I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come
Luke 22:17,18 -
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
The Muslim believe after death a good man who has done his duties as a Muslim would enter Firdaws (Paradise) or Janna (The Garden). A sure shot to enter Janna is to convert a unbeliever or not convert then take his or her life meaning killing a infidel (Kafir) assures a ticket to Janna. Some of the special offerings of Janna is a lofty mansion, a grand buffet and virgins called 'houris' to have physical relationship with. Most of the Muslims read this from their scriptures but do not believe or understand what they believe in (like most of their other beliefs, therefore I always say there are only 2 types of Muslims either one who follows the Quran and becomes a fanatic for jihad is a must to a Muslim or a confused Muslim - these are the ones whom we call as good Muslim for they do not follow what they believe).
This confusion is not only in Muslims it is also among Christians. We also have the confused Christians among us who do not know what they believe in therefore are void of the power of God in their lives. Although the concept of salvation is confusing in the Quran yet there is no confusion among the Muslims about what is written, but on the other hand the Bible gives us a perfect and True information of Salvation yet today if you put 5 Believers in a room, you will have 5 different understandings.
This confusion was not there in the early stages of the Believer Churches but crept in latter to cause confusion and misled people.
Knowing that God is Spirit and the Heaven is a spiritual space yet people imagine earthly things in Heaven. They are so much in the flesh that they just cannot overcome the body or the world and either want to take this world to Heaven or bring Heaven down to earth. To the extend I once heard a very famous evangelist stating Heaven is a place across the universe, that makes God an alien and this earth creation their product - a belief of the Church of Scientology and many other religions.
A Scientologist believes his salvation comes when the alien (superman type being) who is trapped in earth is set free (in a mountain somewhere and this is the greatest secret code between them revealed under an oath only on finishing the 3rd or 4th stage of their spiritual life; looks like someone gave them a comic book to be their religious book!). Yet we have many so called famous people following this religion with knowing what they are into nor and do most scientologists know this. The irony is that this church exhibits a huge crucifix on their structures.
It is only the controlling power of the leaders of so called religions that hold their people back within their folds. On the other hand true Christians are held together by powers of love and Truth, but the evil one has managed to put his tail among us too.
In today's message Jesus said He would not drink the fruit of the vine unless the coming of the Kingdom of God.
Confusion comes into man about this understanding because there are places where Jesus said the Kingdom of God is at hand and at some places as already here.
The word Kingdom comes from the word King and symbolizes rule or royal power. Everything about creation or salvation is about man becoming Prince of God (Israel) which means having authority. Like the prodigal son who came back and was given a ring on his finger so also man when he returns to God will be given a ring (white stone). A ring symbolizes authority and not love which people assume. In the book of Revelation it is put as white stone because such stones were used for voting and symbolizes a citizen's right.
All about Christianity is about getting Sonship and once man comes into fullness of this power God says it is sufficient and calls all unto Him. Like bread symbolizes Manna which means understanding of God's Word, similarly grape juice symbolizes the product of all the fruits of the Holy Spirit. For example patience is not a Fruit but is a fruit salad to have patience one needs faith, slow to anger, love, joy, meekness etc. To be like a grape vine one needs all the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and grape juice is the product of it. At the end the Word returns to God after completing its purpose and Christ receives us with our complete Fruits.
It is only when we come into having authority in the Lord will the Truth be very clear to us and we will have Jesus as a very part of us. The secret into coming into authority is in carrying our CROSS like the Israelites carried the Ark to close the river Jordan (which means inheritance).
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You have called us to be your sons. You have given us an inheritance in You when we come to You. Lord, let your people know that they are not ordinary people but royal people having powers which this world has never seen or ever imagined. You have given us a demo of this with your transfiguration before Peter, John and James. Lord, we pray that as we evangelize to the world we also concentrate on our inner-man so that we complete the work within and become sons of God...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
31 Which of the two did the will of his father? They say, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves afterward, that ye might believe him.
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and one said, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 And the court which is without the temple leave without, and measure it not; for it hath been given unto the nations: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if any man desireth to hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies; and if any man shall desire to hurt them, in this manner must he be killed.
6 These have the power to shut the heaven, that it rain not during the days of their prophecy: and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they shall desire.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that cometh up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9 And from among the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations do men look upon their dead bodies three days and a half, and suffer not their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
10 And they that dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and make merry; and they shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.
11 And after the three days and a half the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that beheld them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they went up into heaven in the cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell; and there were killed in the earthquake seven thousand persons: and the rest were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
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