The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. All of humanity is on the brink of either a divine evolution into a higher level of love and understanding and peace than ever before in the history of this world; or, the destruction of all that is good ...and right, leaving nothing but the ruins of a civilization it took mankind, along with the hand of God, thousands of years to build. Down to every leaf of every tree and flower, every blade of grass and the smallest biological living cell, leaving this world just another smoldering empty stone planet traveling through space.
Which do you want? God has asked us. He has loved us unconditionally, nurtured us, reached out to us in times of trouble. God is always waiting for us to recognize Him, accept His invitation to the dance of Life, and live with Him and each other, in harmony and Peace and Love. Repeatedly we have ignored His call, His outstretched hands to us. What we send out comes back to us. What we sow, we reap. We are so interested in pointing out each others' mistakes and shortcomings, we will be our own demise, if we do not make the right choices.
Which will you choose? Love or hate....this very day there are those who have said terrible things about their Brothers and Sisters, judging them for their morals, their color, their uniqueness, which they call differences. What about those who would murder, pillage, rape or otherwise bring terrible tragedy upon this earth....are they God's children also....should we love ALL of our Brothers and Sisters.....God said we should....but do we? Do we Love each other as our Father in Heaven commanded us, or do we judge and gossip and enter into petty arguing and disparity.....He is waiting, waiting patiently.
The time has come, the days are here. It is time to choose...which will you choose....God help us all.
The month of April Jesus and the apostles worked in Jerusalem, going out of the city each evening to spend the night at Bethany. Jesus himself spent one or two nights each week in Jerusalem at the home of Flavius, a Greek Jew, where many pr...ominent Jews came in secret to interview him.
The first day in Jerusalem Jesus called upon his friend of former years, Annas, the onetime high priest and relative of Salome, Zebedee’s wife. Annas had been hearing about Jesus and his teachings, and when Jesus called at the high priest’s home, he was received with much reserve. When Jesus perceived Annas’s coldness, he took immediate leave, saying as he departed: “Fear is man’s chief enslaver and pride his great weakness; will you betray yourself into bondage to both of these destroyers of joy and liberty?” But Annas made no reply. The Master did not again see Annas until the time when he sat with his son-in-law in judgment on the Son of Man.
1. Teaching in the Temple
Throughout this month Jesus or one of the apostles taught daily in the temple. When the Passover crowds were too great to find entrance to the temple teaching, the apostles conducted many teaching groups outside the sacred precincts. The burden of their message was:
The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
By faith in the fatherhood of God you may enter the kingdom of heaven, thus becoming the sons of God. Love is the rule of living within the kingdom — supreme devotion to God while loving your neighbor as yourself.
Obedience to the will of the Father, yielding the fruits of the spirit in one’s personal life, is the law of the kingdom.
The multitudes who came to celebrate the Passover heard this teaching of Jesus, and hundreds of them rejoiced in the good news. The chief priests and rulers of the Jews became much concerned about Jesus and his apostles and debated among themselves as to what should be done with them.
Besides teaching in and about the temple, the apostles and other believers were engaged in doing much personal work among the Passover throngs. These interested men and women carried the news of Jesus’ message from this Passover celebration to the uttermost parts of the Roman Empire and also to the East. This was the beginning of the spread of the gospel of the kingdom to the outside world. No longer was the work of Jesus to be confined to Palestine.
2. God’s Wrath
There was in Jerusalem in attendance upon the Passover festivities one Jacob, a wealthy Jewish trader from Crete, and he came to Andrew making request to see Jesus privately. Andrew arranged this secret meeting with Jesus at Flavius’s home the evening of the next day. This man could not comprehend the Master’s teachings, and he came because he desired to inquire more fully about the kingdom of God. Said Jacob to Jesus: “But, Rabbi, Moses and the olden prophets tell us that Yahweh is a jealous God, a God of great wrath and fierce anger. The prophets say he hates evildoers and takes vengeance on those who obey not his law. You and your disciples teach us that God is a kind and compassionate Father who so loves all men that he would welcome them into this new kingdom of heaven, which you proclaim is so near at hand.”
When Jacob finished speaking, Jesus replied: “Jacob, you have well stated the teachings of the olden prophets who taught the children of their generation in accordance with the light of their day. Our Father in Paradise is changeless. But the concept of his nature has enlarged and grown from the days of Moses down through the times of Amos and even to the generation of the prophet Isaiah. And now have I come in the flesh to reveal the Father in new glory and to show forth his love and mercy to all men on all worlds. As the gospel of this kingdom shall spread over the world with its message of good cheer and good will to all men, there will grow up improved and better relations among the families of all nations. As time passes, fathers and their children will love each other more, and thus will be brought about a better understanding of the love of the Father in heaven for his children on earth. Remember, Jacob, that a good and true father not only loves his family as a whole — as a family — but he also truly loves and affectionately cares for each individual member.”
After considerable discussion of the heavenly Father’s character, Jesus paused to say: “You, Jacob, being a father of many, know well the truth of my words.” And Jacob said: “But, Master, who told you I was the father of six children? How did you know this about me?” And the Master replied: “Suffice it to say that the Father and the Son know all things, for indeed they see all. Loving your children as a father on earth, you must now accept as a reality the love of the heavenly Father for you — not just for all the children of Abraham, but for you, your individual soul.”
Then Jesus went on to say: “When your children are very young and immature, and when you must chastise them, they may reflect that their father is angry and filled with resentful wrath. Their immaturity cannot penetrate beyond the punishment to discern the father’s farseeing and corrective affection. But when these same children become grown-up men and women, would it not be folly for them to cling to these earlier and misconceived notions regarding their father? As men and women they should now discern their father’s love in all these early disciplines. And should not mankind, as the centuries pass, come the better to understand the true nature and loving character of the Father in heaven? Sex Money Love Hell Its What We All What The Angels want you to know today profit have you from successive generations of spiritual illumination if you persist in viewing God as Moses and the prophets saw him? I say to you, Jacob, under the bright light of this hour you should see the Father as none of those who have gone before ever beheld him. And thus seeing him, you should rejoice to enter the kingdom wherein such a merciful Father rules, and you should seek to have his will of love dominate your life henceforth.”
And Jacob answered: “Rabbi, I believe; I desire that you lead me into the Father’s kingdom.”