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| Sermon by Prophet Kobus van Renburg |
Sorry for those that can’t be here tomorrow night. Last year, as from old year’s eve right up to about September, I’ve ministered on moving into son ship and the manifestation of the sons of almighty GOD where the sons of GOD will come into maturity. And this is a thing that all over South Africa many people are pointing fingers and asking where are the sons? And I would say “Just open your spiritual eyes” but tomorrow I’m going to bring, I’m positive, the greatest revelation on the sons of GOD that you’ve ever heard. It’s going to set you free from all the wrong ideas you had, it’s going to put you on track to get the right inspiration from almighty GOD, it’s just going to open the Word and put the focus on where it’s supposed to be and you’re going to walk out here and, I mean, anything that stressed you up about the sons of GOD is going to disappear and you’re going to walk out here as maybe one of the manifested saints. I’m positive, it’s going to be so great. It’s something that GOD gave me last night. Me and Annalise were sitting in the lounge and I just read the Bible and as I read the Bible I said to her “Just listen to this” and I’m not going to inform you about it now. It was so powerful. One word. Just one word that joined two words and opened up a brand new field and I think we’re going to minister on that for about three months from now. It just opened up. I sat there and I quoted scripture upon scripture. And I said this is what this one means and this is what this one says and it just opened up a brand new field so tomorrow’s going to be great. But tonight I can go on with last Saturday about heaven and earth. But I want to know what the mind of Christ is.
Right, John the Baptist came as a forerunner, a voice in the wilderness, a way maker, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” and twice the prophet Isaiah prophesied about John the Baptist who would stand up and be a voice. When they asked John is he the prophet he said “No I’m not”, “Are you the Christ?”, “No I’m not” so they said “Who are you?” and he said “I’m just a voice crying in the wilderness prepare ye the way, make straight paths for the Lord”. They said “But John, what is your message?” So in Matthew 3:2, this is the message: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” That was the message so when I try to explain that to people I ask “How far can you take your hand from you?” So that’s how close the kingdom was when John came on the scene. The kingdom is so close now for all the years, the only thing that Israel expected, till today they’re expecting it and they’re going to miss it another time. They’ve been expecting the king to come.
And so John came and said “Repent, for the kingdom is now at hand”. It’s so close. So John was busy baptizing in the Jordan where there was much water and then Jesus came and John said “Behold the Lamb of GOD which taketh away the sin of the world”. He baptized Jesus. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, went into the desert to be tempted by the devil for forty days and forty nights. Jesus came back out of the desert in the power of the Holy Spirit, walked into the synagogue, opened the Book and said “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me” and he started preaching Matthew 4:17 “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” No different message, the exact same message. When John came he said “The kingdom is at hand”. So Jesus came and he preached and said “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Okay, so it’s coming close to us.
So let’s look at Matthew 10:1: “And Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity.” Now look at it this way: “When Jesus called the twelve to Him He said ‘I’m going to give you all authority, I’m going to give you all power, over all devils, all sickness, all infirmity, you can cure any sick person, you can cast out any demon.” Verse 7: “And as you go, preach saying ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” So John the Baptist came and what was his message? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus came. What was His message? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The disciples were sent out. What was their message? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” So, go and preach and say “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”. Now, how will they know the kingdom of heaven is at hand? Verse 8: “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.” Because this is what is said in verse 1. Now 1 Corinthians 4:20 says the following: “The kingdom of heaven is not in words but the kingdom is in power.” The kingdom of GOD is not some wishy-washy thing along the road, the kingdom of GOD is power. The kingdom of GOD is the greatest thing. I mean, if you read the Book of Daniel then it says “There’s a kingdom. And of this kingdom there shall be no end. There is not another kingdom that can be compared to this kingdom.” The kingdom of GOD is all authority, all power, heal all the sick, cleanse all the lepers, and raise the dead and preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. So in 1 Corinthians 4:10 Paul says “I don’t want to know how you speak when I come to you. I want to see your power. And if I can’t see your power I know you have not yet seen the kingdom. For the kingdom of heaven is not in words, the kingdom of heaven is in power.” Amen.
In Matthew 6 Jesus taught us how to pray: “Our Father who art in heaven” so for 2000 years we’ve been praying “Let Your kingdom come”. And how must the kingdom come? By the will of GOD being done, “on earth as it is in heaven.” The kingdom of GOD has been in heaven throughout all the ages. That’s why it’s called the kingdom of heaven. Because it’s been there all the ages. So GOD does not want the kingdom to do in anything in heaven, it’s been there all the time. GOD does not need any authority in heaven, He’s been there all the time. There’s no demons and devils and sickness and disease in heaven, people don’t die in heaven, people don’t go to hospital in heaven, people don’t visit the doctor in heaven. I spoke to GOD today. He told me heaven is still all right. He’s still in control and GOD has still got everything in control. So the kingdom of heaven is power. But for 2000 years we’ve been praying “Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. We don’t need it in heaven, we need it on earth. The sick people are on the earth, people are dying on the earth, people have got problems on the earth, people stress on the earth. So the problems are on this earth. So we need to solve the problems on this earth. So where do we want the kingdom? On earth.
But most people try to get away from this planet. “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that’ll be.” Why can’t we rejoice now? Can you only rejoice once you’re in heaven? And everything is: “One day oh sweet vine”. Everything: “One day we’ll talk it over, one day it’ll be all right, one day it’ll be fine” so if it’s only one day then why did Jesus go through all the trouble on this earth? Why did Jesus go through all the trouble to shed His blood on this earth? Why did Jesus go through all the trouble to pour out His spirit on this earth? Why did Jesus go through all the trouble to tell them pray “Let Your kingdom come and your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven?” Why would Jesus tell them that if it was a lie? Is GOD a liar? Now if Jesus said this is what we need to pray, this is what John preached, Jesus preached, the disciples preached, don’t you think it’s time we preached it? You see. But we preach “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go” but Jesus said “Let the kingdom come, let the kingdom come, let the kingdom come”. I want to do something on this earth. Matthew 5 says “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the earth”.
I said at a couple of places now but I’ll say it here as well: “Isn’t it funny that everyone wants to go to heaven till it’s checking out time. And when it’s time to check out, all of a sudden heaven is not so attractive any more.” Don’t look ugly, look holy. Brother, I mean this uncle is 89 years old. Aunt Mary is in heaven for the last fifteen years already. And uncle Jack has been sitting in a wheelchair for the last fifteen years. And now in the meantime he had a stroke, and he had a second stroke, so he’s really in a bad shape. So one day the angels came knocking and now he’s in a bad shape. Now they call the pastor so we go and “Oh pastor, please pray for me that GOD will just save me a few more years.” “Uncle, what do you still want to do on earth? Aunt Mary’s been with Jesus for fifteen years. You’ve been struggling. What do you still want to do on earth? I mean heaven’s doors are open. Angels are all around you bed. Let’s pray to go.” “No, just a few more years.” Isn’t it funny how when it comes to checking out time, nobody wants to go to heaven? But when you’re well, everybody wants to go to heaven. It’s all right to preach heaven, heaven, heaven then all of a sudden when it comes to checking out time, you realize you want to be on earth? Why is there an urge to be on the earth? Because GOD placed the earth there, He made you out of the dust of the earth, and He placed you on this earth to have power and authority over the creatures of the sea, of the fowl of the air, of the animals, and over the sickness and disease and demons and devils. GOD has placed you on this earth for a purpose.
Now for interest’s sake, if you’ve got the King James it might not look the same way but when we talk about heaven and when we talk about earth, we talk about everything that is in heaven and everything that is on earth. So things that happen in heaven must happen on earth and there’s a vast difference. Now if you read the King James it’ll say “in earth” at a few places. At thirteen different places the King James says “in earth” but no other translation says that. Only one place it says “in earth” and I think that’s Psalm 135:6; it says “GOD is in the earth” but all other scriptures is “on the earth”. Now let me help you; because heaven and earth is of a different state. This one (earth) is a physical planet that I can walk on, that one (heaven) is a spiritual place because GOD is a Spirit. And people die and their spirits leave them and they go to heaven. And the bodies; we bury it. We take the bodies and we put them into a casket and we lower them in the earth and we “gooi hom toe”. So what goes to heaven? It’s your spirit because heaven is a spiritual place. Don’t come with this planet story because heaven is in, it’s not on. There’s no scripture that says “on heaven”, it’s “in heaven”. On earth, it’s “on earth”. But I can walk on earth because it’s a physical place. But my conversation is in heaven so when last did you visit heaven and see the throne? But you pray, you believe that your words will go to heaven.
So let’s try to see how we’re going to get this kingdom authority and power. John 3: “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.” This man ruled the Jews so he knew what the Jews were waiting for. “This man came to Jesus by night and said ‘Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from GOD, for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except if GOD be with Him.” What is the thing that intrigued Nicodemus? The miracles. “And these miracles show that GOD is with You.” That’s Emmanuel: GOD is with you. Jesus answered and said to him: “Verily, verily, I say unto you except the man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of GOD”. Put it this way: this man wanted to talk about miracles. Jesus said “If you want to talk about miracles we have to jump back to the kingdom. If you want to talk about miracles then we have to talk about the kingdom.” “So Nicodemus sayeth unto Him”, now Nicodemus is caught up with the born again story, “’How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered and said: ‘Verily, verily I say unto you, unless a man be born of water and spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of GOD. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I say unto you, you must be born again.’” Look this way. Nicodemus got caught up with the born again story. He said: “How can I be born again?” Jesus said: “You must be born again. But the thing I want you to get your attention to is if you’re born again you can enter the kingdom.” He did not say “You will enter the kingdom”. Let me help you: he did not say “ you will enter the kingdom,” he said “if you’re born again you can enter the kingdom”. There are many born again people that have never entered the kingdom. They are in the Church and waiting to go to heaven. They’ve never tasted the kingdom. The kingdom is authority and power over sickness and disease and demons and devils. If you haven’t tasted that then you’re just on your way to heaven. Sorry if I shock you. The Church is full of Christians that have never seen the kingdom, let alone entered the kingdom. Jesus said “You who put your hand on a plow and look back, you are not fit for the kingdom.” So you can become fit for the kingdom, you can see the kingdom, you can enter the kingdom. But for most people the kingdom of heaven is still at hand. I know I’m losing a few but I’ll get you back before the end of the night. Because we have to stick to the Word and not to our traditions.
Do we lead people to Jesus? No, we don’t lead them to Jesus, we lead them to heaven. If you want to make heaven, come to the front. If you’re not sure if you’re gonna die and go to heaven, come to the front. So the problem, or the case, or the question is not Jesus or the kingdom, the question is heaven or hell. If you don’t come out, you’re going to hell. If you put up your hand you can go to heaven. But the question in this Book is not heaven and hell, the question is: “Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life and have you entered the kingdom?” Jesus preached the kingdom. You must be born again to see the kingdom, to enter the kingdom. Its the kingdom that is at hand. GOD wants His kingdom to come on earth. “Let Your kingdom come on earth as it is heaven.” We want the kingdom on this earth. We want to drive out the demons and the devils and the sicknesses. But we say: “If you want to go to heaven…” “You can’t go to heaven.”
Okay, rewind. “Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, ‘How can these things be?’” Now I want you to know. If you read it fast, traditionally wise, you would think Nicodemus is still talking about the born again story but he’s not. He’s now talking about the kingdom. He’s already asked the question about being born again. Now he says: “If the kingdom can be entered into how can the kingdom stuff be.” Because look at the answer Jesus gives him. “Jesus answered and said: ‘Are you a master of Israel and knoweth not these things?’” What is Israel waiting for? The kingdom. What did the apostles say when Jesus ascended to heaven and came back and ascended again, in the in-between period, before he poured out the Holy Spirit: “Are you in these days going to restore the kingdom?” Jesus said: “No, no, no, no, no, I’ve already told you about the kingdom. It’s time to go and get filled with the Holy Spirit. It’s time to go and get power from on high. And as you get power from on high, go and preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” So Jesus is telling them, “Hey, if you want to know when the kingdom is coming, well I’m actually just putting the ball back in your court. Go, pray let your kingdom come and then preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Because, says Matthew 24, as many have not yet preached. People say, “Oh, when the gospel is preached then shall the end be.” Show me that scripture. Its not in the Bible. The Bible says “14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached as a witness to all nations and then shall the end be.” Not the gospel, the one of the kingdom. The one where all authority, all power belongs to Jesus and we have all authority and power and until the Christians stand up to their duty and cast out devils and heal the sick, the kingdom is not yet come.
Let’s go on. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, we speak that we do know and testify that we have seen and ye receive not our witness.” Jesus is trying to say the kingdom of heaven which is coming to earth. He says: “Nicodemus I’m going to speak to you. We…” Who’s we? Come on, Colossians 2:9 says “the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Jesus Christ and we have this fullness in us.” So Jesus said: “We testify what we have seen; the kingdom. We know how the kingdom works, we know where the kingdom is from but you do not receive our testimony of the kingdom.” Verse 12: “If I have told you earthly things, and you struggle to believe that you can enter this kingdom while you are on earth. If you struggle, Nicodemus, how shall you believe if I tell you of heavenly things.” Now Nicodemus says, “Now how is this kingdom stuff going to work?” Jesus said: “You are the ruler of Israel that’s supposed to know about the kingdom because that’s what Israel is waiting for.” He says, “Now Nicodemus, we try to tell you about how this kingdom must be on earth, and you struggle to understand.” Now if I had to say that to most Christian people they would struggle to understand. That the kingdom can be on earth because they want to go to heaven. They can’t decide that GOD came to live with us since Exodus. Did you know in Genesis that GOD walked with man in the garden? Did you know when He told Moses to take the children of Israel out of Egypt, the first thing he said was “I want to have a dwelling place amongst the people, I want to live with them and dwell with them”? Did you know that Paul picks it up in 2 Corinthians 6: “16As it is prophesied I want to live in and amongst them”? Why did GOD build a tabernacle? To live with the people. Why did He send Jesus? To live with the people. Why did Jesus say “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you”? Everybody wants to go to GOD. GOD did His best to come to us. So the Church is struggling to get the kingdom situation. That’s why there’s so little power. Is every Church healing the sick? No. Does all the preachers heal the sick? No. Who is the people that are fought? Those who heal the sick. Isn’t it funny that every Church that has miracles is the Church that is criticized? They come with their magnifying glasses and try to find what you’re doing wrong because there’s miracles. There must be something wrong if you’ve got miracles. Isn’t it stupid? How stupid can you get and still walk? Or still breathe?
Verse 13: “No man has ascended up to heaven but He that came down from heaven. Even the Son of Man which is in heaven.” Okay, Jesus is standing on earth. His feet are flat on the ground as He’s talking to brother Nicodemus. He said: “Nicodemus, if you don’t understand the earthly part of the kingdom, how will you understand if I tell you about the heavenly part of the kingdom? It says one kingdom but I’m trying to tell you how it’s going to work on earth. But if you struggle to take it what will happen if I turn around and tell you how it’s operating from heaven? Because no man understands this stuff except the Son of Man which is on the earth but is now in heaven.” So Jesus says: “Nicodemus, just understand it. While I’m standing on this earth, I’m actually now in heaven.” Didn’t Jesus say, when they challenged Him about the kingdom, “My kingdom is not of this earth”? Where is it? In heaven. So what’s he doing on earth? That is, how shall I say it, the commanding part of the kingdom, let’s call it the throne. And that is the operating place of the kingdom, let’s call it the kingdom. A king sits on his throne but he has a domain that is under him. So Jesus says, “To understand the kingdom on earth, Nicodemus, you have to be in heaven.” Okay, let’s try to explain. Jesus is now crucified, risen from the dead, and He appeared to the disciples. Matthew 28:18: “Allpower and authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” So now, if you want to know disciples. Verse 19: “Go, and as you go, preach the kingdom, and as you preach the kingdom heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, so all power is given to me.”
“But Kobus, is this for me?” Okay, Ephesians 2:1-8: “You who were dead in your trespasses and sins, He freely forgave you and raised you up. For by grace are ye saved, by faith, which is not of yourself, its a gift of GOD. And then raised together and now you are seated in heaven.” After you’re saved, set free, delivered, born again. I mean, we quote this scripture: “We are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Do you know what you are saying? “After Christ made an open display of the devils, triumphed over them, paid the price for sin” the Bible says “He sat at the right hand of the Father”. Where did He go down to sit? On the throne. So the seating place is on the throne. What does the throne make you? If you sit on a throne you are a king. Revelation 1:5,6: “Jesus Christ, king of kings, has washed us with His blood and made us to be kings and priests.” So we say “Wash me in Your blood.” Do you know what you are saying? You can actually just say “Make me a king.” So we can say, “ All who want to be kings, come to Jesus.” Just say, “Jesus made me a king.” It’s the same as saying, “Wash me in your blood.” Because if you’re washed in the blood then the Bible says you are a king. Revelation 5:10: “Those whom He washed and made kings to rule on this earth.” To rule where? “On this earth.” So you’ve been made a king to rule on this earth. How? By the blood of Jesus. Revelation 3:19-22: “I stand at the door and knock. If any man answer I will come in and sup with Him and if you overcome I will give you to sit with me on my throne just as I was overcome and sat with my Father on His throne.” Revelation 4: “1And I heard a voice saying ‘Come up here’, I saw the heavens open and I saw a throne.” So GOD is trying to tell John, “John, you’re supposed to be on the throne, you’re supposed to rule as a king, you’re supposed to be seated in heaven, you’re supposed to get the kingdom.” The message is the kingdom. The kingdom must come on earth.
Matthew 16:13: “Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea of Philippi, and He asked His disciples ‘Who do the people say that the Son of Man is?’” Now Jesus already told Nicodemus the Son of Man on earth is also in heaven. That’s how He can operate. Because Isaiah 66:1 says: “The heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool” so if I enter the heavenlies and I’m seated with Christ I’m on the throne but my feet are still touching the planet. So if I know where I am and who I am in Christ Jesus I’ve got all authority, if I realize I can enter the kingdom. But if I just want to go to heaven; well die, go to heaven and rest, take the kingdom. Don’t be a stumbling block, we want to take over now. So all those that want to go to heaven and miss their opportunity to take over on this earth, go. You have no work to do in heaven; you’re just going to worship, but here you can heal the sick, you can win sinners to Jesus, you can get backsliders restored, you can get demons cast out, you’ve got a job to do here. “’Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they answered, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ And he said to them ‘But who do you yourselves say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied ‘You are the Christ, the son of the living GOD’. Then Jesus answered to him ‘Blessed, happy, fortunate, envied are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood have not revealed this to you but My Father Who is in heaven”. 1 Corinthians 15:50 says “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom” So Jesus says, “So flesh and blood could not have revealed this to you but My Father who is in heaven”. So Peter must have touched heaven because the revelation came from heaven. It wasn’t flesh and blood so it was kingdom. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of hell/Hades, the powers of the infernal region shall not overpower it or be strong to it’s detriment or hold out against it.” Look at it this way. I said it this week in Bethlehem and I touched a little bit on it last week. The whole Church; if you come from a Reformed background, a Catholic background, a Pentecostal background, the Church has been too afraid till today to touch on that scripture. They’ve got all sorts of funny ways to explain that scripture; Peter wasn’t really the rock, it was the statement that Peter made, Jesus built his Church on the statement that Jesus was the Christ, that’s not what this Book says. I’m sorry, I’ve read every translation: “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church.” Not the statement that “You are the Christ”. If nobody wants to say it then I’m going to say it. “Peter, you are the right material that I can build my Church on.” He spoke to Peter. He didn’t speak to a statement. We try to explain that away because the Church does not want to accept their responsibility.
Now the Catholic Church did believe that. They said Peter was the first pope. Sorry for them but he wasn’t. But they had a revelation; in the early days of the Catholic Church. “Oh no, Kobus!” Every Church has some good. They must have had some truth to start as a Church. And they must still have some truth for GOD to visit them. GOD wouldn’t pour out His Spirit in the Catholic Church if He doesn’t love them. GOD wouldn’t pour out His Spirit in the Dutch Reformed Church if He doesn’t love them. GOD wouldn’t pour out His Spirit in the Methodist; GOD loves all. Jesus said, “You are Peter. And upon you Peter I’m going to now build my Church. Because it’s you that said ‘If it’s you let me come on the water’ ‘Come’”, he’s the one that took out his sword and took out Malchus’ ear, he’s the one that said “Take the children away”, I mean Peter jumped in everything. Jesus said “That’s right Church material. I can build my Church on such a man. He’s ready to do everything, whether it’s right or wrong, he just wants to do it.” When he saw Jesus he jumped in the sea: “Lord, I’m a sinful man”. Jesus said “I can’t catch fish like this man. I’ve been on the sea a whole night. I know how the sea works but if you say it I’ll go in again. Come, let’s go in another time.” Jesus said “Come, let’s do it. That’s Church material. This man just says yes for everything I ask.” Verse 19: “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” So, if the Church is not built on him what will he do with the keys? “So I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” Oh goodness. “And whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Whatever’s bound on earth must already be bound in heaven and whatever is loosed on earth must already be loosed in heaven. “You are Peter. You got this revelation because you touched heaven. Because flesh and blood that cannot inherit the kingdom did not reveal it to you. But My Father, which is in heaven, where the kingdom is from, revealed it to you. So Peter, I can build my Church on you. And I tell you Peter, the gates of Hades will not be strong enough to stand against this Church. Therefore Peter, because you’ve got the revelation, here’s the keys.”
Did he get a bunch of keys or is it spiritual? Heaven is spiritual. It’s not the keys of earth, it’s the keys of heaven. But you’ve got to use it. The keys can only be used on earth. You must do it while you’re on earth. But it’s the keys of heaven which means that I’ve got openings in heaven. I’ve got revelations of heaven. I can enter; the keys are to open a door so that I can go in. So you can now enter the kingdom of heaven and then do things on this earth. So if you now say “Out” on this earth I have already told them “Out” in heaven. If you say “Heal” on earth I already told them “Healed” in heaven. No sickness in heaven. No demons anymore in heaven; they were cast out when Jesus died on the cross. So Peter, use your authority on earth. But only use it on earth. If you go to heaven you can’t use it anymore because you can’t go back to earth. So once you step over the line you’re in heaven. But while you’re on earth you can work in both planets. Well actually, one’s a planet and the other is a place. Matthew 18:19: “Verily I say unto you whatsoever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.” Jesus said “If two of you agree on earth as touching anything that they may ask on earth, they will get it from heaven.” So why is it that we agree and we don’t get? Because we don’t think that the kingdom of heaven is on earth. We don’t see the kingdom, live the kingdom, be the kingdom. We want to go there one day. No! Go into it right now. If you’re born again, you can enter the kingdom. Not you will. You can. The doors are open. You can decide; do you want to be a kingdom person or do you want to wait and go away? I’ll repeat that: you can enter the kingdom or you can sit and wait to go away. Any day now the Lord’s going to take us away. What’s He going to do with this earth if He takes you away? You’re the only hope for this earth.
Can I say something and not promote myself? Just listen for a change: in 1991 there was a war in the Gulf about an oil crisis with a man by the name of Saddam Hussein. And we sat there by Wessel and Siena’s house and their family were there and the people were talking about Kuwait and Iraq and what’s going to happen. And that Sunday I stood up here and I said, “This has got nothing to do with the end time.” And I prophesied here in 1991; I said, “In the space of 12 years America will get rid of Saddam Hussein and Iraq. And the oil pot will not be the crisis of the end time.” In 1991. The tapes are on the shelf, you can go and listen to it. And nobody agreed with me. They said: “No, this is part of GOD’s end time plan.” And I said: “No the Church is GOD. GOD doesn’t write Saddam here, he writes Church here.” GOD has got Christians. Yeah. GOD didn’t write: “The oil price will tell us about the end.” He said: “Revivals will tell us about the end. Times of refreshing will talk about the end.” I got phone calls: “Kobus, if you want to talk about end time…” No, the end time to me is what the angels want to see what will happen to the Church. 1 Peter 1:9,10,11. And I prophesied within 12 years America would get rid of Saddam Hussein. I don’t know why I said within 12 years. And exactly 12 years later it’s out. And I said: “It’s got nothing to do with GOD’s end time.” And I feel so sorry for the people that advertised all their books the last three weeks on TV. I feel very sorry because within a week they’ve been proven wrong. All the preachers that have been preaching these last three weeks about this war in Iraq and how this is going to happen. Now it didn’t happen. It wasn’t a third world war, whole nations were not involved, blood is not flowing in the streets up to the horses’ bridles. Nothing of the sort happened. Last night when I switched the TV on past twelve and here there’s this man still advertising his book on the war in Iraq. Can’t they just see it’s over? The last few weeks people took their charts out and started preaching how this is going to happen, this is going to happen, the Church is going to go away anytime. No, you’re not going to go away anytime; you’re going to take over. Jesus didn’t say: “Let the kingdom go” he said “Let the kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Go preach the kingdom is at hand and as you go heal the sick.” The Church is not yet healing the sick. Here and there I can count on my ten fingers the people that’s really healing the sick. I mean mass miracles. It’s like Benny Hinn, T. B. Joshua, Chris Oakleyami, here by us. If you don’t think here by us; 207 people threw their crutches away in just on three years. I think that’s a lot of crutches. I don’t think there’s any place else in South Africa where 207 crutches have been thrown away. Not to brag but we believe the kingdom is power. Because we believe it, GOD does it. And tomorrow you’re going to be shocked about what I’m going to preach. So He says: “If any two shall agree on touching anything it shall be done.” When was the last time you took somebody’s hand and said “Let’s agree” and they got up immediately. But if you realize that I’m standing on earth but I’m actually in heaven. So I have entered the kingdom. So to enter the kingdom I have to realize that I’m a king. I got to realize that I’m ruling on this earth. You’re not going to rule in heaven; GOD is ruling there. If I read this Book in Revelation it seems like GOD is king there. It seems like everyone’s falling before Him there. Psalm 115:16: “The heavens are heavens for GOD but the earth He gave unto man.” Didn’t GOD make man and say “He’s got authority over everything on this earth”? Everything that creeps, flies, flows, sickness, demons and swimming pools? I don’t really care if you understand. I just want this word to go out and you will understand within a few day’s time. Because many people are used to this type of teaching but many not. Because this is not the popular teaching in the Church. The popular teaching is we’re going to run away and all hell is going break loose. But this Bible says the hell will not be able to stand up if the Church take the keys and do their bit. So if hell is rising on this earth the Church is not doing their portion. We’ve got a responsibility on this earth.
GOD didn’t save you to take you to heaven, He saved you to rule on this earth. You really want to look at the coming of Jesus? He said, “He’s coming with His saints and they’re going to rule on earth.” The Bible says: “This earth shall be forever and ever.” “No, Kobus, the Bible says there’s going to be a new heaven and a new earth.” Okay, so the heaven is also going to go away. No, “new heaven and new earth,” he says, “like the former earth and the former heaven.” What happened to the former heaven and earth? Water flooded it. And after the water was away, it was the same earth and the same heaven. But it was a bit different; all the sinners were gone and the righteous people were left behind. Who was left behind? Oh yes, Noah and his family. Where were the sinners? They drowned. So GOD says: “As in the days of Noah…” Who’s going to stay behind? Us. Who’s going to leave? The unrighteous. How do you know that? Psalm 37, five times: “The unrighteous shall be taken off of the face of the earth so that the righteous can inherit the earth.” Five times, in one Psalm. Zephaniah 1, 2. Proverbs 2. Matthew 5. So I also want to write a book: “Those that are left behind (the overcoming Church)”. Did GOD make Satan and give him the earth? No, He made Adam and gave him the earth. Did GOD make hell for people? No, He says: “Hell has been made for the devil and his angels.” Hell is not made for you. The earth is made for you. You fit on this earth. You’re even made out of the dust of this earth.
Acts 7:44: “Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness even as He who directed Moses to make it had ordered, according to the pattern and model He had seen. Our forefathers in turn brought this tent in with them into the land with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that GOD drove out before them. So it remained here until the time of David. David found grace in the sight of GOD and prayed that he might be allowed to find a dwelling place for the GOD of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. However, the Most High does not dwell in houses or temples made with hands, as the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne and the earth my footstool. What kind of house would you build for me?’” Can I help you with that scripture? David found grace. When he realized he found grace, he said, “Can I now build a house?” “No, you found grace. How can you build Me a house?” Grace in the New Testament is GOD decided to come and dwell with us. That’s why David started writing all those Psalms. “GOD is with me, He will not leave me, He will not forsake me, I’m in His dwelling place, I see His face.” “But Solomon built a house” but GOD does not dwell in Solomon’s house. GOD does not dwell in Solomon’s temple. Jesus said to the disciples, “Look at them, the stones, break the thing down.” “Break the temple down, I do not dwell in that place.” There it stands, GOD does not dwell there. And Jesus said: “But in three days the right temple will come to the front. In three days I will bring the right temple out.” So, we are in Christ, Christ is in us, but we are seated in heavenly places in Christ. So when I saw the city there was no temple, but GOD was the temple. Oh, but Corinthians says that “We are the temple” because Jesus prayed: “Father, let them be one. I in them and You in Me and…” So, it’s a combined unity.
I shall close. In James 5:17 It says: “Elijah was a man subject to light patience as us. And he prayed. And it did not rain for 3 years and 6 months. And he prayed again and the heavens gave rain, and the earth gave fruit.” “So if two of you shall agree on earth touching anything on earth My Father will answer you from heaven.” But you got to understand the kingdom stuff. But did Elijah understand the kingdom stuff? Well, Elijah walked to the king and he said: “Oh king, the GOD before whom I stand” so he says, “I’ve just been to the throne room so I’m going to tell you no rain.” “The GOD before Whom I stand” repeated in chapter 18 and 19. But Elijah is on this earth. But Obadiah says: “No, no, no, no, no, Elijah I know you. But if I search for you you’re gone. Now you see him, now you don’t. You disappear. In the Spirit. The Spirit will carry you away.” The Spirit did carry the prophets. Ezekiel was carried around by the Spirit. Elijah was carried around. Why? Because they understood the heavenly stuff. They said: “You know where I get my orders? In heaven. I stand before GOD and I hear so I just tell you on this earth no more rain. But I can get rain. Rain, fire.” Three times Elijah called fire down from heaven and each time fifty men of the king were burnt up. The Bible says: “He called fire down from heaven.” Where did the fire fall? On earth. And then the last fifty that came said: “Please don’t call fire down. We just want to ask you a question.” So James and John caught up to this fire story and when the people stood up against Jesus, they said: “Lord, leave us. We’ll call fire down from heaven like Elijah.” He says: “You don’t know what spirit you’re of.” So, if we understand the kingdom then we can get heavenly results here on earth because the throne is in heaven or heaven is the throne so on earth is where the power is released.
So, if I am a heavenly creature. I’m seated in heavenly places. Are you or are you not? Decide once and for all. You’re born again, you saw the kingdom, you’re seated in heavenly places, you’re going to enter the kingdom and you’re going to rule. You’re going to sit on your throne and you’re going to start doing commandments. You’re going to start saying: “Sickness go.” And the more and the deeper you go into the kingdom, the less the authorities of hell can touch you. That’s what Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16. The proof is at first we had to pray for the sick: “In the name of Jesus…” then we said “In Jesus’ name…” now we just stand by like Jesus. When He walked the demons cried out and left. When Peter walked down the street, his shadows just healed them. Paul just sent the handkerchiefs and they were healed. The deeper you get into the kingdom, the more you realize the other forces are subject to you because you’re the king. The demons said, “We know who you are, we know where you’re coming from.” Acts 19 and Acts 16. You know, when they were thrown in prison and they came out and then later Paul was there and the seven sons of Sceva were there trying to cast out demons. And they said, “We know Paul, and we know Jesus, but we do not know you.” That’s why Jesus said in Luke 10:19-21: “I give you authority and power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you. But do not be glad that the demons are subject to you but be glad that your names are written down in heaven.” So you must get your name into heaven, not into the Lamb’s Book of Life. When you say yes to the blood, your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But to get your name in heaven you have to enter the kingdom. So you have to take the authority, take the power, start agreeing with people, realizing that you’ve got the authority to agree for things.
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