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The New World Order And The Church - Part 4

At the time of Christ’s resurrection, the disciples were incredulous. None of them truly believed He was alive. They were unwilling witnesses, having to be truly convinced that Jesus Christ had indeed risen from the dead.

The evening of the first day of the week following His resurrection, Christ materialized before His disciples inside a room where the doors had been shut, because they feared discovery and arrest.

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said unto them, ‘Peace be unto you’ “(John 20:19).

Later, when Thomas heard of it, for he had not been there when Jesus appeared, he said, “Except I shall see in His hands the prints of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe. And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut (He was born of God by the resurrection (I Cor. 15:20-23; Rom. 8:29), and was able to literally dematerialize into spirit, or materialize into His physical form!), and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’ Then saith He to Thomas, ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said unto Him, ‘My Lord and My God!’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:26-29).

Jesus had appeared earlier to Mary, near the sepulcher. He appeared to two of the women, one of whom was Cleopas, on the road to Emmaus. They sadly related to Him all the events of the past days, not knowing who he was. “Then He said unto them, ‘O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?’ And beginning at Moses (the first five books of the Bible) and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27). When He opened their eyes to understand who He was, He “vanished out of their sight” (v. 31).

Christ instructed them to go Galilee, saying He would see them there (Matt. 28:10). The account of this third appearance to a sizeable group of them is given in John 21. Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and two others were offshore in the Sea of Galilee fishing. “And that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said unto them, ‘Children, have ye any meat?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ And He said unto them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.’ They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes” (John 21:3-6). Read the entire chapter slowly. Peter finally recognized Jesus, cast himself into the lake, and swam rapidly to shore, to find Jesus standing over a fire, with fish already cooking.

Then follows the moving account of Jesus asking Simon Peter three times whether Peter loved Him, and three times saying to Peter, “Feed my sheep!” Christ also prophesied that Peter would be martyred (vs. 18-19), and that John would live into his old age (vs. 20-24).

Later, on a mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee, perhaps the site of His “Sermon on the Mount” three and one-half years earlier, Christ appeared to His group of men, and gave them the Great Commission.

“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him but some doubted (not all had been present in the boat: not all had seen Him each time some few still doubted, even now). And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach (enlist as students; make disciples of) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (Greek: aeon, meaning “age”), Amen. ‘“(Matt. 28:16-20).

What had He taught them? A massive amount of information! Notice, “And He said unto them, ‘These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms (writings), concerning me’ “(Luke 24:44).

The books of the Old Testament are arranged in this precise order in the “Hebrew Old Testament.” The Law, or the “Torah,” the Prophets, and the Writings. The proper ending of the Old Testament should be II Chronicles, not Malachi.

How many churches and religious organizations pay any attention to the Old Testament today? Yet, these were the only Scriptures extant during the life of Christ, and for about 20 years after His resurrection.

Christ opened their understanding concerning all the prophets in the Bible about Him! That means He expounded to them such prophecies as Daniel 2, 4, 7, 11 and 12; Isaiah 2 and 11; Micah 4 and Zechariah 14, as well as many other prophecies in which Jesus Christ and His coming world-ruling government are the central theme!

He showed them that He, Jesus Christ, is the “Stone that was cut out without hands” that is to smash the final, ten-nation, world power at the time of His second coming (Dan. 2:44). He showed them that He will rule all nations with a rod of iron; that He will put an end to war (Isa. 2:1-5, Micah 4:1-5). He would have expounded to them the wonderful good news of how the whole world would be changed during His millennial reign on earth (Isa. 11:1-16); how He would gather all the “outcasts of Israel” from around the world, and how all the gentile nations would seek Jesus Christ (Isa. 11:10-12). He would have expounded Daniel 12, about the Great Tribulation and the resurrection of the dead; about the “abomination of desolation,” and the time of God’s intervention into human affairs.

Christ’s commission to His group of specially called-out ones was not a brief statement. It may have consumed many hours of intensive instructions! There is a great deal of information concerning Christ and His kingdom in the scriptures He expounded to them!

These men knew the true meaning of the “Good News” Christ was instructing them to peach. They had been trained, educated, tried and tested. They had been shamed and humbled by their rejection of Him at the moment when He needed them the most. They had been made deeply repentant as a result of their experiences. Remember, these men never heard the word gospel. Jesus spoke to them in Aramaic, not in English. The English language was not to emerge for many centuries. Our English world gospel comes from two old Anglo-Saxon words. It means, simply, “good news”!

Notice Mark’s account of the Great Commission: “And He said unto them. ‘Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned (judged or condemned)’” (Mark 16:15-16).

Today, the word gospel is almost universally misunderstood. To millions of professing Christians, it means the story about Jesus Christ; that Christ died to save sinners; that we must believe on Him to be saved.

But this is only a part of the good news Christ brought. There is a vast difference between the message Christ brought from His Father, and a message about the Person of Christ! Neither can be left out!

Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples to preach the message He had delivered to them. What was that message?

After John’s ministry, when he had been cast into prison, Jesus Christ began to preach. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, ‘Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matt. 4:17).

Mark’s account says, “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel (good news) 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 (good news)’” (Mark 1:14-15).

Luke wrote, “And He said unto them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent’” (Luke 4:43).

Mark, Luke, and John all used the term Kingdom of God, while Matthew used the term Kingdom of Heaven. All wrote of the same thing. Jesus Christ spoke of His coming kingdom, which is to be a world-ruling kingdom (Isa. 2; 11; Micah 4).

Briefly, any kingdom must consist of at least four major parts. It must have a king who rules over his kingdom. The King of kings and Lord of lords who will rule for one thousand years is Jesus Christ (Rev. 20:4). It must have territory over which the king rules. Christ’s territory will be this good green earth (Isa. 2:11; Micah 4; Zech. 14:4; Rev. 2:26; 5:10; 20:4). Many chapters of the prophecies of your Bible describe conditions which will prevail on this earth when Jesus Christ sets up His kingdom. His kingdom will indeed be a New World order, for Christ will completely reorder civilization!

Next, it must have subjects over which the king rules. The subjects of Christ’s kingdom will consist of all nations of the entire world! “And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:15-16).

“And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley: and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And it shall be in that day, that living waters (Ezk. 47:1-12) shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea (Mediterranean), and half of them toward the hinder sea (the Dead Sea): in summer and in winter shall it be. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord and His name one” (Zech. 14:4-9).

There are dozens of scriptures whole chapters of your Bible describing the millennial reign of Jesus Christ as King of kings on this earth. It will be a totally autocratic government, but in the hands of very God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth and His born-again brothers and sisters, members of His own divine family, who will be ruling over towns, cities and countries with Him (Rev. 2:26). It will be a king and gentle government, yet a government which will enforce its laws one which will bring true justice for all.

Finally, a kingdom requires a king who rules over His subjects by law. What will be the laws by which Christ rules?

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain (a symbol of a government) of the Eternal’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills (lesser nations): and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Eternal, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths’: for out of Zion shall go forth the LAW, and the word of the Eternal from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isa. 2:2-4).

There will be no more nuclear weapons. No chemical and biological weapons. No Scuds, or long-range nuclear bombers or intercontinental ballistic missiles! There will be total world disarmament! The King of kings will outlaw all war, and all war-making technology will be destroyed, and forever banned!

God will punish the sinning nations of this world because they have broken His laws! Jesus Christ will govern and rule by imposing God’s Holy and righteous law upon all of mankind!

“Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto My words, nor to my law but rejected it” (Jere. 6:19).

The good news Jesus Christ taught His disciples was a vast, globe-girdling message of mind-boggling, awesome proportions! He spoke of a time of the complete destruction of civilizations as we know it; the time of the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:21-22), the Day of the Lord, and His second coming to rule all nations with a rod of iron!

It is the good news that Jesus Christ died to save all mankind from the penalty for sin, which is death by Gehenna fire! It is the good news that God is a loving, merciful God, who will forgive us when we repent, who will beget us as His children, who will admit us into His great, world-governing kingdom when Christ returns.

What good news it is to the teeming populations of Zaire, China, India, Sudan, Iraq, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Russia, Bangladesh, Bosnia, the United States all the nations of the world that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is soon going to return to this earth, this time in the power and majesty of Almighty God.

You cannot think of a terrible problem Jesus Christ will not solve! Today, we live in a world of tragedy, accidents, infant mortality, crime, drugs, divorce, sickness and disease, squalor, poverty, brutality, and war! Our daily news is heartbreaking! The problems of the world are simply too big to be solved by any government of man!

But none of this world’s problems are too big to be solved by Jesus Christ! He has unlimited power. He told them, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you away, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matt. 28:18-20).

Christ’s great commission to His group of called-out ones came in two important parts. First, they were to announce the good news meaning preach the gospel to tell the world as a witness. Second, they were to feed the flock, to care for the church that would be formed as a result of repentant believers.

The books of Acts is a history of the growth and development of the early church. It details how they were virtually overwhelmed with thousands of newly converted believers on the Day of Pentecost: how there had to be organization to care for these people, especially the widows and the elderly (Acts 6:1-7).

Today, God’s Church continues to perform both of the twofold commissions Jesus Christ gave it. We strive to preach the good news of Christ’s soon-coming kingdom as far and wide as possible, within the means God Himself makes available. Then, we strive as best we humanly can, with God’s loving and patient help to care for the church.

God’s true church has come out of this world. It is “apolitical,” in the sense that it does not attempt to influence government; it has no lobbyists in Washington or anywhere else; it does not plot to intervene in the human government of this world. (Send for our FREE DVD “Politics and Religion”).

God’s people are commanded to pray for their leaders, not become engaged in conspiracies to overthrow them by force! Even during the cruel days of the Roman Empire, Paul writing to the church at Rome itself, said, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers, for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resiseth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation (judgment). For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid: for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister (servant) of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that does evil” (Rom. 13:1-4).

The heart and core of Christ’s teaching was to love even your enemies, to “turn the other cheek,” and to pray for those that would despitefully use you and persecute you.

Jesus Christ did not come to forcibly overthrow the government in Palestine during His physical life. He has never intended His own “called-out ones,” who form His true church, to be involved in armed violence of any kind! Instead, He commissioned His apostles to go into all the world and announce the good news that Jesus Christ Himself will return to this earth and rule it with a rod of iron! As such, God’s church is the instrument in His hands to do His work!

Finally, when Jesus Christ decides His witness and warning message has reached enough people when He decides to intervene in human affairs, He will return to this earth in all the power and glory of God.

John saw this happening in vision: “And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture on His thigh a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth (by divine fiat, or command): and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Rev. 19:11-21).

Jesus Christ is coming back to this earth at the head of vast millions of angelic hosts. He will catch up His saints to meet Him in the air (II Thess. 4:17). His feet will stand in that day upon the Mt. of Olives (Zech. 14:4). He will smash the ten-nation combine (Rev. 17:12-14) that is the beast power, and establish His kingdom on this earth, in His New World order, New Jerusalem!

The work of His church is to prepare the way for this globe-girdling, awesome event; to announce this great, wonderful, good news to the suffering millions of this earth!

Never forget that our Savior commanded us, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you might be accounted worthy to escape all these things (the things of the Great Tribulation) that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). He told us we are to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

You have just had the gospel of Jesus Christ in explicit detail explained to you. Repent ye, and believe they gospel.

 
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