Preparing for the Kingdom

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Whatever view we hold concerning the way the Second Coming of our Lord will occur, the great need is to be ready for Jesus his appearing. There can be no substitute for readiness or alertness, and knowledge of what is promised, without the resulting preparation of heart and mind, can only result in disappointment.

In whatever we are going to do, the preparation is important.

What we should be doing is to be cleaning the ground of our hearts, clearing from it everything that could be a hindrance to the growth of the seed, then fertilising it with study of God’s word in the scriptures, so that no trouble that arises can stop the seed of the word from growing.

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English: Hitchcock's new and complete analysis...

Hitchcock’s new and complete analysis of the Holy Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If we do not carefully dig out the weeds of worldliness, that will choke the new growth. It is not that when we try to study about this world that this would keep us away from more precious things. Not any learning has to keep you from learning the truth of God’s Word. When you have studied more, the divine Creator shall expect more from you and shall perhaps give you lesser excuses you did not find Him or did not find what His Words really said, because you wanted to give preference to human doctrines instead of Biblical doctrines. Unless we clear away the stones of false doctrines and of materialism, which prevent the seed from being able to put down a good root system, the seed of His word will wither and die in the first spiritual drought, because we are relying on material things to sustain us, not the word of the Lord.

In this ever changing world which is still so strongly connected with the system of this world many Christians have drifted far away from the Biblical teaching. There are even lots of Christians today who don’t know the Bible-stories. Lots of them even never did read the Holy Bible and many only go a few times to church, where they do not hear much read from the Bible. Bible study for many is something unknown and inexperienced. Lots of so called Christians do just rely on the preacher, when they go to a service, to teach them everything they need to know!

English: Christian Bible, rosary, and crucifix.

So called Christian symbols: Bible, rosary, and crucifix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Worse of all is that in Christendom we do find the majority of Christians following human doctrines. some of those doctrines may be already so established in Christian faith that the majority even think they are the cornerstones of Christendom. Others do want to go with their time (they think) and prefer to follow one of the many so-called fashionable “Christian” doctrines concentrating on a restricted view New Testament reading instead of obeying the “Old Testament God”.

The modern-day church, where they made Jesus in their god next to many other idols, people are more in love with the money they can make and the gadgets they can afford. But they also love a much free-er way of living they think the Bible would allow them to live.  They do not mind blending cordially with a society that supports a so called equality, free-will and even sin.

We do not have not be blind, to become aware how this world gets blinded for moral values and natural decent ethics. Many Christians drift with this world further from God to please the people. They do not want to know how this might be a very dangerous path to travel.

Christians having objects or people as their god should be aware what the many rebbe said. The greatest of those rebbe was rabbi Jeshua, better known under his false name (but now common name) Jesus, who came to tell more about his heavenly Father and His promise for better times. He warned people that in case they want to be liberated, free from all oppressors of this world, they had to obey the Only One True God, Christ his God, Who was also the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Jesus revealed the teachings of his heavenly Father and wanted the whole world to get to know the truth, because as soon as all over the world the preaching or witnessing would take place, then would come the time that God shall answer all who are waiting eagerly for those better times.

To prepare for the coming Kingdom of God we do need to make sure that first of all we worship the right Supreme Being. Secondly we should come in front of Him wanting to make an end to our previous sinful life. A cleaning of our heart, mind and souls, is necessary and demands action. That action should be taken voluntary, by your own choice. Thirdly you shall have to accept Christ Jesus also into your heart and accept him for who he is (the son of God and not a god son) and for what he has done (he died as a ransom for our sins).

To have a good relationship with Christ and with God we do need ourselves to clear from everything which is against the Will of God. We also should do away with everything that could be a hindrance to the growth of the seed planted in us, so that it does not linger or will not wither because our secularisation.

Too many Christians have built their faith on fallow ground and the glories of the revivals of the past and the history surrounding its particular denomination, or movement as some like to refer to their history

then fertilising it with study of God’s word in the scriptures, so that no trouble that arises can stop the seed of the word from growing.

 

Read the thoughts taken from a convention address given by our brother in 2006:

Preparing for the Kingdom An exhortation by Brother John Haines

 

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Additional reading:

  1. A good idea to halt all activity for one hour some day
  2. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  3. Summermonths and consumerism
  4. Atonement And Fellowship 7/8
  5. The Song of The Lamb #8 Revelation 15 Lessons for us today
  6. Signs of the Last Days
  7. Signs of the the last days when difficult times will come
  8. The day is near studyweekend
  9. The dark side of our earthly existence
  10. Crystallised harmonious thinking
  11. Certainty in a troubled world
  12. Back from gone #1 Aim of ungodly people
  13. Back from gone #2 Aim of godly people
  14. Back from gone #3 Giving worries to God and believing in His promises
  15. Back from gone #4 Your inner feelings and actions
  16. Concerning gospel-faith
  17. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  18. Destination of righteous
  19. Destination of the earth
  20. Epitome of the one faith
  21. God doesn’t call the qualified
  22. God’s design in the creation of the world
  23. God His reward
  24. God’s promises
  25. God’s promises to us in our suffering
  26. God’s salvation
  27. Hope
  28. God’s hope and our hope
  29. Hope for the future
  30. True hope
  31. Working of the hope
  32. If there is bitterness in the heart
  33. Importuning for suffering hearts
  34. Kingdom of God what will it be like
  35. Let us not forget it was God who chose us
  36. Man’s plans prevailed by God’s purpose
  37. Meaning of life
  38. Nurturing a close relationship with God
  39. As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude
  40. Offer in our suffering
  41. Our way of life
  42. Plain necessary food of the gospel
  43. Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart
  44. Days of Nisan, Pesach, Pasach, Pascha and Easter
  45. A royal wedding due to take place
  46. Who was Jesus?
  47. Will Jesus ever return to the earth?
  48. Secret or public return of Jesus
  49. Looking forward to the return of Jesus
  50. Why did Christ not reveal the exact time of his second coming?
  51. 41 percent expect Jesus by 2050
  52. I wait expectantly for Jesus
  53. Jesus … will come in the same way as you saw him go
  54. Just an Ordinary Day
  55. Together tasting a great promisse
  56. God Watches
  57. Coming to the end of the year
  58. The Conclusion of the System of Things
  59. Are you ready
  60. Words to push and pull
  61. Jehovah can make him stand
  62. Belonging to or being judged by
  63. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  64. The possibilities of faith: A Faith that can move mountains
  65. Incomplete without the mind of God
  66. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  67. Bringing Good News into the world
  68. Preaching to an unbelieving world
  69. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  70. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
  71. Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
  72. Missionary action paradigm for all endeavours of the church
  73. Not all ability to preach
  74. Breathing to teach
  75. Witnessing Glad Tidings
  76. Parish, local church community – Parochie, plaatselijke kerkgemeenschap
  77. Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
  78. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  79. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
  80. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  81. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  82. Using the name Jehovah but not a witness of that name
  83. To remove the whitewash of the Jehovah Witnesses as being the only true Bible Students and Bible Researchers
  84. Of old and new ideas to sustain power and to feel good by loving to be connected and worship something
  85. Which Christians Actually Evangelize
  86. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  87. What Should I Preach ? + What Should I Preach ?
  88. How should we preach?
  89. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  90. Manifests for believers #5 Christian Union
  91. Those who love Jesus
  92. Biblereading statue
  93. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy
  94. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart
  95. Bible sayings about God
  96. The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods
  97. Elohim, Mar-Yah showing His wonders
  98. See God’s wonderworks and hear His Voice
  99. God giving signs and producing wonders
  100. Two states of existence before God

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Further readings:

  1. On Colossians 1:21-23
  2. The Pursuit of Glory: How it Leaves us Restless
  3. I am not with them
  4. Inner-Circle Outer-Circle
  5. Keep Them As Clothes, Not As Skin
  6. WHY Christians are called to live differently
  7. EM Bounds: Christians Are Obliged to Pray; Not Obliged to Grow Rich, Nor Make Money
  8. A Prophetic Exparable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
  9. When Pressing On Means Giving Up
  10. Holiness
  11. All That Is In This World
  12. Recognizing the World
  13. Why I left redemption Gilbert church
  14. Verses to memorize for sexual temptation
  15. Make A Choice
  16. Christmas IS Spiritual Adultery SIN: Reasons Not To Celebrate Xmas
  17. Thoughts on BUZZFEED’S video ‘I am a Christian…but I’m not’
  18. The Plow: Upsetting the Normal Christian Life
  19. A Changed Mind and a Changed Life
  20. An Open Letter to Christmas Haters…
  21. Stand Firm
  22. Advent hope: focus
  23. Appalling Apostasy
  24. Today’s Church
  25. we impact each other, for good or ill
  26. Success In Life
  27. The Plow: Modern Churchianity
  28. Leonid of Optina: “Beware of passionate attachments to the world”
  29. Revive Us Again
  30. On Fight Club, Materialism, and the Modern Man’s World
  31. Biblical Discernment
  32. What Good is Such Learning?
  33. Worldliness: Lust and Pride
  34. The Awful Danger of Unbelief
  35. Faithfulness To Christ, And To His Truth, Is Everything
  36. “Wrecking Ball”
  37. Don’t Be Mr. In Between Pt. 3
  38. We Can’t Love Both Christ and This World
  39. Journey to see God: What God detests
  40. 15 October: Feast of St Teresa of Avila – What Can We Learn From Her Life?
  41. Do You Want to Be Successful, Or Happy?
  42. It’s All or Nothing Bro (or Should Christians Watch TV?)
  43. Where Are You, God?
  44. Our citizenship
  45. Renewing our minds
  46. What Ever Happened . . .
  47. Offend Man or God?
  48. Submit Yourselves to God
  49. Walking Worthy Of Our Lord??? Bible Ballistics: BBs #199
  50. A Crumb from the Master’s Table / “Know Your Enemy”
  51. The “Good Book”
  52. Kingdom of Me Parables
  53. “Whatever you did not do…”
  54. The Mind-set of a Set Mind.
  55. living in an angry culture
  56. Why Predestination is a False Doctrine
  57. The Book of Revelation and Church Leadership, PXIII
  58. God Does NOT Tolerate Compromise!
  59. “Our Father”–God Is Everyone’s Creator, Not Everyone’s Father
  60. Tip of the Day, December 18
  61. False Doctrines: Gold Dust
  62. New Series: False Doctrines
  63. Losing our Drive to Obey God
  64. Tip of the Day, December 31

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