The apostles had a great sense of urgency about their mission. They were preparing disciples for the coming of the day of the Lord. This impending event was also called the day of Yahweh, the coming of the kingdom of God, the coming of the kingdom of heaven, the Lord’s coming, and the new heavens and earth. It has also been called the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The apostles wanted to be sure that the disciples were prepared to live in the new order of creation that was coming. Time was of the essence and the goal was to prepare each disciple for his or her relationship with God – the only thing that would protect the individual from the wrath to come in God’s judgment.
Jesus had made clear that the kingdom would not be coming with signs to be observed. No man would know the day or the hour. And it would happen in the twinkling of an eye. In that moment, the spiritual composition of the universe would be radically changed. The dead would all rise to heaven and every human being who died thereafter would ascend into heaven instead of descend into Sheol (as had been the case since Abel).
The apostles would soon be all gone and no longer able to give their unique witness to the Lord. The church would cease to be God’s instrument for salvation because all power would reside in the kingdom. If the disciples were to survive and thrive in the new order God was bringing, they would have to know how to live by faith in an unseen God.
If church had any usefulness today it would be teaching people how to enter the kingdom. Instead, they teach people how to come to church. This offers no help to people who need deliverance from their sins and the judgments that are in the earth.
Go back and read the New Testament. Embrace the values it teaches. Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Seeking church in the age of the kingdom of God is missing the point entirely.
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