Friday, April 25, 2014

Documentary

 
Here is the trailer for "Ruben Israel: The Movie" a documentary filmed by Jesse Morrell of what and why we do what we do in public. IF you believe God is calling you to open air preach perhaps you should count the cost and watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpp2AuJuXCQ
 
 
 
“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
 
“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul” Ezekiel 33:7-9
 
 
 
We are living in hard times these days, with street preachers arrested, patriots getting their land seized, Muslims stoning you walking the streets of Dearborn, anti-God laws getting passed, so I am thinking we may need a new Church van to
transport active Christians.
 
WHAT THINK YE can you see me driving this monster when we come to your city? 
 
 
 
 
 
The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven?
 
 
I have been told that the kingdom of God is not the kingdom of heaven, they are two complete different entities. I was given the example that someone might not enter the kingdom of heaven but could enter the kingdom of God. I have been told it was like a person that lives in Washington DC but not everyone is allowed to go into the White House. That is only for special people.
 
This sounds exceedingly close to Mormonism and their different levels of heavens. I was also told that someone could be saved and live in sin and still be granted into the kingdom of heaven, they will just lose all their rewards and that person could never enter the kingdom of God. I say both the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are the same, with reason.
 
When Jesus said in John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” Most professing Christians will admit that this is a condition to salvation, the need for someone to get ‘born again’ as Jesus said and confirmed by 1Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever”
 
Yet this same person will omit that thinking when they read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God”
 
The person I spoke with said that verse (1Co6:9-10) was not translated correctly and it should read the king of heaven rather than the kingdom of God. As he believed that believer will be saved no matter what and any rewards will be removed.
 
Did I miss something?
 
I see no rewards mentioned and I do believe these people are NOT SAVED and do note this verse was written to the church of God, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus and saints as per 1 Corinthians the first chapter verse two. This Epistle was not written for ‘whosoever in Corinth’ but specifically to believers and they were told, if they lived in sin, they were not saved.
 
This is also confirmed in Galatians 5:19-21 and one will not enter the kingdom of God. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”
 
Again IF context means anything this Epistle was also written to believers as per chapter one verse two where it was addressed to ‘all the brethren’ and not ‘whosoever in Galatia’
 
This also was argued, as I was told that anyone who believes in Jesus and is living in any of the sin mentioned will be in the kingdom of heaven but not the kingdom of God.
 
That thinking is a lie, as the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are the same and this thinking is dangerous on many levels. 
 
Paul made it very clear that IF you are a believer and live in sin, you will not "inherit the kingdom of God”
 
Or the King James Bible was translated wrong as the text should have read the kingdom of heaven?
To which I say, NO. Not bad translation, bad thinking or should I say wishful thinking.
 
We also find that the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are used in the gospels and used in the same parables, which speak volumes that they are not different but the same. 
 
 For example we find Jesus started preaching ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand' (Matthew 4:17), however in Mark and Luke they recorded He preached the ‘kingdom of God.’ (Mark.1:14-15 and Luke 4:14-15). 
 
 Same story, same kingdom, same meaning, interchangeable.
 
We find the reason why Jesus spoke in parables and in Matthew 13:10-13 He uses the ‘kingdom of heaven’ yet Luke gives the same story and Luke uses ‘the kingdom God’ (Luke. 8:4-15). Both are the same.
 
The parable of the mustard seed, in Matthew 13:31-32 Jesus used the ‘kingdom of heaven’ yet in Luke 13:18-19, Luke recording the story with Jesus saying ‘the kingdom of God’ Mark also records the ‘kingdom of God’ (Mk 4:30-33). 
 Both are the same.
 
The issue of who was the greatest in the kingdom, Matthew records 'kingdom of heaven' (Mt 18:1-6) and Mark gives the same story but uses the word ‘kingdom of God’ (Mk 9:33-37). 
 Both are the same.
 
In the parable of the banquet, again Matthew uses the words ‘kingdom of heaven' (Mt 22:1-14) however Luke uses the ‘kingdom of God’ (Luke 14:15-24). Both are the same, no?
 
We find another parable in Matthew, this one is the story of the talents where Matthew writes ‘kingdom of heaven; (Mt25:14-29) however Luke writes ‘kingdom of God’ (Luke 19:11-27). 
 Same parable.
 
We find Jesus blessing little children in the gospel of Matthew using the words ‘kingdom of heaven’ (Mt.19:13-15) yet in Luke 18:15-17 with the same story, Luke writes ‘the kingdom of God’
 
Now some of you want-a-be scholars will argue there is a reason, Matthew being a Jew, will not use the word 'God' because most Hebrews do not write the word 'God' they write 'Gd' instead.  So this was the reason Matthew did not mention the kingdom of God. Really?
 
In Matthew 6, Matthew records Jesus saying ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’ Again in Matthew 19:24, we find the words ‘kingdom of God’ written by Matthew as He wrote; “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
 
And the story of the Rich young ruler, we find Matthew using those words ‘kingdom of God’ (Mt 19:16-26)
 
Still believe that Matthew the Hebrew did not use the word God, let alone the kingdom of God, Jesus said to the Hebrews of His day; “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Mt.21:43)
 
 
I have been told that when Luke wrote the
 ”Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21)
 
That verse means the kingdom of God is inside of everyone. 
 

Some will conclude the verse above speaks that the ‘within you’ is God’s kingdom literally being inside every human. 
 
 Which means, even Hitler has the kingdom of God inside him, homosexuals have the kingdom of God inside them. Rapist, atheist and child molesters all have the kingdom of God inside them.
 
But I do not read Luke 17 that way, I believe Jesus was speaking about Himself walking among them. As He was bringing the kingdom to these people and He was in the midst of them, hence the words ‘within you’ as surely God’s kingdom is not inside non-believers.
Light cannot shine in darkness, you must have one or the other.
 
“Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light”
Luke 11:35-36
 
Still not convinced that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are the same? Allow Jesus to set the record straight as He mentions them both in the same passage and does separate them. As He speaks to the rich young ruler, who was offended that he needed to sell all and give to the poor, to follow Jesus; “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God"
Matthew 19:23-24
 
Conclusion:
The reason some beLIEvers need to separate the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God, is to live in sin and still go to heaven.
  
 
 
 
The link below is Brother Phil and myself doing an interview in Las Vegas for a another documentary with Christians who are not ashamed of the gospel, this is our contribution to the upcoming film. 
 
 Brother Phil is a man that loves God’s word and he has a ministry devoted to publishing God’s Word, literally. He put billboards, signs and banners with the 10 Commandments all over this country. If you have a yard that can display God’s Word or a Church willing to put more than the Churches name on the front of their building and wish to love your neighbors, contact Brother Phil at http://www.gods10.com./
 
 
He will be hosting SOPA in Montana in August, as details will be coming soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzeTN0UfKbo&feature=youtu.be