Bringing Heaven and Earth Together

CENTERPIECE OF GOD’S PURPOSE: BRINGING HEAVEN AND EARTH TOGETHER

9 Having made known to us the mystery (hidden plan) of His will…10 that He might gather together in one ALL things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him. (Eph. 1:9-10)

This is a huge verse which gives incredible insight into God’s Kingdom and how it connects to Heaven and the Age to Come.  This is a game changer for understanding God’s plans.
The centerpiece of God’s eternal purpose is for Jesus to come back to fully establish His Kingdom rule over all the earth as He joins the heavenly and earthly realms together. God’s purpose has always been for God and His people to live together in this way. This is the interpretive key to understanding the End-Times.
Heaven speaks of the supernatural spirit realm where God’s power and presence are openly manifest. It includes the realm of angels and is the place believers go for the last 2,000 year (cross to Second Coming) “temporary holding pattern” as disembodied spirits. The saints do not have a resurrected body in heaven because they do not need one to relate to the environment of heaven. When the New Jerusalem comes to earth, it is referred to as heaven. When the Scripture says our reward is in heaven it speaks of the New Jerusalem as heaven on earth.
Earth: speaks of the material physical realm as the place where human process and human emotions and physical sensation reach their fullest expression. The materiality of the Millennial earth, then the New Earth will consist of concrete reality. The earthly realm requires a resurrected body. On the earth, saints will need a resurrected body to fully relate to it.
As Gentile believers, we most naturally think of worshipping Jesus as God in the supernatural conditions of heaven. We emphasize Jesus’ deity as the Son of God. Whereas the Jewish paradigm thinks of reigning with the Messianic King as a man in the natural conditions of the earth. They emphasize the Messiah’s humanity as the Son of David.
The Millennium is when the saints reign with Jesus on earth for 1,000 years.
They shall be priests of God… and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)
The Millennium is a major doctrine in the Scriptures. It is the time in which Jesus rules and establishes the Kingdom of God worldwide affecting every sphere of life (political, social, agricultural, economic, spiritual, educational, law enforcement, family, media, arts, technology, athletics, environment, social institutions, etc). This period of worldwide blessing is initiated by Jesus’ Second Coming (Rev. 19:11- 20:6; Isa. 2:1-4; 9:6-9; 11:1-16; 51:1-8; 60-62; 65:17-25; Deut. 30:3; Ps. 2:6-12; 110:1-7; Mal 3:1-4; Mt. 5:5; 6:10; 17:11; 19:28; Acts 1:6; 3:21).
Our three main assignments in God (they have dynamic continuity to each other)
1. Our first assignment is a 70 year assignment on earth in this age (our internship). 
2. Our second assignment is 1,000-year assignment on earth after Lord returns. 
3. Our third assignment is an eternal assignment on earth (after the Millennial Kingdom).

HOW OUR ASSIGNMENT IN THIS AGE AFFECTS OUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT

16 One (a ruler; Luke 18:18) came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “…if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments… 18 you shall not murder…not commit adultery…not steal…20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mt. 19:16-20)
A devout business man comes to Him asking what do I lack? (v. 20). Jesus’ answer was that he lacked an appropriate view of how his business assignment in this age related to his assignment in the next age (v. 21). Many consume all their resources on themselves and have no reward.
Our external prosperity is only safe in context to the prosperity of our souls (spirit of revelation).
2 I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 Jn. 2)
Scripture is against the spirit of poverty and the spirit of covetousness. The answer to covetousness is to act in the opposite spirit through giving money to the kingdom. The rich young ruler had an unperceived problem that was very serious.
Jesus loved the rich young ruler whom He sought to help. Jesus wants our prosperity to not be limited to money nor just to our 70 year assignment. We must be clear and bold in exposing the “cancer” of covetousness that will not just go away but will grow and destroy our destiny in God. Jesus wanted to bring him to a spirit of liberty instead of anxiety and bondage related to money.
21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack…sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven…” (Mk. 10:21)
JESUS’ REVELATION OF THE DILEMMA

23 Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”… (Mt. 19:23-25)
Jesus makes a very important statement (v. 23). It is hard for a rich person (rich in money or rich in honor) to enter or to progress in their experience of the kingdom of God. Riches in this age makes it difficult to fully surrender to God’s authority. Riches take much time to manage. Our opportunities and anxieties go to new levels and we can easily lose our free spirit.
The rich man (v. 22) and the twelve apostles (v. 25) were surprised at Jesus’ statement. The unspoken issue is how God’s covenant blessings and promises related to money and honor (Deuteronomy 28) could minimize and diminish a believer’s place in God.
The answer is that God’s Old Covenant blessings on circumstances must come within the context of the New Covenant blessing of the spirit of revelation. God’s external blessings on our circumstances are only safe in context to an equal blessing of revelation (3 Jn. 2).
We must assess the hindrance that riches (honor and money) create in our life. We need a revelation of this dilemma that riches bring us because we still have darkness in our minds and sinful desires in our hearts. This includes the revelation of a Kingdom assignment on earth after Jesus returns, and insight into the dilemma that riches bring us (even God ordained riches).
Many blessed by God are unaware of this revelation. If we know that sharks are in the water we approach the water differently. This was a surprising revelation to the rich young ruler who knew that his wealth was from the Lord. Yes it was, but that was not the whole story. We must have the spirit of abandonment to God in our finances. Having a free spirit with riches (honor or money) is rare because it is hard to sustain.
Jesus taught that our hearts are choked and defiled by the deceitfulness of riches (covetousness). Riches are deceitful in that few believe they are under its power. Covetousness chokes our spiritual vitality, our tenderness in the Word and the spirit of prayer on us.
18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-25)

21 Out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness… 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man. (Mk. 7:21-23)
Jesus warned against covetousness. It is the most unperceived area of darkness in the Church.
13 One from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Lk. 12:13-15)
A business man wanted Jesus to act as judge in his conflict. Many in the marketplace want the Lord to help them when they are mistreated financially by someone.
Take heed against covetousness working in our spirit. If we have bigger barns (blessing on circumstances) then we must have a bigger heart. Many lose their vitality in God while experiencing growth of a God-ordained and God blessed business or ministry because covetousness was never dealt with in their spirit. The parable about having bigger barns without having a bigger heart reveals this (Luke 12:13-21).
The “exchange rate” of obedience now for reward in the age-to-come is very high.
20 God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you… 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (Lk. 12:20-21)
We must only take comfort and assurance in the testimony of Scripture not the affirmation of others who confess love for Jesus, yet do not aggressively war against covetousness. We must not take comfort in mutual flattering of one another (covetous people affirming one another).
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12)

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (1 Cor. 10:12)
There are three issues that must be addressed in Kingdom-economics. First, how do we get more wealth. Second, what spirit do we have as we receive more money and third, how to use money.
PETER ASKS FOR AN APPLICATON OF KINGDOM ECONOMICS TO HIS LIFE

27 Peter said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” 28 Jesus said, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration (Millennial Kingdom), when the Son of Man sits on the Throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. 29 Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold… (Mt. 19:27-29)
Peter’s next assignment would include sitting on a throne to judge Israel. In other words, Jesus taught them that because they had a free spirit and were obeying Him in the realm of honor and money. This is an OT paradigm of the kingdom that was not new to the apostles (Jews understood Dan. 7:9-27). They knew believers would rule the earth with the Messiah.
Our current assignment with riches now (honor and money) is related to our next assignment. Jesus is revealing how He motivate business people.
THE GREAT REVERSAL IN THE AGE-TO-COME

30 But many who are first (in this age) will be last (age-to-come), and the last first. (Mt. 19:30)

16 The last will be first, and the first last. For many are called (invited), but few chosen. (Mt. 20:16)
Jesus taught that many (believers) who are first in riches (money and honor) in this age, will have a lesser assignment in the age-to-come. He says many.
Jesus said that many are called or invited, but only a few respond in a way to be worthy of being chosen for honor in the age-to-come. In their assignment in the next age, they will have a proportionately lesser place. They could not connect the two ages seeing only this 70 years.

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