Redefining God's End Time Purpose
Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
February 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Description

Redefining God's End Time Purpose

 

The Jewish people missed Jesus as their Messiah because they’re eschatology was wrong.

  • They believed the Messiah would be born of two human parents.
  • That He would deliver them from all enemies and cause them to rule over the entire world.

Here is an example of scripture misinterpreted:

Jeremiah 33:14-18 NAS 14 'Behold, days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 'In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. 16 'In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the Lord is our righteousness.' 17 "For thus says the Lord, 'David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to prepare sacrifices continually.'" 

A dead, lazy people will focus on what has happened and what will happen.

A God loving people will focus on what they’re doing NOW

The church began focusing on salvation and what God will do “some day”

The rapture was turned into a weak escapism

  • This had the same effect with the Spirit filled community as eternal security had with churches it was taught in.
  • It caused us to stop moving
  • It caused us to misfocus our attentions
    • We became escape minded instead of kingdom ruling minded
  • It caused us to barrier ourselves away from a world that we are called to reach out of fear that that world will influence us

We then decided who loved God based off of outward religious service.

  • Our evangelism became lazy
  • We began to evangelize from the unloving basis of “get right or get left” instead of from relational love.
    • Btw, love is lots of work

Many fell into this slumber and won't get up out of that recliner today.

 

So what is God emphasizing today?

  • Being trained to rule His kingdom as sons and daughters

Jesus taught and manifested the kingdom of His Father

  • Matthew 4:17 NAS From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
  • Matthew 4:23 NAS Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. 

Jesus didn’t teach of a coming kingdom, He said the kingdom is here.

  • Matthew 12:28 NAS "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 

The kingdom is hidden to the natural man and is to be sought out by those who will pursue it

  • Matthew 13:11 NAS Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

That hidden kingdom was taught by parables so it took a changed heart to understand it.

  • Matthew 13:24a NAS Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to…
  • Those, today, that have resorted to rules and religion instead of love and relationship will not be able to understand the kingdom nor have any interest in it
    • This is an evaluation standard today

Jesus taught, how the kingdom works, how to enter the kingdom, the purpose of the kingdom and how to qualify for the kingdom.

Our focus today is the same as Jesus’ was:

  1. Learn to manage our Father’s kingdom
  2. Learn to manifest our Father’s kingdom