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Just What Do You Mean ... BORN AGAIN?
saying that the CHURCH :is the Kingdom of God! Or, that
"the Kingdom" is some mysterious ethereal nothing "in
men's hearts."
Jesus said, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom
of God is at hand."
What did He mean? WHY had this Message never
been proclaimed before? The answer requires a pre-hic;tory
background.
There Was Once PEACE on Earth
It
:isn't popular, today, to mention the existence of
a devil. But the Bible, again and again, puts great
emphasis on the presence of a real, literal devil.
Biblical revelation shows that originally, this earth
was a place of PEACE, happiness - a real utopia. It was
then ruled by the GovERNMENT OF Goo. That Govern–
ment will be once again RESTORED (Acts 3:20-21) by Christ
returning to earth in the supreme POWER and GLORY of
God!
But what happened? WHY don't we have that
Government, now?
Why
is there no PEACE on earth?
When the earth was originally created, the angels
shouted for JOY! (Job 38:7.)
It
was beautiful.
It
was
PEACEFUL. It was populated by angels - not then by
humans. It was governed by the GovERNMENT OF Goo.
There was a super arch-angel - a cherub named Lucifer
(meaning bringer of LIGHT) - one of two cherubim whose
wings stretched over the very throne of God in heaven.
Lucifer was thoroughly trained in the administration of
the GovERNMENT OF Goo (Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-17).
God governs by His spiritual Law - a Law based
on the principle of LOVE. Love, first, to God with
submission and obedience, and secondly to His creatures
- the way of outgoing concern for the good and welfare
of others. But Lucifer's heart was lifted up in vanity,
because of his beauty and vast knowledge. He rebelled
against God, mutinied, set out to organize his angels into
an invading army and to conquer Goo - in order to
rule the entire vast UNIVERSE. This disqualified him as
earth's ruler. However, the very principle of God's