We are certainly standing at the very threshold of the end of the age and the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe there is a hunger in the world for truth and not religion. There is indeed a huge difference. It was the religious leaders that tried to hinder our Lord when He was here in the flesh 2,000 years ago. Their doctrines and traditions have grown like leaven unto this very day. We know from scripture that the Pharisees and Sadducees worshipped the law and not the Lawgiver. The thing that seemed to annoy them the most about Jesus, and his disciples, was that they did things that seemed to be against the law; Jesus’ disciples once neglected to wash their hands before eating. The Pharisees criticized Jesus when He healed on the Sabbath for that offended their mind-set of keeping the “law” of the Sabbath. They were precise in following the “letter” but Jesus said they overlooked the weightier matters of the “law” and passed over judgment and the love of God. (Luke 11:42) Now isn’t that interesting? Jesus’ words offended them because He spoke words of rebuke, exposing their hypocrisy and evil imaginations. Modern day Pharisees are found in any religion in the world that puts unreasonable demands on their followers and fear of damnation for any infraction of the “law” as they interpret it.
On the outside they appeared so very holy and yet, according to our Lord Jesus, their hearts were full of iniquity. They were caught up in external observances which were just the opposite of what the Lord was trying to teach – that the Kingdom of Heaven was within. In other words, God’s kingdom was from the inside out and the Pharisee leader’s religion was from the outside in. Their hearts were far from God though they would often cloak their hatred with flattering lips and a deceitful tongue. I never see where the Lord turned away a humble and contrite heart but those whose heart is lifted up is not right in them
One day soon King Jesus will return and establish His visible Kingdom on this earth. Zechariah 14:9 says, “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord and His name and His name one.”
In this present age, those who are filled with the Holy Ghost are walking in a parallel spiritual universe. This Kingdom does not come with observation. In other words, the Kingdom of heaven can not be seen. Just as the wind is felt and heard, so true refreshing to our souls can only come through those filled with the very Spirit of Christ. The law brings death – the Spirit brings life.
Another interesting aspect of the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day was they were intent on keeping people from entering into the Kingdom. “Woe unto you, lawyers, for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” (Luke 11:52) What is the weapon that they use to hinder seeking souls? One is the “key of knowledge”. They will come up with their own brand of truth and lead those who are entering in on a different path. They were not able to enter in themselves because without repentance there is no remission of sin. Humility was not characteristic of these types of individuals.
Pharisaical lawyers had a “form of godliness” but denied the “power”. The Power was in their midst and they did not recognize Him. Once the Power was resurrected He poured out of His Spirit on the day of Pentecost on 3,120 hungry souls. This started a fire that the darkness has never been able to put out.
Now not all Pharisees were hypocrites. Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Jesus’ words had put a hunger in Nicodemus’ heart that he could not resist, and he had to have more. He was bound by fear of the Pharisees which is why he approached Jesus at night in the garden. Jesus did not rebuke Nicodemus because He saw his heart. It was to this man that the Lord clearly spoke, “Unless a man be born of the water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5
It is interesting to note here that following the “rule of law” rather than the “law of liberty” always brings a spirit of fear. Right now the world is rapidly moving towards a global order under the “rule of law”. Those who do not obey and become compliant to this emerging world system will be persecuted and some killed. I believe this evil world empire is the first “Beast” in Rev. 13. Satan has been working 5,000 years to bring in his counterfeit “kingdom”. Fear and tyranny will rule according to scripture, but if our hope was in this life only we would be of all men most miserable. Our hope is in the Lord and His eternal Kingdom. It will be anointed men and women of God proclaiming a clarion warning of the “judgment to come” and the “love of God” that will have the power to penetrate the delusion that is consuming the world.
“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:2)
Some of you are not far from the kingdom. The Lord is calling many in this hour because soon the door of grace will be shut. It is time to enter in Beloved. If you are one of those who has felt His presence time and time again and are walking in all the light you know, it is time to “press” through the door. You may have to walk over a Pharisee to enter in, but don’t let anything hinder you from taking those steps through the door of salvation.
“But as the days of Noah were so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Mt. 24:37) Noah preached for years and his warnings fell on deaf ears. I can imagine there were some who actually hung around the ark just to watch Noah work and hear him preach that the judgments of God were coming. But they walked away unchanged. Anyone could have entered that ark. Even after the first raindrops fell God waited a week before shutting the door of the ark. Still they did not enter and were swept away in the flood. There is no alternate route on this roadmap to heaven. There is only one door and He is Jesus Christ. He has the key of knowledge (truth). But you must repent and enter into the Kingdom the only right way – through baptism in water in the name of the Lord Jesus and by being filled with the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Other tongues is the “evidence” and initial proof that you have yielded all to God.