Chapter 23: The Kingdom of God is at Hand

February 18, 2007

Two thoughts:

1. Leaving the Church won’t do any good.

2. There’s a time for everything; a time for time and a time to end time.

“As the light of life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. … In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God.” DA230

What would make this generation every different? Are leaders less likely to reject light today then in AD30, then in 1844, then in 1888? I’m not really anti-leadership or anti-organization, but I keenly realize that leadership takes more than talent. Without a miracle, leaders can not wield spiritual power without cutting themselves.  The truth is not tired, but so many think they have heard it all and are not listening for it. Just as certainly, many converted ears are continually tuned to the broadcast of the Holy Spirit waiting expectantly. These are people that are unassuming and from a worldly prospective have little to offer to the world or the church. These people will know when, if necessary, to leave churches in favor of the Word of God. What hurts me is people who are leaving any church in favor of how they feel–whether that be because the church is not meeting their needs or because they have been offended by people in the church. It is rare these days for anyone to leave any habit for the Word of God. But even if they do, will it do anyone eternal good?

“So today the kingdom of this world absorbs men’s thoughts, and they take no note of the rapidly fulfilling prophecies and the tokens of the swift-coming kingdom of God.” DA233

Jesus fulfilled hundreds of points of prophecy when He arrived right on schedule. God works within time as if it were unstoppable for Him. Of course we know that this is not the case, He could be late if it were His will. He could be early. He did neither in His first coming, and I am guessing that He will be neither late nor early for His second coming.

The kingdom of God is swift-coming. It breaks upon the hearts of men today, smashing through barriors we have built. And self dies. The second coming of Christ is on schedule, and even now, hearts are being prepared for eternity. Jesus is never late.

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One Response to “Chapter 23: The Kingdom of God is at Hand”

  1. Carla said

    You are so right! Jesus is never late! I often wonder about the people I know that chose to leave the Adventist faith for the just the reasons you mentioned – the church isn’t meeting their needs or someone offended them. I find the Adventist faith is more than feelings or needs, it is my very soul. I know that without like minded people around me, even when these like minded people may offend me, I will shrivel up. The last line of this chapter really hit me. “Therefore, let us sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thes. 5: 4-6 (DA 235) I don’t want to be found asleep like the disciples were when God really needed them. I want to be watching so that I can “stand before the Son of man.” DA 234

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