The Imminency of the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is at Hand !!!
Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus began preaching the coming of the Kingdom of God, as it is written in Matthew 4:17, “Repent for the kingdom of God has come near.” Today, we are now in the 21st century, the Kingdom of God has become more imminent or it may come any moment. The stage is now set for the arrival of the lawless one, the man of perdition, the “Antichrist.” We are living in a very chaotic world, a world filled with distresses. As of the present, multiple wars and riots are happening simultaneously all over the globe. We are living in an era wherein the frequent occurrences of earthquakes, wildfires, category five typhoon, tonadoes, outbreaks of new diseases are now considered the new “normal.” Out of this troubled world, a new order is about to rise, the New World Order headed by the one world leader, the Antichrist. Prior to this, at any moment, the “Harpazo” or the “Rapture,” or the snatching away of the true believers in Christ is about to happen.
The “great falling away” has become very evident in our generation, the fig tree generation. There is a tremendous rise in promiscuity during our time. Ours is the “Noah Days,” spoken by Jesus, a time characterized by excessive violence and lewdness. This generation has become terribly wicked in the eyes of God. This great “falling away” spoken by Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is a major circumstance that should take place before the revealing of the “Antichrist.” Since we are witnessing in our time this great rebellion it further implies the imminency of the “Harpazo.” I believe that the “Rapture” of the Church (Bride of Christ) will happen before the revealing of the Antichrist for it is written in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8a, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed.” The works of darkness had taken place already even during the time of the Apostles, but there is someone who holds back or controls the works of darkness that keeps it from progressing further to its maximum height. Who is that one? But one day he will be taken out of the way, then the Antichrist will be revealed. I believe that “one”is the Holy Spirit , the third Person of the Triune God. He will be taken out of this world at the time of Harpazo, the Rapture of the Church. The Holy Spirit came into this world at the time of “Pentecost,” that is the time the Church of Jesus Christ was born. At Harpazo, the Holy Spirit together with the Church will be taken out, then the lawless one will be revealed. If the revealing of the Antichrist has now become more imminent, how much closer the “Rapture” or “Harpazo” has become. After the rapture, a new dispensation will take place, the seven-year tribulation or known as the 70th week of Daniel or the Jacob's trouble or what the Bible call the "DAY OF the LORD".
During this period, God will pour down His wrath upon the earth, this is a period of judgement for those who rejected the Gospel of Christ and lived in disobedience or those who lived in wickedness or apart from the will of God. The distress that will be experienced during this time will be unequalled from the beginning of time, it will be just like experiencing hell on earth.
To be delivered from the rule and power of the Antichrist, and be part of the “Harpazo,” or be among those who will be taken out of this world before the coming of the seven-year Tribulation, repent of your sin and receive Christ as your Savior and Lord. God’s justice system requires a death sentence for us, for it is written, “The wages of sin is death(Romans 6:23).” Christ died for us, that we receive pardon for our sins. We have to put our faith in Christ finished work on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin (Hebrews 10:14). His sacrifice is perfect, complete and sufficient. We have to repent from our sinful, worldly and self-centered lifestyle and surrender ourselves to Christ’s Lordship. We have to forgive all those who have hurted us either emotionally or physically. We have to forgive to be forgiven by God (Matthew 6:15). Then we will have our portion in the Kingdom of God.
Don’t wait further for the coming of the Tribulation to begin your journey towards God and repentance, surrender your life to Christ NOW. Tribulation may be very difficult for you to bear, for it will require your martyrdom to follow Christ. And you can never know if you have the capability to resist the fierceness or harshness of the Antichrist.
Here are the final words of warning from the Master and our soon coming King:
"Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man".