212. Eternal Kingdom.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory ... he will separate the people one from another ... Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD ... Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the ETERNAL FIRE PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS." ( Matthew 25:31-41) There are only two places that are eternal - the Kingdom of God or Heaven (both are used synonymously in Scriptures) and Lake of fire or Hell, ( both are used synonymously in Scriptures). All of mankind will end up spending eternity in either of these two eternal places! It depends upon which gate they chose to enter into eternity! Those who have entered by the narrow gate will make it to Kingdom of God or Heaven but those who entered by the broad gate will end up in the Eternal fire or Hell! 'Somebody asked Jesus, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." ( Luke 13:23-24) The devil has deceived many to believe that there is no Hell and but to their horror, they will realise their folly, once they end up at the wrong place! God doesn't want any man to go to Hell because it was not prepared for men but for the devil and his angels. Sadly, many will; those who have sold their souls to the devil to do evil! "The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father." (Matthew 13:41-43) We were unaware of the existence of this eternal kingdom until we were born again! This is what Jesus meant when he said to Nicodemus, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." ( John 3:3) This statement is true both literally and figuratively! Unless we are born again, we will not get Raptured and therefore, will not be able to literally see the Kingdom of God or Heaven. And unless we are born again, we will not be able to perceive the kingdom of God, so as to enter it. How can we enter the kingdom of God without first seeing the gate? We see the unseen not with our physical eyes but with the 'eyes of our heart'. (Ephesians 1:18) 'So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.' ( 2 Corinthians 4:18) Are we able to perceive the unseen, eternal kingdom of God ? If not, we are not born again yet! God has established on earth an eternal Kingdom for us to find refuge in and it will not be shaken because it will endure forever! 'Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and your dominion endures through all generations.' ( Psalm 145:13) 'Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe ...' ( Hebrews 12:28-29) The Kingdom came with power on the day of Pentecost and since then, it has been forcefully advancing, soul by soul! As said earlier, the battle is not for the land but for our souls! 'Therefore my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure ... you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.' (2 Peter 1:11) Amen.