The Kingdom of God is At Hand
Is it possible to see but not see, and to hear but not hear? I believe it is. The magician for example has been given the ability to make a mockery of our sense realm. He proves to us over and over again that his hands are quicker than our eyes, and what we see isn’t really what we see all, but what we saw is what he wanted us to see. If we believe what he wants us to see, he has accomplished his purpose. Take for instance when the magician puts a young lady in a long rectangle box with her arms, legs, and head exposed; then takes a saw and cuts the box in half and turns both ends to one side so we can see into the interior of the box. The magician has made it appear that he sawed the young lady into two pieces, but in our mind we know that never happened. Our eyes record what they see and from there the mind rationalizes the information the eyes send to it. If the magician can fool both the eyes and the mind of a person, that person has been completely deceived.
Another example of a person who can fool the eyes is the Illusionist who appears to make very large objects disappear. For example, David Copperfield did a performance at the Statue of Liberty on live television a few years ago and appeared to have made the Statue of Liberty disappear right before the viewers eyes. After the illusion had been completed he had helicopters flying around the location with spot lights shining down on the spot to verify that he had indeed made the Statue of Liberty disappear. He is called an ‘Illusionists‘ for a reason. He has a gift that can fool the eyes of the viewer. But, logical thinking tells us the Statue of Liberty did not really disappear, it just appeared to have disappeared because he was able to fool the viewers eyes. We appreciate their efforts to bring entertainment into the lives of men, but there is a ‘Master Magician’ and ‘Illusionist’ roaming this world today feeding false information into both the eyes, ears, and mind of mankind. He is called Satan. He is an angelic being who possesses power to deceive completely and totally all people that have a closed mind to the things God desires to do, and will not believe anything that varies in the least from their natural thinking. Satan is not an entertainer. He is a murderer and his intent is to take our life. He doesn’t care how he accomplishes his mission just as long as we are gone from the face of the earth. Man is a threat to him and therefore man has to be removed. The sad thing about all of this is that Satan, the murderer, recruits men to carry out his murderous plan by attacking other men. He hasn’t changed his modus operandi since time began when he conned Cain into killing Abel, and he will not change his method of operation, because he can’t. He is what he is. He is completely evil and hates everything about us. After Adam sinned, the world was forced to operate under Satan’s system from the fall of Adam to the death of Jesus Christ.
In the gospel of Mark – [Mark writes in 1:14b & 15] “…Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (NKJV) Jesus is telling the people the kingdom of God arrived on earth when He set foot on it; and He began His ministry among the Jews by saying to them, “The time (you have been waiting for) is fulfilled.” Your Savior is with you, repent; and believe the things I am going to show and teach you. (My paraphrase) The end of Satan’s reign over the lives of all men was about to end. But, the majority of the people Jesus spoke to did not believe Him because they could not see their invisible God in the natural realm with their natural eyes; and many more did not hear what Jesus said to them because they were spiritually deaf. Their mind was fixed on the Law of Moses, (the Ten Commandments) therefore, anything that varied from the Law Moses gave them could not possibly be from God. Another reason they could not receive what Jesus said to them was that He was making it too easy for them to get into God’s kingdom. God isn’t about keeping us out of His kingdom, He is about getting us into the kingdom. Just like back then, when men learned they didn’t have to work their way into God’s grace, and all they had to do was simply walk through the supernatural door into the kingdom of God He was going to open for them. They stumbled or stop listening and refused to follow Him. People still have a hard time understanding this truth today. They simply cannot believe that God was so kind to man that He forfeited the life of His Son so we could have eternal life. This kind of love does not compute in the mind of the natural man. And because this kind of love doesn’t compute in their little finite minds; the earth is filled with people still trying to make themselves good enough to earn God’s favor and reserve a spot for themselves in heaven when they die. God tells us the people who think this way are spiritually deaf, and even though people hear the words Jesus spoke to the Jews, they do not hear the part where He tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” [John 14:6] In other words He is saying to us. “You don’t have to try and earn your way into the kingdom; just follow me, and I will lead you into it.” The people of that day who didn’t hear Him, killed Him; and the people who are not listening today, are still trying to remove the memory of Him from the earth. But, it’s too late for that kind of thinking. He has been on the earth and fulfilled His mission; and one day soon He will be returning to the earth to receive all those who believe in Him and fulfill our purpose. Prasie God.
Jesus has told us the kingdom of God is now on earth. We have to believe Him and accept the fact that He told us the way into that kingdom is to “Repent” and believe the Gospel.” The Gospel is that God sent His only Begotten Son to earth to die for the sins of man that we might be redeemed from the curse of the law under which every man was found guilty of sinning against God and received a just punishment. [Ephesians 2:5-10] tells us, “Even when we were dead in trespasses, (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He (our heavenly Father) might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” This is not a gospel of work, it is a gospel of God’s grace because He wants us in heaven with Him, not in hell with the devil. But, if we want to go to heaven and live in the presence of God; we have to do it His way. Jesus told us how, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” If we will repent and believe the gospel, God will fulfill His part and open the supernatural door that allows us to enter His kingdom. You can do it right now. Just ask Jesus, the Son of God to forgive you of your wickedness, and grant you salvation and entrance into His kingdom. If you meant it, accept it by faith because Jesus said if you would do that for Him, He will do for you what He promised in [John 3:16] “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” If you just ask Jesus into your heart and repented of your sins; welcome to the family of God. DThrash