UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but this is my one aim:
to forget everything that's behind, and to strain every nerve to go after what lies ahead.
I press on toward the finish line, where the prize waiting for me is the upward call of God
IN KING JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14)
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by – Stuart H. Pouliot
September 9, 2016
Evidence of the Enthroned Christ
He (Stephen) perceived the glory of God, and Jesus, standing at the right hand of God, and said, "Lo! I am
beholding the heavens opened up, and the Son of Mankind standing at the right hand of God." (Acts 7:55-56
CLV)
Tell us … what shall be the sign of Your presence, and the consummation of the age? …. And this gospel of
the kingdom shall be proclaimed (heralded) throughout the whole inhabited) to set the evidence (testimony,
witness) before all the nations; and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:3, 14 Weymouth, Numeric,
Concordant)
Some fourteen times, the books of the new testament proclaim that Jesus, as the son of mankind, is seated in power
and glory at the right of God and His throne. In other words, Jesus as the pattern Son of all mankind is now, this
very day even, seated with His Father on His throne, meaning He is reigning on high. Jesus Himself tells those who
are conquering that He is seated on His Father's throne (Revelation 3:21), and Peter declares: Who is at God's right
hand, being gone into heaven, messengers and authorities and powers being subjected to Him (1 Peter 3:22).
The point is that Jesus is reigning with His Father, and as Paul declares: He is seated at God's right hand among the
celestials, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this
age but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:20-21).
Today, men seek to dominate the world, seeking domination over the kingdom of the world at every major level
with little regard to the plight of the common man. At the heart of this is a desire for power and control to affect
change according to a worldview that is best described as amoral and antichrist, and is driven, not only by a desire
for absolute power and control but by the love of money, which is the root of all sorts of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). The
elite of the world that are behind all this are not free from the love of money (1 Timothy 3:3; Hebrews 13:5). This is
seen most prominently in the call for greater globalism, corporatism, and central planning of most all levels of life
that directly impact globalism, either positively or negatively. Again, at its core, it is driven by an amoral, antichrist
worldview of a few that seek, not the betterment of the masses, but simply to keep them under control.
Unfortunately, there are those among the elite that call for the reduction of the masses, a much more onerous goal
to achieve their end.
Unfortunately, one thing (not the only thing) that could stay the hand of such domination, namely, the
political/governance system, has become so corrupt that it cannot nor will it stem the tide because it has become
complicit, even enabling, in driving toward this world domination of power, greed, and the love of money. In the
United States, eyes are beginning to be opened to the corruption of the political system and people are becoming
more willing to listen to anyone who will challenge this corruption. The open question is: How long will this be
allowed, will it be effective, and will it last? We need to keep in mind that whatever happens with the presidential
election, the system it represents is still the kingdom of men and not the kingdom of Christ.
Well, there are plenty of people commenting on all the above and more, so I leave this matter to them. Our concern
must be directed toward setting the evidence.
First, a word about antichrist , which means something (men, ideas, things) has taken the place of Christ. One doesn't
have to take an outward stand against Him to be of an antichrist spirit. All one has to do is place something or
someone in the place reserved or designated for the true Christ. Christ may be acknowledged for being a good or
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wise man, even a great prophet, but antichrist denies the place given Him by God. It comes down to this: Who has
the right to sit on the throne of the world, man and his humanistic, amoral ideas or God's Son, the Lord Jesus?
This leads back to the opening verses. Scripture makes it abundantly clear the place that God's Son holds in the
kingdom of God. He is central, supreme, and preeminent and has authority over all things in heaven and on earth.
For Christians, this must be an unquestionable and undeniable tenet. I would have rather stated that this is the
tenet of all Christians, but given the state of affairs today, it is difficult to draw such an emphatic conclusion.
This leads to the question: Is the visible, nominal, public church of our day setting the evidence before all the nations
of the good news of the kingdom? Without doubt, the worldwide internet ministries would answer yes. After all,
they are reaching most, if not all, of the habitable earth. But what is their gospel? Is it heaven or burn? Is it blessing
and prosperity? Is it faith? Is it prophecy? Is it healing? The answer is yes to these and much more. These are all
emphases that may come into play as part of the good news, but they are not the core of the good news. Listening
to some gospel messages played over the internet, one has to wonder how anyone ever understands the true
nature of the gospel of the kingdom. Here is the issue—that which is often called the gospel of the kingdom is not
the good news to which Jesus referred. Preaching to keep people out of hell and get them to heaven is not the good
news. Actually, heaven or burn is not even the gospel of salvation; it is another gospel, as Paul would call it.
So, what is the heart of the gospel of the kingdom? It is that King Jesus, who is the Son of God and of man, is seated
at the right hand of God right now and He is reigning, having received all authority in heaven and on earth. He is
not just an historical figure that comes alive in books, for He is not in a grave. He is the resurrected, ascended,
glorified, and enthroned Christ that God has declared: This is My Beloved Son; hear Him . He has conquered sin,
death, the world, and the devil! And, God has set Him as king over the earth. And, as a result of all of this, He is
going to deliver all mankind into the kingdom of God, not all at once or in this present age but all eventually in the
ages to come. Why? Because He is the Savior of the world who takes away its sin! The good news is that this very
one is going to return to this earth, not to destroy it but to restore it by ruling over the world in righteousness,
justice, peace, and love. But the long view is not simply restoration; it is ultimately to make all things new by
subjecting all things to Himself and abolishing all rule and authority and power. For He must reign until He has put
all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. When He has accomplished all of this
in the ages to come, He will then hand over the kingdom to the God and Father, so that God may be All in All (1
Corinthians 15:24-28). This is the ultimate purpose of God, the good news of the kingdom .
When Jesus was on the Mount speaking to His disciples, He responded to their question about His presence and
the end of the age. He said that this gospel of the kingdom (not of personal salvation, per se) would be proclaimed
or heralded throughout the whole habitable earth to testify or bear witness before all the nations. Of course, this
verse has been used as the driving motivation for worldwide evangelism with its diversity of messages and
emphases, some, not all, of which have led to and continue to lead to untold damage for the cause of Christ. But it
is more than delivering messages. Actually, it is doubtful Jesus even meant to emphasize messages, as in platforms
and pulpits, which are leftovers from Judaism and the old covenant. Additionally, this is not about some great revival
which the flesh eventually gets hold of, nor is it about some so-called renewal that is more like a circus act with the
Lord's people doing a lot of crazy things while claiming the supernatural is at work. No; this will be purely and solely
of God. The flesh will not be allowed to touch it or claim credit for it.
In the Greek, the word for testify is maturion , which means "something evidential, i.e., evidence." To testify or to
witness means to serve as evidence of. In this case, in heralding the gospel of the kingdom, one is to set evidence
of the kingdom, implying that this is something much more than just words. The evidence is to serve as a forerunner
or harbinger of what is to come, and this is what will occur with the anointing and maturing of the conquerors that
will occur at the end of this age as they begin to manifest as sons of God. Whatever the actual manifestation of the
evidence looks like, it will make one thing abundantly clear to all the nations: Jesus has taken the throne and He is
King of kings and Lord of lords. His conquerors will testify to this not only in words but in action, for they know and
manifest His absolute lordship in every realm of their life for the nations to see. This is conquering. When the
evidence has been set before all the nations, the resurrection and transfiguration of the conquerors will occur, along
with the presence of Jesus. This will be the commencement of the new creation age.