is simply ‘the sound made by the duck’ also means “any person who pretends to have knowledge or skill that he or she does not have in a particular field.” The meaning of the word ‘quack’ is very similar in meaning to the word ‘faker.’ “Faker” is a colloquial term for a person who practices deception or misrepresentation.
You will find on this website an article titled “Exposing The Truth About Christianity—The Religion of Mystery, Babylon the Great” later on. Symbolically, the religion of Christianity is the “duck yard” in the story of THE UGLY DUCKLING, wherein every one goes ‘Quack! Quack! Quack!’
The true church of God in Philadelphia era was hatched inside the religion of Christianity, and the time has now come for its members to come out of this alleged religion of Jesus Christ.
“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her as she herself has rendered, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and played the wanton, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning. Since in her heart she says, ‘A queen I sit, I am no widow, mourning I shall never see,’ so shall her plagues come in A SINGLE DAY, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she shall be burned with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who judges her” (Rev. 18:4-8, RSV).
Whatever religion you have found yourself right now that is part of the sects and denominations of the false religion of Christianity, you better come out fast and quickly. Follow now the true faith and religion of Jesus Christ or Yeshua HaMashiach in Hebrew so salvation can become yours. Believe in the true teachings of God and Adon Yeshua.
(This article was first published in ‘The New Jerusalem’ newsletter on December of 2003 and subsequently posted online on October, 2005 with ‘The Ugly Duckling’ story).