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Novelist Craige McMillan on Earth's FInal Kingdom, God & Eternity


EARTH'S FINAL KINGDOM…FOR CHRISTIANS

by Craige McMillan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did Jesus really ask us to do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice, predictable rules; but is that what Jesus wants?

WAS LIFE A BED OF ROSES FOR THE EARLY CHURCH?

 

 

In today's crumbling world, many Christians have become bystanders. Their justification is often this verse: "But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]" (2 Timothy 3:1 AMP).

There is little question but that the news today is "hard to bear." But perhaps the news would not be so hard to bear if more Christians were out and about, doing what Jesus told us to do?

Fortunately for those of us born so long after Jesus' resurrection, his early disciples, while they understood what lay ahead, also followed Jesus' instructions, which were quite specific:

"And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give" (Matthew 10:7-9 Amplified Bible Classic Edition).

The early Church, which didn't exist until after the Day of Pentecost following Jesus' resurrection, is when God gave the Church supernatural power. That is what enabled it to grow in the face of persecution by its enemies, including the mighty Roman empire. What if Jesus' early followers had sat back and waited for the end to come?

The Church's descent into powerlessness didn't occur because the Romans wanted to be rid of it. It's demise occurred because Constantine the Great converted to Christianity and absorbed the church into his government.

At that point the church became an earthly power. It's focus shifted from heavenly power to earthly power. The problem is, the Church is a heavenly organization that happens to exist here on the earth right now. Yet its infatuation with earthly power continues to diminish its heavenly power. It became another bureaucracy, delivering all the joy of any other bureaucracy.

As with the Pharisees in the days of Jesus, the church in our age has become a rule-based organization that exists to compel honor for God's law and obedience to his rules. It has all the trappings of its ancient supernatural acts, but the power to perform them has left it.

At Jesus' trial he told Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world."

The Christian Church is a supernatural entity. It exists as a heavenly entity because God's Spirit dwells within each believer. When believers are gathered together on this earth, that same Spirit exists among them in the physical realm.

Today's Christian pharisees have built their churches on the shifting ashes of the rules that Jesus demolished at the Cross. Nice predictable rules, presented pleasantly for forty-five minutes every Sunday morning, is not what Jesus asked of his followers. He's not worried about the rules; he wants your love. He knows that if you love him, doing what he asks will most surely follow.

What might happen to the world, if Christians did what Jesus actually told them to do? The end will still arrive, just as Jesus pointed out. It will happen when God decides to act; not before, and not after. But if the original disciples had behaved as today's churches, lamenting how bad things have gotten, would any of us even exist?

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Earth's Final Kingdom, Vol. IV in the Armageddon Story novel series, will be available in early 2018. To understand the end times in which volume four is set, you need to begin at the beginning. Reconnaissance: The Creator Returns (Vol. 1).

Published 12/1/17

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