Preaching The Gospel In These Last Days
Matt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
Jesus is clear when he says that the end of the kingdoms of this world will be pegged on the preaching of the gospel apart from the main sign of the abomination of desolation in Jerusalem Israel. The last days began when Jesus ascended into heaven and the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost to comfort the church in her commission of taking the gospel to every creature. But what is the Gospel?
Gospel simply means Good News and the Greek word for the gospel has been transformed into Eulogy in English; the good words said about a person, most times deceased. The gospel or good news has been preached from the Old Testament to the New Testament. The BEST good news is God’s word ,that God
is God and deserves to be praised.
In the Old Testament the word of repentance unto God and obedience was the gospel. In that word contained promises, blessings for those who love the Lord by keeping his word and woe to those who reject him. Once the word was preached it was up to the listeners to either mix it with faith and believe
or reject it by walking in disobedience. They received punishment for rejecting the word of God.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
However there were those who were repentant and mixed the word with faith and God called them his saints. The prophets of old who preached the word of God alone, people like David, Ruth, Job, Nehemiah ,The Ethiopian eunuch who listened to Jeremiah, all received the truth and walked in it.
When Jesus came to earth it was a fulfilment of the prophecies of old. God the creator spoke the gospel of the kingdom, his kingdom. This was in contrast of the kingdom of man that was dominated with sin and injustice.
Most of all the gospel is about Jesus Christ his death and resurrection through which all who believe have life everlasting and a heavenly inheritance .It also entails the teachings of Jesus ,his words and how his followers are to be doers of his word. You cannot separate goodness from truth; you cannot separate Jesus from his sayings.
So important is the gospel that Jesus told the disciples to take it all over the world and to every creature
Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Thus the disciples were not to force people to get saved but to PREACH and let the people choose by believing or not. Whoever does not believe will receive his due as and whoever believes will receive salvation hence the kingdom of God.
We as believers should have a great zeal to preach the gospel NOT a zeal of forcing it down one’s throat through laws and threats.
It is good to be zealous in a good thing and the foolishness of preaching the gospel is a good thing.
Now in these last days the price for preaching that message of hope in God is costly.
THE LAST DAYS COST OF PREACHING THE GOSPEL
Jesus warns that in these last days believers will be captured by the authorities of this world ..BOTH SECULAR AND RELIGIOUS just as he was tortured and tried by both Secular Roman authority and Religious Jewish authority.
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
And the gospel must first be published among all nations. Mark 13:9-10
This happened to the apostles and is happening and will increase day by day as we are seeing today.
Today it is the anti Christ system that is orchestrating the delivering up of Christians through their policy or laws as the scriptures say so.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.Dan 8:25
Using peace to destroy people.Coming in the name of creating peace and tolerance when actually they are going to kill. Remember Jesus and the Apostles were not considered holy by their murderers ; they saw them as criminals and blasphemers .The same shall apply to Christians in these last days
Some Institutions that have been captured by the Antichrist sway.
Secular Institutions = Using Governments, Legislations, UN, EU, AU , Politics, Banks Communication Companies, Scientists, International Laws, Regional Laws
Religious Institutions = State Christianity, Ecumenism, WCC, Inter Religious Forums, Inter- Faith Based Charities, False Doctrines- Anti Doctrine wave, Love Wave ,Prosperity Gospel,TBN, Political Chrisianity , Green Gospel etc
These institutions do very many good things but hate truth, the gospel of Jesus and love the world and its riches and glories. They are being used against Christians who hate the world and Love God. The onslaught of the Anti-Christ against Christians and Jews is on course.
OVERCOMING THE ANTICHRIST HATRED OF THE GOSPEL WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS
From Rev. 12
Overcome by the Blood of the Lamb- Accusations will be leveled against true Christians that they are making themselves holy when they have committed crimes against the State or have spoken evil against the false church. However when it comes to righteousness a true Christian knows that it is the Blood of Jesus that guarantees our holiness and righteousness. It is the blood that gives a new and living way to God, the only way of reconciliation.
The Gospel is about the blood of Jesus which is about the Forgiveness of sins for all to be joined back to our Father. We shall overcome in God’s righteousness knowing that we need not to be justified by men or by our good works but by God ,hence glorifying him alone.
Our good works must proceed from faith for them to glorify God in Christ Jesus.
Overcome by the Word of Our Testimony- We shall overcome by testifying against all who reject the Gospel; that Jesus is Lord and Jesus is King of Kings. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
.Just as the old time prophets testified about Jesus in their prophecies, we will testify about him in preaching the gospel in word and deed.
For the gospel is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to them that believe.
Overcome by Hating Our Lives unto Death- hating our lives by forsaking all the world has to offer even when they demand our lives for our refusal to be a part of the Antichrist system of a world united against God.
We have to have our eyes focused on things above for the things of this world to be dung to us.
Though they will prevail by killing Christians yet we shall [prevail for we shall rise and reign with our Lord when he comes.
So keep your gospel shoes on and preach the good news of God as your life is also subjected to the gospel in your kind deeds and compassion towards all people.
Abide in the word of God through reading and studying and practicing it for we are living in perilous times…a time when they will kill you for speaking the truth, the gospel.