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In this section, we will look at those passages that were found via the concordance research, as well as some other related passages, all of which deal with the kingdom of God or kingdom of heaven. As you will clearly see, the evidence regarding how to enter into Yahshua's restored kingdom, and the conflict to entering that kingdom, is both abundant and consistent. Little commentary is needed here, for the passages are so implicitly clear that they speak for themselves. Some of these verses were cited in part, some in full, in The Love of Money; but one should not rush through any of these or skim over them. Take time to carefully read each one of them and let them soak in, for they are the instructions of Yahshua and should be wisely and thoughtfully examined before His return.
- This first passage is incredibly revealing. "And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give mercifully; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight (the five wise virgins who purchased the extra oil). And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert (holding all things in common) when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether he comes in the second watch (after 2,000 years), or even in the third (after 3,000 years), and finds them so, blessed are those slaves" (Luke 12:29-38, also Matthew 6:31-34). Can there be any question from these verses that selling your possessions and the return of Yahshua are inseparably related? Clearly so!
- After second Remnant Zaccheus came out of the fig-sycamore tree of Christianity, he declared - "'Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house'" (Luke 19:1-10).
- "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it" (Matthew 13:44-46).
- When Yahshua sent out the twelve to proclaim the kingdom of God, clearly the message was to divest oneself of one's possessions. "And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to perform healing. And He said to them, 'Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece'" (Luke 9:1-3, also Matthew 10:5-10; Mark 6:7-9 does not mention the kingdom).
- "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when it fails, they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. ... No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:9 & 13).
- In two separate but distinctly similar parables, Yahshua addressed the kingdom of God/heaven first as a "dinner" and then as a "wedding feast," both to which others did not come because they were caught up in the affairs of this world. Here were those things that Yahshua said kept them from entering into the kingdom, or the banquets: from Luke 14:15-24, one had bought a piece of land and needed to go and look at it, one had bought a yoke of oxen and was going to try them out, one said that he had just married a wife and could not come; and from Matthew 22:1-14, one went to his farm, one to his business, and one seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them. While we do not have oxen and farmland today, we do have jobs, businesses, and practices that will offer these same temptations. In the end, the conclusion for these who could not leave their earthly possessions was - "none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner" (Luke 14:24). Yahshua's purpose in these two parables is very clear. They were each a warning regarding His banquet, His wedding feast, His kingdom, and specifically that which will prevent one from entering it - the cares of this world!
- This next verse has already been addressed, but is included here in order to consider and examine the entire message. "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of its stumbling-blocks (worldly possessions, attractions, and involvements)!" (Matthew 18:3-7). Equally we read in Luke 18:15-17 - "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
- To the rich young ruler who had done all that Yahshua instructed per his question regarding eternal life, Yahshua then said - "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me" (Luke 18:22). In Matthew, that account reads as follows: "What am I still lacking?," asked the rich young ruler. Yahshua said, "'If you wish to be complete/perfect, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus said to His disciples, 'Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' And when the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, 'Then who can be saved?' And looking upon them Jesus said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.' Then Peter answered and said to Him, 'Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?' And Jesus said to them, 'Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name's sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last; and the last, first'" (Matthew 19:21-30, also in Luke 18:24-30 and Mark 10:17-31). Again, what could be clearer about that which will hinder someone from entering into Yahshua's kingdom? The answer once again is very evident - earthly possessions.
- "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20).
- Yahshua left everything in order to do the will of His Father and to bring forth the kingdom of God, and He called His disciples to do likewise.
- Immediately after Yahshua left this earth, we read that in response to His teachings and His own example, the like example and foundation of the apostles was this - "the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. ... For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, and lay them at the apostles' feet; and they would be distributed to each, as any had need" (Acts 4:32-35).
Having now examined these passages, something should possibly be said for your benefit regarding the kingdom. The focus of this writing is the hope of the establishment of the kingdom of God here on earth by Yahshua at His return; yet, you will also find addressed in these writings that Christianity has or is the kingdom. Both of these are true. The kingdom is both something that has been given to earthly man and has been corrupted, as well as that which Yahshua will establish here on earth at His return. So, do not get confused when you read that we await the return of Yahshua and the establishment of His kingdom, knowing that Christianity already has the kingdom. The difference is that Christianity is the corrupted kingdom that must be torn down (the holy place) so the way into the more perfect (the holy of holies) can be revealed - Hebrews 9:8.
The message in these numerous passages is abundantly clear, providing both direct instruction, as well as verifying warnings. Without any doubt, entering Yahshua's restored kingdom requires that one sell everything. But this is not all the evidence there is; for we are only beginning to get started. In fact, there is another statement made by Yahshua relative to this truth that is so incomparably clear and direct, that it will be the focus of the next section, and in fact will impact the entirety of the remaining of this writing. Let us now examine it.
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