Pilot asked a question of Jesus which prompted in part this statement contained in the above title lifted from our lord’s statement.
And this statement of truth from Jesus prompted Pilots response — what is truth? Jesus did not answer this, because it was more a statement from the world rather then a question posed from a desire to know the truth. To the world, truth is whatever man deems it to be. But to the one who is of the truth, he will hear Jesus voice, and recognize truth.
In order to recognize truth one will also recognize the distortion of it. Jesus elsewhere stated to a religious people: “you are of your father the devil”. Being Religion does not make one to be of the truth. Truth is spiritually discerned from the Holy Spirit and His use of Scripture. “I will send you another comforter and He will lead you into all truth.”
To make the truth point, I want us to dissect and analyze the following quote from a popular christian author and blogger which involves the two Kingdoms taught in Gods word. Our teacher states:
“One can viscerally sense that the rage against the founding of this nation—against the principles that undergird America—is increasing, not lessening, day by day.”
This his first sentence certainly seems a true commentary on what is occurring here in the US. The writer continues:
“Again to keep harping on the matter, I guess, America is the chief holdup to Satan getting the platform from which to launch his man of sin, the first beast of Revelation 13.”
This statement also seems true to scripture concerning our present world. He continues:
“This nation is, somewhat like the Church (all born-again believers) the only thing standing between the devil and his being able to wage total war on mankind—particularly on God’s chosen people, the Jews.”
Within this last statement there are red flags: so consider are there (distortions) contained here concerning the truths revealed in scripture. In order to understand this point we need to look at the kingdoms of promise.
The 1st presented “truth”, involves the Church being made up of “(all born-again believers)”. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 KJV.
We know that Jesus came to build His church, and in order to enter into it one must be born again, the same rebirth is required for entrance into the Kingdom of God, (one must be born-again.) Jesus makes this point clear in this verse.
So listen to our teacher: “the only thing standing between the devil and his being able to wage total war on mankind”…
The only thing according to his statement above from which this is taken, requires that we accept that the church as that restraint of the Devil, which is removed scripturally during the time of Israel’s war with the Devil. Is this truth?
Because this is presented as truth, this needs analysis. Is it according to the Scripture true that Satan’s purpose in bringing forth the Antichrist is to wage war on mankind, or on someone else? Does he (satan) not already control mankind — those who are outside of God’s chosen? Satan’s purpose we are told in Revelation 12, will be to destroy God’s people, and yes his purpose is to include Israel’s destruction in the battle of Armageddon.
The 3rd presented truth is a continuation of the second: “to wage total war on mankind—particularly on God’s chosen people, the Jews.”
So to understand if this statement is true to scripture, here are the questions one must ask?
Can these Jews spoken of above even enter God’s kingdom without being born-again? Jesus says no!
If the 1st truth presented above is in fact true to scripture as this teacher said, and as we agreed; then is Israel when saved not included in the group of “(all born-again believers)” who are stated by this author to make up the church? Did Jesus not say that one must be born again to enter the kingdom of God? Does Israel enter this eternal kingdom? There are two kingdoms, one the eternal kingdom of God. Jesus here speaks of that kingdom. David had that kingdom in mind in the 23rd psalm, when he said: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. To enter this kingdom one must be born again.
So, If this is the truth that the born again are the restrainer of Antichrist; then can the first statement of truth really be true concerning Jesus statement about being born again? Was Jesus not talking to a Jew and not a a Gentile when He states “you must be born again”? Does it then make sense that the Church of the born again could be Raptured, before Israel and the Jews are added to the born again?
According to Paul this is a church (by the way) that has been made one with Israel based upon Ephesians. In fact scripturally, Israel would be added back into Christ’s body (the bride see Isa. 54. Can this disavow the promised millennial kingdom reign with Christ? No — This millennial kingdom is a second, but temporary 1000 year kingdom, wherein we rule with Israel’s Messiah as part of Israel’s commonwealth. This Millennial kingdom fulfills God’s promises to Israel, but scripture makes clear that we share in that promised kingdom, because we are of the born again.
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
John 18:37 KJV
John 10:16 “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock [with] one shepherd. (NASB)
So we the born again Gentiles are added to the flock of Israel’s born again making us one flock. Have you heard His voice on this truth of oneness with Israel? Does it make clear the truths of God’s word?