Kurt Eggenstein: The Kingdom of God (or the Kingdom of Heaven
© Kurt Eggenstein: 'The Prophet J. Lorber Predicts Coming Catastrophies and the True Christianity'
The Kingdom of God (or the Kingdom of Heaven)
New Revelation exegesis:
"My kingdom, which I am now founding among the people on this earth, is not a worldly kingdom, but a Kingdom of God, without any of the ostentation of the world, there is nothing external to it, but it is inward, within man, and My city, My citadel and My dwelling place in it, are a pure heart that loves Me above all. See, that is how it is with the founding of My kingdom on this earth." (Gr X 73, 8)
"The Kingdom of God ... is within your innermost hearts, and consists in the spirit of purest love for God and your neighbor and in the truth of the life of the soul arising Out of this. Anyone who has no love in him, either for God or for his neighbor, also has no life within him and no resurrection, which is heaven within man, and therefore also no life is the same, but only judgement and eternal death which in this configuration is assured, rather than the only true and perfect life in heaven." (Gr VIII 18, 4)
"Perfect obedience to what is known to be the will of God is the true Kingdom of God. Yet it is not as easy as you imagine to obey what is the recognized will of God as it has been recognized, for men resist it greatly and persecute those who truly wish to enter the Kingdom of God."
"There is yet another thing that also is part of a tremendous pulling power to draw the Kingdom of God, and that is that man should deny himself in the profoundest possible way where all the things of the world are concerned, forgive all who have effended him, from the heart, harbor no ill feelings towards anyone, pray for those who curse him, do good to those who do evil to him, never elevate himself above others, patiently bear the trials that come to him at times, and abstain from gluttony, whoring and adultery. Anyone practising these also uses force on the Kingdom of God, drawing it to him by force." (Gr VII 127, 3 and 5)
"Truly, I say to you all: Anyone who to the best of his ability and at all times shows compassion and love for the poor and for others who are in distress, in all kindness, shall also find compassion, love and kindness with Me; For that is the true Kingdom of God, that now has come to you in Me, that you love God above all, and your fellow men as you do yourselves. Any man who does this, observes the whole of the law and is in full favor with God, and Jehovah's hand is upon him in blessing. Any man who perseveres in such love is and remains in Me and I in him. And whoever is in Me, and also I in him, has eternal life within him and shall not see nor taste death; for in this way he is a rightful citizen of the Kingdom of God already in this world, of the kingdom where there is no more death for eternitiy. Take all this well to heart and act accordingly, for this is why I Myself have come into this world, to convey to mankind the true Kingdom of God and release them from all blindness and the death of their souls, that until now has held you most harshly imprisoned." (Gr IX 36, 7)
"Seek therefore above all My Kingdom and its just ways, everything else shall be given to you, for I know always and for ever what your needs are." (Gr X 108, 13)
Ist is now possible for everyone to understand what Jesus meant with the Kingdom of God. It is however amazing what churchmen have made of it over the ages. Augustine, who so often was on the wrong track, boldly assertod: "The church is the Kingdom of God." (De civ. Dei XX. 19) In the meantime the Catholic Church has abandoned this nonsensical assertion. In the Rahner's and Vorgrimler's theological lexicon we read: "The
Kingdom of God is not identical with a goyernment system, which always is only for the time being, nor simply with the church as it is at the moment..." 53 Compared to the lucid statements made by the Lord in New Revelation, the explanations for the Kingdom of God given in Protestant and Catholic dictionaries must appear indigestible and like thick-spread lava. Here is an example from a Catholic theological dictionary:
"Kingdom of God:
a) the accepted validity of the holy and salvation-bringing will of God (as the creator, sustainer, Iaw-giver, bestower of supernatural grace) throughout his created world and above all in men and angels,
A great arch stretches through the literature, from the above to the grotesque interpretation of Friedrich Heer. A book written by Heer, Abschied von Hoellen und Himmeln (Good-bye to Hells and to Heavens), shows how far the rot has already spread. It says:
b) the actual implementation of this will (Basileia). In so far as history still continues, the implementation of this will is still evolving, the kingdom of God still 'coming' (Mt 6, 10). In so far as the free implementation of the will of God through the created world is the grace of God and the activity of the created, the kingdom of God is pure gift of God, bestowed by him and realized through his power, which therefore has to be obtained from him by prayer, and it is a mission given to man and required of him, without this reading to synergism", etc. 54
"Jesus is not interested in 'heaven' or 'hell'." "The kingdom of the heavens ('heaven' means God, Whose name is not to be spoken), that means a complete upheaval of all power structures, all social orders, which Jesus, being a true revolutionary, clearly sees to be the golden and bloodstained masks of states disorder." "The kingdom of heavens, its eruption into this world is a political act." "Paradise means paradisiacal earth." 55
The Gospels have been much misinterpreted in the course time, but such travesty and perversion of Jesus's message could only have come with the false prophets of these last days we live in, when there are signs of dissolution everywhere.
The works of biblical criticism have always contained derogatory and erroneous comments on all kinds of gospel passages that apparently "seem improbable or completely unbelievable to the scientific mind" (Thiel). These scholars find many passages meaningless and from this conclude that the New Testament is church tradition, i.e., that these are not Jesus's words, but have been put in his mouth by the church (meaning the evangelists). This is definitely not true to the extent proposed by the scientists, as is evident from the explanatory material quoted from New Revelation. On the other hand that material also makes it clear that the dogma of verbal inspiration through the Holy Spirit, promulgated for centuries by the Catholic Church and also by Protestant orthodoxy, is completely untenable. New Revelation shows that the Gospels are a specific literarary genre, and quite often go against worldly standards.
During the early Christian centuries, there still was an awareness of the occult meaning of the scriptures. This is apparent from the writings of Clement of Alexandria and of Origen. Peter ChrysoIogus also said: "The lessons in the gospels contain innumerable truths hidden behind the darkness of divine mysteries and the veil of deeper meanings, and human understanding does not easily grasp what Christ is saying about the heavenly mysteries." (serm. 126 de Villico iniquo [M Lat 52, 5461)
Bony fingers will be no good if one wishes to remove the veil from the gospel passages and discover their true meaning. We have to follow the injunctions the Lord gave to Peter: "Seek to rid yourself of your worldly understanding and worldly will, then the heavenly understanding of the spirit and the power of heavenly will impulses shall be yours to their full degree." (Gr X 214, 12) One has to agree with Albert Schweitzer, who said: "Many (of Jesus' words) that at first sight seem strange acquire ring of truth for us when we try not to detract from the power of the spirit that speaks in them." 56
New ReveIation stresses on a number of occasions that Jesus's message was deliberately given in partly veiled form. Because of this, not every gospel passage will immediately reveal its true meaning.
Yet Jesus did already foretell to the disciples that the seals of the Gospels would be opened after a period of not quite 2,000 years. New Revelation is this undoing of the seals. The declarations which Jakob Lorber was asked to record with his pen over a period of 24 long years, make the teaching of Jesus clear to our thoughts and in every respect comprehensible. This Revelation is not only comprehensive, but also has metaphysical depths that were previously unknown. In New Revelation the reader will find the spirit that gives life, and not the letter that kills. In this divine ReveIation we are no longer fed on milk but on solid food. (Hebr 5, 12)
'The Prophet J. Lorber Predicts Coming Catastrophies and the True Christianity'
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