The Cleansing of the Kingdom
Many times you may get frustrated about what is going on around you; you may feel hopeless, but that is what the government wants you to be. They will hope that you can do nothing against their power. But we have the assurance of God that that we will be victorious and not them!
We are given the promise that it will be the wicked that will be taken off the earth and not the righteous, despite what the false preacher tell you about the Rapture – which is a false doctrine.
The Scriptures are full of references to the wicked ones being removed from the earth, so that the righteous may inherit a cleansed Kingdom.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs:
· The righteous shall NEVER BE REMOVED; but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. (Prov. 10:30).
· For the upright shall dwell in the land…. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. (Prov. 2:21, 22).
· Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (Prov. 3:25, 26).
Isaiah also echoes this same theme in Isaiah 13: 9 Behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and HE SHALL DESTROY THE SINNERS THEREOF OUT OF IT.
· 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger.
· The prophet Haggai also refers to the day of the Lord, when Christ shall come in judgment. Haggai 2:6 says,
· 6 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and 1 will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.
The New Testament author of the book of Hebrews referred to this passage in Haggai in Hebrews twelve.
· 26 Whose voice then shook the earth; but now He hath promised, saying, yet once more I shake not the earth only,but also heaven.
· 27 And this word, “yet once more,” signifieth the REMOVING OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE SHAKEN, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
· 28 Wherefore, we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
In each case the theme is clear: God will soon shake the earth in tribulation, in order to throw down all man-made systems and in order to remove all the wicked from the earth. This shake-down will be so great in the day of the Lord that only those things which support God’s Kingdom will remain standing. God will cleanse His earth and rule all nations in righteousness.
Jesus’ parables of the Kingdom reveal the same theme as well. In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus pictured the Son of man planting good seed in his field, and then one night an enemy sowed tares among the wheat. In the parable, no one appeared to know about the tares until the wheat and the tares began to bear fruit (or go to seed). At that point the tares were discovered, and the servants asked what to do about it. The Son of man instructed them to await the harvest, lest the wheat plants be rooted up along with the tares.
Then the instructions were to “gather ye together FIRST THE TARES, and bind them in bundles to burn them,” and then gather the wheat into the barn.
The lesson is clear for those who know what tares are. Tares are today known as zewan in Palestine. Tares look like wheat plants as they mature, but when they are full grown and begin to bear fruit, the fruit of the wheat is golden, while that of the tares is almost black. The wheat is nourishing, but the fruit of the tares is bitter and poisonous. Farmers have to remove each tare seed from the wheat before grinding the wheat to flour.
Thus, the tares were separated and removed from the wheat FIRST. The wicked are to be removed from the earth not the righteous. Hence, we look not for the rapture of the church, but rather for the “rapture” of the wicked. Only then will come the “harvest,” when the righteous will “shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father” (Matt. 13:43).
Later in this same chapter Jesus told another similar parable, in which a fisherman cast his nets into the water and drew to shore all types of fish, both good and bad. Then he sat down and separated the fish. Jesus concluded the parable with these words:
· 49 So shall it be at the end of the world (age); it the angels shall come forth, and SEVER THE WICKED from among the just.
Again, note that it is not the just who will be “removed,” but rather the wicked. This is the constant and consistent theme throughout the Scriptures. We are never given any good reason to believe anything different.
In ancient times the prophets saw a long-term conflict between two great cities: Jerusalem and Babylon. Jerusalem was the city from which God ruled in righteousness; Babylon was the city from which the false gods ruled by their own man-made laws. These two cities represented two opposing systems of government, two different social orders, two different economic systems, and above all, two different religions.
Both of these cities were eventually destroyed, but their influences and systems lived on. In prophetic terms they are known as the New Jerusalem and Mystery Babylon. These are not literal cities any more. Mystery Babylon is not the old city, nor is the New Jerusalem the same as the old city of Jerusalem.
When God revealed to John the destruction of Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17-19, He told His people in chapter 18,
· 4 … Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
· 5, For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
· 6 REWARD HER EVEN AS SHE REWARDED YOU, and double unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.
In. other words, God has commanded Christian people everywhere to leave the Babylonian system (political, social, economic, and religious Babylon), in order that we be not accomplices in her sins and thus receive her judgment.
Secondly, God commanded Christian people to judge Babylon and reward her even as she rewarded you. The Law of God specifies that the witnesses against a criminal are to be first to stone those convicted of capital crimes. As Christians, we are witnesses against Mystery Babylon and will eventually be called to witness against her and stone her. The
Law also demands that the offender pay double restitution to his victims in case of theft. Thus, God says to render to Babylon double what she has done to you. Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 6:2,
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Thus, our godly duties preclude us from leaving the earth before the time of judgment. God expects us to prepare ourselves to judge His enemies in Mystery Babylon. But we must be careful not to do so before the harvest, or we may uproot the wheat along with the tares.
But how shall we prepare ourselves to be used in the judgment of the Great Whore, if we are only planning to evacuate the earth before that judgment? This is not so much a question of salvation as it is a question of how much we will be used of God in His great plan for us.
When viewed from that perspective, it does make a great deal of difference which view of prophecy we take. Futurism, along with its child, the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, will provide little incentive for the average Christian to prepare to judge the world by the Divine Law. How many Christians today study the Law of God to learn the basic principles of Divine Justice?
Let us be about our Father’s business and occupy till He comes again. Let us study to show ourselves approved unto God. Let us learn the basic principles of Bible Law and government, that we may be able to judge righteously. Let us prepare ourselves to rule with Christ on the earth in a cleansed Kingdom.