Why, in nations where Christians are the majority, do they have no influence in decision-making? Why are nations where mighty revivals once took place now considered post-Christian societies? Why do some nations in which Christians are the majority remain poor? Why do the majority of people on this earth remain unreached when two thousand years ago, just twelve men reached almost the whole known world in their own lifetime? Why do cities and towns with hundreds of churches remain unaffected by the gospel while hell is flourishing under their noses? Why is there no unity among the so-called Spirit-filled churches and ministers, though they claim to have it all together regarding life and spirituality more than other denominations? This is what happens when the church fails to receive and administer the kingdom of God. To preserve the ground we gain through revival and crusades, we need to learn to administer His kingdom.
Just because the church is God’s idea does not mean harm won’t come to it. History proves that bad things can happen to churches and nations if they don’t heed the voice of God, even if they are chosen by Him. We are all familiar with the early churches and the history of Israel.
The seven churches named in the book of Revelation don’t exist today. All of the great churches that Paul established have disappeared from the face of the earth. Europe—once known as the cradle of Christianity and world missions—is now considered a post-Christian society. Many hide behind a form of religion because they know it is written in the end of the Book that God and the church will win. That is true, but just like many historic nations, churches, and empires, you and your nation may not be around to experience it because you were negligent about the warnings written in the Bible.
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.” How, then, were these churches overthrown by the gates of hell? Why are we losing our Christian heritage? Why are hundreds of churches being closed every year? Many more ministers are becoming casualties on the battlefield. Kingdoms and empires that thought they would last forever have perished. They never thought that would happen: and neither do we. But this can happen to our society. It is not God’s will that these things should take place. If we take appropriate action, what happened to those historic churches and nations will not happen to us.
Everywhere I go, people are hungry for the message of the kingdom. They are tired of church as usual. All along, they knew that there is more to the church, and felt like something was missing, but were never able to put into words what it was until they heard the message of the kingdom. Their whole being resonated and they recognized what they have been waiting for it all their life. I remembered how the people in Jesus’ or the apostles’ days felt when they heard the gospel of the kingdom. They all ran to it.
“The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it” (Luke 16:16).
Ever since Adam lost the garden of Eden (kingdom of God), humans have been in search of a lost country. Their spirit is yearning for a place where all of their needs are met and they feel free and secure enough to fulfill their dreams and purposes. In the secular world, this can be compared to the search for the lost city of Atlantis. Philosophers call it Utopia.
God never intended for life on earth to be any different than life in heaven. He has always wanted His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. He created the earth to be an extension of His heavenly kingdom. That is His heart and plan from the beginning. Only four times in the history of humankind has His will been seen on earth as it is in heaven, and then for short periods of time. The first was in the garden of Eden. Then it was in the wilderness. The next was in the Promised Land, and finally, in the early church.
In the depths of every human being is the knowledge that somewhere in the universe there is a place where there is no sorrow, sickness, or even death. So people keep migrating from one city to another, from one country to another, believing they will find that place. But when they reach that new location, they find out that life there is not any better than where they came from. It may have more luxuries and conveniences to offer, but in their spirit they don’t feel home yet.
The majority of the world’s population would like to migrate to the U.S. or other developed countries. Many walk for days and even brave oceans to cross the border into one of these lands. Many lose their lives on the way. They die without ever setting foot on their dreamland.
When most of the world is striving to reach one of the developed countries, one interesting phenomenon I have noticed is this: People from the developed countries themselves are looking to move to a better country. Thousands of Americans give up their citizenship and move to other countries every year. And their numbers are increasing every year.
God knew man could not live without His kingdom on earth. He created man to live in a kingdom. There are only two kingdoms operating on the earth. Every human being is connected to one of those kingdoms. They are the kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness.
God decided to restore to us His kingdom that we lost. That is why He sent Jesus, His Son, to this earth. Jesus declared His purpose statement in Luke 4:43, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
The first announcement Jesus proclaimed was, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (see Matthew 4:17 and Mark 1:15). That is why He preached the kingdom of God more than any other subject. He only mentioned the born-again experience once and taught about the church only twice in His entire recorded teachings. He knew that is what every human heart longs for. They were all looking for freedom; a better community, a better city where they could live happily.
Humans everywhere live their lives feeling like fish out of water. They feel out of place and disconnected from the world around them. They keep themselves preoccupied with various forms of entertainment and programs.
Though there are more people on earth than ever, more people feel lonely. Racism, the caste system, economic imbalance, autonomous cultures, social injustice, corrupt and failed governments, wars, religious intolerance, increased natural disasters, and terrorism are just some of the problems we are facing on a daily basis. Is there a solution? These problems are just symptoms of the one major underlying problem: the lost kingdom. It is impossible to properly govern the earth without the help of heaven.
All of the Old Testament saints were looking for a country. Though they were living in the Promised Land, they were still looking for another country (Hebrews 11:14-16). The Bible calls it their homeland. Which country were they all looking for? Which homeland is it to which all humans belong? They were looking for the lost kingdom. That is why they were known as pilgrims and sojourners on this earth. They could not find their homeland. The New Testament does not call us pilgrims, but sons, and the household of God. We don’t belong to the nation we are living in right now. We have been sent here to fulfill a mission. The safest place to live on this earth is in the kingdom of God. Most mistake it as their spirit longing to go to heaven. Adam did not fall from heaven or lose heaven. He lost a kingdom.
I was taught by the church that God created man to worship Him. Then they taught me that when we die, we will go to heaven and sing hallelujah for thousands of years. I could not find a single scripture in Genesis or in Revelation that said God created man to worship Him. Millions of believers worldwide are misinformed about the purpose of their existence. They waste a lifetime without fulfilling their purpose, and that is one of the reasons the world is in the shape it is: because it is missing their contribution to solve a problem that they have sent to solve.
They live all their lives feeling they are missing something or feeling incomplete in their spirit. They think it is hunger for more of God or for a revival. That is why the first and last chapters of the Bible say the same thing about the purpose of man—that we are created to reign on this earth forever and ever (Genesis 1:26; Revelation 22:5). The earth is our permanent home, not heaven. We have been told that our mandate is to plunder hell and populate heaven. God never mentioned that anywhere in His Word.
Jesus said that many prophets and righteous men desired to hear what we hear and see what we see, but they did not (Matthew 13:17). What was He talking about? He was talking about hearing the message and seeing the demonstration of the kingdom of God. The Old Testament saints could not see and hear what we see and hear.
In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus said in Mark 9:1, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.”
On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came, the kingdom of God came with power to this earth. Jesus said, “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matthew 12:28).
The kingdom of God arrived on this earth almost two thousand years ago. Since then, no one has preached the kingdom is at handor kingdom is near message. That is why He told us to seek His kingdom and righteousness first, and then all the things we need in our lives will be added to us as a bonus (Matthew 6:33).
Though we received a kingdom not very many of us know what to do with it. We do not know how to administer a kingdom. No one trains us to do it. That is why the church remains ineffective in almost every nation.
The early church administered the kingdom of God. There was no one who was sick or had an unmet need, or any kind of debt, among the thousands of its members. The whole world envied them. Somewhere along the road, the church lost the message of the kingdom and became a religious organization. The gates of hades began to prevail against the so-called churches in every nation. Jesus did not come to start a religion, nor is He a religious leader.
Now, once again, God is bringing the message of the kingdom back to His church. For He said, “This message of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness in all the nations then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Until that happens, don’t look for the end and do not believe any end-time theory or end-of-the-world conspiracy. They are trying to deceive you with fears.
There are many types of gospels out there: the gospel of grace, the gospel of salvation, the gospel of doom and gloom, the gospel of prosperity, etc. We are commanded to preach the gospel of the kingdom, because that is what Jesus and the early apostles preached (Matthew 9:35; Mark 1:14; Acts 8:12; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, 30-31). They did not preach a gospel that promised people heaven after they die.
My desire is to introduce you to God’s ultimate plan for your life, which is to discover and live in His kingdom. The moment you discover the kingdom of God, you will feel at home in your spirit for the first time, and you will discover your individual purpose. All your needs—spiritual, emotional, and physical—will be met. Until then, you will be looking for another revival or for an emotional experience, neither of which lasts long. Welcome to the journey of rediscovering the lost kingdom. I strongly encourage you to order at least one of the books on the kingdom from the store and read it.