And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Have you ever wondered why it is taking so long for the Messiah to return and the kingdom of YHVH to be established in the earth? The early church seemed to think it would be at any moment. The first disciples warned us to be ready at all times because it might come upon us suddenly. Yet, here we are two thousand years later still waiting. I believe I have an answer to this question. I am going to be very blunt. I am going to offend many. I feel I have no other choice. I know that your salvation is too important for me to be too timid and non confrontational. Sometimes one has to step out into the road and stop traffic when they know that the road ahead leads to destruction. This letter is my warning to you that there is a wide and easy road that leads to destruction and a very hard and narrow path that leads to eternal life. There are many on that wide road and very few on the narrow path. We were told this by none other than yeshua himself.
I want to start this letter by reading to you the parable of the wheat and the tares which is found in Matthew 13:24 through 13:30. Then I will show you Yeshua’s explanation of the parable to his disciples later in the same chapter verses 36 through 43
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
So, what is Yeshua saying here? First, we see that the bad seeds are defined as sons of the wicked one. Secondly we see that they were planted almost immediately after the good seeds were planted. What he is saying is that false teacher with false teachings sprang up almost immediately after the church was founded. We know this because Yeshua prophesied it would happen in Matthew 24:24
24 For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
When I read this verse I always put it into the future. I was expecting these false prophets to show up in the last days but now I see that Yeshua was warning us about false teachers that would slip in very early in the history of the church. I say this because the wheat and the tares grow up together. So, the tares had to be planted quickly after the wheat in order to do this.
A third thing I want to bring to your attention is that the tares and the wheat are allowed to grow together until the harvest and that the tares are exposed for what they are late, close to harvest time. Now is that time. The tares are about to be exposed for what they are.
It all goes back to that phrase “The Gospel of the kingdom”. John the Baptist who was the forerunner of Yeshua came preaching “repent, for the kingdom of YHVH is at hand”. Likewise the gospels tell us that the message of Yeshua was the good news of the kingdom. What is the gospel of the kingdom? I dare say that few christians have ever heard the gospel of the kingdom and yet it was the central teaching of Yeshua and his Apostles.
First it might be best for me to point out what the gospel of the kingdom is not. It is not the teaching that all one has to do is believe on the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua, invite him into your heart and you will be saved. I can absolutely prove that statement.
First both John the Baptist and Yeshua announced and preached the gospel of the kingdom for at least three and a half years prior to Yeshua’s death, burial and resurrection. Secondly, the Apostles were sent out to preach the gospel of the kingdom in Luke 9:1
1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. 2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Later in Luke 18:31 it says this.
31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be [a]accomplished. 32 For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. 33 They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”34 But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken.
Notice that they preached the gospel of the kingdom without any knowledge of Yeshua’s death burial and resurrection. They did not have converts say a sinner’s prayer. They did not have people invite the risen Yeshua into their heart. That is not the gospel of the kingdom. You see, there are two competing gospels in the world today and there has been for a very long time.
So, what is the gospel of the kingdom?
The legitimate gospel of the kingdom as taught by Yeshua and his twelve Apostles. Is the announcement of the coming of YHVH’s kingdom on this earth. The messiah Yeshua will sit on the throne of David in the Holy city and will reign over all the earth with his tried and tested disciples of every nation. All people that practiced lawlessness in regard to his commandments will have been removed. They are the tares. Those who take the narrow path, repent and obey YHVH’s commandments will be resurrected into that kingdom and that kingdom will have no end.
In the false gospel Yeshua has been separated from his teachings. In the false gospel Yeshua’s teachings are hardly mentioned. The false gospel is one of easy believism. Nothing much is required. One confession of faith and you are saved eternally. It is very easy and comforting and it is the broad way that leads to destruction. But, it isn’t what Yeshua taught. When asked how to obtain eternal life Yeshua said this.
Matthew 19:16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Yes, obedience is required to enter the Kingdom of YHVH. And that too is the gospel of the kingdom.
So here I want to point out the differences between the two competing gospels. The gospel of the kingdom was preached by John the Baptist, Yeshua our messiah and his Apostles which he personally taught for three and a half years, sent the Holy Spirit upon and commissioned them to teach all of the things that he had taught them.
The competing gospel was taught by Paul of Tarsus who claimed to have obtained secret teachings directly from Yeshua while in the desert of Damascus after participating in the murder of Stephen, the first martyr to be slain in defense of the church.
Let me ask you. Why would Yeshua spend three and a half years teaching, preaching and preparing his Apostles just to change his mind and give a competing message to someone that he never met in the flesh?
There is a great deal more that could be said about Paul to prove to you that he is a false apostle. If you question this, I ask you to go to a website which is maintained by a dear friend and brother of mine and look at the evidence for yourself. Study it as though your very soul depends on it. I believe it does.
To get back to our original question, why hasn’t Yeshua returned and established his kingdom? The Gospel of the kingdom has not yet been preached unto all the world.
Here is the link to my friend’s site.