Christianity in its old form is simply like another lifeless religious organization trying to give an alternative hope to mankind. This hope has a form of godliness, but denies the power thereof. We entertain this form of Christianity, because we have failed to recognize the true purpose and identity of God’s eternal plan and His goal for our salvation and for our way of life. In light of this, it is imperative to have a fresh look into the wonderful purposes of God and redefine Christianity according to God’s eternal plan and pattern.
What does being a Christian mean?
What was the Lord’s goal during His earthly mission?
What was God’s original goal for man and why?
What is the purpose of our salvation?
If we can clearly answer these questions from a progressive revelation and with a true biblical point of view without any interpretation of man’s tradition and doctrines, then we will be able to understand the eternal pattern and goal of God.
What does being a Christian mean?
“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26).
The term “Christian” comes from the Greek word “Christianos” and it means one who is a follower of Christ by the act of learning His way, in order to be in the same way with Him. A Christian is not simply a believer, but a Christian is a disciple. There is a difference between a “believer” and a “disciple”; furthermore, the early church was not made up of believers, but the church was made up of disciples.
A believer is defined as one who has trust and faith in, upon, or with respect to a person or thing, but a disciple is a pupil who learns to be instructed in a way. He is a disciplined follower of the teachings and ways of Christ. In other words, he is one who is taught to become.
Satan is a believer of the Lord, but he is not a disciple and therefore he has no part in the Body of Christ.
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19).
Being a believer is not enough. The desire of God is to raise and establish a discipleship Church which seeks to learn and accurately understand the purposes of God, so it can be on familiar terms with His way and do His will.
“Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mathew 28:19-20 – Good News).
The majority of what we have today in the church is believers, not disciples. Believers are not effectively accomplishing the will of God because they do not understand the ways of God. It’s like having zeal without knowledge. Disciples can accomplish His will because they have been taught and disciplined in His ways. The point we are establishing here is that Christians are believers who have grown to become true disciples; hence they know the ways of God because they have been taught. Knowing the ways of God brings us to a place of being able to fulfil His will. The question then is as Christian, do we know the ways of God?
What was the Lord’s goal during His earthly mission?
The next step is to discover what was the Lord’s goal during His earthly mission? If this is discovered, then we can understand that true disciples (Christians) are those who have learned His ways in order to be in the same way with Him in fulfilling the same mission. The fact remains that the purpose and goal of God is still the same today as it was from the beginning of time. It has not changed. The great commission is to disciple the nations by teaching them to obey everything that the Lord has commanded.
The desire of God has always been the establishment of His Kingdom in the earth just as it is in the heaven, so that He will have a dwelling place among His people. From the Old Testament to the New Testament the fundamental premise is the coming of the Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God. The primary mission of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to earth was to reveal and establish the Kingdom of God. Woven into ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ is the proclamation…..“Thy Kingdom Come! Thy Will Be Done In Earth As It Is In Heaven!” (Matthew 6:10).
“At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:42-43 NIV).
The revelation of the Kingdom of God is not limited to the eschatology of millennial prophecy. It is an active and present Kingdom that is established at the present time. Important as this is, the local church and our bible seminaries seem to have lost this fundamental heart of focus on Kingdom establishment on earth. Instead we have become focused on raising believers with an apocalyptic hope of the rapture and a sudden intrusion of the Kingdom in the clouds of heaven.
As disciples, the realization of Jesus’ mission for the establishment of God’s Kingdom in the earth should be our focus, and should motivate us toward this global phenomenon. This is why we have been admonished to seek primarily the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
What is the significance of God’s Kingdom being established in all the earth today? How will the earth look when restoration takes place? 1 Kings 4:21-30 is a replica of how things will be when the Kingdom of God is established. There will be a righteous rulership over all kingdoms; there will be prosperity, dominion, peace, safety, provision (no lack), wisdom, increase and development, joy and ultimate worship to God as priestly people.
The fact remains that the original design of God is for the Church to become a company of Kingdom apostolic people who understand the ways and principles of the Kingdom of God and cooperating in unity to fulfil His purpose in the earth. This is what the gospel of the Kingdom is all about. It is a restoration of God’s sovereign rule in the earth and not the removal of the Church from the earth. There must be clarity concerning the purpose of God for man’s eternal destiny and the earth.
We cannot preach the authentic gospel of the Kingdom of God and mix it with the theory of escapism mindset, because it does not match. It doesn’t matter who preaches the escape-to-heaven message, and how eloquent they are in their theories of eschatology, it is unscriptural. There is no basic revelation for this in the scripture because it contradicts the purpose of God for Kingdom establishment in the earth. We don’t bring our doctrine to the word, but we first build on the word for understanding.
According to history, over a century ago a new phenomenon arose known as the Zionism movement. By the late 1800’s and early 1900’s much of the Christian Church had been influenced by this movement. Within a short period of time many began to teach a new idea called “the rapture theory” in which Christ would soon come and suddenly take the Church to heaven from the earth before the great tribulation.
According to Bill Britton as accounted in his teaching article – A Closer look at the Rapture – What is it? In early 1800’s Edward Irving was excommunicated by the London presbytery because of his controversial teaching of the sinfulness of Christ’s humanity, and in 1830 he was condemned and deposed by the ministry of the Church of Scotland. He then began his own church called the Catholic Apostolic Church. The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 12, 1966 Issue, Pages 648-649, describes Edward Irving and the controversy over his teachings in Scotland and England.
During this time a woman called Margaret MacDonald had a trance in 1830 while living in Port Glasgow, Scotland where she claimed she saw the Lord coming before the great tribulation to take (rapture) the saints to heaven. Her “revelation” was recorded in a book written by R. N. Norton and printed in London in 1861. Because of the concept of the teachings of Edward Irving he believed in this trance and began to teach the rapture theory. It was from this supposed revelation that the modern doctrine and present terminology respecting it arose. It came not from the revelation of the scripture, but from that which supposedly pretended to be the Spirit of God.
Edward Irving accepted this teaching, and it was taught at prophetic meetings at Powerscourt House in Ireland, attended much by Plymouth Brethren organizer John Darby. Irving’s views influenced Darby, C. H. Mackintosh, and C. I. Scofield (whose Bible notes popularized the new theory). Darby, Scofield along with Clarence Larkin and his factions began to teach this new theory, and in the early 1900’s it reached a peak in popularity. Even though there was a revelation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in 1906 with the Azusa Street revival, yet there was no clear revelation regarding the rapture theory, and the Pentecostals became a vehicle that encouraged this false teaching that has popularized the church to this present day.
There is no clear biblical revelation for the teaching of the rapture theory in the scripture. You will not find in the teachings of Jesus any plan to take His Church to heaven via a sudden intrusion before the great tribulation. From Genesis to Revelation, the word rapture is not found. However, the popular rapture theory has based its belief and knowledge more on the following passage of scripture:
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Specifically, in verse 17 where it speaks of the saints being “caught up”; the rapture theory teaches that when we are “caught up” in the air we shall go to heaven to be with the Lord forever. This would require Jesus’ return to the earth the third time for the millennial reign (Revelation 20:4-6). The third return of Jesus to the earth is not a scriptural doctrine. The verse did not make mention of the Lord going back to heaven and taking us with Him, it only says, “so shall we be with the Lord”. The question is where shall we be with Him?
Let us get this straight. Jesus is coming back again from heaven to earth for His Church! The scripture speaks very clearly of this second advent of the Lord. There will be the rising first of the dead and then the saints who are alive shall be caught up for a procession with the Lord in the clouds. Consider this!
“….Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
The right context of the scripture as reflected in 1 Thessalonians 4:17; the “caught up” experience of the saints is to meet the Lord in the air to bring the sovereign rule of God’s Kingdom to the earth and to reign with Him here. It is a spiritual procession to the earth and not to heaven and again to earth as the rapture theory teaches. We are to meet the Lord in the air as a company of people (a cloud of witnesses) to bring His government to the earth, which is our eternal destiny in God.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29).
“… and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.…And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” (Zechariah 14:5c; 9).
The primary purpose of the rapture theory is to provide a means of escape from the tribulation that is coming to pass and the Church has simply fallen into line with this commonly accepted interpretation. The coming of the Lord (Son of Man) has been clearly stated to occur after the tribulation. You now begin to understand that the purpose of the rapture theory is to create a means of escape for the Church from the tribulation that is to come. The rapture teaching is a weak doctrine that produces a weak church that is not ready to stand in the times of last-days heat. This teaching of the institutional church has no point of reference in scripture. Consider John 16:33, Revelation 3:9-10. The means of escape for the Church during the coming tribulation will be by the act of God’s sovereign intervention to keep His people, as in the days of Noah by the ark. The Church should be prepared to go through the season of trials that is coming with the assurance that the Lord will keep them through the tribulation.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:37-42).
A clear understanding of the days of Noah will reveal to you that it was the wicked who were taken away by the flood for destruction, while the righteous were left behind, and they became the righteous people who repopulated the earth and began a new age. The scripture says, so shall it be at the end.
Many think that the earth will be fully destroyed and a different earth will emerge from scratch. But the Bible teaches that while the earth will be destroyed for a while, it will be restored again into a new earth. God will make the same old earth into the “New Earth,” which will be better than it ever was! It is like the flood in the days of Noah. The earth seemed “destroyed,” it really wasn’t. It continued to exist until this very day. It was an evil generation God destroyed. Just as our bodies will die and God will bring the same bodies back to life in a much better condition of immortality. In the same way, the earth will be destroyed, but God will bring it back in a much better condition as our eternal home. Peter said, “In keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).
The focus of God has always being about Him coming down rather than us going up. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation 21:1, 3 NIV).
As Dr. Randy Alcorn puts it, ‘the ultimate Heaven is not “us with God” in His place, but “God with us” in our place: Earth’. God’s plan is to dwell with His people in a physical realm, bringing Heaven to Earth. He will “bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:10 NIV).
What God makes us desire is exactly what He promises: the resurrected life in a resurrected body, with the resurrected Christ on a resurrected earth. God’s plan is for Christ to rule over a heaven and earth that are unified and made into one. God’s presence will be on earth (Revelation 21:3) and God’s will is going to be done on earth as it is in heaven, bringing Heaven to Earth:
He made known unto us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ (The Corporate Body). God’s central plan hasn’t changed—a physical and spiritual humanity delighting in God and serving Him together as we rule the Earth to His glory.
To realign the focus and expectation of the people towards this present reality of the Kingdom of God, the first proclamation is a call to repentance. I believe the Lord is calling His Church to repentance in this regards.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17).
This call to repentance applies to the Body of Christ in the present day. Repentance comes from the Greek word “metanoeo”, which means to think differently, to reconsider or to change our ways and return back to course. The study of the scriptures reveal that the application of this word was for the people of God to change their heart and ways of thinking and not primarily for the Gentiles or sinners to stop sinning as taught by tradition. To repent has to do with the mind. The mind must be reformed if we are to build in accordance to the pattern of God. Our traditions and religious mind-set must be relinquished. During the past seasons God has brought us through with “then-revelations” that were acceptable during that time, but now He requires that we gain new spiritual technology that is current for this new day. The principle of spiritual restoration requires that we return back to God. The Lord excels in works of restoration (Job 22:23). We have been broken down. The ruin of the nations is a fruit of our spiritual brokenness. We must return and be restored. Our responsibility is to repent. This will be a redefining of Christianity according to God’s eternal pattern.
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30).
We must change our mentality and focus from ‘going’, because the goal of God is in His ‘coming’ to take residence in the earth among His people. Heaven is not the fullness of our destiny, but the Kingdom of God is our destiny and that includes the earth. We must understand that the Kingdom of God is bigger than heaven. When we speak of the Kingdom of God, we are speaking about the fullness of a person and not just a place. Without a king there is no kingdom. The focus of a kingdom is first and foremost on the king, then the realm of his reign and the people under his authority. God is more and bigger than the heavens and the earth. Heaven is a reality of the manifestation of the fullness of where God is present. Heaven is more than a specific location or an upward direction, but it is where God is, and where He manifests Himself. God is a Spirit and Heaven is a spiritual place. It does not have a definite location because it is in all places God is. God’s goal as revealed in the scriptures is the revelation of His Kingdom in His coming from heaven to earth to take residence. This implies therefore that when God fully take His residence in the earth and His fullness is manifested here, then heaven is here, in and with Him.
“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him” (Ephesians 1:7-10).
God has a new administration that He is about to reveal to His creation. His creation has not yet seen this administration. It will come from the corporate Body of Christ. This is why the earth is being redeemed and restored, because the new government of God is coming down from heaven to earth. The purpose of God is that He desires a dwelling place on earth. The place of His desire is earth.
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8).
The purpose of the sanctuary is that He wants to live among men.
“And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the Lord their God.” (Exodus 29:45-46).
The intention of God for bringing His people out of Egypt was for the purpose of dwelling among them as their God; because in the house of bondage He cannot dwell among them. Egypt was the place where the people of God were held in spiritual bondage. They were God’s people in Egypt, yet they were not free to fulfill the purposes of God while in the house of bondage. The LORD brought them out so He can dwell among them. This is the heart of the whole purpose of God to have a dwelling place in the earth among men.
Mindsets can become strongholds that captivate us against the progressive revelation of the purposes of God. The reality is that the church is bound in a religious eschatological ethnicity that hypnotizes attitudes and the beliefs of the way of thinking that must be fine-tuned. The source is from false church doctrines and deceptive teachings of men that mislead. Strongholds are spiritual mindsets that must be pulled down as they are weapons of the flesh that hinder the purposes of God, and are continually in enmity against God’s Kingdom [His way of thinking] – (2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Romans 8:5-8). The old ways of thinking must be renewed in order for transformation to take place. It is a paradigm shift that demolishes the shadow and releases us into a new Kingdom mindset.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” (1 John 1:5-6 NIV).
Darkness comes from the Greek word “skotos” which means Shadow. A large amount of what is declared today in the church is only a shadow of the truth, and it is a lie of Satan. In every country and community there are strongholds that have influence over the people, even over churches that are walking in the shadow. This pattern of thinking is a demonic influence that is strategically induced by the enemy because of the ignorance of present-truth. When we walk in this realm of obscurity the devil gains access, thereby opposing the purposes of God, as that is his relegated position. It brings us to the absence of the light of the revelation of God’s progressive truth in the earth today.
What was God’s original goal for man and why?
There have been much speculation and even many study notes trying to reveal the goal of God for man. However to comprehend this we simply need to go back to the beginning of age, because everything is summarized in Genesis 1: 26-28:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
The goal was for man to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it (have dominion over the earth). Man was created by God for this purpose. This goal of God has not changed!
The book of Genesis accounts the revelation of man’s beginning, but not the beginning of all things as the earth itself existed before the genesis of man. It is important to note the word “re-plenish”. Something happened to the earth and it was turned into a formless mass cloaked in darkness and void. The earth was thus destroyed and reduced to this state by Satan and demonic spirits that were cast down from heaven to the earth (Isaiah 14:12-17), but the goal of God in placing man in the earth was to restore the earth. Part of his assignment was to “re-plenish” the earth. The prefix “re” means to do it again. The establishment of the Kingdom of God in the earth is a divine restoration committed to the church to bring the earth back into order as it was in the beginning before it was destroyed and reduced into this formless mass of Genesis 1:2. The sovereignty of the Kingdom of God has been from the beginning and the desire of God is to rule over all things.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion….” (Genesis 1:26).
God is a Spirit that cannot die. Man is a Spirit-Being created in the image and likeness of God. Before the fall, man was immortal like His creator who is eternal. Adam lived and experienced this realm of immortality until he fell. Death and immortality prevailed over man due to the sin of disobedience to God’s instruction not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sin brought death.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. (Genesis 2:16, 17).
The manifestation of Christ in the earth in the form of Jesus (The God-Man) was for the purpose of restoring man back to his original state as it was in the beginning of age before the fall. To make us a Spirit-Being, immortal, created and made in the likeness of God to have dominion over all things in the earth realm. This was Adam’s original realm. This is why if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature restored to the image of God. A restoration takes place in our spirit that affects our being. The apostle Paul boasts of us having victory over death after this divine exchange (1 Corinthians 15:49-57).
What is the purpose of our salvation?
If we can comprehend the truth of God’s goal for man’s creation and his place in the garden, then we will realize the purpose for our salvation, because the aim has never been for God to prepare a people for a trip to heaven, but to bring heaven to earth (Matthew 6:10), to see His Kingdom restored and established in the earth. We are saved not for the purpose of going up to heaven, but to be an instrument of His in the earth for His Kingdom to be established. This is why we have been gifted with talents. We are in a defining season where the heaven is invading the earth to establish the purposes of God and cause His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The present church system and order must change. There must be a rising up of apostolic community of churches that understands its prophetic destiny in establishing the Kingdom of God, because the administrative centre (heaven) of God is coming down to earth. The whole purpose is on His coming and this should be our comfort. The emphasis must not be on the going, but on the coming of the Lord. If we are going to see the Kingdom of God restored in the earth according to the will of God, then we must overcome the leisure activities of the church and the escapism mentality and teach the truth of God’s word. The transformation of the earth into an eternal destiny is a divine purpose of God that needs to be accomplished.
Man was created and established by God to have rule over all of creation and the earth. Heaven is not the realm promised by God to man to rule, reign and have dominion over, but earth is (Genesis 1:26-28, Revelation 5:10). The purpose of God for man’s salvation is for Him to be the administrator of the earth realm. This plan of God has not changed. This is what it means to establish the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. The ultimate goal of God is to kingdomize the earth and establish it as His Kingdom just as it is in heaven. Earth’s government is presently been displaced with heavenly government, because God is coming down and bringing His administrative headquarters to earth from heaven.
The kingdom is about rulership (Psalm 103:19)…..and the realm of His rule is the heavens and the earth. God rules the invisible realm of the heavens, but the visible realm of the earth He has delegated to man to rule over according to His principles and His will. Man is the governor and administrator of heaven’s affairs on the earth realm. We are created and made to stand in the place of God on the earth to exercise His authority, His dominion, His rule and His sovereignty as His representatives and diplomats of the Kingdom. We are made as a god over the earth (Psalm 82:6, John 10:34). This is why we are also called ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Inclusive in our ambassadorial responsibilities as Kingdom diplomats in the earth is to kingdomize all things. This is why the Church is divinely purposed to be the ultimate government over the earth through the administration of Kingdom principles. It is our mandated position for the purposes of God.
It is important to note that some of our true teachers can in honesty communicate false doctrines and teach past truth ignorantly when there is a lack of understanding in the new season we have come into. This is because we are unaware that the Lord has moved beyond. To make matters more perplexing, some things considered by many to be facts are just not accurate. This was evident in Apollos in Acts 18:24-26. Though he was a learned man who had been instructed in the way of the Lord, with a thorough knowledge of the scriptures, he taught with great fervour, but he was limited in his revelation of the new season because he knew only the baptism of John. He was a disciple of John the Baptist and did not recognize that a transitional season had taken place from John’s baptism to a new season of baptism into Jesus in the Holy Spirit. It took Priscilla and Aquila who became an apostolic channel to expound to him the way of God more accurately and release him from his old mindset into a new pattern and way of thinking. What a mighty apostle and a spiritual pillar he became after this process of transition, so much that the church in Corinth could witness of him among others like Peter and Paul (1 Corinthians 1:12). This applies to those who have been discipled in the old word and past season. They need to make the transition.
To therefore redefine Christianity according to God’s eternal pattern we must teach the simplicity of God’s word from a progressive revelation and new mindset and re-establish the fact that Christianity is not just another lifeless religion. Rather it is a relationship with a living God through Jesus Christ, and this must change the existing culture of the present church system. There must come a refocusing on the ways of God to fulfil His will in the earth, as true disciples being instructed in Kingdom ways of doing things so we can be in the same way with the Father. If we are going to fulfil the great commission and see our communities changed and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God, then there must be a paradigm shift from the old, so we can embrace something new in regard to the purposes of God for the earth.
The government of God is set to take over earth’s affairs to bring God’s eternal purpose into fruition. It will be a transformation of the earth by the manifestation of the Sons of God (Romans 8:19-23). The earth will be restored under a heavenly Kingdom. Indeed, the earth will become what God purposed.
This involves the establishing of New Testament Churches with an Antioch pattern of operation, the aggressive invasion of the market-places and the revolutionizing of the nations. There must be a visible expression of the manifestation of God’s Kingdom in the communities. Change must occur in high places. The present government in the heavenlies must be substituted with the Church as the right order of authority.
The Lord has spoken and His purposes will be fulfilled. The performance of His word does not depend on our faith; neither can our unbelief hinder His purposes. The Lord will perform His word and His purposes will stand!
Copyright © 2017 by Israel Onoriobe
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