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Noah did everything just as God commanded him.[1] Not even Moses has such a claim, for Moses did almost everything that God commanded him, except one, when he struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock the second time they needed water.

Noah was a pioneer of faith and obedience that few men can equal, for without precedence, without a written word or a historical basis, he obeyed God when God told him to build the Ark, and he finished it in less than 100 years. Likewise, now, he is our inspiration as a hero of faith and of obedience in doing what no one has done or attempted to do before. Noah built an Ark to prepare for a flood in a world that had never seen a flood, much less rain. Likewise, we are to listen to Jesus, for that is our command from the Father, and once we have fully listened and done everything commanded of us, then our ‘seven’, which heralds the arrival of Jesus will begin, just as Noah’s ‘seven’ began for him. During Noah’s ‘seven’, God used it to bring to him seven pairs of clean animals and one pair of unclean animals. Likewise, when our ‘seven’ begins, God will bring into His Ark of the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, people who are to survive the coming deluge to greet Jesus on His arrival. So then, our inspiration is not Moses who came from Abraham, and not even Abraham, but Noah from whom all men who live on the Earth now are descended.

The commandment of God to the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration is a commandment from the Father, and it is those whom the Father has drawn to the Son, who are obligated to obey the command: “Listen to Him!”[2] Those, whom the Father has not drawn to Jesus, are not under obligation to listen to Jesus. However, those to whom the Good News about Jesus Christ has been preached are either saved or condemned, depending on the basis of their faith or lack of belief.

Since we now know that God waited patiently for Noah to finish the Ark, that is, to do everything that was commanded him, then it is obvious that God has been waiting patiently for us to finish what was commanded us before He sends Jesus back. It is then no wonder that as James the Younger led the church back to listening to the preaching of Moses, away from listening to Jesus, that God has had to wait 2000 years until He has one and ones who would listen exclusively to Jesus, and at least, one church, one local church, that listens to the Holy Spirit. For Jesus repeated seven times the command: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,”[3] which was given to local churches, not the universal church. So then the Lord, the Spirit, has been waiting for local churches to listen to Him.

The fulfilment of both commands to listen has been fulfilled. There are disciples who listen to Jesus and we have more than one local church that listens to the Holy Spirit, or at least practises listening to Him. Remember, the words of Jesus are meant for practice, not success only. It is sufficient that there are disciples and churches that now practise listening wholly to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, whilst shutting out the voice of James the Younger and assigning him to the twelve tribes of Israel, to whom his letter was addressed to.

Thus, what Jesus has commanded us: love our enemies, have faith in God, pray in secret, love one another and so on, has been put to practice. Even John 14:12 and John 11:26 have been put to practice. So, what is missing that will usher in the end?

Just before Jesus said, “and then the end will come,” He said, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations.”[4] We all know the Gospel must be preached in the whole world before the end can come, but what is the Gospel? What is the Good News that is the good news of the Kingdom? And which Kingdom: the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God?

Now look at the name, the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the Kingdom of a place and not a person, but the Kingdom of God is not of a place but a Person. Thus, the Kingdom of Heaven is confined to a geographical place that is Heaven, like England is confined to an island. However, the Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of a Person, who is God, and wherever that Person is and whatever He claims, is His Kingdom. Since by Matthew 24, Jesus had begun to mention the Kingdom of God, the Gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

In Matthew 4:17, Jesus preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” And in Mark 1:15, Jesus preached, “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News!” The Good News, the Gospel, rests with the Kingdom of God and not of Heaven.

We are unfortunately unfamiliar with living in a kingdom, because we live in a country where our leaders are elected. So the good news of a country, for us, tends to be news of peace and prosperity, and if there was war, victories over our enemies. If our elected representative had children, it would be news, even good news, but it would not be the good news of the country. No one in Australia would really cheer if John Howard suddenly fathered another child with his wife, especially if the country was not at peace or prosperity. They’d vote him out anyway, much less cheer for his new child. However, when you are citizens of a kingdom, which has a wise and good king who has secured peace, prosperity and victories over enemies, then the greatest good news for you would be that the king has an heir.

When the angels announced the Good News to the shepherds, “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord,”[5] we assumed that this is the Good News Jesus was talking about. So, salvation in the Name of Jesus Christ has been preached to the whole world, but the end has not yet come.

For the end comes when the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way, and the lawless one is revealed and signs his peace treaty with many for one ‘seven’. This has not happened despite the Gospel being preached now to every country on Earth. No nation, not even Algeria, Morocco or North Korea, has not heard of the birth of Jesus through the celebration of Christmas. Thus, the Good News of the Christmas season, “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord,” has been preached to the whole world. It is obvious it is not the Good News of the Kingdom that will cause the end to come.

As if to tell us that the Good News of the angels’ message is not the Good News of the Kingdom, Jesus said very specifically, “For many will come in My Name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”[6] This verse has two sides to it. First, the obvious: many false Christs[7] will come saying, “I am the Christ,” and deceive many. The less obvious is that many will come in Jesus’ Name preaching, “Jesus is the Christ,” that is, “Jesus is the Messiah,” and deceive many. That deception is painfully made obvious by religions that claim to be of God and acknowledge Jesus as the Christ, but deny, deny, that He is the Only Son of God.

No, the Good News – this Gospel as Jesus called it, making it singular and therefore of the highest of all the Good News of the Kingdom above peace, prosperity, deliverance, salvation, healing, righteousness, truth, victories, far above everything that we preach as the Good News of the Kingdom – the singular most important Good News of the Kingdom of God is that God has a Living Son, and His Name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Anyone who is a citizen of a Kingdom that has been blessed with the peace and prosperity of a wise and righteous King will instantly recognise that is the only Good News of the Kingdom, for there is nothing more important to the ongoing welfare of any kingdom than to know that the king has an heir.

After this Good News, the only better news would be that their King has more than one Son, brothers and sisters of the First Born who are just like Him, and who are one with Him so that not only is the lineage guaranteed, but there will be no bloody, civil war as brothers betray brothers for the throne.

So, what is the Gospel of the Kingdom that needs to be preached to the whole world? It is this: God has a Living Son who has not only saved the world, but has made the Father known (to His brothers and sisters). It is simple and straight forward. And like the heralds of old who would have been sent throughout the land to announce the birth of the son, so we are to go into “all the world and preach the Good News to all creation, every creature, everyone everywhere.”[8] The Good News is simple and straight forward: God has a Son, and He is alive and well. And the Father has given Him the Name, Jesus.

Imagine if you would, the eleven and Mary coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration declaring in clear, simple words without reference to the Law, prophets or psalms, saying, “God has a Son and He is alive and well, this Jesus Christ whom you crucified.”

Now compare this simple message of Good News with Peter’s first preach in Acts 2:15-39. He declared, “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people…’” in defence of their behaviour, for he said, “These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It is only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel…”[9] It is not until verse 32 that he told them, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted at the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.”[10]

Even then, Peter was really defending himself and the 120 to the people for what they were hearing and seeing. Their good news was: “We have received the Holy Spirit whom God promised through Joel because of Jesus Christ, so repent that you may be forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”[11] The focus was first on defence of their behaviour and then to highlight the benefit to the people.

The true emphasis, “God has a Son and He is alive!” or “Jesus Christ, whom you crucified, is alive and well, and He is the Son of God,” was watered down.

Our work is to preach this Gospel of the Kingdom like a herald running with the message. A herald who runs with the message does not care what he looks or sounds like, or what people think of him, as long as he declares the message true, loud and clear. Neither is a herald interested in the benefits that his listeners may receive from the message. They can like it or lump it, but he is to deliver it regardless. So then, in this light, the Light of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, we see the prophecy God gave Habakkuk and understand why He said, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”[12]

That then is our attitude, an attitude changed from seeing the glory of God, His Fatherhood and His Sonship. Declare the Gospel like a herald who has run the distance to deliver it, not caring how it sounds or what we appear to be like, but only that the message is true and clear. And this is the message:

“God Almighty, Creator of all the Heavens and the Earth,

And all that is in them;

God the merciful, compassionate and gracious God,

Slow to anger,

Abounding in love and faithfulness;

Maintaining love to thousands,

And forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin,

Has an Only Son.

And He is Jesus Christ, who was crucified and died,

But was raised by the Holy Spirit on the third day to life,

And He is coming soon!”

And we are to preach this, to write it on tablets and make it plain—that is simple, so simple and clear that everyone can see it and understand it, no ‘ifs and buts’—to all the world. When we have done this task, “then the end will come.”

This is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and anyone, even an angel, who brings any other gospel, let him be condemned to remain alive until Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God Almighty arrives. Amen.

Now, write down the revelation and run!


 

[1] Genesis 6:22

[2] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[3] Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22

[4] Matthew 24:14

[5] Luke 2:11

[6] Matthew 24:5

[7] Matthew 24:24

[8] Mark 16:15 (every creature AMP/ KJV; everyone everywhere ONLT)

[9] Acts 2:17 (Joel 2:28), 15-16

[10] Acts 2:32-32

[11] Acts 2:38

[12] Habakkuk 2:2-3

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