Matthew 16:18 And I (Jesus Christ) say also unto thee, That thou art
Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall
not prevail against it.
Revelation of John 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
No matter how things may seem or whatever may happen among the nations of this earth, whosoever thinks that it is going to continue to be that way, they are mistaken. For the day and time is coming when God will have finished His work on this earth. There will be a new heaven and a new earth and the old will be erased from all memory. This is what Jesus reveals to John and all those who walk with Him. John sees that the kingdoms and the system of this present world are no longer in existence, everything has become new. The prophets also spoke about this and Jesus had explained it to His apostles, who then passed it on to His church. Everything will soon be over with. Meanwhile, however, God is seeking for people from all nations to make them His own people. As a result of their spiritual blindness, unbelievers and those who mock are unaware of this and will remain so up until the day when God hands them over to face eternal punishment.
A new heaven and a new earth where righteousness reigns and where there is no suffering or death – is this not the very thing which many people desire, perhaps including even you too? Jesus speaks about this. He says, whoever gives their life to Him, that individual will receive eternal life from Him.
What a bargain and great offer, however, this will not last much longer; for when He comes and finds a person still living in his or her sins, there will be a terrible end for that individual. God always shows us the truth. He reveals things to John which are going to take place in the near future. The Creator Himself and no one else will complete His work on His creation; for nobody can stop God’s work. The kingdoms of this earth and the system of this world have nothing to do with the kingdom of God, in which there is no righteousness prevalent. Ruling over every kingdom there is a king; the kingdoms of this world have their kings, however, they will all pass away one day. Their kingdom is not from the other world, rather it is from the temporary world, that is, from the first earth. They have their joy and pleasure now, just like the rich ruler in Luke 16, 19-31.
My kingdom is not from this world, says the immortal and eternal King, Jesus Christ, the Lord of creation. The task which Jesus has assigned to His church is to proclaim the whole gospel to all the nations of this world. One lord, one faith, one baptism - that the people will believe in Him and will be obedient to the gospel, receive forgiveness for their sins, and in addition, receive the power of the Holy Spirit, which is more powerful that the spirit of sin and evil.
There is only one message, only one gospel of Jesus which is able to deliver the people. If you are following after a “gospel which appears to be a gospel”, then you do not have any freedom, all you have is religion! You might be in a church, perhaps you are religious or a member of a religion, however, it is all for nothing; and you will never see the new heaven and the new earth, let alone live in it, if there is no sincere turning away from sin on your part to the whole gospel of Jesus. Read in the second chapter of the book of Acts and take note of the verses 37-39.Then take a look in the same book and see how the churches were established and how the people became Christians. You can see that faith is there at the beginning, then turning away from sin, the baptism in water for the forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the visible sign of speaking in tongues. That is the way it is written. God still keeps His Word. A person has to believe in Him and be obedient to Him, then the promised miracle will take place (John 3,1-6). Worldwide on a daily basis, there are thousands of people who are converted to this gospel of Jesus and are turning away from man-made tradition. Nobody can hinder God’s work and whatever He does! These people do not want any part of the kingdoms of this world which will pass away. The work of God has never been promoted by the world, on the contrary, it has been rejected. The reason being that the world still lies in spiritual darkness, with those who belong to it. Jesus Christ will have a people who will survive everything which they go through. Nobody can stop Him. He has all power and might in heaven and on earth. Do not be deceived, Jesus speaks and says:
Isaiah 44:7 “And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them!” rw